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by usdcaguy
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KML/Air France Eyeing Delta focus cities
Replies: 18
Views: 2976

Re: KML/Air France Eyeing Delta focus cities

The writer of this article needs to understand how those decisions are made. As part of the JV, DL/AF/KL coordinate all their flights to North America. It's not just that AF/KL are looking to expand to those cities, it's that AF/KL, along with DL, are looking to expand to Delta's focus cities. They ...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler
Replies: 158
Views: 18718

Re: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler

What this guy didn't do that he should have is book separate one-way journeys for his trip. In this day and age, in markets such as WAS-DFW, DFW-ATL and ATL-WAS, you don't necessarily need to book a roundtrip ticket to get the lowest price. In fact, I now buy most of my tickets one-way if it is the ...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANY update on Southwest to Canada
Replies: 52
Views: 7475

Re: ANY update on Southwest to Canada

That is true. WN is definitely very widespread. But, it lacks sufficient frequency on many of its routes. For example, BOS-ATL is only 1 daily (Even during summer) while B6 and DL have several flights a day throughout the year. If you look at it that way, then there is still plenty of room for WN t...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM calls for people to fly less
Replies: 237
Views: 22974

Re: KLM calls for people to fly less

People do not use video conferencing when making sales, because they cannot entertain customers as they would like. They must also travel to conferences, network and feel a connection with others. Air travel makes that happen. Sure, you can take the train from AMS to Brussels, but taking the train e...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America
Replies: 105
Views: 19272

Re: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America

I remember that on NB 757s, there was a constant problem with toilet smell because of the higher use of each toilet and the closer proximity of the seats to the lavs. Personally, I avoid the 767 and the 757 in coach on long-haul flights and go for a 777/787 or at least an A330. There’s something abo...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANY update on Southwest to Canada
Replies: 52
Views: 7475

Re: ANY update on Southwest to Canada

That is true. WN is definitely very widespread. But, it lacks sufficient frequency on many of its routes. For example, BOS-ATL is only 1 daily (Even during summer) while B6 and DL have several flights a day throughout the year. If you look at it that way, then there is still plenty of room for WN t...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA EWR-NAP and EWR-PRG, Performance
Replies: 32
Views: 6602

Re: UA EWR-NAP and EWR-PRG, PeUNrformance

Wasn't SVQ just a rumor? I know it would just be a pipe dream but Spain-wise, BIO (Bilbao) would really be fantastic and not sure there's any transatlantic service to any city nearby. LYS -- a very beautiful, overlooked city (or maybe just overshadowed by Paris) with a good financial sector. I wond...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience
Replies: 156
Views: 20786

Re: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience

Interesting changes implemented by DL. It’s too bad the first bar service has been downgraded to bellinis served en masse, but limiting drink choices is the trend. I was shocked that BA only serves coffee, tea, juice and still water for its second meal service, which I suppose makes up their afterno...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 to move from HOU (Hobby) to IAH on Oct. 27th
Replies: 55
Views: 8168

Re: B6 to move from HOU(Hobby) to IAH on Oct. 27th

This was in a leaked post a while back that was deleted. I’m assuming B6 would rather compete with UA fares than WN fares. B6 has no problem competing with WN in many other routes and WN doesn't even fly from NYC so I don't think your assumption is correct. My suspicion is that IAH attracts higher ...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH chooses new Premium Economy Product.
Replies: 23
Views: 5389

Re: LH chooses new Premium Economy Product.

One feature that bothers me about this seat is that they will be using a hard armrest instead of a cushioned or molded one. With a cushioned or molded armrest, the ride can be much more relaxing. I'm undecided on the hard shell concept. I've ridden AF W, and I will say that the seat was very nice wi...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways named Skytrax airline of the year
Replies: 99
Views: 11401

Re: And the Skytrax airline of the year is ..

xwb777 wrote:
27. Turkish Airways (18)
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Seems like a huge a.net faux-pas to call THY Turkish Airways and not Turkish Airlines, which has been in use for decades. Meanwhile, I'm not sure what RJ did to get #97. They're a perfectly fine carrier to me, and they run on time.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Reviewer exposes Skytrax
Replies: 33
Views: 7284

Re: Airline Reviewer exposes Skytrax

Although the stars Skytrax award carriers may seem suspect, the reviews that people leave are generally believable, as Skytrax will publish what they say. As far as TK are concerned, I know that many people have complained about transiting at Istanbul and about staff that seem disinterested. If you ...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Because Delta (DL) has not canceled NRT-SIN?
Replies: 83
Views: 12435

Re: Because Delta (DL) has not canceled NRT-SIN?

I would not be surprised if DL dropped SIN in the near future and let KE take over the route from ICN. DL's primary goal is to accommodate passengers from the US, not Japan, so it only matters that they have some way of getting them there. That said, SIN has always been an important part of DL's Asi...

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by usdcaguy
Wed May 29, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS wins 12th straight JD Power award
Replies: 86
Views: 6307

Re: AS wins 12th straight JD Power award

All the rankings are basically as expected, though the two surprises are AC ranked as "the rest" (same as UA) and AA ranked "about average". Seems like AC was once ranked the best carrier in North America. What has happened that would cause it to be ranked so low? That AA bested ...

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by usdcaguy
Thu May 23, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL launches TPA-AMS, its 21st service to AMS
Replies: 99
Views: 16312

Re: DL launches TPA-AMS today, its 21st service to AMS

Why do certain cities only have CDG (CVG, IND & RDU) while others have AMS!? Is it related to the traffic mixture (The Dutch like to go to Florida, French not so much...). While they're at it they should have launched RDU-AMS also as there's actual business traffic in RDU due to tech. Companies...

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by usdcaguy
Wed May 15, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 22930

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

As a BA flyer from the US, I would definitely expect tea with my afternoon “tea”. People are already used to having to pay extra for BA, so anything they advertise should be truthful and not give you the impression you’re flying with Easyjet.

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by usdcaguy
Thu May 02, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How big can SWA get in ATL
Replies: 51
Views: 6004

Re: How big can SWA get in ATL

It would be great to see WN expand in ATL, but I don't believe WN's costs are significantly lower than those of DL anymore, so they will continue to limit themselves to markets that are low-hanging fruit (LGA/DCA/LAX/MCO/BNA/HOU, etc.) from a city that has frequent flights to every major market in t...

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by usdcaguy
Thu May 02, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Launches EWR/CPT
Replies: 107
Views: 19543

Re: UA Launches EWR/CPT

Great add from UA, though they’ll have trouble getting high fares up front. Corporate traffic to CPT is near zero. One of DL’s problems with CPT in my mind was that the stop in DKR and service from JFK really added to the overall elapsed time from cities besides NYC. Even out of Chicago, it may have...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska earns top spot in passenger satisfaction; Southwest drops
Replies: 73
Views: 7588

Re: Alaska earns top spot in passenger satisfaction; Southwest drops

AS is a niche carrier compared to the majors. It’s a no frills airline but the staff have that PNW charm and friendliness. I can see how they are at the top. "PNW charm and friendliness" reminds me of the friendliness of the Northwest flight attendants that I used to experience years ago....

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by usdcaguy
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)
Replies: 61
Views: 14548

Re: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)

What does Varadero have that Cancun or Punta Cana don’t? Why compare one holiday destination with another one? There are destinations on earth that people go to I will never understand as personally I don’t see any point going there. But thanks god we can choose and we don’t end up all together at ...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 96
Views: 20530

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

Interesting development. I would think a DL 767 on FLL-LGW would do nicely in the absence of other carriers, but my guess is that DL/VS will continue to focus on serving LON out of MIA. Still, it's a good thing for FLL that DY is gone; they've never had enough capacity in their CBP facility to handl...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)
Replies: 61
Views: 14548

Re: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)

What does Varadero have that Cancun or Punta Cana don’t?

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by usdcaguy
Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 3/31/3019:AV Pulls More Routes;DL Drops SLC-ELP;G4 Adds Intl?;UA Bulks Up 2nd Tier SFO Transcons
Replies: 96
Views: 14020

Re: OAG Changes 3/31/3019:AV Pulls More Routes;DL Drops SLC-ELP;G4 Adds Intl?;UA Bulks Up 2nd Tier SFO Transcons

Previously seasonal *AT BOS-CMN NOV 0>0.4[0] DEC 0>0.4[0] JAN 0>0.5[0] Interesting add. AT has always been very conservative when it comes to its North America service and probably for good reason. Access to Africa in winter should be attractive to some people, though my gut is telling me this will ...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The benefit of computer travel agents over humans is..?
Replies: 13
Views: 2054

Re: The benefit of computer travel agents over humans is..?

Southwest Airlines will propose some interesting routings. For example, they have one schedule that involves flying ATL-SJC with a stop in OAK before changing planes in SNA for SJC. That's enough to get me to take the nonstop to OAK and take the train down. Another one is ONT to ISP via MDW and FLL ...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1781
Views: 356543

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

I really wish at least one US carrier besides NK would dump the color blue completely from their color scheme (even F9 has it in their uniforms/computerized screens). I love the (very) old CO scheme of gold and black; it looked so clean and crisp. UA would need to update the font, but a simple varia...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways Announces New Economy Seat
Replies: 40
Views: 8748

Re: Qatar Airways Announces New Economy Seat

These look incredibly cramped and uncomfortable given the pitch and hard-looking seats. I do like the 13.3 inch monitors, but the rest is atrocious. Why someone would pay to sit in those things for 15.5 hours is beyond me.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EL AL...MCO official announcement
Replies: 84
Views: 9980

Re: EL AL...MCO official announcement

It looks like they're trying to increase their aircraft utilization with once-weekly service to a destination that caters to Israelis. For US-originating pax, the times are terrible. Connections would be difficult, as most of the inbound flights at that time of day are offered by F9 or WN, which don...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa wants to sue passenger for not taking booked flight
Replies: 134
Views: 10576

Re: Lufthansa wants to sue passenger for not taking booked flight

When you do not take a connecting flight, you will not have flown the trip you purchased but instead will have flown a trip that you did not purchase. It's a bit like paying for a ring with rubies and then turning around and taking a ring with emeralds that was more expensive. Even if the cost to th...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018
Replies: 26
Views: 3766

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

It’s interesting that CLT now has more movements than SEA. I suppose AA has expanded the hub operation there as the city continues to grow, but Seattle’s importance seems like it should eclipse Charlotte’s with two hubs there. I suppose larger aircraft at SEA may have something to do with it.

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by usdcaguy
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOG gets USA pre clearance in less than a year
Replies: 80
Views: 9493

Re: BOG gets USA pre clearance in less than a year

Seems to me that if BOG is getting preclearance, MEX and CUN should be next in line with GDL/MTY/SJD not far behind. If you had preclearance in Mexico, a large number of smaller airports could do away with their own CBP facilities, as often the only international flights are to Mexico.

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by usdcaguy
Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated - Southwest pulls out of Mexico City
Replies: 143
Views: 23433

Re: Updated - Southwest pulls out of Mexico City

My impressions is that you need to be available in a GDS to make a go of it in Mexico. WN may be still be available in Sabre (and maybe Amadeus now?), but realistically, they would need to have a multichannel strategy whereby agencies can at least access them through a direct connect, and WN would a...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Booking class letters (why is y economy)
Replies: 9
Views: 2204

Re: Booking class letters (why is y economy)

You have to wonder if "Y" became jet coach class because it's located in the middle of the keyboard and thus easy to use. "J" is also easy to access. Classes like "X", "W", "O" and "N" are newer classes for many carriers, and these happen t...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US-Russia nonstop flights
Replies: 80
Views: 11712

Re: US-Russia nonstop flights

From what I gather, it's fine to connect through SVO, and their business class lounges there look nice. They even have a small hotel in the transit area to use if you have one of SU's long layovers, though I'd be tempted to get a visa and head into town. SU has really come a long way in filing throu...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?
Replies: 250
Views: 28052

Re: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?

I don’t know the answer but to me they have a lot to offer but up against Delta they will have a battle to fight. Yes, I agree. NYC is a very competitive market, but B6 knew this from the start. There are still enough folks out there that are loyal to B6 in spite of their problems that they still h...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: Delta announces JFK-BOM
Replies: 1003
Views: 144080

Re: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019

SEA would be a good place to launch a nonstop to India. The tech sector there combined with high traffic flows to places like BLR, HYD and DEL would offer amble opportunity. I don't see NYC being the best place for an India nonstop as there is not nearly as much business traffic and AI already offer...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?
Replies: 250
Views: 28052

Re: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?

The idea of B6 becoming a ULCC doesn't sound like a good one to me; they'd only be trashing most of their current yields, and there's no guarantee they'd attract enough incremental passengers on higher-density aircraft to warrant the drop in RASM. Currently, they price at around the same level as or...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Joon To Be Re-Absorbed Into Air France
Replies: 67
Views: 10064

Re: Official: Joon To Be Re-Absorbed Into Air France

Why is it that Level can make this work but not Joon? Sounds like AF may have messed this up somehow and that it wasn't the idea that was bad but rather the management of the idea.

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New F9 MCO Announcements!
Replies: 15
Views: 3719

Re: New F9 MCO Announcements!

Sorry, I don't share the same enthusiasm as does the topic poster....as a long time resident, plane spotter and user of MCO for over 40 yrs, the announcement of a low cost carrier increasing A321 service does not sound exciting at all to me.. The days when Aeroflot announced IL-62 service to MCO, S...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New F9 MCO Announcements!
Replies: 15
Views: 3719

Re: New F9 MCO Announcements!

Great to see some new F9 service out of MCO. I hope they schedule the flights so they create connections instead of making all of them P2P.

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?
Replies: 250
Views: 28052

Re: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?

My experience with B6 has been that they have great staff but that they simply do not hustle. A flight will be late, and you will not see them focusing on getting people seated and the plane pushed back. While much of that may be waiting for bags, things feel sloppy, including the interiors of the p...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 956
Views: 233399

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

To be honest, I do not see how DL would benefit from an investment in AZ apart from the ability to keep it away from LH. DL already has a fairly good network out of Italy, and although AZ is able to provide some feed from its Italian and Eastern European routes, DL is able to cover most of these mar...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Airlines Is Coming to Hilton Head
Replies: 67
Views: 9129

Re: Delta Airlines Is Coming to Hilton Head

As is the case with many smaller airports close to major cities, there may continually be a price advantage people can find by flying into Savannah. Often times, a carrier will price trips into the smaller airport at a higher rate because it optimistically believes it will get a higher rate for prov...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM Airlines Unveils Stunning New Cabin Product
Replies: 13
Views: 4849

Re: LATAM Airlines Unveils Stunning New Cabin Product

Business class is the most interesting here. It's not clear how they're going to keep the corrugated plastic around the seats clean, as cleaning crews have only so much time to wipe down each ridge. Another concern is whether it will be possible to lower the armrests of the seats so as to have the m...

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by usdcaguy
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has Delta Ever Run A Daylight ATL-LHR?
Replies: 70
Views: 11679

Re: Has Delta Ever Run A Daylight ATL-LHR?

The problem with a daylight ATL-LHR flight is that it wouldn't catch enough connecting traffic from passengers originating from cities over about an hour from ATL. If you look at flights arriving into ATL before 0830, you will notice that, with the exception of redeyes, most all of them come from pl...

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by usdcaguy
Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United announces new employee incentive program; focus on D:00 departures
Replies: 81
Views: 12601

Re: United announces new employee incentive program; focus on D:00 departures

I think complaining about D0 stems from privileged entitlement. There is no way a plane leaving the gate on time is a bad thing. Personally, I hate boarding 20 minutes early then waiting for over 10-15 minutes past departure time for this, that and the other. As a customer, there is nothing better t...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’
Replies: 145
Views: 21662

Re: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’

Legal issues have a way of sorting themselves out, so I sincerely doubt there would be any issues with IB not being able to operate. Worst case scenario would be that IAG sells a percentage of IB to a European partner, but it's not clear it would need to go that far.

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by usdcaguy
Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country passengers stranded in Mexico file a federal lawsuit.
Replies: 55
Views: 9877

Re: Sun Country passengers stranded in Mexico file a federal lawsuit.

A big part of the problem as I see it is that most American air passengers do not buy travel insurance to help them in the event of a catastrophe like this. People in other countries often book with tour operators who are legally bound to help, but we Americans usually throw ourselves at the mercy ...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Says Airlines Forcing Families Apart to Charge More Fees
Replies: 49
Views: 6837

Re: UK Says Airlines Forcing Families Apart to Charge More Fees

I'm afraid we've reached the point where if families want to travel together, they will either need to pay for the opportunity to do so or ensure that one of them is an elite frequent flyer who can call their service desk and have everyone seated together. When you are just an average passenger payi...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country passengers stranded in Mexico file a federal lawsuit.
Replies: 55
Views: 9877

Re: Sun Country passengers stranded in Mexico file a federal lawsuit.

A big part of the problem as I see it is that most American air passengers do not buy travel insurance to help them in the event of a catastrophe like this. People in other countries often book with tour operators who are legally bound to help, but we Americans usually throw ourselves at the mercy o...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country adds DFW-PHX/PSP
Replies: 18
Views: 2896

Re: Sun Country adds DFW-PHX/PSP

These are pretty easy sun markets with AA being the only true competitor on DFW-PSP. I'm still surprised at the lack of LCC service to PSP after all these years.

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