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by usdcaguy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg
Replies: 169
Views: 11704

Re: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg

And yet somehow Southwest makes money without charging change fees... True, and yet somehow AA/UA/DL make lots of money allowing customers to standby the same day of travel for a nominal fee. Well and I believe all three allow elites to same-day-standby (with varying restrictions) for free. So it's...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: EK cancels A380 for ISB
Replies: 17
Views: 3565

Re: Unconfirmed: EK cancels A380 for ISB

Why wouldn’t they? ISB is like three hours away and they could put in more frequency with smaller aircraft. No need for an A380.

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by usdcaguy
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg
Replies: 169
Views: 11704

Re: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg

aaflyer777 wrote:
And yet somehow Southwest makes money without charging change fees...


True, and yet somehow AA/UA/DL make lots of money allowing customers to standby the same day of travel for a nominal fee.

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by usdcaguy
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL return to HKG again?
Replies: 79
Views: 8077

Re: Will DL return to HKG again?

Yeah but who wants to connect via SEA and get on a small domestic plane after arriving on a long flight vs. connect in an international hub through which you can get two international flights with international service? Seems like a no-brainer to me.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta uncontained engine failure - ATL-MCO
Replies: 51
Views: 16266

Re: Delta uncontained engine failure - ATL-MCO

Is it just me, or are the engines on the 75's particularly prone to failure? Seems like DL has had a number of in-flight emergencies with its 757 engines. You have to wonder if DL is flying them a bit past their prime and should have ordered the A321s earlier. It's just you. A.Net - The 757 is the ...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta uncontained engine failure - ATL-MCO
Replies: 51
Views: 16266

Re: Delta uncontained engine failure - ATL-MCO

Is it just me, or are the engines on the 75's particularly prone to failure? Seems like DL has had a number of in-flight emergencies with its 757 engines. You have to wonder if DL is flying them a bit past their prime and should have ordered the A321s earlier.

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by usdcaguy
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS launches SEA-PIT
Replies: 33
Views: 3812

Re: AS launches SEA-PIT

Smart move on Alaska's part. This should do very well. PIT should have nonstops to all the major hubs like BNA, and SEA is definitely on that list. Rather surprised, though, that DL didn't try this before AS.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wataniya Airways (Kuwait) suspends operations
Replies: 6
Views: 933

Re: Wataniya Airways (Kuwait) suspends operations

You really have to wonder if Kuwait can support a third airline. Having too much competition probably hurts KU, so it would not surprise me if the DGCA is out to get Q9.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc begins ATH
Replies: 7
Views: 1220

Re: Royal Air Maroc begins ATH

Great going, but they need to ensure the flight arrives back in CMN in time for NYC and YUL, and it can’t require an overnight at the airport. It can be very challenging to offer connections that are competitive with the top 3 JV groups and TK, and carriers like AT or SU sometimes don’t make them as...

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by usdcaguy
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATL-WAW route
Replies: 44
Views: 6271

Re: ATL-WAW route

Not a good idea. WAW has hardly any traffic up front. Connections these days are via CDG and AMS. DL is launching a few new routes next year, and that is where the equipment will go. They might relaunch ATL-PRG but I think launching AUS-LHR with VS codeshare might be a better idea as would MSP-FRA.

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by usdcaguy
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The old Northwest Airlines - good place to work?
Replies: 59
Views: 5603

Re: The old Northwest Airlines - good place to work?

In my book, it was a very good place to work with much less stress. Not because of the pay, but because of the courteous nature of coworkers and people at the airport in MSP. It felt very professional. Truly wish the merger had never happened, but we all know that it was inevitable.

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by usdcaguy
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just How Close Was U.S. Airways to Shutting Down in 2004-2005?
Replies: 77
Views: 10179

Re: Just How Close Was U.S. Airways to Shutting Down in 2004-2005?

It was extremely close. HP saved them. They were hemorrhaging cash at the time, and talent was fleeing the company. They had also laid off many people well before the merger, and if HP hadn't made an offer, they would have closed up shop about the same time. Ultimately, that merger saved a lot of US...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SKG Proposed new routes
Replies: 58
Views: 4831

Re: SKG Proposed new routes

Why is there no SKG-BCN? Rather surprising that Vueling isn't doing that one.

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by usdcaguy
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syrian Arab Airlines To Order Irkut MC-21
Replies: 24
Views: 4396

Re: Syrian Arab Airlines To Order Irkut MC-21

So basically, this might be a replacement for one of the A320s, as it's about the same size. I will admit that the MC-21 looks very nice and just as modern as a Boeing or Airbus aircraft. However, I haven't heard of many other airlines ordering it. Kind of fascinating that Russia is back in the mid-...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL announce plans to bring back DFW-SEA, DFW-BOS, or DFW-RDU nonstop service in 2019?
Replies: 31
Views: 3629

Re: Will DL announce plans to bring back DFW-SEA, DFW-BOS, or DFW-RDU nonstop service in 2019?

Much the business between DFW and SEA/BOS/RDU comes from traffic originating in DFW, which will likely always be loyal to AA. DFW-SEA would theoretically be a possibility since SEA is a "hub" for Delta, but there's already too much competition in that market.

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by usdcaguy
Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gay couple allegedly bumped for straight couple...
Replies: 344
Views: 27111

Re: Gay couple allegedly bumped for straight couple...

Part of the problem with discrimination is that you never know when it's going to rear its ugly head. Most discrimination is not this overt; it can involve being passed over for promotion, being laid off first, being talked down to by a superior or simply not getting the support you need from cowork...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia launches Daily FCO-DEL
Replies: 14
Views: 3398

Re: Alitalia launches Daily FCO-DEL

One might think they are not in the middle of insolvency, or whatever it is that they are in. Didn´t AB announce new routes just moments before it really got ugly too? Yes they did. A number of them. I guess you have to have something to do until your fate is decided. I really hope AZ survives. It ...

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by usdcaguy
Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: I don't get the hate for AA - recently had a nice experience in Y
Replies: 14
Views: 1371

Re: I don't get the hate for AA - recently had a nice experience in Y

Not a bad carrier. I've flown them a few times recently, and we were pretty much on time, the agents were pretty laid back and the hard product was decent. That said, DL flight attendants seem more professional. Have not had the chance to fly MCE yet. AA in my book is still better than WN, which alw...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta increases profit sharing
Replies: 21
Views: 3960

Re: Delta increases profit sharing

How much of this is Delta trying to give the flight attendants less of a reason to organize?

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by usdcaguy
Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are chances LGU (Logan, UT) gets air service?
Replies: 10
Views: 1096

Re: What are chances LGU (Logan, UT) gets air service?

Why wouldn't DL do a bus add if UA does that to certain towns in CO from DEN? It would arguably be more efficient and cheaper to have a DL office in Logan with a bus stop and check-in facilities. I know that wouldn't happen anymore, it's just nice to think outside the box, like they used to do 30 ye...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL new summer 2018 transatlantic flights
Replies: 192
Views: 25969

Re: DL new summer 2018 transatlantic flights

The LAX-AMS/CDG add seems pretty small and not particularly impactful. LAX is a challenging market for DL, as the flag carriers are the ones who always get that business. Meanwhile, I don't understand why they pulled SVO entirely. I guess more AMS/CDG makes more sense, but SVO was one of the last tw...

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by usdcaguy
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 8/20/2017: KX to ORD; AA Moves ZRH to PHL from JFK; AM Back Into DTW-MTY
Replies: 39
Views: 7976

Re: OAG Changes 8/20/2017: KX to ORD; AA Moves ZRH to PHL from JFK; AM Back Into DTW-MTY

*DL ATL-LOS MAR 0.6>0.5 APR 1.0>0.6 *DL JFK-LOS MAR 0>0.1 APR 0>0.4 Interesting turn of events. I'm sure there is demand for JFK-LOS, but it's hard not to think that taking ATL-LOS to less than daily is a sign they are having a hard time driving yield. One thing to consider is that JFK-ACC has been...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city
Replies: 116
Views: 4573

Re: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city

Never left the plane: DKR

Never left the airport: ZRH, NRT, TLV

A couple of exceptions: visited FRA and MEM only as a teenager, visited MEX only once when I was 7, have only seen the parts of CLT close to the airport

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 22371

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

I'm incredibly curious as to why, in a multi-carrier deal like this, AZ is nowhere to be found in the investment chain. Yes, that would be a bad decision, but their JV flights are quite valuable to the group. I wouldn't be surprised if FR does end up buying AZ short-haul routes with the DL JV invest...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sunday Times Article: ‘Anyone but British Airways’: turbulent times at the nation’s flag carrier
Replies: 50
Views: 12633

Re: Sunday Times Article: ‘Anyone but British Airways’: turbulent times at the nation’s flag carrier

It remains to be seen what will become of the carrier. The introduction of Level is quite interesting in that it theoretically competes with service via LHR. Perhaps the future is for BA to become a true LCC itself and throw in the towel on premium service. No reason why the bankers couldn't live wi...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF/KL Managers Have No Confidence In Future Of Cooperation
Replies: 64
Views: 11276

Re: AF/KL Managers Have No Confidence In Future Of Cooperation

Interesting quotes. It might be easier to have one airline instead of two.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways in talks with Delta to sell up to 24% stake for around $310 million
Replies: 66
Views: 10586

Re: Jet Airways in talks with Delta to sell up to 24% stake for around $310 million

The writing was on the wall when 9W hired Vinay Dube away from Delta. It's a natural fit for 9W and DL to work closely and in the near future invite 9W into Skyteam. I've heard that KLM, DL and 9W all working together in AMS has been a huge success. I could see better traffic in AMS than CDG. BLR a...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France will launch Atlanta from Guadeloupe and Martinique
Replies: 94
Views: 18223

Re: Air France will launch Atlanta from Guadeloupe and Martinique

BN727227Ultra wrote:
Why stop at Guadeloupe and Martinique? ATL-RUN! I'd buy a ticket...


Are you kidding?? That's impossibly far. You'd need to schedule an extra week of vacation just to recover from sitting in a plane for over 17 hours.

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada named best airline in North America
Replies: 77
Views: 8666

Re: Air Canada named best airline in North America

The people I've dealt with at AC were very professional, like the agents used to be in the US. You do get the impression they are a legacy carrier, but I've had good experiences with them. Their "best" award does not surprise me.

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by usdcaguy
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DL Pulls Sponsorship of Julius Caeser Performance Calling It "Trump-like"
Replies: 49
Views: 5896

Re: DL Pulls Sponsorship of Julius Caeser Performance Calling It "Trump-like"

With a name like "The Public Theater", safe to assume that it's anything but. And since I'd not heard of it beforehand, also safe to assume that its audience is like-minded New Yorkers who plan their leisure time around getting their worldview reinforced. I seriously doubt that the theate...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DL Pulls Sponsorship of Julius Caeser Performance Calling It "Trump-like"
Replies: 49
Views: 5896

Re: DL Pulls Sponsorship of Julius Caeser Performance Calling It "Trump-like"

Delta is free to do what it wants with its giving, but pulling sponsorship without first considering the merits of artistic license seems a little unsophisticated. The majority of New Yorkers love seeing their entertainers mock Trump, and if Delta is to be New York's airline, it should remember that.

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by usdcaguy
Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best and worst transfer airport by continent
Replies: 92
Views: 9350

Re: Best and worst transfer airport by continent

Best in North America: IAD, DTW and MDW, mostly due to nice facilities and food outlets. Worst: JFK (bus rides just to change gates and clueless staff), MSP (long walks, excessive carpeting), PHL (delays, confusing airport layout). Europe: Best are AMS, FRA and BCN due to ease of transfer. Worst are...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which second-tier US cities can support Trans-Atlantic Flights?
Replies: 310
Views: 30152

Re: Which second-tier US cities can support Trans-Atlantic Flights?

IND to ATL is maybe an hour's flying time with multiple flights daily. I agree it's far less attractive than a nonstop to Schiphol, but IND would require a very small plane to be profitable, and I don't think the 757 or A321 could do it. 757 could do it just fine. Delta's CVG-AMS was a 752 in its l...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which second-tier US cities can support Trans-Atlantic Flights?
Replies: 310
Views: 30152

Re: Which second-tier US cities can support Trans-Atlantic Flights?

Either way the question becomes, if you are flying USA-HUB-EUR.... is it better to have the hub in the US or in Europe? So, the real question is, if a majority of the pax on a plane are connecting somewhere..., where is it that makes the most sense to make that connection? For a one-stop travel, It...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which second-tier US cities can support Trans-Atlantic Flights?
Replies: 310
Views: 30152

Re: Which second-tier US cities can support Trans-Atlantic Flights?

RDU with AA to LHR and DL to CDG Those cities already have enough service (ATL already has flights to many points in Europe, Asia and Africa), though RDU might be able to use a flight to AMS on DL. RDU is not a tourist destination, so DY is not likely to fly there. Otherwise, I could see BUF benefi...

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by usdcaguy
Fri May 26, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ends Interline Agreements with 5 Mideast Airlines
Replies: 57
Views: 12082

Re: United ends Interline Agreements with 5 Mideast Airlines

I know this has been discussed before but with the Air Berlin and Alitalia experiments collapsing, Qatar in One World, could this be a sign that EY is joining Star Alliance? EY seems like it may need to be in an alliance as they don't have the economy of scale to compete with EK. I think UA could u...

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by usdcaguy
Wed May 24, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAX Accuse WN of Homophobic Discrimination
Replies: 35
Views: 6464

Re: PAX Accuse WN of Homophobic Discrimination

WN did not show the luv here. With three small kids and a grandmother, they're a family. To tell a gay couple that they are not a family is hurtful, pure and simple. Perhaps WN has a rule about "one adult, one child", but they could have said, "Sorry, Sir, only one adult per child&quo...

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by usdcaguy
Sat May 13, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Makes SEA Better Than NRT For Delta
Replies: 154
Views: 16245

Re: WHAT MAKES SEA BETTER THAN NRT FOR DELTA

Yes, I tend to agree with this assessment. But I also believe NRT can continue to be an important cog in Delta's network. How? By continuing to use NRT as a hub to fly important routes to Tier 1 cities in Southeast Asia, and to other Tier 2 cities in the region, such as SGN, CGK, KUL, as well as in...

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by usdcaguy
Sat May 13, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s
Replies: 166
Views: 31106

Re: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s

Beyond 2020, when every 50 seater out there is approaching 15-20+ years of service the cost of engine and airframe overhauls will render them uneconomical. However, the utilization (cycles and hours) per frame of the 50 seaters is way down from what it 5 years ago, and they've cycled some frames ou...

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by usdcaguy
Fri May 05, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Traveling With a Handgun
Replies: 16
Views: 1673

Re: Traveling With a Handgun

What are people doing traveling with a handgun?? They're just asking for problems.

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by usdcaguy
Thu May 04, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta employees threaten and harass family; kicked off flight
Replies: 204
Views: 23118

Re: Delta employees threaten and harass family; kicked off flight for overbooking

People do not understand that they are not buying a seat on the airplane. They are buying some vague promise of transportation from an air carrier that may or may not materialize. So, basically, you may have a "reservation", but really you, yourself, just have a way of getting on said flig...

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by usdcaguy
Wed May 03, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA at Hobby
Replies: 22
Views: 3324

Re: AA at Hobby

The problem is that AA can easily serve most markets in demand from HOU via DFW. I do think a nonstop to ORD might be beneficial for greater access to the upper Midwest, but I don't believe they've ever had HOU-ORD, and there's too much competition from WN via MDW.

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by usdcaguy
Mon May 01, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More problems for Great Lakes
Replies: 29
Views: 5851

Re: More problems for Great Lakes

Preparation for bankruptcy?

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by usdcaguy
Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If all airlines gained 5th freedom rights in all countries...
Replies: 20
Views: 3281

Re: If all airlines gained 5th freedom rights in all countries...

A good example would be US/CA transborder flying. If AC were able to fly to SEA, drop off passengers, then fly on to PDX, it would potentially harm AS and DL as they would be dumping more capacity on the market between SEA and PDX. Likewise, if US carriers did the same between YOW and YUL, it might ...

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by usdcaguy
Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF announces fares & schedules for PER-LHR
Replies: 52
Views: 15250

Re: QF will announces fares & schedules for PER-LHR 27 Apr.

why would anyone WANT to fly LHR-SYD non-stop? Especially Economy pax. Wouldn't people prefer to stop off for an hour or two to stretch their legs? 22 hours or whatver non-stop sounds like a horrible experience. In the event of a delay on the first leg, one could very easily miss the second leg and...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why many flight attendant in the US are very not customer friendly?
Replies: 79
Views: 14624

Re: Why many flight attendant in the US are very not customer friendly?

In the US, you are culturally expected to maintain "credibility" when dealing with others. If you are seen as submissive, giving in, letting the other win or otherwise losing ground, the other will take full advantage and exploit any opening they can find to get more out of you. This happe...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worst Airline for Customer Service is Announced
Replies: 29
Views: 5997

Re: Worst Airline for Customer Service is Announced

Is there really no difference between DL and AA? :duck:

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by usdcaguy
Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 22768

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

People have become so judgmental in this day and age that it can be hard to get facts on a case due to people taking sides. I will say that the guy upgraded to First was out of line. Nobody should ever speak to a flight attendant that way. Perhaps the f/a should have kept his cool instead of blowing...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Cuts Flights to US
Replies: 238
Views: 41709

Re: Emirates Cuts Flights to US

This just doesn't seem like much of a cut. If you want to find out about cuts, ask the US3. Day of week, time of day and frequency changes happen all the time. For us to expect that the ME3 won't try to do the same is folly. The US3 have been making profits by controlling capacity, and it does not s...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Considering Long Haul Buy on Board
Replies: 65
Views: 11915

Re: BA Considering Long Haul Buy on Board

Wow. Kind of sad. I still remember champagne in BA Economy in the 90's and cocktails all around served by chipper stewards. Food always tasted decent. Is it the end of an era for BA? Who has the best economy class service to Europe now? But what would the economy fares you paid in the 1990s be wort...

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