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by usdcaguy
Tue Dec 07, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doug Parker set to retire - Isom will be AA's new CEO
Replies: 84
Views: 9752

Re: Doug Parker set to retire - Isom will be AA's new CEO

I still remember Parker's drunk-driving episode in Phoenix. Crazy. But he definitely was good at merging US into HP, which was sorely needed. That said, he cares nothing about customer service and comfort. Flying AA these days reminds me of the stories I used to hear about SU before the fall of the ...

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by usdcaguy
Sun Dec 05, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to announce new US route
Replies: 225
Views: 40301

Re: Virgin Atlantic to announce new US route

My guess is it will be SLC. LHR-TPA might be in the cards as well, since it seems VS served that city before. DL-VS coordinate on scheduling, so why would DL pull SLC-LHR only for VS to re-add the route nearly 8 weeks later? DL could’ve merely “transfer” the route and bookings over, as it’s done in...

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by usdcaguy
Sun Dec 05, 2021 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic to announce new US route
Replies: 225
Views: 40301

Re: Virgin Atlantic to announce new US route

My guess is it will be SLC. LHR-TPA might be in the cards as well, since it seems VS served that city before.

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by usdcaguy
Mon Nov 15, 2021 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA ending 27 routes
Replies: 110
Views: 23896

Re: AA ending 27 routes

You do have to wonder if they're trying to balance out regional capacity with mainline with these cuts in order to keep within the pilots' scope clause. Where, however, are those slots going to go, and to whom?

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by usdcaguy
Wed Nov 10, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AAnother Meltdown
Replies: 289
Views: 44253

Re: AAnother Meltdown

I frankly don't understand why a carrier the size of AA continues to schedule so heavily over DFW when they could beef up ORD or CLT and spread out their operational risk, though connections over ORD are no longer what they were. While they expanded greatly out of CLT after the merger with US, AA co...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Oct 27, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AAdvantage Loyalty Program Changes
Replies: 35
Views: 2051

Re: AAdvantage Loyalty Program Changes

The danger I can see them running into is the elite levels getting flooded with card spenders like myself. I only fly 5 times a year but use my AA card for everything. Today I get the free bag and a nicer zone boarding opportunity. In this system I'm a Platinum member. Seems risky because you can u...

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by usdcaguy
Sun Oct 24, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex-Alitalia flight attendants strip off uniforms in protest
Replies: 51
Views: 14272

Re: Ex-Alitalia flight attendants strip off uniforms in protest

This thread has gone off topic with a lot of comments having nothing to do with former AZ flight attendants stripping in central Rome to protest losing their jobs. Comments should be about the event: stripping. Not about the bazillion labor and management issues that eventually led to the demise of...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Oct 22, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot finally resumes service to Cancun CUN.
Replies: 15
Views: 3797

Re: Aeroflot finally resumes service to Cancun CUN.

Not sure if this is the right place to say this, but as a Mexican citizen, am I able to take this flight to Russia without restrictions? Or even with a layover? Russia requires Mexican citizens to have eVisa. So yes, you can get on the flight. Note that the application must be done at least four da...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Oct 22, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule
Replies: 43
Views: 8499

Re: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule

KLM's business model is partly about linking airports which no other major western European carrier is touching, to a European hub. I have a feeling that KLM was one of the very first non-Chinese airlines to link western Europe to Chengdu a number of years ago..... by now Kunming is probably at a s...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Oct 22, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Brussels Airlines New Livery
Replies: 212
Views: 42234

Re: Brussels Airlines “New Chapter”

Could we see a new rebranding as SABENA, with the S being reinstated on the tail of their aircraft?

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by usdcaguy
Thu Oct 21, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1460
Views: 201991

Re: Delta Network Thread - 2021

ATL-Stuttgart permanently axed? They've been flying that route for over 30 years. Correct. That one is the real shocker, especially considering Porsche and Mercedes have their North American headquarters in ATL. It's possible that the German execs and engineers for those companies prefer to fly LH ...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule
Replies: 43
Views: 8499

Re: IATA Takes Legal Action to End Dutch Slot Rule

The fact that Schiphol Airport wants to allocate slots based on how many frequencies they already have to currently served cities may sound logical, but it discriminates against new competitors. On AMS-NYC, for example, there are already over 28 slots being used (2 flights a day into and out of AMS)...

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by usdcaguy
Sun Oct 17, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Private airport and US Laws
Replies: 22
Views: 2342

Re: Private airport and US Laws

It’s a shame the guy can’t just go on about his business, but you do have to think about your neighbors, who will never benefit from your own private airstrip yet will have to put up with all your noise from the airstrip. Just another example of the public having to pay for general aviation in some ...

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by usdcaguy
Sun Oct 17, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1460
Views: 201991

Re: DL Adds Weekend LAX/MCO-PTY, Adds Weekend frequency to ATL-PTY

Hardly. The old NW response would have been a sledgehammer with multiple dailies frequencies and additional cities. This is a handful of frequencies and only 1x weekly from ATL. That's what I was thinking. NW would have gone to ~3x daily immediately. All 1x weekly does is put DL in the GDS. Maybe t...

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by usdcaguy
Sun Oct 17, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is preclearance worth it?
Replies: 22
Views: 2668

Re: Is preclearance worth it?

It is not efficient for US carriers, in particular, to send passengers arriving from Canada to a CBP facility before they connect to another flight. Most passengers will have either a US or Canadian passport, both of which allow immediate access to the US, and this is one of the reasons why preclear...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Oct 15, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announces Q3 2021 Profit
Replies: 27
Views: 7212

Re: Delta announces Q3 2021 Profit

Nice boost in earnings, but that had little impact on the stock price. I think investors will be looking closely at 4Q21 numbers for much better performance YOY and are still shell-shocked over the plummet in share price in 2020. DL seems to have been very conservative about adding new international...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Oct 13, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 2052
Views: 497996

Re: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

Two references to age - that's unfortunate. You're decades out of date regarding EU (and U.S.) prohibitions on age discrimination in employment. Attitudes - customer hating , self-entitled - are subjective. I'm more interested in first year financials to see if they have improved productivity measu...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Oct 12, 2021 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest operational issues 10/2021
Replies: 165
Views: 22070

Re: Southwest operational issues 10/2021

What a weird thread full of conjecture and politics. Ask pilots at Air France if they minded having to be vaccinated, and they would laugh at you. They would consider it their duty. You’ve got to be joking if you, as an employee that works amidst the public, think exposing yourself to COVID is the w...

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by usdcaguy
Sat Oct 09, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Seychelles enters administration
Replies: 16
Views: 4820

Re: Air Seychelles enters administration

Of course Air Seychelles isn't going to be doing well because of the pandemic. If they haven't been bailed out by the Seychelles government by now, that's the government's fault. Carriers like BA and LH received billions in financing to help them weather the storm, and that was months ago. The Seyc...

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by usdcaguy
Sat Oct 09, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Europa and Skyteam
Replies: 29
Views: 7181

Re: Air Europa and Skyteam

i did not realize UX was in that bad of financial shape. I know all airlines are hurting but did not realize they are worse off than others. Already a pain to get from the US to Tenerife (with most legacy carriers not doing daily service and with my height I need 30 in of pitch minimum) but to lose...

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by usdcaguy
Sat Oct 09, 2021 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Seychelles enters administration
Replies: 16
Views: 4820

Re: Air Seychelles enters administration

Of course Air Seychelles isn't going to be doing well because of the pandemic. If they haven't been bailed out by the Seychelles government by now, that's the government's fault. Carriers like BA and LH received billions in financing to help them weather the storm, and that was months ago. The Seych...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Oct 06, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Jordanian Expansion: Looking at A320NEO, B737MAX; additional Dreamliners
Replies: 60
Views: 11539

Re: Royal Jordanian Expansion: Looking at A320NEO, B737MAX; additional Dreamliners

Replacing E-Jets and the A320ceo combined with 737 MAX is maybe the best choice in my opinion. Why? Seems to me there are a few hurdles to take: E-Jets are smaller than the B737-M7 and the latter is heavier and thus less economical. And for introducing the M8/M9/M10 into the fleet, require retraini...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Oct 06, 2021 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LGA Airtrain halted by Governor
Replies: 261
Views: 42232

Re: Updated: LGA Airtrain halted by Governor

The LGA AirTrain may have not made any sense, but it would have been something to work with. Work on the other options would be more disruptive to more New Yorkers, so it is unlikely anything will be built in the next 20 years. I'm still very skeptical as to whether New Yorkers and visitors alike wo...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Oct 06, 2021 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1460
Views: 201991

Re: DL International BOS Additions

How is Delta's relationship with Aeroflot? I am surprised they are not cooperating more closely especially for markets within the CIS. I can't imagine it's good. DL never matched SU in terms of fares and I'm sure they struggled with the Russian to US market. Delta has pulled out of Russia and will ...

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by usdcaguy
Sat Oct 02, 2021 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Paso Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 73
Views: 5850

Re: El Paso Aviation Thread - 2021

I have always been surprised at the lack of flights from ELP to destinations in Mexico on the Mexican LCCs. One destination that I have never seen launched is ELP-CUN. When I last looked, it was one of the top ELP-Mexico markets. With CJS-CUN being available nonstop on the Mexican carriers, there's...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Oct 01, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Paso Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 73
Views: 5850

Re: El Paso Aviation Thread - 2021

I have always been surprised at the lack of flights from ELP to destinations in Mexico on the Mexican LCCs. One destination that I have never seen launched is ELP-CUN. When I last looked, it was one of the top ELP-Mexico markets. With CJS-CUN being available nonstop on the Mexican carriers, there's ...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Sep 29, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines to fire 600 staff who refuse vaccine
Replies: 82
Views: 10672

Re: United Airlines to fire 600 staff who refuse vaccine

There is no federal mandate. Nothing has been formally proposed, nor has anything gone through the rule making process. The moment UA officially terminates these people, the lawsuits begin. There is a federal mandate (executive order) requiring federal employees to be vaccinated (by some point towa...

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by usdcaguy
Sat Sep 25, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Used Delta Aircraft Purchase A359/737-900ER
Replies: 930
Views: 258730

Re: Updated: Used Delta Aircraft Purchase A359/737-900ER

DL's approach to enlarging their fleet seems to be to buy as many used aircraft as possible, fix them up and then buy only what they have to buy from the manufacturers. This isn't a bad idea, because it saves them a ton of money. They profited by leasing used 717s from WN who wanted to dump the airc...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Sep 22, 2021 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair asks for permission to fly charters from MCO to HAV
Replies: 25
Views: 8189

Re: Iceland Air asks for permission to fly charters from MCO to HAV

It's likely demand from the Icelandic side for Cuba that is driving the request since their government doesn't slap its people with the same restrictions the US government imposes on its people. Currently, there are only about two flights a day from the US to Havana, so it will be interesting to se...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair asks for permission to fly charters from MCO to HAV
Replies: 25
Views: 8189

Re: Iceland Air asks for permission to fly charters from MCO to HAV

It's likely demand from the Icelandic side for Cuba that is driving the request since their government doesn't slap its people with the same restrictions the US government imposes on its people. Currently, there are only about two flights a day from the US to Havana, so it will be interesting to see...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Sep 16, 2021 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of Air Algerie
Replies: 10
Views: 2729

Re: The future of Air Algerie

We won’t see AH flying into JFK. They’ve even dropped Montreal. AH likely would benefit by staying out of an alliance, but I suppose they need the prestige boost.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Sep 14, 2021 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 16 years ago: NW and DL both file CH11 bankruptcy at nearly the same time
Replies: 58
Views: 8961

Re: 16 years ago: NW and DL both file CH11 bankruptcy at nearly the same time

DL was not necessarily in a better position. They just happened to be bigger at the time. Still remember all the labor strife NW had after bankruptcy due to abrogating the AMFA contract with the mechanics. The flight attendants were unhappy as well. Rough time at the carriers, bur worth it.

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by usdcaguy
Sun Sep 12, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, and Discussion Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 1370
Views: 214230

Re: TLH losing UA service

In some ways, TLH is like CAE in that they are both state capitals and university cities. CAE has military and federal government traffic that TLH doesn't, so they are able to feed UA's flights to IAD. Still, I don't understand why CAE has been able to support so many flights to ORD while TLH appare...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Sep 10, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 2052
Views: 497996

Re: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

The EU has zero backbone. They were way too slow in finding that the state aid that the Italian government had given AZ was illegal, so now, there will be essentially no consequences for Italy. Normally, a lien would be put on AZ’s assets to cover the amount of state aid owed. In that case, ITA woul...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Sep 10, 2021 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 2052
Views: 497996

Re: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

The challenge is also the management team. It needs a more professional global management team, and not the same Italian club with political interests who then have to do whatever the politicians want them to do. Saludos, Alex Agreed. I hope they chose a completely new management team to run ITA. O...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Sep 09, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cape Air (9K) accident in PVC no fatalities
Replies: 41
Views: 10903

Re: Cape Air (9K) accident in PVC no fatalities

The aircraft in question is N88833 which was operating Cape Air Flight 345, it is unknown why the flight number has been announced as 2072. T The Cape Air confirmed it was flight 2072 on twitter: https://twitter.com/CapeAir/status/1436064178121347072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwte...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kukes airport, Albania - future or will it close ?
Replies: 30
Views: 5045

Re: Kukes airport, Albania - future or will it close ?

It would seem to me that building an airport at Sarande would be better, since the town is a four-hour drive from TIA and is close to Gjirokaster. Such an airport would support tourism in the region. Is there a reason why one has never been built in that area?

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by usdcaguy
Thu Sep 02, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 2052
Views: 497996

Re: Updated ITA/Alitalia News and Discussion Thread

ITA filed with the DOT to request a foreign air carrier permit. It includes their plans for Italy - US routes: 2021: Milan to New York Rome to Boston Rome to Miami Rome to New York 2022: Rome to Los Angeles Rome to Washington Dulles 2023: Rome to Chicago Rome to San Francisco The filing also talks ...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Aug 26, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Amtrak Plans - Aviation Impact
Replies: 37
Views: 2118

Re: Amtrak Plans - Aviation Impact

The train will help in terms of $$$ for passengers in the South. BNA-ATL and at some point SAV will be a big money saver for people who need to get around on their own dime. It's expensive to fly BNA-ATL or ATL-SAV, and if a train at half the cost is there, people will take it as long as rental car...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Aug 26, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skyteam in Europe
Replies: 81
Views: 13530

Re: Skyteam in Europe

I don't think AZ or UX will be much of a loss, at least for passengers in North America. AF/KL already fly to most significant places in Italy, so AZ isn't really needed in the large scheme of things. True, LHR and FRA are wrapped up in oneworld and Star, but SkyTeam offers AMS and CDG, which are hu...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Aug 24, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Amtrak Plans - Aviation Impact
Replies: 37
Views: 2118

Re: Amtrak Plans - Aviation Impact

The train will help in terms of $$$ for passengers in the South. BNA-ATL and at some point SAV will be a big money saver for people who need to get around on their own dime. It's expensive to fly BNA-ATL or ATL-SAV, and if a train at half the cost is there, people will take it as long as rental cars...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Aug 20, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest Delays
Replies: 18
Views: 2118

Re: Southwest Delays

I've experienced major delays on two trips this summer on Southwest. When I look at FR24, I often see that my flight is not the only one running behind. Granted, there have been some major storms this summer, but because of the number of delayed flights, I'm thinking that there is definitely a staff...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Aug 20, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Mexico city's new airport to be improved Santa Lucía Airport
Replies: 212
Views: 46714

Re: Mexico city's new airport to be canceled

Multiple airports in very large cities are not such a problem so long as domestic and international traffic are co-mingled. Its when you limit international operations to one airport and domestic to another that things get dicey. For example JFK and EWR both have extensive international and domesti...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Aug 18, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Impact of Lebanon currency crisis on MEA operations
Replies: 33
Views: 6601

Re: Impact of Lebanon currency crisis on MEA operations

This would be a great time for MEA to focus on transit traffic. Accept payment in stable foreign currency while most of your local costs are in the freefalling Lebanese pound. They could be the first full service LCC. I'd love MEA to become a transit airline, a bit like a small THY, EK or Qatar Air...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Aug 16, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Impact of Lebanon currency crisis on MEA operations
Replies: 33
Views: 6601

Re: Impact of Lebanon currency crisis on MEA operations

[threeid][/threeid] There is no legal requirement for an agency to use any particular payment method/barter/gift to a retail client Um, duh, but why don't you find me a travel agent in the USA which will accept payment in LBP since you seem really insistent on being right. If an agency in Lebanon ha...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Aug 12, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Impact of Lebanon currency crisis on MEA operations
Replies: 33
Views: 6601

Re: Impact of Lebanon currency crisis on MEA operations

Believe me, sometimes it helps to search google. Starting June 8th, Lebanon’s national carrier Middle East Airlines (MEA) will only accept payment in fresh dollars (USD) as opposed to settling payment in local checks of LBP. https://www.the961.com/mea-only-usd-payment/ https://www.the961.com/middle...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Aug 03, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 515
Views: 70533

Re: Spirit Airlines Discussion Thread - 2021

This reminds me of the riots Spirit had some time ago at FLL. Even as a ULCC, they need to do something to take care of customers in a timely manner. There is just so much you can cut if you want to keep passengers and employees happy. I'm surprised the government hasn't established minimum standard...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Unions File Grievance Over Lack of Hotel Availability
Replies: 159
Views: 20121

Re: AA Unions File Grievance Over Lack of Hotel Availability

I travel a fair amount and I have to book/pay for my own flight and hotel and then claim. Doesn’t bother me - I get the loyalty points from both for my leisure trips. Unlike yourself, crews do NOT usually get loyalty points for their stays. They also do not get company cards, unlike what most peopl...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jul 28, 2021 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brawl on Spirit AL flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta 7/23/21
Replies: 50
Views: 18586

Re: Brawl on Spirit AL flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta 7/23/21

G4 attracts a different crowd than NK/F9, mainly retirees and families. You have to remember that G4 doesn't serve a lot of the big cities that some of these people come from. People from smaller cities tend to respect each other, be friendlier and behave more appropriately. There are plenty of exc...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jul 28, 2021 2:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta Extends Elite Status for all Members to 2022
Replies: 5
Views: 851

Re: Delta Extends Elite Status for all Members to 2022

Bigger news is Basic Economy is now changeable again, even for existing tickets. Why is this good news? In my opinion if you book bottom of the barrel you shouldn’t have any benefits. Simple as that Basic Economy isn't "bottom of the barrel". With regular economy, passengers will still ha...

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