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by USAirALB
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next wave of TATL per Boyd Group
Replies: 78
Views: 8523

Re: Next wave of TATL per Boyd Group

ALB couldn’t even sustain a B1900 for international service on Air Canada. I To be fair, they had a good 13 year run of service, and all Northeastern US cities that had B1900 service to YYZ eventually lost service. BDL was upgauged to a dash when it was originally on a 1900. Beech dropped, dash com...

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by USAirALB
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next wave of TATL per Boyd Group
Replies: 78
Views: 8523

Re: Next wave of TATL per Boyd Group

UPNYGuy wrote:
ALB couldn’t even sustain a B1900 for international service on Air Canada. I

To be fair, they had a good 13 year run of service, and all Northeastern US cities that had B1900 service to YYZ eventually lost service.

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by USAirALB
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF applies for YVR-PPT
Replies: 33
Views: 7158

Re: AF applies for YVR-PPT

YYZORD wrote:
Is there a chance that FJ will launch NAN-YVR if PPT-YVR is successful?

Didn't they do this with a 738 before that flew NAN-HNL-YVR?

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by USAirALB
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: CLT-AMS AA vs. DL/KL
Replies: 37
Views: 3467

Re: CLT-AMS AA vs. DL/KL

At this point in time the only additional TATL service CLT will be getting IMO will be an additional LHR (the slot that AA owns that is currently used by AY is rumored to be for an additional LHR-CLT service) and then maybe more flights to Germany with an A321XLR as was mentioned by either Isom or ...

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by USAirALB
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: CLT-AMS AA vs. DL/KL
Replies: 37
Views: 3467

Re: CLT-AMS AA vs. DL/KL

At this point in time the only additional TATL service CLT will be getting IMO will be an additional LHR (the slot that AA owns that is currently used by AY is rumored to be for an additional LHR-CLT service) and then maybe more flights to Germany with an A321XLR as was mentioned by either Isom or R...

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by USAirALB
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: CLT-AMS AA vs. DL/KL
Replies: 37
Views: 3467

Re: CLT-AMS AA vs. DL/KL

Neither AA or DL are launching CLT-AMS, IMHO. In the L-US network, PHL-AMS was always the lowest performing year-round TATL route IIRC, and the flight was downguaged from a 762 to a 752 several times. US and now AA could have launched CLT-AMS several times if they had wanted to (especially when they...

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by USAirALB
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience
Replies: 156
Views: 20761

Re: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience

I’m confused why folks keep comparing this to UA’s service. UA didn’t and still does not offer a choice of starters in Y. The service originally was supposed to be “three course” with a cheese and crackers pass with the first beverage service, but the cheese and crackers has been eliminating in favo...

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by USAirALB
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience
Replies: 156
Views: 20761

Re: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience

I can’t believe how easily pleased you all are. This offering is just awful. And to think Americans come on the likes of BA and complain! And is there really no second service? Just a hot towel and a tiny piece of chocolate? Wow! Wow, you're so wrong. There is still a mid flight snack and there is ...

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by USAirALB
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience
Replies: 156
Views: 20761

Re: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience

They trialed this about a year ago on their PDX-NRT flights. At the time of the trial, the starter was offered as an entirely separate course. Looks like they combined the starter and main course into one for the sake of time. Regardless of what one thinks of DL, this is impressive for a YCL service...

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by USAirALB
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United drops GUM-HKG
Replies: 51
Views: 11099

Re: United drops GUM-HKG

HKG-GUM was the last UA HKG flight not operating to the continental US. A couple of years back they had HKG-SGN/SIN/NRT in addition to EWR/ORD/SFO.

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by USAirALB
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the proposed UA/US merger in the early 2000s?
Replies: 42
Views: 4869

Re: What happened to the proposed UA/US merger in the early 2000s?

Merger was officially announced on 24 May 2000, and was terminated in July 2001. One thing that people often forget is that US at the time had a respectable IAD operation as well, with a bunch of P2P Express and MetroJet flights. As of June 2000, they had 105 IAD flights (including Mainline, Express...

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by USAirALB
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible Rumor: B6 ending CLT-JFK
Replies: 30
Views: 5785

Re: Possible Rumor: B6 ending CLT-JFK

I don't really understand B6's existence in CLT. I honestly wouldn't be surprised to see them drop CLT service period. CLT-JFK is profitable for B6, but the slots used for CLT-JFK would simply be more profitable utilized on another flight. I wouldn't be surprised to see B6 slowly shift away from sho...

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by USAirALB
Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 752
Views: 106488

Re: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019

CLT-JFK is cut in favor of additional CLT-BOS frequencies. Edit: There could be more internal information that I just don't know about/I don't have all the facts, but what's with all the gripe about Joanna? I think its super cool that we finally have a woman basically in charge of the day-to-day op...

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by USAirALB
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 752
Views: 106488

Re: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019

CLT-JFK is cut in favor of additional CLT-BOS frequencies. Edit: There could be more internal information that I just don't know about/I don't have all the facts, but what's with all the gripe about Joanna? I think its super cool that we finally have a woman basically in charge of the day-to-day ope...

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by USAirALB
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Malaysia Airlines fly to Mexico, Argentina, Canada & USA in its heyday!?
Replies: 70
Views: 7832

Re: Did Malaysia Airlines fly to Mexico, Argentina, Canada & USA in its heyday!?

In any case, the O&D market from Malaysia to US is virtually non existent due to Malaysian passport holders requiring a US visa. I wouldn't be surprised to see Malaysia become part of the VWP within the next 5-10 years or so. http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=AMS%2C+BEY%2C+BAH%2C+EZE%2C+CPT%2C+CEB%2...

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by USAirALB
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Malaysia Airlines fly to Mexico, Argentina, Canada & USA in its heyday!?
Replies: 70
Views: 7832

Re: Did Malaysia Airlines fly to Mexico, Argentina, Canada & USA in its heyday!?

I visited KUL for the first time this past March (flew Air Asia into KLIA2 and then connected to terminal 1 on KA) and the Terminal 1 Satellite hosting the international flights was an absolute ghost town in the middle of the afternoon. It was blatantly obvious that it was designed to support more t...

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by USAirALB
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?
Replies: 62
Views: 14862

Re: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?

WWads wrote:
jetskipper wrote:
Did CHS have a flight kitchen prior to the BA flight?


DFW, IAH, SEA. I'd say it's probable. 5 hours is way too long for a double cater.

5? CHS is close to 9 on the Westbound, and close to 8 on the Eastbound.

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by USAirALB
Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does NZ offer free meals/alcohol on domestic/trans-tasman flights?
Replies: 7
Views: 1232

Re: Does NZ offer free meals/alcohol on domestic/trans-tasman flights?

I think they offer BOB.

I’ve noticed when looking at flights Domestically/Trans-Tasman on the USA website it states that food and drink are included on all flights when booking but then when you change it to the NZ/AU website, the seat/seat+bag/works fare show up.

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by USAirALB
Fri May 31, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest ditching ticket jackets
Replies: 35
Views: 4375

Re: Southwest ditching ticket jackets

I believe BA still offers transfer wallets to folks who connect through LHR, which I guess serve as de facto ticket jackets.

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by USAirALB
Thu May 30, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines 767 Cabins Since Delivery
Replies: 127
Views: 19484

Re: American Airlines 767 Cabins Since Deliverygra

Btw this is an amazing video with lots of great exterior and cockpit shots of Piedmont 767s and more. Did PI/US have any ovens in the Y galley? http://youtu.be/rCndegVzMxU?t=696 No. PI/US used warming trolleys to heat up Y meals. The meal trays were then re-stowed in the carts after the meal servic...

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by USAirALB
Wed May 29, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best Airline Ads
Replies: 59
Views: 3124

Re: Best Airline Ads

I always liked the "USAir begins with you" jingle in the 1990s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPE_p73CIBY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p28bgLkXcCA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MQOSIR7gJo I think the jingle was used only until the early 90s (1993 or so) when they stopped and began ...

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by USAirALB
Wed May 29, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS wins 12th straight JD Power award
Replies: 86
Views: 6305

Re: AS wins 12th straight JD Power award

I kind of have mixed feelings about AS. Now that I live in DC, I have been flying AS somewhat frequently. I've flown them to SFO twice this year (once ex DCA another ex BWI), once to SBA, and I'm flying them to YVR next month and to PSP in October. I have to say for the most part the staff I have en...

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by USAirALB
Tue May 28, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about the A321 and Jetway boarding
Replies: 37
Views: 5193

Re: Question about the A321 and Jetway boarding

I know US wanted to use 2L for boarding when they first received the plane back in 2001, but determined it wasn’t safely possible due to the placement of the engine. I think L-AA wanted to do the same but came to a similar conclusion. US also had A321 decals placed at both doors 1L and 2L to remind ...

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by USAirALB
Thu May 23, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines 767 Cabins Since Delivery
Replies: 127
Views: 19484

Re: American Airlines 767 Cabins Since Delivery

wernerga3 wrote:
I was going through the thread and noticed some funny things!


Look closely how first class passengers get latex gloves for their oxy masks, whereas coach passengers don't!
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That's bizarre. What would be the purpose?

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by USAirALB
Tue May 21, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lakeland in talks with American for commercial flights
Replies: 73
Views: 7719

Re: Lakeland in talks with American for commercial flights

I don't doubt that there is a pressing case for LKL to get commercial service to either ATL or CLT, but I personally feel that there are simply more important cities to serve in FL than LKL. Naples, Marathon, and Vero Beach all come to mind. Runway issues might be an issue at all those airports, but...

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by USAirALB
Mon May 20, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft
Replies: 180
Views: 22299

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft

I'm really just not impressed by this "battle for the soul" kind of rhetoric. It always seems to be wielded by people fantasizing about the luxuriousness of an imaginary standalone AA. Yes and no. AA was a full service carrier, despite doing a pretty piss poor job of it, resulting in bank...

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by USAirALB
Mon May 20, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft
Replies: 180
Views: 22299

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft

https://twitter.com/xJonNYC/status/1129939690197573632

Anyone want to take a crack at that rumor? If it doesn't mean Amazon (which someone had suggested) I am stumped. I usually take "A through Z" to mean "to include everything".
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https://twitter.com/xJonNYC/status/1129939690197573632

Anyone want to take a crack at that rumor? If it doesn't mean Amazon (which someone had suggested) I am stumped. I usually take "A through Z" to mean "to include everything".

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by USAirALB
Mon May 20, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft
Replies: 180
Views: 22299

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft

Can someone say definitively if the B/E Aerospace Meridian Economy Seat’s modular upper back shells can be changed out to accommodate IFE screens (Delta style wireless tablets)? I don't see why not. Other airlines have the Meridian seat equipped with PTV screens. B6 selected the Meridian model for ...

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by USAirALB
Sun May 19, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will UA, DL and AA ever return to the Middle East?
Replies: 47
Views: 5979

Re: Will UA, DL and AA ever return to the Middle East?

It's pretty interesting to me that relatively recently UA had a robust Middle East network. I know IAD-KWI and DXB were both nonstop, and then each flight continued onto BAH and DOH at one point.

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by USAirALB
Sat May 18, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft
Replies: 180
Views: 22299

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft

I think that maybe AA has realized that their margins (and profits) are suffering because they thought the consumer wo uld fly them and pay whatever no matter what their product was. DL offers a better experience product both soft and hard and it shows in the profits. Even AS gives out tablets whil...

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by USAirALB
Sat May 18, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft
Replies: 180
Views: 22299

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft

I think the difference between AA and UA is that pre-merger as part of the transformation to becoming the "new American", AA committed that all new planes would come equipped with PTVs, only for the Parker team to cancel those plans. IIRC the commitment to seatback video was pretty well ad...

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by USAirALB
Fri May 17, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft
Replies: 180
Views: 22299

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft

I flew SBA-DFW-BWI the other day on AA (L-AA A319 and 738) and both planes had PTVs. The "streaming revolution" that DP & Co claim is occurring couldn't have been more false on those two flights. When I got up to use the lav, almost everyone was using the seatback screen, rather than j...

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by USAirALB
Sat May 11, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Adds New Domestic/Mexico/Caribbean Routes
Replies: 87
Views: 14857

Re: American Airlines Adds New Domestic/Mexico/Caribbean Routes

I was just talking about the possibility of AA trying service to EGE from CLT/PHL. US lasted longer on the CLT-EGE route than PHL-EGE, so it's interesting to see PHL come back first... I find the launch of PHL-EGE interesting, given that AA opted to start MTJ from CLT over PHL. That said, I can’t s...

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by USAirALB
Fri May 10, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Adds New Domestic/Mexico/Caribbean Routes
Replies: 87
Views: 14857

Re: American Airlines Adds New Domestic/Mexico/Caribbean Routes

US formerly did both PHL-EGE and CLT-EGE years ago.

CLT never had service to Grenada. US did PHL-Grenada but then a hurricane hit and they never returned.

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by USAirALB
Wed May 08, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Continental Micronesia Extended Routes
Replies: 39
Views: 5402

Re: Continental Micronesia Extended Routes

I don't think UA ever did HKG-SIN on a 738. It was always either a 744 or 777 as a tag on from ORD-HKG. UA did however fly HKG-SGN on a Micronesia 738. The flight started off as a 744 and then switched after the merger. UA also discontinued HKG-NRT and then brought the route back with a 738 for a fe...

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by USAirALB
Thu May 02, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA cancel SEA-NRT?
Replies: 48
Views: 6417

Re: Why did UA cancel SEA-NRT?

I doubt the second incarnation ever made money; you can't blame it on 9-11 or Smisek (UA's position in SEA began declining many, many years before he took the helm of the company, as it built of SFO). Reality is, SEA wasn't a large enough market to support the level of competition, and NW's relatio...

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by USAirALB
Thu May 02, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA cancel SEA-NRT?
Replies: 48
Views: 6417

Re: Why did UA cancel SEA-NRT?

IIRC UA had attempted to downgauge the route to a 763 but was prohibited from doing so (by the pilots union maybe for a lack of crew rest?) for some reason or another.

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by USAirALB
Wed May 01, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: MD88/MD90/B712 Love/Hate Relationship
Replies: 73
Views: 6947

Re: MD88/MD90/B712 Love/Hate Relationship

I’ve never flown the MD80 or MD90, only the 717, so I cannot speak as to whether this applies to the MD80/90 or only the 717. But on every flight of the 717 I have been on, I have always felt extremely uncomfortable during descent...I can almost describe it as a sensation that the plane is flying in...

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by USAirALB
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta "Flying Colonel" program-need some insight
Replies: 15
Views: 2842

Re: Delta "Flying Colonel" program-need some insight

I believe the program was officially retired years ago, but supposedly it still exists on the passenger manifest and in the reservation system as FC. I believe there was also a Flying Orchid program as well designated for women only. IIRC the program came with a Crown Room membership but that’s abou...

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by USAirALB
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why so few international major carriers to Philadelphia?
Replies: 104
Views: 14275

Re: Why so few international major carriers to Philadelphia?

IIRC, AF and SR used to serve PHL at one point.

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by USAirALB
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CLE prior to UA hub closure
Replies: 32
Views: 3979

Re: CLE prior to UA hub closure

Wasn’t there a period where CO announced a major expansion at CLE? I think it was around 2006-2008. The first phase was to be new RJ flights and then the second phase was going to be a shift in RJ to mainline aircraft. I know serveral cities had mainline CO CLE flights at this time for a very short ...

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by USAirALB
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific planes flying on Cathay Dragon flights?
Replies: 6
Views: 1144

Re: Cathay Pacific planes flying on Cathay Dragon flights?

Yes. I was scheduled to fly KA 732 on 15 March but when I got to the gate the aircraft was a CX A333 in the old config (very small J cabin of only a couple or so rows, with old fixed-YCL seats). The captain and ISM referred to our flight as "Cathay Dragon service operated by Cathay Pacific Airw...

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by USAirALB
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Charlotte-Munich: Already Failing?
Replies: 103
Views: 15169

Re: American Airlines Charlotte-Munich: Already Failing?

First of all I am going to repeat what has been said and say it's silly to be discussing this when the flight has only operated 5 times. It's also silly to be going off of a seat map. However, I highly doubt that CLT-MUC can support two carriers. IAD-MUC barely supports two carriers (I believe that ...

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by USAirALB
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inner city airline terminals
Replies: 25
Views: 2694

Re: Inner city airline terminals

IIRC, CX used to offer a city-check in location that closed when the APE stations opened after switching from Kai Tak to Chep Lap Kok. As indicated above, the APE is quite expensive. Most people I know take the MTR to Tung Chung and then take a bus from Tung Chung or just take a bus all together. Wh...

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by USAirALB
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa A350 arrives in CLT!
Replies: 9
Views: 3328

Re: Lufthansa A350 arrives in CLT!

It has nothing to do with the performance of the route or AA, IIRC all A330s are being moved to FRA so the flight had to go to an A350.

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by USAirALB
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA and the Philippines will it happen?
Replies: 57
Views: 6891

Re: AA and the Philippines will it happen?

I understand that US-Philippines is mostly VFR Balikbayan traffic, but is that necessarily the case from the Asian POS?

I understand that SQ offers a F cabin on some of their MNL flights, and CX hasn’t yet moved MNL service to the lower-cost KA network, as they have with KUL.

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by USAirALB
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential UAL strategy at IAD?
Replies: 88
Views: 8690

Re: Potential UAL strategy at IAD?

Would there be room to theoretically consolidate the entire UA operation onto the current A/B/Z gates? Some parts of the concourse always seem to be dead to me. Considering that UA is constructing a Polaris lounge in the "temporary" C/D concourse, they are going to be temporarily used for ...

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by USAirALB
Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Top Unserved Routes from Asian Airports
Replies: 17
Views: 1878

Re: Top Unserved Routes from Asian Airports

That's interesting. Going off other posters in this forum you would have thought that it would have been NRT-MIA, PVG-MIA, PEK-MIA, ICN-MIA. I wouldn't be surprised to see SQ at either BOS or IAD one day, IMHO. I could see them trying BOS-TPE-SIN or IAD-TPE-SIN, as both BOS and IAD lack TPE service ...

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by USAirALB
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: WN releases Hawaii for sale
Replies: 79
Views: 7037

Re: WN releases Hawaii for sale

This seems like a stupid question (given that WN doesn't operate redeyes at present to my knowledge) but are connections from Hawaii to the East Coast possible without an overnight stay in OAK or SJC?

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