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by Skyguy
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?
Replies: 119
Views: 29728

Re: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?

As has been adequately covered above, there were many, many international long-haul flights that had multi-stop itineraries due to the variety of reasons mentioned above. However, what does not appear to have been mentioned was the experience for the passengers and crew. I was in a kid in the 70's a...

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by Skyguy
Wed May 20, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion
Replies: 419
Views: 83295

Re: FT: Investors bet AA will file for BK

Is there some kind of ratio of maximum amount the Fed will lend to airlines to help, i.e. only a upto a certain percentage of debt liability can be borrowed by the airline? Given the $4.75B that AA is negotiating with the Fed, there is probably room for more if needed later in the year, it's unlikel...

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by Skyguy
Tue Apr 14, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 in Pattaya, Thailand (UTP)
Replies: 6
Views: 4765

Delta A350 in Pattaya, Thailand (UTP)

Delta is flying one of it's A350's, N512DN between HNL and Pattaya (Rayong airport UTP) today (April 14), flight DL8821, and has made round trips between HNL-UTP-HNL once a day since April 12, and is scheduled to do so again tomorrow, April 15 according to Flightradar24. Is this an evacuation flight...

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by Skyguy
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport Photos in the wake of coronavirus impacts
Replies: 184
Views: 10002

Re: Corona Airport Photos

The top photo is normal... 2 aircraft on the West Apron, and a 747 in Link 28 holding short of N1 for a 27L departure. 2nd shot is the mess of what to do with 150+ airbus with nowhere to go Wouldn't be surprised if they start flying some to Marana or Victorville to park for next few weeks or months...

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by Skyguy
Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again
Replies: 310
Views: 64419

Re: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again

None of it is unfounded, Sam uses material facts in the article. AA has double the debt of UA and DL, and over the years AA has not paid it down compared to it's peers instead just been buying back stock. AA was making over $7billion in annual profits recently, and it spent it's cash on share buy b...

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by Skyguy
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again
Replies: 310
Views: 64419

Re: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again

None of it is unfounded, Sam uses material facts in the article. AA has double the debt of UA and DL, and over the years AA has not paid it down compared to it's peers instead just been buying back stock. AA was making over $7billion in annual profits recently, and it spent it's cash on share buy b...

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by Skyguy
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Use it or lose it?
Replies: 35
Views: 7317

Re: Use it or lose it?

There is an another element to this as well. There is a large ecosystem of literal shopping malls in airports now of cafe's, restaurants, bars, duty-free shops, high-end retail boutiques etc., and all of them depend on foot traffic to justify the high rent and costs of operating in an airport. As a ...

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by Skyguy
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020
Replies: 1143
Views: 183841

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020

Where are airlines parking aircraft that are not flying due to routes being suspended?

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by Skyguy
Wed Mar 04, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific fined £500,000 over I.T. failure
Replies: 5
Views: 1369

Re: Cathay Pacific fined £500,000 over I.T. failure

Many companies skimp and go cheap on IT and other back-office support processes, this is not a surprise as such, but it appears that whoever was the Chief IT officer at Cathay either had no strategic plan to identify and address the weaknesses and redundancies, or to make sure there were sufficient ...

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by Skyguy
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways lost an avg. of $17M for "every" aircraft in its fleet (for its financial year)
Replies: 60
Views: 10824

Re: Kuwait Airways lost an avg. of $17M for "every" aircraft in its fleet (for its financial year)

Having a little more knowledge about KU after having dealt with their HQ and visited them in the past, it's actually surprising that several of their routes actually do make decent profit, it's not like they are buying needless aircraft all the time and trying to find places to fly them to. Kuwaiti'...

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by Skyguy
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Leadership Recognizes Widening Gap Between Itself, Delta - article
Replies: 232
Views: 38568

Re: AA Leadership Recognizes Widening Gap Between Itself, Delta - article

Crandall looks pretty good right now. The one theme I've heard from my friend since Crandall retired is that American is afraid to compete. If it starts losing money on a route, it either reduces seats or abandons the route. Crandall was willing to double down, when another carrier started flying a...

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by Skyguy
Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Leadership Recognizes Widening Gap Between Itself, Delta - article
Replies: 232
Views: 38568

Re: AA Leadership Recognizes Widening Gap Between Itself, Delta - article

Doug Parker and AA management are trying to please their master's; and that is Wall Street. The institutional investors and the analyst community want stock performance and financial results that are relatively stable with a modest degree of predictability. This has lead to AA (as well as the others...

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by Skyguy
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA pilots call off strike on September 27th, 2019
Replies: 133
Views: 22413

Re: BA pilots to strike, 9-10 27 September.

Are their lots of BA aircraft parked on the ground at LHR, like much more than usual?

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by Skyguy
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Japan to Amsterdam
Replies: 20
Views: 3839

Re: Japan to Amsterdam

GRU was discontinued in 2009, and GIG before that. During the bankruptcy process ten years ago many routes were curtailed or mothballed and instead flown in cooperation with codeshares with OneWorld alliance partners or others.

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by Skyguy
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 47311

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

I may be wrong here but I seem to recollect one of the US airlines (UA?) had some terms and conditions whereby if you bought a hidden city ticket but were a no show for the final leg then they reserved the right to charge your credit that you paid for the ticket with with the published fare to the c...

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by Skyguy
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA move to T5 in LHR?
Replies: 72
Views: 13720

Re: AA move to T5 in LHR?

Do BA use T5A for widebodies? I seem to recall only seeing narrow bodies there.

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by Skyguy
Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: The AAirpass & How It Cost AA Dearly
Replies: 35
Views: 5450

Re: Update: The AAirpass & How It Cost AA Dearly

Are any of these passes still out there and active or did they cancel all of them? Wonder if anyone else who bought them are actually "playing by the rules" and AA still honors. I believe there are still some active ones out there Michael Dell still has one. But people who bought AAirpass...

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by Skyguy
Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: The AAirpass & How It Cost AA Dearly
Replies: 35
Views: 5450

Re: Update: The AAirpass & How It Cost AA Dearly

This is probably an egregious case of use of AAirpass, the idea of traveling constantly seems more of an obsession rather than necessity or leisure travel. There are several people here who travel a lot and it does take a toll and get fatiguing and I for one welcome the break from traveling in and o...

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by Skyguy
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA pulling out of VVI
Replies: 48
Views: 8816

Re: AA pulling out of VVI

Recently, Belo Horizonte and La Paz... not sure when they cut Recife. They also left VCP sometime back, had one flight a day there from DFW. The Brazilian economy tanking lead to AA pulling back as demand for seats receded, so for now they've suspended routes but may return when demand comes back a...

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by Skyguy
Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BA so cautious?
Replies: 14
Views: 3828

Re: Why is BA so cautious?

Actually, BA256 DEL-LHR changed from 10:20AM dep.- 15:20PM arr., to 11:40AM dep.-18:10 arr., 3 days ago, and then 1 day ago it was changed back to the original 10:20AM departure, this is for a July 28th flight. A bit strange as the new timing meant the flight left 1:20 hrs later but arrived 2:50 hrs...

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by Skyguy
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BA so cautious?
Replies: 14
Views: 3828

Re: Why is BA so cautious?

Cheap??????? Wow....... Have a serious look at the levels of investment BA have input over the last few years, and re-calibrate your use of the word 'cheap'. Believe me, there is nothing 'cheap' about running an airline. If/when you are a shareholder of whatever company it maybe, you might often in...

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by Skyguy
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Indonesia Management Madness (Camera banned)
Replies: 17
Views: 4175

Re: Garuda Indonesia Management Madness (Camera banned)

As for the Skytrax 5 star rating, I think it's no secret that that can be "arranged", so hardly the epitomy of credibility.

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by Skyguy
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways A350-1000 with No First Class
Replies: 94
Views: 31891

Re: British Airways A350-1000 with No First Class

Lots of complaints above about how BA Business Class is of poor standard and those with opposing views who think it's the best ever. Only way to really make an informed opinion is from having traveled recently on a variety of different carriers in both long and medium haul and being able to discern ...

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by Skyguy
Wed May 29, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Printed Airline Timetables
Replies: 33
Views: 3528

Printed Airline Timetables

25 years ago most airlines printed and published their own systemwide timetables and schedules for use by customers. Often this contained a lot more information than just flight schedules, there was marketing information and ads in there announcing new routes or new features etc. However, with the a...

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by Skyguy
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahrain plans to sink a B747
Replies: 50
Views: 13195

Re: Bahrain plans to sink a B747

What purpose does this serve by deliberately sinking a plane and making it a divers attraction? What else will they sink, a whole city? Everything is just so fake in the middle East, when they do things for attraction . That part of the world is mostly just sand, so by default anything that is buil...

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by Skyguy
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TK to become casualty of USA-Turkey rhetoric?
Replies: 106
Views: 13475

Re: NYT: New USA Sanctions Could Include Limits on TK

The Pastor is just being used as a tool to justify action against Turkey, and it's pretty complicated and all political. Needless to say, Turkey's involvement in Syria and current relationship with Russia has a lot to do with this, and Turkey being a NATO member and getting comfortable with Russia d...

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by Skyguy
Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways pilots fight it out midair between LHR & BOM
Replies: 32
Views: 11499

Re: Jet Airways pilots fight it out midair between LHR & BOM

I would say this is air piracy. Assault and battery of cockpit crew in any circumstances is nothing less than endangering passengers lives.

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by Skyguy
Tue May 09, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MIA CEO: Asian airline to serve MIA within next 24 months
Replies: 72
Views: 9079

Re: MIA CEO: Asian airline to serve MIA within next 24 months

Korean Airlines? They have a cargo flight there currently.

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by Skyguy
Fri May 05, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AAL 1Q17 $234M Net Profit, A350's deferred
Replies: 77
Views: 16971

Re: AAL 1Q17 $234M Net Profit, A350's deferred

This is the exact reason why the airline industry in the US is where its at. The "real" product the airline management is selling is the company stock, and that is where their focus is, not the passengers, suppliers or employees, their aim is to keep the Wall St. analysts happy above all....

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by Skyguy
Thu May 04, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AAL 1Q17 $234M Net Profit, A350's deferred
Replies: 77
Views: 16971

Re: AAL 1Q17 $234M Net Profit, A350's deferred

On a related note, AAL is down big in pre-market trading, despite beating consensus estimates for Q1, after JP Morgan analyst Jamie Baker strongly criticized the company for a "wealth transfer of nearly $1 billion to its labor groups," and the "worrying precedent [for] both for Ameri...

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by Skyguy
Mon May 01, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to increase 737 capacity
Replies: 261
Views: 33442

Re: AA to increase 737 capacity

For AA having 16F no longer quite makes sense, I mean whats the point of flying 4 extra F seats when these are just given to AA's EXP's anyway? They earn no revenue and are just a cost, so going forward adding more seats in Y makes sense to Parker. As the years go on the upgrade benefits that elites...

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by Skyguy
Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines flight 48 EWR/BOM 3 non-working lavs for 14 hour flight
Replies: 66
Views: 14658

Re: United Airlines flight 48 EWR/BOM 3 non-working lavs for 14 hour flight

Lavatories deemed as "out-of-order" by the crew maybe a euphemism for they don't want passengers to use them. Long flights anywhere sees heavy use of lavatories and on some sectors the hygiene/cleanliness of lavatories deteriorates pretty quickly (due to inconsiderate or "abusive"...

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by Skyguy
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to offer free meals in coach on JFK-LAX/SFO
Replies: 67
Views: 8145

Re: AA to offer free meals in coach on transcons

I suspect that alot of the concessions that airlines were able to extract from the FA unions were some sort of agreement of reduction of workload in return for reduced salaries or delayed pay raises. Given that full meal service takes time and for FA's it is incremental more work in terms of another...

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by Skyguy
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to offer free meals in coach on JFK-LAX/SFO
Replies: 67
Views: 8145

Re: AA to offer free meals in coach on transcons

First, we need to see AA's definition of a "meal", all this may just end up being hot air if all you get is a plastic bag with a selection of pretzels, cheese sticks, trail mix, a piece of fruit, etc.

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by Skyguy
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways unveils new Q Suite business class seat
Replies: 95
Views: 26962

Re: Qatar Airways unveils new Q Suite business class seat

Wow! AA, UA and DL have a a lot to catch up on. :)

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by Skyguy
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oscar Can't Get Parts for UA's 747s?
Replies: 39
Views: 11388

Re: Oscar Can't Get Parts for UA's 747s?

The convenient and timely availability of spare parts at a reasonable cost is also the reason why airlines when introducing a new aircraft choose those destination airports where that type of aircraft is already a frequent visitor (or based there by its home airline(s)), thereby assuring that the ec...

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by Skyguy
Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to launch a New Club World soon.
Replies: 47
Views: 12942

Re: BA to launch a New Club World soon.

The rumored enhancements to service, i.e. dine-on-demand, may not be looked at favorably by the FA unions. This means more work for the FA's being on their feet and running about, definitely something the unions will get a hold of and fight.

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by Skyguy
Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: James Hogan CEO EY to go
Replies: 61
Views: 10121

Re: James Hogan (EY CEO) to leave Etihad in Second Half of 2017

It is not hard to understand why there is this planned change in leadership at the top, Hogan came long way to bring EY from a fledgling operation to something sizable to compete with it's other ME peers, which is what its owners, the Government of Abu Dhabi (as an extension of the Emir of Abu Dhabi...

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by Skyguy
Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First United 777-300ER Routes Announced
Replies: 59
Views: 17532

Re: First United 777-300ER Routes Announced

The ultra-senior SFO-based AFA members are not going to be happy. These are the FA's who should NOT be on these flights. They fly these routes which seem to be a monopoly for them only, just to clock up their minimum hours. These are long-haul flagship routes against which you're competing with the...

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by Skyguy
Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK521 TRV-DXB (777-300 A6-EMW) crash landing in DXB
Replies: 735
Views: 173135

Re: EK521 TRV-DXB (777-300 A6-EMW) crash landing in DXB

Many posters here are criticizing people grabbing their baggage prior to evacuation. I think there is a bit of tone deafness to the culture in the area. This is the Middle East. Anyone born lucky with a white skin and a Western passport can get away with anything - even a burnt passport and no visa...

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by Skyguy
Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK521 TRV-DXB (777-300 A6-EMW) crash landing in DXB
Replies: 735
Views: 173135

Re: EK521 TRV-DXB (777-300 A6-EMW) crash landing in DXB

Taking luggage with you in case of emergency is a worldwide phenomenon, happened with the BA emergency in LAS, Asiana at SFO etc. nothing really new, and very difficult to stop people from doing this.

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by Skyguy
Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK521 TRV-DXB (777-300 A6-EMW) crash landing in DXB
Replies: 735
Views: 173135

Re: EK521 TRV-DXB (777-300 A6-EMW) crash landing in DXB

Interestingly, EK's Twitter post listed all the EK flights that were cancelled and those diverted and the airports they were diverted to. These airports were DWC, SHJ, AAN, FJR as well as MCT, BAH and DOH. How come not to AUH which is just a stones throw away? Turf or political rivalry with Abu Dhab...

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by Skyguy
Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways To Take Back Etihad 777s
Replies: 18
Views: 11652

RE: Jet Airways To Take Back Etihad 777s

Good to hear that the <acronym title="Jet Airways (India)">9W</acronym> 777's are going back to Jet. For the last few years that <acronym title="Etihad Airways (United Arab Emirates)">EY</acronym> used them it really did confuse the brand in terms of customers on board hard product experience and fr...

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by Skyguy
Thu May 19, 2016 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Egypt Air 804 Paris-Cairo Missing
Replies: 1187
Views: 76212

RE: Egypt Air 804 Paris-Cairo Missing Part 2

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/DocLightning" class="quote" target="_blank">DocLightning</a> (<a href="#173" class="quote">Reply 173</a>):<br/><i>1) Bomb 2) Spontaneous structu...

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by Skyguy
Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5th Freedom LHR-JFK
Replies: 30
Views: 12246

RE: 5th Freedom LHR-JFK

Believe it or not <acronym title="Thai International (Thailand)">TG</acronym> have the rights to fly <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym>-<acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym> since the...

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by Skyguy
Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BRU - Should Security Be Changed At Airport?
Replies: 54
Views: 9846

RE: BRU - Should Security Be Changed At Airport?

I think security before getting into the departure terminal is going to become the new normal in the future. A few countries already have this process well established, in India you can not step inside the terminal without showing your passport and air ticket confirmation to security personnel. Has ...

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by Skyguy
Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 777s Parked At MIA?
Replies: 22
Views: 8764

RE: AA 777s Parked At MIA?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/richiemo" class="quote" target="_blank">richiemo</a> (<a href="#19" class="quote">Reply 19</a>):<br/><i>I raised the same questions a few years ...

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by Skyguy
Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Pilots Blast Return Of ‘Toxic Culture'
Replies: 75
Views: 20734

RE: AA Pilots Blast Return Of ‘Toxic Culture'

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Jamake1" class="quote" target="_blank">Jamake1</a> (<a href="#5" class="quote">Reply 5</a>):<br/><i>When employees voiced their concerns over <a...

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by Skyguy
Thu Mar 03, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR Pilots Fired Over Miami Runway Accident
Replies: 103
Views: 32687

RE: QR Pilots Fired Over Miami Runway Accident

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/AABB777" class="quote" target="_blank">AABB777</a> (<a href="#7" class="quote">Reply 7</a>):<br/><i>AAB is in denial about the seriousness of th...

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