What I find fascinating about Pan Am's history is how it entangled aviation, innovation, politics & foreign policy. Multiple books, papers, documentaries speculate how Trippes marriage to the sister of SecState and career diplomat Edward Stettinius solidified PAs place as the US "chosen ins...Jump to post
I think Grinstein's push to get out of the DEN free-for-all between UA, CO & FL was what ultimately saved the Company. That and downsizing from 727-200s to 737-200s on Intermountain hops and 737-300s and remaining 727-200s for medium-long missions + higher volume segments was wise. According to ...Jump to post
I find it hard to believe that a country who prides itself on air-tight labor protections will allow this plan. Yes, desperate times call for desperate measures and every airline is fighting for survival. Perhaps this is a nuclear option to get the union and FAs to face facts.Jump to post
I'm impressed with how the port authorities 'vision' in the 1970s kept in line with today's reality. I've seen plenty of 'Year 2000 Master Plans' that feature grandiose nonsense like a TPA/MCO layout with 16 airside terminals or an interplanetary arrivals terminal.Jump to post
C'mon people...let's get this back on the rails. IMHO this is pretty shrewd of B6 & ALPA to prevent a skill deficit down the road. Legacies have older work forces and pretty significant numbers "aging out" over the next few years. The junior people furloughed in the fall should be back...Jump to post
RE: UA PQI-IAD I think it's a smart move....at least near term. EWR is nowhere what it was for connectivity (for now). DL dismantled the regional NE network in the early/mid 90s and outsourced the flying to DLCx carriers. By 2000 they walked away altogether. I think it's interesting that B6 never tr...Jump to post
So I'm looking at departedflights latest flight iteneries from 1975. I'm curious how Canada/Mexico to the US flights worked before widespread preclearance was implemented....especially to ports or entry like MFE, DLH, ERI, GEG, ALB, etc. The local service carriers tended to serve Mexico/Canada from ...Jump to post
Interesting.....but if I were 65 with a string of accomplishments I dont know if I'd be looking to fight a kraken. Anyone who sits on the c-suites at any airline these days is looking at 90 hour weeks with dynamic conditions that make yesterday's strategy moot. I'm barely 40 and sounds awful.Jump to post
Technology has made the necessity of 'foreign bases' a bit redundant. Yes...there are bilateral agreements that require employment of locals and they will not go away near term. But the overseas crew bases needed by UA, NW/DL, PA, TW, etc were due to range limitations. With the advance of ULH widebo...Jump to post
Here is an archived thread about the UA Caravelles that may answer your questions. https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=279097 During my UA days I asked about the exotic experiment. I was told that the supply chain was so stretched (being the only USA based operator) that a plane that sho...Jump to post
Bunch of MD80/90 fam planes sitting around Haha.
Seriously....the brand had a good run. Please let it be.
Two sick companies rarely create a healthy one. The labor issues alone at TWA would have killed this. Lorenzo made a play for TWA in 85 and the unions opted to work with a known vampire like Ichan rather than risk life under Lorenzo. Even tho Lorenzo was 'gone" by 91 his understudies were in co...Jump to post
Took a few pre teen trips to NYC on them on the early 80s and was impressed. I noticed how young everyone was and seemed to hire "true believer" types who saw their roles as industry game changers. That being said I think EA was always in Lorenzo's crosshairs. Eastern was a juicy plum for ...Jump to post
I'm going out on a limb here (so please don't rip me if my logic is flawed) but I think it's a combination of geography and demographics. Geographically speaking, Chicago is within 2.5 hours flying time of allot of US & Canadian population centers. Perfectly acceptable for RJ flying and even mor...Jump to post
So glad to see Las Mavinas connected to what's left of the Empire!Jump to post
The DBJ says that WN has been downgraded from 'buy' to 'hold'' by Stifel analysts saying that MAX problems may force them into another aquisition. I see allot of flawed logic here but whatever. https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2019/10/21/southwest-airlines-acquisition.html "Southwest Ai...Jump to post
The DBJ says that WN has been downgraded from 'buy' to 'hold'' by Stifel analysts saying that MAX problems may force them into another aquisition. I see allot of flawed logic here but whatever. https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2019/10/21/southwest-airlines-acquisition.html "Southwest Air...Jump to post
I assume that it's still cost effective to have FAs based in very expensive hotel cities like LHR, HKG, TYO (HND especially) and to some extent FRA. Even with block booking contracts those rooms can exceed $300 a night in city centers. Shaving 3-4 rooms off with a locally domiciled crew adds up over...Jump to post
The surface street deviation is going to be a mess. I believe it's going to be a year or so until there is direct access off 10.
Plan accordingly when leaving MSY. Those two lane streets are going to be congested.
Looks like F9 is shifting SDF-DEN to SDF-MCO for the winter. Let's hope it comes back in the S20 skd.Jump to post
Maybe they can use MaxJets old office space :eyeroll:Jump to post
I can't believe how so many are bashing Tower for poor service. Do AA, UA, and DL offer good service today? I think the distinction 25 years ago was that the legacies tried to put on a modicum of 'service'. PE & Tower were the vanguards of the 'you get what you pay for' mentality. And with Towe...Jump to post
They add quite a bit of weight and it's one more system that can cause a MX delay or cancel. That's why my first airline pulled them in the 90s.
There are many with integral stairs flying....but no where as common as the 1960s to early 90s. Most airports lacking jetway use mobile stair/ramps.
Even with Pre-clearance I remember reading there still needs to be FIS facilities in place, I believe this was cited somewhere as to why SDF didn't have service to YYZ. Actually SDF has bern connected to YYZ....twice....on AC Connect. Once on a Junkstream and again on a 1900. Both failed, partly du...Jump to post
I'd venture to bet that on a per-seat basis, the operating cost of a DC10, L10 or even 747 was competitive, if not better, than 707s or early generation DC8s. Check out archived annual reports from the early to mid 70s 'oil shock' era. The management narrative was they couldn't get rid of those firs...Jump to post
From what I understand, MIA killed SJU...not aircraft. Chasing inter-island traffic with any US based airline cost structure is a fool's errand. B6 makes it work because they dont have the premium pricing leverage of an MIA.Jump to post
IIRC, and may be my faulty memory, the driving force behind the -400 was Piedmont & USAir. They were pushing for FD commonality with performance that could match or exceed the 3 person cockpit 727s. Like others pointed out, WN contracts and scheduling/dispatch systems at the time made operating ...Jump to post
I think it's an unlikely scinario but not out of the question given the growing populist tendencies of both political parties in the US. While Telecom/Media & aviation are apples to tennis shoes; AT&T has made some consumer-unfriendly moves that is raising eyebrows in the DoJ, state AG offic...Jump to post
There were quite a few younger EA pilots picked up by NWA in the early 90s to staff the DC9s acquired from EA and the ill fated DCA minihub along with growth at BOS, MEM & DTW.
Can't speak to how many are online at DL but I'd guess a few dozen.
When I was MSP based, most if the 744 flying had shifted to DTW after 9-11 with the exception of NRT and (summer) AMS.Jump to post
"During the Don Nyrop era, NW's headquarters was a windowless building between their hangars and the MSP parking lot; its exterior walls were painted blue. Nyrop made the building windowless partly to ensure employees would not waste time looking out the window, and partly so the building would...Jump to post
DLs footprint in MEM came from the Chicago & Southern merger. Just like the other C&S focus cities...MSY & ORD..they stayed in stasis. Never really grew or shrunk other than adjustments here and there. BOS was the same after the Northeast aquisition. Funny how Deltas management strategy ...Jump to post