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by Italianflyer
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Old Delta Concourse at DAY
Replies: 20
Views: 3029

Re: Old Delta Concourse at DAY

Flew thru it in the early 90s from BOS-DAY-SDF.on old US. Stepped off to get a look see. Was used as overflow gates in the waining days of the US DAY hub. Was a brick structure in the "gate house" tradition of old ATL, DTW, SDF, MEM. etc.

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by Italianflyer
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tower Air
Replies: 96
Views: 15683

Re: Tower Air

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...

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by Italianflyer
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airliners with air stairs
Replies: 44
Views: 3932

Re: Airliners with air stairs

IIRC several AS 73-700s with integral stairs for times when the ramp is too snow/iced up for mobile stair ramps.

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by Italianflyer
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airliners with air stairs
Replies: 44
Views: 3932

Re: Airliners with air stairs

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.

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by Italianflyer
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next wave of TATL per Boyd Group
Replies: 160
Views: 18357

Re: Next wave of TATL per Boyd Group

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...

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by Italianflyer
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interjet put up for sale
Replies: 18
Views: 6557

Re: Interjet put up for sale

I wonder if they would fit into the Indigo Partners stable of holdings. Especially given IPs investment in Volaris.

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by Italianflyer
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?
Replies: 119
Views: 23158

Re: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?

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...

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by Italianflyer
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United MCO hub?
Replies: 82
Views: 12161

Re: United MCO hub?

The MCO experiment was similar to other airlines ventures following the collapse of EA & PA. Examples include NWs hublets at DCA & BOS and TWA in ATL. The recession and fuel spike following Gulf war I pretty much doomed them.

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by Italianflyer
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could AAs San Juan (SJU) Survived with more fuel efficient aircraft?
Replies: 23
Views: 4414

Re: Could AAs San Juan (SJU) Survived with more fuel efficient aircraft?

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.

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by Italianflyer
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't WN ever operate the 737-400?
Replies: 39
Views: 6208

Re: Why did WN never operate any 737-400?

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 ...

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by Italianflyer
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If the Big4 Airlines Were Broken Up, What Could a 5th Look Like?
Replies: 41
Views: 3769

Re: If the Big4 Airlines Were Broken Up, What Could a 5th Look Like?

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...

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by Italianflyer
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any Original Pan Am or Eastern Pilots Still Flying?
Replies: 51
Views: 8124

Re: Any Original Pan Am or Eastern Pilots Still Flying?

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.

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by Italianflyer
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tornado warning at CVG
Replies: 6
Views: 1688

Re: Tornado warning at CVG

Gusts on SDF we're crazy all day but the worst cells formed over the southern Indiana suburbs and made a bee line towards N.Ky and So.Oh. Spring is in the air! Made it to the high 70s this afternoon and tomorrow be lucky to see 40. Urgh

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by Italianflyer
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest Airlines KMSP hub 747-400 destinations
Replies: 32
Views: 5163

Re: Northwest Airlines KMSP hub 747-400 destinations

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.

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by Italianflyer
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LY plans to start ORD - TLV non stop in 2020
Replies: 49
Views: 7354

Re: Chicago ORD El Al LY TLV 2020 New Route

How many times has LY been in/out of ORD?
Three? Four?

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by Italianflyer
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former Continental Airlines Headquarters at LAX to be torn down
Replies: 41
Views: 6565

Re: Former Continental Airlines Headquarters at LAX to be torn down

"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...

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by Italianflyer
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Memphis International Airport in the past
Replies: 85
Views: 7637

Re: Memphis International Airport in the past

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 ...

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by Italianflyer
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kentucky Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 76
Views: 5645

Re: Kentucky Aviation Thread - 2019

Today the Louisville Regional Airport Authority announced Louisville International (for boxes) Airport will be renamed Muhammad Ali International.

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by Italianflyer
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD Global Terminal proposals released
Replies: 102
Views: 15699

Re: ORD Global Terminal proposals released

I'm loving the (badly) needed landside expansion but I fail to see where all the extra airside capacity happens. (Aside from the T-1 C gate addition).

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by Italianflyer
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: United adding gates at CLT
Replies: 111
Views: 12409

Re: Rumor: United adding gates at CLT

I don't get this obsession with UA not having a footprint in deep Dixie. What kind of money are they leaving on the table? Stuff like TYS-FLL? RIC to MCO? Markets well covered by DL & AA with lots of ULCC competition. It would involve allot of capital with questionable results. What UA lacks in ...

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by Italianflyer
Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA screeners calling in sick
Replies: 55
Views: 8781

Re: TSA screeners calling in sick

My family member who is an ATC; they are on notice at their tower that ALL absences will be treated with the utmost suspicion (like calling in on Christmas, Tgiving, Memorial Day, etc). My state is also in the middle of a flu epidemic....with private and public entities suffering from a spike in abs...

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by Italianflyer
Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGA Blackout?
Replies: 9
Views: 3203

LGA Blackout?

Friend just landed at LGA and said the term, tower and runway lights went dark about 2120 local.
Nothing on WNBC, WCBS, CNN.

Anyone know what's going on?

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by Italianflyer
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces SFO-DEL/MEL/YYZ; Expands AKL/AMS/PPT/ICN.
Replies: 507
Views: 71342

Re: United Airlines CEO to Make Historic Route Announcement Tomorrow (12/12)

Vietnam fits the 'historic' moniker but dosent seem to make economic sense IMHO. The global economy is slowing; the US economy will likely slow next year. Places like SGN, MNL, JNB, IST, AMM & CAI would be marginal...at best...in a healthy growth cycle. Plus, with the exception of Vietnam, these...

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by Italianflyer
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reconfiguration of CLT terminal into ATL-style layout?
Replies: 13
Views: 1747

Re: Reconfiguration of CLT terminal into ATL-style layout?

Intriguing idea but the sunk costs of the current upgrades make it unlikely until 2030 at best. Even IAH couldn't justify the expense of reconfiguring the 'groovy Jetsons' layout into a DEN/ATL configuration.

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by Italianflyer
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NK Announces AUS-FLL/MCO/BWI/MSY/DEN/ORD/DTW/LAS/LAX
Replies: 58
Views: 6008

Re: NK Announces AUS-FLL/MCO/BWI/MSY/DEN/ORD/DTW/LAS/LAX

I go back to my original premise: *IF* DL is looking to pump the gas in AUS only a couple markets qualify for head-to-head competition. Im willing to bet that wasting jet A from AUS to Florida or LAS is not in the cards. They will go for IT, biotech and entertainment demos. Think BOS, RDU, somewhere...

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by Italianflyer
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NK Announces AUS-FLL/MCO/BWI/MSY/DEN/ORD/DTW/LAS/LAX
Replies: 58
Views: 6008

Re: NK Announces AUS-FLL/MCO/BWI/MSY/DEN/ORD/DTW/LAS/LAX

*IF* DL has plans for AUS then this won't deter them. NK & DL chase totally different demographics and I don't think they view each other as true competitors.

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by Italianflyer
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated after confirmation by BBC: Northern Virginia to win Amazon HQ2 bid
Replies: 58
Views: 3630

Re: NYC, Northern Virginia get Amazon HQs

Interesting choice; my guess is they think they can poach talent. I thought they would pick an East coast HQ and the second would be in the central or mountain time zone. IMHO this won't impact much on the commercial aviation front. At MOST AS may restore a frequency from the VX integration cuts. Th...

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by Italianflyer
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Louisville International (SDF) announces LAX on AA
Replies: 84
Views: 11011

Re: Louisville International (SDF) to announce new destination today

Congrats Louisville!!
With 27 dailies I believe this will give AA a larger footprint than WN and historical market leader DL.

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by Italianflyer
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Louisville International (SDF) announces LAX on AA
Replies: 84
Views: 11011

Re: Louisville International (SDF) to announce new destination today

Congrats Lville!!
With 27 dailies this will give AA a larger SDF footprint than WN and DL. Never thought that would happen.

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by Italianflyer
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Louisville International (SDF) announces LAX on AA
Replies: 84
Views: 11011

Re: Louisville International (SDF) to announce new destination today

Congrats Lville!!
With 27 dailies this will give AA a larger SDF footprint than WN and DL. Never thought that would happen.

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by Italianflyer
Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kentucky Aviation Thread 2018
Replies: 89
Views: 6359

Re: Kentucky Aviation Thread 2018

SDF-YYZ has been attempted twice by AC Connect partners on J31s and B1900s.

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by Italianflyer
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?
Replies: 196
Views: 33168

Re: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?

At this mornings Cowen & Co. investor conference Robert Isom explicitly stated near to medium growth will focus on DFW, CLT & DCA, in that order. Some interesting remarks about earnings guidance too. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/tedreed/2018/09/05/american-delta-and-unit...

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by Italianflyer
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways Updated: Operations suspended
Replies: 3319
Views: 386818

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

It does make one wonder if this is another DL angel investor opportunity. Indian law caps foreign investment at 49%. The question is how much is enough capital to keep the company going in a reorg. DL ALPA would have a fit but that didn't stop other strategic investment.

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by Italianflyer
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA FA mocks passenger who reported masturbating neighbor
Replies: 59
Views: 12241

Re: UA FA mocks passenger who reported masturbating neighbor

Oh great...it's been a minute since the last F/A bashing thread.
Let the games begin....

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by Italianflyer
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta not a fan of second airport in Atlanta
Replies: 121
Views: 12987

Re: Delta not a fan of second airport in Atlanta

Just my .02....1. MDW, HOU, DAL, all incumbent airports that were replaced by larger facilities. The key to their success was a successful start up. Look at places like BKL, DET, GYY or even NEW that didn't get that opportunity. 2. Take a look at how apoplectic Northside communities got over MARTA r...

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by Italianflyer
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New luxury airline to offer affordable prices for first-class only aircraft
Replies: 60
Views: 12087

Re: New luxury airline to offer affordable prices for first-class only aircraft

Soooo.....I pay X thousand dollars a year to buy a seat on a plane that flies A to B on Monday & every other Thursday only. Sounds like a home run!! (Hahaha)

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by Italianflyer
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country adds 5 routes from PDX
Replies: 75
Views: 12634

Re: Sun Country adds 5 routes from PDX

Are they basing crew in PDX or rotating MSP folks? Those are some loooong duty days for MSP crew. They may have to break with tradition and have downline layovers on the scheduled service side.

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by Italianflyer
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Non airline businesses owned by airlines
Replies: 54
Views: 4971

Re: Non airline businesses owned by airlines

I believe JAL had a line of pre-packaged supermarket foods at some point. TWA was part of the Transworld Corp. that also owned Century 21 Real Estate and Hardee's. Speaking of TWA; they launched the Travel Channel in the 80s. Was there a crossover of ownership between BOAC and the Cunard Shipping Li...

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by Italianflyer
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CU Suspends Domestic Flights Until At Least September.
Replies: 10
Views: 2421

Re: CU Suspends Domestic Flights Until At Least September.

Wow...that's a huge hit to their economy. Terrain and infrastructure make intercity travel, ummmm, challenging. After the Global accident I doubt there is a political appetite, or funds available, to retain a third party operator.

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by Italianflyer
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World Airways reveals new brand
Replies: 9
Views: 1902

Re: World Airways reveals new brand

Hope they have deep pockets and investors willing to bleed. I love how they talk about evaluating A320s with a pic of a classic 737 with winglets. Pretty amateur mistake.

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by Italianflyer
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World Airways reveals new brand
Replies: 9
Views: 1902

Re: World Airways reveals new brand

Hope they have deep pockets and investors willing to bleed. I love how they talk about evaluating A320s with a pic of a classic 737 with winglets. Pretty amateur mistaken

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by Italianflyer
Thu May 31, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback
Replies: 97
Views: 10612

Re: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback

Are there some cheap, airworthy DC9-10s sitting around?? :roll:

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by Italianflyer
Fri May 18, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers
Replies: 99
Views: 8885

Re: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers

The Republic (RC) & Hughes (RW) marriage is one that looked great on paper but was derailed by existential events. The recession of 81-82 was, until 2008, the worst in the post depression era. The lack of CAB fare protection made the economics of DC9s hop-scotching six legs from SEA to TUS unsus...

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by Italianflyer
Fri May 18, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers
Replies: 99
Views: 8885

Re: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers

Red, blue & green books were the company term for different pilot contracts at NW.

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by Italianflyer
Fri May 18, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers
Replies: 99
Views: 8885

Re: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers

In my NWA days (started in late 90s...waaay after the merger) I heard several people say Wolf initially shopped RC to Pan Am. The idea was a complicated scheme involving an LBO, discharging of debt and other High Finance antics. Rothmeyer and the old NWO guard (a very cautious & conservative ris...

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by Italianflyer
Thu May 17, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers
Replies: 99
Views: 8885

Re: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers

I'm curious as to the apparent failure of the US/PS & AA/OC/QQ mergers were because of WN or opened opportunity for WN to grow in the west. WN had a footprint in CA that grew several-fold when US moved PS assets east and AA dropped OC assets alltogether and under utilized QQ before giving up. Of...

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by Italianflyer
Mon May 14, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA kicks off 1st class pax for serving drinks to economy pax
Replies: 30
Views: 7930

Re: AA kicks off 1st class pax for serving drinks to economy pax

This was a Justin Ross Lee stunt...a blogger who takes great pride in being an...ummm......'provocateur'. He calls himself a 'JewJetter' who makes a living by exploiting grey areas in airline, security & hotel policies. It usually involves picking fights. Nothing to see here. Here is a vid of hi...

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by Italianflyer
Sat May 05, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 20060

Re: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

For O&D there is no question that high speed rail cuts air travel numbers. It's not necessarily a bad thing; the skies above most the listed city pairs are some of the most congested in the world. High speed rail can't compete with medium-longer haul connecting markets like BRU-LON-DUB or obviou...

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