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by Italianflyer
Wed Aug 05, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am questions
Replies: 51
Views: 8114

Re: Pan Am questions

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...

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by Italianflyer
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Airlines questions
Replies: 72
Views: 9354

Re: Western Airlines questions

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 ...

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by Italianflyer
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: FI signs new FA contract (after stating will fire all FA and replace with pilots)
Replies: 148
Views: 26105

Re: FI Fires ALL FAs, Replaced By Pilots.

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.

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by Italianflyer
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit announces EWR-BOS
Replies: 40
Views: 5260

Re: Spirit announces EWR-BOS

hiflyeras wrote:
What's with all the love for EWR lately?


WN leaving, UA retrenching, LGA modernization making for near term traffic headaches.

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by Italianflyer
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IMAGES: 95 years of historic firsts at CLE
Replies: 69
Views: 4966

Re: IMAGES: 95 years of historic firsts at CLE

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.

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by Italianflyer
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Agrees Not to Involuntarily Lay Off Pilots Until May 2021
Replies: 45
Views: 5708

Re: JetBlue Agrees Not to Involuntarily Lay Off Pilots Until May 2021

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...

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by Italianflyer
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 6/28/2020:CALMING SKIES;AC Cuts BDL;AS Adds DLG/AKN;B6 Chops August;TK Back to ATL/BOS?;UA Moves PQI to IAD
Replies: 68
Views: 12190

Re: OAG Changes 6/28/2020:CALMING SKIES;AC Cuts BDL;AS Adds DLG/AKN;B6 Chops August;TK Back to ATL/BOS?;UA Moves PQI to

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...

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by Italianflyer
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about N.American transborder crossings in the 60s,70s & 80s to tertiary airports
Replies: 5
Views: 862

Question about N.American transborder crossings in the 60s,70s & 80s to tertiary airports

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 ...

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by Italianflyer
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta Air Lines liquidation scenarios
Replies: 37
Views: 3422

Re: Delta Air Lines liquidation scenarios

I'm sorry dark one....but no matter who is in the WH or running the Congress, the Feds are not going to let any major liquidate.
Period.
See the auto industry circa 2008/9 for more details.

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by Italianflyer
Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Richard Anderson to replace Doug Parker at AA
Replies: 101
Views: 19280

Re: Rumor: Richard Anderson to replace Doug Parker at AA

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.

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by Italianflyer
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will foreign bases be reopened one day?
Replies: 15
Views: 2804

Re: Will foreign bases be reopened one day?

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...

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by Italianflyer
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle Thread
Replies: 124
Views: 15169

Re: The Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle Thread

https://youtu.be/N2iF6o_U6vg
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Good vid of UA Caravelle training flights at PUB

https://youtu.be/N2iF6o_U6vg

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by Italianflyer
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle Thread
Replies: 124
Views: 15169

Re: The Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle Thread

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...

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by Italianflyer
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest wins lawsuit against Elite, continues comeback plans
Replies: 23
Views: 4151

Re: Midwest wins lawsuit against Elite, continues comeback plans

Bunch of MD80/90 fam planes sitting around Haha.

Seriously....the brand had a good run. Please let it be.

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by Italianflyer
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Continental / TWA merger 1991
Replies: 16
Views: 2644

Re: Continental / TWA merger 1991

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...

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by Italianflyer
Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about KLM Asia
Replies: 36
Views: 6586

Re: Question about KLM Asia

After this mess the days of bending over for the PRC are done. From an Av standpoint it's a 40 year reset.....western airlines are doing them a favour by going there, not the other way around

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by Italianflyer
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New York Air vs Eastern Air Lines 1981
Replies: 74
Views: 10573

Re: New York Air vs Eastern Air Lines 1981

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 ...

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by Italianflyer
Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier Announcement at MIA Tomorrow
Replies: 111
Views: 16768

Re: Frontier Announcement at MIA Tomorrow

Could it be a new base announcement?
I can't see B.Biffle coming to town to announce a new seasonal route to BWI.

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by Italianflyer
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nashville Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1593
Views: 196738

Re: Nashville Aviation Thread - 2019

As lovely as N-ville is...what is the tourist lure from DSM & ATW? Winter in the mid-south, tho not as harsh as IA/WI, is still winter.

GPT will be interesting. Probably timed to make 2 or 3 days gambling junkets possible without the 9 hours drive.

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by Italianflyer
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is AA at ORD so RJ heavy?
Replies: 70
Views: 12364

Re: Why is AA at ORD so RJ heavy?

Excellent point Airbuser. Having a 400lb gorilla down the road is definitely a factor.

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by Italianflyer
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is AA at ORD so RJ heavy?
Replies: 70
Views: 12364

Re: Why is AA at ORD so RJ heavy?

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...

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by Italianflyer
Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM opens for sale its new route to the Falklands
Replies: 9
Views: 3394

Re: LATAM opens for sale its new route to the Falklands

So glad to see Las Mavinas connected to what's left of the Empire!

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by Italianflyer
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Downgraded by Stifle based on aquisition speculation
Replies: 157
Views: 30549

Re: WN Downgraded by Stifel based on aquisition speculation

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...

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by Italianflyer
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Downgraded by Stifle based on aquisition speculation
Replies: 157
Views: 30549

Re: WN Downgraded based on aquisition speculation

I agree that this "analysis" is sophomoric at best. Flag #1 was calling AS a LCC.
What bothers me is this superficial nonsense may have a near term effect on their share price and market cap.

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by Italianflyer
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Downgraded by Stifle based on aquisition speculation
Replies: 157
Views: 30549

WN Downgraded by Stifle based on aquisition speculation

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...

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by Italianflyer
Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines in London
Replies: 63
Views: 17379

Re: United Airlines in London

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...

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by Italianflyer
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSY Announces Nov 6 Opening for North Terminal
Replies: 20
Views: 5218

Re: MSY Announces Nov 6 Opening for North Terminal

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.

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by Italianflyer
Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami Air new livery
Replies: 17
Views: 5646

Re: Miami Air new livery

Queue the "United is buying Miami Air and restarting the MIA hublet" speculation LOL

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by Italianflyer
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Was Spirit Like Before Becoming a ULCC?
Replies: 42
Views: 8370

Re: What Was Spirit Like Before Becoming a ULCC?

Didn't ComAir (OH) have a hand in NKs early development?

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by Italianflyer
Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 9/22/2019:Big F9 Changes (?);HU Exits LAS-PEK
Replies: 34
Views: 9293

Re: OAG Changes 9/22/2019:Big F9 Changes (?);HU Exits LAS-PEK

Looks like F9 is shifting SDF-DEN to SDF-MCO for the winter. Let's hope it comes back in the S20 skd.

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by Italianflyer
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Growth in Denver
Replies: 54
Views: 9242

Re: United Growth in Denver

Do you remember when DEN was relegated to 'Expressville' with half of B jetbridges being configured for CRJs and ERJs?

Pepperidge Farms remembers.

This stuff is cyclical...pull up this thread in 2029 and people will be talking about how its "all about ___".

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by Italianflyer
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1107
Views: 182417

Re: Verge: WOW! Returning as US IAD-based US Airline

Maybe they can use MaxJets old office space :eyeroll:

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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: 3591

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: 17598

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: 5936

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: 5936

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: 21088

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: 7032

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: 24581

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: 83
Views: 13830

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: 4636

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: 6484

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: 4042

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: 8600

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: 7
Views: 1829

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: 43
Views: 8328

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: 8002

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: 6952

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: 86
Views: 8421

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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