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by DouglasDC8
Sat Jan 07, 2006 5:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Comfortable Planes
Replies: 12
Views: 2061

RE: Comfortable Planes

Interesting topic. I think the most important advantage that the current commercial aviation fleet has over prior generations is not comfort, but safety. The safety record in America has been really impressive for the last few years. Go to the Accident Database section of AirDisaster.com. (their pop...

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by DouglasDC8
Sat Jan 07, 2006 5:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Do You Do In The Lav Besides The Obvious?
Replies: 20
Views: 6147

RE: What Do You Do In The Lav Besides The Obvious?

I usually wipe down the sink area after I've made a mess washing my hands. Does anyone remember the stickers United used to have on the lav mirrors that read something like "May we suggest, as a courtesy, that you wipe the sink area after use." (I don't know what the exact quote was, but I still obe...

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by DouglasDC8
Sat Jan 07, 2006 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Best Reason To Avoid Airplane Blankets
Replies: 7
Views: 3613

RE: Best Reason To Avoid Airplane Blankets

I never use airline blankets unless they're in a sealed plastic bag. I've seen first hand how they're not replaced with clean ones during overnight cleaning. Most of them are just folded up and placed into the overhead bins. As for the pillows, I don't even want to touch them. In these days of outso...

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by DouglasDC8
Thu Jan 05, 2006 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada: Havana-Toronto Diverts To PIT
Replies: 24
Views: 10548

RE: Air Canada: Havana-Toronto Diverts To PIT

I wonder if there were any Americans on board who traveled to Cuba in violation of the United States' embargo? I'm sure they will be in some hot water with the feds.

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by DouglasDC8
Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:00 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: First And Absolute _last_ Time On HP....
Replies: 11
Views: 5822

RE: First And Absolute _last_ Time On HP....

I didn't know Air Namibia flys to Midway!

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by DouglasDC8
Wed Jan 04, 2006 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fires Initial PR Burst In DEN Dogfight!
Replies: 192
Views: 12359

RE: United Fires Initial PR Burst In DEN Dogfight!

I had the lovely experience of being on a Southwest flight that cancelled due to a mechanical problem. At the time I did not know that <acronym title="Southwest Airlines (USA)">WN</acronym> will not put passengers on other carriers, even when the cancellation is their "fault". I was re-booked on a f...

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by DouglasDC8
Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loose Drink Carts In Empty Cargo Hold
Replies: 7
Views: 4016

RE: Loose Drink Carts In Empty Cargo Hold

sounds like built in ballast for ferry fights!

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by DouglasDC8
Sun Jan 01, 2006 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emergency Doors On Planes
Replies: 47
Views: 17494

RE: Emergency Doors On Planes

Emergency exit doors usually will have a simple mechanism to open them. Some widebody aircraft have electrically assisted doors (they also have a manual backup). The switches are near or on the doors, they can't be remotely operated. There's nothing there to blow the doors off, it's not needed. Of c...

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by DouglasDC8
Fri Dec 30, 2005 10:22 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Don't Cry For Me Argentina: MEX-EZE-MEX (pics)
Replies: 37
Views: 11096

RE: Don't Cry For Me Argentina: MEX-EZE-MEX (pics)

Nice trip report, I hope to visit Argentina someday! I believe the "NO STEP" warning on the wing only applies to the leading edge of the wing. It's common for mechanics to walk on the center portion of the wing for some maintenance procedures.

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by DouglasDC8
Wed Dec 28, 2005 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Outsourcing Safe?
Replies: 28
Views: 2788

RE: Is Outsourcing Safe?

It's safe if the airline keeps an eye on their vendor. In my experience, some airlines seem to be better at this than others. Don't count on the FAA to keep the aviation system safe. They never have enough manpower to keep a close watch on anything.

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by DouglasDC8
Fri Dec 23, 2005 11:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mary Schiavo....
Replies: 75
Views: 12046

RE: Mary Schiavo....

Thank you Critter! I always like to learn something from the pros on this forum.

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by DouglasDC8
Fri Dec 23, 2005 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mary Schiavo....
Replies: 75
Views: 12046

RE: Mary Schiavo....

"Remember how they eventually had to put magnetic plugs in the oil lines to make sure they weren't accumulating too much particulate metal matter in the oil?" I thought the magnetic plugs were put in the oil lines so the mechanics would be able to measure the metal in the engine's oil without the ne...

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by DouglasDC8
Fri Dec 23, 2005 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mary Schiavo....
Replies: 75
Views: 12046

RE: Mary Schiavo....

I lost all respect for Ms. Schiavo when the incident below occured: "The Washington Post and New York Times report inside that a former Inspector General of the Department of Transportation, Mary Schiavo, is under investigation after she checked a bag last Friday at the Columbus, Ohio, airport that ...

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by DouglasDC8
Thu Dec 08, 2005 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Apprentice Martha Stewart, Airline Episode Tonight
Replies: 8
Views: 2134

RE: Apprentice Martha Stewart, Airline Episode Tonight

Well, they did make the videos and according to the show, one of these was used to promote Song's LAX service. Anyone know if that actually happened?

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by DouglasDC8
Sat Dec 03, 2005 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA Mishap @ SEA?
Replies: 9
Views: 1994

RE: HA Mishap @ SEA?

A forklift? Was there this an inicident inside of a mx hangar? Or was this really a cargo container loader or beltloader punching a hole in the airplane?

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by DouglasDC8
Sat Dec 03, 2005 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Piece Of A330 Landing Gear Falls On House Near DTW
Replies: 51
Views: 16562

RE: Piece Of A330 Landing Gear Falls On House Near DTW

United lost a fueling panel cover off a DC-10 while it was on approach to Newark a while back. The fueler in Dulles failed to secure it properly. The cover then hit a <acronym title="Vanguard Airlines (USA)">NJ</acronym> Transit commuter train! Train travel can be dangerous! Imagine that-a DC10 From...

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by DouglasDC8
Sat Nov 26, 2005 4:37 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: United At Its Worst-Poor Service/Delay IND-DEN-SEA
Replies: 9
Views: 7252

RE: United At Its Worst-Poor Service/Delay IND-DEN-SEA

"and am pretty confident that I got the driver fired."

or maybe even executed!!!

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by DouglasDC8
Sun Nov 20, 2005 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Summer Of Hell, Story?
Replies: 35
Views: 9138

RE: United's Summer Of Hell, Story?

Jaybird wrote: "Didn't the "summer of hell" end with a huge wage increase for the United pilots? Which in turn lead to the Delta pilots demanding and getting a huge wage increase which was more than the United pilots?" Yes that is true, the Delta pilots pulled their slowdown during the Christmas Hol...

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by DouglasDC8
Sun Nov 20, 2005 10:00 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 5 Weeks Straight ATL-MCO On DL (Lots Of Pics)
Replies: 6
Views: 33259

RE: 5 Weeks Straight ATL-MCO On DL (Lots Of Pics)

Nice report, I also am a fan of <acronym title="First Air (Canada)">7F</acronym> on Delta's 767-400. Just Last weekend I had that seat from <acronym title="Orlando - International (McCoy) (MCO / KMCO), USA - Florida">MCO</acronym>-<acronym title="Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International (The Willi...

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by DouglasDC8
Tue Nov 15, 2005 3:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft Types That I've Flown On
Replies: 23
Views: 11045

Aircraft Types That I've Flown On

Hello A-netters. I decided to compile a list of each different type of commercial aircraft that I have flown on. The idea for this list came to mind while I was reflecting on my 23 years in the aviation industry. The list consists of the aircraft type and the airlines that operated that type (in chr...

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by DouglasDC8
Mon Nov 07, 2005 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport: The Movie
Replies: 55
Views: 7886

RE: Airport: The Movie

Funny things I remember from the movie: The bus driver knew the status of departures! The airport manager was deeply involved with what were really the airline's internal affairs (ie:stowaway, bomb threat) The airport manager had a "magic" radio that could pick up Toronto center from Chicago both in...

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by DouglasDC8
Wed Nov 02, 2005 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: True Story At Denver Airport.
Replies: 16
Views: 19517

RE: True Story At Denver Airport.

The time I heard this story (back in the 1980's) it had taken place at the United ticket counter at Newark in the late 60's. At least the airline stayed the same.

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by DouglasDC8
Mon Oct 31, 2005 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines B737 Fire - YYC
Replies: 57
Views: 8624

RE: Alaska Airlines B737 Fire - YYC

I wonder if this was another case of a passenger-initiated evacuation due to an engine hot start? A hot start will sometimes blow a bunch of flames out of an engine. And passengers have been known to pop open overwing exits to evacuate before the crew had instructed them to do so.

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by DouglasDC8
Fri Oct 28, 2005 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hooters Air Pax Problem
Replies: 1
Views: 2470

Hooters Air Pax Problem

The article below is from the Orlando Sentinel online addition. The inaugural Hooters Air flight from Scranton, Pa., to Orlando International Airport was briefly diverted and searched on the runway Thursday after a passenger was overhead making an "inappropriate comment." The comment was made in Scr...

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by DouglasDC8
Mon Oct 24, 2005 8:27 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: SCL-JFK-SCL LAN Chile
Replies: 15
Views: 8396

RE: SCL-JFK-SCL LAN Chile

I enjoyed reading your trip report! By the way:

ear reduction sponge = ear plugs (in American English)

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by DouglasDC8
Thu Oct 20, 2005 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Budweiser Makes Fun Of LCC Pilots In Commercial
Replies: 112
Views: 19429

RE: Budweiser Makes Fun Of LCC Pilots In Commercial

" Budweiser tastes like piss"

How do you know that? Did you go to a blind taste test?

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by DouglasDC8
Thu Oct 13, 2005 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U Of M Say "No" To NW
Replies: 80
Views: 12153

RE: U Of M Say "No" To NW

I hope all of you aren't trusting the FAA to keep Northwest safe! In my 23 years of aviation, many of them in safety sensitive positions, My work was very rarely been inspected by FAA people. There never have been enough inspectors and there never will be. That's part of the reason that the FAA has ...

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by DouglasDC8
Mon Oct 10, 2005 1:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: An Airplane Worthy Of Being Called The 2nd Dakota
Replies: 18
Views: 4981

RE: An Airplane Worthy Of Being Called The 2nd Dak

I may be biased, but the DC-8's are still hauling freight around the US, just like the DC3's.

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by DouglasDC8
Mon Oct 10, 2005 1:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your First Flight?
Replies: 80
Views: 4171

RE: Your First Flight?

My first flight was on a charter from Newark to Bermuda in April 1980 with my parents. The airline operating the charter was no other than American Airlines and the equipment being used was a 707! (return trip the same). I remember seeing the traffic waiting behind us at <acronym title="Newark - Lib...

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by DouglasDC8
Sun Oct 09, 2005 1:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your First Intercontinental Flight?
Replies: 45
Views: 6560

RE: Your First Intercontinental Flight?

September 1985, PEOPLExpress 747, Newark-Brussels with about 500 other PEOPLE!

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by DouglasDC8
Sun Oct 02, 2005 4:40 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: NWA BWI-DTW-STL
Replies: 12
Views: 6626

RE: NWA BWI-DTW-STL

Great trip report!! But just a sidenote. The order of takeoff of aircraft at a large airport is determined by the control tower. It's really not a case of whoever can make it to the runway first gets to go first. Having said that, your <acronym title="Northwest Airlines (USA)">NW</acronym> flight wa...

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by DouglasDC8
Sun Sep 18, 2005 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DAB Wooing UA ...
Replies: 21
Views: 2437

RE: DAB Wooing UA ...

Actually, UA is closing RSW...

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by DouglasDC8
Thu Sep 08, 2005 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Employees Describe MSY Flights
Replies: 22
Views: 7227

RE: UA Employees Describe MSY Flights

Yes, the US federal government has leased 3 cruise ships from Carnival to be docked in Galveston. However, I heard on a news report that the evacuees were terrified by the idea of being on a ship in the water! They expressed a desire to remain inland. I don't know if they've found people to stay on ...

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by DouglasDC8
Wed Sep 07, 2005 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Employees Describe MSY Flights
Replies: 22
Views: 7227

RE: UA Employees Describe MSY Flights

Thanks for all of your thanks!

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by DouglasDC8
Wed Sep 07, 2005 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Employees Describe MSY Flights
Replies: 22
Views: 7227

UA Employees Describe MSY Flights

A friend of mine from <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> showed me an internal United Newsletter. While this posting deals with United employee's experiences, I bet all of the airline people involved with the relief effort are experiencing profound emotions... I have not included th...

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by DouglasDC8
Tue Sep 06, 2005 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS LAX-MEX=Waste
Replies: 111
Views: 7734

RE: AS LAX-MEX=Waste

"prayer cards are still distributed with the snack"

Why? What's the point of a prayer card? I hate when people try to push THEIR religions on me! Just leave me alone!!!!

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by DouglasDC8
Fri Sep 02, 2005 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Hurricane Aid!
Replies: 19
Views: 2675

RE: United Hurricane Aid!

"meaning some of the MSY employees have not been located and may be dead?"

Flairport, I'm sorry to say that is true...

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by DouglasDC8
Fri Sep 02, 2005 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Hurricane Aid!
Replies: 19
Views: 2675

RE: United Hurricane Aid!

United operated a 757 into <acronym title="New Orleans - Louis Armstrong International (Moisant Field) (MSY / KMSY), USA - Louisiana">MSY</acronym> today (Sept. 1) in cooperation with the American Red Cross and America's Second Harvest. There were 50 medical technicians on board along with 20,960 LB...

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by DouglasDC8
Fri Sep 02, 2005 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ten Airports Face Closure Due To Jet Fuel Shortage
Replies: 54
Views: 14533

RE: Ten Airports Face Closure Due To Jet Fuel Shortage

Of course if an airport runs out of diesel and gasoline, which so far doesn't seem to be a problem, ground operations will become a bit "interesting" to say the least.

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by DouglasDC8
Fri Aug 26, 2005 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots Forget To Put Down Landing Gear
Replies: 45
Views: 18647

RE: Pilots Forget To Put Down Landing Gear

As I recall reading in Aviation Week years ago, this almost happened to a <acronym title="Continental Airlines (USA)">CO</acronym> 727 on a flight from <acronym title="Newark - Liberty International (EWR / KEWR), USA - New Jersey">EWR</acronym> to <acronym title="Chicago - O'Hare International (ORD ...

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by DouglasDC8
Fri Aug 19, 2005 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unions And Airlines
Replies: 35
Views: 3186

RE: Unions And Airlines

The American Airline industry will continue it's slide towards the minimum wage unless the poor people who work for ground handling companies unionize. For this strategy to work, unionization needs to be planned across company lines and at multiple locations, rather than organizing one small locatio...

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by DouglasDC8
Thu Aug 18, 2005 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAL Workers' Suit Partially Settled
Replies: 2
Views: 1329

RE: UAL Workers' Suit Partially Settled

Only $75 per employee (before lawyer's fees and costs). I hope State Street Bank has to pay for their incompetence too!

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by DouglasDC8
Thu Aug 18, 2005 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No Seating Before Row 6 If Plane Is Empty?
Replies: 13
Views: 3275

RE: No Seating Before Row 6 If Plane Is Empty?

It's not a matter of having enough power, it's about keeping the aircraft's center of gravity (CG) within approved limits. Most newer aircraft don't have any CG challanges when they are empty. I do recall that the 727-222's I used to load plan were tail heavy when empty. The solution was to block pa...

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by DouglasDC8
Mon Aug 15, 2005 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How To Ship Freight On DL
Replies: 28
Views: 5209

RE: How To Ship Freight On DL

HZ737400,

Live animal shipments are exempt from the "known shipper" rule. That's why people off the street can ship animals.

Warszawa,

I hope my comments didn't come across as mean spirited, they were not ment to be.

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by DouglasDC8
Mon Aug 15, 2005 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How To Ship Freight On DL
Replies: 28
Views: 5209

RE: How To Ship Freight On DL

Warsawa, I noticed that the photo under "Continental's Bulk E container" is actually a Delta <acronym title="Air Hong Kong (China) and Linea Turistica Aerotuy (Venezuela)">LD</acronym>-2 container. The <acronym title="Air Hong Kong (China) and Linea Turistica Aerotuy (Venezuela)">LD</acronym>-2 was ...

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by DouglasDC8
Mon Aug 15, 2005 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How To Ship Freight On DL
Replies: 28
Views: 5209

RE: How To Ship Freight On DL

Don't bother with the airlines, they are not allowed to not accept any freight from "walk-in" customers off the street. You or your company need to be listed as "known shippers" by the <acronym title="Taipei - Sung Shan (TSA / RCSS), Taiwan">TSA</acronym>. (unless your shipment is less than 16 oz) O...

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by DouglasDC8
Fri Aug 12, 2005 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3 Hours At SLC, Anything To Do?
Replies: 9
Views: 3555

RE: 3 Hours At SLC, Anything To Do?

Thanks for all of your responses!

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by DouglasDC8
Thu Aug 11, 2005 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3 Hours At SLC, Anything To Do?
Replies: 9
Views: 3555

3 Hours At SLC, Anything To Do?

Hello Fellow Airliners.net Members, In November I have a three hour layover at Salt Lake City. I'll be flying Delta. Having never been to <acronym title="Salt Lake City - International (SLC / KSLC), USA - Utah">SLC</acronym> before, I was hoping someone can fill me in on the airport. Is there anythi...

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by DouglasDC8
Wed Jun 01, 2005 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Continues To Disappoint
Replies: 54
Views: 8160

RE: United Continues To Disappoint

To quote BAW716: "Each time they were rejected because the council felt that United did not present a business plan that was viable in any of the three cases. In point of fact, the business plans brought before the panel were evidently so bad that they were deemed "not based in reality"." Actually, ...

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by DouglasDC8
Mon May 02, 2005 5:20 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Big Apple By UAL, Spence And Ry Style! (+pic)
Replies: 19
Views: 6205

RE: Big Apple By UAL, Spence And Ry Style! (+pic)

Not the God awful JFK Inn!!! Almost as bad as the Newak Holiday Inn Jetport!!!

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