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by RDUDDJI
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Water Salute went wrong: emergency exit deployed (SV@DXB)
Replies: 20
Views: 5880

Re: Water Salute went wrong: emergency exit deployed (SV@DXB)

Hi there don't know if this has been reported already. In celebration of Saudi Arabia's 88th anniversary, DXB airport fire brigade prepared a very special gift for the national airline SV. Jokes aside, one of the trucks probably suffered an issue during the water salute and the water jet became unc...

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by RDUDDJI
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CNN article: The future of Hong Kong International Airport
Replies: 16
Views: 5650

Re: CNN article: The future of Hong Kong International Airport

Zoedyn wrote:
• Addition of a super expensive third runway by sea land reclamation due for opening in 2024


Ha, *if* something like that ever got approved in the US (and much of Europe I expect), it would take decades to complete... All that to say, that's an incredible timeline.

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by RDUDDJI
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Busiest air routes worldwide by PAX TRAFFIC for 2017 revealed ahead of Guangzhou World Routes 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1158

Re: Busiest air routes worldwide by PAX TRAFFIC for 2017 revealed ahead of Guangzhou World Routes 2018

Interesting. It would also be interesting to have them compare the busiest air *markets*. Airport to Airport is one thing, but overall market to market may be completely different.

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by RDUDDJI
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential impacts of Hurricane Florence on East Coast ops
Replies: 75
Views: 11362

Re: Potential impacts of Hurricane Florence on East Coast ops

Looking at the updated models, anything in the region from CHS to ORF on the coast and CAE/CLT/RDU/RIC inland is about to see some serious disruption...from both the winds and the flooding afterwards. Latest update looks like SC will be mostly spared (save perhaps areas close to the NC border). Wor...

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by RDUDDJI
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Florence & Boeing Plant in CHS?
Replies: 42
Views: 5866

Re: Hurricane Florence & Boeing Plant in CHS?

Dear fellow nutters, I am flying FRA-ATL on LH444 this Sunday. Or could it be that I‘m not? That’s exactly when whatever’s left of Florence could be there. Is there a rule, when will major airports seize operations due to weather? ATL isn't in the line of the storm or within 500km of the expected p...

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by RDUDDJI
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Florence & Boeing Plant in CHS?
Replies: 42
Views: 5866

Re: Hurricane Florence & Boeing Plant in CHS?

The greatest destruction from hurricanes is frequently due to tornados arising from the eye wall of the hurricane. Actually, it's due to the flooding. I heard on the news last night, that more people die trying to drive their cars through flooded streets than any other cause of death from a storm. ...

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by RDUDDJI
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Delta outearns UA & AA - dominating its largest hubs - market share data by US network hubs
Replies: 88
Views: 8735

Re: Why Delta outearns UA & AA - dominating its largest hubs - market share data by US network hubs

Ha, you just did exactly what I warned you not to do. You can't take stats at face value. What actually matters is the ontime stats to take one passenger from point A to point B. And that's where aggregate stats fail. They fail for two reasons. First, they don't tell us the ontime stats of the rele...

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by RDUDDJI
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Can't American Airlines Make Germany Work?
Replies: 84
Views: 15477

Re: Why Can't American Airlines Make Germany Work?

In Stuttgart, Delta carriers Mercedes-Benz traffic over Atlanta to Alabama, where Mercedes - Benz has a large factory. Delta has the best connections of any carrier, and J is filled with paid traffic. Actually there are two Assembly plants in Tuscaloosa. More importantly, ATL is home to both Merced...

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by RDUDDJI
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW/KLM - The Alliance From Hell
Replies: 22
Views: 6618

Re: NW/KLM - The Alliance From Hell

So with that being said the same is true in the airline industry high prices and an inferior product so why not let foreign airlines come in like KLM wanted and set up networks in the USA to stimulate the competition as it is no longer viable for a new entrant to start and airline here in the USA b...

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by RDUDDJI
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW/KLM - The Alliance From Hell
Replies: 22
Views: 6618

Re: NW/KLM - The Alliance From Hell

It's really ironic how in most levels of business we have allowed other countries to jump in and exploit our American market place even operating factories here to circumvent the system even giving them very low taxes because it's deemed as what the people want but we seem to protect our railroads ...

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by RDUDDJI
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why wasn’t MSP relocated?
Replies: 56
Views: 7874

Re: Why wasn’t MSP relocated?

Looking at the AADC, there's really only 1-2 hours a day (2100Z slightly below, 2300Z slightly above) where they're at or above their 60 arrival/hr capacity currently. I think if they could replace RWY 17/35 with a third parallel, that would support growth for decades (then if they needed terminal s...

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by RDUDDJI
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ohio lost hubs
Replies: 23
Views: 1428

Re: Ohio lost hubs

tpaewr wrote:
Markets forces have swept away almost all of it today. But I can’t think of another state that had almost every population center with a hub and spoke network from it.


NC: CLT US (now AA), GSO with CO (Lite '93-'95) and RDU with AA (~1985-1995), then JI (~1996 until 2002).

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by RDUDDJI
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA
Replies: 98
Views: 15016

Re: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA

Wouldn't the bad guy first have to know who the Air Marshal is? (Hint, they won't). Cockpit doors are bulletproof, and as a last line of defense, there are likely more good guys with arms on the other side, As someone who travels often, I can tell you they're not that hard to spot. Edit: for securi...

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by RDUDDJI
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta F/A's & Fleet Workers Could Vote on Union Soon
Replies: 228
Views: 13197

Re: Delta F/A's & Fleet Workers Could Vote on Union Soon

Boof02671 wrote:
The IAM kept those folks getting a paycheck way longer than they would have gotten.


Quite the opposite actually. Hundreds of thousands of union jobs have been eliminated in the last few decades...

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by RDUDDJI
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta F/A's & Fleet Workers Could Vote on Union Soon
Replies: 228
Views: 13197

Re: Delta F/A's & Fleet Workers Could Vote on Union Soon

Someone needs to look at this from a safety standpoint. Having observed employer/ employee relations in aviation union and non-union environment, there are some key safeguards easily shattered in a non union environment. Absolutely false. Unions serve to protect the exact people who don't follow sa...

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by RDUDDJI
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta F/A's & Fleet Workers Could Vote on Union Soon
Replies: 228
Views: 13197

Re: Delta F/A's & Fleet Workers Could Vote on Union Soon

I dont understand how a union, which is better for the workers, will spell doom and gloom for Delta but okay. It's quite simple actually. A union protects the lazy and incompetent at the expense of the good workers (they'll do anything to keep enrollment up). So then what happens? Good workers leav...

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by RDUDDJI
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QX employee steals and crashes Q400 near SEA
Replies: 705
Views: 93426

Re: Updated: AS employee steals and crashes Q400 at SeaTac

If local towers had to push a takeoff lockout release (TOLOR, trademark pending :D ) electronically right before a plane takes the RWY, this could avoid the rogue pilot scenario. If you don’t have said TOLOR, you cannot put the engine power level above x. ... And when the system on-board the aircra...

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by RDUDDJI
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QX employee steals and crashes Q400 near SEA
Replies: 705
Views: 93426

Re: Updated: AS employee steals and crashes Q400 at SeaTac

[photoid][/photoid] Amen! Regardless, of what some so-called experts think, ATC should never have any direct control of an aircraft. The PIC is in total command of an aircraft at all times. As per the FARs he is the sole authority. Any ability for controllers to “take over” control of an aircraft w...

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by RDUDDJI
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QX employee steals and crashes Q400 near SEA
Replies: 705
Views: 93426

Re: Updated: AS employee steals and crashes Q400 at SeaTac

This code is dumb on stilts. The guy here was tow-qualified, so he’d have to have the codes to perform his job. Why do you think ATC is more reliable than the airline’s employees? How is ATC going to control about 20,000 airplanes? In the end, we have to trust somebody with potentially dangerous to...

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by RDUDDJI
Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QX employee steals and crashes Q400 near SEA
Replies: 705
Views: 93426

Re: Updated: AS employee steals and crashes Q400 at SeaTac

It’s unbelievable to know you don’t need a key or password on the screen to start these birds Try getting into a john deer loader and starting it It’s going nowhere without the four digit code inputted first It seems we could do better than having no security code at all. Entering one code would en...

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by RDUDDJI
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More F9 route announcements
Replies: 61
Views: 5145

Re: More F9 route announcements

azstar wrote:
It's so hard to stay on top of what F9's route network looks like... A constantly shifting picture.


I have this image of their route planning group trying to staple jello to the wall while eating a soup sandwich. :D

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by RDUDDJI
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: AMS vs CDG
Replies: 28
Views: 5806

Re: Delta: AMS vs CDG

PIT/IND/RDU/CVG-CDG rely heavily on connecting traffic (and cargo) to make those routes successful. Almost every US3 flight relies heavily on connecting traffic for long haul flights. That's why there's more often than not a hub on one or both ends (or at least a partner's hub). Cargo makes up <2% ...

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by RDUDDJI
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: AMS vs CDG
Replies: 28
Views: 5806

Re: Delta: AMS vs CDG

PIT/IND/RDU/CVG-CDG rely heavily on connecting traffic (and cargo) to make those routes successful. Almost every US3 flight relies heavily on connecting traffic for long haul flights. That's why there's more often than not a hub on one or both ends (or at least a partner's hub). Cargo makes up <2% ...

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by RDUDDJI
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's going on at RDU - 2018
Replies: 314
Views: 27425

Re: What's going on at RDU - 2018

About 10 percent of Delta’s passengers at RDU are catching a connecting flight through the airport Not bad, more than I thought would be the case I am very surprised it is that high. CVG runs about 16%, but it varies by the month. According to the airports connecting numbers, it's closer to 1.2%. A...

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by RDUDDJI
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dua Lipa Criticizes United Flight Attendant on Twitter Over Response to Sister's Nut Allergy
Replies: 168
Views: 11377

Re: Dua Lipa Criticizes United Flight Attendant on Twitter Over Response to Sister's Nut Allergy

She has 2.4 million followers on twitter. And it's OK if you don't care, but 2.4 million people (plus millions more on the retweets and media posts) got to read a negative thing about United Airlines .. I bet they care. Also, what you wrote was stupid because ... 1) She's very famous both in the US...

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by RDUDDJI
Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines 192 fire on a Container Loader in Hong Kong
Replies: 78
Views: 22208

Re: American Airlines 192 fire on a Container Loader in Hong Kong

I couldn't view the video above, but I discovered a fire on a cargo loader once when I worked at UA. I just happened to be walking by on the ramp and saw the fire when it was still quite small (it was between departure banks so the ramp crew was taking a break, but someone left it idling). Called it...

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by RDUDDJI
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL announces Q3 2017 pre-tax profit USD $1.7 Billion
Replies: 76
Views: 11664

Re: DL announces Q3 2017 pre-tax profit USD $1.7 BILLION

Newbiepilot wrote:
Profits like that could lead to new entrants in the market. 16% operating margin is high and I doubt airlines will be able to sustain that margin.


I'd agree with that. It's all relative though. The company I work for has a profit margin almost 3 times that.

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by RDUDDJI
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 1977: Allegheny Air promotion: $145 for one week of unlimited flights
Replies: 13
Views: 1887

Re: 1977: Allegheny Air promotion: $145 for one week of unlimited flights

American Airlines had AAirpass. IIRC, $15,000 would get you confirmed travel with few restrictions. It has not been available for about 15-20 years, though. Does anyone else remember it & have more details? AA took a bAAth on the unlimited AAirpass. I've always found it fascinating that someone...

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by RDUDDJI
Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL dropping PHL-CDG?
Replies: 92
Views: 13362

Re: DL dropping PHL-CDG?

http://news.delta.com/delta-s-trans-atl ... stinations
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lavalampluva wrote:
I'm sure someone will come on here and say that it would work from DTW. :lol:


Haha. In this particular case, they might be right... :)

http://news.delta.com/delta-s-trans-atl ... stinations

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by RDUDDJI
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue and FA Union
Replies: 77
Views: 10129

Re: JetBlue and FA Union

B6 is a prime takeover target with nowhere to expand paying substandard wages compared to competitors. This is a wise move for the rank and file. ...if you're one of the lazy and incompetent. Anyone else would be an ignorant fool to vote in favor of a union. You'd be giving away your voice for a pi...

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by RDUDDJI
Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL new summer 2018 transatlantic flights
Replies: 192
Views: 25974

Re: DL new summer 2018 transatlantic flights

Well this is why IND-CDG was going to be loaded on the 23rd, although I'm slightly disappointed AUS-AMS isn't part of this announcement. That flight only operates a few times during SXSW. It would make more sense to advertise for it in Europe which I imagine is the market they're trying to serve wi...

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by RDUDDJI
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Global US hubs?
Replies: 38
Views: 5552

Re: Global US hubs?

Geography is the bigger problem than U.S. customs and immigration policy. This. As others have said there are a few opportunities (Caribbean, Latin America) but not enough to warrant the investment in "transit" terminals. MIA would prob be best situated to have this type of operation, but...

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by RDUDDJI
Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Future Expansion
Replies: 516
Views: 58740

Re: DL Future Expansion

Off topic, but IMO, ATL is the best U.S. domestic (and one of the top in the World) to connect through...if connecting on the hub carrier. Agreed that terminals are too small for number of peeps today, but the pure size of it's operation means that connections are plentiful, frequencies are excelle...

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by RDUDDJI
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Future Expansion
Replies: 516
Views: 58740

Re: DL Future Expansion

I am sorry but ATL is one of the worst airports to connect through. The concourses are overly crowded, the walks between connections can be lengthy, there are no moving walkways in the concourses, and there is an overall lack of quality eateries at the airport. I would much prefer to connect in DTW...

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by RDUDDJI
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Future Expansion
Replies: 516
Views: 58740

Re: DL Future Expansion

The pylons for boarding groups are an enormous step backward as far as gate crowding and, as you say, while the train and hallway layout isn't Delta's fault, it does not make for a good experience. Absolutely not. The pylons have moved the SP/Z1/2/3 masses out of the way so pre-boarders and now the...

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by RDUDDJI
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta gates at airports for expansion
Replies: 136
Views: 22680

Re: Delta gates at airports for expansion

Can someone tell me what DL has in RDU ? I'm confused as to where they end up in C or D,and how many gates they end up with and will their Skyclub be in the same concourse At RDU: DL uses D1/D3 & C1-C15 (Jet Blue uses one of those gates too). Since T2 is setup at a CUTE terminal, they can move ...

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by RDUDDJI
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Future Expansion
Replies: 516
Views: 58740

Re: DL Future Expansion

Midwestindy wrote:

A DL 767 pilot


...who isn't an official spokesperson (I'm assuming) and likely has no knowledge of DL's future focus city plans.

Don't get me wrong, I love "Expansion" type threads, but starting them off using hearsay from another forum isn't a best practice.

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by RDUDDJI
Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL add IND-CDG
Replies: 223
Views: 24897

Re: DL add IND-CDG

What was the last city that has never in history had transatlantic service get it? SLC I think. RDU before that. Iceland doesn't count. Well LON (first LGW then LHR) has been flown from RDU since 1994. I suspect there are other markets after that. MSY (not sure if they had before) and AUS come to m...

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by RDUDDJI
Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 431 at SJU (9/6)
Replies: 151
Views: 20498

Re: Delta 431 approaching SJU right now

I'm a pilot and I'm not cringing. Sure, a 1-in-10000 maintenance scenario where you have a sudden non-deferrable issue arise a few minutes before departure time on a jet that just flew in with everything working is possible. But that's about it, and that's probably about the probability of that hap...

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by RDUDDJI
Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL add IND-CDG
Replies: 223
Views: 24897

Re: DL add IND-CDG

Agreed. It is much more likely that IND-CDG will drain from drivers that go into ORD, where service to Europe is much more plenty and competition keeps fares very attractive. Virtually no one drives 8+ hours round trip (in Chicago traffic) to take a more expensive non-stop flight, when they can con...

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by RDUDDJI
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U2 US Tour Aircraft
Replies: 17
Views: 4745

Re: U2 US Tour Aircraft

tsra wrote:
The band U2 was using a JetMagic 757 for a charter aircraft on their Joshua Tree Tour earlier this year. Now that they are touring the US, will they still use the 757 or will they charter someone else?


They've been touring the US for a while. Saw them back in June. Great show.

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by RDUDDJI
Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A319/A320 New Overhead Bins
Replies: 23
Views: 8348

Re: Delta A319/A320 New Overhead Bins

Other airline contracts dictate they company abide by the recommendations of the workgroup's Health and Safety committee. AS, UA, and WN are great examples of their unions and fa's working together to make their galleys work for them. Overhead bins are designed and tested extensively before being i...

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by RDUDDJI
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports shared between two metropolitan areas
Replies: 133
Views: 14721

Re: Airports shared between two metropolitan areas

RDU is a unique one. Raleigh and Durham share a border and their respective downtowns are only 25 miles apart, yet they are considered separate MSAs. Wake County(Raleigh) and Durham County also share RTP (Research Triangle Park) which is a massive employment center directly between both cities. So ...

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by RDUDDJI
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL outlines A350 routes
Replies: 209
Views: 57678

Re: DL outlines A350 routes

I did meet some Delta people at one of the bars in Wan Chai experiencing the local culture. They were ramp people, flew to HKG on staff travel, and having the night of their lives. Ahh, Wan Chai. About 15 years ago when I was a ramper we had a few nights in TYO, then HKG where we also hit Wan Chai ...

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by RDUDDJI
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Tribune Writer Slams AA (and airlines in general)
Replies: 53
Views: 8243

Re: Chicago Tribune Writer Slams AA (and airlines in general)

Ah another journalist who knows nothing about WX/ATC. It's always the airline's fault. I would agree with him that the ground communication at ACY from AA was terrible and that's why offline diversions should always be a last resort. I'm sure AA wouldn't have done an offline diversion if they had so...

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by RDUDDJI
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to launch Nashville
Replies: 266
Views: 30836

Re: Rumor: British Airways to launch Nashville

Anecdotally, I'm sensing that there is going to be a lot of induced demand with his flight. The vast majority of my coworkers had all heard of this after the initial rumor-based announcement by the Tennessean and were excited to go nonstop to London. Knowledge of the flight grew pretty quickly. It ...

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by RDUDDJI
Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scope of Delta in Amsterdam
Replies: 41
Views: 8865

Re: Scope of Delta in Amsterdam

AMS is one of the primary reasons I use DL across the pond (and KL for points onward). It's perhaps the most efficient airport I've ever transited. I've made a 16 minute US-Eur connection there before (to be fair it was to another Schengen country).

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by RDUDDJI
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAL strands 15-year-old child in Hartford
Replies: 112
Views: 10657

Re: UAL strands 15-year-old child in Hartford

This is outrageous. What kind of airline doesn't allow connecting flights for unaccompanied minors? WHAT THE HELL KIND OF SAFETY RISK IS THAT?! Um, yeah, AA*, DL*, WN**, B6**, F9, NK, all have the same rules. But thanks for playing. *Allow some connections for 8yo and up. **Allow direct flights in ...

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by RDUDDJI
Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to launch Nashville
Replies: 266
Views: 30836

Re: British Airways to launch Nashville

Congrats to BNA! (if true). You guys deserve it.

PS: BNA-TYO, that's hilarious, even with low fuel prices.

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