Frequency, people want frequency! Small planes, a departure to each major city every half hour. Of course, runway problems, weather etc...then add a 3-5 hour delay, but I am oh so happy that I could choose my exact departure time - though nothing departs at that time. It is absurd to have all these ...Jump to post
Hey, you're getting fat! The supermarket made me eat all the potatoes I bought …. 2 pounds. I was full after eating half, but they threatened me with taking my discount card away, prohibiting me from entering their store for a year, and asking for compensation for their loss. What loss? Well, one po...Jump to post
In most countries the police lets you off with a warning if you are speeding up to 10% over the limit. For example - they let you often go, for up to 66 miles per hour in a 60 miles per hour zone. That kind of flexibility can of course not be expected from airline staff - because with them "rul...Jump to post
A small pet peeve of mine: What is so great about having your boarding pass on your cell phone instead of using a printed one? Try 10 times in front of the TSA until the reader finally recognizes you? Holding up the line of us old folks with a printed boarding pass which takes 0.2 seconds to hand to...Jump to post
To ty97: That was a whirlwind of sizes of metropolitan areas! I don't see what the relevance is. Did you forget that many more people in Japan and in China take the high speed trains? Many more than take the flights? Give me the statistics for Amtrak compared to the high speed rail in Japan and Chin...Jump to post
Tokyo-Osaka: a flight almost every 15 minutes, 767, 777, 787.. and similar.
Beijing-Shanghai: a flight every 15 minutes, A330, 777, 747, plus the odd 737.
Imagine an "Embraer testing ground" here........LOL.
OK, this I just a tiny sample: In the last 1 1/2 years I flew 8 times out of DC area airports ( mostly to <acronym title="Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson Int (The William B Hartsfield / Municipal / Candler Field) (ATL / KATL), USA - Georgia">ATL</acronym>, <acronym title="Albuquerque - International Su...Jump to post
The 747-800 may not be the ideal aircraft for <acronym title="Lufthansa (Germany)">LH</acronym> to Rio right now. Economy was completely full both ways. I think the German tourists love the great exchange rate at this time, and take the Zika problem in stride.... they have been going a lot to South ...Jump to post
Just flew <acronym title="Lufthansa (Germany)">LH</acronym> <acronym title="Rio de Janeiro - Galeao International (Antonio Carlos Jobim) (GIG / SBGL), Brazil">GIG</acronym>-<acronym title="Frankfurt am Main (Rhein-Main AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA</acronym>-<acronym title="Rio de Janeiro - G...Jump to post
I am very much enjoying the thorough discussion of this issue - fantastic! Especially since most of you wholeheartedly agree with me - even better! Some here say that they hardly experience any delays, but I do, every time I fly into or out of a Washington area airport. Last time my flight from Dull...Jump to post
Every time there is a little front with a few showers along the East Coast - the "Traffic management program" (or whatever it's called) goes into effect and all flights are delayed by 2 or 3 hours.... this is all routine! We are not talking serious storms, just a routine front with some showers. Now...Jump to post
OK, I agree that the 737 <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym>-South Africa question is a legitimate one, then the traveler would have a choice of frequency, rather than the boring daily wide body. All that is bearable - just ...Jump to post
This thread is just as far fetched and useless as this thread, which I propose for the first time: Could a 737 fly from <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym> to South Africa? Or at least trans-Atlantic? That would be a new ide...Jump to post
Ok, one more post.... let's be serious: The question is: How far in advance did <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> know about the strike? Because - if it's more than just an hour or two before departure --- they easily could have done more. The trouble really is that local staff h...Jump to post
Yes, right,..... last commenter.... the two most frequent threads here are: Oh no - I really hate that Euro-white - and - that new livery really is terrible, and Why don't they fly the 737 on 14 to 16 hour flights to Europe, Asia, Africa, South Africa and Australia? (Addition: Man - if Boeing still ...Jump to post
I know the moderators will delete my post again, because every time I criticize an arrogant member here - they delete my post. Here we have another one: Above someone questions" Do you buy your airline ticket for food and drink, or to get somewhere?" Indicating that passengers always must accept any...Jump to post
GOL calls itself the "Intelligent Airline" and also claims to be the low fare leader. It is neither, fares are exactly the same as the competition, only the inflight service is inferior. They have too many fights, on planes somewhat too large (out of <acronym title="Rio de Janeiro - Santos Dumont (S...Jump to post
What I don't understand is that these delay situations are treated completely different - just because it's a plane. Imagine Greyhound keeping people on a bus for 20 hours? The police would storm the bus, free the hostages and arrest (maybe kill) the driver or whoever decided to hold the people host...Jump to post
Absolute perfection is rare in this world.... according to airliners.net it
may have happened only three times in our lifetime:
- Richard Anderson
- the 757
* Airbus aircraft are too quiet - it's stressful for Americans flying on them because of that. * The loud and almost unbearable noise of 707's and 727' are music to any A.netter's ears. * Will they make a 737 ULTRA MAX that can fly 14 - 16 hour segments? * Will <acronym title="American Airlines (USA...Jump to post
The dislike for Eurowhite is a purely American phenomenon. Europeans think it is elegant. White planes with a beautiful logo are just fine. Certainly better than an eyesore like Southwest. Had the American carriers adopted Ameriwhite as their main look - then our US friends here would be ecstatic ab...Jump to post
Hi gen2stew: "Steal Market share"? What's that? Is market share a property of American Airlines? I always thought that in a free country the passenger is allowed to chose which carrier to fly on. Oh - and <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym>'s market share to VCP was exactly what, b...Jump to post
The ONLY reason <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> flies into VCP is to mess with Azul, a purely predatory move. Exactly the same as when they flew to Stansted for only for a short while, to put MaxJet out of business, then they quit that route right away. This time it may not wor...Jump to post
Why are most here always defending the US carrier's reprehensible behavior? Forget the (possibly illegal) anti-competitive behavior, the anti-customer sentiment, the trying to eliminate any and all travel services that compare fares... etc.... But - what is so great about connections? Why should con...Jump to post
TAM has gone seriously downhill since they sold out to LAN. I am mostly familiar with their operations in Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont), and their counter areas are deserted now, while everybody is lining up to fly GOL and AZUL. Two years ago the lines at TAM where long... I was ...Jump to post
I fly to/from South America regularly on 8-10 hour flights and TAM has the sensible policy "seatbelt on" when turbulence is present or forecast, and "seatbelt off" otherwise. <acronym title="Albenga (Villanova d'Albenga) (- Clemente Panero) (ALL / LIMG), Italy">ALL</acronym> American carriers put th...Jump to post
Now the starter of the thread is talking about flying long flights on narrowbodies in business class. I am sure that was not the original intention of the discussion --- these long flights become very uncomfortable in economy class, with a 3-3 configuration, where two thirds of the travelers don't h...Jump to post
VC10er: Sure you don't mind a narrowbody on a long flight in business class..... or the upper deck of the 747, which almost always is business class. The super rich people's private planes are even narrower, but it's all first class. I am sure, though, that the discussion here is all about very long...Jump to post
There is this strange longing for ultra-long narrow body flights among so many a.netters -I don't get it. I am old enough to have flown on B707 and DC-8's across the Atlantic, to/from the <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acronym> and <acronym title="...Jump to post
Germans are the "best engineers' in the world.... how is it then possible that ANY airport in the entire rest of the world ever opened......? Oh, maybe this is a solution: Divide Germany, remember, into East and West - and let Putin's engineers fix the "Schonefeld problem" --- that may work better....Jump to post
Maybe this will help the thread starter: Imagine your family of four of five ( we are only a short way to the crowds boarding an airplane). 1. Cars with 4 doors are faster to board than cars with 2 doors. 2. If you have a car with one door only, that would be a real pain.... Or a subway... they boar...Jump to post
Code sharing and airline alliances are the biggest scam there is in the transportation industry. What they call "seamless service" is instead the biggest and best setup for the perfect runaround. They claim all these extra destinations, these fantastic through fares etc.... but all that already exis...Jump to post
GOL is huge, but not a low fare carrier.
It is not enough to say you have the lowest fares, when you in reality do not have the lowest fares..
TAM is lower priced than GOL about 80 percent of the time, when I look for a domestic flight within Brazil.
I just flew on a United 777 <acronym title="Houston - George Bush Intercontinental (IAH / KIAH), USA - Texas">IAH</acronym>-<acronym title="Rio de Janeiro - Galeao International (Antonio Carlos Jobim) (GIG / SBGL), Brazil">GIG</acronym> and observed that about half of the plane's length was business...Jump to post
Hehehe.... being a SLF these people look down upon, I say this: The pilot is not very professional, and the creepy controller is trying very hard (and succeeding) being worse than the pilot. Insisting to give the pilot "the phone number" is violating the sterile cockpit rule more seriously than the ...Jump to post
I am not picking on US pilots' flying skills at all - they are among the safest, if not THE best and safest in the world. I am criticizing their communication skills, or rather- lack of communication - which in my opinion stems from a deeply rooted authoritarian mindset. Why does nobody agree with m...Jump to post
cjg225: Yes- for real. You should travel outside the US some time and see for yourself.
(I do understand the reason for the difference in how police approaches a situation in Europe, for example, vs in the US: In Europe people usually are not armed, hence the less aggressive attitude).
The details about boarding is to show that travelers already are stressed just from the regular activities when flying, which makes it even more important that they be treated with respect by the crew - that is - as people - and not as objects. This whole idea that so many A.netters seem to embrace ...Jump to post
I fly TAM and GOL a lot domestic in Brazil and must say that these are through
and through professional organizations, on the same level as airlines in the US and in Europe.
So - it's doubly surprising to me hat these pilots disregarded the rules so severely.
This is all extremely interesting! I have been chided by a moderator here at this forum, because I wrote about a personal observation (aren't they all?).... and now we have this interesting thread - which really enriches our knowledge base enormously. Give me an A against B fight any day. Yes - anot...Jump to post
Remember Faucett? About 25 years ago, just before they went out of business, I flew on their DC-8 in and out of <acronym title="Cuzco - Teniente Alejandro Velasco Astete (CUZ / SPZO), Peru">CUZ</acronym>. Now-that's a plane that needs a long runway, even when it's not hot/humid/high. This should put...Jump to post
Stay away from any city that has a <acronym title="Air Great Wall (China) and Gujarat Airways (India)">G8</acronym> or G20 meeting! It just took me 7 hours to fly from Milan to Lisbon (where the meeting is), due to the entire Portugal airspace being closed for hours, for security reasons - missing m...Jump to post
Thanks for your responses! Unfortunately we are based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, far away from any South African Airways representative. I will call London tomorrow, to see if they can help. A few toll calls make absolutely no difference to us any more, all we want to do is get this done. My secret wi...Jump to post
South African Airways reservations are impossible to deal with – a cry for help! Does anyone have a similar miserable experience with the reservations department and customer service departments of South African Airways – and were you able to solve your problem? Anyone have any suggestion how to per...Jump to post