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by gwrudolph
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Expansion At SFO
Replies: 18
Views: 3623

Re: Expansion At SFO

I do look forward to the expansion and renovations. Some of those terminals (like the United T3 area)look just awful. What they’ve done in T2 and T3 low 60’s gates is just beautiful. SFO lets their facilities go way to far, but when they finally get around to re-doing them, they are fantastic!

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by gwrudolph
Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come quads outlasted trijets?
Replies: 57
Views: 10289

Re: How come quads outlasted trijets?

Lots of reasons, most already mentioned here. None of them I don't think on their own would make or break the tri-jet concept, but all put together they have lead us to where we are today. Fuel burn: A bit of a trap for logic. Quads vs. tri-jet one would think that 25% less engines would be 25% les...

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by gwrudolph
Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come quads outlasted trijets?
Replies: 57
Views: 10289

Re: How come quads outlasted trijets?

At least on the widebody side, I think some of those trijets barely needed three engines for their intended missions even when they were originally launched in the 70s. Some could have been twins but customer requirements for using them at airports that didn't have longer runways (corner cases in m...

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by gwrudolph
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come quads outlasted trijets?
Replies: 57
Views: 10289

Re: How come quads outlasted trijets?

At least on the widebody side, I think some of those trijets barely needed three engines for their intended missions even when they were originally launched in the 70s. Some could have been twins but customer requirements for using them at airports that didn't have longer runways (corner cases in my...

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by gwrudolph
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian going to BOS
Replies: 134
Views: 15722

Re: Hawaiian going to BOS

So for Hawaiian, the standardization of their A330 fleet - meaning that any of their A330's are outfitted and certified to fly this route along with all the other routes, really helps in the rotation of planes from short-to-long-to-short and vice versa routing for equalization of usage. The other t...

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by gwrudolph
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA dehub MIA?
Replies: 66
Views: 8425

Re: Why did UA dehub MIA?

Miami could barely be called a hub, certainly not in the traditional sense. It had few flights and limited connections to/from the US and Central and South America. It really was a focus city that flew to South and Central America with some feed from its other hubs. http://www.departedflights.com/U...

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by gwrudolph
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA dehub MIA?
Replies: 66
Views: 8425

Re: Why did UA dehub MIA?

Ah, yes, the old "Florida is low yielding" chestnut. Must be why the most profitable legacy sources a huge amount of its total traffic and revenue from Florida. All that LCC junk, indeed.... Florida is low yielding for domestic flights. FLL is low yielding because SW, JB and Spirit have l...

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by gwrudolph
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta uncontained engine failure - ATL-MCO
Replies: 51
Views: 16290

Re: Delta uncontained engine failure - ATL-MCO

How close to retirement is this aircraft. Pratt & Whitney engines generally from my experience have a better record for containing containing debris. An example is the GE powered United DC-10 that had an uncontained engine failure of the number two engine and severed all the hydraulic lines. It...

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by gwrudolph
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United spend $200mil on Hawaii facilities, adjust schedules
Replies: 68
Views: 9533

Re: United spend $200mil on Hawaii facilities, adjust schedules

Um, me. Many is the time we left Denver at 5:30 or 6 to connect at SFO and get here at noontime +/- (+ in the winter, - in the summer). But that meant getting up at 2:30 or so to get to the airport, park, take the bus to the terminal--always a longer wait at 4:30 in the morning--and so on. So, yeah...

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by gwrudolph
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Announces EWR-PRG, EWR-NAP, SFO-AMS
Replies: 125
Views: 14732

Re: United Announces EWR-PRG, EWR-NAP, SFO-AMS

How cute! The big airlines are now all of a sudden caring about the lesser European cities now that they’ve got competition (or will), not because they really want to be there. I don't understand your post. An airline only wants to fly to a destination for two reasons: Profit and/or because they ar...

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by gwrudolph
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Announces EWR-PRG, EWR-NAP, SFO-AMS
Replies: 125
Views: 14732

Re: United Announces EWR-PRG, EWR-NAP, SFO-AMS

NAP surprises me. It's good for Amalfi coast tourists and the like, but there are some more difficulties in doing business in that part of Italy. UA has grown their Italian presence in the last 3 years. Going from 1x IAD-FCO and 1x EWR-MXP to adding FCO-ORD and EWR, along with EWR- VCE. I'm a bit s...

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by gwrudolph
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 8/19/2018:AS Drops FLLSFO;DL Drops JFKBGR,BMIMSP,BNACVG,FNTMSP;Y4 Adds ABQ/CLT/More
Replies: 130
Views: 14591

Re: OAG Changes 8/19/2018:AS Drops FLLSFO;DL Drops JFKBGR,BMIMSP,BNACVG,FNTMSP;Y4 Adds ABQ/CLT/More

UA cutting BWI-LAX. Not sure I completely understand what they are doing in LAX. They reduced it and sold off gates in favor of building up SFO. Then they say they are committed to growing at LAX. Then they keep reducing cities. Not sure what their strategy is . . .

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by gwrudolph
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US airlines gear up for next round of Tokyo HND slots allocation ahead of 2020 Olympics
Replies: 94
Views: 9595

Re: US airlines gear up for next round of Tokyo HND slots allocation ahead of 2020 Olympics

I agree. I'm guessing there will be at most 4 daily slot pairs for US carriers. UA will ask for and probably get EWR. UA might also ask for ORD/IAD but probably won't get it. DL will ask for and probably get DTW. ATL would be nice, but I don't see it happening. AA will ask for and probably get DFW....

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by gwrudolph
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US airlines gear up for next round of Tokyo HND slots allocation ahead of 2020 Olympics
Replies: 94
Views: 9595

Re: US airlines gear up for next round of Tokyo HND slots allocation ahead of 2020 Olympics

This time around may be very interesting and different than last time. Last time, UA and DL were still operating NRT hubs, so incremental JP flying might have made more sense. Now that they effectively have no hubs at NRT, I guess it comes down to swapping out NRT with HND services because they now ...

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by gwrudolph
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Death of 747-400 Greatly Exaggerated
Replies: 129
Views: 19045

Re: Death of 747-400 Greatly Exaggerated

You are correct—I made a math error so 276 out of 694 are still active Wikipedia makes it 376 in use in July 2018, 216 freighters leave 163 passenger frames. If we look at all frames flying or having flown passengers: 442 747-400 21 747-400D 6 747-400ER 63 747-400M That makes it 532, of those 163 a...

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by gwrudolph
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 77W and 772
Replies: 52
Views: 8635

Re: UA 77W and 772

I suggest you go do some research on the history of UA's SYD flights because you are greatly mistaken to say UA didn't operate SFO-SYD and LAX-SYD daily when those flights where 744s and that the routes only went daily when the 77Es to over. How is ICN Star Alliance territory when KE (the largest o...

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by gwrudolph
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 77W and 772
Replies: 52
Views: 8635

Re: UA 77W and 772

UA didn’t run SFO-AKL Non stop back then there was a SFO-HNL-AKL-SYD D10 for a while which became SFO-SYD 744 then LAX-HNL-AKL-MEL 741 which became LAX-AKL-MEL 744, there was LAX-SYD 74L that became a 744, there was a LAX-SYD-BNE tag I believe 3 weekly around 91-94. There was a brief 18 months 99-0...

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by gwrudolph
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United A321
Replies: 47
Views: 7900

Re: United A321

Based on the pic, it is just a cheap model in somebody's office. Not like it is in the lobby or the Board Room of their Willis HDQ office. There's a personal picture and one of those magic 8 balls on the shelf as well, but I'm not guessing they use that for future route planning! LOL!

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by gwrudolph
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta F/A's & Fleet Workers Could Vote on Union Soon
Replies: 228
Views: 13193

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. If it's better for the workers why arent AA and UA flight attendants happy. Since unions are good and wil help Delta shouldnt't they have helped the legacies with the employees job satisfac...

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by gwrudolph
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?
Replies: 113
Views: 8679

Re: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?

It is quite interesting to look at the passengers carried on direct routes to the US from both EDI and MAN in June 2018 as an example. Manchester still ahead on New York area routes and pretty much all markets, with the exception of ORD and IAD (where there is no route from MAN). Overall there were...

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by gwrudolph
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philadelphia route expansion?
Replies: 133
Views: 10882

Re: Philadelphia route expansion?

Not sure about that. Even UA and LH have barely been able to make nonstops from the US to HAM and DUS work, even from larger cities and/or larger hubs than AA's PHL . . . and they have a natural advantage with the SA partnership and LH being the home carrier I think PHL-TXL would be the most suitab...

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by gwrudolph
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW service on the Osaka-Sydney route
Replies: 19
Views: 3987

Re: NW service on the Osaka-Sydney route

OSA-SYD was definitely a 741 most of the time- my office overlooked the airport and that aircraft usually sat on the ground for 2 days before returning to OSA- I hate to think what the parking charges were. The problem with NW Australian ops was to be profitable/competitive they needed daily LAX no...

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by gwrudolph
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philadelphia route expansion?
Replies: 133
Views: 10882

Re: Philadelphia route expansion?

Seasonal 757 to HAM would surely work, DUS too. Not sure about that. Even UA and LH have barely been able to make nonstops from the US to HAM and DUS work, even from larger cities and/or larger hubs than AA's PHL . . . and they have a natural advantage with the SA partnership and LH being the home ...

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by gwrudolph
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Three pilots on JFK-EDI: Do airlines have relief pilots on 6 hour flights?
Replies: 53
Views: 4672

Re: Three pilots on JFK-EDI: Do airlines have relief pilots on 6 hour flights?

This is all very fascinating discussion. Thanks everyone for your contributions. I am learning a lot!

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by gwrudolph
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest grounding many airplanes.
Replies: 71
Views: 12232

Re: Southwest grounding many airplanes.

^^THIS exactly. And yet somehow the cult following of “I need my 2 bags” folks keeps flying them because they only do it 1-3x a year, so I guess they don’t really care. Until they improve the circus, the number of business folks who fly them will still remain low. But this was an event that happene...

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by gwrudolph
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Three pilots on JFK-EDI: Do airlines have relief pilots on 6 hour flights?
Replies: 53
Views: 4672

Re: Three pilots on JFK-EDI: Do airlines have relief pilots on 6 hour flights?

Mayday111 wrote:
Are the requirements for relief pilots the same for flights which exceed 12 hours? An example would be like Air India's flight from Bombay to Newark.


Yes, ULHs usually pack four crew members. One captain and three FOs. USA to most of Asia and Oceana

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by gwrudolph
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: AA drops ORD-PEK/PVG, reduces NRT
Replies: 456
Views: 57736

Re: AA: ORD-Asia “Uniquely Challenging” to Route Structure

I agree on PHL/CLT-Asia flight(s), particularly TYO with the JL JV. It wouldn't shock me to see an ORD-Asia 788 flip to PHL/CLT-TYO. With them talking more about Europe, I'd expect 788s to start appearing in PHL/CLT next year for some of the 763 flying that will need to be covered as those birds ar...

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by gwrudolph
Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philadelphia route expansion?
Replies: 133
Views: 10882

Re: Philadelphia route expansion

AA just "connected the dots" with lots of Midwest cities this summer that previously only had service to ORD, DFW or CLT, so I don't see a ton of domestic expansion coming any time soon. However, there are some obvious holes that I think need to be filled domestically: PHL-SJC PHL-SMF PHL...

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by gwrudolph
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did United ever fly JFK-MIA?
Replies: 21
Views: 3208

Re: Did United ever fly JFK-MIA?

I recall the flight to EZE had a tag onto Montevideo for many years. Then it was cut. I have always wondered why United did that - I presume too much fuel for too few pax? Yet, it “seems” like a good idea to reconsider today, that and perhaps other tags as so many ac just sit all day in the scorchi...

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by gwrudolph
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. agency says United pilot posted explicit photos of flight attendant online
Replies: 3
Views: 1694

Re: U.S. agency says United pilot posted explicit photos of flight attendant online

A United Airlines (UAL.N) flight attendant is accusing the airline of failing to protect her from sexually explicit pictures that a pilot posted of her online, according to a lawsuit filed in a San Antonio, Texas, federal court. The lawsuit, filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...

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by gwrudolph
Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1927
Views: 244785

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

New carpet, new seats, a fairly stylish bulkhead divider wall, then you go into the bathroom and step back to 1992! lol....the paisley wall paper has been around longer than that. I'm pretty sure the 10's had it. It would be nice if UA could go back and redo all of the lavs, overheads, sidewalls an...

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by gwrudolph
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1927
Views: 244785

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

. Isn't it impossible to tell an sUA A319 apart from an sCZ A319 solely from the inside? You can tell the difference from the lav/galley configuration in back. exCZ aircraft have two lavs forward of the #2 doors and a full width galley in the back. UA aircraft have one lav and half a galley forward...

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by gwrudolph
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1927
Views: 244785

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I’m going to play devils advocate here, but I think I do agree with jetblastdubai. Think about how many amenity kits get tossed in the trash every single day from airlines around the world. I have so many UA amenity kits that I just pack one in my carry on and hand the kit on my seat back to the ca...

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by gwrudolph
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Round Headhouses
Replies: 32
Views: 2342

Re: Round Headhouses

evank516 wrote:
I don't think JFK had that since T6 was demolished. Also, don't forget LAS.


SAN as well, right?

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by gwrudolph
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Southwest
Replies: 71
Views: 10087

Re: Airbus and Southwest

I would bet a hundy that airbus and southwest talk regularly. Airbus would be foolish not to continuously give it a try (even if the deck is stacked against them) and southwest foolish not to listen to them, if for nothing else but to keep Boeing honest. At the end of the day, however, a switch or s...

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by gwrudolph
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1927
Views: 244785

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I agree that half baked anything is bad, and the legacy UA 767s that only had the front cabins with the new bins etc, then after the curtains it was the OLD bins was an embarrassment! It was such an obvious “we don’t value you” statement. I haven’t a clue, but I would imagine new side walls and lig...

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by gwrudolph
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Domestic 777 Replacment
Replies: 103
Views: 14349

Re: UA Domestic 777 Replacment

Why is no one talking about the NMA? It is designed exactly for the routes where UA uses its domestic 777s. Availability also matches when those planes will be due for retirement. Agreed. I could see an airline like UA using a densely configured NMA on some hub-hub and HI routes and the timing will...

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by gwrudolph
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn’t DL, AA, and CO order the 747-400?
Replies: 44
Views: 6672

Re: Why didn’t DL, AA, and CO order the 747-400?

why stop in Oakland on the way from SFO to Asia? Seems weird. Longer runway? The MD-11s could not take off with enough fuel to make NRT from SJCs runway when the temperature hit a certain point....so they would make a gas an go in OAK enroute. That was before SJC lengthened their runways. To my und...

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by gwrudolph
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Domestic 777 Replacment
Replies: 103
Views: 14349

Re: UA Domestic 777 Replacment

Not sure what this has to do with this thread. UA is well behind AA, DL and WN in total domestic passengers carried (as opposed to passenger miles), so it’s somewhat confusing to argue the importance of the domestic 777’s “massive capacity.” Especially when the aircraft are gently used outside of t...

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by gwrudolph
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Domestic 777 Replacment
Replies: 103
Views: 14349

Re: UA Domestic 777 Replacment

I’d argue the domestic 777 play a similar role as the domestic 763 at DL — they’re there to find a modern, alternative use for aircraft acquired and used on different missions a generation ago. Just a few years ago, the domestic 777 were sparingly used; frequency now dominated the once 777-heavy LA...

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by gwrudolph
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn’t DL, AA, and CO order the 747-400?
Replies: 44
Views: 6672

Re: Why didn’t DL, AA, and CO order the 747-400?

Ironically in the movie Jurassic Park, in the scene where Hammond is talking to the paleontologists and investors, you see a CO A300 buzzing the beach, as well as a 744 in CO colors in the slideshow. CO had Micronesia, and in the late 90s/early 00s had started IAH/EWR-NRT and EWR-HKG. IAH-NRT was m...

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by gwrudolph
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Domestic 777 Replacment
Replies: 103
Views: 14349

Re: UA Domestic 777 Replacment

There is another thread stating that UA has passed DL. While the reported figures don't reflect that, UA is way closer than they should be with about 150 fewer planes, and with more international widebodies. I think that is due to all the people the 77As are moving around; but I haven't been able t...

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by gwrudolph
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn’t DL, AA, and CO order the 747-400?
Replies: 44
Views: 6672

Re: Why didn’t DL, AA, and CO order the 747-400?

Shortly after the B744 became available, didn't an economic recession occur in the early 90's? Probably not a direct factor, but it likely was an underlying one. Regardless of the economy I don't think AA, DL, or CO had the need for the 744 with their small Tpac networks. As others have said, in it...

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by gwrudolph
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn’t DL, AA, and CO order the 747-400?
Replies: 44
Views: 6672

Re: Why didn’t DL, AA, and CO order the 747-400?

Ironically in the movie Jurassic Park, in the scene where Hammond is talking to the paleontologists and investors, you see a CO A300 buzzing the beach, as well as a 744 in CO colors in the slideshow. What was DL, AA, and CO's Asian presence like in the 1990s? CO had Micronesia, and in the late 90s/...

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by gwrudolph
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?
Replies: 98
Views: 11292

Re: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?

I'm actually always surprised at the level of service UA has to BRU. Most times of the year, it is 3x daily 777 service. I believe that's approx as many seats than AA and DL together

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by gwrudolph
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has AA Slipped Behind UA to Become The Number 3 Airline?
Replies: 99
Views: 12619

Re: Has AA Slipped Behind UA to Become The Number 3 Airline?

AA might have proved too big and too complex for the ex-America West/USAirways team to handle. Seems they underestimated AA's complexity and toxic labor relationships. Parker's team has yet to decide what they want "the post merger AA" to be...looks like they want to turn AA into a hybrid...

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by gwrudolph
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1927
Views: 244785

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

No idea, but probably. Stew on this: it's possible to buy a Basic Economy fare and be assigned into an Economy Plus seat. You don't get to pick your seat or bring a bag but you end up in the extra legroom section. :rotfl: “Stewing!” - For the high premium configuration 763, buying the lowest price ...

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by gwrudolph
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did United ever fly JFK-MIA?
Replies: 21
Views: 3208

Re: Did United ever fly JFK-MIA?

At various times when they had the Latin America gateway in MIA, they flew BOSMIA, LGAMIA, EWRMIA, JFKMIA, PHLMIA, DCAMIA, IADMIA, ATLMIA, and I believe MCOMIA. Many of those connecting flights didn't do very well and were axed one-by-one even before the take-down of the MIA gateway.

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by gwrudolph
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces IAD-TLV
Replies: 118
Views: 15395

Re: UA announces IAD-TLV

While they will be able to more easily cross-utilize after October, it probably still isn't in their best interest to have a one-off GE90 777 route out of IAD when they have a large concentration of P&W 777s at IAD. Especially on a 3-day a week flight. You lose utilization efficiencies, you hav...

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