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by rwsea
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SFO bans sale of plastic water bottles
Replies: 95
Views: 7950

Re: SFO bans sale of plastic water bottles

Bottled water didn't even really become a thing in the US until the mid to late 1990s when bottling companies made it trendy through a marketing campaign. Somehow we survived prior to then, and we will survive again without plastic water bottles. In the scheme of things, yes, this won't make any sor...

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by rwsea
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL closing NRT. Suspends NRT-SIN, Announces ICN-MNL
Replies: 266
Views: 42113

Re: Unconfirmed: DL closing NRT. Suspends NRT-SIN, Announces ICN-MNL

ANA787 wrote:
Any chance DL or KE will start PDX-ICN?


I'm curious about this too. There's a decent amount of premium PDX traffic to SIN and other points in SE Asia. If DL isn't able to offer a 1-stop connection to SIN, much of this traffic will be forced onto UA.

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by rwsea
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Euro Business Seats
Replies: 34
Views: 4718

Re: Euro Business Seats

Yes, they do vary quite a bit. It isn't unusual, for example, for a route like LHR-FRA to be 50% or more business class on a Monday morning flight. It also isn't unusual for beach / holiday destinations or other non-business markets to only have 1-2 rows of business (catering primarily to long-haul ...

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by rwsea
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did AA choose ORD as its TPAC Gateway instead of DFW?
Replies: 69
Views: 10189

Re: Why did AA choose ORD as its TPAC Gateway instead of DFW?

Have you ever seen a map? DFW is totally out of the way for most of the country. ORD is a much larger metro area in its own right, and is a very convenient location for connections from the entire Eastern part of the US. DFW is out of the way unless you're connecting from the SE or Texas (not exactl...

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by rwsea
Sun May 19, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Greater Seattle Airport
Replies: 111
Views: 11796

Re: New Greater Seattle Airport

The discussion of whether to build a third runway at SEA (at the tune of $1B) vs. building a new/second regional airport was settled in the 90s. No new airport will be built anywhere near the Puget Sound metro area in our life times. But that doesn't mean there aren't other options that could, toget...

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by rwsea
Fri May 10, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't Delta fly International out of DFW?
Replies: 69
Views: 8905

Re: Why didn't Delta fly International out of DFW?

DFW was always a less important hub for DL than ATL/CVG/SLC at the time. Pre-bankruptcy in the mid-2000s, DL had a much smaller international footprint that centered on ATL, select flights out of JFK as a holdover from the PanAm days, and 1-2 flights from CVG. SkyTeam was in its infancy and DL didn'...

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by rwsea
Wed May 01, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA cancel SEA-NRT?
Replies: 48
Views: 6453

Re: Why did UA cancel SEA-NRT?

It's now served by NH, which is a UA joint venture partner.

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by rwsea
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska considering joining OW
Replies: 86
Views: 13154

Re: Alaska considering joining OW

I think joining OW would be a smart move by AS. They've become more and more isolated as DL has ramped up in SEA and there have been some big losses to the FF program (DL, AF/KL, AM, etc.). AS missed the boat over the past few decades when they failed to build a longhaul network. This would be the n...

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by rwsea
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United debuts new marketing campaign "Uniting the World"
Replies: 42
Views: 6837

Re: United debuts new marketing campaign "Uniting the World"

United is on the up. The airline is doing well operationally and is in the midst of a huge international expansion, and arguably has the best international network of the US3. Clearly the turnaround plan is working and the toxic history of Smisek & Co. is starting to fade. There's still work to ...

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by rwsea
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: With SEA's growth would SK consider coming back
Replies: 23
Views: 3312

Re: With SEA's growth would SK consider coming back

You have to remember that SK served SEA for approximately 40 years with very limited competition. Throughout most of the 80s/90s, SK and BA were the only nonstop flights between SEA and large European hubs (UA also offered LHR for awhile, but without many connections beyond LHR). In the late 1990s, ...

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by rwsea
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?
Replies: 98
Views: 12082

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

First of all BRU is a much smaller hub than the others you mention. LHR, CDG, AMS, and FRA are the busiest airports in Europe; BRU is a bit further down the list. BRU is not a major connecting hub for flights within Europe, but rather more of a niche hub to destinations in Africa. Most O&D traff...

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by rwsea
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is UA retreating in some markets?
Replies: 49
Views: 9100

Re: Why is UA retreating?

United is losing customers. Their service and employee treatment of paying passengers is awful. People are realizing other airlines are more customer friendly and as such United is losing passengers. I only flew United up until its merger and after that customer service is awful. They have cut back...

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by rwsea
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Inbound Int'l Flight Security Questioning - US vs. Foreign Airlines
Replies: 20
Views: 1663

Re: US Inbound Int'l Flight Security Questioning - US vs. Foreign Airlines

I'll never understand how we are any safer answering these questions. Every pax going to the US has gone through the same security as the passengers heading elsewhere. Thus, regardless of the 'interview', they've been through security. What's more, as the passengers are all mixing within the termina...

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by rwsea
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Inbound Int'l Flight Security Questioning - US vs. Foreign Airlines
Replies: 20
Views: 1663

Re: US Inbound Int'l Flight Security Questioning - US vs. Foreign Airlines

At least at AMS, DL is the only one with this setup. No similar process on KLM. Security theater and nothing else.

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by rwsea
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka
Replies: 308
Views: 30215

Re: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka

Eek! That stinks Delta is leaving Hong Kong. Do you think United will pull out of Osaka once Delta starts its flights? This will be the third time that DL/NW flies SEA-KIX. Let's see if it sticks this time. The flights have historically had great loads but low yields... and KIX is an expensive airp...

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by rwsea
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL in China
Replies: 105
Views: 10192

Re: DL in China

DL's hub network is much less conducive to experimenting in China than UA's is (or even AA). SFO and LAX are the premiere US gateways to Asia, and UA has even struggled out of its powerhouse SFO hub and with smaller planes. No way DL could be successful from SEA or DTW at this stage - the markets ar...

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by rwsea
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What if Smisek had stayed at United?
Replies: 29
Views: 5017

Re: What if Smisek had stayed at United?

Prioritized updating the website and app - as a result United has by far the best website and app. Did he? The home page looks better, and no doubt it's certainly functional. But some parts of it look and work like the old CO site. With all of its old annoying quirks. It may not be as pretty as the...

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by rwsea
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to partner with Aer Lingus, feed SEADUB service
Replies: 14
Views: 3078

Re: AS to partner with Aer Lingus, feed SEADUB service

Glad to see this come to fruition, and not a surprise at all. AS is actually quite weak with its European partnerships, so this helps mitigate the loss of AF/DL/KL somewhat. Aer Lingus has a decent longhaul business product, although the lack of an intra-EU business class offering weakens it somewha...

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by rwsea
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Georgia Lt. Governor Threatens DL Over Cutting Ties with NRA
Replies: 273
Views: 9106

Re: Georgia Lt. Governor Threatens DL Over Cutting Ties with NRA

To paraphrase Stephen Colbert, it’s surprising that the NRA even wants anything to do with Delta given that they have an age requirement (to fly solo), require use of ID, enforce a minimum drinking age, require searches of your personal property, and enforce a whole other set of Liberty-limiting rul...

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by rwsea
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Georgia Lt. Governor Threatens DL Over Cutting Ties with NRA
Replies: 273
Views: 9106

Re: Georgia Lt. Governor Threatens DL Over Cutting Ties with NRA

So, he won't support Delta anymore until Delta gives special privileges to a political group?

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by rwsea
Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Star Alliance's EWR Fortress Hub
Replies: 63
Views: 8437

Re: Star Alliance's EWR Fortress Hub

[quote="tphuang"][quote="JetBuddy"][quote="rwsea"] I have no clue which part of Manhattan rwsea is talking about, but I'm normally able to get to midtown from JFK in under 60 minutes. And to midtown, it's 75 minutes from JFK airport via airtrain. During less busy hours,...

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by rwsea
Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Star Alliance's EWR Fortress Hub
Replies: 63
Views: 8437

Re: Star Alliance's EWR Fortress Hub

I've been converted into an EWR believer. My last two trips to NY I stayed in midtown. The first trip I used JFK, and it was over 90 minutes each way to the airport via Uber. Just getting across Manhattan and into Brooklyn added 45 minutes to the trip. EWR on the other hand was 30 mins each way. I k...

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by rwsea
Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United denies boarding to an Emotional Support Peacock
Replies: 112
Views: 23139

Re: United denies boarding to an Emotional Support Peacock

Delta recently put out tighter restrictions regarding 'emotional support animals'. Hopefully the rest of the US airlines will follow in short order. Somehow this is only a problem in the US.

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by rwsea
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Vermont Senate passes Weed bill!!
Replies: 18
Views: 953

Re: Vermont Senate passes Weed bill!!

This makes 8 states with full marijuana legalization and 29 states with at least medicinal marijuana. At the pace legalized marijuana is being accepted, I wouldn't be surprised if it's legal in some form in all states within 10 years (I think even the Bible Belt will come around when they see the r...

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by rwsea
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RNO-SEA/PDX
Replies: 23
Views: 2922

Re: RNO-SEA/PDX

Reno is a tough market for air travel. SEA/PDX frequencies on QX are limited and on crappy aircraft. I've also traveled there from the Bay Area and fares/options are ridiculous (UA flights operated by SkyWest that cost $500-600 r/t, or the 1-daily frequency on QX out of SJC that leaves at like 10pm)...

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by rwsea
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak Cascades Train Derails over Interstate Highway
Replies: 105
Views: 5431

Re: Amtrak Cascades Train Derails over Interstate Highway

News reports today said the engineer did have a 2nd person, a trainee, in the cab with them at the time of the crash. It may have distracted him from watching for the speed signs and compounded by this section new to them. I think it will end up being much of what you stated above. Besides possibly...

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by rwsea
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Rolls Out Delta One to JFK-LAS/SAN/SEA
Replies: 56
Views: 14075

Re: Delta Rolls Out Delta One to JFK-LAS/SAN/SEA

DL already tried adding DeltaOne (then Business Elite) service to SEA and it didn't work. Other than Jetblue adding Mint, what makes DL think they will be successful this time?

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by rwsea
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus announce Dublin - Seattle
Replies: 110
Views: 16170

Re: Aer Lingus announce Dublin - Seattle

The rich get richer. SEA has an insane amount of European service for its seize and economy. At some point that bubble has to start leaking. Why? As of 2015, Seattle was the 12th largest economy in the US and has been growing rapidly. They have ~9 European destinations (including the seasonal-only ...

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by rwsea
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus announce Dublin - Seattle
Replies: 110
Views: 16170

Re: Aer Lingus announce Dublin - Seattle

Nice add for EI and for SEA. I know that there's quite a bit of Microsoft presence in Ireland so I'm sure that will help bolster the flight. Let's hope that AS adds EI as a partner.

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by rwsea
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adding DFW-KEF
Replies: 171
Views: 20038

Re: AA adding DFW-KEF

raylee67 wrote:
Either the flights will go empty, or Iceland is going to be swamped with tourists


It already is. The tourism is absolutely straining the resources of the Island.

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by rwsea
Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why such little long haul competition in WAW?
Replies: 4
Views: 1009

Re: Why such little long haul competition in WAW?

WAW is a large city but it's not a large business market from the US, nor is it a tourist destination.

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by rwsea
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should AS look at an East Coast hub
Replies: 101
Views: 10892

Re: Should AS look at at East Coast hub

I don't think AS needs a traditional connecting hub on the east coast. That said, I think a focus city would make sense from an operational perspective. Most of the AS routes to the east coast today turn around and immediately head back west. This results in less than optimal flight times in some ca...

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by rwsea
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any Southwest red-eye flights?
Replies: 33
Views: 8057

Re: Any Southwest red-eye flights?

How is it Southwest can do so well as a company, while having the best (more restrictive for the company) pilot scope, highest compensation and tightest work rules for FAs, AND no interline agreements or red-eyes???? It seems as a airline their hands are tied in ways that are not for other airlines...

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by rwsea
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any Southwest red-eye flights?
Replies: 33
Views: 8057

Re: Any Southwest red-eye flights?

It has something to do with their reservation system from what I’ve read on this forum (take that with a grain of salt as this forum says many things). West coast to DAL / MDW / BWI, etc. make sense. And when HI starts, more red-eyes would work. California is too close to DAL for Southwest to do an...

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by rwsea
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which US Airport Is Most Likely To Be Dehubbed?
Replies: 100
Views: 14421

Re: Which US Airport Is Most Likely To Be Dehubbed?

Probably one of the Alaska Airline pacific hubs. Having a hub at each of SEA, PDX, SFO, and LAX all going up and down the coast seems redundant. Not sure which they’d drop though. Maybe they're redundant if you believe in the old model where everyone connects through a hub to go everywhere. AS has ...

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by rwsea
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: International Main Cabin dining reinvented
Replies: 60
Views: 8717

Re: Delta: International Main Cabin dining reinvented

While I agree that OP is a little overly enthusiastic about his favorite airline, please stick to the topic and cut out the personal attacks. What's most ridiculous is Delta's overzealous marketing department that decided this was worthy of a press-release. Maybe they were hoping people hear about ...

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by rwsea
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Plans LAX Push in Comeback Effort
Replies: 226
Views: 58072

Re: UA Plans LAX Push in Comeback Effort

With Kirby's focus being domestic flying, I would expect them to beef up that first at LAX to give UA a more appealing and pertinent schedule offering. Top 10 O&Ds from LAX are: NYC, SFO, CHI, SEA, DC, DFW, HNL, LAS, BOS, MIA/FLL, there is good room for them to grow frequency and even add new m...

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by rwsea
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair to resume Los Angeles service? (rumour)
Replies: 16
Views: 4424

Re: Finnair to resume Los Angeles service? (rumour)

NichCage wrote:
I find it kind of strange why Finnair considered SFO before LAX. Otherwise, I think LAX would be a nice addition to the AY network.


Lots of tech connections between Finland and the Bay Area. LAX not as much.

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by rwsea
Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FI increases its service in S18 to TXL, SEA and PDX
Replies: 14
Views: 2333

Re: FI increases its service in S18 to TXL, SEA and PDX

[/quote] I don't know if it's possible for you guy's in the US but I usually book my AMS-PDX flights through AF and KLM it's much cheaper than DL.[/quote] Tickets tend to be much more expensive when bought in the US. Europe-US-Europe routings are often significantly cheaper than US-Europe-US. I've b...

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by rwsea
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FI increases its service in S18 to TXL, SEA and PDX
Replies: 14
Views: 2333

Re: FI increases its service in S18 to TXL, SEA and PDX

Glad to see Icelandair increase service to the Pacific Northwest. Like BlatantEcho, I am an AS loyalist and now tend to avoid DL, especially given their outrageous pricing on direct flights to AMS. I just hope that FI can improve the reliability issues - KEF has become increasingly congested and the...

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by rwsea
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transit through AMS
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Re: Transit through AMS

You will not have to clear security when arriving from MAN. You will just walk to your next gate. If you are returning via the same routing, you will probably have to clear security. Pax from the EU, US, Canada and other certain countries don't have to reclear security when connecting. You do have t...

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by rwsea
Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO - Domestic Dep From Intl' Terminal?
Replies: 25
Views: 2760

Re: SFO - Domestic Dep From Intl' Terminal?

UA has many narrowbody flights to Mexico in the international terminal. These often turn to domestic destinations after arrival from Mexico. There are also often widebody domestic turn flights. Not uncommon at all to arrive/depart from the international terminal on UA when flying domestically. As me...

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by rwsea
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN
Replies: 115
Views: 15775

Re: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN

I recently had a chance last month to visit PAE and do the Boeing tour. I never saw any Alaska aircraft coming or departing in the three-four hours I was there. Furthermore, looking at this Google earth shot I can't even see what would be used as a commercial airline terminal. Where do AS and soon ...

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by rwsea
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN
Replies: 115
Views: 15775

Re: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN

I think there is definitely a market for some commercial air out of PAE. I for one am excited about the opportunity, even if there is a slight premium. I would sooner fly out of PAE if there is an opportunity, rather than trudge down to SEA on I-405. For the record, I am in east Snohomish county. H...

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by rwsea
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN
Replies: 115
Views: 15775

Re: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN

I recently had a chance last month to visit PAE and do the Boeing tour. I never saw any Alaska aircraft coming or departing in the three-four hours I was there. Furthermore, looking at this Google earth shot I can't even see what would be used as a commercial airline terminal. Where do AS and soon ...

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by rwsea
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mother Sues UA Over Lap Child Incident
Replies: 72
Views: 6600

Re: Mother Sues UA Over Lap Child Incidentp

Sounds like this lady was sheepish and afraid to be more assertive at the time; afraid of confrontation. She had paid for two seats and had two boarding passes, there's no reason she should have just sat there and given it away, then deciding to sue later. Why was it so difficult to call over a FA a...

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by rwsea
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sunday Times Article: ‘Anyone but British Airways’: turbulent times at the nation’s flag carrier
Replies: 50
Views: 12843

Re: Sunday Times Article: ‘Anyone but British Airways’: turbulent times at the nation’s flag carrier

I flew Club Europe from LHR to HEL last year and was thoroughly disappointed. Terminal 3 was an awful experience. Probably the worst business lounge at a hub airport that I've ever seen. Onboard the seat pitch was extremely tight and the 'meal' was terrible - wilted lettuce salad with a tiny chicken...

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by rwsea
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sunday Times Article: ‘Anyone but British Airways’: turbulent times at the nation’s flag carrier
Replies: 50
Views: 12843

Re: Sunday Times Article: ‘Anyone but British Airways’: turbulent times at the nation’s flag carrier

Looks like Portland was lucky to get Delta to LHR. I'd still prefer BA. Yes the inflight product is lacking, but it's not significantly worse than DL. And, BA offers lots of connecting options whereas DL offers none. DL's flight to AMS is very expensive because it's often the fastest and most conve...

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by rwsea
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US to ban travel to N Korea
Replies: 28
Views: 1681

Re: US to ban travel to N Korea

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40680500 I suspect the reason for the ban may lay in possible action against NK by the US and allies after August. Remove possible hostages/human shields long before the event. Lets see in Japan and others follow a similar path. I think the US government is tired ...

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by rwsea
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA to soon ban electronic checkin for all inbound int'l flights
Replies: 35
Views: 9137

Re: TSA to soon ban electronic checkin for all inbound int'l flights

AMS has been doing something like this for 2 years or so. They have a nice compromise procedure. You check in online as normal, then when you connect to the TATL flight to the US, you are directed to "gate" D1 or E4 to get asked these questions, and lastly they give you a paper boarding p...

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