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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 19, 2022 6:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Memorable Approaches as a Passenger?
Replies: 25
Views: 820

Re: Most Memorable Approaches as a Passenger?

Barcelona, approaching from the northeast and looking out of the window on the right hand side of the aircraft. You're flying over the water just offshore with a stunning view over the city.

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by PatrickZ80
Wed May 18, 2022 4:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Was there ever a time when no single aisle aircraft crossed the Atlantic?
Replies: 11
Views: 2082

Re: Was there ever a time when no single aisle aircraft crossed the Atlantic?

And KLM flew them until 1985, 2 years after SAS.

British Airways received it's first 757 in 1983 and retired it's last 707 in 1984, there was one year in which they had both the 707 and the 757 in the fleet. Both were used on TATL routes.

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by PatrickZ80
Tue May 17, 2022 7:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: if the tupolev 144 was exported, would it be sold only to the warsaw pact airlines or not?
Replies: 3
Views: 415

Re: if the tupolev 144 was exported, would it be sold only to the warsaw pact airlines or not?

Maybe China would have taken a bunch of them but that can't be said for certain. Aviation in China didn't mean that much in those days and where would they fly it anyway? They certainly wouldn't sell it to any western airline. Not that western airlines were interested, they thought of Russian aircra...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun May 15, 2022 8:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 61
Views: 4489

Re: Why do we "check in?"

If you don't check in by the cut off time, they cancel your reserved seat and possibly assign it to someone else. But should they have that right? After all you paid for that seat, regardless if you use it or not. If you don't use it, you paid for that seat to be empty. Not for it to be reassigned....

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by PatrickZ80
Sun May 15, 2022 12:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 61
Views: 4489

Re: Why do we "check in?"

Part of it is the security aspect too - you need to know who exactly is onboard. It would be if you had a guarantee that everybody who has checked in would actually fly, but that guarantee can't be given. You don't want to know how often someone doesn't show up for a flight which they have checked ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun May 15, 2022 12:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 61
Views: 4489

Re: Why do we "check in?"

Even with only carry on luggage, you must checkin to get a boarding pass, which is required to go thru security. Which can also be a digital boarding pass, you don't have to obtain one from the check-in desk. You don't want to know how often I've flown with hand luggage only and used my phone as a ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun May 15, 2022 12:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 61
Views: 4489

Re: Why do we "check in?"

Dalmd88 wrote:
If you don't check in by the cut off time, they cancel your reserved seat and possibly assign it to someone else.


But should they have that right? After all you paid for that seat, regardless if you use it or not. If you don't use it, you paid for that seat to be empty. Not for it to be reassigned.

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by PatrickZ80
Sun May 15, 2022 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adds MCO-AMS for NW22
Replies: 20
Views: 5222

Re: DL adds MCO-AMS for NW22

TUI Netherlands served MCO in the past (as did Martinair when it existed). It's not as big as MIA, but there is a market, albeit not that big as UK - MCO. Moreover, it will provide connections from scondary UK airports to MCO. TUI didn't serve MCO in the past, they served SFB instead. TUI UK moved ...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 09, 2022 4:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What kind of problems have you experienced with baggage claim?
Replies: 18
Views: 1241

Re: What kind of problems have you experienced with baggage claim?

AirKevin wrote:
Yes, but out on the ramp? In a bag room somewhere? On a baggage cart somewhere? Another baggage claim belt? The taxiway? A runway? Where is there.


Like I said, still in the cargo hold of the aircraft. It was never unloaded.

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by PatrickZ80
Sun May 08, 2022 4:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What kind of problems have you experienced with baggage claim?
Replies: 18
Views: 1241

Re: What kind of problems have you experienced with baggage claim?

Man where to start. Once at an airline in IAH the inbound aircraft sat at a gate for over an hour because the jetbridge wouldn't work, meanwhile the ramp unloaded half the plane. It was closed back up and towed to another gate. A bunch of customers came to me and my partner asking where their bags ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun May 08, 2022 3:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Overrated Airline liveries
Replies: 10
Views: 1106

Re: Overrated Airline liveries

Agreed about the AA bare metal livery, they kept it for way too long. Should have been retired decades earlier. It was okay when it was first introduced, it fitted the time. I wouldn't say it was one of the most beautiful liveries back then but it was acceptable. However when the time came to replac...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun May 08, 2022 12:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with longest and shortest takeoff queues
Replies: 20
Views: 1592

Re: Airports with longest and shortest takeoff queues

Indeed large airports with a runway shortage like Heathrow often have long queues. There are simply too many flights, they're way exceeding their capacity. Small airports are usually the opposite, it can just be that your plane is the only plane on the entire airport. For example I've had this at GR...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun May 08, 2022 12:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unserved/Underserved US Routes Thread
Replies: 24
Views: 1913

Re: Unserved/Underserved US Routes Thread

YYZORD wrote:
YVR-MCO/FLL & YYZ-SNA


Again, US domestic routes only. YVR and YYZ are not in the US, therefor these routes don't qualify for this threat.

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by PatrickZ80
Sat May 07, 2022 11:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unserved/underserved European routes thread
Replies: 1
Views: 483

Unserved/underserved European routes thread

Just like the US version (found here: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1472473), but then for Europe. Of course Europe is a pretty broad term but let's say it's the EU and associated countries. Nothing beyond the Russia/Belarus/Ukraine border. Any route that realistically can ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat May 07, 2022 11:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unserved/Underserved US Routes Thread
Replies: 24
Views: 1913

Re: Unserved/Underserved US Routes Thread

ElroyJetson wrote:
RIC-SLC MSP-DUB TPA-AMS MIA-TYO ORF-STL


I guess you missed one little rule in the opening post:
TexasAirCorp wrote:
Stick to US airports.


I saw DUB, AMS and TYO in your list, that's against the rules because they're outside the USA. We're talking domestic routes only, nothing international.

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by PatrickZ80
Fri May 06, 2022 8:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What should JetBlue do now?
Replies: 82
Views: 7388

Re: What should JetBlue do now?

Two different business models, two markets that are extremely different. You can't compare B6 JFK-FLL to AMS-FUE 3 days a week, and the market segments as to who is actually traveling are markedly different. It's actually not that different when you think about it, in both markets there are premium...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 05, 2022 8:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What should JetBlue do now?
Replies: 82
Views: 7388

Re: What should JetBlue do now?

The fact AF-KL is keeping Transavia is because they know there is a large part of the traveling public that is willing to pay more not to fly on an LCC. Otherwise they would have created a mega LCC and would have gotten away with it. That is why they have adapted, they have listened to the consumer...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 05, 2022 8:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What should JetBlue do now?
Replies: 82
Views: 7388

Re: What should JetBlue do now?

History is also a great source to back what I am saying so I remain unconvinced in the absence of concrete examples that back your claims. What you don't understand about FR is that they didn't just become what they are today by eliminating their competition but by actually creating a whole new mar...

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by PatrickZ80
Thu May 05, 2022 5:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What should JetBlue do now?
Replies: 82
Views: 7388

Re: What should JetBlue do now?

As for Ryanair, they have not done exactly that. They have actually failed in certain markets such as FRA (just one example). Also, when was the last time FR actually drove an airline into bankruptcy? Was it Malev back in 2012? That's almost a decade ago. Meanwhile European aviation market keeps on...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed May 04, 2022 4:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What should JetBlue do now?
Replies: 82
Views: 7388

Re: What should JetBlue do now?

They should immediately begin merger talks with Alaska. There are no other moves to play. Which is kind of difficult since Alaska is already in bed with American Airlines, which is the reason Alaska became a OneWorld member. While technically a different airline, in reality AS is just an extension ...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed May 04, 2022 8:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unserved/Underserved US Routes Thread
Replies: 24
Views: 1913

Re: Unserved/Underserved US Routes Thread

jplatts wrote:
CVG-IAH/HOU with UA down to 2x daily nonstops on CVG-IAH and with WN having already dropped CVG-HOU nonstop service


2x daily is more than royal, that's far from unserved. I mean, some routes are only served 1x weekly. Why would you need more?

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by PatrickZ80
Wed May 04, 2022 6:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: B6 and F9?
Replies: 19
Views: 3078

Re: B6 and F9?

TWA772LR wrote:
I will contend that F9/NK is the best match, but you have to agree that F9/B6 is much better than B6/NK.


Why not a three-way merge? NK+F9+B6 together, sounds like an idea.

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 02, 2022 5:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How far in advance do airlines announce new service?
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Re: How far in advance do airlines announce new service?

Fall is a bit tricky since it could be either the end of the summer schedule or the beginning of the winter schedule. Usually the summer schedule runs until the end of October while the winter schedule starts in November, however there are exceptions. Anyway, if you're planning for a trip in October...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 02, 2022 4:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have you flown the same exact aircraft on the same exact route before?
Replies: 33
Views: 1599

Re: Have you flown the same exact aircraft on the same exact route before?

Same route, but in the opposite direction. I had booked a city trip to Pisa for a couple of days. Those Ryanair flights cost almost nothing, so why not? Anyway, I showed up at Eindhoven and the aircraft for that flight was EI-DCY, a 737-800. Nothing special about that, those Ryanair aircraft are all...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon May 02, 2022 4:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Countries that don’t have their own airline
Replies: 10
Views: 952

Re: Countries that don’t have their own airline

Slovakia only has Smartwings Slovakia, which is a subsidiary of the Czech-based airline Smartwings. It's the only airline with a Slovakian AOC that has scheduled flights, but in how far can a subsidiary of a foreign airline really called a national airline? Other than that Slovakia has a few charter...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun May 01, 2022 8:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite Eurowhite liveries?
Replies: 23
Views: 1899

Re: Favorite Eurowhite liveries?

So it seems despite all the moaning about Eurowhite liveries it turns out people do like them after all :lol: You never heard me moan about them, in fact I liked them from the very beginning. Sure, some Eurowhite liveries are more beautiful than others but the concept has always been good. Before E...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Apr 30, 2022 8:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unserved/Underserved US Routes Thread
Replies: 24
Views: 1913

Re: Unserved/Underserved US Routes Thread

Surprisingly PDX-MIA is unserved. Those are two rather major airports. As an alternative, PDX-FLL is served by B6 but no airline flies PDX-MIA. I think it might be the largest gap in the US when it comes to potential capacity.

As for possible airlines to fly it, AS could out of PDX or AA out of MIA.

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Apr 26, 2022 9:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could a resurrected "old airline" ever be successful?
Replies: 20
Views: 2273

Re: Could a resurrected "old airline" ever be successful?

I was recently talking to a friend about whether Virgin Australia could/should rebrand as Ansett. They thought they should as it was a respected brand, long history, much nostalgia etc. I pointed out that someone who was 40 when Ansett went into liquidation will now be 60, while someone who is 40 n...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Apr 25, 2022 9:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport codes different from where you expect them to be
Replies: 42
Views: 3132

Re: Airport codes different from where you expect them to be

I always enjoyed finding out what the airport codes stood for when they weren't obvious like SEA, SFO, CLE, PIT etc. One that stumped me forever was FCA for Kalispell, Montana. Only when I did a road trip to visit Glacier Natlonal Park and I drove by the airport en-route did the answer become clear...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Apr 25, 2022 4:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What qualifies as an “overseas” flight?
Replies: 7
Views: 1157

Re: What qualifies as an “overseas” flight?

Indeed, overseas is just used as a substitute for international. It doesn't actually have to involve flying over water, it means landing in a different country than where you took off. International doesn't have to mean long haul, there are some very short international flights that only just cross ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Apr 23, 2022 10:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite Eurowhite liveries?
Replies: 23
Views: 1899

Re: Favorite Eurowhite liveries?

Regarding the colored underbelly, now that I think about it, it’s not Eurowhite by definition as the fuselage isn’t 100% white. In that case, a lot of liveries that most people consider to be Eurowhite aren't really Eurowhite. For example British Airways and the old Icelandair. The old Lufthansa is...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Apr 23, 2022 9:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could a resurrected "old airline" ever be successful?
Replies: 20
Views: 2273

Re: Could a resurrected "old airline" ever be successful?

Is the concept of flying down to Washington DC from New York for the day on business still a thing? No, it isn't a thing anymore and for such short distances that's a good thing. Those regional flights are mainly feeder flights, they're not meant for commuter traffic. For that, Amtrak provides a be...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Apr 23, 2022 9:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you check a bag for leisure travel?
Replies: 35
Views: 2849

Re: Do you check a bag for leisure travel?

Yeah, my wife and check on all flights no matter the length of stage or length of trip. Just don't want to bother with hauling stuff through the terminal/club. And we always have priority tags so the wait at the carousel isn't usually that bad. Worst case we just get a cocktail airside when we get ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Apr 23, 2022 4:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite Eurowhite liveries?
Replies: 23
Views: 1899

Re: Favorite Eurowhite liveries?

Garuda is pretty neat indeed, one of the best I think. Certainly among the larger airlines. EgyptAir is another one which I like.

There are some smaller airlines with very beautiful Eurowhite liveries as well, such as Air Seychelles and Air Caraibes.

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Apr 23, 2022 8:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could a resurrected "old airline" ever be successful?
Replies: 20
Views: 2273

Re: Could a resurrected "old airline" ever be successful?

@PatrickZ80 - PSA had frequent (hourly?) flights between LAX/BUR/SNA and SFO/SJC/OAK, memory may be failing me on the details. WN sort of fills that gap today. But is there room for another frequent service airline on the west coast today? And would there be room for a successor to the Eastern shut...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Apr 23, 2022 1:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could a resurrected "old airline" ever be successful?
Replies: 20
Views: 2273

Re: Could a resurrected "old airline" ever be successful?

I think the chances of success for a revived airline brand are almost zero. In most cases those brand names are damaged, after all they went down for a reason. People will associate the new airline with the things that brought the old airline down. One other key factor is how much the nostalgia fans...

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by PatrickZ80
Fri Apr 22, 2022 1:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports You've Transited Through In Cities You've Never Visited
Replies: 80
Views: 4258

Re: Airports You've Transited Through In Cities You've Never Visited

ARN, OSL, CPH, BCN, MXP.

That's it as far as my list goes.

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by PatrickZ80
Thu Apr 21, 2022 5:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Too late to change these airport realities now?
Replies: 71
Views: 9306

Re: Too late to change these airport realities now?

“Hire expensive union labor” ?! When was the last time some of you flew, 1970? Nonetheless, handlers at airports got their tariffs for checked luggage regardless what their staff is paid for it. And it's not just the staff that costs money, it's the equipment and check-in desks as well. There are d...

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by PatrickZ80
Wed Apr 20, 2022 8:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Too late to change these airport realities now?
Replies: 71
Views: 9306

Re: Too late to change these airport realities now?

1) Are we forever stuck with this stupid practice of unbuckling and standing in the aisle the literal millisecond the airplane comes to a stop? Followed by the inevitable morons from the back rows trying to push toward the front at an airport where connections are very unlikely? I'm afraid so, howe...

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Apr 19, 2022 6:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines You've Flown Exactly Once
Replies: 79
Views: 4570

Re: Airlines You've Flown Exactly Once

For me there's only two of those, they're Thai AirAsia and SAS operated by Blue1. All other airlines I've flown at least twice, although some for only one return trip. In fact, out of the 5 airlines that I've flown twice, 4 were a return trip.

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by PatrickZ80
Tue Apr 19, 2022 8:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Most Flown Airline?
Replies: 38
Views: 2307

Re: Your Most Flown Airline?

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1465929

My answer is in there.
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There is already a similar threat to this one:

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1465929

My answer is in there.

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Apr 18, 2022 8:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: You never fly out of airport but been visited airport
Replies: 16
Views: 2120

Re: You never fly out of airport but been visited airport

BoeingERJ1000 wrote:
I'm gonna post it here because that thread is already 6+ months old.


But still, to keep it all in one place, that's where you should have posted it. Not here.

Makes me wonder why this threat isn't closed like it was supposed to. Where are the moderators when you need them?

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Apr 17, 2022 8:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport codes different from where you expect them to be
Replies: 42
Views: 3132

Re: Airport codes different from where you expect them to be

Similar to PEK, SGN, RGN, BOM, and MAA. Talking about MAA, I keep confusing that with Maastricht Aachen Airport in the Netherlands which is actually MST. After all, MST also uses the abbreviation MAA to market itself. As for Chennai, I understand the MAA code was based on it's former name Madras. I...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Apr 16, 2022 6:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Large Cities with the most leakage from local airport
Replies: 36
Views: 2484

Re: Large Cities with the most leakage from local airport

theasianguy wrote:
For the US, I think San Diego and Philadelphia are the top examples.


Maybe you should add Providence to that, which sees a lot of leakage to Boston.

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Apr 16, 2022 6:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Large Cities with the most leakage from local airport
Replies: 36
Views: 2484

Re: Large Cities with the most leakage from local airport

One example that comes to my mind is Malmö, Sweden. Malmö does have it's own airport (MMX), but the city is actually closer to Copenhagen airport (CPH) just across the border. In the old days it took a ferry to get you from Malmö to Copenhagen so it wasn't actually that convenient. But since the bri...

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by PatrickZ80
Sat Apr 16, 2022 10:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport codes different from where you expect them to be
Replies: 42
Views: 3132

Re: Airport codes different from where you expect them to be

Kilopond wrote:
BGO would pefectly fit Bergamo, IT but it is actually assinged to Bergen, NO and Bergamo has to cope with BGY.


Same thing goes for Groningen, the Netherlands which is GRQ. GRO would be more logical but that was already in use by Girona, Spain. Therefor Groningen has to cope with GRQ.

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Apr 04, 2022 6:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: lufthansa a340-600
Replies: 9
Views: 1768

Re: lufthansa a340-600

also just a quickly as i am a Brit from the UK but flying from Germany into the states does my travel visa still apply from the UK as i am not flying from there?, or would it be different as i am travelling from Germany? It doesn't make any difference. There is no pre-clearance on this flight, your...

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by PatrickZ80
Mon Apr 04, 2022 4:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are there no direct flights from Vegas to Asia?
Replies: 44
Views: 4997

Re: Why are there no direct flights from Vegas to Asia?

You don't get that way by offering "zero value for foreign visitors" :roll: There is a fair bit of inbound demand to Las Vegas indeed, however I feel those airlines are targeting outbound demand as well. People living in the greater Las Vegas area wanting to visit Europe. Since there are ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Apr 03, 2022 3:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: lufthansa a340-600
Replies: 9
Views: 1768

Re: lufthansa a340-600

True, you never know, until you are onboard! BUT, AFAIK LH is selling is selling FirstClass tickets from MUC to JFK. As in MUC no other based aircraft offers FirstClass and JFK is considered as "Premium Market" for LH, it is highly impossible, though not guaranteed, that LH will swap the ...

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by PatrickZ80
Sun Apr 03, 2022 1:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: lufthansa a340-600
Replies: 9
Views: 1768

Re: lufthansa a340-600

You can never guarantee it, aircraft can always be swapped. Sometimes they get swapped at the very last minute. From what I could find out Lufthansa usually puts the 747-8 on the Frankfurt to Washington Dulles route, not the A340-600. The same goes for Newark to Frankfurt. The only route I was able ...

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