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by modesto2
Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 385
Views: 19369

Re: Qatar Airways Announces DOH-SFO for December 2020

Why did EK suspend SFO? Reduced demand due to COVID. They've also suspended a few other routes: "As of 1100GMT 24SEP20, the airline has removed Dallas/Ft. Worth, Edinburgh, London Stansted, Mexico City, Newcastle, St. Petersburg, San Francisco and Tokyo Haneda from its winter schedule. These d...

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by modesto2
Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 385
Views: 19369

Re: Qatar Airways Announces DOH-SFO for December 2020

Definitely exciting news for SFO, especially after several years of talk and speculation. Agreed that it's curious timing with the pandemic. I assume they're hoping to pick up VFR traffic to South Asia until business travel resumes. Also, they operated a few A359 repatriation flights to SFO in recen...

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by modesto2
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A little light hearted ATC fun...
Replies: 51
Views: 8078

Re: A little light hearted ATC fun...

I'm just going to add a couple of things here and leave it at that... People suggesting that this is mocking a traditionally African-American name are probably reading too deep into this for one very good reason: there's a reasonably high chance that the fix is named after one of their coworkers. L...

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by modesto2
Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: KSFO Parallel Departures from 28s
Replies: 24
Views: 4533

Re: KSFO Parallel Departures from 28s

To the OP, great video! I've never seen simultaneous departures on the 28s.

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by modesto2
Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 767-400ER Door Locations
Replies: 5
Views: 2033

Re: 767-400ER Door Locations

I don't have any info to help you, but I'm curious if your challenge is in any way related to how the 3L/R doors on the 764 are not full-size doors. Hopefully someone else has more insight.

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by modesto2
Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?
Replies: 40
Views: 3711

Re: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?

I don't have any data, but I've heard the 762 is a beast. Continental’s 767-224ER’s had the highest possible thrust engine possible. I believe it had similar performance to a 752 despite being heavier by a lot. Not similar, better, it was the only aircraft that could make a 752 look underpowered A ...

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by modesto2
Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last ERJ - Embraer Regional Jet Delivered: a end of an era and the history behind it !
Replies: 84
Views: 14188

Re: Last ERJ - Embraer Regional Jet Delivered: a end of an era and the history behind it !

I have about 3,000 hours in the ERJ and really enjoyed it. Granted, I stepped away from my flying career after four years with ExpressJet (Continental Express), so I've never flown any other jet. As others have mentioned, the cockpit was exceptionally loud, so many of us wore the classic David Clark...

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by modesto2
Sun May 24, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight School Recommendations for Student Pilot
Replies: 7
Views: 1996

Re: Flight School Recommendations for Student Pilot

Before I share my experience, please know that I no longer work in aviation, so I'm not connected with the latest trends and options concerning flight training. With that said, I completed all my training in 2005-2006 at ATP, and I was very satisfied with my experience. From zero hours, it only took...

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by modesto2
Thu May 07, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread
Replies: 530
Views: 293301

Re: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/HVN ... /VVNB/KSFO

Photos posted on SFO's Facebook page.
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VN operated a repatriation flight today, HAN-SFO, with a B781.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/HVN ... /VVNB/KSFO

Photos posted on SFO's Facebook page.

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by modesto2
Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Malev Tu-154B-2 BUD
Replies: 12
Views: 2581

Re: Malev Tu-154B-2 BUD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQn1TnMLtXM


Thanks for sharing this great video. What a beauty! Wish I could stop by for a look.
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IWMBH wrote:
I think the video below will help.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQn1TnMLtXM


Thanks for sharing this great video. What a beauty! Wish I could stop by for a look.

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by modesto2
Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Shouting vs Announcing Emergency Commands
Replies: 24
Views: 3539

Re: Shouting vs Announcing Emergency Commands

I’ve never been in a real emergency evacuation, but I once participated in a drill at DL’s training facility. With “smoke” in the cabin trainer and everyone evacuating, it was a chaotic environment, and I found the FA’s shouting commands to be very effective in providing clear, concise instructions.

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by modesto2
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO landing Rwy 01R today
Replies: 59
Views: 9819

Re: SFO landing Rwy 01R today

Update: Confirmed with my friend who’s a UA 737 driver that a RNAV Visual 1R exists. He just showed me the chart which includes AXMUL, KEPLR, KLAUS, and SQIRL. Learn something new everyday!

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by modesto2
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO landing Rwy 01R today
Replies: 59
Views: 9819

Re: SFO landing Rwy 01R today

Always exciting when SFO operates the circle-to-land 1R approaches. Does anyone have a copy of the RNAV Visual 1R approach?

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by modesto2
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transpacific 767-400 flights
Replies: 5
Views: 884

Re: Transpacific 767-400 flights

DL used the 763 for NRTSFO, not the 764.

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by modesto2
Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jeffrey Epstein's 727-31 for sale on eBay
Replies: 31
Views: 9529

Re: Jeffrey Epstein's 727-31 for sale on eBay

How does one find 727-rated pilots (and flight engineer) to operate this thing?

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by modesto2
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Pilots, what do you do when you’re bored while flying?
Replies: 9
Views: 2843

Re: Pilots, what do you do when you’re bored while flying?

My preference was to chat with the other pilot, but you can only do that for so long. Otherwise, read a book or stare out the window. Definitely not the most glamorous part of the job!

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by modesto2
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Schengen to non-Schengen Transfer at FRA and MUC
Replies: 16
Views: 1655

Re: Schengen to non-Schengen Transfer at FRA and MUC

I just did this last month when I flew SFO-MUC-GOA on UA & LH. Cleared passport control in MUC before boarding the flight to GOA. MUC is a great transfer hub!

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by modesto2
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement
Replies: 1049
Views: 153259

Re: Boeing NMA in doubt as customers push for all new 737MAX and 757 replacement

I've always thought a twin-aisle NMA would be too large - comparable in size to the B788. I've always been an advocate of a large single-aisle jet, something comparable to the B739 or B752. Very curious to see what happens now!

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by modesto2
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Francisco Bay Area Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 76
Views: 11616

Re: San Francisco Bay Area Aviation Thread - 2019

Just saw two OZ A350s at SFO, one parked on the G side and another in remote parking. Anyone know why there’s an extra?

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by modesto2
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 777 camera locations
Replies: 4
Views: 1977

Boeing 777 camera locations

I just flew on a KE 77W which has two camera views for pax - forward and down. Where are these cameras located on the aircraft? Can anyone provide photos that show the cameras? Thanks for the help.

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by modesto2
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Just HOW profitable is Delta's TATL Africa business!?
Replies: 12
Views: 3127

Re: Just HOW profitable is Delta's TATL Africa business!?

I remember several years ago when South Africa hosted the World Cup, and apparently ATLJNB was basically printing money. DL added a 2nd flight to JNB during that event. Special events aside, that route has a lot of business traffic which keeps the front cabin full.

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by modesto2
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA SFO widebodies
Replies: 11
Views: 3408

Re: UA SFO widebodies

I just flew back to SFO and noticed a few 763's parking the the UA maintenance building. Are the 763 there for maintenance or are they scheduled? 763 are rare at SFO now. the last time i saw a 763 fly out of SFO was maybe early 2011. I flew UA990 in 2015, SFO-CDG, operated with a 763. Not sure how ...

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by modesto2
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dual jet bridge boarding
Replies: 51
Views: 9392

Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

And even if an aircraft supports dual-jet bridge boarding, it doesn't necessarily mean both doors are used. I've noticed that at my home airport of SFO, only A340s, A380s, B747s, and B777s consistently use more than one jet bridge. Most A330, A350, and B787 flights board from the 2L door only (even ...

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by modesto2
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TP announces LIS-SFO
Replies: 42
Views: 2465

Re: TP announces LIS-SFO

Great to see yet another new airline and European destination for SFO. Curious how all these new flights will be accommodated with respect to gate space.

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by modesto2
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did United/Continental Ever Fly Mainland US - Guam?
Replies: 55
Views: 9057

Re: Did United/Continental Ever Fly Mainland US - Guam?

Neither UA nor CO has operated GUMSFO in a "few years back." I don't know if this route was perhaps operated many years ago but definitely not in the past 20 years.

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by modesto2
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 747s Flying Out of SFO
Replies: 11
Views: 945

Re: 747s Flying Out of SFO

China Airlines to TPE This flight is now operated with a 77W. The 744 hasn't operated it for quite a few years. There's an occasional triangle TPE-LAX-SFO-TPE, which is less than daily, and it is definitely still a 744. I saw one literally yesterday - this flight: https://flightaware.com/live/fligh...

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by modesto2
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 747s Flying Out of SFO
Replies: 11
Views: 945

Re: 747s Flying Out of SFO

BA still operates the 744 at SFO. The CA 748 is consistent while the KE 748 and KL 744 depend on schedule changes. The KL 744 has been very consistent recently. I see it go over almost every day and only maybe once in the last 3 weeks has it been anything other than 744. Yes, the KL 744 operates th...

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by modesto2
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 747s Flying Out of SFO
Replies: 11
Views: 945

Re: 747s Flying Out of SFO

masgniw wrote:
China Airlines to TPE


This flight is now operated with a 77W. The 744 hasn't operated it for quite a few years.

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by modesto2
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 1 hour layover in MUC
Replies: 6
Views: 1436

1 hour layover in MUC

I have a 1 hour connection in MUC on a SFO-MUC-CAI itinerary. I know it's a tight connection, but will I need to re-clear security in MUC? I'd appreciate any other advice that will help prepare me for this short layover. Thanks.

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by modesto2
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 747s Flying Out of SFO
Replies: 11
Views: 945

Re: 747s Flying Out of SFO

BA still operates the 744 at SFO. The CA 748 is consistent while the KE 748 and KL 744 depend on schedule changes.

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by modesto2
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future A380 Routes To SFO
Replies: 30
Views: 4122

Re: Future A380 Routes To SFO

How many A380 capable gates does SFO have? they have 4 gates that can handle the A380. G101, G99, A10 and A11. those are the gates that offer boarding through the upper deck for the A380. A10 is not A380-capable - it's A1 that can accommodate the A380. Quite a few years ago, SQ briefly had schedule...

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by modesto2
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW aircraft overnight parking
Replies: 2
Views: 901

DFW aircraft overnight parking

I have some questions about DFW's aircraft overnight parking. It seems like the number of aircraft that overnight at the airport exceeds the number of available gates. Do airlines (AA, DL, NK, UA) have to tow aircraft to remote parking? If so, where do these aircraft park overnight? I know there are...

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by modesto2
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Do you think airline company management post here for ideas?
Replies: 34
Views: 4040

Re: Do you think airline company management post here for ideas?

I used to work in route planning for one of the big 3 US legacies, and I regularly checked this forum (as I had done before working for an airline). But as others have said, it was purely for entertainment value and nothing more. Airlines have access to their own confidential data, and they also sub...

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by modesto2
Mon May 21, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines that offer menus in Economy?
Replies: 22
Views: 1694

Re: Airlines that offer menus in Economy?

I just returned tonight from a trip on BR, TPE-SFO, and they distributed printed menus in economy.

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by modesto2
Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines announces TPE-ONT service
Replies: 301
Views: 42704

Re: China Airlines announces TPE-ONT service

Whoa, that's some big news. Curious why they're not operating it with the A350.

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by modesto2
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAK temporarily closes Rwy 30 for rehab
Replies: 11
Views: 2053

OAK temporarily closes Rwy 30 for rehab

Bay Area spotters may be interested in knowing that starting today, OAK is temporarily closing Rwy 12-30 for runway rehabilitation. Consequently, Twy W has been converted into a runway, designated as Rwy 11-29 for the duration of the rehab with 7,620 feet available. When operationally feasible, some...

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by modesto2
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA going all 777 at GRU
Replies: 23
Views: 4098

Re: AA going all 777 at GRU

LAXintl wrote:
LAX-GRU remains 787.


I currently see a 772 on GRULAX.

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by modesto2
Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the Bay Area the only region in the US to have three Int'l airports?
Replies: 89
Views: 12015

Re: Is the Bay Area the only region in the US to have three Int'l airports?

I think the OP meant to ask about U.S. metropolitan areas that have three airports with regularly scheduled intercontinental service. As others have mentioned, the Bay Area is unique in that all three airports have intercontinental service with New York (including SWF) being the other area.

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by modesto2
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Advice: Chase Ultimate Rewards SFO-NBO
Replies: 1
Views: 374

Advice: Chase Ultimate Rewards SFO-NBO

I'm attending a wedding next April 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya (NBO), and I'd like to use my Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book the round-trip ticket. I may book in business class on the outbound and economy class for the return although I haven't yet decided. Does anyone have advice about how best to...

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by modesto2
Wed May 03, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Antonov An-124 At SFO
Replies: 6
Views: 3977

Re: The Antonov An-124 At SFO

They've been around for the past couple weeks. I stopped by SFO on Sunday April 23 for some plane spotting and watched one depart Runway 1R.

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by modesto2
Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: autobraking system in crj200 and erj145?
Replies: 27
Views: 2739

Re: autobraking system in crj200 and erj145?

The ERJ does not have autobrakes.

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by modesto2
Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's next for SFO?
Replies: 83
Views: 12569

Re: What's next for SFO?

http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/air ... 0francisco
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In addition to the CX announcement of a 3x daily flight operated by the 359, looks like OZ is also swapping out their daily ICNSFO service with a 359 later this year:

http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/air ... 0francisco

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by modesto2
Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cape Town to the US direct? Could it work?
Replies: 16
Views: 2453

Re: Cape Town to the US direct? Could it work?

I think something like Atlanta would be doable and probably also work quite nicely for the airline. Does anyone know if there ever were direct flights to Cape Town from the US? DL tried ATL(JFK?)-DKR-CPT and couldn't make it work. I think that rules out any hope of a nonstop anytime soon. DL operat...

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by modesto2
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official US Domestic (ex HI) Widebody thread 2017
Replies: 110
Views: 19305

Re: Official 2017 Domestic wide body routes USA (ex. HI) thread

DL operates the A330 daily on ATLSFO.

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by modesto2
Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines offering country-specific food/drinks on international routes
Replies: 25
Views: 2484

Re: Airlines offering country-specific food/drinks on international routes

When I used to fly CO BusinessElite around 2007-2009 to MXP and FCO, they always served a primi or pasta course between the appetizer and secondi (or main) called Italian Temptations. Flight attendants would roll a cart down the aisle with three pasta options, and passengers could choose any or all ...

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by modesto2
Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Unshaven Cockpit Crew
Replies: 39
Views: 7672

Re: Unshaven Cockpit Crew

Good question and something I've wondered myself. I was an airline pilot in the U.S. from 2006 to 2010, and we were always instructed that beards are not allowed to ensure a good seal with the oxygen mask. Mustaches are allowed because they would not interfere with the O2 mask. All my friends who st...

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by modesto2
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any regional carrier redeyes?
Replies: 20
Views: 3028

Re: Are there any regional carrier redeyes?

As an ERJ pilot with ExpressJet, I operated a Continental Express redeye in 2006, PSP-IAH. It was a rough pairing as we departed IAH around 1800L, flew to PSP, sat on the ground for a couple hours, and then departed PSP around midnight for the return redeye. As others have mentioned, there was also ...

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by modesto2
Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Delta ever bring back JFK-OTP?
Replies: 25
Views: 5353

Re: Will Delta ever bring back JFK-OTP?

The major difference between the mid-2000s and today is the amount of transatlantic capacity from LCCs. They have made the more price sensitive and seasonal destinations like BUD and OTP a tougher option for higher cost carriers like DL. The Europe-US markets is basically going through what the U.S...

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