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by boilerla
Thu May 16, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seattle is Vancouver's greatest threat to Trans-Pacific airport hub supremacy
Replies: 84
Views: 12012

Re: Seattle is Vancouver's greatest threat to Trans-Pacific airport hub supremacy

But an 11hr roundtrip drive, to save that comparatively little? I understand that preferences vary.....but F that! Spend as much time driving as you do crossing the ocean. :eek: I think 11 hours roundtrip is a bit of an exaggeration. If you plan on passing through Seattle at a nonpeak time, you can...

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by boilerla
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Pilot leaves Gun in Aircraft at ATL
Replies: 78
Views: 11600

Re: Delta Pilot leaves Gun in Aircraft at ATL

I agree that TSA is security theater, but the airport terminal in much more secure than a railroad station in the US. I wouldn't want to try and bring my gun through TSA security as I would likely get caught (They get them from time to time). I could get on any train in the US without even passing ...

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by boilerla
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corporate traffic sneak peek: SFO-PVG tops list of UA’s most lucrative Apple routes
Replies: 130
Views: 19483

Re: Corporate traffic sneak peek: SFO-PVG tops list of UA’s most lucrative Apple routes

. Doing some quick mental maths, it's quite feasible that UA wouldn't even fly to Shanghai without the Apple contract. Impossible. Maybe just 1x daily instead of 2x, but no chance UA wouldn't be connecting this pair. If you think a route can take a $35m a year downward hit and survive you are livin...

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by boilerla
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kelly: Gov't shutdown will "likely" delay Hawaii service start
Replies: 0
Views: 1274

Kelly: Gov't shutdown will "likely" delay Hawaii service start

According to LATimes: https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-business-government-shutdown-20190104-story.html?fbclid=IwAR155Yp2K2wKJHbFjmO_9BnL0pZtRr_70Bdun2QCWKxR5G46r_wHrLUoIzs Southwest Airlines, for example, believes the shutdown “likely” will delay its plans to begin service to Hawaii, Chief Ex...

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by boilerla
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA TATL flights to FRA from midsized markets?
Replies: 31
Views: 5198

Re: UA TATL flights to FRA from midsized markets?

UA may not serve them, but LH serves a lot of midsized cities in the US. [UA+]LH currently serves: Phoenix Los Angeles San Diego San Francisco Denver Miami Orlando Tampa Atlanta Chicago Boston Detroit Newark New York City Charlotte Portland Philadelphia Austin Dallas/Fort Worth Houston Dulles Washin...

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by boilerla
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Equips 600th Aircraft With Seatback Entertainment
Replies: 73
Views: 7162

Re: Delta Equips 600th Aircraft With Seatback Entertainment

Any entertainment that takes away from legroom is a waste. My iPad doesn’t take away from my personal space.

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by boilerla
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United updating brand with new colors
Replies: 128
Views: 26331

Re: United updating brand with new colors

Ya'll are acting like ANY airline is "bleading edge" with colors. Anybody who's taken Marketing 101: Purple = people equate with royalty, opulence Blue = Most commonly chosen as "popular color", calming Grey = Neutral, least likely to offend VS, DL, UA--none of them did anything ...

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by boilerla
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces IAD-TLV
Replies: 118
Views: 16434

Re: UA announces IAD-TLV

There's also a growing tech industry connection. Virginia has several large tech companies, in addition to tech companies in the defense/aerospace industries. TLV is becoming a big destination for tech. Anybody know which version of the 772ER they're using? I don't think there'd be a problem filling...

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by boilerla
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and United continue talks on 321LR/330
Replies: 76
Views: 18190

Re: Airbus and United continue talks on 321LR/330

UA deferred the 35J->359 order to preserve capital. But they also ordered a bunch of 737-10, and are "very interested" (as quoted in multiple places) in the NOM. So I can see most people assuming that UA is very "meh" on the 350 order. UA had quite a few options for 787s but they...

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by boilerla
Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: Delta announces JFK-BOM
Replies: 1014
Views: 148284

Re: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019

Also why would anybody west of the Mississippi fly through ATL for a possible double connection when they can fly one of the many 1 stops on CX, AI or EK through HKG or another Pacific airport. JFK makes more sense since connecting traffic to India is already likely involving a double connect for ma...

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by boilerla
Fri May 11, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage
Replies: 142
Views: 25172

Re: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage

The food on any airlines is not only disgusting, but also downright unhealthy. If you fly often enough to care about the food, then you shouldn't eat it. Since your tastebuds are seriously disadvantaged at 35,000 ft they often put enough salt and fat in airline food to exceed your daily allowance in...

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by boilerla
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL in China
Replies: 105
Views: 10233

Re: DL in China

DL's hub network is much less conducive to experimenting in China than UA's is (or even AA). You mean other than having the 2nd largest hub at the largest gateway to Asia? There's nothing that AA is capable of doing from its network that DL couldn't replicate, given regulatory authority to do so. U...

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by boilerla
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What would happen at DEN if Southwest overtakes United?
Replies: 57
Views: 7216

Re: What would happen at DEN if Southwest overtakes United?

UA seems to always be trying to fight back at hubs like DEN, LAX, ORD, and IAD. I find it surprising they fly out of LGA at all, especially LGA-MTJ. Concur that UA will do fine in DEN but not sure how they expect more growth from a city that's already overserved for its size (DEN is the 4th largest...

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by boilerla
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What would happen at DEN if Southwest overtakes United?
Replies: 57
Views: 7216

Re: What would happen at DEN if Southwest overtakes United?

Well, Ok... Grandma's... Disney...got it. International air travel? Wow! What was I thinking? ... Luv it! In 20 years, when you collect enough UA miles to fly international business, be sure to write a trip report about it!!! It's really not that difficult. My next trip on UA is a paid J ticket on ...

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by boilerla
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LA City Council Approves People Mover for LAX
Replies: 60
Views: 7548

Re: LA City Council Approves People Mover for LAX

How am I short-sighted? Study after study shows that LA’s public transit is frequented only by persons unable to afford to drive; generally once they can, they stop utilizing it. Something like 75% or the local population has never utilized public transport and has no desire to do so. The people mo...

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by boilerla
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 2603
Views: 370158

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

78J configuration will be: 44J/21W/253Y/C 318 total. Interesting...20% of the plane sold at a premium. The W seats certainly reduced the J seat count, since the 789 has more J seats. You could certainly say the -10 will be used on shorter flights and therefore less premium needed, but I also see fu...

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by boilerla
Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA order more 787-8 to replace 21 oldest 767-300s ?
Replies: 85
Views: 11938

Re: Will UA order more 787-8 to replace 21 oldest 767-300s ?

Given that UA is taking 3 of HA's 763s, and they are installing Polaris on the 763s, UA probably expects the 763 to stay around for another 10-15 years. That's long enough for a MOM order, and the 3 HAs can take the place of the oldest UA 763s until the MOM arrives.

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by boilerla
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Korean sign JVA
Replies: 631
Views: 78009

Re: Delta and Korean sign JVA

Delta is all of a sudden quite formidable over the Pacific. It took a while but between their own TPAC flights, those of their Chinese partners and now Korean, its a pretty impressive and unbeatable combination. Might want to put down the KoolAid for a second. Yes Delta just moved up, but it's hard...

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by boilerla
Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Next UA mid-con from SFO. Any guesses?
Replies: 31
Views: 4156

Re: Next UA mid-con from SFO. Any guesses?

Depends if you want it to connect it to the TPAC banks. Gates are at a premium in SFO especially at the domestic banks that connect to the international banks. If it’s for purely O&D than I can’t see CMH; I don’t know offhand what it is but last I looked the PDEW isn’t there for a mainline flight.

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by boilerla
Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta rolls out Delta One on BOS-LAX
Replies: 15
Views: 5840

Re: Delta rolls out Delta One on BOS-LAX

I’d actually say this is following in UA’s lead following their announcement of premium service on service including lay flat seating on SFO-BOS. That route has become very lucrative with the tech industry in Boston. (UA also has had regularly scheduled flat seating on LAX-BOS but it was catered as ...

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by boilerla
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adding DFW-KEF
Replies: 171
Views: 20077

Re: AA adding DFW-KEF

I don't understand the issues with flying DFW-KEF in a 757. What is the other option on FI or WW? Same narrowbody option. And if you think connecting to make it a shorter 757 route all you're doing I a narrowbody to that connecting city and adding the time to connect. It's weird and amazing to thin...

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by boilerla
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA launches LAX-SIN
Replies: 354
Views: 61573

Re: UA launches LAX-SIN

UA launched the route because they have the bookings and revenue information for SFO-SIN, and they said it was so strong it warranted an LAX-SIN because a good deal of the traffic on SFO-SIN was coming from LAX. But yeah, let's trust the Web site's seat map on the launch day of the flight. :roll:

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by boilerla
Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit
Replies: 112
Views: 19322

Re: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit

Still hoping they'll add a true premium economy product. In this configuration, to add 2 rows of W, I'm guessing they'd lose 12 seats--one row of Y and 9 abreast in Y+, if I had to guess. That'd be a 772 with 50J/18W--pretty premium if they can fill it.

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by boilerla
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2017
Replies: 1935
Views: 326387

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2017

You would think 2 A320s would have registrations reserved. N450UA and N499UA are the obvious numbers. N450UA was a UA s320 years ago, but that unit is now flying for Iran Air Both numbers are paid, but don't have aircraft attached to the number. Maybe there will be another series of fleet numbers. ...

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by boilerla
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 457
Views: 60929

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

The only advantage really is assigned seating on most competitors. Actually I think the biggest advantage other competitors will have will be schedule/departure options given their fleet flexibility. Unless you fly out of California, HA/UA can offer you a better schedule with more time in the islan...

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by boilerla
Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787-10 and United Airlines
Replies: 51
Views: 10585

Re: 787-10 and United Airlines

Routes like ORD/IAD/EWR to LHR/FRA. UA has 2-5 flights a day on these routes. Historically UA would operate 3 daily 767-300ER flights ORD-LHR and the summer swap the middle flight to a 747-400. With the flights that have multiple frequencies, a 787-10 could replace a 763. For example UA doesn't nee...

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by boilerla
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787-10 and United Airlines
Replies: 51
Views: 10585

Re: 787-10 and United Airlines

If one is to believe the numbers that Boeing has touted, the -10 will be more efficient than the A359 for shorter routes. So if you want the capacity of a 777, but don't need the range of a 359, the 78J could be a better fit. That would be west coast or ORD to Europe (SFO-CDG/LHR, LAX-LHR, etc.). Co...

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by boilerla
Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATH - North American Routes
Replies: 116
Views: 17307

Re: ATH - North American Routes

Just for reference, I'm flying to ATH after peak summer season ends in paid J on UA. On the way there, LAX-ATH, airfare was pretty expensive but it turned out to be the LAX-FRA connection more than ATH. On the way back through EWR the J cabin is mostly open. It's one of the last days ATH-EWR operate...

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by boilerla
Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seat size regulations in the US
Replies: 176
Views: 13778

Re: Seat size regulations in the US

While I'd love more legroom and shoulder room, let's be honest. It's not a safety issue. Recent evacuations on commercial airlines have all had one major problem: people stopping to remove luggage and valuables from overhead bins. You can make the airlines give you 48" of legroom but if the per...

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by boilerla
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 2Q17 $818M Net Profit, Defers A350s
Replies: 71
Views: 12975

Re: United 2Q17 $818M Net Profit, Defers A350s Again

When it's time to replace the 772's, why wouldn't United just order more 789's for the Pacific and 787-10's for the Atlantic? Wouldn't that be more efficient than adding a new fleet type? Depends on how much it would cost to cancel/defer the A350s. United admitted when they ordered the 359s that th...

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by boilerla
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 2Q17 $818M Net Profit, Defers A350s
Replies: 71
Views: 12975

Re: United 2Q17 $818M Net Profit, Defers A350s Again

Depends on how much it would cost to cancel/defer the A350s. United admitted when they ordered the 359s that they got them for a very good price, but pretty much impossible to cancel without losing a boatload of money. Not sure how it changed when they got converted to 35J, but considering this is ...

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by boilerla
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 2Q17 $818M Net Profit, Defers A350s
Replies: 71
Views: 12975

Re: United 2Q17 $818M Net Profit, Defers A350s Again

When it's time to replace the 772's, why wouldn't United just order more 789's for the Pacific and 787-10's for the Atlantic? Wouldn't that be more efficient than adding a new fleet type? Depends on how much it would cost to cancel/defer the A350s. United admitted when they ordered the 359s that th...

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by boilerla
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Will Replace UA's 777-200A Aircraft?
Replies: 72
Views: 16322

Re: What Will Replace UA's 777-200A Aircraft?

Aside from a handful of long domestic routes like midcon-Hawaii that will likely go to a widebody seasonally, UA will just fill the void with more narrow bodies. It's been the trend for the past two decades, no reason to think a carrier as unceremonious and non-innovative as modern day UA would cha...

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by boilerla
Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Many United Airlines Awards Flights Will Soon Cost More Miles
Replies: 12
Views: 1862

Re: Many United Airlines Awards Flights Will Soon Cost More Miles

While it sucks as a consumer, I understand and applaud the move. I just booked a friend's flight home for the 4th of July weekend for 50k miles, while a regular economy fare was $900 (small airport, close-in purchase). Charging 50k miles for that flight, while also charging 50k for a flight 6 months...

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by boilerla
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Korean sign JVA
Replies: 631
Views: 78009

Re: Delta and Korean sign JVA

There is NOTHING in the beach markets that makes DL any less able to compete than any other legacy Japanese or US carrier. DL has long been established in the beach markets, they operate separately from the NRT hub, and as long as DL has to operate from NRT for flights to the mainland US, there is ...

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by boilerla
Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Delta Add More Trans-Pacific Flights Out of Seattle?
Replies: 148
Views: 17827

Re: Should Delta Add More Trans-Pacific Flights Out of Seattle?

Funny that some of the same people on here arguing that using the 763 isn't an indicator of profitability have said that RJs don't belong on routes...if a route is being flown by a RJ instead of a 739, does that mean the route is doing poorly, and does it reflect on the airline any differently? Anyw...

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by boilerla
Wed May 10, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2017
Replies: 1935
Views: 326387

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2017

the 78J will be capable of LAX/SFO to the shorter asian destinations, but UA has increasingly based specific aircraft at specific hubs. for example, all international flying from LAX is now flown by the 789. combined with the range of the 78J, i think your guess is accurate: it'll be used for EWR/O...

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by boilerla
Wed May 10, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Agent Canceled His Reservation Because He Filmed Her in Bag Dispute
Replies: 163
Views: 16309

Re: UA Agent Canceled His Reservation Because He Filmed Her in Bag Dispute

Yeah this is just somebody trying to make hay out of nothing. The guy was drunk. Very, very drunk. Not happy drunk. Imagine if he had been sat next to a passenger. Then we could be hearing from that passenger about how United sat him next to a drunk a**hat for a flight. People like to side with the ...

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by boilerla
Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa might change Long-Haul order
Replies: 176
Views: 50144

Re: Lufthansa might change Long-Haul order

Could lh be considering an MOM play? Seems germany-USA travel could really benefit from this. Actually Germany/India and China as well. Maybe swap 779 for mom. LH would be the ideal launch customer! Depends. Many of LH's GER-US flights are on an A380 or 748. Those aren't going to be replaced with a...

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by boilerla
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports in desperate need of more gates
Replies: 102
Views: 15165

Re: Airports in desperate need of more gates

LAX is grossly oversubscribed. Will be interesting to watch the customs and border patrol facilities meltdown this summer due to the increased capacity. CPB meltdown? Heck we'll be lucky if CPB agents can even get into work, the way the upper roadway is lately. 7am on a Thursday in April (last week...

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by boilerla
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Earnings Call 18 April
Replies: 81
Views: 12445

Re: United Earnings Call 18 April

It's accrued throughout the year based on the financial results. The profit sharing for 2016 was accounted for in the 2016 results. The cash-flow would have been recorded this quarter but it would not impact these earnings. I can't find the absolute number for Q1 but in the tables it shows it was d...

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by boilerla
Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots: AA leaving behind standby passengers to improve on-time departure
Replies: 54
Views: 13296

Pilots: AA leaving behind standby passengers to improve on-time departure

According to the pilots, more than 20,000 stand-by passengers were left behind in February to make sure the flights left on time. http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/pilots-union-aa-leaving-standby-passengers-46336564 Not sure how I feel about this. If I had been a standby passenger, I'd be awf...

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by boilerla
Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates reports 35% drop in bookings to US as a result of travel ban
Replies: 88
Views: 16420

Re: Emirates reports 35% drop in traffic to US as a result of travel ban

The US, much like China is insular and doesn't depend on foreign tourism. Feel free to stay home. Are you really that narrowminded? Is FOX News your only source for information? Or Breitbart? In 2015 the USA had 69 million visitors from other countries who came for tourism. The number is growning a...

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by boilerla
Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL cuts revenue & operating margin forecasts
Replies: 7
Views: 2260

DL cuts revenue & operating margin forecasts

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-delta-air-outlook-idUSKBN16D1L8 "Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) on Monday cut its operating margin forecast for the current quarter, citing higher costs, and said it expected passenger unit revenue, a closely watched revenue metric, to be at the lower end of its f...

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by boilerla
Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2017
Replies: 1935
Views: 326387

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2017

763: N642UA sked to ferry HNL 2142/5Feb, should be on the way to HKG for Polaris Are we sure that Polaris is happening on this frame in XMN right now? Flightglobal, quoting Maria Walters, claims the first 763 frame to get Polaris will enter mods in April with an EIS in Q3. https://www.flightglobal....

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by boilerla
Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Leaves Behind Being "Subpar"
Replies: 33
Views: 8874

Re: UA Leaves Behind Being "Subpar"

Everyone has their air travel horror stories to share, but the UA threads always bring out the UA bashers. I could go onto every Delta thread and talk about the time a DL FA *literally* sneezed on me, and all he said was "Excuse me" as he went back to serving drinks. But I don't, because t...

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by boilerla
Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Impact of the Ban on Airline's Business?
Replies: 32
Views: 4036

Re: The Impact of the Ban on Airline's Business?

According to Bloomberg, the airlines were not given any advance notice, and it has caused problems overseas as airlines struggled to comply with the ban. Banned passengers are not supposed to be allowed to board flights to the US, so they would not be detained at US airports. But the airlines were n...

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by boilerla
Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Plans LAX Push in Comeback Effort
Replies: 226
Views: 58131

Re: UA Plans LAX Push in Comeback Effort

UA had their chance...they've given up gates but now they want to grow? IIRC the T6 gates were reverting back to LAWA in 2018. UA may have wanted to keep them short term, but by 2018 those are LAWA's gates, so UA was sub-leasing them to AA for 2 years until LAWA got control. And the only way to do ...

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by boilerla
Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta TPAC Future
Replies: 54
Views: 9500

Re: Delta TPAC Future

Well the demographic of Vancouver is around 50% Asian, which is a lot higher than Seattle at around 15%, which would account for the majority of the TPAC traffic. Moreover, YVR also funnels most of ex-Canada pacific traffic, as passengers in Eastern Canada prefer not to transit in the US. And lastl...

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