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by ScottB
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Transporting A Prisoner to Supermax
Replies: 17
Views: 5946

Re: Transporting A Prisoner to Supermax

nycbjr wrote:
Aren't overnight ops not permitted at LGA? Never knew there were exceptions!


The Feds can pretty much do what they want as long as the runways are serviceable.

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by ScottB
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Transporting A Prisoner to Supermax
Replies: 17
Views: 5946

Re: Transporting A Prisoner to Supermax

Weird about opsec though: somebody got stills and video of him departing the Downtown Heliport and somehow knew who it was Well, it would not surprise me at all if someone tipped off a trusted contact unofficially or quasi-officially, or even if the video & stills came from official sources. It...

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by ScottB
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Transporting A Prisoner to Supermax
Replies: 17
Views: 5946

Re: Transporting A Prisoner to Supermax

I guess given this particular defendant's history of slipping out of custody, they weren't taking any chances. Still, it seems like a movie script rather than real life. Doing all that stuff in the middle of the night makes it a lot easier to preserve opsec. The airfield and ramp at La Garbage will...

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by ScottB
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Expects a $5.6 Billion Hit for 737 Max Disruptions
Replies: 125
Views: 12932

Re: Boeing Expects a $5.6 Billion Hit for 737 Max Disruptions

kurtverbose wrote:
Yes, just think, if they'd stumped up a bit more they could've had a new NSA instead of this mess.


The problem with NSA wasn't just development cost; it was also time to market for NSA versus another revision of the 737 and the relatively limited benefits the NSA could deliver over 737-MAX.

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by ScottB
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Expects a $5.6 Billion Hit for 737 Max Disruptions
Replies: 125
Views: 12932

Re: Boeing Expects a $5.6 Billion Hit for 737 Max Disruptions

Kindanew wrote:
mxaxai wrote:
oof

That's a big hit that may not be available to finance NMA development.


Its ok. They will lobby even harder for tax breaks.


Maybe they should ask for "repayable loans."

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by ScottB
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What’s happening at BHM?
Replies: 53
Views: 4239

Re: What’s happening at BHM?

why bother with taking such a short flight from BHM to ATL, when you can just drive straight to ATL in 2 hours ? Parking at BHM is cheaper and more convenient, and an Uber/Lyft to BHM is an option if you live in the area. If you're already checked in, you can arrive at BHM 30-45 min before schedule...

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by ScottB
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential for an Ethiopian Airlines esque flag carrier in West Africa?
Replies: 12
Views: 1284

Re: Potential for an Ethiopian Airlines esque flag carrier in West Africa?

Morocco has very liberal bilaterals with the EU. More liberal than most other countries in West Africa. It also has the advantage of being the closest country to Europe in West Africa. But arguably the relatively liberal bilateral agreement Morocco has with the EU is more a product of Moroccan gove...

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by ScottB
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What’s happening at BHM?
Replies: 53
Views: 4239

Re: What’s happening at BHM?

There was a work-around the W.A. restrictions - buy 2 tickets. I flew DAL-HOU-BNA once shortly after WN started Nashville. Technically you had to wait four hours at HOU, but they didn't enforce it in either direction. I don't think there was ever a waiting period; they just couldn't check your lugg...

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by ScottB
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN stops pilot hiring and upgrades due to MAX
Replies: 36
Views: 5634

Re: WN stops pilot hiring and upgrades due to MAX

I would be curious to know if the other US3 are seeing an increase in applications or an increase in the size of their hiring pool since Southwest is not taking any new pilots right now. I would expect the answer is probably no; if a prospective applicant really wants to work for WN, they'll stick ...

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by ScottB
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What’s happening at BHM?
Replies: 53
Views: 4239

Re: What’s happening at BHM?

Slightly off topic, but looking at the 1999 OAG North American timetable on Departed Flights, BHM used to have a lot more service to other southern cities that have now all but dissapeared, with the only ones left being the mega-hubs of ATL and CLT and destinations in Texas and Florida. There used ...

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by ScottB
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA diversion to Yuma
Replies: 27
Views: 4473

Re: AA diversion to Yuma

ojjunior wrote:
Runways: 4
Longest: 13300 × 200 ft (4054 × 61 m), paved

Pretty decent runway length for such a "small town" airport huh?


The airfield is shared with MCAS Yuma so you're gonna have long runways for the military ops.

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by ScottB
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Is Hawaiian Airlines going to fly nonstop to Orlando?
Replies: 18
Views: 3565

Re: Is Hawaiian Airlines going to fly nonstop to Orlando?

It's been removed from Wikipedia shortly after I made the post. There goes my street cred. LOL Your street cred was gone the instant you cited Wikipedia as a "source." Actually I find the Wiki to be pretty accurate about 95% of the time. Sure, there's random stuff in there from time to ti...

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by ScottB
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Financial Problems
Replies: 20
Views: 5849

Re: Etihad Financial Problems

I agree that lack of fleet commonality is not the root cause issue here, but let's not compare apples to oranges. There is such a thing as minimum efficient scale (where returns to increased scale go down significantly) and Etihad is almost certainly on the wrong side of it. If you consolidate by t...

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by ScottB
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Financial Problems
Replies: 20
Views: 5849

Re: Etihad Financial Problems

Their investments in failing foreign airlines certainly didn't help. Nearly all have gone bust or are now on government support. Likewise I guess the lack of aircraft commonality within their fleet created further problems. Lack of commonality in the fleet is the least of Etihad's problems. Delta h...

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by ScottB
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO
Replies: 133
Views: 19418

Re: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

zkojq wrote:
Is this the first time a large western airline/conglomerate has ordered a non airworthy aircraft?


Any order for an aircraft made before the regulators certify the type would be for a non-airworthy aircraft, so it would seem a frequent occurrence!

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by ScottB
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GOL wins bid for Avianca Brazil's slots at GRU, CGH & SDU
Replies: 14
Views: 2555

Re: GOL wins bid for Avianca Brazil's slots at GRU, CGH & SDU

Azul decided to sit out and not bid. The auction legality is questionable because Avianca does not own the slots. They are distributed by the government. Azul probably had good indication that the auction will be invalidated. That's still a dumb strategy unless Azul was unwilling or unable to put u...

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by ScottB
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022
Replies: 102
Views: 13100

Re: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022

Whether or not they were a good deal back in the day isn't the point. Companies won't take more of a charge than they have to. And if it's bupkis, why did it earn its own line on the report? Oh, that's right, it's material, not bupkis, and it needs to be called out as a charge. I don't doubt that 2...

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by ScottB
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022
Replies: 102
Views: 13100

Re: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022

And the last one will most definitely be one of HA’s birds. Speaking of HA, would they be interested in some of those 717s from DL? Right now, you have four operators: DL, HA, V7, and NC (as QantasLink), although FL and TW were also operators at one time. HA is in a particular box because the next ...

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by ScottB
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022
Replies: 102
Views: 13100

Re: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022

Sad... the MD-90 won't even live for 30 years It's impressive the MD-90 made it this long considering that fewer than 120 were built. The last MD-80s came off the line around the same time as the last MD-90s and they're also being parked due to it becoming uneconomical to source parts -- and roughl...

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by ScottB
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted
Replies: 85
Views: 19313

Re: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted

I understand criticism toward Korean corporate culture. And its fair but I feel like talking about Korean culture as a whole is not a fair game. The point is not to criticize Korean culture or even Korean corporate culture. Rather, the point is that it is unacceptable to use "Korean culture&qu...

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by ScottB
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 976
Views: 236120

Re: Alitalia Gets Nationalized ( again )

I am not sure how the process goes, if someone in EU initiates an official protest, but when it is in the hands of judges, politics should play no role. Except there's a vast gap between the judicial process and the actual enforcement of a judgment. The EU itself has near zero enforcement power aga...

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by ScottB
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted
Replies: 85
Views: 19313

Re: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted

It seems as though the only way to get KE fixed (when it comes to CRM) is more contract captains and instructors from outside of Korea like they did in the '90s. I would expect Delta is watching this very closely but it is extremely hard to change a culture that has been ingrained in their society ...

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by ScottB
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 976
Views: 236120

Re: Alitalia Gets Nationalized ( again )

I’m sure that will only prove to even further upset the EU and their opinion of the current Italian government Probably, but the EU's position is weaker than it has been in recent years, what with Brexit looming and the surging prospects for Italian politicians who have championed an Italeave. With...

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by ScottB
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANY update on Southwest to Canada
Replies: 52
Views: 7488

Re: ANY update on Southwest to Canada

While WN are weak in NYC, BOS and DCA, they are dominant at BWI. Most of the following make sense in the east 1-4x daily: While Southwest is indeed dominant at BWI, that is of little help to them when the point-of-sale is predominantly Canadian. They'd struggle to fill even 1 or 2 daily flights wit...

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by ScottB
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANY update on Southwest to Canada
Replies: 52
Views: 7488

Re: ANY update on Southwest to Canada

in fact their web site actually blocks access from many countries (not Canada). This is because of higher potential for credit card fraud on purchases from those countries, not because they don't want the business. Look at the rest of Canada. There must be some population centres that so far have b...

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by ScottB
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is JetBlue's On Time Performance so Bad?
Replies: 27
Views: 4946

Re: Why is JetBlue's On Time Performance so Bad?

tphuang wrote:
no operations in small airports


MVY, HYA, ACK, ORH, BZN, SRQ, SWF, HDN, PSE, BQN?

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by ScottB
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most and Least expensive US airports by CPE (cost per enplanement)
Replies: 30
Views: 5330

Re: Most and Least expensive US airports by CPE (cost per enplanement)

Actually I'm surprised Allegiant didn't set up a large hub at Stewart, with an affordable bus link to New York City it could just work for them and they could offer lower fares out of Stewart than they can out of Newark. Of course the same goes for other ULCCs too but the other American ULCCs are m...

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by ScottB
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta adds JFK - IAH
Replies: 36
Views: 7302

Re: Delta adds JFK - IAH

Is DL using a different a/c for the evening return? I know DL runs a good operation but even they most likely can't turn an A220 in 8 minutes. Could be; DL operates the A220 on LGA-IAH and vice versa so the aircraft obviously could turn from LGA to JFK or the reverse. If anything it's DL retaliatin...

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by ScottB
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire
Replies: 69
Views: 14398

Re: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire

I can't imagine battery banks while there are plugs everywhere nowadays in biz and even economy for some a/c. Um, because the vast majority of passengers are flying in economy and they may need use of their mobile device just as business class passengers do. And in my experience, the charging ports...

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by ScottB
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 6/30/2019:AA Drops JFK-SEA,YVR-ORD/PHX,Adds;F9 Changes;AS Reduces DAL;B6 Shuffles Routes;DL RDU-JAX
Replies: 92
Views: 14997

Re: OAG Changes 6/30/2019:AA Drops JFK-SEA,YVR-ORD/PHX,Adds;F9 Changes;AS Reduces DAL;B6 Shuffles Routes;DL RDU-JAX

BOS does seem to be getting over saturated. There are a number more shuttle flights to BOS from DCA than there are to NYC between DL, AA, and B6 (EWR doesn't count, if it did we would have to add PVD, etc).. There are only 3 to JFK. Is there actually the demand for B6 to run 15x and AA to run up to...

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by ScottB
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to open new LGA Concourse G in Fall
Replies: 46
Views: 8024

Re: Delta to open new LGA Concourse G in Fall

Built right up against Flushing Bay. I wonder how many years it will take until Concourse G experiences routine flooding as a result of rising water levels? Hopefully they built some type of water barrier. I doubt it would see greater impacts than the rest of the airport given that (somewhat by des...

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by ScottB
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 6/30/2019:AA Drops JFK-SEA,YVR-ORD/PHX,Adds;F9 Changes;AS Reduces DAL;B6 Shuffles Routes;DL RDU-JAX
Replies: 92
Views: 14997

Re: OAG Changes 6/30/2019:AA Drops JFK-SEA,YVR-ORD/PHX,Adds;F9 Changes;AS Reduces DAL;B6 Shuffles Routes;DL RDU-JAX

According to an internal notice, the pullback was because of the uncertainty of the fate of the 2nd gate and not wanting to inconvenience even more people by starting the flights then having to cancel them because of lack of gate space if it's taken away and given to DL for their several daily flig...

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by ScottB
Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United drops GUM-HKG
Replies: 51
Views: 11110

Re: United drops GUM-HKG

Also are they ever going to bring back the GUM-CNS route!? Its a hassle right now to get from Guam to Australia as you have to fly north or east to NRT or HNL. Er, couldn't you go via MNL? PR offers service to GUM, SYD, BNE, and MEL. You could probably even do an interline between UA & QF at MNL.

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by ScottB
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United drops GUM-HKG
Replies: 51
Views: 11110

Re: United drops GUM-HKG

LAXintl wrote:
Actually not related to HKG slots. Timings dont match.
For example GUM-HKG-GUM was planned with a 2300 arrival and 2355 departure for W19. The new SFO is times are 0610 arrival and 2230 departure.


Maybe yes, maybe no. It's conceivable they did a slot swap with another carrier.

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by ScottB
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM and Air France swaps wide body orders
Replies: 50
Views: 14626

Re: KLM and Air France swaps wide body orders

LY777 wrote:
It seems like the 787s at AF will have the same fate as their 763s


To never be washed?

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by ScottB
Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350F on the cards soon?
Replies: 10
Views: 2342

Re: A350F on the cards soon?

Airbus needs to reduce the A350's cost of production before they introduce any more new models. They also need to ramp up production to a higher rate as there are currently few near term delivery slots. Perhaps, they can offer freighters in two or three years - after the A380 has ceased production ...

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by ScottB
Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to open new LGA Concourse G in Fall
Replies: 46
Views: 8024

Re: Delta to open new LGA Concourse G in Fall

The good news is that they will have double taxiways. I've heard this before, but I don't see how that happens for DL's facility. The new terminal will have four concourses; there are three now and the new Concourse G is on the site of the old P5 parking lot. Right now DL parks RJs for bus operatio...

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by ScottB
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 to move from HOU (Hobby) to IAH on Oct. 27th
Replies: 55
Views: 8186

Re: B6 to move from HOU(Hobby) to IAH on Oct. 27th

I assume there's a decent reason that DL hasn't picked up JFK-IAH thus far while serving all the other large Texas markets... Delta has flown JFK-IAH in the relatively recent past; I believe it was dropped around when they did the slot swap with US and added several daily LGA-IAH. Mainly I suspect ...

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by ScottB
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to open new LGA Concourse G in Fall
Replies: 46
Views: 8024

Re: Delta to open new LGA Concourse G in Fall

MaverickM11 wrote:
Can LGA's runways accommodate all these new gates?


LGA isn't getting new slots so the runways will be just as overtaxed as they are today. And these gates are just replacements for the bus gates.

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by ScottB
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New EWR Airtrain, New LGA AIRTRAIN, New EWR Terminal 2
Replies: 10
Views: 2346

Re: New EWR Airtrain, New LGA AIRTRAIN, New EWR Terminal 2

The drawing position of hte terminal seems odd to me though in relation to the new T1 - is that where the current Terminal A is? So you can actually see the EWR control tower just to the left of the new T2 in the rendering. Based on that, the new T2 occupies the footprint of Terminal A, the short t...

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by ScottB
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 758
Views: 107825

Re: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019

Based on their performance to similar markets like DFW and den, I really don't see how they would not improve here. I see this like dc situation, where bwi is far and away the lowest yielding airport from Boston to DC area. Wn really keeps an airport fare down. BOS hou fares are just so low. Their ...

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by ScottB
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bamboo Airways looks at A380 lease, service to USA in 2020
Replies: 27
Views: 8263

Re: Bamboo Airways looks at A380 lease, service to USA in 2020

I could sort of maybe understand this if there were an appreciable tourist market from the U.S. but there are a lot of closer beach destinations which also don't require entry visas (or pre-approval letters). I can see a potential connection with selling resort packages since that's the business of ...

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by ScottB
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 758
Views: 107825

Re: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019

As for why IAH would do better than HOU, the numbers I posted show that IAH flights are higher yielding in general. More people in NYC going to Houston would search for the primary airport IAH. I doubt B6 is winning over many houston residents with their 2 daily flights. Fares at IAH are higher bec...

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by ScottB
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 758
Views: 107825

Re: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019

JFK-IAH will definitely be successful. Remember Houston is MUCH more international with international businesses supporting the Oil&Gas and high tech industries (including nearby Austin). JFK-IAH will be like JFK-AUS, a great feeder for international connections. Why will IAH-JFK do better than...

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by ScottB
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH
Replies: 56
Views: 17575

Re: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH

Am I overdoing it? At 100.000 USD per seat, for the cost of 4 economy class seats sandwiched between two aisles, you can get a Rolls Royce phantom or 2 Ferrari's. Alternatively, for the cost of one refurbisbed seat, you can build a low budget house. So it's certain that the executives in question a...

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by ScottB
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 758
Views: 107825

Re: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019

Why would anyone from NYC fly to IAH via BOS??? There are already plenty of non-stop options from EWR/LGA to IAH/HOU. I don't think most people would, but you will get some customers who are highly brand-loyal for any number of reasons. With the termination of JFK-CLT, a connection at BOS will be t...

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by ScottB
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 758
Views: 107825

Re: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019

Yep, IAH is in the booking engine starting October 27. But they're still going to be irrelevant in the market with their terrible schedule. It's pretty crazy that B6 can't muster more than 1x (poorly timed) flight between Boston and one of America's largest cities. What's worse is that the JFK depa...

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by ScottB
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS expands presence at DAL
Replies: 228
Views: 30008

Re: AS expands presence at DAL

Will AS build new hub in DFW and operate in the new Terminal F exclusively? No, AA already has dibs on Terminal F. AS will build Terminals G and H, take used A380s from MH, LH, AF, QR, and EY, and start daily non-stop service on unique monopoly routes like DFW-IKA, DFW-DAM, DFW-FNJ, DFW-TBU, and DF...

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by ScottB
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 758
Views: 107825

Re: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019

Yep, IAH is in the booking engine starting October 27. But they're still going to be irrelevant in the market with their terrible schedule.

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by ScottB
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS expands presence at DAL
Replies: 228
Views: 30008

Re: AS expands presence at DAL

As maybe many expected, these increases have been pulled out of the schedule before ever being flown This is being done strategically due to ongoing litigation in Dallas that is threatening the likelihood of being able to use both gates, so rather than having to possibly cancel and reschedule guest...

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