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by ScottB
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches unbundled Business: to charge for seat assignment, lounge, etc
Replies: 78
Views: 8461

Re: EK launches unbundled Business: to charge for seat assignment, lounge, etc

Based in the link initially it appears what is being unbundled is the lounge access and the car to the airport. Both of these I could live without. Looking a bit further it appears that seat selection is unbundled - so sounds a bit of a crafty way to sell the middle seat than no-one wants, this wou...

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by ScottB
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United could resume Guangzhou; seeks Air China Joint-Venture
Replies: 28
Views: 4460

Re: United could resume Guangzhou; seeks Air China Joint-Venture

His comments about UA's experience in secondary China markets provides interesting insight. [i]What changed in United’s secondary city strategy was not the cities or their underlying demand, but a sharp increase in flights from first tier cities, Dias explained. Airlines discounted domestic connect...

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by ScottB
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YTZ 44 Slot Increase by 2023 According to 2018 Master Plan Draft
Replies: 44
Views: 3968

Re: YTZ 44 Slot Increase by 2023 According to 2018 Master Plan Draft

some LGA slots might become available as a result of DL/WS. PD would be wise to pick those up and park them (either on YUL/YOW-LGA or with a small YYZ operation) until they can get preclearance at YTZ squared away. I honestly don't see DL being willing to give up any appreciable number of LGA slots...

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by ScottB
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YTZ 44 Slot Increase by 2023 According to 2018 Master Plan Draft
Replies: 44
Views: 3968

Re: YTZ 44 Slot Increase by 2023 According to 2018 Master Plan Draft

YYZORD wrote:
PD after US Customs Preclearance Opens at YTZ: YTZ-LGA (move some flights from EWR), YTZ-DCA (move all flights from IAD) YTZ-JFK (maybe for B6 connections and not having to go through customs at JFK)


Good luck getting slots at either LGA or DCA.

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by ScottB
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects
Replies: 68
Views: 9594

Re: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects

At the end of the day, it's only "suggested" to the GA and he/she can still close out a flight on time if they choose. Arguably one good part of this for agents is that presumably the recommendations from the connection saver tool will be incorporated into reporting on D:0 performance; i....

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by ScottB
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA moving IAH-GRU to VCP?
Replies: 24
Views: 4579

Re: UA moving IAH-GRU to VCP?

VC10er wrote:
MY ONE QUESTION: does either DL or AA offer SDU also?


Yes, both have Brazilian partners serving SDU: G3 in the case of DL and JJ in the case of AA.

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by ScottB
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What does WN do about NK?
Replies: 69
Views: 9036

Re: What does WN do about NK?

9w748capt wrote:
WN732 wrote:
So I guess that makes DL TraderJoe's or WholeFoods.


And AA is Aldi?


AA is more like the corner bodega with expired fruit/meat and super-high prices if that corner bodega were a nationwide chain.

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by ScottB
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair to set up Malta Air
Replies: 61
Views: 9051

Re: Ryanair to set up Malta Air

LHR does definitely have more destinations than MLA, but it seems like MLA does have more European destinations than LHR. It's an interesting statistic but also not especially meaningful. One might observe that Allegiant is tied for first place at LAS in terms of non-stop destinations served (both ...

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by ScottB
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What does WN do about NK?
Replies: 69
Views: 9036

Re: What does WN do about NK?

Their inability to run the 717s economically is a warning flag. WN didn't dump the 717s because they couldn't operate them economically. They dropped the 717 because there was basically no trip cost advantage versus a 73G. Same pilot costs, same FA costs, same airport costs, a bit less fuel (~10% p...

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by ScottB
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What does WN do about NK?
Replies: 69
Views: 9036

Re: What does WN do about NK?

WN is still in the midst of a west coast market share battle with AS and the HI service launch which are both costly. Given that WN is unlikely to go basic economy anytime soon, what does it do about NK's buildup at LAS or these other cities? Contrary to popular belief around here, WN is not a leis...

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by ScottB
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta transitions BOS to Hub status, names SJC, BNA, and AUS as new focus cities
Replies: 279
Views: 35817

Re: Delta transitions BOS to Hub status, names SJC, BNA, and AUS as new focus cities

Back to the real world, from the Delta S19 Departures thread https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1420613&hilit=delta+departures&start=50 MSY is the 24th largest non-hub station by departures, with 25 daily departures You need to go further down in that thread. It's more ...

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by ScottB
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta transitions BOS to Hub status, names SJC, BNA, and AUS as new focus cities
Replies: 279
Views: 35817

Re: Delta transitions BOS to Hub status, names SJC, BNA, and AUS as new focus cities

I wouldn't forget about ATH. In fact i'm a little shocked they added LIS instead of ATH this Summer. I'm not. LIS is easily within 757 range from BOS (ATH is not) and there are relatively strong ties between Portugal and the Boston/Providence region and especially the South Coast of Mass. Delta isn...

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by ScottB
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta transitions BOS to Hub status, names SJC, BNA, and AUS as new focus cities
Replies: 279
Views: 35817

Re: Delta transitions BOS to Hub status, names SJC, BNA, and AUS as new focus cities

BNA: In a sense that they have a larger presence there (and there's likely gate space) but odd they would ditch the MEM ex-NW hub in favor of a Focus City at BNA. They had that at MEM, but I supposed it's for O&D at BNA? IDK. Look at the regional economic performance in Nashville as compared to...

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by ScottB
Fri May 31, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB seeks to crack down on JetBlue slot usage
Replies: 151
Views: 23105

Re: LGB seeks to crack down on JetBlue slot usage

As for DL, 1 of the 4 slots is going to SLC. I don't see that being a huge problem. That's a 10% increase in capacity. I don't see LGB-SEA from DL. To give an example, DL's yield on SNA-SLC on mainline was over 40% higher than DL's yield on LGB-SLC on RJ. If you apply that ratio to SNA-SEA, LGB-SNA...

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by ScottB
Fri May 31, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 453
Views: 42084

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

So why did Boeing decide to launch the 748 if the decisions were so obvious for us armchair CEO's? Boeing had the right forecasts, they knew Airbus overestimated the market and they had the ideal replacement for the 747 in production with the 77W, and yet they decided to spaff a few billion on a pr...

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by ScottB
Fri May 31, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB seeks to crack down on JetBlue slot usage
Replies: 151
Views: 23105

Re: LGB seeks to crack down on JetBlue slot usage

it's not called squatting when they are utilizing more than 85% of their slots. There is no slot controlled airport that says you need to use 100% of your slots at all times. Oh, it's still squatting if they never use their full allotment of slots. The intent of allowing less than 100% utilization ...

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by ScottB
Thu May 30, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 453
Views: 42084

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

I considered that as well, but what made me state that was, it is one thing to mismanage and rebuild two or three frames (albeit large ones) per month for a two year delay, vs 40+ frames per month for two years runnning. Yeah, but in the case of the A320neo, there was a gradual changeover from oeo ...

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by ScottB
Thu May 30, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 453
Views: 42084

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

As an example, would you consider the Dunkirk evacuation a success or failure? Some would say that because they had to withdraw from Europe and was retreating and losing the battle it is a failure. But that evacuation helped them keep a lot of their forces they would use for future battles that hel...

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by ScottB
Wed May 29, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?
Replies: 83
Views: 15555

Re: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?

blacksoviet wrote:
What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?


AFAIK they were parked in the desert as well, but at retirement communities near PHX and TUS.

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by ScottB
Wed May 29, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy
Replies: 112
Views: 19288

Re: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy

13 airlines sounds great, but FI has >70% of the market. 10 times as many flights as its nearest "competitor" and all the rest are onesies and twosies. Destinations where more than one airline serves are 7. CPH, FRA, HEL, LHR, MSP, JFK, and OSL, all served by FI and only one other. Actual...

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by ScottB
Wed May 29, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When will AA become less hostile to foreign airlines that aren’t partnered with them or in ow?
Replies: 31
Views: 2553

Re: When will AA become less hostile to foreign airlines that aren’t partnered with them or in ow?

Like the other legacies, they didn’t take the LCCs seriously at first and it was too late by the time they did. They’re not going to make the same mistake again with other competitors. Huh? The Wright Amendment was put into place in 1979 by AA's Congressional lackey, Jim Wright, to protect their hu...

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by ScottB
Mon May 13, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW-LAN. Why?
Replies: 69
Views: 7311

Re: DTW-LAN. Why?????

klm617 wrote:
That is when airlines were into serving customers rather than serving themselves.


Eh, not so much about "serving customers" as it was about competing with WN and MC.

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by ScottB
Mon May 13, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China threats Boeing to punish for Trump policy
Replies: 139
Views: 16197

Re: China threats Boeing to punish for Trump policy

While the tech-transfer requirements should absolutely be attacked, tariffs to go after a trade deficit are assinine. And the recent tariffs are specifically tied to Beijing backtracking on virtually every specific matter related to intellectual property and tech transfer in the trade negotiations ...

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by ScottB
Mon May 13, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW-LAN. Why?
Replies: 69
Views: 7311

Re: DTW-LAN. Why?????

One of my favorite short flights was EFD-IAH. A flight from the south side of Houston to the northside. CoEx ran this for years. It mostly worked due to the NASA population around EFD. Heck, CO offered HOU-IAH for a bit; I flew on it once. They called it the "Houston Proud Express." The o...

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by ScottB
Fri May 10, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy Abandon Boeing for Airbus + More
Replies: 55
Views: 16430

Re: Air Italy Abandon Boeing for Airbus + More

I think a startup company fighting to develop a market from zero against a well known company (alitalia) only able to stay afloat thanks to billions of italian taxpayers euros should deserve a better treatment on a forum of aviation fans. Because a company being subsidized by a large sovereign weal...

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by ScottB
Fri May 10, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't Delta fly International out of DFW?
Replies: 69
Views: 8733

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

Pre-bankruptcy in the mid-2000s, DL had a much smaller international footprint that centered on ATL, select flights out of JFK as a holdover from the PanAm days, and 1-2 flights from CVG. The international presence out of CVG was larger than you think. LGW/CDG/FRA were served consistently for well ...

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by ScottB
Thu May 09, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces -69% drop in net profits
Replies: 136
Views: 27772

Re: Emirates announces -69% drop in net profits

But even for people that seldom fly, they like EK because of the 380. They identify EK with the 380. Or do you think they like to be crammed 10 ab. on a 777 or spending 2+ hours on a bus plus another hour walking while switching at DXB? I am not saying that it will be always like that, but without ...

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by ScottB
Wed May 08, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s
Replies: 187
Views: 65914

Re: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s

Dr. Peters was wise to scrap early. I believe the A380 part market is about to become as flooded as the MD-80 part market. Boeing had to let go of the MD-80 part vendors as quantities for years were just too low (release vendors from the obligation to make 25+ spares per year that Boeing was obliga...

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by ScottB
Wed May 08, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Yamal Airlines cancels remaining SSJ order
Replies: 42
Views: 7213

Re: Yamal Airlines cancels remaining SSJ order

So with that premise, they decide to built planes and park. When a part was received, plane was completed. Production planes did had priority, and that way, if part was broken, a company (even a russian one) will have to wait for part availability How to fight that, many companies have more planes ...

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by ScottB
Wed May 08, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s
Replies: 187
Views: 65914

Re: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s

It seems you are making up facts out of thin air as you go along but I'll bite. Please post the financials of airlines that are flying the Superjumbo that show the A380 is the source of them losing money and not the 737 for example. No airline posts financials for individual fleets, but here's why ...

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by ScottB
Tue May 07, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s
Replies: 187
Views: 65914

Re: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s

A small spike in demand for the A380 and A380 values are going to skyrocket. Except... that's just not going to happen. AF plans to dump their leased A380s (five of their fleet of ten) and LH will sell six of its A380s back to Airbus. MH can't figure out what to do with its six whales if the airlin...

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by ScottB
Mon May 06, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s
Replies: 187
Views: 65914

Re: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s

I know I'm probably sounding like a broken record at this point, but I really still don't understand why no one bothered to save 9V-SKA, either to preserve it for display, or at least to operate it. I mean, surely being the plane that operated the first commercial A380 would have given it some valu...

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by ScottB
Fri May 03, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How big can SWA get in ATL
Replies: 51
Views: 5902

Re: How big can SWA get in ATL

Also talking down to FL fans is funny here. Is it so wrong that they enjoyed a particular airline before it was vultured in the name of industry consolidation and monopoly pricing power? I don't think it's "talking down" to anyone to point out that FL in its last decade wasn't especially ...

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by ScottB
Thu May 02, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways orders 2 A350s
Replies: 76
Views: 15065

Re: Fiji Airways orders 2 A350s

qf002 wrote:
I'm more interested in NAN-JFK


A bonfire on the beach would be a slightly less effective way to burn cash.

Ishrion wrote:
And yes, the livery on it looks great.


Ugh.
So.
Much.
White.

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by ScottB
Thu May 02, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways DOH-DVO
Replies: 7
Views: 2519

Re: Qatar Airways DOH-DVO

Are governments allowed to do this or is this a desperate attempt for the Philippine government to blackmail airlines for extra frequency for tourism? Governments can for the most part do whatever they want within their own territory. There are some exceptions under so-called "international la...

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by ScottB
Thu May 02, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest starts Interisland service
Replies: 86
Views: 15279

Re: Southwest starts Interisland service

Interesting, how long is the plane on the ground between flights? I remember Aloha was having issues using 737NGs on island hopping flights because of the engines. It looks like the plane sits on the ground for 45 to 55 minutes during most of the turns, with a couple of longer turns (1:15 just befo...

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by ScottB
Wed May 01, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn´t Delta expanded since the 747´s retirement?
Replies: 52
Views: 8014

Re: Why hasn´t Delta expanded since the 747´s retirement?

What is “ethnic traffic”? Basically VFR but even more focused on recent immigrants returning home to visit family & friends. At least to East Asia, there was/is a long-standing reliance on consolidators in ethnic neighborhoods (i.e. Chinatown, Koreatown, Vietnamtown, etc.) to fill seats at rela...

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by ScottB
Wed May 01, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European airlines cancel CCS operations today
Replies: 20
Views: 5274

Re: European airlines cancel CCS operations today

Why did AF turn around? Because it's probably a better idea to just return home rather than potentially face a situation where the military has closed the airport and then try to figure out what to do with 250 passengers who are stuck in AUA/CUR/BON/POS after they've had to divert the aircraft. AF ...

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by ScottB
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: O’Hare Redesign and Midway
Replies: 53
Views: 8654

Re: O’Hare Redesign and Midway

You got me wondering about the land areas of the world's cities. You are more or less correct: (1) NYC, (2) Tokyo, (3) Chicago, (4) Atlanta, (5) Philadelphia, (6) Boston, (7) LA. Who knew that Boston is larger in land area than LA? https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/largest-cities-in-the-world-by-...

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by ScottB
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: O’Hare Redesign and Midway
Replies: 53
Views: 8654

Re: O’Hare Redesign and Midway

While MDW is closer to the loop, Chicago has spent billions on the ORD redevelopment. Might make some residents near MDW question the need for two airports, especially if ORD could absorb WN’s operation. Does anyone from the Chicagoland area know what the prevailing sentiment of residents is concer...

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by ScottB
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1062
Views: 138661

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Kno wrote:
Fun fact DL had c20 and c21 for a brief period before A opened and they had a 767-200 leaving for SLC at c20 while our 767-400 to ATL was at c21.


The Song 757s also used those gates back when A was being rebuilt and CO was using gates in DL's pier of Terminal C.

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by ScottB
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1062
Views: 138661

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

As for your suggestion to connect the Rockport/Newburryport line to the airport, it already exists. The Silver Line terminates at the Chelsea commuter rail stop. I've never done it myself so I wonder what that transfer is like. But the commuter rail itself is a infrequent and unreliable option. I'm...

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by ScottB
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Q1 2019 Results
Replies: 34
Views: 5207

Re: AS Q1 2019 Results

B6 does Worchester Worcester. And it's pronounced like Wooster, but the "Woo" is said like one would say in "Wookie" or "wood," not the word "woo." And if you want to say it like a true Masshole, it's "wuhstuh." Bonus points if you say it that way l...

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by ScottB
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Q1 2019 Results
Replies: 54
Views: 7515

Re: AA Q1 2019 Results

No, we get it. even though DL has a lot of flow traffic at those hubs, the local fares are VERY high. And the flow traffic at those hubs, especially Atlanta, tends to be high fare too. Go look up Huntsville to Raleigh/ Durham. Memphis to Charleston. Thigns like that. Those are HIGH fare markets, an...

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by ScottB
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest posts Q1 2019 earnings
Replies: 16
Views: 3470

Re: Southwest posts Q1 2019 earnings

I'm a bit concerned about the guidance for 2Q. They expect CASM ex-fuel/profitsharing to increase by 10.5-12.5% year-over-year and fuel costs look to be roughly flat. That implies a CASM increase of just under a penny -- I'm assuming right around 12.5 cents vs. 11.58 cents last year. Based on the mi...

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by ScottB
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1765
Views: 349564

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

No matter what UA reveals tomorrow, I predict the following: 1. A minuscule fraction of A.net will either like it or not care. 2. The overwhelming majority of A.net will completely lose their minds and claim the new livery is the worst aviation livery disaster since the last airline rebranding. Nop...

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by ScottB
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express Revival Plans, Office Space Leased
Replies: 105
Views: 16705

Re: Midwest Express Revival Plans, Office Space Leased

The 428 program cancellation dashed a lot of their dreams for the future of SkyWay. I also recall there ended up being some legal disputes between YX and Fairchild-Dornier over the cancellation of the 428JET program (Skyway was to be a launch customer), and I believe there ended up being a settleme...

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by ScottB
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB seeks to crack down on JetBlue slot usage
Replies: 151
Views: 23105

Re: LGB seeks to crack down on JetBlue slot usage

WN on the other hand is losing their shirts on the lgb flying, I don’t know why people think anyone thinks them or anyone would be foaming at the mouth for slots at an airport that is historically low yielding so they can just lose more money. They've already been using most of the slots B6 is givi...

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by ScottB
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could AAs San Juan (SJU) Survived with more fuel efficient aircraft?
Replies: 23
Views: 4346

Re: Could AAs San Juan (SJU) Survived with more fuel efficient aircraft?

Janj wrote:
Where are you getting "the O&D has to be practically nil" from?


I'm talking about SJU-PUJ. Punta Cana is a town of maybe 50,000 and the airport is pretty much there just to bring vacationers to the all-inclusive resorts.

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by ScottB
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could AAs San Juan (SJU) Survived with more fuel efficient aircraft?
Replies: 23
Views: 4346

Re: Could AAs San Juan (SJU) Survived with more fuel efficient aircraft?

B6 makes it work because they dont have the premium pricing leverage of an MIA. It isn't even much of a hub for B6. They serve a whopping three island markets from SJU with about a half-dozen daily flights. The flights to PUJ have to be operated to prop up loads on the SJU-mainland U.S. flying beca...

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