Search found 1559 matches

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 32
by aklrno
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What were the worst business class seats you've ever been on?
Replies: 5
Views: 317

Re: What were the worst business class seats you've ever been on?

I hated the UA lay flat business seats pre Polaris. Four across in the center section of a 777! I think the new Polaris seats are my favorite of any I've flown in. I just wish I could go somewhere.

Jump to post
by aklrno
Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: In-flight magazines
Replies: 28
Views: 1590

Re: In-flight magazines

Much to my surprise a copy of Hemispheres, UA's inflight magazine, showed up in my mailbox today! I guess they are sending it to frequent fliers. In order to enjoy it properly, I lifted a heavy object into a high shelf, got a few pretzels and a small glass of Diet Coke, and sat down in the narrowest...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand retires two 77W
Replies: 42
Views: 11224

Re: Air New Zealand retires two 77W

It seems strange to see OKS go. I was on the first revenue Trans-Pacific flight

Jump to post
by aklrno
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 2394

Re: How common is self-transfer?

In March 2019 I flew MEL > SFO on QF, then SFO > LHR on BA, on two separate tickets. The QF agent in MEL, without prompting, told me he would send a message to BA that I was on my way, and explained the collection/recheck procedure at SFO (which I knew anyway). Considering the two bookings were not...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 2394

Re: How common is self-transfer?

In March 2019 I flew MEL > SFO on QF, then SFO > LHR on BA, on two separate tickets. The QF agent in MEL, without prompting, told me he would send a message to BA that I was on my way, and explained the collection/recheck procedure at SFO (which I knew anyway). Considering the two bookings were not...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: In-flight magazines
Replies: 28
Views: 1590

Re: In-flight magazines

Aren't they included in ticket fares? That would depend on the airline. At some airlines they are, at others they aren't. I know that with most LCCs they kindly request you not to take the magazine with you. They can't stop you if you do, but that hardly ever happens. The same magazines are being r...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's the most boring airport approach you've flown?
Replies: 33
Views: 1773

Re: What's the most boring airport approach you've flown?

It would be hard to beat any small Pacific Island for boring. Rarotonga, Fiji, anything in that area. Water, water, water, water, touchdown.

Jump to post
by aklrno
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: In-flight magazines
Replies: 28
Views: 1590

Re: In-flight magazines

I don't know how it works in Australia or elsewhere, but in the US publishers get a discount rate for magazines so it costs less than you would think.

Jump to post
by aklrno
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: In-flight magazines
Replies: 28
Views: 1590

Re: In-flight magazines

A brief introduction to the economics of inflight magazines from someone who used to own one. The airline (and hence magazine) has since been absorbed into a major carrier. The publisher pays all costs of production and hopes to profit by selling advertising. In exchange for the guaranteed circulati...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your opinion on masks while flying
Replies: 27
Views: 1568

Re: Your opinion on masks while flying

I wouldn’t fly on any airline that does not require masks and enforce their use. I do slip my mask off for a few seconds to sip some water or eat a pretzel but otherwise it stays on.

Jump to post
by aklrno
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 2394

Re: How common is self-transfer?

I've always found it extra greedy of airlines to tax people who are less experienced at travel, much like a lottery is a tax on those who are mathematically impaired. NZ in particular have driven me to fly on UA more often by making the domestic US part of my RNO-AKL-RNO absurdly expensive compared ...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 2394

Re: How common is self-transfer?

I do it several times a year. My main residence is in Reno, NV. When doing international long haul I much prefer to connect at LAX because it rarely has long delays on arrival so I’m much less likely to miss connections. I usually fly RNO-LAX on southwest but will us UA or AA if the schedule is bett...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Air Transat to use jet fuel made from captured carbon dioxide
Replies: 24
Views: 2772

Re: Air Transat to use jet fuel made from captured carbon dioxide

In case anyone is wondering the process uses renewable electricity (I suppose solar or hydro) to break water into O2 and H2 then combine the H2 with CO2 to make hydrocarbons. There is a lot of hydro power in Canada. Not sure about year round solar in the Great White North. Is there much geothermal i...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Sun May 17, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train
Replies: 72
Views: 4480

Re: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train

LAX can be accessed on foot, which is kind of ironic considering how car-centric Los Angeles is. There are sidewalks on both sides of Sky Way, and stairs that take you from the overpass down to Sepulveda Blvd. I've walked that route to In-N-Out Burger and back during a long layover. In general I wo...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Tue May 05, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Hotel Experience: The Ritz-Carlton
Replies: 27
Views: 2201

Re: Your Hotel Experience: The Ritz-Carlton

I've stayed at lots of them around the world. Always very plush, excellent service. In my opinion never worth the money. If I'm paying myself, I could be just as happy at a Hilton Garden Inn! When I am in a super big city where the acceptable hotels in the location I need are very expensive, certain...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Tue May 05, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Trip planning to rno from rsw
Replies: 4
Views: 463

Re: Trip planning to rno from rsw

As some of you know Im from rsw, and I had a trip report to my home nyc the past holidays, Now I am planning a trip to reno for the coming Christmas holidays to see some family who out there. I've had difficulties booking there because of 2 things 1 bad schedules cause connections are too tight 2 p...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Richard Anderson steps down, Atlas Air Chairman appointed as next Amtrak CEO
Replies: 51
Views: 4654

Re: Richard Anderson steps down, Atlas Air Chairman appointed as next Amtrak CEO

PHLspecial wrote:
RIP Amtrak service. At least Anderson try to make Amtrak trains filled with more passengers. I'm afraid this will lead to cargo trains having the right of way over Amtrak.

What? Amtrak doesn't do freight trains. This makes no sense.

Jump to post
by aklrno
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde: why no LHR-BOS service?
Replies: 35
Views: 7120

Re: Concorde: why no LHR-BOS service?

Did you read that statute? It doesn't ban SSTs. It's a noise limit. If an aircraft can meet the noise restriction, it can operate.

Jump to post
by aklrno
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 47
Views: 8548

Re: LAX Aviation Thread - 2020

Is there a published schedule for the demolition of T3? Or a construction schedule for the MSC South? MSC south should go a lot faster than MSC North. It is a much simpler building. I don't really see how a TBIT-T3 connector will help much during T3 reconstruction unless there is a secure path from ...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 317
Views: 27930

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020

I wonder how much shops will be going into the new doubled sized arrivals space? Versus how much extra space there will be for passengers processing. I must say that if they build a new domestic terminal adjacent to the international and if they expand the 'protect the farmers from competition' sec...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will there ever been a new greenfield major airport in the USA?
Replies: 144
Views: 14697

Re: Will there ever been a new greenfield major airport in the USA?

There's still hope for Miramar I think. To relocate all of the units, there seems to be plenty of hangar/ramp space available at North Island and Imperial Beach. Lemoore is also designed such that expansion is relatively easy and painless, funding of course being available. There is a ton of space ...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020
Replies: 317
Views: 27930

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2020

As I recall (possibly wrongly) the new runway was to be considerably shorter, intended for regional and maybe narrow-body jets. Is the plan now to make it long enough to be an alternate runway for 777, 787, A350 and A380 aircraft?

Jump to post
by aklrno
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: post coronavirus fares ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1140

Re: post coronavirus fares ?

I flew AKL-SIN just as the SARS epidemic was winding down. I stopped there for two days on my way to LHR. I didn't save anything on the ticket because I had bought a round-the-world fare a few months before, but everything in Singapore was empty and dirt cheap. Hotels, restaurants, shops. I was trea...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thoughts on 40 Minute LAX Layover HNL-EWR?
Replies: 11
Views: 706

Re: Thoughts on 40 Minute LAX Layover HNL-EWR?

LAX rarely has arrival delays due to congestion or weather especially the hours you are considering. As long as there is no runway construction (and I don't think any is scheduled soon) UA connections are very easy. As someone pointed out you might have a 10 minute walk, usually less. I'd be more wo...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US issues new rules restricting travel by pregnant foreigners, fearing the use of 'birth tourism'
Replies: 42
Views: 2468

Re: US issues new rules restricting travel by pregnant foreigners, fearing the use of 'birth tourism'

I'm still trying to understand the tax implications for a wealthy family getting US citizenship for their child. Last I checked, US citizens owe US income tax on their world-wide income no matter where they reside. Is this true for dual citizens, which is what those birth tourism babies will be? Som...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: California cities w/out commercial air service?
Replies: 40
Views: 3225

Re: California cities w/out commercial air service?

With South Lake being close to RNO, I don't know if that would work. AirCal and (I think) PSA had flights there and they didn't work. I would think Truckee would be a better option as it is closer to Squaw Valley and Mt. Rose. I wonder how once a day or 3x a week service would work to Susanville or...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are US airport display screens so different from everywhere else?
Replies: 37
Views: 2060

Re: Why are US airport display screens so different from everywhere else?

I much prefer sorting by destination. It doesn't matter much in smaller airports. RNO sorts by time but there Arn'e so many flights that I can't easily spot my destination in the list. SFO sorts by destination. With maybe a couple of hundred flights on the board (That's a wild guess) you really have...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The source code of SABRE
Replies: 3
Views: 576

Re: The source code of SABRE

Sabretalk was a version of PL/1. PL/1 didn’t come out until the late 60’s. So it was after COBOL. I don’t think either FORTRAN or Cobol would have been suitable for Sabre so I suspect it would have been written in 7090 assembler language using MAP, the macro assembler program. I am not sure what the...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fuel truck overturns at DFW
Replies: 11
Views: 2827

Re: Fuel truck overturns at DFW

Certainly looks like a tanker truck in the video... I suspect sewage would be far worse. It doesn't burn, but Jet A is not easy to light either. If the spill was gasoline, I think no one would be walking on it. If it were sewage, everyone would be in a hazmat suit and the material used to sop it up...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Crews Housed an Hour Away from Airport?
Replies: 41
Views: 13861

Re: Flight Crews Housed an Hour Away from Airport?

This isn’t at all uncommon in Los Angeles. Plenty of longhaul crews stay in Torrance, which, depending on traffic and departure terminal at LAX, can be quite a drive. Stays in Los Angeles can literally be all over the place. Santa Monica, downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach. China Eastern has contract...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The math behind twins.
Replies: 36
Views: 4326

Re: The math behind twins.

Going back to the original question, the issue is efficiency. There are multiple ways to measure efficiency. If it is power/kg of engine mass to be lifted, then running at half power means half efficiency. If it is fuel efficiency, isn't the issue more about the temperature difference between the ho...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why the Lone Ranger mask on the new Airbus'?
Replies: 81
Views: 14847

Re: Why the Lone Ranger mask on the new Airbus'?

The cockpit windows wearing that new black paint design makes it look like the planes are wearing a Lone Ranger mask. Whats the reason for that silliness? I see it on the A320 series, 330 and 350. And can airlines opt out of that if they don't want it? Does anyone under 50 know who the Lone Ranger ...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fuel truck overturns at DFW
Replies: 11
Views: 2827

Re: Fuel truck overturns at DFW

Do they really mean a "tanker"? Surely, all fueling in the 'D' terminal is underground. Certainly looks like a tanker truck in the video... I suspect sewage would be far worse. It doesn't burn, but Jet A is not easy to light either. If the spill was gasoline, I think no one would be walki...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737NG Pickle fork issue
Replies: 565
Views: 138366

Re: 737NG Pickle fork issue

Is that 3000 hours to do one picklefork or two pickle forks on one airplane?

Jump to post
by aklrno
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Boeing have increased the range of the 717 instead of developing the MAX?
Replies: 24
Views: 1286

Re: Should Boeing have increased the range of the 717 instead of developing the MAX?

Has anyone considered re-engining the Wright flyer with perhaps a 10 foot fuselage stretch and a canopy over the added seats? Threads like this tend to get kind of absurd.

Jump to post
by aklrno
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pictures surfacing of 777X Sept Test Failure
Replies: 308
Views: 61672

Re: Pictures surfacing of 777X Sept Test Failure

I am amused at the argument over the meaning of the fact that the fuselage failed before the wing at 99% of the expected max strength. How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? Do I care about the fuselage exploding a moment before the wings would have fallen off? Not really. If the test had g...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No fuel at LAX T1 this afternoon.
Replies: 18
Views: 9179

Re: No fuel at LAX this afternoon.

I ended up getting to LAX about 5 hours late.

Jump to post
by aklrno
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No fuel at LAX T1 this afternoon.
Replies: 18
Views: 9179

Re: No fuel at LAX this afternoon.

Not resolved yet, but listening to LiveATC it seems that delta at t2 and T3 is fine. Sounds like wn planes are backing up on the ground.

Jump to post
by aklrno
Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No fuel at LAX T1 this afternoon.
Replies: 18
Views: 9179

No fuel at LAX T1 this afternoon.

I’m on a WN flight parked at SJC on my way to LAX. We have been told that fuel system is broken at LAX so no aircraft can get fuel to leave and gates are all occupied so we can’t leave. Anyone know what is happening?

Jump to post
by aklrno
Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019
Replies: 284
Views: 29193

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2019

With all this talk of NZ leasing extra aircraft this summer I started thinking about airlines in the Northern hemisphere whose prime season is their summer. Are there any airlines anywhere who have a regular program of sharing and/or leasing aircraft during their annual slack season?

Jump to post
by aklrno
Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Biman Bangladesh acquires 2 Hainan airlines 787-9
Replies: 5
Views: 3360

Re: Biman Bangladesh acquires 2 Hainan airlines 787-9

Is that a 55% discount to the list price (which no one pays), or to the normally negotiated price?

Jump to post
by aklrno
Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could the A380 be saved by Hydrogen?
Replies: 59
Views: 7485

Re: Could the A380 be saved by Hydrogen?

I have never understood why people think hydrogen is an ecologically advantageous fuel. Making it is always energy intensive. So is storing and transporting it. Unless you have a surplus of electricity that can't be put to a better use and your use of hydrogen is nearby, I just don't see the point. ...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Legal Releases for Residents Living Near Airports
Replies: 22
Views: 2985

Re: Legal Releases for Residents Living Near Airports

Truckee, California has required some newer subdivisions to include airport easements in recent years so buyers recognize they are potentially in the flight path, but older residents (like me) bought before this was a requirement. I get very upset at those who would say I live near an airport so I h...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions
Replies: 189
Views: 11994

Re: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions

It seems to me that the LA Times reporter wanted to make things seem as bad as possible. He chose to walk from the terminal with just about the longest walk possible. I'm not sure if his stops to complain were included in the time. His graphics suggested the green bus would have been faster. I frequ...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why no commercial aircraft with V-tail ?
Replies: 22
Views: 6077

Re: Why no commercial aircraft with V-tail ?

Lots of military aircraft have angled tails but they have two special cases not required by civilian aircraft. The angled tails have reduced radar cross sections and fit better in the hangar deck of an aircraft carrier. Rather than ask why they don't have a v tail, maybe ask why they should have one.

Jump to post
by aklrno
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Schengen to non-Schengen Transfer at FRA and MUC
Replies: 16
Views: 1604

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

There is a current thread discussing short connection times in general. FRA and MUC often use remote gates and a bus ride for short haul flights. Sounds like both of yours will be like that. I'd give myself plenty of time for connection because of that. You might be able to do it in an hour, but if ...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United rolling out virtual cabin tours fleetwide
Replies: 6
Views: 3729

Re: United rolling out virtual cabin tours fleetwide

No AVOD, but wifi which has free movies using the united app on your mobile device. I always fly with an iPad so this is fine with me. Same thing on Southwest, my other frequent airline. My only complaint is the United wifi only works above 10k feet but Southwest wifi works on the ground. Is United ...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines selling extremely tight airport connections
Replies: 45
Views: 10457

Re: Airlines selling extremely tight airport connections

LH at FRA will go to extraordinary lengths to help you with connections at FRA especially if you are a premium passenger. Nonetheless, arriving a few minutes late, getting a very remote bus gate, and a distant departure gate can make FRA connections very stressful and occasionally unsuccessful. I'm ...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines selling extremely tight airport connections
Replies: 45
Views: 10457

Re: Airlines selling extremely tight airport connections

I had not thought about the savings UA would have by not having me clog their lounge and eat their food! Another reason to hurry me along. Although they may lose some revenue by not selling me a change fee they may gain the revenue by selling a last minute fair to a new traveler. If I choose to not ...

Jump to post
by aklrno
Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DTW latest to test terminal access without a boarding pass
Replies: 22
Views: 6681

Re: DTW latest to test terminal access without a boarding pass

The duty free issue is something I never thought of. Maybe that's why you need a boarding pass to access New Zealand international terminals but not the domestic ones. But since the airside of most large domestic NZ airports are pretty barren not many people want to enter when not necessary.

Jump to post
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 32