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by chrisair
Sun Sep 19, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 269
Views: 44657

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2021

When I still lived in DC up to Oct. of 2014, for what seemed like decades, all my many, many trips between DCA & PHX on AA (which of course were all via either DFW or ORD) were virtually a solid wall of Mad Dogs (with occasional 757's thrown in pre-9/11 and pre-2008). NOW there's a plethora of ...

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by chrisair
Wed Sep 15, 2021 4:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force 1 at DEN
Replies: 8
Views: 1976

Re: Air Force 1 at DEN

Well we all know DEN has that secret military base under the airport… :lol: […]maybe there is a certain image they want to project by going to a particular airport. The President lands at such and such airport and gets good media coverage possibly. Um, no. It’s not to project an image and they get m...

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by chrisair
Tue Sep 14, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airbus Narrowbody NEO vs Boeing Max - Quiet?
Replies: 33
Views: 2898

Re: Airbus Narrowbody NEO vs Boeing Max - Quiet?

Both are exceptionally quiet inside.

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by chrisair
Sun Sep 12, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS unveils their newest "special livery" Russell Wilson
Replies: 52
Views: 9080

Re: AS unveils their newest "special livery" Russell Wilson

Is this one standard on the inside? I know AS has done special things in the cabin with the salmon plane… No different inside. Or at least the earlier version of the plane was. Can't imagine they'll do anything different now. The only one that was different inside was the Starliner. That one was pr...

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by chrisair
Sun Sep 12, 2021 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 9/11 ACARS message
Replies: 7
Views: 5931

Re: 9/11 ACARS message

Apologies for being a little off topic here but this is related to 9/11. I always thought the story of Delta 1989 was very interesting to read. It fit the profile of the rest of the hijacked planes and the FAA did initially think the plane was hijacked. It was thankfully not and landed at Cleveland...

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by chrisair
Tue Sep 07, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 2272
Views: 308103

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

$250k? Yeah right. Thats in the demographic that will buy domestic first or maybe splurge on J to Europe for a special trip but not regular customers of private charters. $2.5 M maybe. Jet Cards make private more "affordable." Wheels Up for someone with $250k/yr isn't unreasonable. They'l...

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by chrisair
Tue Aug 31, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 153
Views: 25261

Re: Hawaiian Aviation Thread - 2021

MohawkWeekend wrote:
Does Hawaii now charge a fee or tax on air travel to the State? Wonder if it is legal if they added a "Traveler Impact Fee" ? They could probably make it rebate able to Hawaiian residents.


They charge a “tourist tax” on hotels and short term rentals.

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by chrisair
Tue Aug 31, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 153
Views: 25261

Re: Hawaiian Aviation Thread - 2021

Anecdotally, despite their efforts to build goodwill among the people in Hawaii, Iʻve yet to meet someone who has switched from HA to WN for interisland or West Coast flying. All my friends in Maui moved to WN for inter island and mainland. Granted I don’t have a lot of friends in Maui so my sample...

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by chrisair
Tue Aug 31, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Old cross-runway at LAX
Replies: 25
Views: 7606

Re: Old cross-runway at LAX

The tunnel in T4 (I believe) makes an appearance in the opening scene of the Graduate. Which is an absolutely fabulous movie. Of course, I won’t post the first two verses of “Sounds of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel again. :biggrin: Interesting to see the houses by the beach where only the roads ar...

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by chrisair
Sat Aug 28, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1974
Views: 265356

Re: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

Continuing beyond PHX on whom? AS isn’t co-located with AA at PHX and anyone headed anywhere on AA is likely connecting over PHX on AA or DFW already. Anecdotally, I’ve seen many people on SEA-PHX flights that are continuing onward on AA. It’s not as uncommon as you might think. I’ve seen people go...

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by chrisair
Tue Aug 24, 2021 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 153
Views: 25261

Re: Hawaiian Aviation Thread - 2021

As another poster pointed out, you left out LGB which could probably go to 2x. SEA won't happen. PDX is a maybe. I think LAX and OAK potentially could be 6x each. I'd expect BUR 2x. Good lord. 12x daily flights from OAK and LAX on just WN? Here’s a question that might not be too popular but how can...

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by chrisair
Fri Aug 20, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Goods are Shipped by Air
Replies: 63
Views: 8966

Re: What Goods are Shipped by Air

Chemical products are shipped routinely via air. In fact, it's not uncommon for some shipments out of China to get delayed during iPhone release time.

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by chrisair
Fri Aug 20, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest Delays
Replies: 18
Views: 2076

Re: Southwest Delays

It's been like this since May. You can just see the exhaustion and annoyance on everyone's faces from pilots to FAs to the ops teams.

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by chrisair
Wed Aug 18, 2021 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1974
Views: 265356

Re: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

I had not realized that PHX was now the #1 destination from SEA! Not only from SEA but PHX is also the #1 Destination from PAE! by almost twice as much passengers carried compared to the next top destination. There seems to be growing demand from the SEA region to PHX... I wonder if AS has looked i...

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by chrisair
Sat Aug 14, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 737MAX passenger complaints
Replies: 94
Views: 11438

Re: 737MAX passenger complaints

I’ve worked twenty MAX 8 flights so far this year and not a single passenger has said a word about it. The news cycle is so rapid these days. Besides, it an awesome plane! ... till you gotta go to the bathroom ... That’s my biggest complaint. That and it seems like they are hotter inside than the 7...

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by chrisair
Fri Aug 13, 2021 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Officially Launching LHR/LGW
Replies: 286
Views: 55741

Re: JetBlue Officially Launching LHR/LGW

trueblew wrote:
Even modifying B6 to 6B would make it easier to quickly discern the flight number.


Until the flight number is 868…

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by chrisair
Fri Aug 06, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which private equity firms have successfully turned around US airline companies in distress?
Replies: 25
Views: 3270

Re: Which private equity firms have successfully turned around US airline companies in distress?

UpNAWAy wrote:
Speaking of radically transforming an airline could one even imagine what an Elon Musk run airline would look like?


It'd have a balance sheet loaded up with Bitcoin and Dogecoin.

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by chrisair
Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1974
Views: 265356

Re: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

How long ago was that? AS retired its last MD-80 in 2008, right? The last AC 747 went in 2004. SEA has evolved quite a bit in the last two decades. An M80 betwen YYZ and LAX??? That's 2,175 mi long according to gcmap. I don't doubt that, though, knowing EA CO AS's rep, and I presume only the MD-83 ...

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by chrisair
Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 2272
Views: 308103

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

Just coming in here again to say how much of a drag flying is now. I feel for the front line employees at airlines. Hats off to all you airline employees who have to deal with these people.

Glad we’re able to do it for work without any restrictions, but man it’s a chore these days.

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by chrisair
Mon Jul 19, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1974
Views: 265356

Re: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

The problem with AS doing those flights is that SAN-PHX and LAX-PHX are covered by other airlines and especially WN they would pile it on them with more frequency. What do you think AS might be happening with there California strategy ? AS already sells codeshares on the AA PHX-SAN and SNA flights.

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by chrisair
Thu Jul 15, 2021 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Power Outage at Denver 07-14-21
Replies: 22
Views: 3203

Re: Power Outage at Denver 07-14-21

Boeing757100 wrote:
FlyEndeavorAir wrote:
Got to turn on those "New World Order" generators.



They'll restore power to the runway lights, so we'll all see the 'swastika' arrangement of the runways...


I think the real question is whether the backup generators have capacity to run the entire underground reprogramming facility?

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by chrisair
Mon Jun 28, 2021 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1974
Views: 265356

Re: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

32andBelow wrote:
wedgetail737 wrote:
32andBelow wrote:
B6 can still expand on the west coast. In fact I know where they can pick up about 60 used a320s right now


The real question is will B6 take that risk?

Don’t know. But they can do it for a lot less than 2 billion


How much do you think a used A320 costs?

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by chrisair
Sun Jun 27, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers
Replies: 305
Views: 29670

Re: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers

WN has historically not been a business airline. That’s definitely not the case. I think there are two types of business travelers. The road warriors, which everyone here seems to be focused on, and the business that has a lot of employees traveling, but not all of the time. Pre-Covid I was a road ...

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by chrisair
Tue Jun 22, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1974
Views: 265356

Re: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

Western727 wrote:
The dreaded hardstands at SEA are back in operation, huh?


They were a few weeks ago when I passed through. Are they going away once N is fully open?

I've been stuck on the B gates a lot recently. Not a fan.

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by chrisair
Tue Jun 22, 2021 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1974
Views: 265356

Re: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

What I failed to mention, it was OGG which like LIH has just over a 6,000 foot runway. There are few 900's going to Hawaii, the vast majority of flights to all Hawaii were on the 800's from all the gateways. SEA has 4 x HNL, 4 x OGG, 3 x KOA & 2 x LIH daily this summer. I was on a scheduled 900...

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by chrisair
Mon Jun 21, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 269
Views: 44657

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2021

travaz wrote:

Amen to that every airport i have been in has a terrible lack of seating. I was in PHX the other day for a PHX LAX and it was at A14 and I had to sit around A4. it was chaos


Any gate not in the D concourse sucks in T4. It was bad pre-Covid too.

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by chrisair
Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ouch—AA at DFW hits light pole
Replies: 121
Views: 16826

Re: Ouch—AA at DFW hits light pole

Max Q wrote:
Anything’s frangible if you hit it hard enough..


That's the spirit!

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by chrisair
Fri May 28, 2021 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1974
Views: 265356

Re: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

The Q400 only has regular economy...but offers free booze to every passenger over 21. And no running water. And no window shades. And no wifi. About the only redeeming thing on the Q400 is I can fall asleep for as long as I'm on that dreadful plane. As soon as those engines come on, I'm sound asleep.

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by chrisair
Fri May 28, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 269
Views: 44657

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2021

INFINITI329 wrote:
Will Southwest have to do proving run flights for their new PHX- Hawaii flights?


Why would they have to do proving runs? They've been flying to Hawaii since March 2019.

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by chrisair
Fri May 28, 2021 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Air shutting down Ohana
Replies: 26
Views: 8461

Re: Hawaiian Air shutting down Ohana

Aaron747 wrote:
So neighbor island travel for people on Oahu and Maui is now limited to ferries and C-208s?


I haven’t been on Mokulele in a few years, but not having to deal with the TSA was a real selling point. Roll up, get weighed, get on the plane and be in Molokai 15-20 minutes later.

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by chrisair
Mon May 24, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 'Corporate flying is practically dead'
Replies: 29
Views: 6272

Re: 'Corporate flying is practically dead'

The big divide is in Big public companies vs Small/Medium companies. It is becoming obvious large corporate leaders are more scared of the social media mob, than anything else. It will be interesting to watch when and what exactly drives them back closer to "business as usual". Eh. It's n...

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by chrisair
Wed May 19, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 2272
Views: 308103

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

32andBelow wrote:
It’s coming. Just need some first movers.


Yep. It is. It'll happen at some point this year. Just from my situation, I've gone from 1x a month in March/April to a full May, a mostly full June and a full July.

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by chrisair
Wed May 19, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 2272
Views: 308103

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

- Due to less demand and the current employment shortage, a lot fewer restaurants and shops open in most airports; causing long lines at the ones that are open - Different passenger mix; less business travel more discressionary leisure - more checked bags and less rollerboards From a WN ops agent I...

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by chrisair
Mon May 17, 2021 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 2272
Views: 308103

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

[They also don't have the rental cars. This is going to end badly for a lot of people. I don't think people ever think about rental cars. I know I never did, except in certain places (CLT during a NASCAR race for example), but now I'm finding myself booking a car first then flights. Kind of weird d...

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by chrisair
Mon May 17, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 2272
Views: 308103

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

An interesting discussion I was having with a friend of mine last night. Is this spike in demand going to be long term or will is wane come September when kids are back in school? First full month of travel since February 2020 for me and summer is already filling up. Good to be out and about of cour...

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by chrisair
Tue May 11, 2021 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetfuel shortage at CLT/Southeast
Replies: 52
Views: 11990

Re: Jetfuel shortage at CLT

Also being reported that they will be back online by the "end of the week" I sure hope that they get this solved soon. It points out a major vulnerability in our distribution system. How would you like to be the person who opened the bad email attachment? Perfect “wanna get away” commerci...

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by chrisair
Thu May 06, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New suggestions as to MH370-'Depressed' Pilot made deliberate moves
Replies: 21
Views: 4822

Re: New suggestions as to MH370-'Depressed' Pilot made deliberate moves

The word 'Rothschild' alone should make everyone disregard this theory as coming from the same sort of folks who think Bill Gates and Hillary eat babies and inject computer chips. Wait…you mean I didn’t get a tracking chip when I got my Covid jab? :shock: :rotfl: Some of these conspiracy theories a...

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by chrisair
Mon May 03, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Much is Traffic Recovering?
Replies: 46
Views: 8722

Re: How Much is Traffic Recovering?

It’s interesting how airports vary so much by just a few hours right now. PHX T3 is a mess at 6a but at 8a it’s a ghost town. Flew through SFO a few weeks ago and there were five passengers in my terminal at 8p. Very eerie especially with the restaurants that had a year’s worth of dust and junk buil...

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by chrisair
Sat May 01, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 269
Views: 44657

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2021

In any case, if they're going to do a facelift to the entire terminal, it'll probably cost something in the $300-500 million range if they're going to do it right...which I hope they will. They've come such a long way from the old T2/T3 where so much of the airport looked like it hadn't seen attent...

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by chrisair
Fri Apr 30, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 269
Views: 44657

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2021

Anyone have any updates to the new United Club? I know it was put on hold for a while, but since I'm assuming it's just a matter of furnishing the space, I can't imagine there's a huge amount of work to be done. I've heard a few rumors, but nothing seemed to be very definitive. Not an update so muc...

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by chrisair
Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 269
Views: 44657

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2021

I have some pics but I lack the phd needed to upload pics to a.net since the last upgrade :banghead: All you need to do is upload them to Flickr or Imgur. Then copy the url as a .jpg and use the [img] code. Otherwise, you can just post the raw links. It's not as easy as it could/should be, but I we...

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by chrisair
Mon Apr 26, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Supertanker ceasing operations
Replies: 55
Views: 16210

Re: 747 Supertanker ceasing operations

Interesting. Part of me wonders about the wisdom of dropping a plastic bag into a fire. i wonder if it could be made of starch (potato / corn) as they will only need to hold the water a few hours at most.. or would that be even more flammable? It also looks like you are dropping a piece of osb and ...

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by chrisair
Sat Apr 24, 2021 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Supertanker ceasing operations
Replies: 55
Views: 16210

Re: 747 Supertanker ceasing operations

FiscAutTecGarte wrote:
I wish it could have been deployed here last summer to help with the Bighorn Fire (Mount Lemmon) that ragged for 3+ weeks.


The DC-10s did a pretty good job dropping copious amounts of retardant which supposedly helped keep the burn intensity in the mild to moderate range.

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by chrisair
Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 269
Views: 44657

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2021

Looks like AA is flying a 777 on PHX-OGG and PHX-HNL this summer. Not sure on the details, but AS is dumping a ton of seats into Phoenix this Spring. PDX has more daily seats April 2021 vs. April 2019. PHX-PDX in April 2021 vs April 2019 isn’t a huge increase. Three flights vs two flights in 2019, w...

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by chrisair
Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 2272
Views: 308103

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

I am actually amazed how much "shadow face-to-face business" is actually going on over the past 12 months. Not necessarily meeting in offices and conference rooms, but a lot more off-the-record meetings at restaurants, outdoor cafes, golf courses, backyard BBQs, etc. Our sales team has me...

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by chrisair
Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 2272
Views: 308103

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

Pretty expected. I’m really hoping some kind of business travel gets going here soon. Just seems like it’s still basically zero. I've shared this many times in this thread but I work with some very large Fortune 100 companies. A friend said "it takes an act of god to get air travel approved by...

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by chrisair
Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 2272
Views: 308103

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

Hah! Disagree on it going quick.. I got mine nearly two weeks ago and it seems like it's crawling - longest 6 weeks of my life! LOL. Perhaps it’s just because the winter always seems to fly by here in Arizona. You’re almost there! AA: "Bookings (aa.com and mobile) are up 150-400% compared to l...

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by chrisair
Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 2272
Views: 308103

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

Receiving my first dose this weekend, and already have booked 3 trips for Mid-May. Once I am fully vaccinated & have waited the appropriate time after, I am going back to relative normality. Same thing for me. Not sure which jab you’re getting, but the next five/six weeks will go really quick! ...

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by chrisair
Thu Mar 25, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First 777-200ER built
Replies: 10
Views: 2601

Re: First 777-200ER built

772 (Non-ER) -B-HNL (History) Shouldn't this be preserved in a museum? Or did the museum in Tuscon scrap it? Tucson. It's still there. The Tucson Dragway did a cool little video in January where they set up a Hot Wheels track inside it. https://www.facebook.com/TucsonDragway/videos/scaled-down-tucs...

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by chrisair
Thu Mar 25, 2021 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 2272
Views: 308103

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

Regardless of the CDC guidance, I do think it is reasonable for a person fully vaccinated with a 2-dose mRNA vaccine to feel comfortable traveling and not feel like they are creating a material risk for others. Of course there is always some risk, but life is full of risk, and the 2-dose mRNA vacci...

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