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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Did you guys ever have to deal with an unruly passenger?
Replies: 16
Views: 1011

Re: Did you guys ever have to deal with an unruly passenger?

I can relate an incident I was told by a friend. In the late 1990's my friend was working for the FBI doing undercover drug interdiction work in Eastern Europe. He was on a flight FRA-IAH returning from doing some work. On the flight he was also in street clothes and undercover. Well, 2 American ser...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?
Replies: 73
Views: 16795

Re: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?

Looking at some old flight schedules, I am seeing some incredible multi-stop flights on routes that spanned the far corners of the globe... ...I am curious if anyone who worked in the airline industry back in the days of flights like that can tell me: Did passengers REALLY fly that entire distance ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?
Replies: 73
Views: 16795

Re: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?

Not only Asia-Europe routes were multi-stop. In the 1970's, TWA would fly something like JFK-ORY-FCO-ATH. Many European cities beyond FRA and Paris were not non-stop, and were operated as tag on's from those "hubs" only a couple days a week. Yes, people would fly the whole segment, often m...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA, UA, DL TATL Service History
Replies: 79
Views: 5463

Re: AA, UA, DL TATL Service History

There's going to be people here that know way more than me, but 2 things I can confirm. AA did start LGW service from DFW sometime in 1982. They took over the route authority from Braniff, which went bankrupt in May, 1982. I think they used a D10-30. In 1987 they launched DFW to FRA and ORY using 76...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Memphis Aviation - 2020
Replies: 139
Views: 12767

Re: Memphis Aviation - 2020

I was in MEM 2 weeks ago. The Terminal B re-do is coming along nicely, the glass walls were completely up on the first section, and in process on the far out gates. Gave me a good idea of what the final product will look like. For anyone flying in or out of MEM this month, you might want to note tha...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Screening Numbers - Charts and Comparisons
Replies: 251
Views: 37390

Re: TSA Screening Numbers - Charts and Comparisons

I wonder if we take a hit this week with all the news across the sunbelt... Or are people just going to press on? It will be interesting to see Yes. I think it will depend on how much, and where, states shut things down again. I personally have a ticket to southern California for late July. I booke...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19
Replies: 218
Views: 22796

Re: US Airline Booking Trends during COVID-19

I happen to live in Harris County ( Houston), and while there was a positive case dump recently, there is a rising community spread that is rather alarming. A friend in the restaurant industry maintains an informal list of local bars and restaurants that had re-opened but have now shut down again du...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Fri May 29, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Screening Numbers - Charts and Comparisons
Replies: 251
Views: 37390

Re: TSA Screening Numbers - Charts and Comparisons

Thank you for keeping your chart updated every day!

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by IAHWorldflyer
Thu May 21, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Reopening US-EU Travel?
Replies: 7
Views: 1088

Re: Reopening US-EU Travel?

While it's true that US-EU travel has not stopped, for at least the last month, the EU has banned any non-essential US passport holders from entering the EU. It is very limited who can come in, mostly medical professionals. LIkewise, the US still has bans in place for any Schengen citizens to enter ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Tue May 19, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports that can be accessed on foot vs airports that can only be accessed by car / train
Replies: 70
Views: 3774

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

You could walk down Broadway Blvd. and into HOU pretty easily, though the neighborhood is very sketchy and I wouldn't recommend it after dark. I'm surprised no one has said anything about Milan Linate. That seemed like it was in the middle of the city, so I think there would be access. MEX would be ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Tue May 19, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Screening Numbers - Charts and Comparisons
Replies: 251
Views: 37390

Re: TSA Screening Numbers - Charts and Comparisons

I hope in a couple weeks if the passenger numbers keep climbing, the legacies will add some flights back into their schedules. As others have said, it is very hard to do an efficient connection between some city pairs. At my home airport, IAH, United is generally flying non-hub flights only 2x a day...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Sun May 17, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston skyline height restrictions
Replies: 61
Views: 8939

Re: Boston skyline height restrictions

Both Houston and Dallas have height restrictions imposed by the FAA on the central business districts. HOU and DAL have approaches that fly directly over these two CBD's. I think both Houston and Dallas have a max height of around 1000' or 300 meters.

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by IAHWorldflyer
Sun May 17, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 - 25 years in commercial service
Replies: 147
Views: 14199

Re: 777 - 25 years in commercial service

I remember seeing my first 777 at SFO one afternoon in April of 1996. It was a UA plane in the battleship grey livery, and it was sitting in between 2 UA 747's. It was a good way for me to judge the size, since until then, the biggest twin jet was the 763. No noise makes me happier than the guttural...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Sat May 16, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Screening Numbers - Charts and Comparisons
Replies: 251
Views: 37390

Re: TSA Screening Numbers - Charts and Comparisons

Just my 2 cents, but there's a lot of business travel in the summer months connected to trade shows and conventions. In my industry, you could go to almost 1 a week in July and August. Most of those have been outright cancelled now. There's only one that I usually go to that is in August that is sti...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon May 04, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 5/3/2020: The New Abnormal
Replies: 74
Views: 13243

Re: OAG Changes 5/3/2020: The New Abnormal

Any news on July and august bookings. While I expect them to be way down I anticipate they will start creeping up as long as there’s no additional large outbreak. A lot of people are going to be looking to visit friends and family later this summer. I'm thinking of taking some kind of trip this sum...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Just for grins, I priced an AS tag-on...
Replies: 8
Views: 1937

Re: Just for grins, I priced an AS tag-on...

FWIW, I tried to price out some fares on United this morning for late-May or early June. It's a 90 minute route to see family, so I fly it often and know the pricing. Right now fares are at least 30% more than what I would expect to pay in "normal" times. I looked at the seating charts and...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can underwear being too heavy set off the TSA bodyscanner machine?
Replies: 25
Views: 1607

Re: Can underwear being too heavy set off the TSA bodyscanner machine?

I've had this happen to me a couple times. I think it came from wearing heavier material boxer briefs in the winter to keep everything warm. It has never happened while wearing what I consider to be "everyday" type underwear. Thanks for bringing this up, I've never seen anyone write about ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Apr 13, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most geographically nonsensical routing?
Replies: 67
Views: 5408

Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

I've sat next to people on my UA flights from MEM-IAH that were connecting MEM-IAH-CMH, MEM-IAH-IND, and MEM-IAH-STL. I asked the guy going to CMH why he didn't fly to ORD, and he said that the last connection in that direction was not late enough for him to finish his meeting in MEM, so he took the...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Apr 13, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Operations at SJU in the 1970's
Replies: 15
Views: 3265

Re: Delta Operations at SJU in the 1970's

Thank you for your answers. I had looked at the Departed Flights schedules, but never realized that Delta had all the equipment operating the flights in a separate section. That's great! I figured it would have been a DC-8, as this would have probably been their longest range jet before the L-1011's...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Operations at SJU in the 1970's
Replies: 15
Views: 3265

Delta Operations at SJU in the 1970's

With some extra time on my hands, was looking at old airline route maps and schedules. I have noticed that in the 1970-1973 range, DL flew from SJU to both LAX and MSY, but not ATL. By 1975, service to LAX had been dropped, and service to ATL seems to have started. My question is, at almost 3000 nm,...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Can we divide the Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread similar to the 737 MAX threads?
Replies: 5
Views: 1432

Re: Can we divide the Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread similar to the 737 MAX threads?

Could we make a Coronavirus Discussion Part 3 soon? The Part 2 is up to 38 pages this morning, it is quite difficult to sift through all of that.

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by IAHWorldflyer
Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 3/15/2020: ARMAGEDDON + AS Exits BWI-LAX,RNO-SJC;UA Suspends SMX
Replies: 142
Views: 24285

Re: OAG Changes 3/15/2020: ARMAGEDDON + AS Exits BWI-LAX,RNO-SJC;UA Suspends SMX

IAH is not on the list of approved entry airports for EU/UK flights, so ALL European service to and from IAH is suspended. Additionally, flights to PEK, EZE and SCL are also suspended. I think NH is the only operator on IAH-TYO at this time. Terminal D is going to be very quiet.

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by IAHWorldflyer
Sun Mar 08, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 3/8/2020:AA Drops PHX-PIT/TPA,CHAPHL,DFWOAK Adds ORDHNL;DL Drops KIXSEA;UA Drops IAHCAK,FLLSFO,IAHYEG,MSYSFO
Replies: 104
Views: 18358

Re: OAG Changes 3/8/2020:AA Drops PHX-PIT/TPA,CHAPHL,DFWOAK Adds ORDHNL;DL Drops KIXSEA;UA Drops IAHCAK,FLLSFO,IAHYEG,MS

The UA cuts on IAH-YEG/YVR/YYC are probably directly the result of many energy related companies in Houston banning all international travel for the moment. Also, YVR is heavily dependent on cruise passengers, and that segment is going to be very impacted. After the collapse of the OPEC talks on Fri...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LAX to Old Town San diego -amtrak bus or drive
Replies: 15
Views: 824

Re: LAX to Old Town San diego -amtrak bus or drive

Back many years ago, when I worked for a firm whose main office was in Orange County, the rental car firms considered all the Southern California airports part of the same region. I'd often fly into SNA for a meeting Thursday, and then spend the weekend in San Diego, dropping off the car at SAN on S...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Taxi stand bureaucracy
Replies: 22
Views: 1533

Re: Taxi stand bureaucracy

Absolutely agree. I was recently impressed with the system at the bus terminals in Mexico City, where you pay at an official kiosk before even entering the cab. Such a system helps prevent the driver scamming you. They can still play games. On my most recent trip to Mexico City I wasn’t paying atte...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Flying British Airways Club Europe with Hillary Clinton randomly sitting behind me was interesting!
Replies: 12
Views: 15185

Re: Flying British Airways Club Europe with Hillary Clinton randomly sitting behind me was interesting!

Back sometime around 2000 I flew on a CO flight SEA-IAH with the Dalai Lama. I was in the bulkhead row of coach, and he was in the last row of F. I wouldn't have known it was him, except I went up to use the F lav, as the Y aisle was blocked in drink service, and the flight attendant up there actual...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde at Memphis - 1979
Replies: 35
Views: 4471

Re: Concorde at Memphis - 1979

Since it was a promotional tour, and it was in 1979, might it have something to do with Braniff International? It was around that year that Braniff started an interchange flying the Concorde using Braniff crews from DFW to IAD, from where either BA or AF crews flew on to LHR or Paris. It was not ver...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern Cuts Mexico City
Replies: 19
Views: 4901

Re: China Southern Cuts Mexico City

Mexican nationals no longer need a visa to transit or enter Canada. It is much friendlier than the current US rules.

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by IAHWorldflyer
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US-LatAm market
Replies: 7
Views: 599

Re: US-LatAm market

MIA, FLL, DFW, IAH, and LAX are probably first tier. Followed very closely by JFK, ATL, MCO.

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by IAHWorldflyer
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MEX keeps growing against all odds: Breaks 50M mark
Replies: 51
Views: 6977

Re: MEX keeps growing against all odds: Breaks 50M mark

I fly into and out of MEX 5 or 6 times a year. This past Friday my flight touched down at 19:07. After sitting on the taxiway for about 10 minutes, I guess the pilot was told there were no gates available, so we pulled into a space in the cargo area. We then waited until 20:00 before a bus arrived ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MEX keeps growing against all odds: Breaks 50M mark
Replies: 51
Views: 6977

Re: MEX keeps growing against all odds: Breaks 50M mark

I fly into and out of MEX 5 or 6 times a year. This past Friday my flight touched down at 19:07. After sitting on the taxiway for about 10 minutes, I guess the pilot was told there were no gates available, so we pulled into a space in the cargo area. We then waited until 20:00 before a bus arrived t...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June
Replies: 21
Views: 1402

Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

It's also your timing of the search. In my experience, airlines do not post their best prices for summer trans-Atlantic fares in January. Wait until early March. They will likely be cheaper. April will have fluctuation up and down, but by May ( considering you want a June departure) things will go u...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 122
Views: 13065

Re: Houston Aviation Thread - 2020

https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/01/11/texans-fans-headed-to-kansas-city-get-exclusive-upgrade-after-flight-is-canceled/ I am guessing this is case of people claiming any big plane is a 747, but does anyone have any idea what was equipment subbed for this? Yeah, Flightaware shows a UA ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Memphis Aviation - 2020
Replies: 139
Views: 12767

Re: Memphis Aviation - 2020

Thanks for sharing that video! My, the Concorde was a smoky thing wasn't it? That TWA 707 is interesting. I'm almost certain TWA did not serve MEM is any capacity in 1979. It might have been a press charter or something. TWA started up service to their STL hub sometime in the mid-80's. I think the l...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 122
Views: 13065

Re: Houston Aviation Thread - 2020

I agree that the lack of a June-August seasonal flight to CDG on UA is a hole in their network. But as many niche market seasonal add's as UA has done from EWR/IAD/ORD, there's been nothing added out of IAH. I think that speaks volumes as to how they feel about using a widebody aircraft on the Houst...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best and worst airport in Europe???
Replies: 65
Views: 4632

Re: Best and worst airport in Europe???

I'm glad to see MUC at the top of many people's lists. I have been there before, but only terminating a flight. Next month I have a connection there from EU to US. 2 hour layover. I think FRA is easy to connect at, so hoping to be pleased with MUC.

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by IAHWorldflyer
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 122
Views: 13065

Re: Houston Aviation Thread - 2020

With strong international traffic at IAH, what comes next? A new destination in Europe, or a new destination in East Asia? Currently in Europe, there is service to LHR, MAN, AMS, CDG, FRA, and MUC. East Asia has service to NRT (soon also HND), PEK, and TPE. Whatever the next city is, I doubt it will...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 122
Views: 13065

Re: Houston Aviation Thread - 2020

I wonder if AV will decide to run BOG-IAH on their own metal anytime soon? If it were timed for connections to deep South America, I think they could attract passengers. As it is right now at IAH, if you aren't flying UA to South America, you are connecting over MIA, which most people try to avoid,...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 122
Views: 13065

Re: Houston Aviation Thread - 2020

I wonder if AV will decide to run BOG-IAH on their own metal anytime soon? If it were timed for connections to deep South America, I think they could attract passengers. As it is right now at IAH, if you aren't flying UA to South America, you are connecting over MIA, which most people try to avoid, ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the South African market big enough for UA?
Replies: 6
Views: 1896

Re: Is the South African market big enough for UA?

I think UA saw seasonal CPT service as a niche market that wasn't being provided by any other carriers. It's similar to what they are doing with service from SFO to PPT. It serves a tourism market that attracts some well off travelers who will pay for the privilege of flying nonstop. I think the las...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA, the tale of the best and worst of this airline
Replies: 17
Views: 1436

Re: AA, the tale of the best and worst of this airline

Whether or not a flight is operated by American Airlines, Inc., or one of it's contracted American Eagle partners is irrelevant to the average flier. When a business slaps their trademarked name on the side of an aircraft, they are taking branding ownership of that service they are contracting someo...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA online seating for their flights
Replies: 5
Views: 565

UA online seating for their flights

Sorry for the thread title being ambiguous. On my recent United Airlines Christmas holiday flights, I noticed something interesting. Up until about 3 days prior to the flight departure date, using the online seating chart attached to the reservation, there were consistently about 40+ open seats ( on...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Memphis Aviation - 2020
Replies: 139
Views: 12767

Re: Memphis Aviation - 2020

I was in MEM over the holidays and noticed that the construction on B seems to finally be advancing nicely ( to the point you can see the dimensions of the new concourse layout all the way to where the"split" occurs). Just from appearances, to me it does not look like there's really enough...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 5,5 hrs layover in IAH, what to do!
Replies: 14
Views: 1069

Re: 5,5 hrs layover in IAH, what to do!

I'd suggest you make a stop at Hugo's for an early lunch. It's in Terminal D. When you exit Immigration and Customs, you will pass the luggage drop off, then proceed through security. After exiting security, turn right and walk into D. Then turn left on the main corridor. Hugo's will be just past so...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chile's SKY Airline orders 10 A321XLR
Replies: 31
Views: 5449

Re: Chile's SKY Airline orders 10 A321XLR

The press release does not specify when deliveries would begin. This looks more like it's just a memorandum of understanding. Seeing as the economy in Chile is being affected by some protests presently, I wonder if Sky is waiting to see how things play out next year before committing to a delivery ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chile's SKY Airline orders 10 A321XLR
Replies: 31
Views: 5449

Re: Chile's SKY Airline orders 10 A321XLR

The press release does not specify when deliveries would begin. This looks more like it's just a memorandum of understanding. Seeing as the economy in Chile is being affected by some protests presently, I wonder if Sky is waiting to see how things play out next year before committing to a delivery d...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 5,5 hrs layover in IAH, what to do!
Replies: 14
Views: 1069

Re: 5,5 hrs layover in IAH, what to do!

The new C North has some pretty good food and drink outlets as well. It's the newest terminal in the airport, and though it's a hike from the airside train, with that much time, it's worth checking out. Are you coming in from abroad, or domestic?

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by IAHWorldflyer
Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Peace CEO charged in U.S. with fraud, money laundering
Replies: 30
Views: 5608

Re: Air Peace CEO charged in U.S. with fraud, money laundering

So I'm guessing the inaugural route from LOS to IAH is on hold now???

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by IAHWorldflyer
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite vacation destinations
Replies: 48
Views: 2091

Re: Favorite vacation destinations

Top 3 Visited: 1. Florence and Siena in late winter 2 Tokyo and sidetrips, Japan 3 Rio de Janeiro Bucket List 1. Brisbane and Queensland Coast, Australia 2 Drive between Dijon, Beaune, and Lyon France---see vineyards 3 Cape Town, SA My favorite big city outside the US is Paris though, and I'll alway...

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