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by irelayer
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: General aviation ferry flights
Replies: 14
Views: 2726

Re: General aviation ferry flights

I flew my SR22 from Duluth, MN to Sabadell Spain. It was quite an adventure, specially due to weather as we flew on december all across the North Atlantic. Cirrus itself recommended a Ferry Pilot, Mike. What a great guy. We had a big time together specially when flying between Greenland and Iceland...

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by irelayer
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: General aviation ferry flights
Replies: 14
Views: 2726

General aviation ferry flights

Very interesting article on GA ferry flights. I've always wondered how you get a Cessna all the way to Europe from the factory, for example. I always thought they disassembled and shipped them. Guess not...

https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34484972

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by irelayer
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planes that will be missed and those not
Replies: 89
Views: 9357

Re: Planes that will be missed and those not

Similarly, saw a 722 cargo fly in. I can't remember what it was. These old birds don't have ADS-B, so it's difficult to tell when it's incoming. And I can't see them coming because by the time they are on top of me, it's too late. -IR Ive been able to track 727s on FlightAware...I wonder if they we...

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by irelayer
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SWA Seating
Replies: 21
Views: 2082

Re: SWA Seating

The wheelchair abuse happens on every airline, anywhere I've ever been in the world. So that being excepted, all the other things you mention are designed to improve the customer experience. Having family pre-board (even preteens) keeps families together and allows parents to do all the adjusting an...

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by irelayer
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal
Replies: 127
Views: 30226

Re: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal

I'm sorry, in that first video, the onlookers were justifiably terrified. The idea of a plane veering towards you...I would honestly take off running.

Anyway, this was cool. Hate to see another airline bite the dust.

-IR

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 181067

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

Wow. Just wow. This is a stunning development. Did anyone see this coming?

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most-missed US Major
Replies: 68
Views: 5722

Re: Most-missed US Major

TWA and Pan Am. Only flew each of them once, but have fond memories.

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Customs at Seoul
Replies: 13
Views: 1348

Re: Customs at Seoul

Depends on what flights arrive ahead of you. If you got a 777 full of new arrivals from China just ahead of you, then be prepared to wait 45 - 60 minutes in line. The last time it happened to me, I just had people cutting lines, families split into multiple lines holding spots for whoever got to th...

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL - Basic Economy review
Replies: 18
Views: 2046

Re: DL - Basic Economy review

But it skirted my company rules of no paid checked bags unless you are staying 2+ nights This sounds like a bad employer for employees who have to travel. Really bad. If any employer I've worked for had such micro-managing penny pinching policies, most employees I know would have quit or at least r...

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will WN go with the bigger 737s?
Replies: 54
Views: 6045

Re: Will WN go with the bigger 737s?

I've seen them do dual-door boarding/deplaning at SMF and SJC. It's been a while since I've deplaned from the back of an aircraft parked at a jet bridge in the US. I'd imagine this was some sort of pilot project to see if it would improve turnaround times. In reality people were so conditioned to on...

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Surface transfers
Replies: 23
Views: 1299

Re: Surface transfers

Also quite some surface transfers on Air France between Charles de Gaulle and Orly. This is often the case with cities that have multiple airports. Only surface transfer I've ever done myself was from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueang. Free shuttle bus between the two airports, very convenient. Me...

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA Advertisements in NYC - A Success or Failure?
Replies: 12
Views: 960

Re: UA Advertisements in NYC - A Success or Failure?

Continental used to do this a lot when they were around. To the disdain of many on here, however, EWR is only an option for those in NJ, parts of PA, and parts of NYC. Everyone else wouldn't touch EWR with a 10 foot pole/drive there over LGA and JFK. Don't forget that EWR is also a massive connecti...

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planes that will be missed and those not
Replies: 89
Views: 9357

Re: Planes that will be missed and those not

I will definitely miss seeing the 737 classics. They're getting hard to find nowadays, even at Southwest. On that note, I had a 732 fly over my house (SAN) last year. Totally unexpected. Sierra Pacific I think. Made me realize that these are now ultra rare aircraft. I miss the 727 the most of all. ...

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by irelayer
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should United bring back the Tulip?
Replies: 115
Views: 12100

Re: Should United bring back the Tulip?

There is a distinction between a “brand” and “branding” that many here do not grasp- some do. The United “brand” consists of the company’s behavior, services and hard product. The deliverables the experience for the consumer. Branding is just the visual representation of that. The important thing i...

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by irelayer
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should United bring back the Tulip?
Replies: 115
Views: 12100

Re: Should United bring back the Tulip?

It's funny, the "exCO" "exUA" mentality is very much alive and well. I was not 4 weeks ago on a UA flight LAX-IAH and the DirectTV was spotty the whole flight. When this same thing happened on my GUM-HNL flight last year, I was given a URL to go to to get compensated. I asked an...

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by irelayer
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Bastian: We Don't See a Drop in Demand in LAS
Replies: 19
Views: 3712

Re: DL Bastian: We Don't See a Drop in Demand in LAS

I'm not entirely surprised that demand hasn't dropped. The shooting was pretty clearly a one-off incident, and as far as I'm aware it hasn't caused long term closures of the city's main attractions. This type of incident seems just as likely to occur in any other major city in the U.S., so why woul...

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by irelayer
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners look shorter in real life
Replies: 38
Views: 6162

Re: Airliners look shorter in real life

I think it comes down to proportion as well as frame of reference (relative size) and viewing angle. I've noticed quite often a 788 looks kind of stubby for me, whereas a 789 looks just right. Similarly, the A380-900, if it was ever built, would probably look JUST right. The 388 looks...short and fa...

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by irelayer
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should United bring back the Tulip?
Replies: 115
Views: 12100

Re: Should United bring back the Tulip?

It's funny, the "exCO" "exUA" mentality is very much alive and well. I was not 4 weeks ago on a UA flight LAX-IAH and the DirectTV was spotty the whole flight. When this same thing happened on my GUM-HNL flight last year, I was given a URL to go to to get compensated. I asked an ...

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by irelayer
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread
Replies: 133
Views: 30325

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread

And that also leaves LH as the only operator of the 748 and 744 simultaneously (and for about what, 4 more years?). I can't believe UA is retiring them, although it does make sense for them to do so. I just equate UA transpac with those beasts. Hard to replicate that feeling of going to a far off p...

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by irelayer
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread
Replies: 133
Views: 30325

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread

Wow, amazing that thumbnails of all active 744s can be shoehorned into one post. I knew there weren't many left, but I didn't realize there really aren't more than a dozen or so at each operator besides BA of course. I would have thought that LH and QF would have had more than a handful left too, b...

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by irelayer
Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports shared between two metropolitan areas
Replies: 133
Views: 14716

Re: Airports shared between two metropolitan areas

San Diego Tijuana. Both the largest cross border "conurbation" between the US and Mexico, and the 4th largest in the world. Total population is ~5million. Both have fairly limited airports in terms of physical infrastructure limitations. The idea of building an airport straddling the borde...

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by irelayer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could LAX Become The Worlds Busiest Airport?
Replies: 79
Views: 13107

Re: Could LAX Become The Worlds Busiest Airport?

Is there any airport, US that is worse than LAX for entering customs? It is a 3rd world experience; very inefficient. Do you people even understand how insane you sound sometimes? No one gives a shit about if the customs experience is good. What a flippant answer. Yes, people do care, especially if...

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by irelayer
Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was PSA known as Poor Sailor's Airline?
Replies: 16
Views: 2948

Re: Why was PSA known as Poor Sailor's Airline?

In the 60's, SAN-LAX on the Electra's cost $6.35 o.w. and SAN-SFO was $19.85! Those poor soldiers and their families could move around the state easily and on the cheap! I'm not an economist but in the 60s I would think that was quite a bit of money. Per one online reference I checked, $1.00 in 196...

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by irelayer
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT to allow non-pax through security
Replies: 81
Views: 9822

Re: PIT to allow non-pax through security

As an aviation enthusiast, I welcome this move 100%. I'm old enough to remember just being able to walk around airports without being on a flight. Sadly, as a member of the travelling public I am not happy about it. Airports are busy enough without adding friends and family. My local airport (SAN) i...

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by irelayer
Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fly Baghdad CV-580
Replies: 3
Views: 814

Re: Fly Baghdad CV-580

Thanks guys!

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by irelayer
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 1997 Concept Liveries Released
Replies: 42
Views: 7327

Re: Delta 1997 Concept Liveries Released

Love #7! (seems to be the clear favorite in this thread).

Great find.

-IR

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by irelayer
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fly Baghdad CV-580
Replies: 3
Views: 814

Fly Baghdad CV-580

Hi all, Sorry if this question has been asked before. Is this a joke? https://www.flightradar24.com/flight/if371 IF371 shows two flights today: PTK (Chicago Executive Airport)-LRD (Laredo, TX) And PWK (Oakland County)-FNT (Flint, MI). Also the type is coded as "CV5" which is "null&quo...

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by irelayer
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How will Boeing name its future aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 9348

Re: How will Boeing name its future aircraft?

Maybe 2707? . It was already used on the SST Boeing developed but never finished, as super sonic travel over the US was outlawed (for very specious reasons) while they were designing it. Didn't they do an experiment in Oklahoma City with sonic booms and determined that it just wasn't feasible to fl...

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by irelayer
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's old DC-8 fleet questions
Replies: 111
Views: 10397

Re: United's old DC-8 fleet questions

One thing the Diesel 8 had going for it was the rock solid reliability of Douglas planes compared to the rest. Douglas overbuilt their aircraft, and in the days when kerosene was cents a gallon the weight penalties didn't matter as much. United also had the Boeing 720 which was a similar-ish type o...

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by irelayer
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 672
Views: 89534

Re: What's happening lately at SAN?

Hey everybody! To update you on JA824J, which is still, in SAN after five days is still ' broken .' In hindsight, the GPU (Ground Power) which connects to the aircraft to provide power to the plane while on the ground was Arching while connected to the aircraft. This resulted in a COMPLETE electric...

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by irelayer
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US airline hub closures
Replies: 116
Views: 16113

Re: US airline hub closures

No need for closures, the big 3 have pretty good equilibrium has noted up tread. I think the future growth for American Airlines and possibly even United Airlines will be in smaller focus cities small and little hubs. Delta is by means of needs doing this. AA and UA will catch on. AA and DL are cur...

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by irelayer
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing delivers 1,500th 777
Replies: 80
Views: 13131

Re: Boeing delivers 1,500th 777

The 8,000th 737 features a graphic next to the entry door and an extra plaque on the top of the door frame next the the plaque with the manufacturing information. I would think this aircraft should get the same treatment. Yeah I flew on this one! The graphic is visible next to the door as you say, ...

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by irelayer
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to Hawaii?
Replies: 114
Views: 12211

Re: WN to Hawaii?

Not for a while. Their ops software still doesn't support red eyes. It's queued for replacement, but I haven't heard a date. 2018 or 2019 I suspect. I doubt they would launch Hawaii without red eyes. Can we please stop with the whole "WN software (etc.) can't support red-eyes..." already?...

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by irelayer
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Classic British / French Jetliners - 1985/1987 trips
Replies: 56
Views: 15258

Re: Classic British / French Jetliners - 1985/1987 trips

Wow. Just wow. I love that you put this all together to share with us. I had barely taken my first flight in 1985, but I have a mental impression of what aviation was like, so this is fascinating for me.

Thanks again!

-IR

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by irelayer
Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unserved markets in the US.
Replies: 118
Views: 12654

Re: Unserved markets in the US.

Stockton, CA. Over 250,000 in population including the Stockton Metro area, Modesto, Manteca, Lodi and the Mother Lode like Angel´s Camp. Several smaller California cities lost their only airline service when SkyWest retired their Brasilias -- Chico, Modesto, and some others that I can't think of r...

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by irelayer
Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Animosity between United Airlines and Singapore Airlines?
Replies: 13
Views: 4609

Re: Animosity between United Airlines and Singapore Airlines?

That's not to say that traffic from the Americas doesn't connect there, I'm sure they do for various reasons that probably aren't that lucrative... else we'd see all forms of carriers more interested in chasing them. Earlier this year I did SAN-SFO-SIN-CMB. The onward connection was on UL (SriLanka...

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by irelayer
Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai looking to buy around 30 aircraft to modernise fleet
Replies: 80
Views: 17035

Re: Thai looking to buy around 30 aircraft to modernise fleet

With only 2 787-9's coming, I can definitely see that fleet getting bigger. And just curious, what are the 2 737-400's used for in their fleet? They seem to use them exclusively for Samui (USM) ops. Kind of strange because Bangkok Airways uses A319s. -IR Can those airports use the Embraer 195-E2, w...

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by irelayer
Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai looking to buy around 30 aircraft to modernise fleet
Replies: 80
Views: 17035

Re: Thai looking to buy around 30 aircraft to modernise fleet

ericm2031 wrote:
With only 2 787-9's coming, I can definitely see that fleet getting bigger.

And just curious, what are the 2 737-400's used for in their fleet?


They seem to use them exclusively for Samui (USM) ops. Kind of strange because Bangkok Airways uses A319s.

-IR

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by irelayer
Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO's 5th runway idea
Replies: 46
Views: 9348

Re: SFO's 5th runway idea

It's not just environmentalists, NIMBYS, dollars, etc that make any Bay fill out of the question. The City itself opposes: http://www.sfbos.org/ftp/uploadedfiles/bdsupvrs/resolutions08/r0069-08.pdf ...and so do 90% of us who live here. What is the reason that 90% of the people in the bay area oppos...

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by irelayer
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WHEN IS THIS MADNESS GOING TO STOP?
Replies: 95
Views: 3853

Re: WHEN IS THIS MADNESS GOING TO STOP?

Before that there were the IRA, Marxist/Communist rebels, the Mafia, Chechens, colonial freedom fighters in Africa, FARC, the ETA, Christian militias, the KKK, the PLO, NAR, Cubans, anti-abortion bombers, racists, neo-Nazis, drug cartels, etc etc...I could do this all day. Funnily enough here in Fi...

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by irelayer
Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WHEN IS THIS MADNESS GOING TO STOP?
Replies: 95
Views: 3853

Re: WHEN IS THIS MADNESS GOING TO STOP?

Just to answer the OG question of this thread...the "MADNESS" has been going on for the entire length of human history, and will never stop. What you are seeing now is the result of perfect information and saturated 24-hour news cycles. If you think the past, even the recent past, was in a...

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by irelayer
Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Use of flaps for takeoff
Replies: 31
Views: 5860

Re: Use of flaps for takeoff

quickmover wrote:
I'm not a pilot so excuse the question, but why don't pilots use more flap to take off on a hot day?


I'm not a pilot either, but more flaps generally equals more lift, which generally equals less time to V1...

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by irelayer
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Think the new China Eastern livery is bad? It gets even worse.
Replies: 49
Views: 13140

Re: Think the new China Eastern livery is bad? It gets even worse.

Eh who cares? China has never been a place with unique or distinctive liveries anyway. Overall, I think they are projecting the image they want to project...bargain basement travel for the masses, and who cares about the packaging.

-IR

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by irelayer
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines orders 4 more 77W, converts 100 737MAX's into 100 737MAX10
Replies: 157
Views: 33309

Re: United Airlines orders 4 more 77W, converts 100 737MAX's into 100 737MAX10

Does anyone know the actual cancellation fees for killing A35J order? Is this public shareholder info? As an almost UA MMiler I would LOVE to see UA fly A350. More planes I get to fly the better. With Max 10 order, A321 conversion is dead to me. I see them converting it to 25 A359s to replace 772ER...

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by irelayer
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pie In The Sky--UA To Sell UNO Deep Dish Pizza In Y
Replies: 59
Views: 8703

Re: Pie In The Sky--UA To Sell UNO Deep Dish Pizza In Y

Yawnnnnnnn.....Invest the money in getting the planes running on time and bags to right destination. UA already has the best OTP among the majors, and (according to their release) #1 in baggage performance in April. So...try again? I think he meant invest the money in PR so that there are less vide...

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by irelayer
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest connection you would risk for long haul flights?
Replies: 49
Views: 2518

Re: Shortest connection you would risk for long haul flights?

1 hour and 20 minutes. HA! That's peanuts compared to the fares Air France sells with a mere 45 minutes transfer in CDG, from one end to the other. Austrian Airlines even got fares with 35 minutes transfer in Vienna. With only one transfer in Zurich, coming from MCT and going to CPH - I can't say I...

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by irelayer
Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Lufthansa intercontinental routes
Replies: 135
Views: 30449

Re: New Lufthansa intercontinental routes

Really awesome news for SAN. A decade ago, it did not have any intercontinental flights, sans for the ill-fated ZOOM route to LGW. Now, it has British Airways, JAL, Edelweiss, Condor and soon - Lufthansa. Not to mention, FINALLY a non-stop on a *A carrier to a European mega hub and all the connecti...

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by irelayer
Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the 787 the proper A330 replacement for Hawaiian?
Replies: 76
Views: 13801

Re: Is the 787 the proper A330 replacement for Hawaiian?

Just curious, why are we discussing this? HA's 330's aren't even a decade old and they've got contracts with Airbus for 350's et al. As much as I'd love to see them return to Boeing for their fleet needs, this ship has sailed. I really dislike when people ask these questions. To be fair, I've done ...

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by irelayer
Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: International flights at SJC and SAN
Replies: 20
Views: 3552

Re: International flights at SJC and SAN

irelayer said: The limiting factor is the airport and it's many limitations, not the size of the demand, and that's the truth. The only option for a new airport is dual-use at Miramar, and that's never going to happen. ... If SAN government doesn't push for a Miramar facility they are really missin...

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