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by B727skyguy
Mon May 27, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA Computer Glitch Massively Overcharges Customers
Replies: 15
Views: 5076

Re: HA Computer Glitch Massively Overcharges Customers

Where do you draw the line on a “valid” transaction, particularly one that the customer receives confirmation for? I booked a one way a few weeks ago on AA SAN-DCA for $60.50, inclusive of tax. Is that “too low” to be honored? I bought a fare on Ryanair for £1. Should I have expected it to be cance...

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by B727skyguy
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1043
Views: 165170

Re: WOW Ceases Operations

When Braniff International Airways (BN) shut down in May 1982, they quietly started cancelling their international flights and brought those planes back to the US. At the time, no one was sure why the flights were being cancelled. There's an interesting book called "Splash of Colors" by Jo...

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by B727skyguy
Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Attendants are Selling Their Seniority
Replies: 195
Views: 21916

Re: Flight Attendants are Selling Their Seniority

I'm surprised the companies allow the practice. At all of the places I've worked, any exchange of money for a shift was grounds for termination.

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by B727skyguy
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American "A380"
Replies: 22
Views: 6707

Re: American "A380"

A Silverbird A380 actually looks pretty nice. Too bad it's not real.

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by B727skyguy
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interjet on brink of collapse?
Replies: 53
Views: 15591

Re: Interjet on brink of collapse?

A friend of mine working in GDL told me that 4O has incredibly low fares. I priced out a one-way ticket GDL-TIJ. The base fare was only USD10! It's no wonder they're on the verge of bankruptcy!

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by B727skyguy
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Eagle get rid of the ATR 72/42
Replies: 67
Views: 10665

Re: Why did American Eagle get rid of the ATR 72/42

FLYSPI wrote:
Neither ATR model was +70 seats. The ATR-42 seats 48 while the ATR-72 seats 68.

The ATR-72s were actually 64 seats, at least at MQ.

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by B727skyguy
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727
Replies: 78
Views: 14934

Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

This is sad news for me. My very first commercial flights was on an AA 727 ORD-DCA and DCA-ORD when I was 13. It was a school trip to Washington, DC. That experience sparked my interest in commercial aviation and my love for the 727. The following year, I even wrote a research paper in school about ...

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by B727skyguy
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Canadian ATC send pizza to US controllers in show of solidarity
Replies: 55
Views: 8363

Re: Canadian ATC send pizza to US controllers in show of solidarity

Delta and UA have been providing meals to TSA at their hubs for the past day or two. At my airport, one of the airlines bought the TSA people pizza. The TSA rejected it saying they could not accept any gifts. That airline's staff had a lot of pizza to eat! Perhaps the rule about accepting gifts is ...

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by B727skyguy
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Canadian ATC send pizza to US controllers in show of solidarity
Replies: 55
Views: 8363

Re: Canadian ATC send pizza to US controllers in show of solidarity

That is super cool. I am flying on Monday and without trying to seem like I'm bribing them, would like to leave a gift card or something so they could get some food from the Applebees in my airport. Just not sure how to go about that. It's a nice thought on your part, but don't try giving the gift ...

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by B727skyguy
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Canadian ATC send pizza to US controllers in show of solidarity
Replies: 55
Views: 8363

Re: Canadian ATC send pizza to US controllers in show of solidarity

That was a very nice gesture on the part of the Canadian controllers. It's too bad TSA has rules against accepting anything including food from airport tenants. These poor federal workers are caught in a tug-of-war.

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by B727skyguy
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines flight diversion leads to 30-hr nightmare for passengers
Replies: 94
Views: 14972

Re: Alaska Airlines flight diversion leads to 30-hr nightmare for passengers

Additionally, I'm not surprised by the brick wall-type mentality of BOS staff (and other east coast staff too). We all know mx stuff happens all the time. Unfortunately, Alaska dropped the ball by either 1) not following their game plan when a diversion occurs to a non-AS city or 2) they didn't hav...

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by B727skyguy
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is this added security for US-bound passengers?
Replies: 26
Views: 2347

Re: Is this added security for US-bound passengers?

Interesting - I've taken many flights to the US, from Canada (both USCBP pre-cleared and not), the Caribbean, Mexico and Asia... and I've never experienced this. It's always been the usual screening. I'm referring to trans-Atlantic flights departing from the United States. US Customs officers order...

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by B727skyguy
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is this added security for US-bound passengers?
Replies: 26
Views: 2347

Re: Is this added security for US-bound passengers?

US Customs officers routinely inspect and interrogate passengers at the gate on international flights departing the US as well. On one flight I took, US Customs officers ordered everyone in the jetway to go up against the jetway wall as though we were being arrested. When a US Customs officer with a...

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by B727skyguy
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emotional support animal again, woman removed, flight delayed
Replies: 103
Views: 12886

Re: Emotional support animal again, woman removed, flight delayed

If Frontier does not allow rodents, why did they board her in the first place? I smell a rat. :duck: Since all of F9's ground staff are outsourced, perhaps the contract agents were unaware of the policy and procedure or just chose to turn a blind eye. About a month ago, I saw two F9 passengers boar...

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by B727skyguy
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to end CLT-HAV
Replies: 74
Views: 17545

Re: Rumor: AA to end CLT-HAV

I would not be surprised to see US-HAV shrink to HAV-MIA/FLL/TPA, and maybe JFK or EWR, plus one other legacy hub (ATL?). Very, very possible. Cuba just isn't ready for prime time yet as a tourist destination. Hotels have large waiting lists since there aren't many of them as is. Considering that U...

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by B727skyguy
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair - Guy chases missed plane onto the tarmac
Replies: 50
Views: 7867

Re: Ryanair - Guy chases missed plane onto the tarmac

Hope this is dealt with by more than a fine,selfish idiot. I would think the fine for an airport security breach would be substantial. There is a reason why doors to restricted areas such as the ramp are controlled with locks and alarms. Incidents like this have happened in the past with FR. Why is...

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by B727skyguy
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 100 passengers fall ill on EK203 DXB-JFK
Replies: 124
Views: 20589

Re: 100 passengers fall ill on EK203 DXB-JFK

This makes me think of a House episode where a lot of passengers started feeling ill due to psychosomatic illness. Maybe that's the case here. That wouldn't explain the passengers with fevers. One can exaggerate symptoms (e.g. not feeling well, having pain, etc.), but how does one fake a fever that...

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by B727skyguy
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 100 passengers fall ill on EK203 DXB-JFK
Replies: 124
Views: 20589

Re: 100 passengers fall ill on EK203 DXB-JFK

smokeybandit wrote:
Well they all probably ate about the same time, so, food poisoning seems the most likely culprit

Food poisoning causes gastroenteritis. I've never heard of it causing respiratory illness.

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by B727skyguy
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adding DFW-CYS (Cheyenne, WY) and Sat CLT-HVN on 11/4
Replies: 62
Views: 7014

Re: AA adding DFW-CYS (Cheyenne, WY) and Sat CLT-HVN on 11/4

bomber996 wrote:
On a slightly different note, who was the last major network carrier to serve CYS?
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Back in, I believe, the late 1980s, mainline UA had service to CYS. They advertised that they had mainline service to all 50 states. For Delaware, they had mainline service to ILG.

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by B727skyguy
Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Level's operational issues left 800 passengers stranded in YUL
Replies: 38
Views: 8709

Re: Level's operational issues left 800 passengers stranded in YUL

According to the Level website, all Level flights are operated by either Iberia or OpenSkies. The website states that the operating carrier's conditions of carriage apply. I assume that the cancelled flights were operated by OpenSkies. Here is what their conditions of carriage say for cancellations ...

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by B727skyguy
Mon May 14, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 5/13/2018:UA Swaps EWR/IAD Markets, Many Other Changes!;DL Adds BOS-PHL,Drops JFK-PHL,MCO-MIA;
Replies: 98
Views: 14522

Re: OAG Changes 5/13/2018:UA Swaps EWR/IAD Markets, Many Other Changes!;DL Adds BOS-PHL,Drops JFK-PHL,MCO-MIA;

enilria wrote:
AO MSN-CEB JUN 0.3>0 JUL 0.3>0 AUG 0.3>0 SEP 0.3>0 OCT 0.1>0


This is a typo. I can assure you that MSN (Madison, Wisconsin, USA) does not have any international service.

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by B727skyguy
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack
Replies: 177
Views: 21770

Re: Woman fined $500 for saving Delta snack

On every flight I have taken into the US, the cabin crew has always announced that all food, including that served onboard the aircraft, must be disposed of prior to entering the United States. The announcement couldn't be any more clear. The cabin crew also remind passengers that all baggage, regar...

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by B727skyguy
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 720
Views: 122315

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality

Prost wrote:
I wonder if anybody could hear a PAbeing made.

The emergency equipment onboard includes a megaphone for just such a situation. After the pressure equalized, the cabin crew should have gone through and assisted passengers who were having difficulty with the oxygen mask.

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by B727skyguy
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 720
Views: 122315

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality

So on a Discord server I'm on someone posted a pic of passengers with the masks on. Well, I say on. More like leaned up against their mouth or being held there. Totally missing the fact it's supposed to go over your nose and there is an elastic band to keep it on. :/ That was the first thing I noti...

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by B727skyguy
Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Merger Style vs EU merger Style
Replies: 42
Views: 5413

Re: US Merger Style vs EU merger Style

You're right about them being in the same country. Most people won't care if it says NW or DL on the side of the plane. In Europe, however, what do you call a merged BA+EI+IB? British Airways doesn't go well in Spain, or Iberia in the UK. Aer Lingus is probably the most neutral, but then people in ...

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by B727skyguy
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT seeks terminate 19 communities from EAS program.
Replies: 127
Views: 19265

Re: Jamestown NY loses EAS, others get reprieve

The full list of cities on the bubble getting a stay of execution: Bradford PA Hagerstown MD Johnstown PA Franklin/Oil City PA Lancaster PA Clarksburg WV Parkersburg WV Prescott AZ Altoon PA DuBois PA Victoria TX Fort Dodge iA Mason City IA Owensboro KY Jackson TN Muscle Shoals AL El Centro CA Pueb...

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by B727skyguy
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS being sued by family due to wheelchair accident
Replies: 115
Views: 11154

Re: AS being sued by family due to wheelchair accident

If someone had just gotten off the city bus, drove their power scooter into the street, and was hit by a car, would the city bus company be liable? I wouldn't think so. It's a comparable analogy to what happened at PDX.

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by B727skyguy
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Fleet Repaint Thread
Replies: 790
Views: 175857

Re: Alaska Airlines starts repainting Airbus fleet

I don't understand why rebranding takes so long after current airline mergers. In the past, the new airline's name went on the planes as soon as the company had SOC. There were a lot of AirCal planes flying in AirCal colors but with the "American" name on the fuselage and tail. The same is...

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by B727skyguy
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS being sued by family due to wheelchair accident
Replies: 115
Views: 11154

Re: AS being sued by family due to wheelchair accident

This is a sticky one .. she was an assist pax and in an AS wchr ... The facts as stated by AS in the article state something different: "After landing in Portland, Ms. Kekona was assisted into her own motorized scooter by an airport consortium wheelchair service provider who then escorted her ...

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by B727skyguy
Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Failed To Detect Weapons, Bombs During Most Screening Tests
Replies: 69
Views: 13781

Re: TSA Failure Rate Around 80%; Agency "Badly Broken"

LOL I was going to say the same thing. They've caught me almost every time with my > 100 mL bottle of liquid, whenever I've forgotten to drink it pre-security. One time when I was going through TSA security, the guy in front of me had a big bottle of water clearly visible in the outside, mesh pocke...

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by B727skyguy
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Odd Cabin Safety Procedure On TK
Replies: 9
Views: 4425

Re: Odd Cabin Safety Procedure On TK

I recently flew ATH/IST on TK and saw a very odd procedure by the cabin crew. As we were taxiing to the gate in IST, I noticed that one of the cabin crew had closed the divider curtain between C and Y class and was standing in the aisle guarding it. There was a placard that very clearly stated &quo...

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by B727skyguy
Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Odd Cabin Safety Procedure On TK
Replies: 9
Views: 4425

Odd Cabin Safety Procedure On TK

I recently flew ATH/IST on TK and saw a very odd procedure by the cabin crew. As we were taxiing to the gate in IST, I noticed that one of the cabin crew had closed the divider curtain between C and Y class and was standing in the aisle guarding it. There was a placard that very clearly stated "...

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by B727skyguy
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employees to Get New Uniforms
Replies: 124
Views: 17240

Re: Delta Employees to Get New Uniforms

global1 wrote:
The materials, attention to detail, and manufacturer (Lands End-made in the USA) are top notch.


I wouldn't be so sure about the "made in the USA" part. I have a Lands' End garment that bears a label saying "Made in China."

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by B727skyguy
Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: All VX flights now AS flights starting 25APR18
Replies: 49
Views: 7847

Re: All VX flights now AS flights starting 25APR18

The cutover is a “drain down” method, where inventory on legacy VX flights stopped being sold a few months back for travel after 24APR18. Travel after that date can still be done on virginamerica.com but in the background you’re forwarded to alaskaair.com to be booked on the AS partition on 027 sto...

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by B727skyguy
Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: All VX flights now AS flights starting 25APR18
Replies: 49
Views: 7847

Re: All VX flights now AS flights starting 25APR18

I have heard 1Q of 18 is the first painted and converted Airbus into full AS, but nothing official. It will be strange but interesting to see an Airbus painted in full AS livery. When I started following AS in high school, they had only the 727 and 737 in the fleet. The 737QC seemed like such a coo...

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by B727skyguy
Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's new branding
Replies: 116
Views: 20370

Re: AA's new branding

That piano keyboard on the tail is hideous! When I see an AA plane, I don't think "American flag"; I think "piano keyboard." The AA with the eagle has always been a part of American Airlines' branding. Getting rid of it was a huge mistake. That "flight symbol" just does...

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by B727skyguy
Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: All VX flights now AS flights starting 25APR18
Replies: 49
Views: 7847

Re: All VX flights now AS flights starting 25APR18

The PSS cutover should be pretty smooth. Aren't both AS and VX on Sabre? Why do modern airline mergers seem to take so long for the rebranding? When AA merged with OC (AirCal), I saw pics of OC planes in the OC livery but the name "American" on the fuselage and on the tail until the plane ...

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by B727skyguy
Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT to allow non-pax through security
Replies: 81
Views: 10126

Re: PIT to allow non-pax through security

DTW has for some time allowed registered Westin hotel guests access to the shops and restaurants in the terminal. http://www.westindetroitmetroairport.com That's odd. As airline staff based in another city, I cannot go through the checkpoint at DTW or any other airport unless I have a boarding pass...

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by B727skyguy
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American relaxes it's Non-rev dress code
Replies: 16
Views: 4133

Re: American relaxes it's Non-rev dress code

Stylish and comfortable do not need to be mutually exclusive. It's sad how sloppy many Americans have become. It's not uncommon to see people on the street, in the supermarket, or in the airport wearing their pajamas. One of the most shocking things I saw a few years ago was a college age couple wea...

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by B727skyguy
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Ending Cuba Service to VRA & SNU
Replies: 43
Views: 6054

Re: WN Ending Cuba Service to VRA & SNU

While most others can still travel to Cuba easily, its still a hassle for Americans. Trump isn't making it any easier, but the problem has existed since day one. Even people who understand travel, know that you have to meet a certain criteria to visit Cuba. While pretty much anyone can meet it, mos...

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by B727skyguy
Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June
Replies: 98
Views: 17840

Re: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June

It is not dumbing down the job to "coddle" people. Airline customer service is now a low-to-medium wage, high turnover job; companies do not want to spend a lot money training people that are going to quit in a few months or years on things that can easily be done online or in a call cent...

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by B727skyguy
Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June
Replies: 98
Views: 17840

Re: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June

When I started my career, knowing how to price, issue, and reissue a ticket was a crucial part of a "ticket agent's" job. It was not optional. Same here. Times change, though. At a previous airline I worked for, we simply did ticketing transactions outside of flight check-in hours. If the...

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by B727skyguy
Thu May 18, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June
Replies: 98
Views: 17840

Re: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June

Another piece of this is getting the act of ticketing and reissues out of the airport environment; when you approach a ticket counter agent about buying a ticket, they'll point you to a pay phone and ask you to call Reservations. Why? Because of that same efficiency you asked for; it's more efficie...

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by B727skyguy
Wed May 17, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June
Replies: 98
Views: 17840

Re: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June

I don't understand the need to dumb down everything in our society. It's happening in public education and in the workplace. Whatever happened to learning how to do your job? I've seen nurses who did not know how to take a manual blood pressure. They only knew how to put a cuff on my arm and push a ...

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by B727skyguy
Wed May 17, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June
Replies: 98
Views: 17840

Re: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June

In reference to the concerns about the number of transactions: Doesn't SABRE have an 'end item' character like ESCORT/PARS/DELTAMATIC ? I could type out an entire PNR and re-display in one hit of the 'enter' key. Every res system has an "end item" character. It's a wonderful thing! On the...

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by B727skyguy
Wed May 17, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Why no 1st class?
Replies: 145
Views: 28502

Re: Concorde Why no 1st class?

lavalampluva wrote:
The Concorde was it's own fare class.

"R" class was designated as "Supersonic Class" in airline reservation systems and on tickets. That was the only fare class offered on Concorde.

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by B727skyguy
Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's Turn: Pax removed from plane
Replies: 177
Views: 18449

Re: Delta's Turn: Pax removed from plane

I recently flew on a major, European airline. As we were turning onto the runway, just seconds before starting our take-off roll, a passenger got up and decided he needed to use the lavatory. It took the entire cabin crew to get him to remain in his seat and wait until we were in the air. Think what...

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by B727skyguy
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Great Lakes to Open CLD
Replies: 5
Views: 914

Re: Great Lakes to Open CRQ

CRQ is Caravelas, Brazil. To the best of my knowledge, ZK does not have the equipment to fly from anywhere in the US to Brazil. The article refers to new ZK service from Carlsbad, CA (CLD).

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by B727skyguy
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO
Replies: 134
Views: 20748

Re: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO

Yep. Pretty stupid idea to change the name. As vanguard737 stated you don't simply change the company name because you have had bad press. You ride it out and come out the other end wiser and stronger for it. Take Volkswagon for example, they took a hammering, massive fines, totally discredited.......

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by B727skyguy
Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Only one state for airline named...
Replies: 59
Views: 8923

Re: Only one state for airline named...

Air Wisconsin still flies and maintains a HQ in wisconsin. It's rather ironic that Air Wisconsin (ZW) still has its HDQ at ATW but does not fly there. Currently the only WI city with ZW service (operating as AA) is MKE. I remember back in the days before codeshares, ZW had its HDQ, maintenance, and...

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