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by slowrambler
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US airports, off international grid, for connections?
Replies: 7
Views: 1437

Re: US airports, off international grid, for connections?

When, not if, coronavirus is established in the US, connecting at "domestic" hubs is going to be completely irrelevant to your chances of exposure. And warmer weather isn't going to change anything.

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by slowrambler
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Delta going to shake up those onerous airline change fees? - USA Today
Replies: 31
Views: 5669

Re: Is Delta going to shake up those onerous airline change fees? - USA Today

LAXBUR wrote:
Whether they do it or not they’ve received positive press for it. That’s what it is really about. Delta is very good at this.


This. DL's very, very good at playing the media game.

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by slowrambler
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 189
Views: 26638

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2020

Someone is going to have to give an example of these supposedly very low summer fares, because I certainly don't see that anything is cheaper than usual on BA.

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by slowrambler
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: On Their Own, Delta Provides Charter Flight to 'Stranded' Cross-Country Team
Replies: 67
Views: 11106

Re: On Their Own, Delta Provides Charter Flight to 'Stranded' Cross-Country Team

Again, what we learn is DL has a very good PR operation and ardent fans, and not that the company is beautiful and pure of heart.

It's nice when DL can randomly make someone's life better. Doesn't mean I have to amplify their spin.

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by slowrambler
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye BAC 1-11!
Replies: 121
Views: 21981

Re: Goodbye BAC 1-11!

If you lived in Nigeria in a certain time, the 1-11 was everywhere, flying for Okada Air (and others):



Unfortunately they came to a somewhat ignominious end in Benin Airport...

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by slowrambler
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR Terminal Evacuated
Replies: 4
Views: 3249

Re: EWR Terminal Evacuated

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/amphtml/am ... wark-chaos

The employee in question was perhaps not in a good state of mind it would seem...
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More or less as insane as one could imagine:
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/amphtml/am ... wark-chaos

The employee in question was perhaps not in a good state of mind it would seem...

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by slowrambler
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 46963

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

I'll state the obvious. They lose the ability to sell that downline booking, because it's reserved for someone who has no intention of using it. Of course they lose the ability of selling it because they already sold it. If the customer uses that ticket or not should be irrelevant to the airline. T...

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by slowrambler
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CRJ GPS Issues
Replies: 52
Views: 13431

Re: CRJ GPS Issues

Leap Seconds? That makes no sense to me. I'm thinking that is the wrong terminology. It's correct. Although GPS time does not have leap seconds itself, GPS broadcasts a notification that a leap second is about to happen (which will occur June 30 this year). Apparently the software wasn't tested to ...

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by slowrambler
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CRJ GPS Issues
Replies: 52
Views: 13431

Re: CRJ GPS Issues

Leap Seconds? That makes no sense to me. I'm thinking that is the wrong terminology. It's correct. Although GPS time does not have leap seconds itself, GPS broadcasts a notification that a leap second is about to happen (which will occur June 30 this year). Apparently the software wasn't tested to ...

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by slowrambler
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta saves the day with free charter
Replies: 113
Views: 21031

Re: Delta saves the day with free charter

It's a false narrative. By coincidence, DL was planning a repo into RIC to cover a cancelled flight from NYC. They decided to detour the flight to OKC and make some money (and publicity) off of it. No repo flight = no charter flight. It's a cool gesture by DL, but also a story being completely take...

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by slowrambler
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta saves the day with free charter
Replies: 113
Views: 21031

Re: Delta saves the day with free charter

grbauc wrote:
Has nobody learned yet that there might be more to the story????


Well, what we have learned is that DL is extremely good at playing the PR game. I'm certain it's not general company policy to fly RJs around the country handing out "free" rides.

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by slowrambler
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Media: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO
Replies: 111
Views: 26396

Re: Media: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO

AA confirm that they refused to sell IG a spare part just because they are IG: https://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2019/06/09/american-airlines-refuses-to-lend-part-to-air-italy-forces-35-hour-delay-for-spite/ I would love to know what exactly American did to Gary Leff that caused his animosit...

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by slowrambler
Mon May 20, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft
Replies: 180
Views: 24106

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft

https://twitter.com/xJonNYC/status/1129939690197573632 Anyone want to take a crack at that rumor? I'm really just not impressed by this "battle for the soul" kind of rhetoric. It always seems to be wielded by people fantasizing about the luxuriousness of an imaginary standalone AA. Yes an...

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by slowrambler
Mon May 20, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft
Replies: 180
Views: 24106

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft

USAirALB wrote:
https://twitter.com/xJonNYC/status/1129939690197573632

Anyone want to take a crack at that rumor?


I'm really just not impressed by this "battle for the soul" kind of rhetoric. It always seems to be wielded by people fantasizing about the luxuriousness of an imaginary standalone AA.

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by slowrambler
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announces reduction in recline on A320 fleet
Replies: 176
Views: 22467

Re: Delta announces reduction in recline on A320 fleet

I can’t believe how much in the minority I am here. I guess I am that jerk who reclines. It’s the only relief for my back. I don’t mind the tight economy. And I don’t mind if people in front of me recline. But the only relief to any of this is to recline. I really thought I was normal but apparentl...

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by slowrambler
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines A321neo First Revenue Flight Today
Replies: 12
Views: 3923

Re: American Airlines A321neo First Revenue Flight Today

Would be fantastic to get through this thread without Parker Derangement Syndrome.

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by slowrambler
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Ends 767-300ER TATL Service From JFK
Replies: 140
Views: 22747

Re: AA Ends 767-300ER TATL Service From JFK

When are PHL's TATL services going to see newer, refurbished planes like 777s and 787s? They've been stuck with the old non-refurbished 767s and A330s for quite a while now. Same applies to CLT Some of us who have to fly economy are going to keep connecting through PHL/CLT to get the A330s until th...

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by slowrambler
Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Aviation Market: Total Disaster
Replies: 112
Views: 16126

Re: European Aviation Market: Total Disaster

To be provocative: the European aviation market is (in some ways) a couple of decades behind the US in adjusting to post-regulation/government ownership realities - basically, outside of Easyjet/Ryanair/Wizz, the airlines haven't realized the same economies of scale. How anyone expected the likes of...

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by slowrambler
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 749133

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Except no other airline in the world crashed a 737MAX (except Indonesia). Why does everyone immediately resort to crying “racism” over any critisizm of a non-western country? ET hasn't trained all their pilots in a MAX simulator: terrible safety culture! WN hasn't trained any of their pilots in a M...

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by slowrambler
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 749133

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

I'm just going to say it--I'm not keen on how the Ethiopians have handled this. Not a timely disposition of critical post-crash evidence. Not accusing them of chicanery, but I don't think they're facing enough scrutiny for these unacceptable delays. Thankfully, the NTSB will be a party to the inves...

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by slowrambler
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines DC - Berlin??
Replies: 18
Views: 2975

Re: American Airlines DC - Berlin??

Presumably he was "announcing" PHL-TXL and, as ambassadors tend to do, said "wouldn't it be great if there was even more of this?"

Don't think there's anything more to read into it.

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by slowrambler
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US DOT awards Haneda slots
Replies: 821
Views: 153863

Re: US-Japan agree on additional Haneda slots; DOT to allocate

Why do you predict difficulty and long waits in making I-I connections at HND? The terminal is well laid out, minimal walking, and plenty of service. For example, in the PM hours that would align with US-HND service, on HND-PEK JAL and ANA operate, respectively 5:15pm and 5:25pm departures, offerin...

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by slowrambler
Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US DOT awards Haneda slots
Replies: 821
Views: 153863

Re: US-Japan agree on additional Haneda slots; DOT to allocate

Contrary to what you think, HND is a huge international gateway for JAL and ANA. They have agreements with every major country in Asia to operate to/from HND. For example, the level of service to PEK and PVG dwarfs that operated at NRT. HND is a much larger, 4-runway airport the size of JFK (the 4t...

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by slowrambler
Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US DOT awards Haneda slots
Replies: 821
Views: 153863

Re: US-Japan agree on additional Haneda slots; DOT to allocate

At minimum, Delta gets the 5 frequencies it needs to preserve Tokyo flying from its current 5 U.S. gateways. It should be clear that any DL gateway not getting HND slots will no longer have Delta service to Tokyo. DOT is not going to want to deliver the news that Portland is losing service, and its...

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by slowrambler
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US DOT awards Haneda slots
Replies: 821
Views: 153863

Re: US-Japan agree on additional Haneda slots; DOT to allocate

Dang, AA really argued hard against DL's proposed PDX-HND route... Whew. American lobbying for Portland to lose its longtime nonstop to Tokyo. Keep piling on and I could see AA running less than half full in and out of PDX. Interesting misrepresentation. AA doesn't argue that DL should stop flying ...

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by slowrambler
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc launches ABV/VIE/AMM/ATH & MIA - April '19 Launch
Replies: 38
Views: 5763

Re: Royal Air Maroc launches ABV/VIE/AMM/ATH & MIA - April '19 Launch

That is a serious zero-dark-thirty arrival / departure in Abuja. I find it hard to believe it'll be popular. It's all about the connections into CMN. With an arrival of 10:30 AM this allows for ideal connections to the UK/major EU points and the Americas. I live in Abuja and can tell you the zero-d...

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by slowrambler
Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: United to add premium seats on regional and mainline jets
Replies: 272
Views: 29152

Re: Reuters: United to add premium seats on regional and mainline jets

I somewhat question the argument that it's going to be much faster to get carry-on bags in this configuration - bottlenecks seem likely as people store their bags in the closets and retrieve them at the end of flight. Pity the poor person in the back of the Y section who has nothing in the closets b...

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by slowrambler
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Waiting for gate access at DFW
Replies: 42
Views: 6192

Re: Waiting for gate access at DFW

Perhaps, but perception is reality to these customers. And if they are representative samples of AA's traffic flow through DFW, then it has a significant problem. I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss it. The only way to get a representative sample is to actually get the statistics. People venting thei...

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by slowrambler
Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Waiting for gate access at DFW
Replies: 42
Views: 6192

Re: Waiting for gate access at DFW

This happens at literally every hub airport, on every airline. The "AA is uniquely the worst airline in the world" thing has gotten comical.

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by slowrambler
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA to offer Free Apple Music
Replies: 20
Views: 3442

Re: AA to offer Free Apple Music

Correct thread title: AA to let you use in-flight internet for free to access Apple Music. Which seems a nice feature if that happens to be a thing you use.

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by slowrambler
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2018, sharp rise in fatalities from air crashes compared with 2017
Replies: 25
Views: 4906

Re: 2018, sharp rise in fatalities from air crashes compared with 2017

The number of fatal accidents is already so low that a "sharp rise" is statistically meaningless.

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by slowrambler
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA wide bodies at PHX
Replies: 6
Views: 3732

Re: AA wide bodies at PHX

For the not-super-familiar-with-PHX among us,

N1 = high A gates (A15-30)
N4 = high B gates (B15-28)

I'd also be curious to know which of the high A gates are marked for widebodies.

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by slowrambler
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: African countries a no-show at open skies agreement signing
Replies: 28
Views: 6822

Re: African countries a no-show at open skies agreement signing

Reading up on this, it sounds like countries know Ethiopian is just that much better run: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/12/11/ethiopian-airlines-frustrating-open-skies-deal-mikosz_c1863875 Africa would benefit, but all countries must create a level playing field (airport access and laws). ht...

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by slowrambler
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American to start 787 service from PHL
Replies: 63
Views: 13977

Re: American to start 787 service from PHL

Well, they are running out of Hubs to put 787s at. It’s only a matter of time (read:years) before they give us something besides these eyesore A330s. -Sincerely Charlotte. I gladly will take more of those A332 from CLT and trade you for some B767 :D Seriously. In any case, the 332 is already hands-...

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by slowrambler
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American to start 787 service from PHL
Replies: 63
Views: 13977

Re: American to start 787 service from PHL

Philadelphia – Manchester effective November 3, 2019; 787-8 replaces A330-200 Ugh, AA introduced the 787 on CHI-MAN before cutting it, hope PHL is not going the same way. The 788 and 332 in AA configuration have a similar number of seats (same J, slightly more W in the 788, more Y in the 332) so it...

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by slowrambler
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA/US Airways integration status
Replies: 76
Views: 11831

Re: AA/US Airways integration status

There are remarkable differences between LUS and LAA fleets. Majority of LUS fleet is still bare bones; very spartan like going back to 1990s. I avoid booking flights operated by LUS planes. You would rather be on an ancient LAA 767 than a comfortable LUS A321? Obviously! All LAA things are perfect...

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by slowrambler
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 11/25/2018:UA Adds PAE-DEN/SFO;DY Adds MAD-JFK/LAX
Replies: 99
Views: 15710

Re: OAG Changes 11/25/2018:UA Adds PAE-DEN/SFO;DY Adds MAD-JFK/LAX

#2 Outside spoiled Americans, it is common to have hard-stand boarding. LHR even does this. Try KEF in January from a hand-stand. Happens all the time. It's very common throughout the whole rest of the world, both at mega, medium, and small airports. Only in America is the concept of hard-stand boa...

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by slowrambler
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta now using facial recognition technology at the international terminal in ATL
Replies: 19
Views: 3049

Re: Delta now using facial recognition technology at the international terminal in ATL

What's the error rate on this, and how does it compare to paper/mobile BPs?

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by slowrambler
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc launches ABV/VIE/AMM/ATH & MIA - April '19 Launch
Replies: 38
Views: 5763

Re: Royal Air Maroc launches ABV/VIE/AMM/ATH & MIA - April '19 Launch

Well, sure, but ABV is served by multiple European carriers (and EK, and ET, and TK) that arrive & leave at reasonable times and give you all those connections. Possibly the market exists, but the yields have got to be atrocious. It's all about the connections into CMN. With an arrival of 10:30 ...

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by slowrambler
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc launches ABV/VIE/AMM/ATH & MIA - April '19 Launch
Replies: 38
Views: 5763

Re: Royal Air Maroc launches ABV/VIE/AMM/ATH & MIA - April '19 Launch

That is a serious zero-dark-thirty arrival / departure in Abuja. I find it hard to believe it'll be popular.

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by slowrambler
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2018
Replies: 764
Views: 135761

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2018

Now that flight attendant integration has taken place they need to use the not as nice 321 planes for short routes. No more transcons on those please. Move planes around! No excuse to see brand new ones doing 45 minute flights from DFW to Austin 6 times a day and not PHL to SFO for example. I know ...

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by slowrambler
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2018
Replies: 764
Views: 135761

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2018

Now that flight attendant integration has taken place they need to use the not as nice 321 planes for short routes. No more transcons on those please. Move planes around! No excuse to see brand new ones doing 45 minute flights from DFW to Austin 6 times a day and not PHL to SFO for example. I know ...

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by slowrambler
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian
Replies: 98
Views: 17808

Re: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian

So many of you are completely missing the point. The point was that, excluding Air Canada, British Airways was the largest foreign carrier in terms of passengers flown to/from the New York City area. As of July, Norwegian bumped British Airways out of that spot. The metric is PASSENGERS FLOWN - not...

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by slowrambler
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?
Replies: 196
Views: 34419

Re: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?

I don't get the negativity about AA. My last domestic F flights with AA were great. My last domestic F flight with DL just so so. Of course, my Mint flight with B6 blew everyone out of the water! :D AA isn't willing to throw good money after bad in New York, and is making a bet that seatback TV can...

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by slowrambler
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 8/26/2018:AA Drops PHL-FRA/MUC/GLA,PAP-FLL/JFK,DFWPBC,LAXYYZ;AS Drops ABQ-SFO/SNA,LAXMEX;UA Adds DEN-FLG/STS
Replies: 85
Views: 12463

Re: OAG Changes 8/26/2019:AA Drops PHL-FRA/MUC/GLA,PAP-FLL/JFK,DFWPBC,LAXYYZ;AS Drops ABQ-SFO/SNA,LAXMEX;UA Adds DEN-FLG

WOW, they dropped PHL-FRA. Not on aa.com either. **AA FRA-PHL APR 0.9>0[0.8] MAY 1.0>0[1.0] Wow, also gone... **AA MUC-PHL APR 1.0>0[0.8] MAY 1.0>0[1.0] I get that these are *A hubs, but amazing they are flying deep into Europe into markets like Bologna and yet can't make a first tier market like F...

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by slowrambler
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?
Replies: 113
Views: 9931

Re: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?

I think one should ask why AA should care about making JFK-MAN "work"? AA has PHL-MAN and seasonal ORD-MAN, into two much bigger hubs than JFK; the only reason to have JFK-MAN is pure New York O&D, which they've presumably decided isn't worth the plane. JFK-EDI is the only Edinburgh fl...

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by slowrambler
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Alaska Airlines (allegedly?) deplanes allergic 15 year old UM instead of an emotional support cat
Replies: 81
Views: 8155

Re: Alaska Airlines (allegedly?) deplanes allergic 15 year old UM instead of an emotional support cat

Seems pretty obvious to me that AS made the right decision.

People have been taking cats on board aircraft cabins since forever; it's not some wussy bleeding-heart liberal thing.

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by slowrambler
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are Airbus planes still called "Airbus Industrie" when booking tickets?
Replies: 29
Views: 5589

Re: Why are Airbus planes still called "Airbus Industrie" when booking tickets?

American Express travel, which ought to know better, still thinks "AUS" is the old Mueller airport (closed almost two decades ago).

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by slowrambler
Tue May 08, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights
Replies: 97
Views: 11940

Re: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights

ET's core profits annually come from: 1. Intra Africa flying 2. Cargo operations 3. Maintenance unit A vast majority of their long haul services make an "operating cash profit" but not "net profit". Having difficulty finding public documents that justify this. In particular I wo...

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