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by toxtethogrady
Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Normalisation of relations between Israel and UAE air links
Replies: 124
Views: 13313

Emirates to Tel Aviv?

Trump announcement of a peace deal between Israel and UAE seems to suggest one or more airlines want access between Tel Aviv and Dubai/Abu Dhabi. How soon, do you suppose?

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Airline to be Based in Houston?
Replies: 2
Views: 1171

New Airline to be Based in Houston?

According to the Valley Morning Star out of Harlingen, TX, former United Continental CFO Andrew Levy is talking up the idea of B737-800-based service. "Bleisure?"

https://www.aviationpros.com/airports/airports-municipalities/news/21075200/via-eyeing-new-texasbased-airline

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 384734

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

Ah, "second" is not first. All the loyalty is up in Chicago. (Of course, I remember when Houston was the big hub, but all anyone cared about was Newark).

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ERJ 175 Pilots bored out of their minds even on regional flights
Replies: 94
Views: 22508

Re: ERJ 175 Pilots bored out of their minds even on regional flights

I would imagine a boring airplane that doesn't take much to fly would be a good thing to have. Given that flying can get really exciting in a really bad way really suddenly, boredom has its merits...

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 384734

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

Well, okay -- United is about to lose the last element of Continental Airlines that existed. They ditched the Houston headquarters and downsized the hub. So what's left for anyone in Houston to show loyalty to?

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Moxy's hubs?
Replies: 147
Views: 23546

Re: Moxy's hubs?

I'm not sure what travel segment they're looking at, but someone could start weekend flights into GLS to meet the cruise ships. Not having to spend 1-2 hours in a van shuttling from airport to dock would be a plus, and those boats carry over 3,000 passengers at a time.

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue hints at new tail design
Replies: 70
Views: 13693

Re: JetBlue hints at new tail design

https://www.jetblue.com/vacations/curacao-vacations/

Probably more cheap advertising, similar to the dumb jetblue vacations plane.


What, getting name-checked by Chromeo, Major Lazer and "Legally Blonde" wasn't good enough?
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impilot wrote:
khinstorff wrote:
What’s the backstory of this design?


https://www.jetblue.com/vacations/curacao-vacations/

Probably more cheap advertising, similar to the dumb jetblue vacations plane.


What, getting name-checked by Chromeo, Major Lazer and "Legally Blonde" wasn't good enough?

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian reports FY financial results and other developments
Replies: 27
Views: 4054

Re: Ethiopian reports FY financial results and other developments

What has happened to rumors of ADD-LOS-IAH?

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by toxtethogrady
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DCA to the world
Replies: 65
Views: 7218

Re: DCA to the world

No, the point is that the Silver Line isn't the game changer for IAD which boosters claim it will be. Spending hundreds of millions of dollars (the incremental cost of the detour into the airport) probably isn't worthwhile compared with the bus which offers comparable travel times today, at lower f...

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by toxtethogrady
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DCA to the world
Replies: 65
Views: 7218

Re: DCA to the world

DCA-PEK , DCA-HND , DCA-LHR , DCA-BRU , DCA-CDG , DCA-BER , anything else? In order to archive that DCA needs massive expansion Runway 15/33 expand northwestward and pass through the Pentagon and Arlington Runway 1/19 and 4/22 expand northward to cross Potomac River The new ATC tower will be built ...

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by toxtethogrady
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Saudia suspends Canada service
Replies: 98
Views: 15831

Re: Saudia suspends Canada service

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/07/middleea ... index.html


And all it took was one tacky tweet from the Saudi Royal Family. They've now admitted to being terrorists...
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BML87 wrote:
Amid a growing dispute, Saudia will suspend all flights to YYZ starting next week.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/07/middleea ... index.html


And all it took was one tacky tweet from the Saudi Royal Family. They've now admitted to being terrorists...

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by toxtethogrady
Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces IAD-TLV
Replies: 118
Views: 16966

Re: UA announces IAD-TLV

Between the tech connections and the desire to give the Nation's capital access to Israel, it makes sense for UA to provide a hub service. I eventually foresee similar links to ORD, IAH and DEN.

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is UA retreating in some markets?
Replies: 49
Views: 9331

Re: Is UA retreating in some markets?

If UA has retreated anywhere, it was Texas years ago. Why they ever thought a bus could compete with a jet in the Beaumont/Port Arthur market is beyond me...

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus sells 25 A320neo to Wataniya Airways
Replies: 33
Views: 8246

Re: Airbus Sells 25 A320NEO To 1 Star Airline

Wataniya is a low-fare carrier operating out of Kuwait. They've actually been around for a while, though they had to die and be reborn once...

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Lockheed get back into Civil Aviation
Replies: 44
Views: 5107

Re: Should Lockheed get back into Civil Aviation

Whew! For a minute, I thought you would suggest they were going to retool the C-5 to compete with the A380... :bigmouth:

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nigeria to launch new flag carrier Nigeria Air
Replies: 14
Views: 3642

Re: Nigeria to launch new flag carrier Nigeria Air

Seriously, though, I hope they have studied the business models of Ethiopian and Air Kenya. Clearly those two have some management savvy in their corner. And a wealthy benefactor wouldn't hurt.

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines posts Q2 results, fuel expense rose 43%
Replies: 80
Views: 11157

Re: United Airlines posts Q2 results

RvA wrote:
43% is eye watering


But predictable, given the upward drift of crude prices. On the flip side, maybe more business out of Houston?

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nigeria to launch new flag carrier Nigeria Air
Replies: 14
Views: 3642

Re: Nigeria to launch new flag carrier Nigeria Air

Why do I think this is another 404 scam?

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by toxtethogrady
Fri May 04, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)
Replies: 186
Views: 47175

Re: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)

Zoedyn wrote:
PVG and LAX both have 5 rwys
ATL has plans to build a sixth rwy


LAX has five runways? News to most people...

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by toxtethogrady
Tue May 01, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: So much for UP; El Al restructures fares to Europe
Replies: 1
Views: 588

So much for UP; El Al restructures fares to Europe

A new three-tier pricing policy has been instituted by El Al on certain flights to Europe, and it appears to be the carrier's latest response to the low-fare carriers that are now moving into Israel.

http://www.aviationpros.com/news/12410347/el-al-launches-low-cost-style-service

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by toxtethogrady
Tue May 01, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline companies stare at a burning issue as fuel prices skyrocket
Replies: 54
Views: 9862

Re: Airline companies stare at a burning issue as fuel prices skyrocket

Fricking frackers haven't caught up yet to OPEC's attempts to drive up prices by reducing surplus from the marketplace. At the moment, though, inventories are continuing to shrink. At some point, that will drive the price up, and when it happens, it will be a bigger move than anyone has anticipated...

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Plans for Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 8725

Re: United's Plans for Dulles

Cost, cost and cost. UA would love to move on to a new C/D and expand operations but the costs at IAD are very high, without the new C/D even being built. Cost has been no deterrent to all the international carriers that have started service at IAD in the last few years. If United thinks IAD is exp...

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Plans for Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 8725

Re: United's Plans for Dulles

This............. "One big question facing Dulles is whether MWAA and United can reach an agreement on a new concourse C/D to replace the temporary facilities that the airline has used since the mid-1980s." There are still some perfectly good planning documents sitting on the shelf at MWA...

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM to start SCL-GRU-TLV 12/2018
Replies: 2
Views: 470

Re: LATAM to start SCL-GRU-TLV 12/2018

First Latin carrier to Israel?

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What if Smisek had stayed at United?
Replies: 29
Views: 5182

Re: What if Smisek had stayed at United?

Smisek was more about shaving nickels off costs rather than growing revenue. His approach was not working. I don't miss him at all, and neither does Houston.

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by toxtethogrady
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing hit by WannaCry virus, could impact production
Replies: 52
Views: 8588

Re: Boeing hit by WannaCry virus, could impact production

This virus was in outbreak for 4 days and was patched a year ago. Why in the world is Boeing not updating their computers to be protected from these kind of things? So there was some idiot in South Carolina who clicked on an e-mailed link, which they know they're not supposed to do, and it apparent...

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by toxtethogrady
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern FA's Caught on Video Orgy
Replies: 50
Views: 14039

Re: China Eastern FA's Caught on Video Orgy

ER757 wrote:
At least Newsweek had the good taste to use a photo of an aircraft in MU's old, less awful livery :smile:


But the photo only dates back to November 2017. They must not be refreshing the aircraft paint jobs at a rapid rate.

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has United considered relocating to DEN?
Replies: 43
Views: 6134

Re: Has United considered relocating to DEN?

AFAIK United once had their entire HQs in Elk Grove Village near ORD, but Stephen Wolf wanted his and other executives offices in downtown Chicago and their HQ remains split today. It seems UA could have a really impressive unified sprawling HQ and training center (similiar to what AA had at Centre...

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by toxtethogrady
Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gulf Air unveils growth strategy, upcoming brand refresh
Replies: 110
Views: 26495

Re: Gulf Air unveils growth strategy, upcoming brand refresh

JFK was served via Geneva and after that station closed, via Larnaca (and maybe nonstop JFK BAH, not sure). There was a tag on to Houston for a while too (obviously no local traffic JFK IAH). All A340-300. Frankly, if they couldn't make IAH work, there are probably not many other cities in North Am...

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 'very seriously' looking at CSeries and E2, as well as MAX 7 and A319neo
Replies: 49
Views: 10497

Re: UA 'very seriously' looking at CSeries and E2

There would be no scope questions if UA paid all its pilots under one master contract.

But that would end the rationale for regional flying...

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways Announces 12 new destinations
Replies: 81
Views: 17863

Re: Qatar Airways Announces 12 new destinations

I'm surprised to not see San Francisco on the list. Unless that is a previous announcement.

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by toxtethogrady
Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Sun Country become the new Northwest?
Replies: 32
Views: 4325

Re: Can Sun Country become the new Northwest?

With the recent upswing of Sun Country, is a Westjet style expansion in its future? SY is very small at the moment, but it definitely looks they want to change that. Past domestic growth, is long haul with SY a possibility in the future, and if so, can they become the Northwest? It is hard to take ...

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United replacing employee bonuses with new program
Replies: 125
Views: 13612

Re: United replacing employee bonuses with new program

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companie ... ocid=ientp
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And it now appears that this idea got walked back quicker than Lufthansa's new paint scheme...

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companie ... ocid=ientp

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United replacing employee bonuses with new program
Replies: 125
Views: 13612

Re: United replacing employee bonuses with new program

So the employees that are more dependable and efficient, thus more valuable to the company, are rewarded for it. That's not a lottery. I wish FedEx would go back to merit bonuses instead of treating every employee the same, financially speaking. If you will not win as a team, you will lose as indiv...

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Batik Air to convert entire A321neo order to A321LR
Replies: 46
Views: 8638

Re: Batik Air to convert entire A321neo order to A321LR

I was under the impression that the Lion group was exclusively a Boeing franchise. If the A321 can make it into the line-up at a level of orders for 65 at Batik, then Boeing must be under a competitive challenge...

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: EK to upgauge DXB-IAH to Airbus A388 again
Replies: 45
Views: 10176

Re: Update: EK to upgauge DXB-IAH to Airbus A388 again

I was going to go with Leeham... :duck:

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump to oppose Boeing-Iran deal
Replies: 37
Views: 4141

Re: Trump to oppose Boeing-Iran deal

Would be really sad to see this deal not go through. Also would kinda go against Trump's ''America First'' policy Since when has Trump been known to do anything not mercurial? He says one thing, tweets another thing, then does a third...all the while looking over his shoulder to make sure Robert Mu...

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: It’s official! Meridiana rebranded as Air Italy
Replies: 115
Views: 17774

Re: It’s official! Meridiana rebranded as Air Italy

There we go,again! Bathroom tiles! How uninspiring! What does it have to do with an airline sign? "We see the world differently". I see the same lack of inspiration allll over again...... It seems they asked from the designing team: look guys, we want a sign that shows the transition from...

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: EK to upgauge DXB-IAH to Airbus A388 again
Replies: 45
Views: 10176

Re: Rumor: EK to upgauge DXB-IAH to Airbus A388 again.

https://www.chron.com/business/bizfeed/ ... 628669.php

No word on the aircraft returning to DFW, but that could be in the works, too...
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No rumor. Article in the Houston Chronicle confirms it...
https://www.chron.com/business/bizfeed/ ... 628669.php

No word on the aircraft returning to DFW, but that could be in the works, too...

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK / SFO bay development
Replies: 99
Views: 10225

Re: JFK / SFO bay development

Maybe one of the respective local residents can explain: Why is the water next to SFO / JFK so rich in wildlife compared to, for example, the waters surrounding HKG, SIN, KIX, HND, ...? Even Oakland has a runway built on reclaimed land, as are parts of SFO and JFK already. JFK and SFO are in the US...

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK / SFO bay development
Replies: 99
Views: 10225

Re: JFK / SFO bay development

It has been my experience that both JFK and SFO have had limited runway capacity for decades. Yet they keep seeing traffic increases. So somehow, it's working.

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK / SFO bay development
Replies: 99
Views: 10225

Re: JFK / SFO bay development

RJNUT wrote:
I wonder how many of those "chainers" have ever loudly displayed their upset over the chronic delays at SFO or exhorbitant fares?!


They have two solutions to suggest - Oakland and San Jose. They also encourage the airlines to use larger airplanes.

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by toxtethogrady
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Greenland Hosting a Mid-Atlantic Hub?
Replies: 51
Views: 6642

Re: Greenland Hosting a Mid-Atlantic Hub?

Greenland is too far west. Keflavik is near the midpoint...

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 total passenger rankings for US large hub airports
Replies: 155
Views: 27454

Re: 2017 total passenger rankings for US large hub airports

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost. ... count=2252
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I found a more apples-to-apples comparison over at SkyscraperCity, from someone who gets his numbers from IATA. For what it's worth - one month, YTD and full year stats...
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost. ... count=2252

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 total passenger rankings for US large hub airports
Replies: 155
Views: 27454

Re: 2017 total passenger rankings for US large hub airports

Because many of the airports have not reported full year data, comparisons are not possible. We won't know until ACI publishes their rankings - in about three months.

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russia plans new "Concorde"
Replies: 31
Views: 7270

Re: Russia plans new "Concorde"

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/676904/Russia-Supersonic-Plane-Concorde-Vladimir-Putin-Tu-160M2-Tupolev-Mach-2-Passenger-Moscow Based on the TU-160m2 BlackJack supersonic bomber. The fact it is based on a flying supersonic bomber makes it a little then vaporware. Ah, the Daily Star. Ren...

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: United to consider Airbus A321 NEO.
Replies: 233
Views: 49969

Re: Reuters: United to consider Airbus A321 NEO.

It will be interesting to see how all of this dovetails with their plans to boost domestic capacity in a bid to catch up with their rivals. The A321 is a versatile aircraft and a good replacement for the 757. American seems to like the airplane...

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 602
Views: 92661

Re: United Airlines Network Thread 2018

How is United hampered or not by its like of 600+ flights hubs? ORD and IAH are in the 500's. They don't have fortress hubs like ATL, DFW, or CLT. United is starting to address that, and the markets are not happy. The forecasts of 4-6% domestic growth per year from 2018 through 2020 appear to be de...

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by toxtethogrady
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Seychelles to axe flights to Paris, announces business transformation plan
Replies: 40
Views: 8230

Re: Air Seychelles to axe flights to Paris, announces business transformation plan

DexSwart wrote:
The Seychelles could make a great connection point between Africa and Asia.

Maybe they should try and capitalise on this even more?


The Keflavik of the Indian Ocean? Not enough travelers, not enough interest...

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