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by philabos
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris
Replies: 100
Views: 11419

Re: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris

No! All are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, however not all are the Netherlands. It's also not classed as a domestic but as a intercontinental route. Aruba and Curacao and St Maarten are both independent countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands Bonaire, St. Eustatius and saba are spe...

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by philabos
Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Southwest effect on Hawaiian travel
Replies: 46
Views: 6345

Re: The Southwest effect on Hawaiian travel

I note everyone seems to be talking about westbound.
I may be wrong, but I am under the impression that Southwest has no eastbound product beyond California without an overnight stay.

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by philabos
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAAC issued security warning against Cathay over Hong Kong protest, ban protest-supporting staffs from flying into China
Replies: 146
Views: 23005

Re: CAAC issued security warning against Cathay over Hong Kong protest, ban protest-supporting staffs from flying into C

The largest shareholder in CX remains the Swire Group, headed by Barnaby Swire of the U.K.
Probably something Beijing is not happy about remembering right at the moment even if he does reside in far off Kent.

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by philabos
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of the Essential Air Service
Replies: 53
Views: 5768

Re: The future of the Essential Air Service

I think the future of EAS is quite secure. LNS in less than 70 miles from PHL, and of course MDT is just 30 minutes down the road. We have EAS service BWI, 2 per day, And PIT, 3 per day. An average of about 1 or 2 passengers per flight. The local Congressman is a big anti waste spending guy. Except ...

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by philabos
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 17764

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

California could have purchased the Coast Line. It would never be high speed but would provide regional services. The Valley route could have been double or triple tracked north of Bakersfield again providing regional service. All for a fraction of the cost of CAHSR. They probably haven't thought t...

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by philabos
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 17764

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

California could have purchased the Coast Line. It would never be high speed but would provide regional services. The Valley route could have been double or triple tracked north of Bakersfield again providing regional service. All for a fraction of the cost of CAHSR. They probably haven't thought th...

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by philabos
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: U.S. Politicians propose Green-New-Deal. Air Travel to Become Unnecessary
Replies: 352
Views: 17771

Re: U.S. Politicians propose Green-New-Deal. Air Travel to Become Unnecessary

Two years ago there was a plan to reroute Amtrak from Old Saybrook CT to Kenyon RI to speed the New York to Boston service. Protests erupted, both Connecticut Senators and the Governor, as well as the House Representatives all opposed. One Comgressman threatened to defund the NEC. The plan was dropp...

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by philabos
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US-Russia nonstop flights
Replies: 80
Views: 11901

Re: US-Russia nonstop flights

I think Russia's a great place to visit. Although airport immigration at ROV (Rostov-on-Don) took me into secondary (they REALLY didn't know why I wanted to visit their city), I never encountered any issues wandering throughout Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, or Rostov. In fact, Moscow is one of my ...

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by philabos
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 449
Views: 78110

Re: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital

Just a question.
If BA could not make this work with a vast network, what does VS bring to the table to make a difference?

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by philabos
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR Drone Sighting
Replies: 27
Views: 5053

Re: LHR Drone Sighting

FR24 shows arrivals and departures pretty much on time now.

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by philabos
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’
Replies: 145
Views: 21767

Re: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’

Channex757 wrote:
philabos wrote:
On the other side of the coin, what happens to FR UK ops?

The first aircraft is G-RUKA and the airline Ryanair UK commences operations in January 2019.

So it's all in hand. Home base will be at STN naturally.

Thanks.
Should have known they had a Plan B.

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by philabos
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’
Replies: 145
Views: 21767

Re: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’

On the other side of the coin, what happens to FR UK ops?

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by philabos
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why B6 doesn’t fly NYC-DCA?
Replies: 33
Views: 5221

Re: Why B6 doesn’t fly NYC-DCA?

Amtrak trains are delayed very frequently as well to the point of annoyance. Not to mention, it's not cheap either unless you go off peak and use the Metroliner. I was one of those people that always drove to DC on the East Coast. I didn't have Easy Pass and I still hit almost $20 in tolls by the t...

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by philabos
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 1064
Views: 255091

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

The other offer from the state controlled railway?

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by philabos
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A Review of First Class on United From Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare
Replies: 7
Views: 6826

Re: A Review of First Class on United From Washington Dulles to Chicago O'Hare

You were allowed to take two items from their snack basket?
I just flew Southwest and they said take as many as you want from their basket.
And the selection was better.
Wow.

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by philabos
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rethinking LGA Airport
Replies: 74
Views: 9773

Re: Rethinking LGA Airport

One Robert Moses was enough. It has taken New York half a century to recover from him.

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by philabos
Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT seeks terminate 19 communities from EAS program.
Replies: 127
Views: 19283

Re: DOT seeks terminate 19 communities from EAS program.

[list=][/list] Lancaster, PA is an egregious case. It's an 80-minute, $17 train ride to Philadelphia 30th Street, and another 20 minutes to the PHL terminals. As someone else has already pointed out, a 30 minute drive to MDT. I have watched this go on for years, a 2.6 million annual subsidy. But hey...

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by philabos
Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: New York with Delta, FLL-DTW-JFK, rerouted due to the snow storm and the vegan snack box in Delta Comfort+
Replies: 13
Views: 4299

Re: New York with Delta, FLL-DTW-JFK, rerouted due to the snow storm and the vegan snack box in Delta Comfort+

ExpatFlyer First I should thank you for taking the time to do a great trip report. I too found the JFK Sky Club very good. Personnel would constantly be asking if there was anything they could get for you. LAX they limited activity to picking up empty glasses. I have to admit I am a regular WN custo...

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by philabos
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: New York with Delta, FLL-DTW-JFK, rerouted due to the snow storm and the vegan snack box in Delta Comfort+
Replies: 13
Views: 4299

Re: New York with Delta, FLL-DTW-JFK, rerouted due to the snow storm and the vegan snack box in Delta Comfort+

Flew Delta comfort JFK to HNL. Great out of JFK. LAX to HNL, ehh.
Crews make the difference. Felt I was on another airline beyond LAX.
Consistency matters.

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by philabos
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn't AZ bought new aircraft?
Replies: 41
Views: 8062

Re: Why hasn't AZ bought new aircraft?

This reminds me of the Italian Line in the 1960's. State owned ships across the Atlantic losing a ton of money with excessive labor costs. They finally did give it up, and subsidized Alitalia instead.
Now it's Alitalia's turn. Will be interesting to see how the vote goes.

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by philabos
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Essential Air Service Program
Replies: 52
Views: 7535

Re: Essential Air Service Program

Lancaster and 22 other cities are on the chopping block for excessive subsidy and/or not hitting 10 daily average enplanements. They have appealed and received a temporary waiver, but unless their numbers improved they'll be canned. As for the Orlando question, EAS defines minimal acceptable servic...

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by philabos
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Essential Air Service Program
Replies: 52
Views: 7535

Re: Essential Air Service Program

LNS has no reason to be in EAS program. MDT is a 35 minute drive from Lancaster, and the further east you go, PHL and BWI are an hour to two at the most away. Even ABE for northern Lancaster is under an hour drive. Amtraks keystone corridor also runs thru Lancaster. If there was a city to be cut, t...

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by philabos
Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Legacy Airline Mergers are pro-competitive (says researchers)
Replies: 55
Views: 4941

Re: Legacy Airline Mergers are pro-competitive (says researchers)

In the 1980s there were 53 Class 1 railroads in North America. Today there are 7. The energy, chemical, building products, food, and seaborne Shipping industries have also seen massive consolidation. The latter apparently not fast enough. I do not pretend to know airline economics, but apparently th...

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by philabos
Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA India Ad
Replies: 35
Views: 10664

RE: BA India Ad

When flying Transatlantic I always try to fly <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym>. Years ago we flew home from <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym> to Chicago in economy with two young children who were thankfully well behaved. Before we deplaned at...

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by philabos
Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA Continues High Growth
Replies: 33
Views: 6949

RE: SWA Continues High Growth

SWA is frequently not the lowest fare choice, even considering the absence of bag fees. My wife and I fly them exclusively because we do not get crushed with change fees in the event of date changes, many of which are beyond our control. It is like having free insurance. A relative works for a distr...

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by philabos
Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Big East Coast Snow: What's The Plan?
Replies: 150
Views: 19936

RE: Big East Coast Snow: What's The Plan?

NPR interviewed a group of FA's at Washington Union Station tonight saying they had to get to NY for a Tel Aviv flight tonight and gave up trying to fly. They were boarding Amtrak.

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by philabos
Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oscar Wants To Hear From You....
Replies: 49
Views: 5762

RE: Oscar Wants To Hear From You....

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/MaverickM11" class="quote" target="_blank">MaverickM11</a> (<a href="#7" class="quote">Reply 7</a>):<br/><i> Where was this guy when he was on t...

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by philabos
Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oscar Wants To Hear From You....
Replies: 49
Views: 5762

RE: Oscar Wants To Hear From You....

Front page article from Wall Street Journal today. <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-united-continental-boss-starts-tenure-with-apology-1443675541" target="_blank">http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-unit...rts-tenure-with-apology-1443675541</a> Ok, I know almost nothing about airlines, but somet...

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by philabos
Wed Sep 09, 2015 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Names Munoz CEO, Smisek Steps Down
Replies: 261
Views: 36785

RE: United Names Munoz CEO, Smisek Steps Down

Munoz has been at CSX for 12 years. Someone up thread said three months. He was <acronym title="VASP (Brazil)">VP</acronym> Finance, <acronym title="VASP (Brazil)">VP</acronym> Operations and recently COO and was almost certainly in line to replace Mike Ward as CEO. He has walked away from the top j...

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by philabos
Mon Aug 03, 2015 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft David Cameron Is Using For SE Asia Tour?
Replies: 30
Views: 7323

RE: Aircraft David Cameron Is Using For SE Asia Tour?

I was,on cruise last December to Hawaii when President Obama also happened to be vacationing there. The ship,docked at Hilo and one could see Air Force 1 from the upper deck at Hilo Airport. Someone in the know explained to me that was not in fact AF1 but a backup stationed at Hilo with an an Air Fo...

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by philabos
Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: FSX Install
Replies: 16
Views: 9461

RE: FSX Install

For $5 you really cannot go wrong. Runs great on my old gtx 280

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by philabos
Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 13 Airports In Danger Of EAS Subsidy Loss
Replies: 66
Views: 11662

RE: 13 Airports In Danger Of EAS Subsidy Loss

I did not realize the US service to LNS was EAS. So this has been going on for 10 plus years?

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by philabos
Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 13 Airports In Danger Of EAS Subsidy Loss
Replies: 66
Views: 11662

RE: 13 Airports In Danger Of EAS Subsidy Loss

The local newspaper finally published the passenger count for <acronym title="Lancaster (LNS / KLNS), USA - Pennsylvania">LNS</acronym>. The numbers were apparently obtained from DOT, not the airport authority. The service between <acronym title="Lancaster (LNS / KLNS), USA - Pennsylvania">LNS</acro...

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by philabos
Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Reports Record 1Q Earnings
Replies: 22
Views: 6626

RE: Southwest Reports Record 1Q Earnings

Think how many customers they would have lost if they DID start charging for bags.

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by philabos
Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Travel Question
Replies: 76
Views: 10644

RE: Royal Travel Question

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Humberside" class="quote" target="_blank">Humberside</a> (<a href="#22" class="quote">Reply 22</a>):<br/><i/></font></td></tr></table><table bor...

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by philabos
Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silver Airways Leaving Mississippi
Replies: 21
Views: 6454

RE: Silver Airways Leaving Mississippi

UA. Operates four flights daily <acronym title="Harrisburg - International (Olmsted Field) (MDT / KMDT), USA - Pennsylvania">MDT</acronym> to <acronym title="Washington - Dulles International (IAD / KIAD), USA - Virginia">IAD</acronym>, 30 minutes from Lancaster. I actually wrote Pitts to ask how a ...

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by philabos
Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will LNS Get Airline Service Again?
Replies: 6
Views: 1962

RE: Will LNS Get Airline Service Again?

Quite a situation requiring a $2 million dollar plus subsidy. As pointed out above, non subsidized flights from <acronym title="Harrisburg - International (Olmsted Field) (MDT / KMDT), USA - Pennsylvania">MDT</acronym> to Dulles only 30 minutes away. What is the attraction - free parking at <acronym...

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by philabos
Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World Airways Shuts Down
Replies: 121
Views: 34671

RE: World Airways Shuts Down

As a railroad guy I come to these forums to learn rather than speak. This topic caught my attention. I have had the honor to meet 8 returning flights from Iraq and Afghanistan at Pope and McChord AFB. I have two children that have served in both places. There is no sight I have ever seen as wonderfu...

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