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by mikegigs
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AA Captain and Public Relations issue.
Replies: 21
Views: 1699

Re: AA CAAptAAin and Public RelAAtions issue.

Shame on this article. It literally is just blasting out this woman's complaints with no actual facts regarding the incident besides her account. How could anyone draw reasonable conclusions from that?

Just another "Airlines are the Spawn of Satan" article. There'll be one next week too...

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by mikegigs
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 Media Day
Replies: 83
Views: 12989

Re: Delta A350 Media Day

I really dislike the blue Delta uses on economy seats. It could be the worst shade possible. They're nowhere near as ugly as those seats in the cockpit :D Overall a nice plane but just seems a bit too sterile for me. I agree the Suites appear just as comparable to all their other DL1 seats, but Pre...

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by mikegigs
Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to issue RFP for up to 150 Narrowbodies
Replies: 399
Views: 90407

Re: Delta to issue RFP for up to 150 Narrowbodies?

DL COO hopes to have decision around the new year - evaluating A320neo or 737MAX family order https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/delta-evaluating-a320neo-or-737-max-family-order-442249/ I think with the recent c-series news, it's Airbus' order to lose. While it does seem that way, DL is a p...

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by mikegigs
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Delta A321 First: Atlanta to Boston
Replies: 32
Views: 11658

Re: Delta A321 First: Atlanta to Boston

Loved this report! Honest, cheerful, and informative. I've read all too many first class reports with people complaining about the smallest little things it this was the exact opposite! Hoping I can one day fly DL's F product, especially in a brand new aircraft. I love the small branding effects on ...

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by mikegigs
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2017
Replies: 1559
Views: 173071

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

The Massport take on the A380 gates reads like this: “Three airlines TOLD US they’d bring the plane here but it’s a good thing we didn’t spend much on the project because we’re barely seeing any of them.” Hahah good so I wasn't the only one that read it passive aggressively. Poor Massport. Yeah rea...

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by mikegigs
Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?
Replies: 31
Views: 6952

Re: Looking what happens to Air Berlin, who will buy Monarch?

The conpany is being stripped down and any remaining assets sold off. There is no ongoing airline to purchase. Very different rules in the UK compared to USA and Germany. No chapter 11 protections or similar... once you go bust.... that’s it. Exactly... This ship has sunk. There's no bailing anythi...

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by mikegigs
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2017
Replies: 1559
Views: 173071

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

Terminal B consolidation of UA and AA/US will be completed by end of 18 and AA/US will then have the space to provide WN with I believe I have heard 7 gates in B. Without significant reconstruction, can the AA pier be reconfigured to accommodate more than seven gates? Looking at Google Maps, I'm go...

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by mikegigs
Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: C-Series What's Next
Replies: 246
Views: 35316

Bastian: Confident DL will not pay C-Series tariff

Breaking now: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/delta-will-not-pay-proposed-cseries-tariffs-442086/ Mentioned in the Bombardier thread but I thought it deserved its own. DL CEO Ed Bastian has said that they still plan on taking their C-series aircraft on order and he is confident that they ...

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by mikegigs
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW & Europe
Replies: 22
Views: 4274

Re: LGW & Europe

If mikeg... will forgive me, I prefer to edit his "downtown", and substitute "city" or even "city centre". ("Downtown" is not generally used in British English) Hahaha, I have to say i hesitated when I was typing downtown as I never heard parts of London refe...

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by mikegigs
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW & Europe
Replies: 22
Views: 4274

Re: LGW & Europe

LGW caters to more leisure and low cost airlines while mainline European carriers tend to cater to business travelers (especially on London routes) and LCY's proximity to downtown/Canary Wharf is highly attractive to them. Mostly I feel like nobody wants to break the status quo of... LGW: Leisure LC...

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by mikegigs
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Virgin Beach Lounge in Barbados
Replies: 2
Views: 1177

Re: Virgin Beach in Barbados

Quite interesting indeed. Only downside is it is pre-security so I wonder about how long people will actually spend at this lounge - but i assume this is more catered to passengers disembarking a cruise or checking out of a hotel in the morning but their flight isn't until the afternoon or evening (...

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by mikegigs
Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2018 SNA Slot Allocation Released
Replies: 50
Views: 10415

Re: 2018 SNA Slot Allocation Released

Surprised DL has so many RON spots compared to how many slots they have versus other airlines slots (WN has three times the slots and only two more RON parking spots).

Thanks for gathering this data!

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by mikegigs
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's new branding
Replies: 116
Views: 19741

Re: AA's new branding

Maybe it's because I'm younger, but I agree the pm-AA livery had to go. It was the only way to make a brand new, state-of-the-art 777 look like some old piston airliner that the airline was too cheap to retire (ok, maybe an exaggeration, but still). Polished metal aircraft screams 1950's. I happen t...

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by mikegigs
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2017
Replies: 1559
Views: 173071

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

I was reading a Wiki article on jetbridges today (like any normal guy does lol) and the article mentioned BOS being an airport with bridges designed specifically for the A380. This got me thinking about gates E10-E12 and I started to wonder how A380 operations are going at BOS. Specifically, has any...

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by mikegigs
Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2017
Replies: 1559
Views: 173071

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

Speaking of DL growing in Boston... https://www.flightradar24.com/DAL158/f135264 DL158 from DTW is inbound and being operated by a 744 today! Any spotters around to catch a glimpse of the bird? Wonder why the aircraft is scheduled on this route. Doesn't seem to be a charter based off of the flight n...

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by mikegigs
Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Princess Juliana Airport set to reopen October 6th
Replies: 153
Views: 27324

Re: Princess Juliana Airport set to reopen October 6th

How are they going to open up to commercial flights without a terminal? Where will they conduct immigration and security checks, etc? I can't imagine that they will build a temp terminal (on top of all the other rebuilding that's going on on the island)...

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by mikegigs
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2017
Replies: 1559
Views: 173071

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

Was doing some dummy bookings on AA's site and looks like they're putting an A321T on one of the BOS-LAX flights. They're probably doing it just to use the plane since they're reducing JFK-LAX/SFO for the winter but still nice to see another carrier putting lie flats on transcons out of BOS They us...

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by mikegigs
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the JetBlue CEO giving us some hints for the future?
Replies: 91
Views: 14608

Re: Is the JetBlue CEO giving us some hints for the future?

I think B6 has found an interesting niche that they can exploit for many years to come. Taking a step back and looking at airlines from an "Average Joe" point of view, many people I know love B6 for what makes it unique - the amenities it offers at what price they can do it at. B6 is a low...

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by mikegigs
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American adds limited-time MIA-BUF/RSW during holiday season
Replies: 59
Views: 4340

Re: American adds limited-time MIA-BUF/RSW during holiday season

How long is actually flying time on a MIA-RSW leg? Using the great circle mapper and the cruise speed of a CRJ, the most direct route would take only 11 minutes minus takeoff, landing, and taxi. Adding all that in, gate to gate could be as short as 25 minutes! By the time you check-in, go through T...

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by mikegigs
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2017
Replies: 1559
Views: 173071

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

https://centreforaviation.com/news/avianca-sees-niche-for-longer-haul-narrowbody-aircraft--713289 BOS-BOG has been "a resounding success" according to AV's CEO. The good times keep rolling I guess. great to hear. With this news I wonder about the viability of a second South American fligh...

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by mikegigs
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Pictures of First Qantas 787
Replies: 81
Views: 32018

Re: First Pictures of First Qantas 787

WOW I know Eurowhite liveries are boring and all but the new QF colors on the 787 are a match made in heaven. It's sleek. It's shiny. It's elegant.

...I really like it.

Perhaps they could throw that baby on a new SYD-BOS route. :cheeky:

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by mikegigs
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to operate 747 relief flight CUR-SXM
Replies: 34
Views: 6900

Re: KLM to operate 747 relieve flight CUR-SXM

All flight are operated by volunteer flight crew and cabin crew. May be an ignorant question, but by volunteer do you mean unpaid or volunteer to work these flights? Either way a very good move by the airline (and crew). Sad to think a hurricane was needed to get a 747 back to SXM :ashamed: but at ...

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by mikegigs
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair claims to be treated badly at Warsaw Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 3687

Re: Ryanair "treated badly" at Warsaw Chopin

Per Wikipedia... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryanair When Ryanair negotiates with its airports, it demands very low landing and handling fees, as well as financial assistance with marketing and promotional campaigns. In subsequent contract renewal negotiations, the airline has been reported to pl...

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by mikegigs
Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair claims to be treated badly at Warsaw Chopin
Replies: 19
Views: 3687

Re: Ryanair "treated badly" at Warsaw Chopin

Per Wikipedia... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryanair When Ryanair negotiates with its airports, it demands very low landing and handling fees, as well as financial assistance with marketing and promotional campaigns. In subsequent contract renewal negotiations, the airline has been reported to pla...

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by mikegigs
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines unveils San Francisco Giants A321 livery
Replies: 92
Views: 17484

Re: Alaska Airlines unveils San Francisco Giants A321 livery

Ummm plain white tail? I hope they throw in either the Virgin logo or the Alaska Man on it. This looks very "naked". Perhaps they will but the airline isn't sure yet (or isn't ready to announce) whether these aircraft will be integrated into the Alaska fleet in the next year or if it will...

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by mikegigs
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Airline? Tagline "Break the travel quo"
Replies: 9
Views: 2890

Re: New Airline? Tagline "Break the travel quo"

I highly doubt that this is an airline. If it is, it will never get off the ground. The website is low quality and they mention that you could use your cellphone at any time during flight. Is there even cell reception at 35,000 ft? No middle seats could also just mean that they would use a fleet of ...

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by mikegigs
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier offers new Q400 cabin options
Replies: 19
Views: 4675

Re: Bombardier offers new Q400 cabin options

I assume that if they are eliminating the forward baggage space and some of the rear baggage space (with the relocation of the galley), then they are typically not filled? I would hope that issues don't arise with too little cargo space - tough I don't know much about the typical cargo/baggage loads...

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by mikegigs
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United opens new summer seasonal routes from EWR to OPO, KEF and ZRH as well as route extensions
Replies: 90
Views: 14473

Re: United opens. New summer seasonal routes!

Aircraft are as follows: SFO-ZRH - 787-8 IAD-EDI - 757-200 EWR-KEF - 757-200 EWR-OPO - 757-200 Cool adds! Also mentioned in the press release, SFO-MUC, ORD-DUB, ORD-EDI, and IAD-LIS will start in April/May and run through late October, essentially operating for half the year now. I was first curiou...

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by mikegigs
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Sends 744 To Orlando To Pick Up Evacuees
Replies: 91
Views: 19173

Re: DL Sends 744 To Orlando To Pick Up Evacuees

Yeesh... between the DL431 thread and this one, things break down fast when talking about the airline and hurricanes...

On a lighter note, did anyone happen to get any pics of the 744 in MCO? Seeing one from DL there can't be too common.

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by mikegigs
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair and the 787?
Replies: 5
Views: 2597

Re: Icelandair and the 787?

I believe I heard in another thread that its primary planned use was going to be charters. I also heard that the odds seem to be against them taking delivery. Angry now I can't find that source!

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by mikegigs
Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 431 at SJU (9/6)
Replies: 151
Views: 20497

Re: Delta 431 approaching SJU right now

Another article about the flight. It also goes into the meteorology team's role in the flight and how much they planned to make sure it went successfully. It also includes a video of the first portion of takeoff from SJU and points out that the conditions were always safe for takeoff and landing. ht...

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by mikegigs
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Irma's Impact on Aviation
Replies: 391
Views: 52752

Re: Hurricane Irma's Impact on the Lesser Antilles

Some photos of SXM terminal from Twitter. The jetways are still (mostly) standing as of now but the damage is already excessive... I can't tell if the third and fourth pictures are the tip of the jetway that comes in contact with the aircraft or a crumpled part of a truck. Either way, very scary... ...

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by mikegigs
Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Paper Ticket Folders: Which Airlines?
Replies: 5
Views: 1031

Re: Paper Ticket Folders: Which Airlines?

As of at least about six months ago I think that WN (surprisingly) was doing this too

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by mikegigs
Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gate or Stand?
Replies: 16
Views: 3589

Re: Gate or Stand?

I am an American and typically I think we refer to a gate as something with a jetbridge adjacent to a building. When I think of stand I think of an aircraft parked in the open, where you would have to walk across a tarmac or be bussed to in order to board. I consider RON parking to usually be stands...

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by mikegigs
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2017
Replies: 1559
Views: 173071

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

We saw this coming but B6 just announced BOS-SYR. Another AA commuter route getting picked off. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170822005457/en/JetBlue-Advances-Top-Airline-New-York-Boston I wonder how well they will do on this. The timing is very focused on connections in BOS but I'm not s...

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by mikegigs
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2017
Replies: 1559
Views: 173071

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

Chuck Schumer wants B6 to run SYR-BOS. http://auburnpub.com/blogs/eye_on_ny/schumer-urges-jetblue-to-add-syracuse-to-boston-flights-expand/article_9619921e-7df2-11e7-a7e3-0b4e24ba3624.html I bet they could sustain 1x or 2x daily E190 service. BUF does pretty well so maybe they could turn a profit h...

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by mikegigs
Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Smelly Situation at BNA...
Replies: 2
Views: 762

A Smelly Situation at BNA...

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2017/08/04/sewage-water-contaminates-up-to-200-bags-at-nashville-airport.html Sewage water dripped from the ceiling in the baggage area and may have contaminated up to 200 bags! The bags mostly belonged to WN passengers. That's a nasty surprise for those travelers... WN...

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by mikegigs
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2017
Replies: 1559
Views: 173071

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

I was at Logan today looking around a bit and noticed that NK was using some of UA's gates instead of B37/B38. Additionally, the TSA checkpoint for those two gates was closed ad had a wall put up in front of it. A sign at the NK counter said to use the main checkpoint at the pmAA side of Terminal B....

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by mikegigs
Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 7/16/2017: DY Adds EWR-CDG/FCO; DL Adds LAX-ABQ/MEX, SEA-MFR, Seasonal AUS-AMS; Y4 Swaps OAK-MEX to SFO
Replies: 75
Views: 13271

Re: OAG Changes 7/16/2017: DY Adds EWR-CDG/FCO; DL Adds LAX-ABQ/MEX, SEA-MFR, Seasonal AUS-AMS; Y4 Swaps OAK-MEX to SFO

enilria wrote:

DL BOS-CDG FEB 0.6>0.7
DL BOS-LHR JAN 1.0>0.8 FEB 1.0>0.7



I've been waiting for them to cut back on BOS-LHR. I was hoping for otherwise but the numbers just aren't good enough (I think aroung 60% LF). Hopefully daily will come back in the spring.

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by mikegigs
Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Mighty 757
Replies: 191
Views: 27288

Re: The Mighty 757

I think L2 door was definitely one of my favorite parts, that and the accompanying mid-cabin lav and occasional mid-cabin galley. I always thought it gave a wide-body feel on the aircraft. Plus I loved the exclusivity of the F cablin it provided (that coming from someone who has never even sat up th...

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by mikegigs
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2017
Replies: 1559
Views: 173071

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

I noticed Penair moved there ticketing counter down the hall in B just AA shuttle left down at the end is that where WN will be? I believe that WN will be using the pmAA gates so I would think they would use the pmAA ticket counters in B-North as well. Where did Penair move to? The old NK counters?...

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by mikegigs
Tue May 30, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2017
Replies: 1559
Views: 173071

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

Quiet week on this thread!

Like others have said before, the DL flight to DUB started last week. Was wondering if anyone had any pics or news on how it went?

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by mikegigs
Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2017
Replies: 1559
Views: 173071

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

On the topic of the Delta expansion, I was at Logan today around 4:30 and was dropping off a friend for a WN flight at Terminal A and noticed that all but one (that I could see) of DL's gates were filled at one point. A11 was the only gate not filled (though to be honest, I couldn't quiet see A7). A...

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by mikegigs
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2017
Replies: 1559
Views: 173071

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

Updated on DL website: http://news.delta.com/delta-builds-position-leading-global-carrier-boston Hopefully soon: PHL, DCA, SDF, ORD to start with. :) This should hopefully tied the reduced numbers from EK especially and able to get past MSP this calendar year. This is 100% biased fanboy-ing, but I'...

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by mikegigs
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worst Airline for Customer Service is Announced
Replies: 29
Views: 5997

Re: Worst Airline for Customer Service is Announced

On the bright side, aside from NK and F9, the trend for the rest of the airlines is positive. Most of the scores increased from the last ranking which I'll take as a good sign for the industry in the US :bouncy:
AA, DL and G4 all had impressive increases too

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by mikegigs
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DCA Connections
Replies: 7
Views: 1305

Re: DCA Connections

Not really a concrete answer, but a few years ago I had a connection on DL at DCA. Considering AA's operation is much larger than DL's there, I would imagine that if DL does it, then AA does too.

I don't mind connecting there. Aesthetically, it's quite a nice airport IMHO.

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by mikegigs
Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could DL make another expansion at CVG?
Replies: 37
Views: 3514

Re: Could DL make another expansion at CVG?

I think they could add a few routes in the future, kind of like finding a "sweet spot" of flights to and from CVG. I agree the CS100 is a great plane for this too. However, I can't see a huge expansion - only because I can't think of an airline ever dehubbing a certain station then rehubbi...

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by mikegigs
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force One question
Replies: 9
Views: 3291

Re: Air Force One question

If it leaves from Washington, the aircraft usually takes off from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, just south/southeast of DC. I'm not entirely sure about this, but I don't think you can find any of that information anywhere, unless you are relying on spotters watching it takeoff. They keep most info...

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by mikegigs
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United "coolest" airline for teenagers in brand study by Google
Replies: 52
Views: 6067

Re: United "coolest" airline for teenagers in brand study by Google

As someone who just completed their teenage years, I can tell you that among my friends and I, United is nowhere near the top "coolest" airline. Honestly, my friends don't have any real opinions on airlines besides the fact that they all dislike NK (I don't count my opinions because I don'...

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by mikegigs
Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to offer free WiFi and iPads inflight for First and Business pax effective 2APR17
Replies: 13
Views: 2440

Re: Etihad to offer free WiFi and iPads inflight for First and Business pax effective 2APR17

I'm surprised that they didn't offer free WiFi to F and J class passengers already... Thousands of dollars for a ticket and you cant throw in the WiFi password? Is this common practice on most int'l airlines?

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