TWA and the Constellation, obviously. No other plane and airline combination comes close.Jump to post
Culturally, Germans are antagonistic about debt bailouts. The German word for debt, Schuld, is the same word for guilt. That gives you an idea how Germans feel about debt. I think it is something else. Berlin is seen as a rival by many other German regions. As everybody's arch rival and hate figure...Jump to post
See if you can find the book, “Night over Water” by Ken Follett. It about a Boeing 314 flight across the Atlantic. True to Mr. Follett’s form, it is an incredibly accurate description of a passenger experience on Pan American. It reads like a 300 page trip report! Thanks! Amazon has it in stock and...Jump to post
In the 1960s, United ran men-only (!) Caravelle flights from LGA to ORD where they passed out cigars and served steak. They were named “Executive flights”.
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/644 ... ve-flights
Yes, it is frustrating for residents of Hokkaido and Tohoku to backtrack to Tokyo to travel across the Pacific, but I don’t see a viable market. Hokkaido’s economy is not very strong and there are not many big companies with headquarters there, so not much premium demand. The other big city north of...Jump to post
Lockheed Electra, Convair 880, Sud Caravelle, Vickers ViscountJump to post
Having lived mostly on the US East and West Coasts in my adult life, I always thought of transcontinental flights as long haul. Time enough for a meal and a movie, or for a snooze at night. Better meals before Covid. Everything less was medium or if an hour or so, short haul. That’s the domestic fly...Jump to post
Prosecutors may pressure him to implicate higher ups in return for leniency. That’s a standard operating procedure for prosecutors.Jump to post
Others have mentioned the Boeing Stratocruiser and Lockheed Constellation, and I, too, wish I had flown them because of their intriguing designs. But being old enough to have flown a lot of piston engine airliners, I have to admit that a long flight on them is very fatiguing. I can tell you that 7 h...Jump to post
Is the ban on non-Muslins visiting Mecca based on scripture, or is it a decision of the Saudi Kingdom? If the latter, then it could change, and many people, including me, would be interested in a visit.Jump to post
I flew UA 720s a fair amount in the mid 1960s. Mostly MSP to ORD. I was a teen and found it hard to distinguish from 707s, except a little shorter. Back then family plan airfares on United we’re only available in first class, so we flew first. I remember a pretty decent dinner with a split bottle of...Jump to post
I flew a lot on both and preferred the L1011. Somehow, it felt like a more tightly controlled plane. But I was always aware of the DC 10s early safety problems and that may have colored my perceptions. I flew the L 1011-500 longer range, shorter fuselage version with Pan Am and later United and did ...Jump to post
How much advantage does DFW’s greater size (7 runways vs ATL’s 5) confer on AA’s megahub, compared DL’s at Atlanta? Fewer delays? Larger banks of flights within a given time? But are costs of taxiing aircraft higher at DFW due to its larger footprint? I don’t know each hub’s cost per emplanement, bu...Jump to post
Is there a reason why both Northwest Arkansas Airport and Williston have airport codes beginning with X? Both are brand new commercial airports. Is it perhaps that after X there were available initials that could stand for something local? For XNA,Northwest Arkansas makes sense and for XWA, perhaps ...Jump to post
No indication yet of which West Coast hub(s) will be used for the service. Seattle would have fewer connections than LAX, SAN, or Bay Area airports. Anyone have more information?Jump to post
I was very impressed with Copa’s operations at Panama City a couple of years ago when I connected there. They follow a strategy much like Emirates but using 737s not widebodies. Because so many countries in Latin America have high tariffs, the tax free retailers were huge and everywhere— including t...Jump to post
There's a reason no one really has a hub in mid country midsize cities anymore. BNA, STL, CVG, MEM, CLE.... Bingo. In the days when 72Ss, S80s, and early 737s couldn't fly reliable transcons yearround, it made sense to have those kind of mid-country hubs. In the days where 737s, A32X, and even A220...Jump to post
I was in New Braunfels, a historic town on I 35 just north of SA, on a Saturday night a couple of months ago. Went to the Gruene historic district for dinner and was surprised at all the foreign tourists there. Maybe they are flying into AUS, but SA area is drawing European tourists.Jump to post
I have experienced Southwest employees going out of their way to get me on a plane I was late for, something that doesn’t happen elsewhere in my experience. That’s why I always check their schedule first when planning a trips and will fly them when fares are comparable. Corporate culture makes a hug...Jump to post
Airports like Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Montreal are in the top 20. Wow! That's not surprising at all when one considers the historical environment and population demographics at that time. Cleveland was the eighth largest city in the U.S. in 1960 I first visited Cleveland Hopkins airport in 1963, ...Jump to post
This is patently false. Off the top of my head... BOS = Logan Airport to the locals BDL = Bradley to the locals AUS = Bergstrom to the locals ATL = Hartsfield to the locals SNA = John Wayne Airport to the locals STL = Lambert Field to the locals I'm sure there are many more but you get the point. D...Jump to post
Surely Greater Mexico City, with a population over 20 million, can support 2 airports.Jump to post
Eastern’s poor reputation goes way back to the 1950s prop era when it held some prime monopoly routes and skimped on service. There was a WHEAL (We Hate Eastern Air Lines) group that got some publicity. I started flying them in the mid 60s and thought they were quite ok. I used the hourly Shuttle of...Jump to post
JAC, a town of 20,000, now has nonstop flights from 20 cities. That is nuts! http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=jac-sea/san/sfo/lax/sjc/rno/aza/phx/slc/den/iah/dfw/msp/ord/las/atl/clt/jfk/lga/ewr There's nothing nuts about it. Grand Teton/Yellowstone NPs, Snake River and Snow skiing. Closest airport to a...Jump to post
Sweden, country of Gretha Thunberg, green tax and flight shaming. Now promoting the development of high density air traffic in a country 10 times more populated than Sweden. To be eligible for the credit line, Vietnam will have to use 30% of the loan to purchase Swedish technologies and equipment. ...Jump to post
Enforcing rules poses challenges for cabin staff and is often unpleasant for passengers. By having fun with the mask rule, this video may take the edge off a bit. I have no opinion on the artistic merits of the video, but from the standpoint of morale and marketing, it works. Face it, most passenger...Jump to post
Landing between 2 cars at night on an urban freeway. What skill! What nerves!
https://nypost.com/2020/12/03/pilot-pul ... n-highway/
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Historically, mergers in Japan are messy and lead to years and years of rivalry between factions composed of ex-employees of the two companies merged into one. The classic example is Nissan, which merged with Prince Motors in the Late 1960s, and maintained two personnel departments, and continued to...Jump to post
On many codeshare tickets, the revenue is portioned out based on miles flown per sector - and not on the actual costs incurred. Thus, on a two-sector trip, the airline flying the shorter sector gets minimal profit while the big bucks accrue to the airline flying the long-haul sector In an EY-LY cod...Jump to post
SuperGee wrote:Did NW ever operate theirs on US routes?
The codeshare seems a little surprising - I can see a lot of people with Israel as the O&D connecting via Abu Dhabi to somewhere in Asia, but I'm not sure how many people would end up flying via Tel Aviv to travel between Abu Dhabi and Europe/N.America/Africa My guess is that El Al ends up just...Jump to post
[quote="FF630" Air travel was special in the days of this aircraft, people actually had good manners, now like moving cattle and dealing with rude passengers dressed like slobs.[/quote]
Exactly my thought, too.
There was genuine romance to air travel in the piston era.
The airport restaurant badly needs the expansion that is planned.
The drive from IDA goes through some fairly high mountains, and I would not like to attempt it in the rain.
I’m the rare American who likes turboprops for short hops. I’ll trade the vibration for the lower altitude. If anything, the illustration reminds me of the YS-11.Jump to post
I’ve always been amazed at the speed with which the DC 7s and L-1649 propeller airliners were withdrawn from service when jets came in. Did AA, UA, and TWA make any money on them? I realize they were fiercely competitive on coast to coast routes and to Europe (for TWA) but I wonder how quickly they ...Jump to post