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by SFOThinker
Thu Jun 03, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: XWA, Williston, ND new service announcement 6/8
Replies: 48
Views: 5828

Re: XWA, Williston, ND new service announcement 6/8

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 ...

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by SFOThinker
Wed May 12, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines adding Belize and expanding fleet
Replies: 122
Views: 13181

Re: Alaska Airlines adding Belize and expanding fleet

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?

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by SFOThinker
Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Copa in inner Argentina
Replies: 20
Views: 3870

Re: Copa in inner Argentina

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...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did AA close their BNA hub?
Replies: 149
Views: 19858

Re: Why did AA close their BNA hub?

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...

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by SFOThinker
Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: jetBlue's London In flight service details
Replies: 79
Views: 12409

Re: jetBlue's London In flight service details

Leisure travel is already back, judging by my trip to Maui last week, with packed airplanes both ways. If Jet Blue is a big success transatlantic from the Northeast, does the 321 XLR have the range to do LAX, SFO, or SEA to LHR?

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by SFOThinker
Sun Apr 04, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: [email protected]
Replies: 20
Views: 3027

Re: [email protected]

I recall that Eastern served TOL. At one point they ran DC-8s nonstop to Florida. Late 1960s?

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by SFOThinker
Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Proposed SAT expansion
Replies: 36
Views: 4292

Re: Proposed SAT expansion

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.

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by SFOThinker
Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A boy left his Buzz Lightyear inside a plane...
Replies: 25
Views: 5005

Re: A boy left his Buzz Lightyear inside a plane...

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...

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by SFOThinker
Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 busiest airports in the world 60 years ago (1961)
Replies: 36
Views: 8958

Re: 10 busiest airports in the world 60 years ago (1961)

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, ...

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by SFOThinker
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: LAS to be renamed for Harry Reid
Replies: 139
Views: 14853

Re: Official: LAS to be renamed for Harry Reid

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...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Santa Lucia Airport Mexico City first phase inaugurated
Replies: 31
Views: 5416

Re: Santa Lucia Airport Mexico City first phase inaugurated

Surely Greater Mexico City, with a population over 20 million, can support 2 airports.

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by SFOThinker
Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wild Day at JAC
Replies: 37
Views: 6470

Re: Wild Day at JAC

Could someone please explain why Airbus 320 series aircraft are supposed to be better for operations at JAC and other mountain airports?

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by SFOThinker
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 30 Years Ago Today: Eastern Air Lines Ceases Operations
Replies: 103
Views: 10949

Re: 30 Years Ago Today: Eastern Air Lines Ceases Operations

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...

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by SFOThinker
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 335
Views: 39943

Re: Allegiant adds EYW, PDX, & JAC

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...

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by SFOThinker
Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sweden proposed $2-billion loan-package for aviation development in Vietnam
Replies: 5
Views: 1289

Re: Sweden proposed $2-billion loan-package for aviation development in Vietnam

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. ...

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by SFOThinker
Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines has a hilarious new "Safety Dance" video
Replies: 29
Views: 3195

Re: Alaska Airlines has a hilarious new "Safety Dance" video

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...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Dec 04, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot pulls off amazing emergency landing on freeway
Replies: 55
Views: 10100

Pilot pulls off amazing emergency landing on freeway

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Landing between 2 cars at night on an urban freeway. What skill! What nerves!
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by SFOThinker
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japanese official suggests ANA-JAL merger
Replies: 39
Views: 10766

Re: Japanese official suggests ANA-JAL merger

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...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY-LY cooperation MoU
Replies: 7
Views: 1773

Re: EY-LY cooperation MoU

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...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY-LY cooperation MoU
Replies: 7
Views: 1773

Re: EY-LY cooperation MoU

SFOThinker wrote:
davidjohnson6 wrote:
I doubt El Al expects to connect many AUH passengers eastward.

Silly me! I meant westward.

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by SFOThinker
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When Did US Airlines Stop Flying 747's For Routes Within The US?
Replies: 26
Views: 1931

Re: When Did US Airlines Stop Flying 747's For Routes Within The US?

SuperGee wrote:
Did NW ever operate theirs on US routes?

I recall flying MSP to ORD on a NW 747.
I suspect they used them on other routes, but have no specific information.

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by SFOThinker
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY-LY cooperation MoU
Replies: 7
Views: 1773

Re: EY-LY cooperation MoU

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...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Nov 14, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta DC-7B ATL at E concourse
Replies: 49
Views: 8940

Re: Delta DC-7B ATL at E concourse

Did Delta (and Eastern) buy DC 7B models because they were a bit bigger than DC 7s? I don’t think either airline needed the extra range the B came with.

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by SFOThinker
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta DC-7B ATL at E concourse
Replies: 49
Views: 8940

Re: Delta DC-7B ATL at E concourse

[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.

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by SFOThinker
Sat Nov 07, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAC (Jackson Hole Airport, WY) to close April-June 2022
Replies: 42
Views: 9426

Re: JAC (Jackson Hole Airport, WY) to close April-June 2022

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.

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by SFOThinker
Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 384
Views: 44708

Re: Embraer releases first rendering of its new turboprop

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.

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by SFOThinker
Sun Oct 25, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA and UA Douglas DC-7s
Replies: 4
Views: 1515

Re: AA and UA Douglas DC-7s

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 ...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CO served multiple LA area airports with one flight, how many other carriers did this?
Replies: 43
Views: 7807

Re: CO served multiple LA area airports with one flight, how many other carriers did this?

In the 1950s, American had flights that would serve both Dallas Love Field and Fort Worth Amon Carter Field as tags on long distance flights from the East or West.

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by SFOThinker
Sat Oct 10, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: PIA closes Roosevelt Hotel.
Replies: 36
Views: 5974

Re: PIA closes Roosevelt Hotel.

The Roosevelt probably is best known for the clock hanging from the ceiling in its lobby. “Meet my under the clock” was a very popular phrase for people seeking a meeting place in Midtown. But this dates from half a century or more ago. I agree with others that the hotel is in need of renovations t...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: PIA closes Roosevelt Hotel.
Replies: 36
Views: 5974

Re: PIA closes Roosevelt Hotel.

The Roosevelt probably is best known for the clock hanging from the ceiling in its lobby. “Meet my under the clock” was a very popular phrase for people seeking a meeting place in Midtown. But this dates from half a century or more ago. I agree with others that the hotel is in need of renovations to...

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by SFOThinker
Sun Oct 04, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Red eyes in the United States - when did they become common?
Replies: 48
Views: 12468

Re: Red eyes in the United States - when did they become common?

I took a redeye on Western Airlines in 1959, from LAX to MSP, with a connection in Denver. Both flights were DC 6B aircraft in all-first class configuration. The fare charged was coach, which seems to have been a common Form of discounting for redeyes at the time.

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by SFOThinker
Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest launch service to Miami & Palm Springs
Replies: 209
Views: 27011

Re: Southwest launch service to Miami & Palm Springs

What is the per passenger cost differential between FLL and MIA? How heavily would that weigh on decisions for shifting traffic from FLL? For major markets like LGA, both airports could be served. But why would Southwest switch smaller markets to MIA?

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by SFOThinker
Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA 747 Operations
Replies: 69
Views: 8335

Re: TWA 747 Operations

I recall flying the SP from SFO To JFK

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by SFOThinker
Wed Aug 19, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx 767 makes emergency landing at LAX
Replies: 132
Views: 26275

Re: FedEx plane makes emergency landing at LAX

I am in awe of the skill and nerve of the pilots. Bravo!

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by SFOThinker
Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Normalisation of relations between Israel and UAE air links
Replies: 124
Views: 14143

Re: Normalisation of relations between Israel and UAE air links

Like I wrote in another post, it will all depend if they can get overflight rights from Saudi Arabia. Perhaps they could work out an air corridor type arrangement for now, similar to what was used during the Cold War to West Berlin. Or Saudi Arabia will just give them overflight rights in preparati...

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by SFOThinker
Thu Aug 13, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Normalisation of relations between Israel and UAE air links
Replies: 124
Views: 14143

Re: Normalisation of relations between Israel and UAE air links

How big is the market between Israel and the UAE? Are there many passengers travelling between the two countries (via another country) every day? Whatever the current figure it will surely multiply, as the countries have complementary economies. The UAE is very tech-oriented and Israel is second on...

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by SFOThinker
Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Normalisation of relations between Israel and UAE air links
Replies: 124
Views: 14143

Re: Normalisation of relations between Israel and UAE air links

A huge achievement. I expect there will be a quick start to flights, albeit with low frequency and smaller aircraft until the market recovers. But the long term potential is great for Muslim tourism to Israel, and for Israeli access to the networks beyond the Gulf. There may also be rapid developmen...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airports had the most turns per gate (pre-Covid)?
Replies: 5
Views: 594

Re: What airports had the most turns per gate (pre-Covid)?

I should have included New York LaGuardia

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by SFOThinker
Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airports had the most turns per gate (pre-Covid)?
Replies: 5
Views: 594

Re: What airports had the most turns per gate (pre-Covid)?

I should have included New York LaGuardia

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by SFOThinker
Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airports had the most turns per gate (pre-Covid)?
Replies: 5
Views: 594

What airports had the most turns per gate (pre-Covid)?

I like to see efficient use of capital resources. These days airports are sadly underutilized, but before the current crisis, I wonder which airports squeezed the most use out of their gates? My guesses would include airports with physical or regulatory limits on their size, close-in locations, and ...

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by SFOThinker
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NorCal vs SoCal
Replies: 12
Views: 2804

Re: NorCal vs SoCal

I understand the relative comparisons, but it seems funny to me given how dominant SFO is in the Bay Area. It is constrained in several ways, but that doesn't really stop airlines from concentrating as much service as they can there. WN is big at OAK and SJC, but AS at SJC is really the only airlin...

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by SFOThinker
Wed Aug 05, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Airlines questions
Replies: 72
Views: 10071

Re: Western Airlines questions

My first flight was on Western in 1959, MSP to LAX with a stop in SLC, on a DC 6B. Western served a number of smaller cities in South Dakota, including Sioux Falls, Huron, and Pierre, and Wyoming, including Cheyenne, Casper, and Jackson, as I recall. They did a fair amount of TV advertising featurin...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue makes LAX West Coast focus city
Replies: 369
Views: 46096

Re: JetBlue makes LAX West Coast focus city

Is B6 going to be the first nonstop flight from BUF to LAX? I don't recall ever seeing one. If so, congratulations to Buffalo.

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by SFOThinker
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 377 Cabin question
Replies: 53
Views: 12090

Re: Boeing 377 Cabin question

I saw and listened to NWA 377s on the approach to landing at MSP as a kid. I recall that the sound of their engines was low and loud from the ground, quite distinctive. I am guessing the forward cabin was quite noisy. I wonder if the 377 had the same engines as the B 29, upon which it was based, if...

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by SFOThinker
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 377 Cabin question
Replies: 53
Views: 12090

Re: Boeing 377 Cabin question

I saw and listened to NWA 377s on the approach to landing at MSP as a kid. I recall that the sound of their engines was low and loud from the ground, quite distinctive. I am guessing the forward cabin was quite noisy. I wonder if the 377 had the same engines as the B 29, upon which it was based, if ...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle Thread
Replies: 127
Views: 16565

Re: The Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle Thread

I flew United’s Caravelles quite a few times when I was young and had the cards issued to college students, allowing half fare flying on standby. They were all first class, if I recall. I don’t recall, but I suspect I paid half of coach fare on those flights. I never flew the United “Executive Fligh...

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by SFOThinker
Sat May 09, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United DC-10's
Replies: 111
Views: 16112

Re: United DC-10's

I also flew them a lot, often from SFO to ORD connecting to DTW or PHL. At the time there were no nonstops between SFO and PHL, which I found shocking.
The shortest hop I ever took on a UA 10 was YVR to SEA.

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by SFOThinker
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Uzbekistan Airways: Silk Road highlights in Business Class
Replies: 19
Views: 8026

Re: Uzbekistan Airways: Silk Road highlights in Business Class

Thank-you for a superb trip report. Now, I want to visit Uzbekistan. That's a high compliment to you.
I look forward to your report when you complete your full set of trips on the airlines of the 4 Stans.

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by SFOThinker
Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New York Air vs Eastern Air Lines 1981
Replies: 74
Views: 10844

Re: New York Air vs Eastern Air Lines 1981

I used to fly BOS LGA every week and loved NY Air when it started up. The bagels weren't that good but they beat Eastern. Enterprise was a terrific show on PBS, too.

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