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by rta
Thu Feb 20, 2020 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What might have been: United's legacy 757-200 fleet...
Replies: 30
Views: 8023

Re: What might have been: United's legacy 757-200 fleet...

I can understand UA's fleet rationale at the time. Why not replace your older, less reliable, expensive to operate, and in need of refurbishment planes with brand new planes that you already have a ton of fleet commonality with? Sure, today UA is buying old A320-series plane, but they have high flee...

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by rta
Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unverified: Fiji Airways skips 737 MAX quality inspections.
Replies: 118
Views: 21247

Re: Unverified: Fiji Airways skips 737 MAX quality inspections.

I would take this those post with a heaping load of salt. If this was some legitimate concern, the most logical action would be to ask someone in the company (supervisor, coworker, etc) and/or file a complaint with through the appropriate avenues. There is a non-zero probability that there was a hig...

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by rta
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta’s Hubs
Replies: 30
Views: 5591

Re: Delta’s Hubs

they can charge higher fares due to lower competition than they would be able to if all their hubs were in highly competitive metros Agreed. Aside from NYC and I guess Los Angeles, DL does not have to deal with [significant] competition from secondary airports or other hubbed airlines in their hub ...

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by rta
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO
Replies: 151
Views: 25940

Re: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

Revelation wrote:

BA uses containers at LHR T5.

BA doesn't use containers at LGW and other places.

While hand loading has its down sides, containers are heavy and they add other inefficiencies to the system.

Appreciate the info, thank you.

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by rta
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM calls for people to fly less
Replies: 237
Views: 26140

Re: KLM calls for people to fly less

While KLM isn't wrong, its weird that they're publicly taking this position. I hope they don't start flying around with lower load factors, because thats not going to help the environment.

If they're serious about it, they should just cancel routes that they deem are too short to fly.

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by rta
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO
Replies: 151
Views: 25940

Re: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

Doesn't BA use containers for luggage? Is that going to change with the 737 MAX?

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by rta
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta SLC-DTW lands due to fire scare
Replies: 3
Views: 977

Re: Delta SLC-DTW lands due to fire scare

DL 2122 on 14 June.
A321 N325DN diverted to CYS, landing at 15:31. Looks like DL ferried in B752 N900PC from SLC departing CYS at 01:05 next day.

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by rta
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is regulatory approval required for livery changes?
Replies: 59
Views: 8296

Re: Is regulatory approval required for livery changes?

There are probably regulations that airlines have to follow for marking doors, emergency windows, registration, etc but as long as they meet them, I doubt the specific livery matters that much. Just a guess.

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by rta
Thu May 02, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 379806

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

Anybody knows which planes will get the new livery next? Are they being painted as we speak? What I've heard from my sources at UA is that due to the 737-Max9 groundings, the paint schedule is vacant for the moment. What would otherwise be spare aircraft are instead flying to cover for the grounded...

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by rta
Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can’t UAL close the revenue/ profit gap with DAL ?
Replies: 170
Views: 21102

Re: Why can’t UAL close the revenue/ profit gap with DAL ?

UA hubs are more expensive to operate at, and they face heavy competition. Chicago: AA @ ORD, WN @ MDW New York: DL/AA/B6 @ LGA/JFK Houston: WN @ HOU Denver: WN/F9 @ DEN Washington: AA and others @ DCA San Francisco: UA is big but does not dominate Los Angeles: Free for all between all airlines Also...

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by rta
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD Global Terminal proposals released
Replies: 102
Views: 16665

Re: ORD Global Terminal proposals released

Usually I like stuff from SOM but not too excited by what they put out there. I'd probably pick Foster then Studio ORD. I'm slightly nervous about the glass roofs after seeing ORD T1 in its current state. The proposed designs are beautiful but I can't help but wonder if ORD would be better off with ...

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by rta
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA New Uniforms Revealed
Replies: 80
Views: 9955

Re: AA New Uniforms Revealed

vhtje wrote:
Come on, AA - you can do better than this! Your employees deserve better.


Evidently this is what the employees wanted. I don't think it looks too bad.

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by rta
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct
Replies: 154
Views: 26830

Re: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct

This seems like it could have been executed with a little more compassion. Pretty shocking.

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by rta
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg
Replies: 239
Views: 19282

Re: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg

Airline tickets for the average traveller are so cheap because airlines can charge more to people who need the flexibility. I hate fees as much as the next person, but this is just going to raise prices for the people who don't need the flexibility. I think there are more important things for the go...

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by rta
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Delta outearns UA & AA - dominating its largest hubs - market share data by US network hubs
Replies: 88
Views: 9783

Re: Why Delta outearns UA & AA - dominating its largest hubs - market share data by US network hubs

Long story short, DL enjoys incredible pricing power over 132+ million passengers per year I'm not sure if this is correct. Many of the people that connect through a DL hub have options on other airlines. Additionally, I would expect the largest metro areas to have more competition. Most of Delta's...

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by rta
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Kirby: Denver Getting Another United Euro Destination Soon
Replies: 140
Views: 19840

Re: United's Kirby: Denver Getting Another United Euro Destination Soon

Nice to DEN getting a new Euro destination! Let’s hope those rumors about those 2 big adds out of EWR by the end of this month bare fruit. Just hope IAH and ORD get some love too. ORD will have a difficult time, though. AA's service to ATH came surprisingly quick. Despite the fact that frequent fly...

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by rta
Thu May 03, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan Airlines To Miami By Next Year?
Replies: 51
Views: 5662

Re: Japan Airlines To Miami By Next Year?

I'll believe it when I see it.

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by rta
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA order more 787-8 to replace 21 oldest 767-300s ?
Replies: 85
Views: 12200

Re: Will UA order more 787-8 to replace 21 oldest 767-300s ?

From contacts at the company, they are reportedly not looking to replace the 767 fleet for another 8-9 years. I assume this means they are waiting for the MOM to come closer to fruition. However, I'm sure these plans won't stay the same between now and then. EDIT: When I say replace, I mean conside...

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by rta
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interesting LH Service Changes
Replies: 31
Views: 7034

Re: Interesting LH Service Changes

Blerg wrote:
I am surprised Miami is being downgraded during winter season. I was under the impression that's when most Europeans go to Florida.


Well MUC MIA, which was added recently (A333) will be going A380. So overall an increase in capacity to Miami.

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by rta
Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't AA build up DFW like DL has with ATL?
Replies: 37
Views: 6445

Re: Why doesn't AA build up DFW like DL has with ATL?

AA doesn't have to route all their traffic through 1 hub because they have other ones in advantageous locations

Delta is spread a bit thin IMO

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by rta
Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH introduces revised livery
Replies: 1106
Views: 214796

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

I didn't think it was possible to make the LH livery even more boring. I like the crane graphic but they should've made it yellow.

Also not a fan of the extended tail. It works with QF and AA because their extension is not just 1 solid color.

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by rta
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?
Replies: 255
Views: 21536

Re: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?

32andBelow wrote:
If you want to go to Hawaii or TLV or Omaha Nebraska you just take Delta.


Yep, and I prefer that, because the experience is consistent and you can earn points for all your travels.

Also, vacation packages aren't really popular here (heard they are more popular in Europe)

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by rta
Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DEN concourse train failure 11/22
Replies: 20
Views: 7151

Re: DEN concourse train failure 11/22

Really surprised they didn't build a pedestrian tunnel. Regardless of distance between tunnels, it'd be a good backup if something ever brought down both trains.

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by rta
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How does Delta like their A350 so far?
Replies: 86
Views: 30399

Re: How does Delta like their A350 so far?

I don't understand why people have to be sarcastic/rude for a legitimate question. I'm also curious to know DL has any initial thoughts (if any) about the plane. Probably because it's not really a legitimate question. How can a bunch of aviation enthusiasts know whether or not an airline is pleased...

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by rta
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How does Delta like their A350 so far?
Replies: 86
Views: 30399

Re: How does Delta like their A350 so far?

I don't understand why people have to be sarcastic/rude for a legitimate question. I'm also curious to know DL has any initial thoughts (if any) about the plane.

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by rta
Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hypothetical: ORD without AA
Replies: 110
Views: 15489

Re: Hypothetical: ORD without AA

As someone who frequently flies both UA and AA out of ORD, I don't see how this can seriously be considered. AA has nearly the same number of daily departures as UA. It's obviously a huge operation and AA has been looking to expand it as well. Without ORD, AA's network would have a huge hole in the ...

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by rta
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EWR Barack H Obama Airport
Replies: 80
Views: 6437

Re: EWR Barack H Obama Airport

sw733 wrote:
What possible connection does Obama have to New Jersey or NYC?


Being president of the country of which the aforementioned areas are a part of?

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by rta
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 772A replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 3414

Re: United 772A replacement

UA just did a complete refit on all the 772As. Doubt they are going anywhere before 2025. Agreed. And if they're looking to continue using the 772As in a similar fashion to today (domestic/HNL/GUM), I don't see them using brand new planes for that. I suspect 77Es will be retrofitted in the same hig...

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by rta
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates reports 111% increase in profits
Replies: 21
Views: 6233

Re: Emirates reports 111% increase in profits

One of their largest competitors has been (and still is) severely crippled right now. I wonder how much that has helped EK.

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by rta
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norwegian's market
Replies: 44
Views: 8327

Re: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norweigians Market

LHR also is BA's main hub, so trying to compete for rock bottom prices could fill those seats that might've had higher paying connecting traffic.

They can definitely compete with DY.

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by rta
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should AS look at an East Coast hub
Replies: 101
Views: 11068

Re: Should AS look at at East Coast hub

I'd love for BNA to be hubbed by AS (or UA) but the barriers to entry would be pretty high.

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by rta
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program
Replies: 156
Views: 32909

Re: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program

Boeing acquired McDonnell Douglas because they wanted their large and profitable defense business to better compete with Lockheed Martin and others. The commercial side of the business (MD-95 and MD-11) were just the unwanted extras in the deal. The Airbus acquisition of the C-series program has to...

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by rta
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no IAH-HKG on UA or CX?
Replies: 53
Views: 6129

Re: Why no IAH-HKG on UA or CX?

Without AA (and talking only long haul flights), DFW could support NRT, ICN, LHR, CDG, FRA, DXB, and MAD no problem. I must admit that that I have my doubts about this. Without AA, DFW is basically AUS, with one or two Euro routes. If IAH didn't have UA/Star, it would still have at least a large nu...

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by rta
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?
Replies: 179
Views: 22755

Re: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?

Miami/Orlando might be an example, but honestly the drive isn't that bad. Yeah, I've personally driven this one many times, but I've flown this one even more. I usually end up flying this for one of two reasons: 1. I feel like flying somewhere on a really quick trip but don't want to burn a lot of ...

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by rta
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?
Replies: 179
Views: 22755

Re: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?

Miami/Orlando might be an example, but honestly the drive isn't that bad.

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by rta
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 Retirement Date Set
Replies: 98
Views: 25200

Re: BA 747 Retirement Date Set

I'm not sure how long I expected the 744s to stay in the fleet, but 2024 is pretty decent. Would have loved for most of the fleet to last past 2021, but I suppose you can't replace aircraft overnight.

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by rta
Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub
Replies: 196
Views: 22547

Re: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub

Each airline has their own costs (equipment, labor, etc) so solely comparing the costs at each hub isn't really valid. That being said, I do think they're missing out on a sizable market by not having a SE hub. At this point, I think they're better off securing their current hubs. They face a lot of...

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by rta
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employees to Get New Uniforms
Replies: 124
Views: 17497

Re: Delta Employees to Get New Uniforms

At worst I'm usually indifferent to new uniforms, but these look pretty awful. The red blazer, grey pants, and purple looks the most confusing to me.

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by rta
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair starts weighting some passengers voluntarily
Replies: 32
Views: 6649

Re: Finnair starts weighting some passengers voluntarily

Well I don't see the problem here it's voluntary and the only purpose is to check whether the estimate is accurate. Although I think they will get an underestimated data from this as overweight people would be more reluctant to get weighted than the average Joe. Agree. I'd expect the reported numbe...

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by rta
Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL - Mood lighting procedures and usage.
Replies: 15
Views: 3320

Re: DL - Mood lighting procedures and usage.

Not sure about Delta but I've seen 0 consistency in how its used on UA and AA 737s.

The mood lighting retrofit on DL's MD-88 is terrible though. Its just too strong.

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by rta
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another Air Canada incident at SFO
Replies: 82
Views: 738160

Re: Another Air Canada incident at SFO

I think I'll avoid flying AC to SFO. :duck:
Hopefully whatever caused this is identified and resolved.

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by rta
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA painted aircraft - 2017
Replies: 611
Views: 119680

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2017

I think AA is making a mistake with the retrofits, but that's just my opinion. DL will have a better domestic product when all is said and done. I agree. But at the end of the day, I'm guessing pricing and schedule will be the biggest factors for people buying tickets. Either way you go - I think c...

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by rta
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Visual of largest airlines by state in the USA
Replies: 89
Views: 17039

Re: Visual of largest airlines by state

I'm not sure how accurate this data is when accounting for regionals. Also, listing the airlines by number of states is kind of painful to look at. AA only has 6, but obviously they are the largest airline - and much larger than WN. I would have guessed Delta for Wisconsin, given their strong presen...

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by rta
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Prime Livery and UPS's Livery Similarities
Replies: 13
Views: 3468

Re: Amazon Prime Livery and UPS's Livery Similarities

does not look the same to me. Amazon's looks more like a few commercial airlines' livery with the tail extending to the fuselage (QF, AA, etc)

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by rta
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA/B6 Merger Rumors Floating Again
Replies: 101
Views: 17624

Re: UA/B6 Merger Rumors Floating Again

I doubt UA is even in a position to merge another airline. It still looks like they're trying to get things under 1 roof.

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by rta
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's new branding
Replies: 116
Views: 20631

Re: AA's new branding

JannEejit wrote:
Or is it the actual design that's unpopular ? I don't recall too much criticism when it was just the Continental livery.


I think even if CO was still around, it'd still be outdated compared to what AA and DL have today. It's not terrible, but it lacks a certain freshness.

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by rta
Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's new branding
Replies: 116
Views: 20631

Re: AA's new branding

For me, the new branding is so far removed from the old that it doesn't even feel like the same airline. Although to be honest, it hasn't felt like the same airline since the merger, and I haven't flown with them since 2012 for that reason. AA knows they're not the same airline anymore - and that's...

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by rta
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline
Replies: 96
Views: 17007

Re: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline

Here is your "false narrative." Got anything constructive to say now? http://www.jdpower.com/press-releases/jd-power-2017-north-america-airline-satisfaction-study United was ranked below Alaska, Delta and American for traditional carriers. Their score would have them ranked below Southwes...

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by rta
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline
Replies: 96
Views: 17007

Re: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline

Challenge to Kirby: Instead of shooting for a meaningless title like "biggest airline", why not shoot for something more relevant like "better airline." What is the point of being biggest when all you are doing is providing poor service at a very large scale? Not really somethin...

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