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by GatorClark
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread 2020
Replies: 915
Views: 77159

Re: AS claps back at B6, announces LAX and FLL expansion

The Florida routes are interesting. AA attempted LAX-TPA a couple years back and it didn't quite work out. I think DL has been on the route for years now. The RSW adds are quite perplexing to me; I don't think anyone has attempted RSW-West Coast service. I never really thought RSW was popular for W...

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by GatorClark
Sat May 23, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT Grants tentative Approval to 15 US Airlines to Drop service to 75 airports
Replies: 88
Views: 13435

Re: DOT Grants tentative Approval to 15 US Airlines to Drop service to 75 airports

I'm truly shocked DL didn't try to cut RSW. Maybe I just don't know a lot about the inner workings of the airline industry (ok, there's about a 98% chance I don't know all the thoughts going into these cuts). Tampa is 1.5-2 hour drive north, PBI is 2.5 hours east, and MIA/FLL are 2 hours southeast. ...

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by GatorClark
Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 61822

Re: AF retired its first A380

It will be interesting to see where these frames will end up. BA or EK? Or Hifly? NH? CZ? Tui? Corsair? DL? VS (JFK-LHR)? NH? A new operator? I doubt that it will be scrapped, a 10 year old machine. I think I can say with almost absolute certainty that out of this list, DL would be the very last to...

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by GatorClark
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What types will Delta order/option for delivery in 2023/2024?
Replies: 161
Views: 18396

Re: What types will Delta order/option for delivery in 2023/2024?

Contrary to others, I have always felt the MAX 8 has a place in the DL fleet. Please God no.. I, like a lot of other baggage handlers at DL, HATE working the 737's because of the low bin clearance. If they retired all their 737's and replaced them with the A320 & A220 family I wouldn't shed eve...

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by GatorClark
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avatar Airlines (formerly Family Airlines) start up tries again..
Replies: 150
Views: 15536

Re: Avatar sends LOI to order 30 748's.

While I would LOVE to see a domestic airline with an all 747 fleet, I have to agree that about as close as this guy will get is to have a 30-person multiplayer session on Flight Simulator X or Prepar3d. Also for what its worth, its not just SimpleFlying that has written an article. I've read no less...

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by GatorClark
Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus redesigns A350 control panel to resist liquid spillage
Replies: 169
Views: 30690

Re: A350 engine shutdown incidents linked to cockpit drink spills

I see this whole situation as irrefutable evidence we need to scrap ETOPS and go back to trijets and quad jets. We'd NEVER have to divert if we only lost 1 out of 3 or 1 out of 4 engines.. :duck: I've seen this happen on a DC-10 and a 727. It has Nothing to DO with the number of Engines and you KNO...

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by GatorClark
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL launching new Uniforms amidst health concerns
Replies: 77
Views: 12170

Re: DL launching new Uniforms amidst health concerns

Are Delta's flight attendants required to pay for their uniforms or are they supplied by Delta at no cost to the employee? :old: If its the same process as here on the ramp, they are provided with an initial "kit" that includes a predefined number of pieces in a given category that allows...

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by GatorClark
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus redesigns A350 control panel to resist liquid spillage
Replies: 169
Views: 30690

Re: A350 engine shutdown incidents linked to cockpit drink spills

I see this whole situation as irrefutable evidence we need to scrap ETOPS and go back to trijets and quad jets. We'd NEVER have to divert if we only lost 1 out of 3 or 1 out of 4 engines.. :duck:

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by GatorClark
Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minor dies on DL flight LAX-SEA
Replies: 32
Views: 12536

Re: Minor dies on DL flight LAX-SEA

In a great gesture, Delta provided the family grief counselors, accommodations, food and Porsche service to their hotel at LAX. I saw the flight land while taxiing for departure. Sobering to know the outcome of the emergency. Perhaps a recrew as well after such a traumatic event. I would guess that...

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by GatorClark
Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minor dies on DL flight LAX-SEA
Replies: 32
Views: 12536

Re: Minor dies on DL flight LAX-SEA

I saw the flight land while taxiing for departure. Sobering to know the outcome of the emergency. Looks like the flight did actually take off only to immediately return to LAX. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL2423/history/20191227/0035Z/KLAX/KSEA The revised DL 2423 didn't take off to SEA un...

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by GatorClark
Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1195
Views: 261650

Re: DL retiring MD-80s quickly

Where are they coming from to RSW? I couldn’t find any ATL flights on MD-88s without looking at SRQ. At the moment, the are coming from ATL. Today for instance, flights, 2015, 1732, 1067, 1711, 2651, 2704 & 1806 were all operated ATL-RSW on an MD-88.. I would know.. I was inside the bin on 2015...

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by GatorClark
Tue Dec 24, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1195
Views: 261650

Re: DL retiring MD-80s quickly

So over the course of the next year, what do we speculate some of the last -88 routes will be? Do you think they will stay pretty close to ATL on routes like to GSP, CHS, AGS, PNS and ECP? Or will there be some longer routes hang on like OKC and YYZ? I know for at least the moment, we are getting t...

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by GatorClark
Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska meltdown at SEA
Replies: 119
Views: 20565

Re: Alaska meltdown at SEA

They can't keep enough handlers working. It's not easy work and they are perpetually understaffed. I'd be tempted to call in on a rainy day too, if I knew I'd have only 3 people on my crew trying to quick turn 737-800s. I literally have to do that daily with a 757.. Rain or shine. We get 3 people t...

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by GatorClark
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair set to become 9th carrier between PAR and NYC
Replies: 71
Views: 10429

Re: Corsair set to become 9th carrier between PAR and NYC

Thibault973 wrote:

The city pair should see 113 weekly flights next summer :

ORY - EWR
- Corsair daily 339


Darn I was hoping Corsair would be operating it on the 747.

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by GatorClark
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta luggage abuse
Replies: 107
Views: 12931

Re: Delta luggage abuse

Ok this could potentially be right up my alley. I'm a DL Ramp Operator. This kind of stuff LITERALLY happens daily. Every airline. Every airport. To reply to the OP, what makes you say this HAD to be intentional. Ramp operators don't usually have the time or the desire to purposely damage someones ...

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by GatorClark
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta luggage abuse
Replies: 107
Views: 12931

Re: Delta luggage abuse

To reply to the OP, what makes you say this HAD to be intentional.. I've no idea whether it's intentional -- but it's clearly negligent. Look up "res ipsa loquitor," champ. I completely agree... Negligent? Definitely. Intentional? I HIGHLY doubt it. Not trying to make excuses for the acti...

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by GatorClark
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta luggage abuse
Replies: 107
Views: 12931

Re: Delta luggage abuse

Ok this could potentially be right up my alley. I'm a DL Ramp Operator. This kind of stuff LITERALLY happens daily. Every airline. Every airport. To reply to the OP, what makes you say this HAD to be intentional. Ramp operators don't usually have the time or the desire to purposely damage someones b...

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by GatorClark
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.
Replies: 64
Views: 7589

Re: Air New Zealand drops tattoo ban.

I honestly never got this policy. Assuming your tattoo doesn't depict something offensive then there's no need for all this fuss A lot of companies & government agencies here in the states have the same policy. Unfortunately, there is the general idea at the managerial level that tattoos are un...

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by GatorClark
Wed May 22, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't Delta keep their 747s longer?
Replies: 28
Views: 3253

Re: Why didn't Delta keep their 747s longer?

Did Delta ever have their own 747's pre-merger? Delta operated 5 747-132s in the early to mid-1970s. Like most US carriers at the time they quickly figured out the airplane was simply too big for their domestic network. Further down is a thread with some video of a Delta 747 at Dallas Love Field. n...

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by GatorClark
Tue May 21, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 20029

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

3 reasons why this is a bad idea: 1. Silk Air 185 2. Germanwings 9525 3. EgyptAir 990 And just in case you dispute any of these: Royal Air Maroc 630. What if the second pilot who is no longer in the flight deck is the one who would have crashed the airplane? Then it’s a really good idea. Actually t...

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by GatorClark
Tue May 21, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 20029

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

3 reasons why this is a bad idea:
1. Silk Air 185
2. Germanwings 9525
3. EgyptAir 990

And just in case you dispute any of these:
Royal Air Maroc 630.

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by GatorClark
Sat May 18, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AS trying to get B6
Replies: 302
Views: 46491

Re: Rumor: AS trying to get B6

Just as funny a rumor: I have a friend at DL that told me B6 agreed to a merger in a back room at DL terminal 4. Must be true. Can we stop this silly rehash of what 30+ topics over the years on this. GET SOME NEW TOPICS ALREADY. Hey, be happy we seem to have slowed down on the endless topics about ...

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by GatorClark
Tue May 07, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Painting liveries when decals unavailable on model
Replies: 2
Views: 3578

Painting liveries when decals unavailable on model

Hey guys, I'm just getting back into putting together model airplanes (commercial airliners to be exact) and my next model that I want to do is an 1/144 Revell A340-300 in BWIA West Indies paint. This aircraft I believe was never made in any scale other than 1:400 & 1:500. I've been looking arou...

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by GatorClark
Mon May 06, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami Air 737 runway overrun into river at NAS Jacksonville
Replies: 247
Views: 44577

Re: Miami Air 737 runway overrun into river at NAS Jacksonville

This is pretty haunting to see this aircraft in that state as I had just assisted loading it the day before when it operated RSW-SDF. It was parked at gate C7 and I remember thinking "huh. Thats not something we do every day.." Charter flights at RSW on commercial size aircraft (e.g. Miami...

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by GatorClark
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta allegedly lobbying against new FAA rest rule for cabin crew
Replies: 101
Views: 27821

Re: Delta allegedly lobbying against new FAA rest rule for cabin crew

Delta always fighting against anything good for the workers. Immoral and unethical anti labor company with the dirtiest practices to make sure their employees don't unionize. Ummm I work for Delta.. Please enlighten me on how they doing anything they can to make sure I don't go union. Is it the pay...

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by GatorClark
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL rebrand in the works ? (Going more purple?)
Replies: 44
Views: 12155

Re: DL rebrand in the works ? (Going more purple?)

As a DL employee, I can tell you this though it isn't much. If they are undergoing a rebranding, or new paint scheme, or whatever you want to call it, they haven't said a single word to us. Nothing in our company emails, nothing on the company TV channel, not a peep. Though some of us, at my station...

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by GatorClark
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest lived airline livery.
Replies: 90
Views: 13040

Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

NK's "tropical" livery, the Euro white body, blue tail and yellow and green 'S' on the tail was fairly short lived. That didn't make it onto the whole fleet before they came out with the banana boat scheme. Heck there are still some A319's running around in the silver digital scheme they h...

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by GatorClark
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Eagle get rid of the ATR 72/42
Replies: 67
Views: 11737

Re: Why did American Eagle get rid of the ATR 72/42

I know the ATR did great doing shuttle runs between RSW & MIA.. I flew it a couple times and it was always packed. When they retired the ATR, the RSW-MIA route went with it. The ATR 72 may have done great operationally on MIA-RSW, but it left *a lot* to be desired from a pax perspective - even ...

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by GatorClark
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Eagle get rid of the ATR 72/42
Replies: 67
Views: 11737

Re: Why did American Eagle get rid of the ATR 72/42

I know the ATR did great doing shuttle runs between RSW & MIA.. I flew it a couple times and it was always packed. When they retired the ATR, the RSW-MIA route went with it.

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by GatorClark
Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Student pilot close to flight test
Replies: 18
Views: 4950

Re: Student pilot close to flight test

Your first mistake is comparing yourself to other students.. Every student learns at their own pace and in their own way. Relax, remember what you've been taught. I'm sure you have a good instructor.. When you're in that cockpit, don't worry about how everyone else is doing or how fast they are prog...

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by GatorClark
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA 1643 Runway Excursion at OMA
Replies: 82
Views: 11146

Re: SWA 1643 Runway Overrun at OMA

So when is the FAA going to take notice and look into the safety culture, or lack thereof, at Southwest? This is getting ridiculous... So the Lufthansa A330 that slid of the runway in DFW 5 years ago also means they have a lack of safety culture? Not really sticking up for WN, but this doesn't real...

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by GatorClark
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?
Replies: 112
Views: 26250

Re: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?

I guess that explains all those A320s that United had. But I do believe that post you quoted is actually the opposite. UA isn't opposed to Airbus and really hasn't been for many years. It was CO that was all Boeing. That was my point. That comment was directed toward Flee's comment and was agreeing...

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by GatorClark
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?
Replies: 112
Views: 26250

Re: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?

Why did they go for the A350-1000 at first? They have been converted to the A350-900 I think the Airbus order was a legacy from Continental. United are Boeing true and true... I guess that explains all those A320s that United had. To be fair, I think the A320's were all bought for TED and were just...

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by GatorClark
Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?
Replies: 251
Views: 30632

Re: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?

Next time someone claims JetBlue is a LCC, they should post CASM numbers. I cringe every time I hear "JetBlue is a LCC" because when I used to live in Chicago, and wanted to visit family in Florida, JetBlue was usually the most expensive. NK was usually the cheapest with their nonstop ORD...

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by GatorClark
Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Domestic jumbo usage question
Replies: 54
Views: 8040

Domestic jumbo usage question

I'm sure there are other threads on this, but when did US airlines start to move away from using large widebodies and jumbos on domestic routes? Its not hard to find photos and information on airlines like United, Delta, TWA & American using aircraft such as the DC-10 & 747 on domestic route...

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by GatorClark
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will WN begin codesharing with international airlines?
Replies: 87
Views: 8121

Re: When will WN begin codesharing with international airlines?

Didn't they used to have some kind of agreement with Volaris? I remember reading in WN's onboard magazine..

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by GatorClark
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 8750 over pacific
Replies: 49
Views: 10084

Re: WN 8750 over pacific

The network planners at NW have already thought through all your Qs, and steer a steady course toward positive yields... lots of WN FFs on the West Coast who will prefer WN. Not sure what Northwest planners would have to do with this but even though some FF people like WN, I would never chose to fl...

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by GatorClark
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger sues BA for being 'squashed next to obese man'
Replies: 145
Views: 18971

Re: Passenger sues BA for being 'squashed next to obese man'

I do think airlines could do ok business selling a second seat to fat people for 50% the normal fare - simply as a courtesy. Everyone wins and very common sense. Southwest has a policy similar to that.. Not at 50%, but still a policy requiring passengers of size to buy a second seat and when it fir...

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by GatorClark
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA862 almost lands at the wrong airport
Replies: 46
Views: 13068

Re: AA862 almost lands at the wrong airport

Probably won't even be a file letter unless a loss of separation occurred as a result. Maybe a call from the FOQA gatekeeper. AA has a no-fault go around policy. This incident will likely be included in our human factors training in recurrent. Forgive me for asking, but what exactly is a "no-f...

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by GatorClark
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest grounding many airplanes.
Replies: 71
Views: 13309

Re: Southwest grounding many airplanes.

The entire Southwest operation has been a complete circus for the longest time...they can't get flights out on-time, many cancellations... They have become very unreliable. This is just another notch in their belt... Not sure where you get that assumption from. I consistently fly through several of...

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by GatorClark
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta, WestJet to form JV
Replies: 53
Views: 8480

Re: Delta, WestJet to form JV

Perhaps someone can answer something for me.. What is the difference between a code share, airline alliance (Star, One World, Skyteam) & a JV?

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by GatorClark
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dynamic exits BK, seeks to grow fleet, use Eastern Air Lines name
Replies: 98
Views: 20000

Re: Dynamic exits BK, seeks to grow fleet, use Eastern Air Lines name

Just a thought from looking at the Swift Air logo.. Are they part of the Swift that is a major trucking company here in the US? I hope they're not. The Swift (Trucking Company) are for good reason, the laughing stock of the trucking industry due to their poor safety & accident record.

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by GatorClark
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Proposal: Flying Trains
Replies: 36
Views: 4773

Re: Proposal: Flying Trains

I wonder if the Pan Am 707 in the background is Plan B... :D Oh good I wasn't the only one who noticed that.. Maybe I just read the article wrong or missed something altogether, but I think all this is contingent on the fact that everyone on the plane is going to roughly the same place. What about ...

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by GatorClark
Wed May 30, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?
Replies: 126
Views: 11890

Re: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?

Aren't those destinations a bit like Hawaii - all vacation and no/little business? I can't imagine a large business demand hence I can't imagine airlines scrambling to serve these routes. Follow the money.... As far as I know, yes.... but seeing as how they are closer to the eastern US than Hawaii ...

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by GatorClark
Sat May 19, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's position in NYC
Replies: 106
Views: 13056

Re: AA's position in NYC

Exactly. B6 isn't big enough to survive alone. The only other dance partner left is AS. That gives them a route network like the combined HP/US. Eventually B6 will put themselves up for sale, just like VX did. Why do you need to be big to survive? If B6 and AS is printing money, why do they need to...

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by GatorClark
Fri May 18, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline livery you miss the most
Replies: 166
Views: 11353

Re: Airline livery you miss the most

My favorites that I miss would have to be: UA-Saul Bass & Battleship Gray BA-Landor (looked especially good on Concorde. Think it would look good on the A380 as well) Air Florida DL- Widget NK-Silver Digital paint (still a couple of those around) PA- Blue cheatline and small titles (original 747...

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by GatorClark
Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will GTF bypass ratios put (current) large twins in jeopardy?
Replies: 30
Views: 6657

Re: Will GTF bypass ratios put current large twins in jeopardy?

Super27 wrote:
parapente wrote:
Since no one is ever going to trust P&W to build a new Engine again


Would you mind expanding on that point for me?


I would very much like to know this as well..

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BWIAirport wrote:
I'm still hoping for an updated 'retro' look, something like this:
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO ... 9LX2VZMC1R


Kind of reminds me of the old PSA airlines..

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by GatorClark
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest sued for removing Arabic speaking passenger
Replies: 60
Views: 6905

Re: Southwest sued for removing Arabic speaking passenger

Hope he wins. The clientele and staff of Southwest are truly the worst America has to offer. Excuse me? I wasn't aware that you KNOW me personally. I am a very loyal Southwest customer and unless you know everything about me and what kind of person I am, I suggest you amend your statement. BTW, I a...

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by GatorClark
Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest sued for removing Arabic speaking passenger
Replies: 60
Views: 6905

Re: Southwest sued for removing Arabic speaking passenger

Hope he wins. The clientele and staff of Southwest are truly the worst America has to offer. Excuse me? I wasn't aware that you KNOW me personally. I am a very loyal Southwest customer and unless you know everything about me and what kind of person I am, I suggest you amend your statement. BTW, I a...

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