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by ExPedia
Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGW-YVR
Replies: 7
Views: 2140

RE: LGW-YVR

MyTravel is the old Airtours in case you are trying to keep track. They are nearly bankrupt but have been for awhile so I wouldn't be all that concerned. They also own Sunquest and Alba Tours in Canada. If you go to the main MyTravel website (www.mytravel.com) you should be able to find something th...

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by ExPedia
Sat Aug 27, 2005 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seatpich Regulation! To Small Pitch Unhealthy?
Replies: 54
Views: 3757

RE: Seatpich Regulation! To Small Pitch Unhealthy?

And Wal-Mart is the largest retailer on the planet. You do the math.

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by ExPedia
Sat Aug 27, 2005 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YYZ's T1 - Too Big?
Replies: 24
Views: 4406

RE: YYZ's T1 - Too Big?

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by ExPedia
Fri Aug 26, 2005 5:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YYZ's T1 - Too Big?
Replies: 24
Views: 4406

RE: YYZ's T1 - Too Big?

Another benefit: since all carriers other than AC/UA are operating from T3, people making do-it-yourself connections to/from WS can stay in the same terminal.

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by ExPedia
Fri Aug 26, 2005 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: See What A UK Charter Airline Can Get Away With...
Replies: 96
Views: 16198

RE: See What A UK Charter Airline Can Get Away With...

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by ExPedia
Fri Aug 26, 2005 5:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?
Replies: 50
Views: 4349

RE: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?

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by ExPedia
Fri Aug 26, 2005 5:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: See What A UK Charter Airline Can Get Away With...
Replies: 96
Views: 16198

RE: See What A UK Charter Airline Can Get Away With...

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by ExPedia
Fri Aug 26, 2005 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?
Replies: 50
Views: 4349

RE: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?

Typically the tour ops calculate their pricing on the assumption of loads something in the area of 92% plus. Depends on the deal with the carrier, and of course it gets muddier if the carrier is in-house. But said another way, the T.O. doesn't make money if they operate at less than that, and that a...

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by ExPedia
Fri Aug 26, 2005 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: See What A UK Charter Airline Can Get Away With...
Replies: 96
Views: 16198

RE: See What A UK Charter Airline Can Get Away With...

Although charter carriers were among the first (and are the strictest at enforcing) extra charges, it's worth noting that the are not alone. N. American sched carriers are introducing similar fees. On some fare classes, advanced seat selection will cost you, extra baggage will cost you (and the free...

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by ExPedia
Fri Aug 26, 2005 3:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?
Replies: 50
Views: 4349

RE: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?

Quick reminder that, in the huge majority of cases, the "charter carriers" aren't the ones deciding where they fly - it is the tour operators calling the shots (though in fairness this is often the same outfit). And yes, the tour ops are typically much more nimble in opening new gateways - killing p...

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by ExPedia
Thu Aug 25, 2005 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Montréal: Why YUL Over YMX?
Replies: 50
Views: 8628

RE: Montréal: Why YUL Over YMX?

Curfews are pretty commonplace - <acronym title="Toronto - Lester B. Pearson International (Malton) (YYZ / CYYZ), Canada - Ontario">YYZ</acronym> has them too, with no flight ops between 1am and 6am. Landing after 1 - say if a machine is late inbound - will cost the carrier a fine of several thousan...

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by ExPedia
Thu Aug 25, 2005 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skyservice Cancels YKA-PVR Service
Replies: 5
Views: 2161

RE: Skyservice Cancels YKA-PVR Service

Maybe, but because it's the tour ops who take the risk on these routes, it's likely the lead contracting tour op on the charter who decided to pull the plug for some reason. The carrier just goes where they're contracted to go, mostly.

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by ExPedia
Thu Aug 25, 2005 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Montréal: Why YUL Over YMX?
Replies: 50
Views: 8628

RE: Montréal: Why YUL Over YMX?

So how long before the "<acronym title="Montreal - Pierre Elliott Trudeau International (Dorval) (YUL / CYUL), Canada - Quebec">YUL</acronym> is faaaaaaaaar too busy/noisy - something must be done" drumbeat gets fired up? Any bets? That will be sweet, eh? We'll get to re-hash the exact same issue al...

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by ExPedia
Thu Aug 25, 2005 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seatpich Regulation! To Small Pitch Unhealthy?
Replies: 54
Views: 3757

RE: Seatpich Regulation! To Small Pitch Unhealthy?

Gipper's nailed it - pretty much as I said above. Look, everybody would like F seating at Q pricing, but life doesn't work that way. Carriers are not going to leave free revenue on the table if travellers continue to demonstrate that they don't value (e.g. pay more for or choose more often) a carrie...

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by ExPedia
Thu Aug 25, 2005 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?
Replies: 50
Views: 4349

RE: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?

Hmm. It is working for me. Here it is again, or try searching Google for "number of UK passengers taking packaged holidays in 2000". It comes up then, and I clicked it no problem: <a href="http://www.irn-research.com/downloads/IRNSampleTravelMarket.pdf" target=_blank>http://www.irn-research.com/down...

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by ExPedia
Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seatpich Regulation! To Small Pitch Unhealthy?
Replies: 54
Views: 3757

RE: Seatpich Regulation! To Small Pitch Unhealthy?

While carriers do compete on product - of which seat pitch is a factor certainly - the reality is that the vast majority of them, and pax too, could not truly care less about increasing it. Yes, of course pax would like to get F seating for a GBP 99 <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), Un...

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by ExPedia
Wed Aug 24, 2005 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 & A340 Rear Economy Seating
Replies: 28
Views: 6804

RE: A330 & A340 Rear Economy Seating

Slightly off topic, but does anyone remember the seating on the old A300s? They not only tapered (I can't remember to what seat config in the last rows) but the floor rose up at the back. So did the windows.

[Edited 2005-08-23 22:39:34]

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by ExPedia
Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BMI To Toronto YYZ?
Replies: 13
Views: 3598

RE: BMI To Toronto YYZ?

No PTVs. Service is good (comp beer and wine in Y transatlantic, and at least 2 if not 3 new movies with soundtrack in English, French and the language of the departure city, plus short films and <acronym title="Virgin Express (Belgium)">TV</acronym> shows. Usually better than Euro carriers who seem...

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by ExPedia
Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BMI To Toronto YYZ?
Replies: 13
Views: 3598

RE: BMI To Toronto YYZ?

On both aircraft, row 30 (centre section) and 31 (two outboard seats by the fuse on either side) are the best in terms of leg room. Downsides are that the armrests don't go up (the tables are in the arms) and you might have kids there. But for space, those are your best bets imho.

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by ExPedia
Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BMI To Toronto YYZ?
Replies: 13
Views: 3598

RE: BMI To Toronto YYZ?

Are you in Y or J? And have you checked out www.seatguru.com ?

[Edited 2005-08-23 21:26:18]

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Montréal: Why YUL Over YMX?
Replies: 50
Views: 8628

RE: Montréal: Why YUL Over YMX?

And we're OFF!

Now N328KF, aren't you happy you kicked this off?

We will be re-counting the ballots of the last referendum before this thread dies  Smile

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?
Replies: 50
Views: 4349

RE: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?

Thanks for the clarification.

In a nutshell, those markets were underserved and the tour ops were looking for growth opportunities/ways to up fleet utilization in less competitive locales. That was the rationale in at the outset, anyway. Pretty standard "TourOp 101" stuff.

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?
Replies: 50
Views: 4349

RE: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?

Departures from up North you mean, vs. all-LGW, all-the-time, so to speak?

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Some Info On EOS ...
Replies: 6
Views: 2974

RE: Some Info On EOS ...

I believe the pairing is <acronym title="London - Stansted (STN / EGSS), United Kingdom">STN</acronym>-<acronym title="Newark - Liberty International (EWR / KEWR), USA - New Jersey">EWR</acronym>, but yes, a 75 with ETOPS is fine on that. As the initial email pointed out, they are demonstrating ETOP...

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hard Times: US Vs European Approaches
Replies: 30
Views: 5956

RE: Hard Times: US Vs European Approaches

Now applying *that* to the rock'n'roll world of aviation labour relations is a challenge all on its' own. Godspeed!  Wink

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Some Info On EOS ...
Replies: 6
Views: 2974

RE: Some Info On EOS ...

The economics are of a 75 with fares like this are spectacular, and a Greater London to Greater NYC pairing should be gold. Don't forget that with the death of Concorde there are a lot of mega-frequent transatlantic fliers who would love a little more "love". <acronym title="Lufthansa (Germany)">LH<...

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could EK Go Bankrupt?
Replies: 43
Views: 8288

RE: Could EK Go Bankrupt?

I believe that <acronym title="Emirates (United Arab Emirates)">EK</acronym> and many other "3rd country" carriers servicing Europe in the West and Asia/Pacific in the East stand to have tremendous futures - although CAX outpacing demand has killed many companies, and not just airlines so nothing is...

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Montréal: Why YUL Over YMX?
Replies: 50
Views: 8628

RE: Montréal: Why YUL Over YMX?

Everything involving Quebec and the Federal Government is, by definition, cause for an angry response from somebody. Maybe in Sept Iles, maybe in Calgary, but fer sher it doesn't just pass quietly  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smilies/smile.gif" alt="Smile"> It's what counts as political int...

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two Airlines Sharing Aircraft
Replies: 54
Views: 9791

RE: Two Airlines Sharing Aircraft

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?
Replies: 50
Views: 4349

RE: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?
Replies: 50
Views: 4349

RE: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?

Excellent post, Crosswind. Your economics and timelines are about bang on, and I agree that FCD is probably the furthest along the path to at least actively doing SOMETHING about building a future for the model. But even this paints a picture of a much smaller business - it has to be if long haul is...

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?
Replies: 50
Views: 4349

RE: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?

There's a lot to all this. Tour ops are vertically integrated businesses, where they own the High Street shops, the planes, the transfer companies and the hotels. So to some extent - really only to the extent that they can continue to control the beds in destinations people want to go to - they have...

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Montréal: Why YUL Over YMX?
Replies: 50
Views: 8628

RE: Montréal: Why YUL Over YMX?

Yes, mon ami, this is one for the ages  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smilies/smile.gif" alt="Smile"> However, in a nutshell, <acronym title="Montreal - Mirabel International (YMX / CYMX), Canada - Quebec">YMX</acronym> was a political decision back in the day that was never FORCED to work - ...

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 6:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?
Replies: 50
Views: 4349

RE: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?
Replies: 50
Views: 4349

RE: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?

Fair comment, but even then you run into other issues. Trying to run a 763 or what have you on a given long haul route requires a lot of pax to make profitable - remember these guys are usually aiming for loads north of 92% in order to hit their profit targets. Said another way, less than that and t...

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 4:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?
Replies: 20
Views: 2396

RE: Thinking Of Buying A NW Ticket, Risky?

Be sure to book it via credit card. That way if they do go under, you may have recourse from the card issuer.

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?
Replies: 50
Views: 4349

RE: UK Charter Carriers Cutting Fleet Size?

The future of UK tour ops is not pretty, and their fleet planning reflects that. The fact is that the "take it or leave it" holidays are dying. Dynamic packaging - where scheduled or charter flights are bundled with land components, with infinite durations and options possible and prices constructed...

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YYZ's T1 - Too Big?
Replies: 24
Views: 4406

RE: YYZ's T1 - Too Big?

The other thing to remember here is that this construction should bring a lot more international in-bond pax hubbing through <acronym title="Toronto - Lester B. Pearson International (Malton) (YYZ / CYYZ), Canada - Ontario">YYZ</acronym> as opposed to US hubs enroute to other countries - compliments...

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 2:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: List By Destination Or Departure Time?
Replies: 10
Views: 3150

RE: List By Destination Or Departure Time?

I think the rationale there is to have consistency with arrival and departure display - and often people picking up arriving pax don't know the flight number or exact time the inbound machine is coming in, but always know where they pax are coming from. So this makes it easier for them, and as a res...

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 2:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Canada Y-class Inflight Service
Replies: 7
Views: 8196

RE: Air Canada Y-class Inflight Service

Agree on all comments re: spottiness here, though in fairness across the board <acronym title="Air Canada">AC</acronym>'s inflight service is still the most extensive of any N. American carrier today. Free headsets, movies, meals on more flights - you don't see that anymore. And their J product - es...

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 2:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who Books Flight Based On A/C Type Over Cost?
Replies: 20
Views: 4147

RE: Who Books Flight Based On A/C Type Over Cost?

While there are some people who do make an A/C choice over price, the vast majority of travellers (try 95% or more) do not. It is truly a question of a tradeoff between (a) price and (b) non-stop or direct flight. People want to get where they are going as fast as they can, paying as little as they ...

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by ExPedia
Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Is There A Higher Price For One Way?
Replies: 9
Views: 5574

RE: Why Is There A Higher Price For One Way?

The biggest reason that one ways are often more expensive than round-trip is because the carriers can get away with it. They have traditionally used advance purchase and a Saturday-stay as a method to filter leisure pax from business pax, wanting to ensure price competitiveness and maximum profit in...

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by ExPedia
Sun Aug 21, 2005 2:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: E-tickets And Self-check-in And Online Check-in
Replies: 11
Views: 8078

RE: E-tickets And Self-check-in And Online Check-i

I am biased, but yeah, I think that all this automation is tremendous. E-tix, online self-serve seat selection, wireless flight status updates - it is all a huge improvement over what was previously. These and other tools, together with kiosks or at-home web check-in are not just traveller friendly ...

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by ExPedia
Sun Aug 21, 2005 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 & A340 Rear Economy Seating
Replies: 28
Views: 6804

RE: A330 & A340 Rear Economy Seating

The "A" or "K" seat (the single one depending on the aircraft seating config) on an <acronym title="Air Canada">AC</acronym> 767 is simply the best J seat offered by a carrier based in N. America, IMO. Sure, they don't lie flat etc. but for pure space and privacy, it can't be beat. I flew <acronym t...

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by ExPedia
Sun Aug 21, 2005 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do WestJet 737-800s Have PTV's?
Replies: 6
Views: 4094

RE: Do WestJet 737-800s Have PTV's?

Only on -700s so far. The rest are being rolled out progressively. From their site: WestJet currently offers comfortable leather seats, more legroom and live seatback television on all of its Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 aircraft. We plan to have all of our 737-600s and 737-800s equipped with live...

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by ExPedia
Sun Aug 21, 2005 12:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Stupid Airline Names
Replies: 95
Views: 10254

RE: Stupid Airline Names

Sometimes it's funny how these names come around. For instance, Canada 3000 *was* Air 2000 in Canada. Back in the early 90's Air 2000's parent (First Choice of the UK) moved into Canada and brought their airline with them. Idea was to operate the machines here in the Winter rather than parking them ...

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by ExPedia
Sun Aug 21, 2005 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Will WN Expand Next?
Replies: 54
Views: 5419

RE: How Will WN Expand Next?

Who knows what Southwest might do. They are smart folks, and they will continue to chart their own course. That said, I would not expect them to move into Canada any time soon. What seems much more likely to me is a JetBlue/WestJet team up or N. America wide code-share sort of idea. <acronym title="...

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by ExPedia
Sun Aug 21, 2005 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 & A340 Rear Economy Seating
Replies: 28
Views: 6804

RE: A330 & A340 Rear Economy Seating

I am unaware of any carrier with other than 2-3-2 at the back. And as a sidebar, the 1-2-2 in J on a 767 is not uncommon. For instance, <acronym title="Air Canada">AC</acronym> uses that config in overseas service, as did <acronym title="Canadian Airlines">CP</acronym> before <acronym title="Air Can...

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by ExPedia
Sun Aug 21, 2005 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Expedia Displaying Emirates 727
Replies: 14
Views: 3981

RE: Expedia Displaying Emirates 727

Unlikely, as the fare class associated with the seat you purchase would be Y and not J, regardless of the error in the seatmap loaded in the CRS by the carrier. And, to confirm the comment above, this would not be an Expedia problem - it sure sounds like the carrier made an error in updating the equ...

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