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by chonetsao
Sat Nov 06, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 100
Views: 12327

Re: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back

Can you imagine if someone posted ‘ I get it you just don’t like EasyJet / Ryanair ‘ ? The utter pretentiousness / lack of self awareness / removal from reality of BA fanatics is simply shocking Agreed. Once I got into an argument with BA fan about Club Europe seating. Their response is that: look ...

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by chonetsao
Sat Nov 06, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 100
Views: 12327

Re: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back

You don’t do yourself any favours when you make stuff up… 32” pitch on Ryanair? In your dreams unless you’re in an exit row or front row. Their 737-800s have the exit-limited legal maximum of 189 seats fitted giving a standard 30” pitch, the Max has a higher exit limit so has been fitted with 197 s...

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by chonetsao
Sat Nov 06, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 100
Views: 12327

Re: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back

"Young and pretty"? Is THAT what the job as cabin crew is all about? How about someone walking into your place of work and saying these things about you/your job? I want young and pretty office workers? Not middle aged ones. You are on the wrong side of history my friend... It is a generi...

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by chonetsao
Sat Nov 06, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 100
Views: 12327

Re: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back

Exactly . For me the end came when BA used Ryanair to cover for them during strikes . There’s just zero point in paying extra for BA . It’s just a premium charge for marketing suckers The irony is that Ryanair's 32 inches beats BA's 29-30 inches any time, yet many people did not realise how much mo...

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by chonetsao
Sat Nov 06, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 100
Views: 12327

Re: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back

I read the article. It seems more of the same to me. BA = premium prices with Ryanair service. Exactly . For me the end came when BA used Ryanair to cover for them during strikes . There’s just zero point in paying extra for BA . It’s just a premium charge for marketing suckers The irony is that Ry...

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by chonetsao
Sat Nov 06, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 100
Views: 12327

Re: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back

I read the article. It seems more of the same to me. BA = premium prices with Ryanair service. Exactly . For me the end came when BA used Ryanair to cover for them during strikes . There’s just zero point in paying extra for BA . It’s just a premium charge for marketing suckers The irony is that Ry...

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by chonetsao
Sat Nov 06, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 100
Views: 12327

Re: British Airways' "golden age": Telegraph article on how BA will get it back

Customer satisfaction goes hand in hand with employee satisfaction. You are not going to receive consistently excellent customer service from a workforce that is unhappy with the employer. Just look at Southwest Airlines and how it always tops the charts. That is very true. A very unhappy customer ...

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by chonetsao
Sat Nov 06, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 100
Views: 12327

Re: British Airways' "golden age": Telegraph article on how BA will get it back

Not all true. At several out stations BA refuses to pay for lounge access or fast track for Club Europe. It only recently started paying again for a lounge in Stockholm. There is a long thread on flyer talk about all the people refused lounge access flying Club. That’s before we get to BA loading b...

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by chonetsao
Fri Nov 05, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Hub Facilities
Replies: 71
Views: 8764

Re: American Airlines Hub Facilities

You can’t compare RDU to CLT. RDU is way smaller and has only a handful of International flights which LHR and CDG aren’t even operating. You make it sound CLT has a lot more international arrivals. Have you checked international arrivals in CLT last 3-5 years? CLT is bigger but is not that much bi...

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by chonetsao
Fri Nov 05, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Hub Facilities
Replies: 71
Views: 8764

Re: American Airlines Hub Facilities

As an international flyer, I avoid CLT as much as possible. I found the arrival experience in CLT is the worst among all US ports of entry. In the contrary, RDU in the same state is actually the best! Can not understand why this could be the case since both airports are in the same state. The second...

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by chonetsao
Fri Nov 05, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 100
Views: 12327

Re: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back

BA needs to fix the Ryanair-nisation of Euro fleet business class system. Flexible business class sounds good in paper, but its damage to its reputation and premium brand image is beyond measurement.

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by chonetsao
Thu Nov 04, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2990
Views: 474453

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021

What would it take to pull some 767's out of storage to compensate for the delayed 787s? With the expected TA rebound, will AA fall further behind UA and DL? Zero chance. B767 is gone story. Even before Covid, AA had surplus widebody, that is why they could fly summer route to places like Bologna a...

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by chonetsao
Thu Nov 04, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 300
Views: 84586

Re: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion Thread - 2021

I recently came across this article: https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3154613/coronavirus-hong-kong-airport-plans-passenger For non-subscribers there is a free version here; https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/2209083/hong-kong-airport-plans-passenger-segregation-to-cu...

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by chonetsao
Tue Nov 02, 2021 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AAnother Meltdown
Replies: 289
Views: 44136

Re: AAnother Meltdown

You can’t compare Spirit and Frontier to the majors. It’s apples and oranges. So by your logic you can't compare B777 and B787 to Airbus A350. They are different size, make, country of origin... You can't compare EWR to JFK, they are in different states. You can't compare New York to Los Angeles, t...

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by chonetsao
Tue Nov 02, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JetBlue Central US Hub
Replies: 25
Views: 1781

Re: JetBlue Central US Hub

The only viable and logical place for B6 to establish a central US hub is Austin, before AA and DL grew too big there. Of course places like New Mexico, Kansas and Nebraska/Iowa would be more geographically desirable. However, O&D price premium would be fairly low compare to cities like Austin. ...

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by chonetsao
Tue Nov 02, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LATAM files for Bankruptcy
Replies: 463
Views: 111805

Re: Azul eyeing bid for whole of LATAM

To me, it is a free headline grab opportunity (aka doing a Ryanair). In reality, Azul would be the genius to persuade both Delta and Qatar to participate. Not to mention the vast regulatory networks it has to navigate in the whole of Latin America as well as USA and Europe. Conclusion? Hot air from ...

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by chonetsao
Tue Nov 02, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 205
Views: 48715

Re: British Airways Fleet Thread - 2021

BA configuration on their B789s are F8C42WT+39WT127 for a total of 216. Cargo I have no clue! Thank you. I thought I remembered reading somewhere that there were at least 2 configs for the 789s, a 3-class & a 4-class but I guess that was something else. I had the 216-seat total in my head but t...

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by chonetsao
Mon Nov 01, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 475
Views: 119267

Re: Thai Airways News and Discussion Thread

Thai Airways to cut 42 jets and 1/3 of workforce. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/business/thai-airways-sell-42-jets-cut-workforce-reduce-costs-2283461 This article has no detail on what the remaining fleet will look like. Bangkok Post has a similar article. https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/220...

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by chonetsao
Mon Nov 01, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 205
Views: 48715

Re: British Airways Fleet Thread - 2021

shamrock321 wrote:
KIX, ICN, KUL, DUR, CHS, PIT, MCT AND SEZ are not planned to restart and the planned PDX is off for the moment too. BKK is planned to operate next summer with 777.


Interesting. I wonder if the rumoured move of BKK service from LHR to LGW would finally happen or not.

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by chonetsao
Thu Oct 28, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA and LHR in 2022 and Beyond
Replies: 21
Views: 2587

Re: AA and LHR in 2022 and Beyond

AA has the advantage of the BA JV but what AA desperately needs at LHR is a Flagship Lounge. AA's Admiral's Club in T3 was a dated, boring mess before the pandemic. BA's lounges are meh, at best. Neither can compete with the VS and even the pretty swanky UA Club at Heathrow. If I understand the iss...

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by chonetsao
Thu Oct 28, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United New International Routes October 28, 8:00 a.m. ET
Replies: 154
Views: 23669

Re: United New International Routes October 28, 8:00 a.m. ET

Let me start:

Tahiti
Fiji
Maldives
LPA
Jeddah
Belgrade

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by chonetsao
Wed Oct 27, 2021 10:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AAdvantage Loyalty Program Changes
Replies: 35
Views: 2037

Re: AAdvantage Loyalty Program Changes

Hi...where does t say that? I must be missing it or blinded by my anger :) Yes, you can miss that very easily. Go to the website a poster above mentioned: https://aadvantagestatus.com/ Click Find Out Below. Then in the centre of screen there are 2 circles. The left circle says 1 Eligible AAdvantage...

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by chonetsao
Wed Oct 27, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AAdvantage Loyalty Program Changes
Replies: 35
Views: 2037

Re: AAdvantage Loyalty Program Changes

Hi...where does t say that? I must be missing it or blinded by my anger :) Yes, you can miss that very easily. Go to the website a poster above mentioned: https://aadvantagestatus.com/ Click Find Out Below. Then in the centre of screen there are 2 circles. The left circle says 1 Eligible AAdvantage...

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by chonetsao
Wed Oct 27, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AAdvantage Loyalty Program Changes
Replies: 35
Views: 2037

Re: AAdvantage Loyalty Program Changes

I am still struggling with this. Here is my question and I hope someone can provide some response: I typically BUY first class seats so I can get the double bump on EQM's. For example, I fly from PHL to IAH and that means 2664 base miles and another 2664 for a total of 5328 EQM's It made sense to b...

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by chonetsao
Mon Oct 25, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days
Replies: 175
Views: 32801

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

My guess is Qantas will order B737MAX to replace the current B738 fleet. Qantas will also make a deal with Airbus, by reconstruct JetStar orders. JetStar will get few A339 (although highly unlikely unless Qantas has plans for its B787s), reduced number of A321 and A320s. The compensate part from thi...

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by chonetsao
Mon Oct 25, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines to add logo to winglets
Replies: 65
Views: 10850

Re: American Airlines to add logo to winglets

As a consumer I could not care less.

As a shareholder, I question why make the unnecessary investments now.

So yes I hate it.

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by chonetsao
Tue Oct 19, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2990
Views: 474453

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021

According to IR transcripts, the general public seem to like the changes . I don't think AA has any desire to add the screens back. Have you ever heard turkeys vote for Thanksgiving/Xmas? Selective voting/sampling/voice or even silence a certain part of the voice/opinion/sentiment can make it happe...

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by chonetsao
Mon Oct 18, 2021 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2990
Views: 474453

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021

AA125/126 DFW-HKG-DFW is back in the schedule from 10/30/21 I’m wondering if they are resuming based on cargo demand alone and carrying the few inbound-HKG willing to subject to the quarantine etc. The passenger DFW-FRA-DFW is also upgauging to B77E in December. What I understand the situation abou...

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by chonetsao
Sat Oct 16, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2990
Views: 474453

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021

Cheap fares will do that. Doesn’t matter where I’m looking, AA always seems to be the cheapest amongst the big 3. I’m sure this is especially true given how competitive a lot of these markets are. Jeremy So negative! https://www.statista.com/statistics/527810/us-airlines-domestic-revenue-per-asm/ P...

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by chonetsao
Mon Aug 23, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2990
Views: 474453

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021

I agree it's not ripe for PHX-Asia yet, but what relevancy does HP's failed try 25 years ago have to today? Nothing about the competitive, population, network effect, or much else would apply. The upcoming SemiCondu industry investment may finally give PHX some Asian traffic. The only problem is th...

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by chonetsao
Sun Aug 22, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2990
Views: 474453

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021

With what money? I think the rumour of AAL buying JetBlue is a stretch. However, to answer your question, it could be a all-share merger, with an all share swap offer and a hefty cash component. The money is so cheap and so much is available, there will be funds that would like to lend to AA at 1-3...

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by chonetsao
Tue Aug 17, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you think Virgin Atlantic is classy?
Replies: 14
Views: 2415

Re: Do you think Virgin Atlantic are classy?

Hell NO! Classy? Provance summed it well, a fine line between classy and tacky. VS always has been tacky.

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by chonetsao
Mon Aug 16, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Edinburgh Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 76
Views: 11956

Re: Edinburgh Aviation Thread - 2021

I wasn’t sure how GIB would do. Would be interesting to know the clientele and if any sway due to current covid use as seen as a ‘safer’ destination. Twice weekly certainly allows short breaks. There is not enough tourists accommodations in GIB itself. And it is quite expensive compare to nearby Sp...

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by chonetsao
Mon Aug 16, 2021 6:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does having status de-motivate you to fly in Business Class?
Replies: 8
Views: 2426

Re: Does having status de-motivate you to fly in Business Class?

In my case, the status actually motivated me to fly Business class. More miles, more recognition, and more comforts. There are marginal routes that I could fly economy (2-4 hours), but I choose business class more often when price is not insane. Status helps. If it is not for status and only LCC fly...

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by chonetsao
Sun Aug 15, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2990
Views: 474453

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021

rjbesikof wrote:
Looks like AA's strategy for Europe will be to funnel all but core markets (like AMS, CDG, MAD, BCN, FRA) through LHR.


It must be a winter thing.

However, it is still a vote of no confidence in transatlantic opening up by November (as jetblue CEO was worrying about).

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by chonetsao
Sun Aug 15, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2361
Views: 391776

Re: JetBlue Officially Launching LHR/LGW

There is a news item about the JFK-LHR route by JetBlue on Simpleflying. Apparently the CEO did not think the travel ban will be lifted until November as earliest. So I think we should give up on any hope that JetBlue will expand its TA service until next summer. It would be a miracle if the planned...

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by chonetsao
Sat Aug 14, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2990
Views: 474453

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021

That has to be one of the most ridiculous air travel restrictions of all time. Is there anything else that's been done that makes less sense? Even the Wright Amendment or Bermuda II don't seem as absurdly ridiculous as the Shannon stopover rule. Wasn't Japan has some rules regarding adding flights ...

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by chonetsao
Fri Aug 13, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2990
Views: 474453

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021

Does AA have aspirations to do more international flying out of BOS besides LHR? I doubt it. Maybe some weekly Caribbean/Mexico holiday flights? Dublin is flown by partner Aer Lingus, Madrid by partner Iberia, Tokyo by partner JAL, Hong Kong by Cathay Pacific if this route ever returns. The scope f...

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by chonetsao
Wed Aug 11, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Crew Restrains 13 y/o To His Seat OGG-LAX
Replies: 117
Views: 13725

Re: AA Crew Duct Tapes 13 y/o To His Seat OGG-LAX

What is the alternative? A psychological evaluation and a Fit to Fly certificate since we are not far from an universal vaccine certificate for long haul travel soon? Being selfish, I would rather see some disturbing people sacrificed with duct tap than everyone is required to see a psychological cl...

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by chonetsao
Mon Aug 09, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AA planning eventual successor, Parker successor planning in work.
Replies: 49
Views: 11181

Re: Updated: AA planning eventual successor, Parker successor planning in work.

Wacker1000 wrote:

The legacy cost structure, egotistic internal siloing, management and reality disconnect, and a general inability and lack of desire to change are still alive and well. Difficult to tell whether it is 1981 or 2021.


Very well said. Very true.

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by chonetsao
Sun Aug 08, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2990
Views: 474453

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021

1) LAX-MIA starts to see narrowbody service again. On thursday, the 1 AM redeye departure is a MAX8. On the other days, the route is all 77W, up from 5 77Ws and 1 772. That is a lot of B77Ws. I guess the HKG route is not returning by then and would use the surplus B77Ws for domestic. I really hope ...

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by chonetsao
Fri Aug 06, 2021 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 246
Views: 56435

Re: Virgin Atlantic News and Discussion Thread - 2021

No way these new flights are to the US .We are months away from reopening on the US side. Its probably sooner than that - https://www.reuters.com/world/us/exclusive-us-developing-plan-require-foreign-visitors-be-vaccinated-official-2021-08-04/ Although good news, I am not optimistic though. With th...

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by chonetsao
Fri Aug 06, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air creates Super Air Jet, a new airline
Replies: 78
Views: 14432

Re: Lion Air creates Super Air Jet, a new airline

I found the livery is too retro to attract millennials, and borderline ugly. It also reminds me some cheap aviation disaster movies that how airplane would look like. The branding is not well thought through before it was on the drawing board. It makes me wonder if the founder's children draw the co...

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by chonetsao
Wed Aug 04, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time to bring back (some) regulation
Replies: 121
Views: 10595

Re: Time to bring back (some) regulation

Regulation will only make things worse. You can't regulate service standards. There are too many variables that are out of anyone persons control i.e. weather, internet/tech disruptions. Have you ever been to a government run entity? Post Office, DMV??? The scariest words to my ears are "I am ...

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by chonetsao
Tue Aug 03, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time to bring back (some) regulation
Replies: 121
Views: 10595

Re: Time to bring back (some) regulation

I hope the fuel surcharge aka carrier surcharges (YQ/YR) gets banned, and airlines must including those charges into the base fare. (I am talking about European airlines specifically).

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by chonetsao
Mon Aug 02, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Fleet Thread - 2021
Replies: 665
Views: 79337

Re: AA: Possible seatback entertainment return.

Here's a question I'll pose for the group: does anyone think it would be at all possible that AA would consider adding IFE to first class and MCE? Surely that would be unprecedented. But then at least the most loyal of FF would have the same experience as fliers on DL and UA. I don't see them doing...

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by chonetsao
Mon Aug 02, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2990
Views: 474453

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2021

August is typically the month where AA announces following year international routes. Any thoughts on if AA will announce anything this month for next year? My guess is many routes will be loaded into system including most 2019 routes and announced expansions. However, closing in cancellation would...

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by chonetsao
Sat Jul 31, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any chance of VS launching MEX, CUN, or GRU?
Replies: 4
Views: 807

Re: Any chance of VS launching MEX, CUN, or GRU?

Besides possible CANCUN for the coming winter vacation traffic, I don't see MEX or GRU happening. MEX is a think market that in normal times can be covered with one stop US transit. GRU is difficult to maintain profitability with the competition from BA, IB, AF and KL. Plus now with DL + LATAM, DL m...

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by chonetsao
Sat Jul 31, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Sam Chui's video on the current state of the ME3
Replies: 32
Views: 5058

Re: Sam Chui's video on the current state of the ME3

Sorry, is this a clickbait?

If I am interested with his work, I would comment on the Youtube page. As a personal preference, I would rather discuss what is discussed in FlightGlobal than Sam Chui. No offense to the OP though.

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