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by mrwhistler
Sun May 26, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Loyalty Programs Be Based on Spend Only?
Replies: 32
Views: 2165

Re: Should Loyalty Programs Be Based on Spend Only?

What is the point of loyalty programs? I argue it is to increase the wallet share of discretionary travelers. What is the point of rewarding full fare C travelers that are forced to fly an airline due to corporate travel agreements?

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by mrwhistler
Wed May 22, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PKX assigned officially as IATA code for Beijing Daxing International Airport
Replies: 133
Views: 13343

Re: PKX assigned officially as IATA code for Beijing Daxing International Airport

Is there good public transportation in place or planned between PEK and PKX? I'm planning a trip to China in October probably flying BA and although the flight shows as being to PEK, I'm wondering when or whether BA would switch to PKX? There will be an airport express train connecting PKX and the ...

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by mrwhistler
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OSM Aviation orders 60 all-electric planes
Replies: 55
Views: 5300

Re: OSM Aviation orders 60 all-electric planes

Going by that article isn't $350k too expensive for a very basic trainer aircraft? For a relatively high utilization training aircraft, the maintenance and fuel costs dominate the purchase price. This plane will be much cheaper to operate than a piston trainer. Except training aircraft utilization ...

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by mrwhistler
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OSM Aviation orders 60 all-electric planes
Replies: 55
Views: 5300

Re: OSM Aviation orders 60 all-electric planes

"The two seater is designed for the flight training market with a single tractor electric motor powered by Lithium-ion batteries. I think the capacity is 1 Crew + 1 Passenger = 2, strange way of defining it though. Going by that article isn't $350k too expensive for a very basic trainer aircra...

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by mrwhistler
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any Original Pan Am or Eastern Pilots Still Flying?
Replies: 51
Views: 8095

Re: Any Original Pan Am or Eastern Pilots Still Flying?

And I'd imagine many of them - like some of my family members who lost jobs when EA went under - had those choices made FOR them by people like you who selfishly chose to strike instead of just looking for your happiness elsewhere. Great job wiping out thousands of jobs that weren't yours in the pr...

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by mrwhistler
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 716469

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Until the BEA (or NTSB) says it, I am absolutely not taking on faith the Ethiopians' assertions about this. So basically ethiopian authorities have reason to lie, while US authorities do not? Why exactly are they any more trustworthy? Or are they just better at their job? Let's be serious here. Wel...

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by mrwhistler
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US DOT awards Haneda slots
Replies: 765
Views: 132866

Re: US-Japan agree on additional Haneda slots; DOT to allocate

I don't get why people complain about the distance to NRT. My train from NRT to Nippori station this weekend took 39 minutes. I live in downtown Dallas and can't even get to DFW in under an hour on the DART. Getting to Western Tokyo (Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi) is much much faster from Haneda and ...

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by mrwhistler
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tokyo NRT to extend runway hours for 1st time since opening in 1978
Replies: 9
Views: 3497

Re: Tokyo NRT to extend runway hours for 1st time since opening in 1978

Doubt there will be too much demand except for a few LCCs. NRT is pretty much a ghost town after the 5-7 pm US-bound departure bank. Right now there is no passenger flight after 10:30 pm and only a handful of flights after 9 pm. Maybe cargo operators might be interested? No one is going to schedule...

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by mrwhistler
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)
Replies: 169
Views: 37767

Re: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)

These trains have too many doors, definitely feel more like commuter tracked sardine can trains rather than express trains. (too many doors means fewer seating). I hope I am wrong, but the train certainly does not look like express train from the outside. The airport express trains on the Dongzhime...

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by mrwhistler
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China-Japan flights to soar dramatically as bilateral ties thaw
Replies: 15
Views: 2991

Re: China-Japan flights to soar dramatically as bilateral ties thaw

I can't imagine many of these will be profitable but I will certainly be happy to take advantage of cheaper flights between Shanghai and Japan - right now it often costs more to fly to Japan than to the U.S.

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by mrwhistler
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tokyo NRT to extend runway hours for 1st time since opening in 1978
Replies: 9
Views: 3497

Re: Tokyo NRT to extend runway hours for 1st time since opening in 1978

Doubt there will be too much demand except for a few LCCs. NRT is pretty much a ghost town after the 5-7 pm US-bound departure bank. Right now there is no passenger flight after 10:30 pm and only a handful of flights after 9 pm. Maybe cargo operators might be interested?

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by mrwhistler
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CA suspends PVG-SYD/MEL; A look at Air China in Shanghai
Replies: 11
Views: 3117

Re: CA suspends PVG-SYD/MEL; A look at Air China in Shanghai

Also noteworthy PVG's multi-billion satellite terminals (S1 + S2) , claiming to be the world's largest of its kind with a total of 83 gates under construction now, are reportedly scheduled for completion and opening by the end of this year, plus the opening of 5th rwy to commercial ops, which surel...

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by mrwhistler
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: AA drops ORD-PEK/PVG, reduces NRT
Replies: 685
Views: 113488

Re: UPDATED: AA drops ORD-PEK/PVG, reduces NRT

I knew it would only be a matter of time before both of these issues became connected. From AA's response it seems like they no longer want a dormancy waiver instead want freedom to move their frequencies to a different gateway. If ORD-China isn't working for them perhaps they want to try PHL-China...

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by mrwhistler
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAAC unveils slots allocation/airline distribution for Beijing’s upcoming PEK/ZBAD dual-hub system
Replies: 73
Views: 9960

Re: CAAC unveils slots allocation/airline distribution for Beijing’s upcoming PEK/ZBAD dual-hub system

Interesting that foreign airlines are allowed to operate at both. Which airlines could do that? I can't think of many... maybe that's why they are allowing it? Only one that I can think of that might be interested is CX. They run enough flights that it might be worth running a couple of peak hour f...

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by mrwhistler
Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PVG New Satellite Terminal Progress?
Replies: 0
Views: 704

PVG New Satellite Terminal Progress?

In reading the thread about the new Beijing airport opening, I realized there is very little information about the new satellite terminal scheduled to open at PVG in 2019. There appears to be very little information about the terminal available in English. Does anyone know the primary tenant(s) of t...

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by mrwhistler
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Differing fortunes of BA/VS at PEK and PVG
Replies: 7
Views: 2049

Re: Differing fortunes of BA/VS at PEK and PVG

Yields in PEK are absolute trash, much better front cabin yield in SH. BA and VS are more premium oriented carriers hence their (relative) success in SH. Also, POS is more balanced on LON-SHA than on LON-PEK.

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by mrwhistler
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 594267

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

I still can't believe when the problem already occured on the last 4 flights and yet the plane still has a green light to be operational. It makes me wonder how the airline in Indonesia as a whole dealing with maintenance issue and CRM pilot training. My car's engine didnt sound right last week and...

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by mrwhistler
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 594267

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

It is not meant to fly based on GPS, but to use it for trouble shooting. GPS gives you uncorrected ground speed, height and rate of climb or descent. Below 10.000 feet it is enough to avoid a crash in many situations. Now if the computer would use the METAR data to calculate a most likely airspeed,...

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by mrwhistler
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 594267

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

Zeke has already reconstructed what is very likely the flight path from FR24 data earlier in the thread. Why do you think making the radar returns publicly available would produce anything better than what he's already posted? The radar data is a completely independent source of information; it can...

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by mrwhistler
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 594267

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangal Pinang

Yes you're correct, if the plane was under the control of a competent pilot, which we can assume to be true, and was a working aircraft - which seems doubtful but is possible, then a straight track will prove nothing. But if the track shows deviations, then we will know that it was being hand flown...

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by mrwhistler
Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA cut JFK-HKG?
Replies: 26
Views: 4715

Re: Why did UA cut JFK-HKG?

UA cut JFK to a spoke after 9/11. Anyway, I don't think they could have been making much money on the flight with the flight primarily relying on O/D traffic.

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by mrwhistler
Fri Oct 21, 2016 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - Part 13
Replies: 287
Views: 31615

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - Part 13

Has anyone looked at Delta's nonstop coach fares to LHR and AMS for next spring? $1,500 one way to LHR. $3,000 one way to AMS. Are you kidding? Why are you looking at one way fares? One way fares are always expensive on most legacy carriers unless they're having a fare sale (and most fare sales wou...

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