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by N776AU
Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A Postponed Trip: ATL-IAD-LAX-ATL on United and Southwest
Replies: 0
Views: 1351

A Postponed Trip: ATL-IAD-LAX-ATL on United and Southwest

It’s been 3 weeks since I took these flights. I guess the trip report isn’t going to write itself. This was Wednesday July 8 through Friday July 10, 2020. This particular trip was for my own amusement and plane spotting fun. I had it booked for April, and kept pushing back and pushing back. I was su...

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by N776AU
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Friend's Weddings ATL-MYR-ATL on Delta
Replies: 1
Views: 1839

Friend's Weddings ATL-MYR-ATL on Delta

It’s been a week and a half. I should probably get cracking on this trip report. This trip was Friday June 12 to Monday June 15. This was planned for a while as a small gathering, and your boy is never in any mood to drive 6+ hours anywhere, so flying it was (surprise, right?). To hell with Covid. I...

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by N776AU
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United A350 orders
Replies: 29
Views: 5058

Re: United A350 orders

United wasn't getting A350s, even before air travel went down the crapper

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by N776AU
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max
Replies: 365
Views: 63259

Re: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max

I was really hoping flying Delta would become much easier since I soon wouldn’t have to avoid the MD-88. Don’t tell me I will have another aircraft to stay away from. I’ve always been very passionate about being alive.

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by N776AU
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1133
Views: 250109

Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

N905DL, the fifth MD-80 delivered to DL, seems to resist retirement and is still going on. What is the plan for her? planespotter.net shows her in a different configuration than the rest. The last one which was originally delivered as MD-82, so kind of special I can’t believe that one is still goin...

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by N776AU
Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1133
Views: 250109

Re: DL retiring MD-80s quickly

MD8090orDRIVE wrote:
I'm booked on an MD-90 from ATL to RDU on May 15th. Sadly I guess it will be another aircraft

I'm booked on an MD-88 from ATL to MCI on May 30. Sadly, it's still on an MD-88. I booked that flight deliberately because it **wasn't** and MD-88 :banghead:

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by N776AU
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Narrow Body Thread - 2020
Replies: 304
Views: 23428

Re: Delta Narrow Body Thread - 2020

danipawa wrote:
So MD88 fleet is gone immediately ?

That's some serious wishful thinking.

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by N776AU
Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Chicago Day Trip: ATL-MDW-ATL on Southwest
Replies: 3
Views: 2185

Chicago Day Trip: ATL-MDW-ATL on Southwest

This is my 1000th post. It only took me 15 years. What better way than with a trip report? For starters, this trip was Tuesday March 3. Back in January, I was just messing around with flights and I found a round trip to Chicago for $98. Well who was I to say no to that. I booked it almost immediatel...

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by N776AU
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1133
Views: 250109

Re: DL retiring MD-80s quickly

https://thepointsguy.com/news/delta-con ... -response/

Even corona virus has a silver lining.
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Keith2004 wrote:
Looks like Corona virus may speed MD-88/90 retirements along

https://thepointsguy.com/news/delta-con ... -response/

Even corona virus has a silver lining.

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by N776AU
Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Widebody Thread - 2020
Replies: 344
Views: 72186

Re: Delta Widebody Thread - 2020

Tariff Avoidance !!! Bingo! They can't fly the aircraft on any domestic routing until either the tariffs go away, or they pay it. So what can the aircraft do apart from sitting in Japan? NRT-MNL then ICN-MNL? I would assume flights to and from the US, but rotating through Tokyo instead of repositio...

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by N776AU
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Skiplagged: your thoughts?
Replies: 6
Views: 635

Re: Skiplagged: your thoughts?

I have read about skiplagged before and I know of people who have used it. I have never considered it until just now for an upcoming trip where it'd shave off a couple of hundred dollars each way. My questions are: - have you used it before? Yes I have, twice: IAD-ATL with a "missed" conn...

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by N776AU
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham News: Alaska Airlines should buy A321XLR
Replies: 44
Views: 8545

Re: Leeham News: Alaska Airlines should buy A321XLR

I thought someone at Alaska is on the record that their M.O. is to dump the Airbuses (Airbii?) at the first opportunity.

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by N776AU
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will there ever been a new greenfield major airport in the USA?
Replies: 144
Views: 14696

Re: Will there ever been a new greenfield major airport in the USA?

The problem with 1 and 3 is that you have environmentalist wackos in charge. Not gonna happen in a million years.

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by N776AU
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Daytona 500 Crash
Replies: 22
Views: 1098

Re: Daytona 500 Crash

Aesma wrote:
Can you win like that, just pushing the front runner in the wall ?

All the guys who drive for Roger Penske are very good at that.

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by N776AU
Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM considers A321 order
Replies: 271
Views: 50870

Re: KLM considers A321 order

:cloudnine:
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by N776AU
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Make a flight route map?
Replies: 8
Views: 2949

Re: Make a flight route map?

I use Flight Memory. Really cool resource.

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by N776AU
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"
Replies: 1642
Views: 155175

Re: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"

Checklist787 wrote:
Revelation wrote:
global1 wrote:
If they're starting with a clean sheet of paper, it seems doubtful that they'll have a timely offering to replace the Delta 767-300 fleet

What's most likely to fill that role now?

My best guess would be A330neo.

Or ... 787-8...

Didn’t Delta already publicly say they weren’t interested in the 787?

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by N776AU
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1133
Views: 250109

Re: DL retiring MD-80s quickly

Would love to see a three year chart of net promoter scores superimposed on the number of MD88s in the fleet. My guess is that there is a direct correlation as more MD88s leave, NPS keeps going up. Reliability counts. What's your evidence that the MD-88s have been less reliable than the mainline fl...

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by N776AU
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy
Replies: 99
Views: 12971

Re: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy

So it’s a scam for airlines to raise fares? To disguise a fare raise as E- and sell it to the masses as "you're getting a discount for not checking in a bag or lugging a carry-on or wanting a seat assignment beforehand" is a SCAM! That’s all basic economy has ever been. We can stop the th...

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by N776AU
Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines "Proudly All Boeing" slogan near cockpit windows
Replies: 80
Views: 10894

Re: Alaska Airlines "Proudly All Boeing" slogan near cockpit widows.

Why is Alaska Airlines still wearing this slogan on the 737s since the Airbuses have been in the fleet for some time now? Because their M.O. is to dump the Airbuses (Airbii?) at the first available opportunity. Did VX seriously name an aircraft "the 1 year-old virgin"? If so that seems in...

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by N776AU
Sun Dec 22, 2019 2:29 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Another Family Thanksgiving ATL-IAD-ATL
Replies: 1
Views: 2085

Another Family Thanksgiving ATL-IAD-ATL

I’ve only flown Atlanta to Washington Dulles about a thousand times, so it’s understandable that I would want to document it. This was another Thanksgiving with family Wednesday November 27 through Saturday November 30 (again, something I’ve done a thousand times, it seems). Not that I’m complaining...

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by N776AU
Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2019
Replies: 776
Views: 173170

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2019

987 to ferry to BHM tomorrow (retirement): https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n987dl If I'm correct, N905DL (a 1987 build) remains not only the oldest active DL MD-88 but also the oldest plane in the entire DL fleet. Is 905 among the 88s with ADS-B navigation equipment thus will be among t...

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by N776AU
Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Very Fast Turnaround ATL-MSP-ATL on Delta
Replies: 3
Views: 3764

Very Fast Turnaround ATL-MSP-ATL on Delta

I had to use my companion pass before the end of September or lose it, and I wasn’t about to let that happen. I called my mother and asked if she would like to take a quick weekend with her favorite son :bigthumbsup: I was tasked with finding the farthest away place for a still semi-reasonable price...

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by N776AU
Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Smurf Turf Football ATL-SLC-BOI-ORD-ATL (Pics, Vids, Long)
Replies: 4
Views: 7841

Smurf Turf Football ATL-SLC-BOI-ORD-ATL (Pics, Vids, Long)

It seems to be a common theme that I fly for football. This time was for the Boise State-Marshall game. This trip was Thursday September 5 through Sunday September 8. Since I was staying with a friend, I didn’t have to worry about lodging costs in the traditional sense. After some searching, I found...

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by N776AU
Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest posts 3Q2019 earnings
Replies: 47
Views: 10278

Re: Southwest posts 3Q2019 earnings

They said they are considering other aircraft types moving forward in their earnings call It’ll be a cold day somewhere when Southwest actually purchases from someone else. Don’t get me wrong. I wish they would. https://i.imgur.com/SEOsRYO.png Their livery looks better on the A320 anyway :stirthepot:

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by N776AU
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DTW latest to test terminal access without a boarding pass
Replies: 22
Views: 6676

Re: DTW latest to test terminal access without a boarding pass

TTailedTiger wrote:
Whenever I need to assist family I just buy a refundable ticket and then cancel it when I leave the airport.

Same. Bonus points to Southwest for letting you get that refund without having to get on the phone.

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by N776AU
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Desert Gold Color Change 1980's
Replies: 13
Views: 3711

Re: Southwest Desert Gold Color Change 1980's

tomaheath wrote:
Is there any ramp equipment still gold?

Saw this when I was changing planes in STL last summer. Couldn't believe anything in those colors still existed.
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by N776AU
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Boeing revive 787-3 for NMA project instead of re-desiging the 764?
Replies: 91
Views: 21618

Re: Should Boeing revive 787-3 for NMA project instead of re-desiging the 764?

ThalesCoelho wrote:
What the world really need is a real A300neo, a short to medium haul wide-body.

We do. It's called the A330-200.

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by N776AU
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL2353 diverts to TPA after rapidly descending from FL 390
Replies: 59
Views: 13936

Re: DL2353 diverts to TPA after rapidly descending from FL 390

Heard this on the radio this morning on the way in to work. WSB failed to mention it was an emergency descent for a pressurization issue :sarcastic:

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by N776AU
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2019
Replies: 776
Views: 173170

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2019

Hello from Delta flight 603. Didn’t realize the A321s had live tv. That was a nice surprise when I got on my first flight today.

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by N776AU
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Powerbank causes fire on China Eastern A320neo MU2809 NKG-XMN
Replies: 22
Views: 7810

Re: Powerbank causes fire on China Eastern A320neo MU2809 NKG-XMN

This worries me more than anything when I fly, even though nearly all of my flights take place over land. People are dumb, or just don't care, and I definitely don't trust the TSA to catch anything. I was flying my parents back from seeing some family and after we had already checked our bags, my da...

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by N776AU
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HURRICANE DORIAN Cancellations, Deviations, and Aftereffects Thread
Replies: 190
Views: 34477

Re: HURRICANE DORIAN Cancellations, Deviations, and Aftereffects Thread

I read something yesterday that DL added 900+ seats to/from Florida over the next few days. The article did not get into specifics, but I wonder if they added flights or up gauged certain routes. Based on flight numbers, it looks like each of the Miami-area airports are getting an additional MD-88/...

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by N776AU
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 19469

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

msp747 wrote:
IAD is the airport people love to hate and nothing the airport ever does will change that.

Never understood that. I fly to IAD relatively frequently, and have always found it very easy.

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by N776AU
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN ending ATL-BOS
Replies: 66
Views: 9083

Re: WN ending ATL-BOS

The only way to stop the Frequent Flyer dominance in Atlanta is through a second airport, close to the metro. And that will take the Georgia legislature. The two options are Gwinnett and Paulding. Gwinnett's County Commissioners haven't wanted to commercialize their airport, even when groups like P...

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by N776AU
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 757 hard landing this morning at Azores PDL
Replies: 195
Views: 73584

Re: Delta 757 hard landing this morning at Azores PDL

Could this become a written off..!? Looks a Lil bit nasty... https://www.facebook.com/groups/acores.global/permalink/2336693386448162/ Regular it can be repaired, but it is really expensive and the bird will be for long time in the repair shop. As this is a B757-251 according link, it iwill become ...

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by N776AU
Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019
Replies: 1159
Views: 247969

Re: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019

N709DN is now scheduled to do a regular NRT-MNL-NRT rotation (subbing for the regular 76Z) on Aug 17-18 after it arrives in NRT. Yeah I'm not so sure it's going to SIN for conversion. Supposedly 7101 will be the next one to go in late September. If it is in fact ferrying back to Atlanta, how on ear...

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by N776AU
Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 119
Views: 14278

Re: Atlanta Aviation Thread - 2019

jplatts wrote:
WN announced in today's schedule extension that it is going to be permanently discontinuing ATL-BOS nonstop service after January 5, 2020.

Another day, another time Delta and Ed Bastian want to give Southwest Gary Kelly a big, wet kiss. Damn, I miss AirTran.

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by N776AU
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 204
Views: 36695

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

TranscendZac wrote:
That looks amazing. I would love to see the A220-300 painted in their livery :goodvibes:

Ask and ye shall receive
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by N776AU
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 204
Views: 36695

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

Their livery looks better on the A320 anyway :stirthepot:
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by N776AU
Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019
Replies: 1159
Views: 247969

Re: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019

This is truly one of the nastiest forums on the internet I have encountered... The sniping and griping is off the charts and I'm sorry that it's affected this post. As a DL flyer and aviation enthusiast in general I've found this to be one of the most useful and interesting threads and am saddened ...

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by N776AU
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Bob Seger in Detroit ATL-DTW-ATL on Delta
Replies: 0
Views: 2310

Bob Seger in Detroit ATL-DTW-ATL on Delta

Ok, enough procrastination. I’m good at delaying trip reports, and I’m running out of time before I have to go back to work. This trip was super fast. We were in Detroit for less than 24 hours across June 21 and June 22. This was originally supposed to be Bob Seger’s final, final show. He ended up a...

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by N776AU
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 48 minute connection in ATL.
Replies: 6
Views: 1149

Re: 48 minute connection in ATL.

You'll be just fine. Just don't screw around and be the last one off the plane or anything. Since you're in Comfort+, that won't be much an issue. Most of the 737s and A320s tend to hang around concourse A, so there's a good chance you won't even have to change concourses. Even in the off chance you...

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by N776AU
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flight a within one time zone that pass thru another
Replies: 31
Views: 2951

Re: Flight a within one time zone that pass thru another

Atlanta to Indianapolis and vice versa could cross the Central time zone. I flew Cincinnati-Atlanta a few years ago that spent probably half the flight in the Central Time Zone. We flew all the way down to Louisville before turning left for Atlanta. Could be the case with quite a few cities to Atla...

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by N776AU
Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019
Replies: 1159
Views: 247969

Re: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019

NateGreat wrote:
Once the A339 replaces the A350 on SEA-NRT, and if it possibly replaces the A350 on LAX-PVG/HND, then where will those West Coast TPAC A350s go? More TATL? More TPAC out of different hubs?

Not sure about others, but ATL-NRT switches to an A350 some time in October.

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by N776AU
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 456
Views: 65706

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

I am probably wrong, but isn't the plan to build a consolidated rental car facility at IAD? Seems strange to have them reorganize the current setup if the plan is to replace them in the not so distant future. That may still be the long term plan, but it's clearly not going to happen anytime soon. T...

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