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by YoungDon
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 145
Views: 15319

Re: Houston Aviation Thread - 2020

What gets me is that people from outside this city are under the false impression that this city solely depends on energy (Houston is not the oil capital of the world, it is the ENERGY capital of the world). This isn’t 1986. Yes, there are routes flown from Houston that will be vulnerable in this e...

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by YoungDon
Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020
Replies: 542
Views: 99622

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020

I thought it was rather funny (and maybe infuriating) watching an interview with Doug Parker on CNBC today that when speaking about the loans and grants and their stipulations, he said "Its fair to say that until you've paid off the loans...that you don't have stock buybacks, dividends, that t...

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by YoungDon
Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 189
Views: 26619

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2020

I sincerely doubt that AUS, IAH or DFW will see any resumption of int'l service on the scale that it was prior to Covid. On top of that, the slide in the price of oil will have a huge impact on Houston's marginal routes like Lome, Taipei, Istanbul. Most of the tentative re-start skeds that have bee...

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by YoungDon
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated December 2019 Loads
Replies: 34
Views: 3279

Re: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated December 2019 Loads

Wow! I would have assumed HOU had more passengers than DAL as a bigger facility with less restrictions! I'm quite impressed with what WN is able to accomplish with limited gates and no international facilities at DAL! Before the repeal of the Wright amendment, DAL was smaller. WN added quite a bit ...

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by YoungDon
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated December 2019 Loads
Replies: 34
Views: 3279

Re: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated December 2019 Loads

DFW has slightly better geography as a domestic connecting hub. I'm sure that's not the whole picture, but AA's DFW hub has had more flights and larger average aircraft gauge than UA's (and previously CO's) IAH hub for as long as I can remember. I've also heard it said here that the nature of busin...

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by YoungDon
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus redesigns A350 control panel to resist liquid spillage
Replies: 169
Views: 30190

Re: A350 engine shutdown incidents linked to cockpit drink spills

The folding tray in the Airbus cockpits are nice. But they're not big solid cupholders like you get in a Boeing. I think it's funny how these somewhat stereotypical things are found in even aircraft design. In European cars the cupholders are small and few, in American cars they're big and plentyfu...

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by YoungDon
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 145
Views: 15319

Re: Houston Aviation Thread - 2020

AV to BOG would open up connections to cities like Armenia, Asunción, Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena, Cusco, Guayaquil, La Paz, Medellin, Montevideo, and San Andres among others. Have no idea if there’s much demand but SAL offers very little to South America. UA flies IAHBOG and allows those connect...

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by YoungDon
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian announces Houston + more USA expansion
Replies: 147
Views: 29303

Re: Ethiopian announces Houston + more USA expansion

I am not surprised IAD is doing well. It's a Star Alliance hub plus there are a lot of Ethiopians living in the area. If the composition of the United lounge staff is an indication of how many Ethiopians there are near IAD/DCA... DC area has the largest Ethiopian population in the country I believe...

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by YoungDon
Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian announces Houston + more USA expansion
Replies: 147
Views: 29303

Re: Ethiopian announces Houston + more USA expansion

Interesting that the first flight is on a 789 instead of the 788. ET does sub frequently so this isn't really that surprising I suppose, but an upgauge right out the gate isn't a bad thing to see. I find it hard to believe that they can't make this work 3x per week.

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by YoungDon
Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian announces Houston + more USA expansion
Replies: 147
Views: 29303

Re: Ethiopian announces Houston + more USA expansion

Inaugural flight just took off from LFW, scheduled to land around 7:30 tonight, Houston time. Too bad I'm not back in town until later this week - would have definitely been nice to see it. Good for the airport to get back into the six continent club as well. Well, good luck, but it is doomed to fa...

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by YoungDon
Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 174
Views: 33343

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

berari wrote:
Ethiopian started flights to Houston today. Looking at bookings for the next few weeks, flight out of Houston is almost or completely sold out.


That's a good omen. Hopefully this flight will stick around.

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by YoungDon
Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian announces Houston + more USA expansion
Replies: 147
Views: 29303

Re: Ethiopian announces Houston + more USA expansion

Inaugural flight just took off from LFW, scheduled to land around 7:30 tonight, Houston time. Too bad I'm not back in town until later this week - would have definitely been nice to see it.

Good for the airport to get back into the six continent club as well.

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by YoungDon
Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington Nationals Charter MLB World Series
Replies: 16
Views: 3351

Re: Washington Nationals Charter MLB World Series

I just flew IAH-BWI and a Let's Go Nats chant broke out in the gate area. Ugh. I guess I can't be too mad that my second favorite team beat my favorite team, but still hurts!

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by YoungDon
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH Terminal D rebuild finally gets going.
Replies: 46
Views: 9003

Re: IAH Terminal D rebuild finally gets going.

D9 and D12 are the current A380 gates....last I heard there were to be four total. I will presume two of the six new gates at D West will so accommodate. What I do not understand is the “on the south of the terminal”... South of D is terminal E.... some clarification is definitely needed. Why more ...

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by YoungDon
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH Terminal D rebuild finally gets going.
Replies: 46
Views: 9003

Re: IAH Terminal D rebuild finally gets going.

This Bravotango dude always finds a way to come in and pollute IAH threads with some bizarre fixation on BOS. He doesn't realize we don't care what they're doing in BOS one way or another.

Just a jealous troll, nothing more.

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by YoungDon
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH Terminal D rebuild finally gets going.
Replies: 46
Views: 9003

Re: IAH Terminal D rebuild finally gets going.

I remember back when IAB (now D) first opened. I fly through there a lot and while I don't think it's quite as bad as some people make it sound I do agree it's time for some upgrades. The terminal itself isn't horrible imo, its just very dated. Refreshing the inside will be nice as well. The thing ...

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by YoungDon
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH Terminal D rebuild finally gets going.
Replies: 46
Views: 9003

Re: IAH Terminal D rebuild finally gets going.

It's about time, they have needed these gates for a while now. Let's see if they can actually get it built in three years. Terminal D in the afternoons is absolutely nuts right now.

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by YoungDon
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Metro Airport ranks #1 in the nation for customer satisfaction
Replies: 55
Views: 9409

Re: Detroit Metro Airport ranks #1 in the nation.

It's a great airport, my favorite large airport to connect through in the entire country. Someone who is too young to remember the old Davey and Smith terminals would not believe how bad they were. It's like night and day. Kudos to them for keeping the airport up so well and their foresight in the t...

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by YoungDon
Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AI to announce IAH-DEL soon
Replies: 103
Views: 13222

Re: Rumor: AI to announce IAH-DEL soon

Seriously, Houston....? What about here in Boston, better educated, more affluent...HARVARD...Boston College....Again, HOUSTON....? I mean, Houston has a bigger regional GDP, a bigger Indian population, more business links with India than the Boston area. Not sure what Harvard or education levels h...

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by YoungDon
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AI to announce IAH-DEL soon
Replies: 103
Views: 13222

Re: Rumor: AI to announce IAH-DEL soon

I don't see this happening, of course this is AI so any dumb move could happen. IAH and Texas yes has lot's of Indians, outside of VFR traffic it's medical tech and research etc is big, yes there is oil, but India does not do much business with the USA in this field outside of tech support and some...

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by YoungDon
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AI to announce IAH-DEL soon
Replies: 103
Views: 13222

Re: Rumor: AI to announce IAH-DEL soon

Wouldn't doubt this at all. Of course would be mostly for political reasons. If AI really wanted to serve the Texas-India market, wouldn't they start DFW instead? Reminds me of the DAM-CCS route. I'm not sure why they would start DFW with no *A feed and (I believe) less demand to DEL. The Indian po...

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by YoungDon
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Cuts Addis Ababa-Lome-Houston Before It Starts?
Replies: 61
Views: 13553

Re: Ethiopian Cuts Addis Ababa-Lome-Houston Before It Starts?

The only thing I worry about as far as this flight goes is the ground time - I can't think of another flight I've ever heard of that sits for 20 hours before returning. Japan Airlines’ flight between NRT and BOS has a ground time of approximately 19.5 hours in BOS before returning to NRT for better...

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by YoungDon
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Cuts Addis Ababa-Lome-Houston Before It Starts?
Replies: 61
Views: 13553

Re: Ethiopian Cuts Addis Ababa-Lome-Houston Before It Starts?

The flight is back on. Loaded and ready to start in December via Lomé. They also announced it on their social media today. The aircraft will be on the ground at Houston for 20 hours. This is the best they can do given the established feed options they have at Lomé. This flight won’t last long Not s...

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by YoungDon
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Cuts Addis Ababa-Lome-Houston Before It Starts?
Replies: 61
Views: 13553

Re: Ethiopian Cuts Addis Ababa-Lome-Houston Before It Starts?

The flight is back on. Loaded and ready to start in December via Lomé. They also announced it on their social media today. The aircraft will be on the ground at Houston for 20 hours. This is the best they can do given the established feed options they have at Lomé. Great to see attempt number 3! Is...

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by YoungDon
Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AUS eyes nonstop flights to 7 interc’l destinations: AMS, BJS, DUB, CDG, ICN, PVG, TYO
Replies: 227
Views: 32848

Re: AUS eyes nonstop flights to 7 interc’l destinations: AMS, BJS, DUB, CDG, ICN, PVG, TYO

Agree w/ this 100%. In my experience, the people w/ the strongest opinions have either never visited a place, or been to a place once 20 years ago and will judge a place the way they saw it until the day they die. Both terrible ways to go about life and also (in my case) a terrible way to do busine...

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by YoungDon
Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's Summer From Hell
Replies: 95
Views: 20551

Re: AA's Summer From Hell

A quick message to the perennially unhappy AA crew: Start acting like professionals and quit treating your customers like a nuisance or crap. A lot of us have issues with our employers and a lot of us want better hours and pay, but we don’t take it out on customers, who have nothing to do with it. ...

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by YoungDon
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's Summer From Hell
Replies: 95
Views: 20551

Re: AA's Summer From Hell

Fellow person who quit AA a few weeks ago..the customer service is bottom of the barrel. I have a bunch of miles with them, but I've been flying UA and to a lesser extent DL and think both of those airlines are better overall than AA. UA in particular has really improved over the last couple of year...

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by YoungDon
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 19658

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

blockski wrote:
HP69 wrote:
AA should really add DCA-DEN service to compete with UA and F9.


They can't; DEN is beyond the DCA perimeter (unless AA wants to move their LAX flight to DEN).


Yep, but AA probably wishes they could fly DCA-DEN - I bet UA is cleaning up on that route. I believe they use a 753 on it.

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by YoungDon
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United suspends ORD-HKG
Replies: 128
Views: 29057

Re: United suspends ORD-HKG

Someone posted PDEW stats here saying that the PRIMARY demand to HKG from the USA is from the coasts so of course SFO & EWR do better with more O&D. ORD survived on connections to SE Asia as well. The only reason the AA DFW-HKG flight works is to the Texas tech traffic from the DFW area and...

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by YoungDon
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB files criminal charges against Mesa Airlines for noise violations
Replies: 180
Views: 20606

Re: LGB files criminal charges against Mesa Airlines for noise violations

Yes, and judging by all the megaphone exhausts, and Harleys spewing noise, they really enforce noise limits in California. Just like they enforce the 55 mph speed limit for vehicles towing a trailer. I will try your argument to the next police officer who pulls me over while I drive alone in the ca...

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by YoungDon
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Cuts Addis Ababa-Lome-Houston Before It Starts?
Replies: 61
Views: 13553

Re: Ethiopian Cuts Addis Ababa-Lome-Houston Before It Starts?

drerx7 wrote:
I'd assume it still has to do with the MAX issue dragging on

Same. Guess they still have to use the 787 to cover some MAX routes.

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by YoungDon
Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB files criminal charges against Mesa Airlines for noise violations
Replies: 180
Views: 20606

Re: LGB files criminal charges against Mesa Airlines for noise violations

Ok, but that's not what this is about. This is about an airline that keeps violating curfew. You decide to look at the small picture (filing criminal charges because the airline violates curfew) and refuse to look at the bigger picture (NIMBY's moving in after an airport has been established and th...

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by YoungDon
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 195
Views: 67083

Re: Asiana Airlines in huge financial trouble

Asiana was the world first airline to prohibit smoking on board. FWIW Virgin Atlantic, Qantas and Air New Zealand also make that claim. Duty Free Cigarettes certainly shouldn't be sold onboard. Couldn't have been Virgin Atlantic. As mentioned before Muse Air banned it in 1981, Virgin Atlantic didn'...

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by YoungDon
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB files criminal charges against Mesa Airlines for noise violations
Replies: 180
Views: 20606

Re: LGB files criminal charges against Mesa Airlines for noise violations

Nice try, but no gets. I’d bet 85% of arrivals to LGB fly one of the charted visuals with the normal scatter of flight paths, the 30 is mostly overwater until aligned with the runway. The people under the last 3-5 miles have been hearing airplanes overhead since Douglas started building planes ther...

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by YoungDon
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB files criminal charges against Mesa Airlines for noise violations
Replies: 180
Views: 20606

Re: LGB files criminal charges against Mesa Airlines for noise violations

One thing people need to keep in mind when talking about aircraft noise is that while it's true that aircraft engines are quieter than in past years, we're in a PBN environment now where a huge majority of aircraft are flying precise, repeatable paths every single day enabled by RNAV/RNP. This is es...

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by YoungDon
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019
Replies: 587
Views: 86786

Re: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2019

I hate the term Metroplex personally, but North Texas is not much better. I just call it the DFW area.

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by YoungDon
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Switzerland to follow suit with Eco-Tax
Replies: 95
Views: 9594

Re: Switzerland to follow suit with Eco-Tax

Lots of climate change deniers here, who I'm sure have never been somewhere like the Maldives and seen the effects of climate change on the ground, and simply don't believe the science because it might cause them to have to change something about their lifestyle or the nature of the economy. If Swit...

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by YoungDon
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United announces proposed 2020 Haneda schedule
Replies: 47
Views: 9321

Re: United announces 2020 Haneda schedule

Interesting that UA is using a 77W on SFO-NRT but a 789 on SFO-HND. I guess DEN and IAH traffic will remain at NRT until UA gets more slots.

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by YoungDon
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Petition to change Trump Tower address to "725 President Barack H. Obama Avenue" passes 260,000 signatures
Replies: 8
Views: 1053

Re: Petition to change Trump Tower address to "725 President Barack H. Obama Avenue" passes 260,000 signatures

Oh man, this would be great if it happened. And DeBlasio is petty enough to support something like this, though I doubt he will while he's running for Prez.

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by YoungDon
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CNN Chris Cuomo loses it over "Fredo"
Replies: 68
Views: 3869

Re: CNN Chris Cuomo loses it over "Fredo"

I honestly didn't see the big deal here. A guy came trolling him with a camera talking noise, he responded in kind. It was rather funny to be honest. But yes, by getting all hot and bothered about it he's always going to be tagged with that nickname.

Oh well, first world problems. *huge shrug*

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by YoungDon
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: American Airlines Increases International Presence, Makes First Entrance Into Africa
Replies: 509
Views: 111926

Re: Rumor: American to make huge announcement

Why does HEL keep coming up. I don’t think AA has made any hint that they want to serve HEL for whatever connection opportunities AY can provide. HEL seems to be a 321XLR route to me. I dont get DFW, but PHL to HEL would open up pretty good connections to SE Asia from east coast. AY being a JV part...

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by YoungDon
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: American Airlines Increases International Presence, Makes First Entrance Into Africa
Replies: 509
Views: 111926

Re: Rumor: American to make huge announcement

adamblang wrote:
I'll confess I quickly skimmed –

Are we still guessing or has something actually been announced?


Still guessing, nothing yet.

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by YoungDon
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What has caused the IAH International Terminal build delay?
Replies: 13
Views: 2856

Re: What happen IAH new international terminal keep delay too much?

See mayor Turner. He got into office and all of the bid and awarded contracts for construction companies by the previous administration we considered null and void because he felt they weren’t awarded to enough minority and woman owned companies. So, he started the whole process over. To make sure ...

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by YoungDon
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 46917

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

What would the carrier lose if a customer throw aways the ticket? Nothing materially. In fact they would use less fuel or they can accommodate an extra standby passengers. They, however, lose the potential revenue as the person could have bought the more expensive single segment ticket. So I have n...

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by YoungDon
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger on AA from KIN-MIA asked to deboard to change from her romper outfit
Replies: 117
Views: 10106

Re: Passenger on AA from KIN-MIA asked to deboard to change from her romper outfit

I can’t unsee the original post, but I’m going with American here. What happened to etiquette? So the age in which men wore suits and women wore dresses went away sometime in the late 60's. All of her parts were covered and she was flying from Kingston, Jamaica to Miami, Florida in the summer time....

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by YoungDon
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump brings in tanks for 4th of July celebration in Washington DC
Replies: 159
Views: 9741

Re: Trump brings in tanks for 4th of July celebration in Washington DC

Talk about the biggest case of SPS I've ever seen. I'm sure Congress (in particular, the GOP-led Senate) will approve funds to repair the streets in DC if they're damaged by tanks. Or is this one of those "you're on your own" scenarios? The city government has made this case both this yea...

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by YoungDon
Fri May 31, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing YouTube: "Airbus, We're Glad You're Here"
Replies: 41
Views: 9020

Re: Boeing YouTube: "Airbus, We're Glad You're Here"

Love it. Extremely classy. Happy birthday Airbus!

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by YoungDon
Thu May 30, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian announces Houston + more USA expansion
Replies: 147
Views: 29303

Re: Ethiopian announces Houston + more USA expansion

Latest changes to ET schedule see - the postponement of the IAH route launch to December - the three weekly flights to IAD via ABJ have been removed from the schedule, these were in addition to the current daily ADD-DUB-IAD-ADD service - the service to YYZ has reverted to a B77L through October ins...

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by YoungDon
Wed May 22, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why did CO choose EWR as their TPAC Gateway instead of IAH?
Replies: 19
Views: 3527

Re: Why did CO choose EWR as their TPAC Gateway instead of IAH?

Houstonians are wondering what AA has in DFW is not at IAH, but AA LAX operation is strong but not as powerful as UA's SFO hub. AA hub in Chicago couldn't make the PRC work but it could from their fortress DFW hub so its really an issue of where an airline's fortress hub is and where they have the ...

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by YoungDon
Wed May 22, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could DFW one day rival/surpass ATL in total pax/ASM?
Replies: 40
Views: 4294

Re: Could DFW one day rival/surpass ATL in total pax/ASM?

J343, ATL is just extreamely well located for most of Florida to the NorthEast. If National had been closed and IAD was the sole DC airport, then we would have a different discussion. AA hubs at DFW, ORD, PHX, PHL, MIA, and you could also consider LAX and JFK. DL hubs at ATL, MSP, SLC, DTW and you ...

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