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by DesertAir
Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Airports did Airlines train at in the Old Days?
Replies: 34
Views: 2326

Re: What Airports did Airlines train at in the Old Days?

sprxUSA wrote:
I remember at Stockton, CA (SCK) 1980 seeing WA and AA DC-10s doing circuits at various times of day.


My dad used to take me out to the Stockton Metro Airport to watch the PanAM 747 practice touch and go in the early 70s.

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by DesertAir
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Airlines questions
Replies: 72
Views: 9713

Re: Western Airlines questions

I flew a Western DC-10 from LAX to Mexico City. Western was a regional airline serving western states and Hawaii and Mexico. They also provided champaign service to Hawaii from smaller airports like Sacramento. They created a hub and spoke operation in Salt Lake City, UT.

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by DesertAir
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA in 1997...
Replies: 54
Views: 8918

Re: TWA in 1997...

I few TWA in 1997 on the SFO-STL-San Antonio route. I enjoyed the 727 flights between San Antonio and St. Louis.

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by DesertAir
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports where you’re most likely to wait for a gate
Replies: 33
Views: 1898

Re: Airports where you’re most likely to wait for a gate

This happened to me a number of times on WN upon landing in SAN. When the flight arrived early, often we had to wait for an open gate.

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by DesertAir
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reasoning behind PSA/US merger
Replies: 17
Views: 2139

Re: Reasoning behind PSA/US merger

The large airlines like AA and US did not know how to operate the California network. I was a loyal PSA flyer and recall when US took over. The spirit of the PSA (fun and informal) experience was lost. The FAs tried serving meals on the short California flights. That ended quickly. It was a shame to...

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by DesertAir
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city
Replies: 50
Views: 3340

Re: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city

When I visited El Salvador I found the international airport very far from San Salvador. It was about a good 40 minute ride from the city.

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by DesertAir
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interjet Discussion and News thread
Replies: 335
Views: 69287

Re: Interjet Now Cannibalizing Its Airbus Fleet according to Bloomberg

From what I understand Interjet is not using the majority of their SSJ fleet because they cannot acquire the necessary parts to keep the fleet running. Interjet was conceived as an alternative to the high priced Aeromexico and the low end charge for everything Volaris. Viva has made a great comeback...

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by DesertAir
Thu May 14, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United DC-10's
Replies: 111
Views: 15513

Re: United DC-10's

I flew on a UA DC-10 from SFO to ORD in 1981.

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by DesertAir
Wed Apr 22, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Odd CAB routes
Replies: 27
Views: 2658

Re: Odd CAB routes

UA had the Central Valley of California daily milk run> San Francisco-Stockton-Modesto-Fresno-Los Angeles and the return. For a while there was night, SFO-MOD-SCK flight. I took this once.

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by DesertAir
Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/19/2020:F9 Cuts AUG/SEP;DL Exits JAXRDU;UA Follows AA by Decimating Int'l for May and Summer, Drops SCKLAX
Replies: 78
Views: 13885

Re: OAG Changes 4/19/2020:F9 Cuts AUG/SEP;DL Exits JAXRDU;UA Follows AA by Decimating Int'l for May and Summer, Drops SC

sprxUSA wrote:
No shock to see OO/UA end SCK-LAX. That was a crap flight when things were good. I think it is over already anyway.


Central Valley towns need another model for air service. Fares are too high. I don't see why Allegiant doesn't run a daily to LAX.

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by DesertAir
Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare and Short Lived Airline/Aircraft Combinations
Replies: 101
Views: 8492

Re: Rare and Short Lived Airline/Aircraft Combinations

Far West Airlines based in Fresno, CA. They used a Japanese aircraft that proved too heavy for take off in the hot valley summer.

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by DesertAir
Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Need Help To "Postpone" Upcoming Volaris Trip
Replies: 1
Views: 365

Re: Need Help To "Postpone" Upcoming Volaris Trip

Good morning, I went to their internet page and read their alerts. Mexico is extending the social distancing to April 30th, so I suggest booking after this date. They have removed the change fees, so you change your dates without extra charges. Their phone lines are saturated so calling does not see...

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by DesertAir
Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cross country propeller flights
Replies: 39
Views: 2327

Re: Cross country propeller flights

Thanks for the second segment of your trip.

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by DesertAir
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If Flying Tiger Line was still around today...
Replies: 6
Views: 738

Re: If Flying Tiger Line was still around today...

It was located in the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory complex. There was an addition with big bay windows. It later became a Mexican and then a clown themed restaurant.

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by DesertAir
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If Flying Tiger Line was still around today...
Replies: 6
Views: 738

Re: If Flying Tiger Line was still around today...

There would still exist that wonderful Flying Tigers restaurant at the San Francisco Wharf. It was my dad's favorite restaurant.

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by DesertAir
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Odds that other countries will buy will buy Russian aircraft? (Il-96-400M, SJ100, CR929, etc.)
Replies: 42
Views: 6095

Re: Odds that other countries will buy will buy Russian aircraft? (Il-96-400M, SJ100, CR929, etc.)

Interjet of Mexico bought the SJ100 for their smaller markets. The performance was positive for them but part replacement was a nightmare. They have since pulled these jets from service.

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by DesertAir
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your List Of Discontinued Routes You Have Flown
Replies: 109
Views: 8735

Re: Your List Of Discontinued Routes You Have Flown

Stockton, California
to LAX US Airways Express
United Express (1990)
Pacific Express

to SFO PSA
Golden Gate
Air Pacific

LAX to Monterey, CA. Pacific Express

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by DesertAir
Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taos Air to Hawthorne Airport & Carlsbad Airport, CA
Replies: 41
Views: 5333

Re: Taos Air to Hawthorne Airport & Carlsbad Airport, CA

As somebody who grew up in CA, I’ve long believed there is a need for commercial air service at unserved and underserved suburban airports throughout the state. I agree completely with this statement. The difficulty is high fares...the UX service to Stockton is very expensive. This does not generat...

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by DesertAir
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is there room for another airline in the USA
Replies: 42
Views: 4243

Re: Is there room for another airline in the USA

I think there is room in the USA for new airlines that connect small communities to large airports with reliable, frequent and reasonable cost service. Such an airline could be composted of retired airline workers who still want to participate in the industry. Everyone from the CEO to the baggage ha...

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by DesertAir
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Whose 747’s have you flown?
Replies: 77
Views: 2154

Re: Whose 747’s have you flown?

TWA
UA
PanAm

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by DesertAir
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cross country propeller flights
Replies: 39
Views: 2327

Re: Cross country propeller flights

I think this is cool. In the day of big mega carriers it is great to give some publicity to the small guys. A cross country trip on commuter airlines is another idea RJ and EMB across the USA.

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by DesertAir
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What former carriers have you flown?
Replies: 102
Views: 3342

Re: What former carriers have you flown?

I have flown on a lot of former carriers:
Mexicana
Lloyd Aereo Boliviano
TWA
Continental
Northwest
PSA
AirCal
Golden Gate
Pacific Express
America West
US Air
PanAm
Western Airlines
Tikal Jets

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by DesertAir
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: California cities w/out commercial air service?
Replies: 40
Views: 3241

Re: California cities w/out commercial air service?

With South Lake being close to RNO, I don't know if that would work. AirCal and (I think) PSA had flights there and they didn't work. I would think Truckee would be a better option as it is closer to Squaw Valley and Mt. Rose. I wonder how once a day or 3x a week service would work to Susanville or...

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by DesertAir
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: California cities w/out commercial air service?
Replies: 40
Views: 3241

Re: California cities w/out commercial air service?

Ishrion wrote:
DesertAir wrote:
Concord had air service briefly: PSA BA-146 service to LAX. I made a round trip once. Also, Napa briefly had service to SFO.


Isn’t Concord served by JetSuiteX to Burbank?


Thanks for the correction. I checked this service out this morning.

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by DesertAir
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: California cities w/out commercial air service?
Replies: 40
Views: 3241

Re: California cities w/out commercial air service?

Concord had air service briefly: PSA BA-146 service to LAX. I made a round trip once. Also, Napa briefly had service to SFO.

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by DesertAir
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sacramento (SMF) Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 197
Views: 20882

Re: SMF/Sacramento - 2020

[i][i][i][i] What impact will new SCK-LAX service have?” To-date, very little. According to the San Joaquin County Aviation Advisory Committee meeting minutes, as of October the LF on the 2x/day service is an anemic 55%. That’s fewer than 60 pax/day. SCK officials must be scrambling as that isn’t v...

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by DesertAir
Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does Southwest still not charge for baggage?
Replies: 20
Views: 1400

Re: Why does Southwest still not charge for baggage?

The Southwest difference. They are user friendly: no change fees except for the fare difference; generous bag allowance; multiple flights and connections to each market; they are a great go-to airline for both business and leisure traveler.

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by DesertAir
Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?
Replies: 93
Views: 5995

Re: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?

I have flown in and out of a number of Multi-Airport-Cities:
San Francisco Bay Area: SFO, OAK and SJO: also once from Concord when service was available.
Los Angeles: LAX, Bur, Long Beach, Ontario
Chicago: ORD and MDW
New York: JFK, ERW, LGA

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by DesertAir
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest thoughts anyone?
Replies: 29
Views: 8892

Re: Southwest thoughts anyone?

In August I flew roundtrip between San Diego and San José Los Cabos, México. On the return trip a plane with a flat tire blocked our approach-we circled and then were diverted to Ontario to refuel before returning to San Diego. The next morning a $100 voucher was in my in-box with an apology. During...

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by DesertAir
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airways experience
Replies: 10
Views: 3439

Re: US Airways experience

I remember when they bought PSA-beloved California airline- On the short Burbank-Oakland they served food. The FAs were just about throwing the trays at the passengers on the BA-146.

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by DesertAir
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Yes/No Poll: Do You Like American Airlines?
Replies: 51
Views: 3946

Re: Yes/No Poll: Do You Like American Airlines?

Yes. I have flown them on a lot of international routes over the years and have always had a positive experience.

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by DesertAir
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you were to start an airline, what would be your business strategy/plan?
Replies: 17
Views: 2772

Re: If you were to start an airline, what would be your business strategy/plan?

Target: underserved communities> Stockton, Modesto, Red Bluff, Chico, CA, Calexico, El Centro... Goal> low cost air service and allow retired airline workers to continue to participate in the industry Employees> retired airline pilots, FAs, ground and administrative Everyone> minimum wage from the C...

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by DesertAir
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mexico's president suggests his government may resucitate Mexicana de Aviacion
Replies: 40
Views: 7479

Re: Mexico's president suggests his government may resucitate Mexicana de Aviacion

There have been a number of financial decisions that have been questioned: cancellation of the new airport, the proposed dual airport system for Mexico City, the Train Maya and and an upsurge in violence. Grow predictions have been reduced and there is less foreign investment on the horizon. Mexican...

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by DesertAir
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 296
Views: 82181

Re: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List

So far 2019 has been a solid Southwest year

Roundtrips from SAN to SMF:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July: 3 roundtrips: July 7-9
July 15-17
July 25-29
SAN to SJD: August 4-8

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by DesertAir
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Interjet Pricing Structure Question
Replies: 3
Views: 731

Re: Interjet Pricing Structure Question

I have flown Interjet many times and have always purchased Optima. I brought onboard my backpack and roller bag that fits I the overhead bins.

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by DesertAir
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airliners with air stairs
Replies: 44
Views: 6088

Re: Airliners with air stairs

In the early 70s United flew the Central Valley milk run with a stop in Stockton, CA. My dad and I used to like to watch the 737-200 come in and the air stairs descend for deplaning. Sometimes they did not work correctly so the service crew would bring in the portable stairs on wheels. With most air...

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by DesertAir
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Possible new routes for Volaris or VivaAerobus within Mexico
Replies: 8
Views: 1136

Re: Possible new routes for Volaris or VivaAerobus within Mexico

I think Volaris should try out TIJ-LAS. I can't believe this has never been tried before. Maybe this would be more up VivaAerobus's alley. I have been thinking this for a long time. Many of the people I know go to LAS driving or on chartered buses. I think some TIJ to some northern markets should b...

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by DesertAir
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico reports loss; cancels PVG, suspends 5 other international routes
Replies: 44
Views: 10744

Re: Aeromexico reports loss; cancels PVG, suspends 5 other international routes

The new airport...it will be a long time. The Peña Nieto project was cancelled by the new president AMLO and the AMLO project is under court injunction (correct term?) has come to a standstill. AM announced a while back, it would not operate from two airports, under the AMLO proposal since their ope...

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by DesertAir
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1207
Views: 191164

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019

A while back there were rumores floating around the COPA would start service to TJ but all has been quiet lately. Volaris tried SAN-GDL and MEX service without much success. AM had service to Los Cabos but also discontinued it. Crossing the international boarder adds alot of tax to the flights so it...

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by DesertAir
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is AM/DL weak in Mexico vs AA
Replies: 48
Views: 6263

Re: Why is AM/DL weak in Mexico vs AA

California has alot of AM presence. For example, SMF has almost daily, night service to Guadalajara. I have tried to book AA to Guadalajara from SMF and I have to go to DFW. US, before the merger, had a great early morning departure SMF with a change in PHX. DL presence in SMF is limited to LAX, ATL...

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by DesertAir
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sacramento (SMF) Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 186
Views: 32582

Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

This is good news. I was in SMF yesterday afternoon and noticed the afternoon Countour flight to Santa Barbara. It had a decent amount of passengers in the boarding area. I also noticed that Boutique has a late night, around midnight flight to Merced. Maybe one of these two airlines will add the Pal...

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by DesertAir
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines California Strategy
Replies: 102
Views: 19532

Re: Alaska Airlines California Strategy

I am a monthly flyer between SAN and SMF. WN runs about 11-13 flights a day. AS has three flights. This amount of flights probably serve their locals and gives another option when the WN flights are full, which is almost always. A note, Allegiant has twice weekly service from SAN to SCK (Stockton) a...

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by DesertAir
Tue May 21, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended
Replies: 109
Views: 24505

Re: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended

This is always the problem with start-ups with limited route structures. When something goes wrong they have very little ability or will in some cases. Allegiant has had the same difficulty in some of their stations. It would be better to begin small but reliable and then expand to larger and reliab...

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by DesertAir
Wed May 08, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye BAC 1-11!
Replies: 121
Views: 21981

Re: Goodbye BAC 1-11!

I flew them a couple of times in the 80s on Pacific Express:
Monterey to LAX
LAX to Stockton

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by DesertAir
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sacramento (SMF) Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 186
Views: 32582

Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

There are two gates dedicated to international service in Terminal B. Could these not be used for domestic departures and arrivals? Most of the international service is in the late evening or close to midnight. The gate that Frontier uses for their evening LAS flight is empty during most of the day....

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by DesertAir
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sacramento (SMF) Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 186
Views: 32582

Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

There are two gates dedicated to international service in Terminal B. Could these not be used for domestic departures and arrivals? Most of the international service is in the late evening or close to midnight. The gate that Frontier uses for their evening LAS flight is empty during most of the day....

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by DesertAir
Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many US states have you visited?
Replies: 91
Views: 7349

Re: How many US states have you visited?

States where I have never left the airport-connection only
Tennesse (Northwest)
Georgia (Delta)
Ohio (US Airways)
Utah (Delta)
Florida (American, PanAM)
Missouri (TWA)

States I have visited
California
Oregon
Washington
Arizona
New Mexico
Texas
New York
Illinois
Maryland
Massachusetts

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by DesertAir
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many countries have you visited?
Replies: 36
Views: 1997

Re: How many countries have you visited?

North America USA (Home country) Canada Mexico (actual residence) Central America[u] Belize Guatemala El Salvador Honduras Nicaragua Costa Rica Panamá [u]Caribbean[u][u][/ Puerto Rico Dominican Republic US Virgin Islands Curazao Martinique [u]South America Bolivia Peru Equador Colombia Venezuela (3...

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by DesertAir
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Announces SMF
Replies: 54
Views: 5751

Re: Spirit Announces SMF

The one Frontier flight to LAS does not pose much challenge to WN but 3 on Spirit is going to be interesting.

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