Almost 20 hours on a French Bee A350 without any ability to get off the plane must be pure torture, although I’m sure they are not filled to capacity at the moment. Similar situation was unfortunately quite routine back in the early 2000s. Back then, non-stop flight between East Coast and East Asia...Jump to post
Are passengers allowed to get off the plane during the tech stop at YYZ? Which terminal does the plane park at? Does it actually park at the terminal or at a remote stand? They park at T3 C gates. All pax remain on board. Unlike at LAX (AF, TN) or SFO (BF), pax don't have to clear immigration at YY...Jump to post
Can't guarantee anything, but from previous experience as a check-in agent, a deviation of less than 1kg was tolerated by most airlines that I have worked with (will probably round down as opposed to round up). It's only a problem if an overzealous station manager/airline rep regularly looks over th...Jump to post
MUC - Incredibly efficient and clean, ticks most of the boxes. Only downside is that it's a bit far from Munich, but that's the case for most new greenfield airports. SIN - Amenities that you wouldn't think an airport would have. ICN - Despite being over 20 years old (at least T1), still looks as cl...Jump to post
I've experienced it too many times to list, but the claustrophobe in me dislikes being crammed into a packed ramp bus. My worst experience was in Abu Dhabi where the temperature was 40C/104F+ and the A/C on the bus barely seemed to be working. I recall walking straight from the plane to the terminal...Jump to post
My experience with KE has been that their IT infrastructure is ... slow, at best. They recently overhauled their app and website and I hope it means they redid the backend too but its really no wonder it costs so much to integrate all this. It will be interesting to see the integration roadmap, we ...Jump to post
The Star Alliance lounge at LAX TBIT is the best lounge I've used in the US. I believe it's run by Air New Zealand.
Excellent buffet spread and outdoor patio with runway views.
United Club at BOS has some decent runway views, too. Friendly staff but very basic food/snacks.
The biggest concern I have is the antitrust impact the KE/OZ merger would have on the KE/DL relationship. Remember the US (amongst other parties) has yet to approve KE/OZ. Outside of KE/DL the only other TPAC flights if the merger goes through would be a AA flight to DFW (daily prepandemic I think)...Jump to post
ICN is also a phenomenal connection point, probably the best in Northeast Asia. Agreed. I think people ignore the strength and potential of ICN by focusing so heavily on Tokyo. DL will become stronger in Asia because of ICN. You fly past Japan to get to ICN. Conventional wisdom is that most people ...Jump to post
How many destinations did DL/NW formerly serve from NRT that are not offered from ICN on KE? Maybe I am forgetting some small island in the pacific, but I can’t think of any significant destination. Thus ICN via KE > NRT via DL/NW Saipan and Kaohsiung are the only ones I can think of. Further, how ...Jump to post
I've flown on DL multiple times in 2009 and 2010 and never had any issues, and never expected any issues either. I don't recall DL having a particularly negative image back then. However, back in 2010, there were still many long haul aircraft without PTVs in Y (744, 763) and the 744s and 330s had an...Jump to post
I truly believe that with the E-195's coming, that Porter will make YHM their new hub and ditch YZT, and are setting the wheels in motion with this lawsuit. YHM is way too far from the city and targets the exact opposite clientel that Porter has built a succesful business model on. I think the only...Jump to post
Like many other things, it can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. The most basic setup would be to get a cheap suction cup mount dashcam on Amazon for $30 that you can hook up to your 12V port. Or, you could get a more advanced Blackvue or Thinkware model that has both front and rear came...Jump to post
Air France won't be (completely) retiring the 777 anytime soon. They recently started phasing out some older -200ER frames. Some of their 777s are only 5 years old. They'll probably stick around for another 15-20 years. If you're avoiding specific aircraft types due to past engine failures, I'm afra...Jump to post
Even at the height of tensions between Korea and Japan, Seoul-Tokyo had around 35x daily flights. Seoul-Osaka had close to 30x.
Seoul-Hong Kong, Bangkok had around 23x daily each and Seoul-Da Nang had around 20x daily.
Of course, due to COVID, these routes are down to 1-2x daily.
Wonder if this is having much of an impact on Finnair which has a lot of flights over Russia. Or maybe many of those flights aren't operating right now? Either way, it's a big revenue source for Russia. While not ideal from an economic standpoint, Finnair can operate Helsinki-East Asia flights non-...Jump to post
Apparently only affecting MOW flights. The new routes via the baltics need new approval. LED flights are hence not affected... So this might not actually be diplomatic anything. I have to think that it would effect more flights if this was something coming from the level of the Kremlin. This might ...Jump to post
The issue here isn’t that “consumers” - as a whole - have to compromise. It’s that some consumers have to compromise more than others based on a system that (deliberately or inadvertently) provides sub-optimal outcomes to specific consumers, evidently on the basis of country of origin. It seems we ...Jump to post
- Don’t want to get dragged into rabbit holes, but when you take consumer interests out of the pro quid quo calculus, it simply becomes about who stands to make more money - and frequencies are dictated from there. Insofar as EK/EY (and TK and ET and SV and MS etc) are concerned it’s all... well, “...Jump to post
- Taking consumer interests out of the quid-pro-quo equation on this issue = mercantilism. Putting consumer interests above all is a neoliberal approach, which as I mentioned previously, is not Canada’s modus operandi. Consumers don’t directly participate in trade agreements between countries, nor ...Jump to post
The point of the Smith quote is clear: putting consumer interests first results in the most optimal economic outcomes. It doesn’t dwell on government intervention, nor does it call for an unfettered open market (it clearly acknowledges that intervention on behalf of consumers may be necessary). Act...Jump to post
Two things: 1. That quote is the foundation of economic thought in every G7 country today. And the basis for all the liberalized/free trade agreements being pursued. It’s a bit odd that it’s relevance is being called into question. 2. Protectionism <-> free trade is a spectrum, so this is a bit of ...Jump to post
“Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production; and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer.” Adam Smith Not sure how relevant this quote is in this day and age, when virtually no country has a completely...Jump to post
There is very little political gain from "giving something" to airlines and/or a country (the UAE) that the vast majority of Canadians won't ever visit or even particularly admire. Why should I care if some people get a cheaper ticket to south Asia in return for ignoring all my above argu...Jump to post
I think a fair compromise is to allow EK and EY to have 7x weekly frequencies each to Canada. The bilatetal can be further expanded once Canadian carriers exhaust their frequencies. Having daily service at least provides the option of planning one's trips in daily increments with same-day connection...Jump to post
Personally I'd fly DL or AA over AC anyday, many people out there that want options from other carriers compared to AC monopoly on these important business routes. Glad DL finally added LGA-YYZ, always wondered why BUF has LGA-BUF on DL or why YUL got LGA-YUL from DL but not LGA-YYZ. Oh yes of cour...Jump to post
I'm glad I was able to fly on a couple (with Etihad) back in 2014. Much maligned (perhaps deservedly so) but rare nevertheless.Jump to post
Pre-pandemic: February 7, 2020, ICN-MSP-DTW-BUF on DL A350, A321 and A320.
During pandemic: October 4, 2020, YVR-YYC-YYZ on WS 736 and 73G.
Korean-language article states that DL plans to launch PDX-ICN in September.
http://news.khan.co.kr/kh_news/khan_art ... ode=620104