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by MRYapproach
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: StarLux granted 13 routes
Replies: 9
Views: 4652

Re: StarLux granted 13 routes

I would be surprised if Taiwan could support three airlines, especially since Starlux doesn't seem to be attempting a LCC strategy.

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by MRYapproach
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian planes in Venezuela
Replies: 9
Views: 3910

Russian planes in Venezuela

I just saw a recent story online about one of two Russian Federation aircraft leaving Venezuela to head back to base. For an IL-62M to make this journey, what stops are required from/to Moscow?

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by MRYapproach
Fri May 17, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft
Replies: 180
Views: 22549

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft

I doubt it. Getting rid of IFE just makes sense. As legroom shrinks and seatbacks get thinner, the space of the equipment matters as much as the cost. They probably spend more maintaining IFEs than when they first buy them. Eventually ALL US3 will get decent WIFI and then people will forget what IFE...

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by MRYapproach
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will/Should Boeing Have a Top Management Change?
Replies: 30
Views: 2747

Re: Will/Should Boeing Have a Top Management Change?

Check out the Aviation Week podcast from March 7. Many interesting sub-topics on this show about the Boeing NMA, but I found the part about 95% of free cash going into the dividend that Wall Street expects to grow...pretty much forever...means that management's hands are kind of tied. Not sure how l...

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by MRYapproach
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 30+ Year Old Aircraft in Scheduled Passenger Service
Replies: 43
Views: 3934

Re: 30+ Year Old Aircraft in Scheduled Passenger Service

FWIW, AA has 1 MD-80 that's 30, but the rest of the active fleet is only 20 Could that be the only 30 year old bird flying regular passenger service that's NOT a 757/767/A320? Wow, maybe I'm used to seeing old AA MD-80s in US airports for...pretty much forever. But they seem ancient. I know I'm bei...

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by MRYapproach
Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: best/cheapest flight from South America to NZ/AUS
Replies: 8
Views: 976

best/cheapest flight from South America to NZ/AUS

If one were trying to fly from Rio or Buenos Ares to New Zealand or Australia...what is the best and/or cheapest way to fly?

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by MRYapproach
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 383 returned to SFO
Replies: 5
Views: 1508

AA 383 returned to SFO

Just glancing at the Flightaware app and saw that a 767 was doing laps near Stockton and was shown SFO-SFO. FlightRadar24 showed that AA 383 was originally a SFO-MIA flight.

Anyone know why?

How rare is it for a US pax flight to return the departure airport?

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by MRYapproach
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines (CI) Pilots Overwhelmingly Approve Strike
Replies: 47
Views: 6948

Re: China Airlines (CI) Pilots Overwhelmingly Approve Strike

I've done 21 SFO-TPE roundtrips in the last 7 years. First time was CI because BR only had middle seats in Economy. Also CI was still flying 747s, and it turned out to be my final flight on Queen. (fingers crossed for a Lufthansa 747-8i at some point) A co-worker told me to look up CI's accident his...

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by MRYapproach
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is there an ANZ 77W in EVA livery?
Replies: 18
Views: 7217

Re: Why is there an ANZ 77W in EVA livery?

As a regular SFO-TPE flyer on BR, I’m curious how EVA choses which birds to lease out. With EVA receiving their 2nd gen of 77Ws at a fast clip, I assume they’re sending their older 77Ws over to NZ. Personally I prefer the seats on the older birds, but the Panasonic IFE on the new birds makes it no c...

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by MRYapproach
Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airline should we book to Hongkong from German?
Replies: 6
Views: 1002

Re: What airline should we book to Hongkong from German?

I picked Lufthansa because I could fly on a A340-600 before they get replaced. Not sure what the status now is. Yes! Even the FAs get why we geek out on the downstairs labs. I rode the last 340 delivered to LH in 2017 from MUC to SFO...just cuz. Nice plane, well kept. FAs poured all the wine you co...

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by MRYapproach
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA1395 MFR-MRY
Replies: 6
Views: 1126

Re: UA1395 MFR-MRY

thanks for the quick responses!

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by MRYapproach
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA1395 MFR-MRY
Replies: 6
Views: 1126

UA1395 MFR-MRY

I've been working from home today and watching the weather and it's impact on local airports. SJC has been holding inbound flights at their departure airport for 1:30. SFO was 2:30, now down to 1:30. OAK was no delay, now 0:30. A fairly substantial front passing through today with some lightning on ...

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by MRYapproach
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1039
Views: 165784

Re: Icelandair taking over WOW

Somewhat sad to see, saw this after stepping off a WOW flight KEF-DTW, one of the best flights I can remember. Everything about the brand just seems so much friendlier than Icelandair, though I have not flown them. It really felt like they had the beginnings of something unique. Friendliest crews I...

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by MRYapproach
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1039
Views: 165784

Re: Icelandair taking over WOW

Jeez, couldn't see this coming. My wife and I and another couple did a trip to Iceland exactly 2 years ago on the WOW intro priced flights from SFO. Something like $160 roundtrip. Flight wasn't SO bad, but it helped that the flight was half full. (Also, my first A330 flight...bonus!) Flight times co...

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by MRYapproach
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: EVA Air's Boeing 787-9 Inaugural - BR 867 TPE-HKG in Business Class
Replies: 5
Views: 7834

Re: EVA Air's Boeing 787-9 Inaugural - BR 867 TPE-HKG in Business Class

I'm EVA-obsessed -- thanks for the trip report! I just did TPE-HKG roundtrip last week. A321 outbound, A330 return. I had no idea we were so close to dreamliner status. On the return flight it seemed like we spent more time taxiing in HKG than in the air. (On the upside, I counted 24 747 freighters ...

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by MRYapproach
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Francisco Bay Area Aviation 2018
Replies: 101
Views: 8698

Re: San Francisco Bay Area Aviation 2018

Could KMRY, Monterey Regional Airport, be included in this discussion or is it too far away from the Bay Area? I'd like to make this forum friendly and open, so sure. Monterey is close enough :). I started a Central Coast thread a while ago for MRY, SBP, SMX, and SBA. There was a little bit of a co...

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by MRYapproach
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Trans-Pacific Flight Tips
Replies: 22
Views: 2109

Re: Trans-Pacific Flight Tips

Thanks for the tips. Overall, I had a couple of goals for the trip...comfort (choice of premium economy), minimum trip duration, and cost. This is probably the same for most people. Since I'm originating from PHX, I was considering flights from SAN, LAX, SFO, SEA. My focus is more on getting a high...

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by MRYapproach
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn’t DL, AA, and CO order the 747-400?
Replies: 50
Views: 9440

Re: Why didn’t DL, AA, and CO order the 747-400?

Ironically in the movie Jurassic Park, in the scene where Hammond is talking to the paleontologists and investors, you see a CO A300 buzzing the beach, as well as a 744 in CO colors in the slideshow. What was DL, AA, and CO's Asian presence like in the 1990s? CO had Micronesia, and in the late 90s/...

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by MRYapproach
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn’t DL, AA, and CO order the 747-400?
Replies: 50
Views: 9440

Re: Why didn’t DL, AA, and CO order the 747-400?

Ironically in the movie Jurassic Park, in the scene where Hammond is talking to the paleontologists and investors, you see a CO A300 buzzing the beach, as well as a 744 in CO colors in the slideshow. What was DL, AA, and CO's Asian presence like in the 1990s? CO had Micronesia, and in the late 90s/...

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by MRYapproach
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is A220 still a regional jet?
Replies: 108
Views: 14292

Re: Is A220 still a regional jet?

CRJ = regional jet ERJ = regional jet E-Jet E1 = regional jet E-Jet E2 = regional jet C Series = Narrowbody 717 = Narrowbody A318 = Narrowbody Fuselage width also plays a role in aircraft class. Works for me! IMO, RJs have their engines on the fuselage. Mainline airfreight carry their engines under...

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by MRYapproach
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ resumes direct SIN-LAX on A359ULR from Nov 2, adds 3 weekly SIN-SFO A359ULR
Replies: 51
Views: 12207

Re: SQ resumes direct SIN-LAX on A359ULR from Nov 2, adds 3 weekly SIN-SFO A359ULR

Wow.. that means there's now 4 to 5 daily flights between San Francisco to Singapore. I think it really shows just how strong a market Singapore is- that it can sustain such a high volume of high yielding O&D and connecting traffic. And yet every now and then, people here insist that SIN is goi...

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by MRYapproach
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China-US Air Pax Traffic Data for 2017 by Airport-Pair and Load Factor: A Cold Hard Look
Replies: 29
Views: 4541

Re: China-US Air Pax Traffic Data for 2017 by Airport-Pair and Load Factor: A Cold Hard Look

As a regular SFO-TPE flyer, it's cool to see this data. CI and BR seem to do a great job managing these flights. Perfect flight times, and just the right blend of point-to-point and tourists heading to other destinations in Southeast Asia. UA's flight times are horrible and I can't understand why a...

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by MRYapproach
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China-US Air Pax Traffic Data for 2017 by Airport-Pair and Load Factor: A Cold Hard Look
Replies: 29
Views: 4541

Re: China-US Air Pax Traffic Data for 2017 by Airport-Pair and Load Factor: A Cold Hard Look

As a regular SFO-TPE flyer, it's cool to see this data. CI and BR seem to do a great job managing these flights. Perfect flight times, and just the right blend of point-to-point and tourists heading to other destinations in Southeast Asia. UA's flight times are horrible and I can't understand why a...

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by MRYapproach
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China-US Air Pax Traffic Data for 2017 by Airport-Pair and Load Factor: A Cold Hard Look
Replies: 29
Views: 4541

Re: China-US Air Pax Traffic Data for 2017 by Airport-Pair and Load Factor: A Cold Hard Look

As a regular SFO-TPE flyer, it's cool to see this data. CI and BR seem to do a great job managing these flights. Perfect flight times, and just the right blend of point-to-point and tourists heading to other destinations in Southeast Asia. UA's flight times are horrible and I can't understand why a...

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by MRYapproach
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China-US Air Pax Traffic Data for 2017 by Airport-Pair and Load Factor: A Cold Hard Look
Replies: 29
Views: 4541

Re: China-US Air Pax Traffic Data for 2017 by Airport-Pair and Load Factor: A Cold Hard Look

I haven't subjected myself to the horrors of UA SFO-TPE, but I'll bet the load factor on UA is bringing down the overall number. Not really, at least according to T100 data, the load factor are even across all carriers (UA 81.15%, CI 81.16%, BR 81.25%). That's amazing! So UA/BR/CI ALL hit betwen 81...

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by MRYapproach
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China-US Air Pax Traffic Data for 2017 by Airport-Pair and Load Factor: A Cold Hard Look
Replies: 29
Views: 4541

Re: China-US Air Pax Traffic Data for 2017 by Airport-Pair and Load Factor: A Cold Hard Look

Given that round trip airfares from much of the USA to China can be had for $600 or therabputs during much of the year I think these loads are horrible. So let’s see flights from ORD to China are 80% full, many of the pax also have a connecting flight which adds cost to the journey, and fares are c...

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by MRYapproach
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China-US Air Pax Traffic Data for 2017 by Airport-Pair and Load Factor: A Cold Hard Look
Replies: 29
Views: 4541

Re: China-US Air Pax Traffic Data for 2017 by Airport-Pair and Load Factor: A Cold Hard Look

TPE: 1. TPE-LAX 982,751 80.7% CI BR 2. TPE-SFO 879,392 81.2% CI BR UA 3. TPE-JFK 457,938 80.5% CI BR 4. TPE-SEA 260,863 77.9% BR 5. TPE-IAH 178,124 77.5% BR 6. TPE-ORD 121,023 70.1% BR 7. TPE-HNL 86,046 86.2% CI 8. TPE-GUM 69,973 72.0% CI TPE TOTAL: 3,036,110 79.8% As a regular SFO-TPE flyer, it's ...

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by MRYapproach
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: why buy new 777 freighters?
Replies: 5
Views: 1194

Re: why buy new 777 freighters?

Thanks all for thoughtful, informative and polite responses.

I guess this just confirms the 777 as the best airliner program in history...IMO.

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by MRYapproach
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: why buy new 777 freighters?
Replies: 5
Views: 1194

why buy new 777 freighters?

I was just browsing the awesome photos here and I came across a year-old 777F from my favorite airline (EVA) taking off from Anchorage. As a 777-300 launch customer, EVA has plenty of long in the tooth 777s to convert to freighter service. Why pay the premium of buying new freighters? I get the nose...

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by MRYapproach
Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best EVA Lounge in TPE?
Replies: 1
Views: 459

Re: Best EVA Lounge in TPE?

I've been to three of four and they all have similar food and drink options. The Silver status Club lounge is fine, has nicer views of the terminal, and usually is less crowded. If you are Gold status of any Star Alliance member, you can use the Star lounge. Infinity is EVA business, Garden is for E...

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by MRYapproach
Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: EVA Laurel Class TPE-SFO
Replies: 1
Views: 5866

EVA Laurel Class TPE-SFO

Greetings all, First off, I'm a big fan of EVA Air. I fly SFO-TPE on EVA 3x per year, 16 round trips total. Normally I fly Elite class, which is a bargain at about $500 more than regular Economy. Elite has its own cabin and menu, plus 2-4-2 seating with way more seat pitch than Economy. For many yea...

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by MRYapproach
Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Visiting lounges of airlines that you have never flown with
Replies: 8
Views: 1237

Re: Visiting lounges of airlines that you have never flown with

Good question. My guess is that airlines build lounges for their best customers. If a gold alliance flyer can use it without a boarding pass on that airline, so be it. On a similar note, why do airlines let silver alliance flyers board with group 2 on an economy ticket? Perks are reciprocal - you gi...

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by MRYapproach
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Starlux: Ex-EVA Air chairman's new longhaul airline
Replies: 47
Views: 21106

Re: Starlux: Ex-EVA Air chairman's new longhaul airline

Wow, just saw this thread for the first time. As a frequent EVA SFO-TPE flier, I am skeptical. EVA Elite class is the best thing going in the long haul world. I'm doing Laurel class in a couple of weeks -- my first lay-flat experience. I'll send a trip report.. My work sends me to Taoyuan and Tacich...

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by MRYapproach
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why use widebodies for domestic flights?
Replies: 100
Views: 17101

Re: Why use widebodies for domestic flights?

Wow, I must be old. Am I the only one that remembers the days when Dc-10s, L1011s and 767 widebodies routinely connected hubs together? AA used to fly DC10s and 767s between DFW and AUS. DL's ATL-MCO was almost all L1011s. And now we are a point that Anetters think its odd to have widebody on a dom...

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by MRYapproach
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why use widebodies for domestic flights?
Replies: 100
Views: 17101

Why use widebodies for domestic flights?

Last night I took the second 777 ever delivered: N774UA. It was set up for the latest in domestic cattle car accouterments: 10 wide, no screens, just a spring-loaded clamp for your personal device. yuck. We made our connection with time to spare, but I was worried based on the lousy track record of ...

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by MRYapproach
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are 777s always this loud?
Replies: 47
Views: 9376

Are 777s always this loud?

I did 8 trans-ocean rides on 777s in 2018. A bunch of EVA 77W, plus a couple on SWISS' brand new 77Ws. On EVA I use their terrific Elite class, for the rest it's Economy. Last night I returned to balmy California from the frigid Northeast on United's very first 777-200: N774UA from O'Hare to SFO. It...

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by MRYapproach
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?
Replies: 74
Views: 18966

Re: Why do airlines fly routes at the same time?

EVA Airways runs LAX-TPE daily at 1205am and 1230am. My guess there is demand. Same for SFO-TPE, but about an hour later. Depending on seasonal winds and daylight savings, these flights leave 12:30 AM - 1:30 AM. Some days of the week it's just one flight, other two. The funny part is that CI also r...

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by MRYapproach
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 Retirement Date Set
Replies: 98
Views: 25052

Re: BA 747 Retirement Date Set

BA uses the A380 to provide flexibility and cost cutting. For example, LHR-HKG was three times a day using 744s, now it's just an A380 and a 777-300ER. Another example is LHR-LAX which was also three times a day using 744s, now it has an A380, a 744 and a 789. But there is a limit on the number of ...

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by MRYapproach
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SFO to Europe in early May
Replies: 21
Views: 1491

Re: SFO to Europe in early May

ACTUALLY, it was not THAT bad on SWISS. The food was decent, and the wine was OK. Pitch was tight but what I really noticed was the side-by-side spacing. Fitting 10 abreast in an 777 in economy is a mess. No other way to describe it. Fortunately, on the outbound flight I had an empty seat next to me...

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by MRYapproach
Wed May 03, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Antonov An-124 At SFO
Replies: 6
Views: 3774

Re: The Antonov An-124 At SFO

I flew out from SFO on Sunday April 30 and saw TWO Antonov AN-124s! One parked in front of the big hanger, and one in a line just North of the big hanger.

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by MRYapproach
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SFO to Europe in early May
Replies: 21
Views: 1491

Re: SFO to Europe in early May

oh, jeez, I booked this SWISS flight SFO-ZRH. In economy. Looks like a giant mistake based on the comments at SeatGuru. I know Swiss went broke about 10 years ago, but how did it become a cattle car? I thought maybe I'd at least get a ride on an A340, but now it's a 777 with 10 across. Any suggestio...

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by MRYapproach
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SFO to Europe in early May
Replies: 21
Views: 1491

SFO to Europe in early May

I have to fly from SFO to Europe in the first week of May. Any suggestions? SFO-ZRH via SWISS is the most direct, but flight prices are all over the place and I've heard the quality isn't great on those old A340 birds. On the other hand, I've never ridden an A340, who knows how long they'll keep goi...

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by MRYapproach
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue A320 needs to stop for gas? (JFK-SJC)
Replies: 52
Views: 9627

Jetblue A320 needs to stop for gas? (JFK-SJC)

Hi folks, A little more than a week ago, I was flying Jetblue 669 from JFK to SJC. Before taxi'ing, the pilot told us that we would have stong headwinds, adding about 30 minutes to the flight time. About two-thirds of the way through the flight, he came back on to say that we would have to stop in L...

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by MRYapproach
Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ending Taipei service
Replies: 106
Views: 19419

Re: Delta ending Taipei service

The biggest issue with using PVG as a hub is China Eastern. MU is the worst of the major Chinese airlines. Customer service and reliability is awful. If you've ever traveled with them regularly for domestic Chinese or intra Asian flights, you know the experience is terrible. If DL really wants to p...

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by MRYapproach
Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ending Taipei service
Replies: 106
Views: 19419

Re: Delta ending Taipei service

I've never understood what forced DL to get rid of their NRT mini-hub. Everyone keeps saying that had to, or whatever. What is set in stone that said they had to downsize NRT? It's pretty simple, really. Northwest's NRT hub was highly successful when Northwest had several meaningful, significant an...

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by MRYapproach
Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ending Taipei service
Replies: 106
Views: 19419

Re: Delta ending Taipei service

Taipei have seen a graveyard before, Singapore Air gave up its LAX to TPE over 10 years ago. TPE has also doubled it home grown airlines with China Airlines being upstaged by EVA Air. EVA recently has been very expansionary with its 777-300ER fleet flying to every major North American and European ...

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by MRYapproach
Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Europe-China train service hurts air freight
Replies: 54
Views: 9484

Re: Europe-China train service hurts air freight

I love trains. It bums me out when I have to go to Asia and don't get to include a high speed rail leg. But I ship or receive FedEx express boxes about twice a week from Asia. Each costs about $30. I get annoyed when it takes more than 36 hours door to door. No chance this will affect air freight if...

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by MRYapproach
Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: With Evergreen gone, could EVA Air change its name?
Replies: 21
Views: 5514

Re: With Evergreen gone, could EVA Air change its name?

When making announcements, the pilots refer to the airline as E-V-A. I always call it EVA.

I think the name is fine. The livery, on the other hand...

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