The organizations that operate airports in these countries probably have working relationships with only a handful of architectural firms, and only a handful of firms are equipped to design on such magnitude. So it makes sense that they will all feel a bit similar. But more so, one thing that does g...Jump to post
Elon Musk didn't kickstart the electrical car revolution because of government intervention. Tesla wouldn’t yet be profitable if it weren’t for government intervention. They make a large portion of their revenue from selling regulatory credits to less efficient automakers. Without that incentive, t...Jump to post
obviously with covid the past year the NTSB has delayed and not prioritized this incident. It’s not that it’s delayed. It’s not that it’s a low priority. It. Is. Not. Under. Investigation. Period. Even the lowest priority incidents get acknowledgment of an investigation with an incident number, a l...Jump to post
There is no reason this incident should be kept secret like this. There should at least be an entry in a database acknowledging that it happened. I have also contacted the FAA and asked why it is not in their incident database. I mean it should at least be in ASIAS, well, it isn't. When I pressed t...Jump to post
I’ve booked with miles on AS a few times, and they generally allow a stopover either inbound or outbound for award travel without becoming multiple legs or charging more miles than a round trip award ticket. It usually work out really well if your stopover city is the partner airline’s hub. I’ve don...Jump to post
Since the aircraft is being stripped away, should we conclude that the investigation is completed? It may mean the report is about to be issued. There is still no information on the investigation from the NTSB. No incident number, no listing on their website as an open investigation, only a couple ...Jump to post
So what? We had paper tickets for decades and decades, and now they are gone, obsoleted by e-tickets. I'm just saying that there's no particular reason that first landing has to be port of entry; it's that way only because that's how we've always done it. I think it would be useful to consider alte...Jump to post
Looking back at this, I cannot find anything about this on the NTSB website. There isn’t even an investigation number to look up (and there are plenty of other incidents, arguably more minor, that happened around the same time that at least have a published investigation number). Absolutely nothing ...Jump to post
About a year ago, flying on AF CDG-PRG we pushed 25 mins ahead of schedule, and landed in PRG 60 mins ahead of schedule.Jump to post
I would assume that NTSB reports are slower than normal due to COVID, and since it wasn’t a fatal accident it may be given an even lower priority. It looks like recent fatal incidents have been running around 17-19 months between the occurrence and the report (Atlas 3591 17 months, WN 1380 19 months...Jump to post
Had a flight home a couple of years ago... CHC-WLG-AKL-HNL-LAX-PDX, but got stranded in Welly a few days before due to a storm. Couldn’t drop the first leg due to change fees, so got a really cheap Jetstar flight that morning WLG-CHC... so the whole thing turned into WLG-CHC-WLG-AKL-HNL-LAX-PDX. And...Jump to post
DL at SLC routinely has very short connections... I’ve had as short as 25 minutes scheduled. Luckily it seems that many of their short connections are grouped in banks at the same concourse... literally walking across the hallway and right down another jetbridge onto the next flight. The densely tim...Jump to post
Many governments require airlines to maintain a minimum service... in order to receive bailout money, for example, US airlines had to keep serving all of their current cities or specifically request a waiver not to. And if airlines don’t maintain their routes into slot-controlled airports, they lose...Jump to post
Unpopular opinion: PDX.
The terminal is only 7.5 miles (12km) straight line from the CBD, yet light rail takes 45 minutes in perfect conditions.
And the first trains don’t arrive early enough for the first flights or early morning workers.
This morning the Oregonian published some first-hand accounts from that day. A few of them were from passengers or air crew flying overhead. It sounds like at least a few passenger aircraft actually diverted toward the mountain to take in the view during the eruption. Link here: https://www.oregonli...Jump to post
PDX has dedicated foot and bike connections to the terminal.
It’s also possible to walk from LAS to the Strip in under 45 minutes.
I was on a UA 735 back in the college days, prolly 2008, OKC-DEN. Had an inop pack and couldn’t go above 250. A huge squall line of thunderstorms stretched from the Texas panhandle north to Nebraska. We had to fly around it, nearly over the border with Mexico, before turning back north. A scheduled ...Jump to post
Heard from a reliable source that the PDX main terminal replacement schedule is actually moving up by up to a year... they are taking advantage of the empty airport to do a lot of the prep work that would normally take longer if fully occupied.Jump to post
I’ve flown basic on DL a couple of times but wanted a specific seat (inaugural A220 flight, specifically). I was able to pay for a seat reservation (~$15) and keep the rest of basic.Jump to post
+1 to Flixbus.Jump to post
Help me understand how high speed rail between those 3 cities would "completely" erase the need for expansion or a new airport for Seattle. 1) SEA very well need some kind of capacity increase, no matter what happens with HSR. 2) The latest HSR proposals under study give travel times betw...Jump to post
SEA probably has the best chance, whether in the farmlands to the southeast or somewhere across the Sound. It’s still a very, very small chance. The proposed ultra high speed rail between Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver could completely erase the need for it. Or it could completely justify it if th...Jump to post
I flew DI SEA-LGW last year. Exited the SEA security nightmare 60 minutes before departure only to hear final boarding call announcements for my flight. Boarding was scheduled to start 60 mins prior to departure, but hearing final call over and over again caused me and multiple others to sprint to t...Jump to post
Being discussed, with references, over in the Air Koryo thread.
Based on your experience and that of Duncan I might give Norwegian a try in the future. I will certainly book away from airlines that lock the windows. What also doesn't help, is the economy class seating comfort of the 787. Usually the A330 offers much more value for money. I’ve flown on ULCC vers...Jump to post
I’ve done two round trips Seattle-London on the Norwegian 787. I’m 6’-3” and the legroom is tight but adequate. Even back when the 787 was having the engine issues I wasn’t worried about it, and the reliability is much better now. I happen to like the onboard experience with Norwegian, it’s the best...Jump to post
KUL - klia2.
Only low-ceiling corridors after the shopping mall, cheap finishes that are not aging well, no water fountains, and minimal places to get food or drink. It’s a seriously depressing terminal, like waiting inside a glorified jetway.
The seasonal DI flight from SEA-LGW arrives at 6-7 AM. I’ve flown it twice and it can be pretty brutal, both times we have had afternoon or evening train/ferry connections out of London and that meant staying awake a full day after a sleepless flight. Arriving that early at LGW, however, queues for ...Jump to post
If the FAA were a truly impartial government entity, this premise could be plausible. But since the FAA is generally in the pocket of the aircraft manufacturers and the airlines, I don’t see them doing that. They’ll continue to issue exceptions and grandfatherings and the like, and the MAX will be b...Jump to post
Flew on the A220 for the first time this weekend. What is with the god awful noises with this plane while taxiing? If anybody wants to experience them go to seat 21a. Once airborne it is fine. I can only assume it is a combination of the brakes and maybe a fuel pump? It sounds like servos grinding ...Jump to post
It’s a low cost airline tactic. When they say put your name “exactly as it appears in your passport” you need to do just that. I’ve heard plenty of stories just like this one. And you need to be very careful when flying in other countries that may do first and last name in a different order... when ...Jump to post
In BKK, immigration wants to see your boarding pass after arrival, as arrivals get dumped directly into the transfer area. I guess they want to know that people coming through are actually arriving from a flight and not just cheating the system. This was an issue for me flying in on Shanghai Airline...Jump to post
The niche market is more for the -100 and to a lesser extent the -300. When we see the (inevitable) A220-500 come around to replace many of today’s 320s and 738s it’ll be around for many decades. I can’t quite say it’ll have the longevity of the 737 series, but certainly comparable to the reign of t...Jump to post
DD (Nok Air) flies the 86-seat variant. It doesn’t feel any different than the 74-seaters, in my experience. I'm on the other side of 6 feet - so even my carrier's 31" pitch occasionally leaves a bit to be desired :D. I’m 6’-4”, so 31” pitch is just as miserable on my legs as 28”. The seats we...Jump to post
DD (Nok Air) flies the 86-seat variant. It doesn’t feel any different than the 74-seaters, in my experience.Jump to post
I second insuremytrip. Used them multiple times on travel abroad to Europe, Oceania, and Asia. The rates are affordable and it’s very easy to see what is and is not included. It’s so nice to get one price for a 2 month trip with 26 flights, three rental cars, and serious off-the-grid adventures.Jump to post
No Lion Air mentions yet? I'll throw their name into the ring on this one.Jump to post
The US weather models are seriously lagging behind the Euro, but that should be changing later this year with the rollout of a new model based of much more powerful computing. It should be closer to the accuracy of the Euro. The NWS forecasters already have access to it in beta form and have been us...Jump to post
I’ve always had good luck with DL re-accommodating my flights for no charge based on equipment changes. Most recently I booked on the inaugural A220 flight, but it was delayed a week and subbed to a 319. DL allowed me to move my basic economy ticket a week forward for free. It just takes some patien...Jump to post