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by brian415
Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Y1 797 [nma]/808 [nsa] clean-sheet design is needed as proven by Lion Air 737 MAX crash
Replies: 9
Views: 2066

Re: Boeing Y1 797 [nma]/808 [nsa] clean-sheet design is needed as proven by Lion Air 737 MAX crash

"Because BA didn't dump the 1960s worthless design airplane, we have them to thank for the Lion Air crash" What??? I'm getting popcorn Yes, exactly. They put heavy engines on an outlived design. The old airframe handled feather-weight (or popcorn-weight) engines just fine. But BA put over...

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by brian415
Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Y1 797 [nma]/808 [nsa] clean-sheet design is needed as proven by Lion Air 737 MAX crash
Replies: 9
Views: 2066

Re: Boeing Y1 797 [nma]/808 [nsa] clean-sheet design is needed as proven by Lion Air 737 MAX crash

PlanesNTrains wrote:
Huh?

Boeing pushed the design limits of the 737 too far in their attempt to get the 737 MAX certified and out the door. This is why 189 Lion Air passengers are no longer alive. If they had ditched the 737 design and built the 808, they (Boeing) would have gotten many kudos!

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by brian415
Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Y1 797 [nma]/808 [nsa] clean-sheet design is needed as proven by Lion Air 737 MAX crash
Replies: 9
Views: 2066

Boeing Y1 797 [nma]/808 [nsa] clean-sheet design is needed as proven by Lion Air 737 MAX crash

The evidence is almost conclusive. Boeing had no backbone, and they dragged their feet and kept alive a zombie airplane design, whose days were numbered even as the NG series were approaching end of production. The 737 airframe should have been kicked to the curb in the late 2000s. Because BA didn't...

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by brian415
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How to be protected against airline insovency
Replies: 9
Views: 1104

Re: How to be protected against airline insovency

Agree with the above but I’m surprised at the response you got from AMEX If I’ve had a problem with a charge of any kind I immediately challenge it and they’ve always backed me up And I’ve never paid a bogus charge There are a few problems with the scenario that the original poster describes. One o...

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by brian415
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA Tells Agents to Avoid Rebooking on Other Airlines
Replies: 32
Views: 4938

Re: AA Tells Agents to Avoid Rebooking on Other Airlines

Delta either had inventory still available to sell or they force overbooked their own flight (United would not be able to do that themselves). Both scenarios are more of a Delta problem. These links talk about how the AA-DL interline agreement was restored. The second link tells the inside story. h...

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by brian415
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Feasibility of 787 engine split fleet between GE and RR
Replies: 14
Views: 1921

Re: Feasibility of 787 engine split fleet between GE and RR

While it can be done you need both the pylon/engine set. That is a rare combination to have on hand for more than a few engines. As a planned evolution pylons can be ordered likely 3-6 months in advance. I'm not sure of the lead time or availability of the engines. The software update is trivial on...

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by brian415
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Feasibility of 787 engine split fleet between GE and RR
Replies: 14
Views: 1921

Re: Feasibility of 787 engine split fleet between GE and RR

Very informative. Thank you.

If it only costs let's say $1 million USD to swap out a pair of engines and another $1 million to put the remediated pair back, wouldn't that be chump change? Or is the cost much bigger than that?

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by brian415
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Feasibility of 787 engine split fleet between GE and RR
Replies: 14
Views: 1921

Feasibility of 787 engine split fleet between GE and RR

Why don't airlines operating 787s, temporarily swap out RR engines with GE spares (at least temporarily.and rotationally) to get them through this current rough patch, while the problematic engines undergo fixes. Of course they'd have to acquire several GE engines to serve as spares, and presumably,...

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by brian415
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Diversions from EWR to LAX on 7/30
Replies: 28
Views: 5550

Re: UA Diversions from EWR to LAX on 7/30

I will assume there is different terminology for every airline but when a UA flight crew waives what that means is they are willing to extend their duty day to the maximum allowable hours as defined by the FAA. Under the contract UA pilots have a cut off time (CCO) where UA can not force them to ta...

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by brian415
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Diversions from EWR to LAX on 7/30
Replies: 28
Views: 5550

Re: UA Diversions from EWR to LAX on 7/30

[..] Another interesting thing in the report for this diversion is Medlink recommended diverting to LHR (to try and protect the other passengers just in case the crew timed out many of the remaining passengers could still get home out of LHR) however the aircraft was closer to GLA and the pilot mad...

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by brian415
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA must dump/vacate LAX Eagle's Nest by 2024
Replies: 5
Views: 2404

Re: AA must dump/vacate LAX Eagle's Nest by 2024

727200 wrote:
Eagles nest gone? Sounds like UA's T9 is starting up.

So, would a theoretical T9 mean UA vacates T7 and keep T8 and T9 for themselves? It seems United gets only 6 turns per gate per day right now in their existing terminals.

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by brian415
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The sonic cruiser, was Boeing serious ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1519

Re: The sonic cruiser, was Boeing serious ?

I think McBoeing proposed the Sonic Cruiser for two reasons: (1) distract Airbus into building something (A380) McBoeing itself didn't want to build, as they had ruled out 747-700x, MD-12, etc. (2) if the Sonic Cruiser paper airplane did actually gain traction (to Boeing's surprise) with airlines, t...

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by brian415
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA must dump/vacate LAX Eagle's Nest by 2024
Replies: 5
Views: 2404

AA must dump/vacate LAX Eagle's Nest by 2024

According to this article ... https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/american-set-to-begin-lax-terminal-redevelopment-450127/ ... American must vacate its remote concourse at LAX (Eagle's Nest) by 2024. How will AA make up for this capacity shortfall? UA certainly won't want to lease gate space ...

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by brian415
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fatal Incident Where Plane Returned to Service
Replies: 95
Views: 12828

Re: Fatal Incident Where Plane Returned to Service

One would think that if an accident involved fatalities, the airline would remove that aircraft from service out of respect for the victims and their families That's among the most ridiculous things I've heard. Are you suggesting that the aircraft be written off as a "hull loss"? If so, a...

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by brian415
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Level moving flight from OAK to SFO?
Replies: 56
Views: 7397

Re: Level moving flight from OAK to SFO?

Well, why does anyone fly to secondary airports? In the case of SFO, some airlines avoid it due to operational problems with onward flights. While long-haul flights are not impacted by the dreaded FLOW CONTROL, code-share partner flights, such as those to LAX, PHX, etc, can be royally F---'d up due...

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by brian415
Mon May 14, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines A333 knocks tail off Turkish Airlines A321 at IST
Replies: 112
Views: 25413

Re: Asiana Airlines A333 knocks tail off Turkish Airlines A321 at IST

This incident was well architected. Kudos to the pilots who caused a prank that caused no injuries!

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by brian415
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot May End Flights to the U.S. in Escalating Dispute
Replies: 43
Views: 9017

Re: Aeroflot May End Flights to the U.S. in Escalating Dispute

I think the issue here is not only about crews having difficulty getting visas, but also passengers. I can imagine quite a drop in passenger numbers for non-political reasons. Can't the US State Department simply target occupation ("pilot" and "flight crew") and slow down the ap...

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by brian415
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot May End Flights to the U.S. in Escalating Dispute
Replies: 43
Views: 9017

Re: Aeroflot May End Flights to the U.S. in Escalating Dispute

SU may want to negotiate a codeshare agreement with WestJet, at which time, they could resume flights to Canada (Toronto and Montreal ) and add Vancouver. This way, they can collect premium passenger revenue for the majority of the flight. Passengers would continue their journey on WS to the US dest...

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by brian415
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: Boeing to implement structural design change in 787-8 for production commonality
Replies: 34
Views: 8575

Leeham: Boeing to implement structural design change in 787-8 for production commonality

I don't think I saw references to this on other threads. Should we call it the 787-8 NG? 787-8 MAX? 787-8 version 2.0? 787-8 reboot? https://leehamnews.com/2018/04/17/boeing-to-implement-structural-design-change-in-787-8-for-production-commonality/ It is interesting that Boeing is taking these steps...

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by brian415
Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANC-NRT feasibility on A321LR by AS/VX?
Replies: 77
Views: 8270

Re: ANC-NRT feasibility on A321LR by AS/VX?

Besides local feed from Alaska state, AS could use feed from the following routes: Chicago–O'Hare, Los Angeles, Portland (OR), Seattle/Tacoma, Las Vegas, Phoenix–Sky Harbor. They may want to add a few more routes such as SFO/ANC, BOI/ANC, DEN/ANC, YYC/ANC, YEG/ANC, YXF/ANC, etc. to generate feed. O...

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by brian415
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANC-NRT feasibility on A321LR by AS/VX?
Replies: 77
Views: 8270

Re: ANC-NRT feasibility on A321LR by AS/VX?

Keep convincing yourself AS should do this, rejecting comments from others. DL could have (still could) easily run a lie-flat 757 into rotation from MSP to run ANC-NRT (and beyond, when DL had more 5th freedom flights), to MNL, BKK, SIN, etc. If there were adequate O&D demand, a flight would ex...

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by brian415
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANC-NRT feasibility on A321LR by AS/VX?
Replies: 77
Views: 8270

Re: ANC-NRT feasibility on A321LR by AS/VX?

If this made sense delta could do it today with a 757. Theoretically AS has a better feed on each end than DL, with its JL parnership and intra-Alaska network (however minimal that may be) Besides local feed from Alaska state, AS could use feed from the following routes: Chicago–O'Hare, Los Angeles...

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by brian415
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Safety margins on CFM56-5B (A320) vs CFM56-7B (737NG)
Replies: 7
Views: 2103

Safety margins on CFM56-5B (A320) vs CFM56-7B (737NG)

I wanted to know about the safety margins for CFM56-7B on 737NG aircraft vs the CFM56-5B on A320 aircraft. I know that the current generation (and near-current generation) of engines operate precariously close to the operating margins of safety because efficiencies have been eked out again and again...

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by brian415
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANC-NRT feasibility on A321LR by AS/VX?
Replies: 77
Views: 8270

Re: ANC-NRT feasibility on A321LR by AS/VX?

If this made sense delta could do it today with a 757. Perhaps they could, but DL has built up enough feed into SEA to fill widebodies. In the case of ANC, it would be a much smaller operation. As an aside, Anchorage's metro area population is about twice that of Reykjavik's metro area, which means...

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by brian415
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANC-NRT feasibility on A321LR by AS/VX?
Replies: 77
Views: 8270

ANC-NRT feasibility on A321LR by AS/VX?

Will Alaska launch service to Asia using A321LR? The order would be easily convertible from VX's A321neo order. The leg from ANC-NRT is only 2,984 nm. ANC airport could be re-transformed into an intercontinental hub, as it once was. https://i.imgur.com/TBtLGug.gif source: http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?...

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by brian415
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision
Replies: 347
Views: 56472

Re: Qantas defines ULR requirements, delays order decision

Maybe westbound is not the answer from Sydney to London While it may be further a north easterly routing, transpacific/ polar May be more favorable with a mostly positive wind component I believe Leeham's article suggests eastbound routings in both directions: https://i.imgur.com/WAXTIJN.gif (pleas...

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by brian415
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 4hr delays at SFO, what's up?
Replies: 53
Views: 7300

Re: 4hr delays at SFO, what's up?

I posted this about two weeks ago ( http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1388115&p=20228525#p20228525 ). My idea was to substitute vertical separation in place of lateral separation. There would be a grassy area or runway safety area separating the beginning and end of the runw...

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by brian415
Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to move STS-SFO to DEN at some point
Replies: 28
Views: 5214

Re: UA to move STS-SFO to DEN at some point

It makes sense. When flow control at SFO happens, UA usually flies STS more often than not, and cancels flights even further away (e.g. SMF, FAT, SBA, Redding, etc). It seems unfair that STS gets the red carpet treatment, so might as well get rid of them.

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by brian415
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines and Texas
Replies: 96
Views: 13109

Re: Delta Air Lines and Texas

The Delta hub at DFW was in operation in the 1980s through the early days of the 21st Century. [..] During this time and before, Delta prided itself on being the "airline of the South", owing its roots to the Mississippi "Delta". After DFW was dumped, all it had was ATL "in...

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by brian415
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines and Texas
Replies: 96
Views: 13109

Re: Delta Air Lines and Texas

LH658 wrote:
Still waiting for IAH - SEA and LAX. Some of the biggest whole in Delta IAH operation.

Their void at ORD (from their hubs) is absolutely, even more shocking! Horrid! (Sorry, this thread is about DL in TX).

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by brian415
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plot Twist: What if AS got to FL before WN?
Replies: 19
Views: 2259

Re: Plot Twist: What if AS got to FL before WN?

AS would have gotten runout of ATL by Delta. ATL adds something to the WN network. It would have been a giant black hole for AS. The animosity between DL and AS would have started much earlier due to the war at ATL. AS's refusal to codeshare with DL in SEA would have happened much, much earlier. Th...

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by brian415
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK to start PTY in late 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 3885

Re: EK to start PTY in late 2018

Hello guys, last week I read an article of Panama's President saying that EK will start flying to PTY in late 2018, and, It may include a tag on BOG. [..] If Colombia rejects the idea, LIM would be a good second choice, albeit 800 miles farther than BOG. Other good choices (SCL, BUE) already have E...

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by brian415
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines and Texas
Replies: 96
Views: 13109

Re: Delta Air Lines and Texas

IMO, MCI makes more sense as a focus city for DL ... http://www.aviationpros.com/press_release/12399490/kansas-city-international-airport-has-third-busiest-year-in-history [..] OKC is better focus city choice geographically, speaking. The MSA (metropolitan statistical area) population is right in b...

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by brian415
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plot Twist: What if AS got to FL before WN?
Replies: 19
Views: 2259

Re: Plot Twist: What if AS got to FL before WN?

Why all these "what if" threads? Wouldn't it be more productive about the industry as it is in general than speculation that is baseless? JOKE: (1) Maybe FL network would have melted the snow and permafrost in Alaska. (2) Maybe former FL passengers in the WARM Atlantic-Southeast region wo...

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by brian415
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines and Texas
Replies: 96
Views: 13109

Re: Delta Air Lines and Texas

This. A similar map for UA routing EWR-IAD-ORD-IAH-DEN-LAX-SFO would show a gap between the Carolinas and Mississippi, and to a lessor extent the PNW. A map for AA routing NYC-PHL-DCA-CLT-MIA-ORD-DFW-PHX-LAX would miss almost all of the Mountain states and PNW. Even after the mega mergers all 3 hav...

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by brian415
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Construction of Paine Field passenger terminal begins
Replies: 66
Views: 14524

Re: Construction of Paine Field passenger terminal begins

Why on Earth would they? Because the gates are already oversubscribed by 50% on "Day One" of airport operations. I believe this is a true statement if you use legacy carriers' barometer for gate utilization. As another poster mentioned, WN is pushing the upper limits (and beyond) of gate ...

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by brian415
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus considering an A33JF at Amazon&UPS request
Replies: 61
Views: 12400

Re: Airbus considering an A33JF at Amazon&UPS request

Boeing has not produced a 764F because airlines hated the very poor field performance of the 767-400er. The take-off run takes most of the runway length at hubs like SFO, LAX and EWR. It could work for a company like Amazon because their boxes are mostly filled with padding and airbags, which makes ...

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by brian415
Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Construction of Paine Field passenger terminal begins
Replies: 66
Views: 14524

Re: Construction of Paine Field passenger terminal begins

Should they order the special jet bridge that boards from front and rear? This is the type of jet bridge that collapsed and bent a United jet's wings at DEN, LOL!

Image

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by brian415
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?
Replies: 25
Views: 3495

Re: Pilots: How often do you use SATCOM?

Yeah. I get some really funny calls every once in a while and I think it is just bored long-haul crews wanting to see if it works. If you accidentally dial an Inmarsat phone (requires country code, of course) from your cell or landline, you will be slammed with very expensive charges. I do not beli...

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by brian415
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Construction of Paine Field passenger terminal begins
Replies: 66
Views: 14524

Re: Construction of Paine Field passenger terminal begins

Does anyone have a back-of-the-envelope calculation for how many daily turns a given gate can have with this type (E175)?

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by brian415
Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines and Texas
Replies: 96
Views: 13109

Re: Delta Air Lines and Texas

I created this map for y'all. It shows DLs hubs and focus cities, from west to east (or vice versa). You can decide which hub should provide service.

Image

It looks like some destinations in western Texas could be better served from SLC hub.

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by brian415
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite Airport to Fly In/Out Of?
Replies: 51
Views: 2734

Re: Favorite Airport to Fly In/Out Of?

SFO - great views upon takeoff or landing on clear days; perfect terminal layout (circle); home airport IND - one of the few decent-sized U.S. airports built from the ground up after 9/11 DEN - good amenities and views; well laid out for expansion to 200m passengers/year if necessary KEF - amazing m...

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by brian415
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Flight Cancellations @ EWR
Replies: 72
Views: 13801

Re: Norwegian Flight Cancellations @ EWR

[..] Perhaps AA/DL/UA helped unearth this very disturbing "paperwork mistake"? I think the most likely candidates are (in this order): - UA (for obvious reasons) - LH (due to TATL immunity with UA and AC) - SK (because DY is invading many of its markets served via connection) - IAG (becau...

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by brian415
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: UA to introduce new and/or revised livery in the coming years
Replies: 186
Views: 34917

Re: Rumor: UA to introduce new and/or revised livery in the coming years

Can't solve the image and reputation problem without changing the name too. What name should replace the old and tired United name? Perhaps Continental would be a good replacement name? Changing to Continental would present a problem for TYO, OSA and NGO markets. There exists no "ti" soun...

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by brian415
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Construction of Paine Field passenger terminal begins
Replies: 66
Views: 14524

Re: Construction of Paine Field passenger terminal begins

The latest tally I have is 24 daily flights: https://airwaysmag.com/airlines/southwest-will-join-airlines-flying-everetts-paine-field/ UA - 6 daily departures (split between SFO and DEN) AS - 13 daily departures (split between 8 destinations) WN - 5 daily departures (destinations not announced) How ...

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by brian415
Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA after Doug Parker
Replies: 38
Views: 6755

Re: AA after Doug Parker

[..] Likewise, we all know there are crews and agents that hold without approval. 99% of the time, nothing will happen to them because the flight goes on time. The other 1% is up in the air, if the hold was warranted, then so be it. So, those AA crews and agents (that operate autonomously without a...

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by brian415
Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA after Doug Parker
Replies: 38
Views: 6755

Re: AA after Doug Parker

AA may not have software like United’s, but at the hub I work at they have a dedicated person looking at potential misconnects and determining whether to hold. They can and do hold flights. But yes, if management says to go, the plane needs to go. The pilot and/or gate agent don’t always have acces...

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by brian415
Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA after Doug Parker
Replies: 38
Views: 6755

Re: AA after Doug Parker

At AA, they took away all discretion to hold flights. I believe this was done through policy that has to be followed to the letter. The consequences of not following policy seem pretty serious to those that choose not to follow them. Apparently, AA values on-time metrics over getting the greatest n...

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