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by LightChop2Chop
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 28981

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

WN is suspending not only DEN BZE but many many weekend / sat only flights due to the Max issues (they had done a release on this some time ago). Most of them should come back once that issues resolves. I quick check on the available diio data on DEN BZE shows LFs were very good (90%+) and avg fares...

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by LightChop2Chop
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 28981

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

I had to book a ticket BOG PTY BZE yesterday (for travel tomorrow) and BZE segments are packed. Maybe CM needs to add more service there. I had heard from a colleague that goes to BZE often that the E190s are routinely full and they have been using the 73G occasionally. He mentioned that he sees a l...

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by LightChop2Chop
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's Summer From Hell
Replies: 95
Views: 15869

Re: AA's Summer From Hell

I decided to try AA for my last LHR flight. Went via MIA. For what should have been a very senior, veteran long haul cabin crew, they were unprofessional at best. No need to get into the specifics in a public forum but I will try to avoid AA at all costs now.

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by LightChop2Chop
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: UA Announcing CUR, NCE and PMO and expanding some existing routes
Replies: 245
Views: 28474

Re: UA Network Planning Event 8/22/2019

DEN - CGM / BZE / AUA....though it might be too late already to announce those for start for those markets peaks.

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by LightChop2Chop
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico reports loss; cancels PVG, suspends 5 other international routes
Replies: 44
Views: 9948

Re: Aeromexico reports loss; cancels 6 international routes

much of this is max related guys. they are very short of aircraft.

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by LightChop2Chop
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jamaican Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 130
Views: 16243

Re: Jamaican Aviation Thread - 2019

TG JCA is the same (vistaliner) aircraft that 9N leases seasonally from Guatemala.

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by LightChop2Chop
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 28981

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

DFW-SAP and DFW-TGU have to be tough markets to start. mostly VFR and business traffic. perhaps they will get some of the traditional MSY - Honduras traffic currently served via IAH and MIA.

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by LightChop2Chop
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 9 mos. after leaving it, Avianca returns to the Honduran domestic market
Replies: 13
Views: 2747

Re: 9 mos. after leaving it, Avianca returns to the Honduran domestic market

Might this have anything to do with keeping their Honduran traffic rights?

I believe they have to operate GUA FRS in order to keep their ability / rights to carry international pax onward from GUA (to LAX for example)

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by LightChop2Chop
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Disney launching their own airline?
Replies: 168
Views: 24174

Re: Disney launching their own airline?

So here is a thought. they mouse could buy Sun Country and move the HQ to MCO. that solves the AOC issues and gives them a fleet of 737s to start with that they could reconfigure.

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by LightChop2Chop
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Disney launching their own airline?
Replies: 168
Views: 24174

Re: Disney launching their own airline?

one would expect that the US majors would probably move pretty quickly to ensure this idea fails. They make too much money flying to MCO to give this project the oxygen it needs. Also, the international carriers into MCO are all selling packages for Disney (for example VS, WS). I can't see them bein...

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by LightChop2Chop
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Disney launching their own airline?
Replies: 168
Views: 24174

Re: Disney launching their own airline?

Slash787 wrote:
So well is it going to be Airbus or Boeing?


Can you imagine a couple of 330neos plying JFK/ORD/IAD/BOS-MCO. Airbus will do a sweat deal on those I bet

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by LightChop2Chop
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Disney launching their own airline?
Replies: 168
Views: 24174

Re: Disney launching their own airline?

This is one biz the mouse should stay out of. margins are way too low even if they intent is to control the entire experience. they should Just keep putting their branding on WS, AS and others and that shall be more than sufficient. Then again, many of us though it was a bad idea for Amazon to get i...

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by LightChop2Chop
Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 28981

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

SJOtoLIR wrote:
B6 JFK-SJO 3x weekly is a response for AA JFK-SJO 7x weekly. .


Perhaps AA had an inkling that jetblue would add it and decided to beat them to the punch and

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by LightChop2Chop
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 28981

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

B6 has also added 3X JFK SJO today. What is amazing is B6 is willing to go up against a daily AA SJO flight from JFK but won't even give JFK/FLL-GUA/SAL/BZE/PTY a shot? GUA especially from JFK would do well with their experience in the VFR market.

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by LightChop2Chop
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 372
Views: 39646

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

2travel2know2 wrote:
LightChop2Chop wrote:
Maybe CAL should try 2xweekly KIN BZE. There seems to be decent traffic there. 738 might be overkill though
Not if it's routed KIN-GCM-BZE


Now that would be a nice milk run. GEO POS BGI KIN GCM BZE :D

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by LightChop2Chop
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 372
Views: 39646

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

Maybe CAL should try 2xweekly KIN BZE. There seems to be decent traffic there. 738 might be overkill though

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by LightChop2Chop
Thu May 30, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 372
Views: 39646

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

One Caribbean, an airline with a single Beechcraft 1900D starting to fly a Boeing 747...and we wonder why the private sector in the Caribbean can't run a successful international airline. WE just DON'T get it! Laughable. I mean it is sad to admit but no one in the private sector understands or has ...

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by LightChop2Chop
Tue May 28, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 372
Views: 39646

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

https://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/2019/05/27/delta-airlines-plans-a-return-to-guyana/?fbclid=IwAR2EkVAfsp_VYaShtJyJE1ku85bXnj45gthr6dIrNI3rKnqqw0pyS6ChsFY Although DL re-entering the GEO market would not surprise me (if only to keep B6 in check) the veracity of this article is suspect when they talk ...

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by LightChop2Chop
Tue May 28, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the dynamics or reason behind the turboprops rotating blades in opposite directions?
Replies: 22
Views: 4620

Re: What is the dynamics or reason behind the turboprops rotating blades in opposite directions?

Do they ? Sounds like a good idea but never heard of that Even the twin Mercury 200s on my boat are counter rotating. If both propellers turn is same direction the boat noticeably tilts to starboard when up on plane and you either have to trim one engine slightly higher, shift some weight around or...

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by LightChop2Chop
Sun May 26, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 372
Views: 39646

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

747-400 service SVD DXB (according to the link). Let’s see how quick they burn through $100mil.

With all due respect to the good people of SVD. Somebody is smoking something!

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by LightChop2Chop
Fri May 24, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the dynamics or reason behind the turboprops rotating blades in opposite directions?
Replies: 22
Views: 4620

Re: What is the dynamics or reason behind the turboprops rotating blades in opposite directions?

It is to balance out the forces. You have less vibrations that way. you can observe this on helicopters, if the rotor in the back fails the cabin start to turn counter to the rotation of the blade. The same force applies on the nacelle of the propeller engine. To balance that our you have counter r...

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by LightChop2Chop
Thu May 23, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 372
Views: 39646

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

I had the belief that MSP SKB was because they didn't think that SXM was ready. AA also pushed them off DFW SKB so that wouldn't have made them happy. SKB is apparently talking to UA about an IAH and WN about BWI SKB. MRGs can only go so far. All the islands talk to a lot of people. IMHO, it will b...

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by LightChop2Chop
Thu May 23, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 372
Views: 39646

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

I notice SY has removed SKB from its destinations so I assume neither MSP or DFW is coming back. They hit it out of the park with MSP BZE it would seem though. I noticed they upgraded it from a 700 to an 800 very quickly last year

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by LightChop2Chop
Mon May 20, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WS adds 787 service on YYC-OGG/YYZ-LGW
Replies: 16
Views: 2727

Re: WS adds 787 service on YYC-OGG/YYZ-LGW

Jayce wrote:
What happens to the 767s this winter? All it’s flying seems to be taken by the 787.


YYC/YYZ-CUN/PUJ/HAV/MBJ turns perhaps...

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by LightChop2Chop
Thu May 16, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 323
Views: 56977

Re: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

the 321Neos are perfect for some of Rouge's sun markets that need some range and/or some capacity. Can the 321Neo make it YYZ-LIM/UIO without penalties?

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by LightChop2Chop
Mon May 06, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interjet drops 8 routes, focus more on South America
Replies: 11
Views: 3042

Re: Interjet drops 8 routes, focus more on South America

Maybe interjet should focus on shorter stage length Latin routes...MEX SAP, MEX TGU come to mind. Routes like GYE use up a lot of aircraft time

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by LightChop2Chop
Sun May 05, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 28981

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

it'll also bring other benefits to CM operations, like the same crew can come back on the same plane for short runs ie PTY-MIA-PTY and not have to overnight in order to get a flight the next day. Crews stay on board and do turns as it is right now. Same way American crews go to SAP for example and ...

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by LightChop2Chop
Fri May 03, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 28981

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

Preclearance in canada often takes three hours when connecting. PTY would be no different. their CEO is right when he says it would affect connections substantially.

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by LightChop2Chop
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Media: Air Transat in Talks of Selling the Company
Replies: 64
Views: 12683

Re: Media: Air Transat in Talks of Selling the Company

maybe Sunwing buys them out since the "own the hotel" part of the biz is familiar to Sunwing. Sunwing could then divest some assets to AC and WS to help pay for the transaction.

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by LightChop2Chop
Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 28981

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

Considering Maxs will be removed through August. DFW MGA probably falls into one of the category of "expendable, low profit, we can always return, so lets use the aircraft on a Max route" I don't think the Max 8 is suitable for DFW-MGA imo, if that's what you're trying to say. AA is best ...

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by LightChop2Chop
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 28981

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

Considering Maxs will be removed through August. DFW MGA probably falls into one of the category of "expendable, low profit, we can always return, so lets use the aircraft on a Max route"

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by LightChop2Chop
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 28981

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

SJOtoLIR wrote:
- IB may split GUA and SAL once the demand of passengers would sustain dedicated flights.


IB cannot do a dedicated MAD GUA MAD flight due to the altitude / runway length issues. But IB has partnered GUA with many other cities for many years, so GUA must make money.

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by LightChop2Chop
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 28981

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

Kilgen wrote:
China Eastern's Executives are visiting Panama. They are exploring starting a new flight from Shanghai.


PVG PTY is going to bleed money as an at risk endeavour.

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by LightChop2Chop
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 372
Views: 39646

Re: Caribbean Aviation Thread - 2019

looks like B6 is announcing JFK - GEO. live event now. Fills the gaps left by OJ and DL. Should do well.

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by LightChop2Chop
Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 28981

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

can you buy tickets SJO-LIR?

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by LightChop2Chop
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 28981

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

I still think that the ATR is the best aircraft for many intra-CA routes. Such a shame it is going away. Think of the likes of: FRS-GUA; SAL-RTB; SAL-TGU/SAP; GUA-TGU/SAP; SAL-MGA; SAL-BZE… I even think that some Grand Caravans could be used for routes like GUA-FRS (specifically), or even SAP/TGU/C...

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by LightChop2Chop
Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Intl LFs for Oct 2017 to Sep 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 3190

Re: WN Intl LFs for Oct 2017 to Sep 2018

TPA-Cuba is also served by several weekly charters. WN has increased their service to 8w, above the initial award. Not sure why people consistently mischaracterize this market. It's gotten lumped in with Boyd Group's (and other's) generally disparaging take on the US-Cuba market, but TPA-HAV has re...

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by LightChop2Chop
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Intl LFs for Oct 2017 to Sep 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 3190

Re: WN Intl LFs for Oct 2017 to Sep 2018

Someone mentioned lower CASM on the international routes. Perhaps the fact that these stations are outsourced (with lower labor costs etc) is a factor.

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by LightChop2Chop
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Intl LFs for Oct 2017 to Sep 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 3190

Re: WN Intl LFs for Oct 2017 to Sep 2018

one must remember that late 2017 was startup phase on many of the FLL routes....they will need some time to mature. also the numbers don't differentiate between daily and less than daily. For example I think HOU AUS is sat only. ...if one is pooling potential pax into a 1Xweek, LFS might naturally b...

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by LightChop2Chop
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA LHR -> Grand Cayman via Nassau
Replies: 38
Views: 6275

Re: BA LHR -> Grand Cayman via Nassau

this (GCM) route depends on being at LHR to make money. its Business oriented and cargo heavy. NAS (as others have pointed out) is included because there not enough runway at GCM to make a nonstop GCM LHR with a decent load. NAS is also more Y oriented so the two complement each other nicely and is ...

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by LightChop2Chop
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP Portugal Plans Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Montreal in 2020
Replies: 126
Views: 12376

Re: TAP Portugal Plans Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Montreal in 2020

Cargo on IAH LIS IAD would be substantial in addition to a good amount of J traffic. TP daily LAD flights would offer a distinct advantage over the other EU carriers to attract the J traffic.

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by LightChop2Chop
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 28981

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

What are the next likely candidates for a CM frequency upgrade?

Also will Cm delay Embraer retirements due to the max issue?

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by LightChop2Chop
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 718217

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

I have an American MAX 8 flight next week, so I hope it doesn't get grounded. How do you know you are on a max and not just a regular 737-8? I'm on an AA 737-800 flight next Monday, but cannot tell if it is a max or not... IF you are flying AA and your itinerary says 737-800 then you are on an 800....

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by LightChop2Chop
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 28981

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

there are more flights to MEX from GUA than TGU, SAP, MGA and SAL combined. [MEX-GUA] is surely the most crowded Central American sector heading to Mexico City, in terms of the point to point traffic. I didn't take into account CM PTY-MEX 35x weekly as well as AV SAL-MEX 14x weekly as they're plent...

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by LightChop2Chop
Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 28981

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

PUJ is a behemoth for service from all point in the Americas. you want to fill a plane, put it to PUJ. and a lot of carriers have to be there, simply because their FF base demands that they be there. I would argue it probably has more balanced service than CUN (the other large leisure destination).

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by LightChop2Chop
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca (mainline) is restructuring
Replies: 38
Views: 3006

Re: Avianca (mainline) is restructuring

So places like RTB and FRS will be seeing the Airbus. that should be interesting. that is a ALOT of capacity

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by LightChop2Chop
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 28981

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

I see no reason why PTY-PHL can't work. Just as I see no reason why CM should not add CAY, GCM, UVF, SAT and AUS to its network.

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by LightChop2Chop
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Routes Americas - 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 2667

Re: Routes Americas - 2019

jbpdx wrote:
Probably a few good cocktail parties.


Reply of the day goes to jbpdx! Would love to be a fly on the bar of said parties!

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by LightChop2Chop
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 946
Views: 136870

Re: JetBlue Network Thread - 2019

didn't JFK HOU use to be an E-jet? when I flew it, it was. now its a 320 which shows some progress.

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by LightChop2Chop
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to BZE??? (Belize City)
Replies: 27
Views: 3517

Re: AS to BZE??? (Belize City)

Unless there were some folks of odd nationalities on board, it probably didn't make much difference from a passenger perspective. While not a tourist mecca, BZE, like the rest of Belize, is English-speaking and relatively safe. The airport itself is safe (although there's not much out by the airpor...

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