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by BTV290
Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid
Replies: 65
Views: 11533

Re: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid

Airplanes by nature are not clean places. No airline is going to do a Deep Clean after every flight. I would tell anyone that has severe health issues to stay off an airplane and out of an airport. Even before COVID 19. Airlines are doing electrostatic cabin surface cleaning and have increased turn...

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by BTV290
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta Not Answering Phones!
Replies: 15
Views: 2818

Re: Delta Not Answering Phones!

Uhhhhhhhh.... Delta has admitted internally it allowed too many phone res/agents to take leaves and it's put them in a bind. I know first hand. Had a 9 hour call back time the other week on the Diamond line. It's not good. The leaves expire at the end of this month and the problem should be quickly...

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by BTV290
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lead time to fill a plane reservations-wise
Replies: 25
Views: 3546

Re: Lead time to fill a plane reservations-wise

We're also in weird times right now with demand that doesn't quite match historical data. My station lost all of its read eye flying at the start of all of this. In mid-May they decided to add one flight back in just to see what would happen. The loaded the flight on the Tuesday of the week for a fi...

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by BTV290
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United announces Voluntary Separation Program
Replies: 55
Views: 14135

Re: United announces Voluntary Separation Program

Pre-COVID? Agreed. First flight of the day, be flexible where you’re going (don’t plan on non-revving to your best friends wedding!), maybe make an unorthodox connection, and you get there fine. I still usually paid for my tickets, but non-revving never was an issue if I found somewhere open for th...

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by BTV290
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United announces Voluntary Separation Program
Replies: 55
Views: 14135

Re: United announces Voluntary Separation Program

Don't take this the wrong way but I find your statement hard to believe. You nonreved at least twice a month if not more and racked up over 125,000 miles but you only had a handful of nightmare scenarios with 4 years seniority? The only way your statement is even close to be true is if you are a pi...

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by BTV290
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United announces Voluntary Separation Program
Replies: 55
Views: 14135

Re: United announces Voluntary Separation Program

I really don't understand the whole "pass travel is useless" mentality. I only have four years with my company... Pre-COVID I nonreved at least twice a month if not more. 125,000 miles in 2019... Of course you have your like once yearly nightmare where you get stuck or have to get REALLY c...

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by BTV290
Sun May 10, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 321 neo status
Replies: 23
Views: 5998

Re: Delta 321 neo status

Aircraft economics is, like, the opposite of my strong suite, so bear with me... What's the comparison like for getting some of these newer aircraft on property that are more efficient and have lower operating costs (but come with the fresh cost of purchase) vs. deferring those orders and continuing...

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by BTV290
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will flying be a luxury from now on?
Replies: 28
Views: 2992

Re: Will flying be a luxury from now on?

I mean, maybe for a year or two... But people aren't easily going to forget how "life once was". I suspect in the 2-3 year trajectory, at first glance you won't be able to tell anything had happened, aside from there possibly being fewer airlines, or the airlines being slightly more strate...

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by BTV290
Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL launching new Uniforms amidst health concerns
Replies: 77
Views: 12106

Re: DL launching new Uniforms amidst health concerns

I have lots of thoughts on this. My feeling is there was a small (statistically, it's going to happen) core group of individuals with legitimate reactions--probably allergies to new material types. From there, once the first lawsuits rolled in and Delta opened the flood gates of the black-and-white ...

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by BTV290
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN/BGR) - 2019
Replies: 953
Views: 128464

Re: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN/BGR) - 2019

Great news out of BTV: https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2019/11/26/btv-airport-will-use-10-million-federal-grant-to-expand-terminal Consolidated security checkpoint will happen sooner than originally expected due to this grant. For those familiar with the terminal, the entrance to the...

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by BTV290
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TE901 28th November 1979 - 40th anniversary
Replies: 46
Views: 5747

Re: TE901 28th November 1979 - 40th anniversary

I'm working on my Masters in Aerospace Management right now, and I'm a Human Error and Safety class. We had to do a case study presentation, and this was the accident I chose. In all of my reading and research, it never dawned on me that this occurred 40 years ago. Crazy! Such an unfortunate series ...

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by BTV290
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no 2L boarding door option on aircraft with tail mounted engines?
Replies: 39
Views: 6350

Re: Why no 2L boarding door option on aircraft with tail mounted engines?

Several issues here... Think of the 757--it has a 2L door, but you can't attach two jet bridges to it at most standard-configuration gates. the doors are too close together. I will say, it's nice to have that 2L for boarding, though, as it allows the FAs to take care of first class service without o...

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by BTV290
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Porter Cutting MLB (Orlando-Melbourne)
Replies: 44
Views: 7175

Re: Porter Cutting MLB (Orlando-Melbourne)

I know the possibility of their use at YTZ has been shot down, but might PD have a business case for a small fleet of a regional jet, or even the 221s as they once almost ordered, to (profitably) run longer routes like this out of their focus cities? YOW and the like...

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by BTV290
Sun Sep 29, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami gate-space for future DELTA-LATAM expansion (?)
Replies: 102
Views: 13533

Re: Miami gate-space for future DELTA-LATAM expansion (?)

Miami is a common use facility. Airlines do not own nor lease gates at MIA, not even AA. Common use in name only, really. The gate mill-work and displays are all common use, but the gates have been "preferential" enough for Delta to have their own proprietary computers installed in most o...

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by BTV290
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Greatest myths about air industry
Replies: 55
Views: 6316

Re: Greatest myths about air industry

We could go through some of the greatest hits of A.net: ⋅  Airlines plan new routes by the number of people in a city-proper ⋅  A "monopoly" is when that an airline I don't like, has the majority of ops at a given airfield ⋅  J/Vs unequivocally raise prices a...

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by BTV290
Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL to fly from BOS to LGW and MAN, seasonally FCO as well as 2nd daily flight to CDG
Replies: 282
Views: 49289

Re: Rumor: DL announcing new BOS routes next week.

My guess is that long term, if Delta plans to continue expansion with some of it being year-round, instead of trying to get in on E, which is inconvenient to DL pax, they'll just bring the original plans for an FIS under the satellite A gates to fruition. The space under the A17-A13 side which TechO...

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by BTV290
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Air Marshals needed in the US anymore?
Replies: 42
Views: 7552

Re: Are Air Marshals needed in the US anymore?

In my experience, Air Marshals now mainly help in non-terrorism situations. I've had multiple flights come in where we get warned of a situation that occurred on board... Passenger had a psychotic break, altercation between passengers, etc., and the air marshals stepped in to help. Several of those ...

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by BTV290
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet flight flown by an off-duty pilot going on holidays
Replies: 38
Views: 11712

Re: Easyjet flight flown by an off-duty pilot going on holidays

I wonder if he got paid for the flight. Uff! I don't even want to think of the bureaucratic nightmare that would follow such a move at my Airline. Endless headaches trying to pry the extra pay out of them with claims forms and so forth. Good luck getting a refund from Pass Travel for the "used...

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by BTV290
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A321 bins
Replies: 39
Views: 9841

Re: Delta A321 bins

These have been a massive issue. Especially because customers are starting to get conditioned to store their bags on their sides. I think the issue is if you look at the inside top/back wall of the bins, there's this weird wavy bump out. Looks like it accommodates duct work, perhaps? Anyway, you can...

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by BTV290
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: no involuntary bumps in last two quarters
Replies: 36
Views: 6112

Re: Delta: no involuntary bumps in last two quarters

I think this mostly has to do with the relatively clever system Delta uses in order to reduce forced bumps by asking passengers ahead of time (at check in, which is done individually and in private) how much they are willing to be compensated for being voluntarily bumped. I'm sure that's part of it...

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by BTV290
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ending contract with GoJet, Compass
Replies: 174
Views: 40247

Re: Somewhat confirmed: Delta ending contract with GoJet, Compass

Well the worst kept secret is finally out. Compass knew its days were numbered for at least a year, if not more. Flying in the US West will be so much more pleasurable and reliable with Compass out of the DL system. I agree. Operationally they're a nightmare. As someone else said, though, really lo...

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by BTV290
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United forms partnership with Clear
Replies: 34
Views: 5547

Re: United forms partnership with Clear

Pardon my ignorance, but what is the difference/advantage to Clear vs TSA Pre Check? CLEAR is imply biometric-based identity verification. Anyone can apply and get clear. TSA PreCheck is a background check based trusted traveler programme. They exist independently of each other. CLEAR helps you ski...

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by BTV290
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport Departure Gate Assignment
Replies: 34
Views: 6693

Re: Airport Departure Gate Assignment

Not to drag this too far off topic, but what was the purpose of the closed gate holding areas. I went on my first international trip with my family when I was about 12, USAirways to LGW. On the way home, I remember finding it very odd they tore our boarding passes entering the waiting area, and then...

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by BTV290
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN/BGR) - 2019
Replies: 953
Views: 128464

Re: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN/BGR) - 2019

So it looks like that connector hallway (which is the current admin office hallway) will be convertible from secure/public. This would make sense, because the old BTV control tower now serves as a public observation deck which is actually quite popular. I didn't think they'd want to wall that off o...

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by BTV290
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN/BGR) - 2019
Replies: 953
Views: 128464

Re: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN/BGR) - 2019

Here’s a schematic of the new walkway to connect the North and South terminals at BTV. So it looks like the walkway will in fact go right through the 2nd floor offices, then punch a hole through the wall at one of United’s mainline gates. Is anyone familiar with the layout of BTV’s administrative o...

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by BTV290
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Masters in Aviation Management---confusion which college?
Replies: 16
Views: 4306

Re: Masters in Aviation Management---confusion which college?

I'm in the Purdue programme right now, and am enjoying it immensely! Based solely on my experience, would absolutely recommend.

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by BTV290
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: passenger hits flight attendant, then pukes during Delta flight from IND to CDG
Replies: 100
Views: 14366

Re: passenger hits flight attendant, then pukes during Delta flight from IND to CDG

A lot of times, after a violent incident like that, the crew involved need to be questioned, and they'll often pull the entire crew off the rotation. Even if it is a base, at that hour of evening, the standby crew pool might have been so depleted, it was impossible to re-crew for a departure that ev...

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by BTV290
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL bulk up SLC to be more like UA at DEN?
Replies: 56
Views: 7659

Re: Will DL bulk up SLC to be more like UA at DEN?

Is there not going to be a reduction in number of gates after this construction is done, though? Looking at the easily accessible plans online, it looks as though far fewer planes can be parked at the new terminal than the old. Especially if you count all the E gates as actual gates... Would this no...

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by BTV290
Thu May 23, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents
Replies: 105
Views: 14689

Re: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents

My best guess as to what happened here, is their PNR got divided out when the name change was made--that's common. Then, prior to departure, there was an aircraft swap (sounds like probably downgrade of equipment), and when the seat reaccomodation tool was one, it viewed the PNRs as all separate. I'...

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by BTV290
Mon May 20, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Greater Seattle Airport
Replies: 111
Views: 16068

Re: New Greater Seattle Airport

Sorry--ATC idiot here... I know just enough to be dangerous. I work at SEA and frequently see them doing departures on the centre runway, and arrivals on the far runway only.... Why!? Wouldn't you always want to be using the long runway for departures? When I see them use that configuration, the lon...

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by BTV290
Wed May 15, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What (Not) to Say When Interviewing to Be a Flight Attendant
Replies: 56
Views: 11740

Re: What (Not) to Say When Interviewing to Be a Flight Attendant

My suggestion is to focus on your ability to answer behavioural interview questions. At my airline, inflight hiring is so competitive, that they have to rely almost exclusively on the "scores" generated from the behavioural interviews for making hiring determinations, for reasons of legal ...

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by BTV290
Wed May 01, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Delta A330neo Rolls Out Of Paintshop
Replies: 105
Views: 33590

Re: First Delta A330neo Rolls Out Of Paintshop

I actually really like the raccoon mask. To me, it makes what I consider to be a chubby looking plane look a bit sleeker.

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by BTV290
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dual jet bridge boarding
Replies: 51
Views: 9234

Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Another thing to consider is the inflight service set up. I know on some of our aircraft with a 2L door, the major galley is up front by 1L. Having pax boarding through 1L is disruptive to the flight crew trying to prepare the galleys for service. It's easier to keep that a dedicated workspace, and ...

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by BTV290
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger gets plane to himself
Replies: 77
Views: 14893

Re: Passenger gets plane to himself

I dispatched a DL Conx flight BTV-LGA back in 2014 with one pax on it. It was a Saturday and the originator had a severe mechanical. By the time the a/c came back online, everyone had been rebooked off either to other conx cities or onto later LGA flights, which actually left earlier. When it came t...

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by BTV290
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?
Replies: 188
Views: 25438

Re: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?

I agree that it seems a lot to do with perceived standards of "comfort" in the US. We've started bus boarding for a couple flights per day in Seattle whilst the airport grapples with passenger traffic exceeding terminal space. I've many times stood just inside the terminal where the busses...

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by BTV290
Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fully Automated Jetbridge
Replies: 41
Views: 6627

Re: Fully Automated Jetbridge

Let's not forget an agent also has to pop the door of the plane... So a human still has to be down there during docking. Same goes for multiple bridges on wide bodies. Still requires too agents if you don't want a significant lag between the opening of the two doors.

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by BTV290
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN/BGR) - 2019
Replies: 953
Views: 128464

Re: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN/BGR) - 2019

Did they last year? IIRC it was only one daily to ATL (and usually A320, sometimes substituted out for 737-7 FWIW). Looks like this second daily starts around June 6th through August 15th or so. Yup they did. Mid-June to late August was an originator and mid-day turn, both on 717s. I was skeptical ...

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by BTV290
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL already ending SEA-KIX?
Replies: 72
Views: 13530

Re: DL already ending SEA-KIX?

The idea that the FIS has prevented DL from expanding its network is false. Do you really think DL said in a planning meeting ‘we think SIN would do very well for us, but we’ll let SQ develope the route instead and sign all the corporate contracts because we believe the overcrowded FIS will create ...

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by BTV290
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SEA to Australia nonstop
Replies: 68
Views: 10513

Re: SEA to Australia nonstop

If anyone were to jump into this, I think it would be for pure glory, than for any actual monetary gain. I think DL could fill the plane, but at a massive operating loss. Like mentioned earlier--look at HKG. Just because you can fly it, doesn't mean you should. Then there's the matter of DL's long h...

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by BTV290
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Look: United reveals new uniforms
Replies: 155
Views: 23115

Re: First Look: United reveals new uniforms

I... Guess I like it? Sort of? I don't know--it's too all-over the place to have a singular opinion of it, and I guess maybe that in itself is a bad thing? Some things may get weeded out with the wear test. There were five or six garments in the initial Delta reveal that never actually made it out o...

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