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by umichman
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: no involuntary bumps in last two quarters
Replies: 31
Views: 4112

Re: Delta: no involuntary bumps in last two quarters

Interesting write-up, though seems to be written in a somewhat deceptive manner. https://www.inc.com/jason-aten/delta-airlines-just-stopped-doing-this-1-thing-its-customers-truly-hate-american-southwest-still-do-it-a-lot.html It's however the root of the claim that I find most interesting: DL has h...

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by umichman
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Switzerland to follow suit with Eco-Tax
Replies: 94
Views: 6628

Re: Switzerland to follow suit with Eco-Tax

There are many other industries and modes of transportation where gains can be made at far less cost and economic impact. The physics of airplane travel simply does not currently lend itself to cost effective propulsion mechanisms other than fossil fuels. Proposals that simply treat all CO2 sources ...

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by umichman
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Far fetched idea on AA performance especially in the stock market!
Replies: 24
Views: 2758

Re: Far fetched idea on AA performance especially in the stock market!

This makes absolutely no sense. He currently holds 2.2 million shares of AAL stock. What about the value of that?? If he intentionally drives down the price of the stock, it's going to put a big hurt on the value of his existing holdings. How does he know if the stock will actually recover to it's f...

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by umichman
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United pilots arrested at Glasgow Airport before boarding US flight
Replies: 133
Views: 22332

Re: Pilots arrested at Glasgow Airport before boarding US flight

Not condoning it but food for thought... We've had many decades of jet trans Atlantic transport with likely the same pilot behavior all these many years. Only now they are being caught and tested. Has there ever been an TATL air carrier accident due to the pilot being drunk? I don't think so. Pilot...

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by umichman
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 32885

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

Again, I'm not defending the practice. I actually agree with you that the model is silly. However, you're talking about costs again, which are irrelevant here. Where do you get the idea from that costs are irrelevant. Again I'm telling you, costs aren't irrelevant! Again, cost is irrelevant to this...

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by umichman
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 32885

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

are they including back-to-back tickets in this crackdown? there can be times where booking two tickets that "connect" is cheaper than one connecting flight. Airlines used to link them when you got to the airport, but would warn you that misconnects are your problem and that you would be ...

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by umichman
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 32885

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

I take the middle ground. I've done hidden city a number of times, and it's sort of difficult to think of it as "theft". On the other hand, I understand the business model and don't really see that the legacy airlines should be required to change it. The reality is that if they abandoned t...

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by umichman
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL closing NRT. Suspends NRT-SIN, Announces ICN-MNL
Replies: 266
Views: 41935

Re: Unconfirmed: DL closing NRT. Suspends NRT-SIN, Announces ICN-MNL

This move was expected. DL is extremely weak in Asia compared to AA and UA. will moving all their Ops to HND help DL? does HND offer more connections via partner airlines? How many cities does DL serve in asia compared to AA and UA?? HND is primarily for O&D passengers. They have effectively mo...

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by umichman
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Suspected drunk DL pilot arrested just before flight
Replies: 118
Views: 15385

Re: DL Pilot Pulled from Flight after Alcohol was found

Lol, as per numerous articles, the plane was full at time of arrest. Nothing to do with Fox News. Get real people. In either case, wow! Um the Faux News title states he was removed from the plane, while official sources say he never made it through security. Who needs accuracy when you can just ril...

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by umichman
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's wrong with airlines route MEM and STL?
Replies: 5
Views: 1200

Re: What's wrong with airlines route MEM and STL?

DL dropped MEM-STL flight back in 2013. I believe the last time they flew from MEM to any city other than another DL hub was back in 2014 (other than perhaps seasonal Saturday-only stuff to CUN).

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by umichman
Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines flight attendant bitten by emotional support dog
Replies: 88
Views: 10787

Re: American Airlines flight attendant bitten by emotional support dog

The emotional support animal restrictions have already been tightened quite a bit (including the requirement to produce a doctors note as opposed to credible verbal assurance). That means that this passenger already had documentation from a medical professional stating that he/she needed this anima...

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by umichman
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Virgin America Failed
Replies: 51
Views: 9195

Re: Why Virgin America Failed

They didn't fail. They just weren't performing as well as the industry standard and were a desirable acquisition target due to their gate holdings at SFO and as competitor elimination. Just to be clear, it was VX’s investors who decided to pull the plug so to speak and put the airline up for sale. ...

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by umichman
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NYC-Asia DL vs UA
Replies: 90
Views: 12629

Re: NYC-Asia DL vs UA

cokepopper wrote:
Just a point, Delta flew JFK-NRT before the merger with Northwest. MD-11


And Northwest had suspended JFK-NRT prior to the merger with DL. DL resumed it after the merger, but had problems making it work just like NW did.

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by umichman
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler
Replies: 179
Views: 23159

Re: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler

Re-regulate the industry. Maybe then all the problems will go away! As someone who retired as a regulator of a different industry, this gave me a good laugh. I'm continually amazed by the view that imperfect regulators can create a perfect system by crafting demands. It simply can't be done. Regula...

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by umichman
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A220 in Chicago 6/19/19
Replies: 49
Views: 7373

Re: Delta A220 in Chicago Today

What does DL plan to put on BOS to ORD when they start it? An A321? I hold equal status on AA and DL (Platinum/Gold), and while DL is a nice flying experience, I find it impossible to get into whatever their version of Economy+ is. I'm consistently in an AA exit row or up the front of economy (all ...

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by umichman
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Atlantic Tackles MH370 Final Conclusions
Replies: 176
Views: 27591

Re: The Atlantic Tackles MH370 Final Conclusions

The oxygen cylinder theory isn’t totally crazy to me; certainly more believable than the “captain amok” theory. The sudden overpressure from a ruptured COPV could cause an upward failure of the cockpit floor, damaging or severing the wire harnesses that travel under the floor from the avionics bay ...

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by umichman
Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta SLC-DTW lands due to fire scare
Replies: 3
Views: 901

Re: Delta SLC-DTW lands due to fire scare

I saw that 752 flight on flightaware today and wondered what that was all about. Now I know.

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by umichman
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta transitions BOS to Hub status, names SJC, BNA, and AUS as new focus cities
Replies: 304
Views: 41426

Re: Delta transitions BOS to Hub status, names SJC, BNA, and AUS as new focus cities

I wish DL would come back to DFW. All we can do right now from DFW is SLT or ATL direct on DL, plus Delta Connection. Years ago when DL was #2 at DFW, I would fly them everywhere, BOS, JFK, ATL, SFO, LAX, SEA, even HNL. Now I'm stuck with AA, and they suck. Or I fly DL and connect through ATL or SL...

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by umichman
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Point-to-Point The Path Forward?
Replies: 36
Views: 4787

Re: More Point-to-Point The Path Forward?

They won't have mainline union pilot contracts to deal with, their targeting of under-served routes and their approach to IT appears to be game changing. But they'll have to deal with recruiting the same pilots who are also eyeing those lucrative mainline contracts. I suspect competition for pilots...

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by umichman
Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL bulk up SLC to be more like UA at DEN?
Replies: 56
Views: 7099

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

I'm pretty sure it's the other way around, DTW is more of a connecting point while MSP is more O&D. Could someone provide more data on this? Regardless, I have long contended both SLC and DTW are underutilized for a connecting standpoint in the DL network. They are pretty close. MSP is 60.6% O&...

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by umichman
Mon May 20, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AS trying to get B6
Replies: 302
Views: 42066

Re: Rumor: AS trying to get B6

AS buying B6.... Haha you funny. Neither airline is really in a position to "buy" the other. That said, there's no reason they couldn't come together as part of a mutually agreed upon merger which is exactly how DL/NW, UA/CO, AA/US all got together. There are many types of mergers. Just b...

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by umichman
Tue May 14, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW-LAN. Why?
Replies: 69
Views: 7516

Re: DTW-LAN. Why?

Don't really see any politics. Seems more like 90 minutes is about the threshold at which people are willing to fly rather than drive. And thus MBS/LAN/AZO-DTW remain, while FNT/TOL-DTW are gone.

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by umichman
Fri May 10, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't Delta fly International out of DFW?
Replies: 69
Views: 8904

Re: Why didn't Delta fly International out of DFW?

Please delete if this is addressed elsewhere or if its off topic, but why did DL pull out of DFW? I remember flying TPA-DFW-SEA a few times in the late '90s & early 00's and thinking DL was pretty well entrenched at DFW. What happened? Too much competition from AA (and WN at DAL) and the econom...

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by umichman
Sun May 05, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future growth of Spirit Airlines in Detroit.
Replies: 26
Views: 3322

Re: Future growth of Spirit Airlines in Detroit.

Look at plausible leisure destinations from DTW. DL will kill them on business routes with frequency. Yes, NYC and LAX can be leisure destinations from DTW. What about MCI, MSP, and IAH? I think NK has clearly grown beyond the beach/gambling markets to something more. I'm betting there's not an ins...

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by umichman
Sun May 05, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the right number of airlines for a market?
Replies: 7
Views: 1106

Re: What is the right number of airlines for a market?

The reality is that when we had 6 legacy carriers, they all had significant holes in their networks. They frequently papered these over by getting together in partnerships. How competitive are you really when you are partners? Would they be allowed to partner again should they be broken up? The real...

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by umichman
Sun May 05, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 988
Views: 240078

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

Last Thursday Alitalia started its year-round IAD-FCO service, *finally* giving a minimum of competition to the seasonal UA flight, so it cannot go bankrupt until *I* say so. I hereby nominate you for the position of CEO of Alitalia. It appears you are prepared to run the airline wisely and without...

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by umichman
Sun May 05, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 331
Views: 37515

Re: BBD CEO: "We are divesting out of commercial, focus on business aircraft moving forward"

Well that's unfortunate. On a conceptual level at least BBD has designed some excellent commercial aircraft recently like the Q400 and CSeries. Though they tend to drop the ball on the execution side of the business. The Q is world renowned for being a hangar queen and the CSeries program turned in...

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by umichman
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta & MCO ...what next?
Replies: 33
Views: 4144

Re: Delta & MCO ...what next?

My two cents: 1. Elimination of RJ services - that's been a common theme with DL throughout it's network. DL has been upgrading aircraft, especially the RJ200's. 2. Pulled DL flights for today (Tuesday): AMS - 1 ATL - 16 BOS - 3 CVG - 2 DTW - 6 IND - 1 LAX - 3 JFK - 4 LGA - 6 RDU - 3 SLC - 2 SEA - ...

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by umichman
Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest's 737-200s
Replies: 36
Views: 7707

Re: Southwest's 737-200s

WWads wrote:
smokeybandit wrote:
For some reason those tiny engines fascinate me.


JT8D, same as the MD80. Last of the old generation low-bypass engines still in widespread commercial service.


DL was still flying DC9's with old low-bypass JT8D's (.96 to 1) until 2014. The -200 series on the MD-80's are 1.74 to 1.

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by umichman
Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?
Replies: 314
Views: 55404

Re: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?

As I suspected, a DL A359 on this route would have had a really poor average load factor and generate less revenue due to its lower number of premium seats. This route is all about the premium passenger for DL, hence why they use the aircraft with the most amount of premium (or non-Y) seats. Better...

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by umichman
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?
Replies: 314
Views: 55404

Re: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored!?

I do remember early on they said that the first route for the A350s would be LAX-SYD, or at least rumored. They never said that nor do I remember any such rumor. Sounds like someone's speculation on a'net (which I wouldn't call a rumor). Here is what they did say about them. Note the comparison of ...

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by umichman
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announces reduction in recline on A320 fleet
Replies: 176
Views: 20694

Re: Major US carrier announces reduction in Recline

I'm mixed about this. I don't know about other hubs, but out of DTW, the A320 is mostly used on routes like DTW-MSP/BOS/MIA. Don't really mind the limited recline on these routes. I think the B757/A321/B739 should keep the deeper recline as they are used on the TCON routes of DTW to the west coast.

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by umichman
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announces reduction in recline on A320 fleet
Replies: 176
Views: 20694

Re: Delta announces reduction in recline on A320 fleet

It is funny... all of these people who are saying this is a good move... also swore off Spirit for doing the same thing. :) Only difference now I suppose is spirit has thicker cushions and maybe 1” less pitch? DL is 30-31" pitch on domestic aircraft. NK is only 28". NK didn't just reduce ...

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by umichman
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 1318
Views: 175549

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2019

The BA flights from LHR to PIT can be purchased for $701 r/t on most days I checked in the next two months. I'll be taking that flight to PIT on Tuesday. Where are you finding these prices? Still seeing $1200+ here for June, which is when I'm trying to use it. Unlike US domestic fares, internationa...

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by umichman
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 1318
Views: 175549

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2019

Interesting history, thanks. That $499 round trip in 1981 is about $1400 adjusted for inflation, so about the same as the fare today. So now chance we’ll see a 747 back here? Cheapest ticket I saw was $2,400 while the most was $7,400 for today’s flight for nonstop You are incorrectly assuming a rou...

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