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by umichman
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Virgin America Failed
Replies: 51
Views: 8894

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: 58
Views: 6939

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: 159
Views: 19401

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: 7320

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: 27274

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: 895

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: 41122

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: 4750

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: 7047

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: 41765

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: 7448

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: 8847

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: 3298

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: 1097

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: 956
Views: 233484

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: 309
Views: 30498

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: 4117

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: 7676

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: 55238

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: 55238

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: 20576

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: 20576

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: 1180
Views: 154861

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: 1180
Views: 154861

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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