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by michman
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would it be better if United shifted their Newark Hub to JFK?
Replies: 104
Views: 15208

Re: Would it be better if United shifted their Newark Hub to JFK?

This thread should seriously be deleted. How many versions of EWR vs JFK do we need on here. 0.0000000% Chance. No room at JFK for a UA hub. JFK is way more competitive, so why on Earth would United want to do that? Think about this too, if UA abandoned EWR, you would be giving someone else a prime...

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by michman
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!
Replies: 64
Views: 9738

Re: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!

Hmmm. I'm not sure I'd ever use the word "brilliant" to describe an ad campaign based on making fun of people. This campaign takes group of what appears to be poorer, undereducated Americans in Texas (Wharton, TX has a population of 8,773 people and a median household income of $32,243) w...

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by michman
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to add Comfort + to A350 and B777 retroactively
Replies: 15
Views: 3369

Re: Delta to add Comfort + to A350 and B777 retroactively

What will the 777 configuration be with the 4 class? I know it’s 296 with D1, PS, and Y. Just do a sample booking in the future, the seatmap is already loaded 32J, 48PS, 90C+, 122Y = 292 It’s actually 28J on the 777s, for a total of 288 pax. Oops, I just counted 8 rows and didn't notice there are o...

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by michman
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to add Comfort + to A350 and B777 retroactively
Replies: 15
Views: 3369

Re: Delta to add Comfort + to A350 and B777 retroactively

DylanHarvey wrote:
What will the 777 configuration be with the 4 class? I know it’s 296 with D1, PS, and Y.


Just do a sample booking in the future, the seatmap is already loaded

32J, 48PS, 90C+, 122Y = 292

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by michman
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How often have the EU3 and US3 retired aircraft young (less than 10 years old)?
Replies: 10
Views: 1928

Re: How often have the EU3 and US3 retired aircraft young (less than 10 years old)?

747-100's at Delta were only around for about 7 years. Northwest had a small fleet of 8 MD-82's (mostly from Republic merger) that they operated for 13 years (1986-1999) and then retired. They likely had a fair amount of life left in them as they were about 18 years old at that point (they continued...

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by michman
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2023
Views: 210305

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

Funny I too took it as a given that WOW was gone from PIT---- but the articles I have read and the press releases from WOW don't seem to address the issue of PIT head on, unlike all those other cities. I wonder why that is. . . . Call me crazy, but Wow might be able to make PIT work profitably with...

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by michman
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 12/30/2018:DL Drops LAX-SAL and SEA-YEG;SY Adds PDX-HNL;UA EWR-POS to Daily,HDN-IAH Dropped for Summer
Replies: 103
Views: 13802

Re: OAG Changes 12/30/2018:DL Drops LAX-SAL and SEA-YEG;SY Adds PDX-HNL;UA EWR-POS to Daily,HDN-IAH Dropped for Summer

Whoa !! that's quite a slashing. Is no one using Delta's service. Early death throes of another small airport. AZO travelers can drive an hour to GRR which has more than 10x the passenger count. Or SBN. The Kazoo area is a primary victim of overseas outforcing. Once home to several Fortune 500 hq’s...

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by michman
Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 2342
Views: 155627

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

WOW is still hanging on. I think WOW dove into a decent niche market for travel to Europe. I assume it helps that WOW Premium is constantly either nearly full or sold out. What also helps is the gap between WOWs fares and Delta's fares. It's leaving a decent margin for WOW to charge more. I think f...

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by michman
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Next Economic Downturn: Which US Airline(s) Most at Risk
Replies: 45
Views: 6271

Re: Next Economic Downturn: Which US Airline(s) Most at Risk

Id say Frontier but it seems theyve settled on a niche. The worst that would happen to them IMO is a merger with Spirit which is better than liquidation. I think B6 is just dealing with growing pains since they now have employees that are able to retire. For the US3, id say AA has the least solid f...

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by michman
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Next Economic Downturn: Which US Airline(s) Most at Risk
Replies: 45
Views: 6271

Re: Next Economic Downturn: Which US Airline(s) Most at Risk

AA debt levels is something like $25Billion, while DL is at about $11Billion (they had it down to $9Billion last year). UA is at around $13 Billion. So AA is probably most valuable.

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by michman
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 2342
Views: 155627

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

Any word on when CBP will be adding Mobile Passport app to DTW? Passed through DTW on my way back from London yesterday, and it would have been nice to use the app instead of having to use the computers. There's always Global Entry and Nexus. Nexus is super-cheap at only $50. Yes, you'll have to go...

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by michman
Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Had the Most On-Time Performances in North America Again
Replies: 68
Views: 8007

Re: Spirit Had the Most On-Time Performances in North America Again

2) How many airlines today risk getting in the "low" category when they hold a plane for more than 15 minutes to allow connecting passengers to make their flights? I can't imagine that it is more cost effective to put people up in a hotel because waiting one additional minute means the fl...

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by michman
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska considering joining OW
Replies: 86
Views: 13155

Re: Alaska considering joining OW

Yeah, I understood the DOJ was the impetus behind the relationships change between AA and AS. Partnership benefits (like mileage earning) would be completely outside the scope of what DOJ can control. And again, the code-sharing limitations are nothing new. There's almost certainly more to the stor...

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by michman
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska considering joining OW
Replies: 86
Views: 13155

Re: Alaska considering joining OW

I am sure AA-AS can work something out about overlapping routes I'm curious what you think that might look like. Seems pretty clear cut that the government has forbid overlapping codeshare between AA and AS as a direct concession of the VX acquisition. Code-sharing agreements have long been been su...

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by michman
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is JFK the only major US airport without a centralized Int'l terminal?
Replies: 48
Views: 8187

Re: Why is JFK the only major US airport without a centralized Int'l terminal?

As already mentioned, LAX has customs at more than one terminal. DTW has international arrivals at both the McNamara and North Terminals.. MSP also handles international arrivals at both of it's terminals.

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by michman
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 2342
Views: 155627

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

15 percent?! Try again. The city of Detroit is closer to 35 to 40 percent of DTW local traffic. The remainder is suburbs, collar counties, and outlying areas (ie Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and some leakage from Toledo). I get that you don't like seeing the numbers for the city of Detroit, but they are w...

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by michman
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 2342
Views: 155627

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

The City of Detroit only represents about 15% of DTW's catchment at this point. It's absurd to use the City as a proxy for the region's economic health. Another poster demonstrating their ignorance of the region. 15 percent?! Try again. The city of Detroit is closer to 35 to 40 percent of DTW local...

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by michman
Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 2342
Views: 155627

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

The City of Detroit only represents about 15% of DTW's catchment at this point. It's absurd to use the City as a proxy for the region's economic health. Another poster demonstrating their ignorance of the region.

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by michman
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines Announces 2018 September Quarter Profit
Replies: 61
Views: 11569

Re: Delta Air Lines Announces 2018 September Quarter Profit

The market was due for a correction and anybody that thinks two bad days in a row equals a bull market shouldn’t be investing in anything but monopoly properties. Delta pumping out another nice quarter. They’re turning into old reliable. Their product may not be way different than AA or UA, but the...

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by michman
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 128462

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

It looks similar to when a legacy zeros out all the fare buckets except for full Y which is generally a pre-cursor to a route suspension.

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by michman
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Las Vegas as a hub for current US majors
Replies: 92
Views: 9621

Re: Las Vegas as a hub for current US majors

Bottomline, any route with a decent amount of non-stop flights (typically 4 or more) will have a non-stop routing requirement in the fare rules. For the lowest fare buckets, sure. But that’s not always an option ;). Higher fare buckets generally allow more connecting opportunities. Sometimes yes, a...

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by michman
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Las Vegas as a hub for current US majors
Replies: 92
Views: 9621

Re: Las Vegas as a hub for current US majors

I know DL does flow some connections over LAS To SAN, SJC for people wanting to avoid other mega hubs. DL has integrated their point-to-point flying as valid connections on most tariffs. For example, I’ve flown DTW-BNA-LAX and SNA-LAS-DTW, the latter several times. I’m usually the only one connecti...

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by michman
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A few Delta fleet questions.
Replies: 135
Views: 13319

Re: A few Delta fleet questions.

Delta did not buy the 717's from Southwest. They are leased from Boeing (and at very favorable rates). They can phase them out as leases expire if they choose to do so. It's a combination of subleases and leases from WN. 8 of the 717's were owned by WN and are leased to DL on a 7 year term with an ...

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by michman
Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EAS program extended for another 5 years.
Replies: 46
Views: 3441

Re: EAS program extended for another 5 years.

EAS is nothing but a socialist leftover from the times before deregulation. Definitely not worthy for a capitalist country. Socialist? In that case, why aren't all interstates/highways user pay toll roads? Strawman alert. Nobody is saying that road connectivity is not crucial to communities. Also, ...

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by michman
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue to add Basic Economy product. Company “success is at risk” if not matches others
Replies: 179
Views: 17762

Re: JetBlue to add Basic Economy product. Company “success is at risk” if not matches others

Why is this so difficult! PREMIUM class tickets enjoy all inclusive service, bags, seats,priority boarding etc. ECONOMY class tickets includes, 1 checked bag, seat selection, 50% Refundable/Changeable fares, BASIC FARE tickets includes, NO BAG, 1CARRY ON ONLY, NO SEAT SELECTION, 100% NON REFUNDABLE...

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by michman
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Int'l Bases of US3
Replies: 20
Views: 3497

Re: Int'l Bases of US3

DL has FA bases in MNL, NRT, PVG. DL has closed a lot of the Asian bases they inherited from NW. Some of the former bases include BKK, TPE, SIN. There was an FA base in HKG too. I was on the final flight for the base from NRT-HKG. The US-based purser on the flight announced it was the final flight ...

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by michman
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL announces DTW-HNL
Replies: 123
Views: 19885

Re: DL announces DTW-HNL

I think you need to update your “meticulous mode” as it’s wrong Depends on the day. Some days the DTW-LAX flight is a 752 which continues to HNL and some days it's an A321 which does not (like today for example). The airplane type might be the same (752) but it almost always is a different plane. O...

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by michman
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL announces DTW-HNL
Replies: 123
Views: 19885

Re: DL announces DTW-HNL

[Meticulous mode ON] This route actually does exist (DL1149) with a stop in LAX. :D So, we can say this is a new non-stop route. [Meticulous mode OFF] :D Well, there is a plane change involved with DL1149, different aircraft are used on the DTW-LAX flight and the LAX-HNL flight... I think you need ...

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by michman
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size
Replies: 138
Views: 12019

Re: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size

I think there's a halfway house. The EU insists on efficiency labelling for electronic goods. It offers a quick way for consumers to see the characteristics of the device they are buying. I think some standard could be arrived at for displaying the key metrics for airline seats, shoulder room, leg ...

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by michman
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 9/23/2018:AA Adds PHL-SRQ; DL Drops CVG-MKE; Many F9 Changes
Replies: 106
Views: 13344

Re: OAG Changes 9/23/2018:AA Adds PHL-SRQ; DL Drops CVG-MKE; Many F9 Changes

When is DL going to cut CVG down to hub flying/Paris and close the CVG focus city? Is it really that important strategically for DL to keep a big presence at CVG with DTW so close? I mean, no offense to Cincinnati, but it isn’t on the same level as Boston or Raleigh-Durham (Delta’s other two focus ...

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by michman
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit ranked best connection hub in America by J. D. Power
Replies: 57
Views: 6100

Re: Detroit ranked best connection hub in America by J. D. Power

Have flow on ICN to DTW many times. Always, always after clearing customs/immigration, I've had to go through another TSA screening to get upstairs to the domestic gates. It is a special screening area for connecting pax, but the damn lines can still get long if you're tail end charlie. You don't h...

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by michman
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 2493
Views: 173211

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018

On peak days J fares are around 11.5k oneway which is very high, other days they are around 10.1k. Surprised they can fill the J cabin at those fares, but then again depending on the contracts some companies are likely buying these tickets at a discount Who buys one way J tickets to CDG? Probably a...

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by michman
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The ecological point of view - Do you look at your ecological footprint when you travel?
Replies: 54
Views: 4004

Re: The ecological point of view

I always think about my CO2 when I fly places, and I tally it up at the end of the year and buy offsets. At some point in the not-so-distant future, someone younger than myself will ask what it was like before Miami was underwater, before the choking wildfire smoke in Seattle, before the torrential...

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by michman
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline President thinks Parents Should Have to Pay More to Guarantee Sitting Together
Replies: 47
Views: 5040

Re: Airline President thinks Parents Should Have to Pay More to Guarantee Sitting Together

Why does a family of 4 all need to sit together? Yes, it's preferable, but hardly necessary. Been traveling with my family of 4 for many years and when the kids were younger, we couldn't always get seats together, but it's generally not to hard to pair one child with each adult. The vast majority of...

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by michman
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Orders Shades Down for Taxi and Takeoff
Replies: 72
Views: 17456

Re: DL Orders Shades Down for Taxi and Takeoff

Believe it or not, not all employee actions and requests reflect company-wide policy. So this was most likely not "DL" who was "ordering" you to do this, but rather a single employee who is either making up their own rules and perhaps misunderstood an actual company policy (such ...

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by michman
Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 8/5/2018:AA Adds DFW-CYS/EYW,Drops BOS-PIT,JFK-DEN;AS Drops SFO-IND;DL Loads MSP-ICN;UA Suspends EWR-OKC
Replies: 127
Views: 14452

Re: OAG Changes 8/5/2018:AA Adds DFW-CYS/EYW,Drops BOS-PIT,JFK-DEN;AS Drops SFO-IND;DL Loads MSP-ICN;UA Suspends EWR-OKC

Chuska wrote:
AA LAS-NRT. Daily 787-8 service begins Jan 4.


It's a temporary route for CES. It only lasts 10 days from 1/4 - 1/14.

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by michman
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 2342
Views: 155627

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

When are they going to replace the big low-res LED TV's in concourse A? Those things are definitely showing their age. They give me a headache after just looking at them for a few seconds.

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by michman
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article:US3 Nothing Beats Hub-Hub flying and New York Flying
Replies: 25
Views: 4530

Re: Article:US3 Nothing Beats Hub-Hub flying and New York Flying

WPvsMW wrote:
Try getting an award tix LAX/SYD on DL.


I see plenty of availability for coach awards on LAX-SYD (from 64K RT on DL metal and 80K RT on VA). If you meant D1, you should be more specific.

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by michman
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyTeam CEO: No new members for now; focus on technology first
Replies: 17
Views: 3745

Re: SkyTeam CEO: No new members for now; focus on technology first

Sure but this is also prevalent in OW and possibly *A. Most advance economy fares you purchase are not going to earn anything on partner FFSs. Worse, QF reduces even business / first class fares to an economy earn rate for partner airlines on routes it flies itself. I'm aware, but this wasn't the c...

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by michman
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue restructuring operations, to lay off employees
Replies: 129
Views: 19923

Re: JetBlue restructuring operations, to lay off employees

Really how fast did that Porsche go? It’s like having one in NYC, a waste of a fine car. Not really the point, the point is it's a lot faster than running/walking. Just got the Porsche treatment last week at DTW with delayed AZO flight arriving into C24 at around 7:35PM connecting to YUL flight out...

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by michman
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue restructuring operations, to lay off employees
Replies: 129
Views: 19923

Re: JetBlue restructuring operations, to lay off employees

B6 owning slots and gates at JFK doesnt increase their ability to buy AS, unless they were to find someone to lend them the money against their assets. Server leverage. AS market cap is nearly $8b, 20% more than B6. Buying AS doesnt solve any of B6's problems and only adds more problems Neither air...

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by michman
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta adds RDU-ORD
Replies: 85
Views: 9744

Re: Delta adds RDU-ORD

How many markets now does DL consider focus cities? 77H Officially RDU and BOS are focus cities. Depending on which publication you read, it is unclear if CVG is officially considered a hub, or focus city. I think it's pretty clear from this -- https://s1.q4cdn.com/231238688/files/doc_presentations...

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by michman
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AUS to become a Delta Focus City
Replies: 451
Views: 50504

Re: AUS to become a Delta Focus City

mercure1 wrote:
they only have 3 gates now, who's going to give them more gates?

1 gate = 10 flts at best.


Presumably, they will be getting several of the 9 new gates that are being added with the expansion.

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by michman
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 2342
Views: 155627

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

I agree. This would be one major improvement that DTW could make. I look at SFO as a model for how it could be done in Detroit - centralize all rental car companies into a single parking garage structure and provide one people-move system of some sort that connects both terminals with the facility ...

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by michman
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is The Real Difference Among Full Service, LCC and ULCC Carriers?
Replies: 65
Views: 5718

Re: What Is The Real Difference Among Full Service, LCC and ULCC Carriers?

-Typically, they use slightly older aircraft (except NK has the youngest fleet in the US). NK started with old DC-9s. Then onto MD-80s which were used as well. New aircraft didn't happen until the Airbuses. -They nickel and dime you, obviously, as well, for things such as snacks that come free on l...

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by michman
Sun May 27, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?
Replies: 87
Views: 8139

Re: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?

I think the whole idea of cramming more and more people into an airplane is going to backfire spectacularly one day. Just image an accident where people stuffed in 25” legroom seats cannot get out fast enough because they are literally stuck. Wedged in. Airplane bursts into flames and all 300 pax b...

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by michman
Thu May 24, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 2493
Views: 173211

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018

Looks like DL has made IND a connection stop, MSP-IND-CDG is the quickest connection from MSP so there may be a few pax who connect from that flight although likely not many considering MSP has multiple nonstop to CDG. There are other flights that could work as well, but I don't expect a lot of con...

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by michman
Thu May 24, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 2493
Views: 173211

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018

3 in D1 and 10 in the main cabin. The 3 D1 seats though will be gone after upgrades and all of the nonrev stand-by's should get on. Flight will probably leave with 3 seats open. Medallions don't get free upgrades on long-haul international. They have to use an instrument of some kind (miles, GUC, e...

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by michman
Sat May 12, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 5/6/2018:DL Drops CVG-XNA; 3M Drops MCO-FPO
Replies: 74
Views: 10619

Re: OAG Changes 5/6/2018:DL Drops CVG-XNA; 3M Drops MCO-FPO

So what will happen when DL gets rid of the remaining CRJ's? Will they cut it for good since this route can't seem to handle anything bigger? DL has never said they are getting rid of all their CRJ's. The just said they are reducing the count to 125 (they had 343 50-seaters back in 2012). They had ...

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