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by mats
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Shouting vs Announcing Emergency Commands
Replies: 24
Views: 3667

Shouting vs Announcing Emergency Commands

I have seen a few clips of practice and restaged evacuations. It seemed like the crew made a cacophony of top-of-their lungs, "Heads down! Stay down! Leave everything! Jump! Get out! Arms out front!" etc. They need to be heard, there is no PA option, there may be noise from the evacuation....

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by mats
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Air Rebranding to U.S. Airways
Replies: 289
Views: 36087

Re: U.S. Air Rebranding to U.S. Airways

@blacksoviet, US Airways started flying to Heathrow in 2008 (from Philadelphia).

In 2007, they moved from Orly to Roissy/Charles de Gaulle.

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by mats
Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Air Rebranding to U.S. Airways
Replies: 289
Views: 36087

Re: U.S. Air Rebranding to U.S. Airways

@blacksoviet, No. Prior to their 1993 investment, British Airways had a partnership with United. I even have a section from a BA annual report about their relationship.. This wasn't exactly codesharing, as I recall. It was more about coordination of fares and marketing. BA did not use USAir gates. T...

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by mats
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Air Rebranding to U.S. Airways
Replies: 289
Views: 36087

Re: U.S. Air Rebranding to U.S. Airways

I think there were a few factors. There were several fatal accidents. under the USAir brand: US5050 (1989), US1491 (1991), US405 (1992), US427 (1994), US1016 (1994). USAir was suffering from a poor public image as well as an unfortunate series of fatal accidents. The airline was complicated due to a...

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by mats
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines in London
Replies: 63
Views: 18327

Re: United Airlines in London

Air New Zealand also has a London/Heathrow crew base.

The carriers must be doing the math about recruitment, staffing coverage, taxes, unions, benefits, etc.

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by mats
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Customs and Immigration at JFK -- in the days of the IAB
Replies: 4
Views: 1065

Re: Customs and Immigration at JFK -- in the days of the IAB

You are absolutely correct, GalaxyFlyer. It was in 1990. My mistake.

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Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Customs and Immigration at JFK -- in the days of the IAB
Replies: 4
Views: 1065

Customs and Immigration at JFK -- in the days of the IAB

As a little kid, I remember flying TWA into New York/JFK, and we arrived into the International Arrivals Building (IAB), now Terminal 4. At what point did the airport install FIS (Customs and Immigration) in other terminals? Did they always have it at the Pan Am WorldPort, or did those flights arriv...

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by mats
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History of UA at JFK
Replies: 32
Views: 4626

Re: History of UA at JFK

When I worked there in the late 90s, United had two beautiful check-in lobbies. There was one in Terminal 6 just for Los Angeles and San Francisco flights. The other lobby was in Terminal 7. For a while, United also had a combined check in with Varig at Terminal 7. The gate areas weren't anything sp...

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by mats
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am European Ops
Replies: 53
Views: 7560

Re: Pan Am European Ops

There are several ways to look at this: 1. Tags and one-stop flights Pan Am operated many flights within Europe that were one-stop. For example, New York/JFK - Oslo - Stockholm. This was an A310, which was the same aircraft through to Stockholm. In many instances, the destination of the second leg v...

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by mats
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA and DTW: What Went Wrong?
Replies: 33
Views: 5215

Re: BA and DTW: What Went Wrong?

I took this flight in 1986. It was a 747-Combi. The flight departed from a strange, tiny "international" building apart from the rest of the airport. There was a small check-in desk. Security was on the jet-bridge immediately prior to entering the aircraft. It was perhaps 50 percent full (...

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by mats
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G4 arriving to TUS: Announcing 2x weekly service to PVU and BLI
Replies: 20
Views: 2215

Re: G4 arriving to TUS: Announcing 2x weekly service to PVU and BLI

Anything to put TUS on the map. Now if only there could be United to Newark and Washington, American to Miami, and American to Philadelphia. I wonder what it will take to get those routes. There is also a golden opportunity for at least seasonal service to a number of points in Canada. Tucson is ful...

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by mats
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philadelphia route expansion?
Replies: 133
Views: 13323

Re: Philadelphia route expansion?

I think the Tel Aviv problem had more to do with inherited TWA labor disputes. United has always claimed that Tel Aviv is one of its most profitable routes: year-round, cargo, business, groups, and high demand for business class. Now that El Al is back flying to Miami, that leaves American with the ...

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by mats
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA launches helicopter shuttle service in Manhattan, connecting 3 helipads to EWR
Replies: 27
Views: 8780

Re: UA launches helicopter shuttle service in Manhattan, connecting 3 helipads to EWR

When it was a connection with Continental, it was US Helicopter. They installed TSA checkpoints at the helipads, and they had a gate around C71 or C73. The idea was great, but I guess it was never economically viable. When Blade worked with Delta, they arrived landside at JFK. I assume the same will...

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by mats
Sat May 26, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why US and Canadian Air Carriers have ignore San Andrés (SKSP)
Replies: 48
Views: 6692

Re: Why US and Canadian Air Carriers have ignore San Andrés (SKSP)

I've repeatedly considered a holiday in San Andres, but the travel logistics have always interfered. It's 1474 miles from Houston or Atlanta; 916 miles from Miami, 1102 miles from Orlando. Even an Embraer 145XR can handle a Houston or Atlanta flight without difficulty. As I see it, the hotels and re...

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by mats
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United DC-10 International Routes?
Replies: 37
Views: 6301

Re: United DC-10 International Routes?

I flew on the DC-10 from Vancouver to Chicago in the late 80s.

No DC-10s across the Atlantic, I'm afraid.

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by mats
Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TLV on Fri night/Saturday ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1932

Re: TLV on Fri night/Saturday ?

The airport is open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Most of the shops and restaurants remain open on Shabbat. The airport is certainly quieter: less traffic, fewer flights. The only changes that I can think of: 1. El Al does not fly on Shabbat, so their entire section of the airport is shut down. 2...

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by mats
Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Hilton Head Island HXD
Replies: 83
Views: 12306

Re: Future of Hilton Head Island HXD

I gave up on HHH. Too many cancellations and long delays. The Dash-8s seem pretty darn tired, and they're quite noisy. I also dislike Concourse E at Charlotte. If you're headed to Sea Pines or thereabouts, the drive from SAV is around 50 minutes. Form HHH, it's about 25 minutes. Fares are usually th...

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by mats
Sun Aug 14, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fasten seatbelt sign rules
Replies: 12
Views: 2851

Re: Fasten seatbelt sign rules

Laws in most countries require that passengers observe the "Fasten Seatbelt" sign, but enforcement is so tricky. I found that Finnair was by far the strictest, followed by British Airways. European carriers are more likely to suspend cabin service, and definitely will not serve hot drinks ...

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by mats
Mon Feb 29, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Sen. Wants To Regulate Seat Width And Pitch.
Replies: 232
Views: 17519

RE: US Sen. Wants To Regulate Seat Width And Pitch.

franofilier, I think your idea makes a lot of sense. Regulating seat width and pitch will result in too much pushback from the airline lobby. But the government could regulate that the airline has to state the dimensions of the seat. The only snag would be variations among aircraft in the event of a...

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Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 Hours MIA To LAX On AA--Engine Trouble
Replies: 25
Views: 14610

RE: 20 Hours MIA To LAX On AA--Engine Trouble

I spent a bit of time Googling the photography question. There is nothing on the aa.com site, and the online version of American Way magazine does not include inflight information. So American already has a legal problem because the rule is only in fine print somewhere in a magazine. If this is some...

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Fri May 29, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Best Operational Hubs?
Replies: 58
Views: 10034

RE: Best Operational Hubs?

A lot of factors to consider... WINNERS Within the USA: Houston/<acronym title="Houston - George Bush Intercontinental (IAH / KIAH), USA - Texas">IAH</acronym>. It's sprawling, and some hallways are narrow, but it's usually a friendly and fast place to connect. Customs and Immigration is incredibly ...

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by mats
Mon May 18, 2015 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trans States Question (Late 1990s)
Replies: 4
Views: 1410

RE: Trans States Question (Late 1990s)

I flew on it once, a Jetstream 41, from <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym> to <acronym title="Baltimore / Washington - International (Friendship) (BWI / KBWI), USA - Maryland">BWI</acronym>. This was in either 1998 or 1999....

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by mats
Wed May 13, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Shameless Seating-4 Year Old 11 Rows Away Or Pay
Replies: 135
Views: 21514

RE: Shameless Seating-4 Year Old 11 Rows Away Or Pay

This happened to my sister and brother-in-law on Air France. My nephew, who was five-years-old, was seated in another cabin of the airplane on a longhaul flight. The Chef de Cabine fixed that with ease. He had clearly done this before. I have given up my seat many times for families and couples trav...

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by mats
Sun May 10, 2015 5:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Doesn't UA Fly IAD TLV?
Replies: 61
Views: 11218

RE: Why Doesn't UA Fly IAD TLV?

The Atlanta flight is long gone, I'm afraid.

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by mats
Wed May 06, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Doesn't UA Fly IAD TLV?
Replies: 61
Views: 11218

RE: Why Doesn't UA Fly IAD TLV?

It was rumoured that Continental considered a third daily flight from Newark to Tel Aviv, but they chose not to. A third flight could dilute revenue: they fill up two 777s with passengers and cargo, lots of premium traffic, and a third flight could leave open seats and reduce fares. If United decide...

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by mats
Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US3:Benefit From More Efficient Intl Transit Hubs?
Replies: 53
Views: 9797

RE: US3:Benefit From More Efficient Intl Transit Hubs?

Quoting mats (Reply 3): 3. Eliminate transit security for passengers arriving from "clean" countries: That's not just impossible, but to my knowledge also doesn't exist anywhere where you have <acronym title="Winston-Salem - Smith Reynolds (INT / KINT), USA - North Carolina">INT</acronym> to <acrony...

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by mats
Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Culture And National Culture
Replies: 17
Views: 7425

RE: Airline Culture And National Culture

I think these are a function of airline and national cultures. I found that that both Lufthansa, SAS, and KLM tend to be warm and inviting on board and on the ground, but Northern Europe is known for being "colder" (literally and figuratively.) Brussels Airlines and Finnair weren't mean, but they we...

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Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US3:Benefit From More Efficient Intl Transit Hubs?
Replies: 53
Views: 9797

RE: US3:Benefit From More Efficient Intl Transit Hubs?

It's kind of a tragedy of airport design. Air New Zealand has a "transit lounge," which I believe is the only one in the USA. Otherwise, the US would have to reorganise its airport concourses. In most international-to-international transfers, there is no way to enter the country without clearing imm...

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by mats
Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sabena Airbus 310 - Routes?
Replies: 16
Views: 6519

RE: Sabena Airbus 310 - Routes?

They flew the A310 to Boston.

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by mats
Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Roger Cohen Resigns From RAA
Replies: 5
Views: 3181

RE: Roger Cohen Resigns From RAA

Yes, Roger Cohen was featured on "Flying Cheap," a Frontline documentary. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/flyingcheap/

(Incidentally, the journalist, Myles O'Brien, just lost his left arm in an accident.)

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by mats
Tue Feb 10, 2015 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: North Korean Travel To JFK (UN Headquarters)
Replies: 12
Views: 9615

RE: North Korea Travel To USA

It's been a while, but some delegates from North Korea were supposed to fly on American Airlines. They were insulted by the contract security agency's procedures, which may or may not have identified the delegates as "selectees:" There was no evidence that they were banned from flying, but they did ...

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Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article - "Airports In US Are Bad, Getting Worse"
Replies: 138
Views: 15776

RE: Article - "Airports In US Are Bad, Getting Worse"

The problem is one of terminal design. There is no immigration checkpoint for flights leaving the United States and thus no separation between domestic and international flights. Airports in other countries split international and domestic departures, so one would have to go through an immigration c...

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by mats
Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United And Future Service To Europe
Replies: 71
Views: 15355

RE: United And Future Service To Europe

Sorry about my error regarding Bahrain. I got it stuck in my head from watching "Madam Secretary." One of the episodes mentions that there are no flights from Dulles to Bahrain, only Doha. Instead of questioning a Hollywood <acronym title="Virgin Express (Belgium)">TV</acronym> script, I somehow ass...

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Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United And Future Service To Europe
Replies: 71
Views: 15355

RE: United And Future Service To Europe

United Continental Holdings is in a state of some financial improvement, but it still hasn't merged! So perhaps they want to stabilise themselves as a company before any more significant expansion. I think that with the fall in the Euro and the improved US economy, United might have its eyes on othe...

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Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Whaleing Home: AF LAX-CDG-TLV + Paris Layover
Replies: 27
Views: 20891

RE: Whaleing Home: AF LAX-CDG-TLV + Paris Layover

Thank you for your report, and for your fantastic photos of Paris.

Oooh. The A320 from Paris to Tel Aviv does not look comfortable in business or economy!

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by mats
Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United At JFK
Replies: 64
Views: 14597

RE: United At JFK

United had a pretty massive longhaul operation out of <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym>, but it wasn't really a hub. At one point, they had co-located with VARIG at Terminal 7. (United was split between Terminal 6 and Term...

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Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Changes In AA Inflight Policies
Replies: 29
Views: 10882

RE: Changes In AA Inflight Policies

I really think that individual discretion is the best policy. If you have a little kid, an elderly person, or someone who is clearly ill and there is a cart blocking access to an aft lavatory, it's just common sense to let the passenger use the forward lavatory. On international flights <acronym tit...

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Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:45 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Horror Express: US Airways YYZ-PHL-MDT / CRJ2&DH8A
Replies: 36
Views: 20554

RE: Horror Express: US Airways YYZ-PHL-MDT / CRJ2&DH8A

That sounds like a pretty miserable trip. I especially liked that they had FIVE boarding groups for a little Dash-8. It's all a bunch of silly marketing schemes gone awry. I never really liked mainline US Airways, but I've had a long list of bad experiences on US Airways Express flights. I was once ...

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by mats
Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA To RUH
Replies: 47
Views: 9865

RE: UA To RUH

Although American/Saudi relations are a bit more strained than in the past, I don't think this is a totally ridiculous route. But it requires a very long use of an airplane, relief crews, and security arrangements. Saudia already flies to Dulles and <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy Interna...

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Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One Stop Security For Pax From US To Europe?
Replies: 28
Views: 5941

RE: One Stop Security For Pax From US To Europe?

Amsterdam/Schipol requires full body scanning for all flights to the USA. I wonder if that will go away if they move to a centralized checkpoint. Or will they body scan everyone? Hmmm. It used to be that Helsinki did not require passengers to re-clear security. I do not know if that is still the cas...

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Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Don't Airlines Do Tag-ends Anymore?
Replies: 58
Views: 12262

RE: Why Don't Airlines Do Tag-ends Anymore?

International "tags" for US carriers died off for several reasons: 1. Codesharing and Alliances Genuinely seamless transfers are now available in European hubs. A passenger can fly on United from San Francisco to Frankfurt, only have to clear immigration (no security), and transfer directly to a Luf...

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Mon Sep 22, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 1231- No Safety Briefing?
Replies: 75
Views: 15758

RE: AA 1231- No Safety Briefing?

I reported a Pinnacle Airlines flight attendant for skipping the demo. It wasn't that she missed the demo, it was that she was so busy talking on her phone during taxi that she was distracted. In other words, I had greater concern for my safety than just the demo. It was a delayed flight from Columb...

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Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAs Next International Service?
Replies: 193
Views: 24844

RE: UAs Next International Service?

AUA now flies to Newark terminal B. They serve <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym> and Newark now. Although I agree that <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acronym>-<acronym ti...

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Sun Aug 31, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAs Next International Service?
Replies: 193
Views: 24844

RE: UAs Next International Service?

I don't see United expanding much right now. The economy isn't too stable, and they have major business markets covered. EUROPE <acronym title="Newark - Liberty International (EWR / KEWR), USA - New Jersey">EWR</acronym>-<acronym title="Keflavik (KEF / BIKF), Iceland">KEF</acronym>: already served b...

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Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Consolidating Alliances At JFK
Replies: 30
Views: 6843

RE: Consolidating Alliances At JFK

There are two problems: the first is the large O&D market; the second is building ownership. Unlike many US airports, <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym> is a very heavy O&D market, so a particular airline's location...

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Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Being Sued Over 1st Class Bathroom Usage
Replies: 242
Views: 29971

RE: AS Being Sued Over 1st Class Bathroom Usage

My understanding is that US law strictly forbids passengers from aft cabins from using the first class cabin washroom on inbound flights to the US. So the sharing of lavatories across cabins is fine with me, but the law gets in the way when it comes to arriving international flights on US carriers.

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Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Aloha! The United Way - B777-200 And B737-900
Replies: 16
Views: 14587

RE: Aloha! The United Way - B777-200 And B737-900

I'm so glad that you had a positive experience with United. Your photos of Terminal 2 in London look fantastic. And you certainly got a chance to see the beauty of Waikiki (without the recent hurricane!) Los Angeles Terminal 7 is actually a lot BETTER than it used to be! I agree, there are few shops...

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Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways At Baltimore (BWI)
Replies: 66
Views: 18037

RE: British Airways At Baltimore (BWI)

I flew on <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> from Baltimore to London/Gatwick in 1999. I was using Executive Club points, and Baltimore was the only East Coast gateway with available seats at the time. Since I lived in New York City, I took the train to <acronym title="Baltimore / Washing...

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Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chances Of A North America To BUD Flight?
Replies: 8
Views: 3693

RE: Chances Of A North America To BUD Flight?

There have been many attempts. Malev flew the 767 nonstop to <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym> fo many years. American tried for a couple of years, trying to capitalize on Malev codeshare traffic. Pan Am had a route (usual...

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by mats
Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A300/A310 Routes Done By US Airlines
Replies: 59
Views: 9148

RE: A300/A310 Routes Done By US Airlines

Speaking of the Caribbean, Air Jamaica flew both the A300 and A310-300 on flights between Kingston, Montego Bay, and the USA.

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