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by plugger
Sun Feb 08, 2004 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Planning A Trip Around The World!
Replies: 11
Views: 3008

RE: Planning A Trip Around The World!

You've got an odd assortment of carriers there. A round-the-world fare is a real bargain, compared to point to point round trip, but the only way to secure a really low, relatively speaking, fare is to do it with an airline program that involves specific carriers. My RTW trip itinerary is based upon...

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Wed Jan 14, 2004 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is Your Least Favorite Aircraft?
Replies: 111
Views: 12152

RE: What Is Your Least Favorite Aircraft?

The CRJ-200, a flying cigar-tube, claustrophobic and uncomfortable and only tolerable on flights of about 40 minutes or less.

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Tue Jan 13, 2004 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Your Cheapest Ever Airfare?
Replies: 122
Views: 20804

RE: Your Cheapest Ever Airfare?

$19.00 LAX-SFO on Hughes Airwest in 1976. A good little airline it was too.

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Tue Jan 06, 2004 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Retro Skinny Seats On Singapore Airlines A345
Replies: 21
Views: 5523

RE: Retro Skinny Seats On Singapore Airlines A345

I'm not sure what you mean when you refer to "skinny"seats'; I remember flying in the 60s and the airline seats I remember were thick and plush and comfortable, unlike these hi-tech, narrow slabs we have now that turn into church pews after about a week's use. These new things may look good and the ...

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Tue Dec 09, 2003 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CRJ Flights, Range And Over Water?
Replies: 13
Views: 7226

RE: CRJ Flights, Range And Over Water?

Mog, you are not alone in experiencing a "sea change" in attitude after a while in a CRJ. Unlike you it only takes me about 20 minutes before I become grumpy and squirmy like a kid on a long car trip. CRJs are wonderful for feeder flights of about 20-40 minutes to the nearest hub but the way the car...

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by plugger
Sat Nov 29, 2003 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Attendants In The U.S.A.
Replies: 181
Views: 23862

RE: Flight Attendants In The U.S.A.

I agree that if the passenger is polite the F/As will be polite, but not always. We live in an age of offended feelings and self-analysis and the F/As are on the front line of public trends in that regard. Even if a pax is rude it is for the F/As to maintain their composure and smooth ruffled feathe...

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by plugger
Thu Nov 27, 2003 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Midwest Airlines A Good One To Fly With?
Replies: 12
Views: 5442

RE: Is Midwest Airlines A Good One To Fly With?

It's the ONLY airline to fly if you can possibly get to one of their too few destinations to catch them, especially on their "signature" service as you will have the pleasure of experiencing tomorrow. Congratulations!

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by plugger
Mon Nov 17, 2003 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK To Chicago
Replies: 7
Views: 2379

RE: JFK To Chicago

I used to fly <acronym title="Chicago - O'Hare International (ORD / KORD), USA - Illinois">ORD</acronym>-<acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym> on United DC8s, there were 2 dailies in the 80s, always full too. TWA flew that rou...

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Sun Nov 16, 2003 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Service
Replies: 29
Views: 3645

RE: Delta Service

It doesn't take many FAs to toss a tiny bag of junkfood at the PAX as they run up the aisles like hawkers at a baseball game. Delta used to be the absolute best in-flight service, now they are, short of Southwest and other LCCs, the very worst. It's a great shame they have decided to cut in-flight s...

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by plugger
Wed Nov 12, 2003 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comfort On A RJ
Replies: 25
Views: 3008

RE: Comfort On A RJ

I fly ASA's CRJs out of <acronym title="Atlanta - The William B Hartsfield International (ATL / KATL), USA - Georgia">ATL</acronym> fairly often and I loathe the experience. The flights are usually just under two hours and it's a cramped and claustrophobic experience, especially as the flights are i...

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by plugger
Tue Nov 11, 2003 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Your Best Airline Logo Of All Times
Replies: 67
Views: 10633

RE: Your Best Airline Logo Of All Times

National Airlines' 'Sun King' was a classic as was Pan Am's 'Blue Globe'. The very old TWA Globe was not beautiful universally recognized. I liked the old <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> Union Jack much better than any subsequent design efforts, it was very stylish and beautiful and "c...

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by plugger
Tue Nov 11, 2003 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's New One Class Non-Song Product
Replies: 40
Views: 5487

RE: Delta's New One Class Non-Song Product

Delta has had all-coach 737-800s in the Sarasota market for some time now. The seat pitch is not 36" however and the leather seats are just as narrow and hard as the clothe ones on other aircraft. Delta is trying to paint a sow's ear in gold flake and it won't fool anyone. Who cares if the <acronym ...

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by plugger
Sun Nov 09, 2003 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meet Ted. (No Thanks To UAL)
Replies: 40
Views: 5374

RE: Meet Ted. (No Thanks To UAL)

UAL's Ted campaign is just another example of shallow thinking trying to entertain a shallow public, like Continental's "bling bling" thing thing. I hope UAL can pull it off because I like United Airlines, I grew up on United Airlines, but this Ted business is really incomprehensible. And as far as ...

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by plugger
Sat Nov 01, 2003 12:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former US Airways CEO House For Sale - $12 Million
Replies: 19
Views: 5404

RE: Former US Airways CEO House For Sale - $12 Mil

Nice digs. Wolf did all right for himself while running UAL and USAirways into the ground. I wonder who's next on his hit list? Nothing against CEOs if they are running a tight ship. Wolf is a not one of those.

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by plugger
Wed Oct 29, 2003 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whats The Problem With Iberia?
Replies: 104
Views: 13235

RE: Whats The Problem With Iberia?

If Iberia is a state-owned outfit that would explain their lousy service. Otherwise it's just one of those mediocre airlines like our own in this country. They get you from point A to point B, safely and quickly but that's about it. Nothing wrong with that but it wasn't always this way which is a sh...

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by plugger
Wed Oct 29, 2003 9:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Routes Without N/S Service With Great Potential
Replies: 33
Views: 3331

RE: Routes Without N/S Service With Great Potentia

I agree with 727lover. Sarasota is a gold mine waiting to be struck, but PLEASE, not <acronym title="Southwest Airlines (USA)">WN</acronym>! You can truk on up to <acronym title="Tampa - International (TPA / KTPA), USA - Florida">TPA</acronym> for all the <acronym title="Southwest Airlines (USA)">WN...

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by plugger
Tue Oct 28, 2003 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nwa Northwest AIRLINES: Now You're Flying Smart
Replies: 83
Views: 12712

RE: Nwa Northwest AIRLINES: Now You're Flying Smar

There is hope for <acronym title="Northwest Airlines (USA)">NW</acronym> to be sure. Their new look is indeed impressive and the best they've ever had since the old blue cheatline days. Now if they can improve their inflight training program and teach their FAs how to smile and be polite they'd have...

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by plugger
Tue Oct 28, 2003 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines You Refuse To Fly
Replies: 76
Views: 13400

RE: Airlines You Refuse To Fly

Any airline that uses "bling-bling" in their ad campaigns.

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by plugger
Sun Oct 26, 2003 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dislike For CRJ Or ERJ?
Replies: 18
Views: 3692

RE: Dislike For CRJ Or ERJ?

I deplore the CRJ especially. They are about as cramped as the old Fairchild FH7s Ozark used to fly in the 60s. The only advantage is that they are faster on short hops, which is a good thing, but Delta is using them on longer flights of over 2 hours and they are untenable. I avoid them whenever pos...

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by plugger
Sat Oct 25, 2003 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 717 Or Emb-190
Replies: 42
Views: 8082

RE: AA 717 Or Emb-190

I agree that the EMB 190s would be preferable due to their wider fuselage and, hopefully, wider seats than provided in the very narrow DC9 family, including the 717s. I don't know anything about the 717-300 program and can't comment on it other than to wonder if it will be carried out at all. It see...

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by plugger
Sat Oct 25, 2003 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just In, Congress Votes To Lift Cuba Travel Ban
Replies: 44
Views: 4546

RE: Just In, Congress Votes To Lift Cuba Travel Ba

We can fly to Red China, a country famous for its human rights violations and murderous regimes, ditto with several rogue nations of Africa, so why not Cuba?

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by plugger
Fri Oct 24, 2003 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IFE: Really That Important?
Replies: 49
Views: 4664

RE: IFE: Really That Important?

I never watch or listen the junk on IFE systems regardless of the length of the flight. The audio selections are usually pretty awful and the video games less than useless except for children, most of whom have their own laptops these days and can play their own, preferred, games without the airline...

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by plugger
Wed Oct 22, 2003 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA And American Getting Together?
Replies: 7
Views: 2389

RE: ATA And American Getting Together?

Hi, Luv2Fly and AIR757200, thanks for your thoughts. I tend to think you are both correct. It certainly is a good idea, though unusual for a LCC to make any agreements with a "major" which is why I had to wonder a bit. It's true ATA isn't agressively competitive head-on with <acronym title="American...

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by plugger
Wed Oct 22, 2003 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA And American Getting Together?
Replies: 7
Views: 2389

ATA And American Getting Together?

Just read the news that ATA and American Airlines have agreed to new interline E-ticketing. I can't help but wonder if this might not be the first little move by <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> to eventually buy up ATA as their in-house low-cost carrier. <acronym title="America...

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by plugger
Tue Oct 21, 2003 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Boeing Airliner Program Will End Next?
Replies: 28
Views: 5123

RE: Which Boeing Airliner Program Will End Next?

The 717 will be the first to go, it was a model Boeing got stuck with when they bought out Douglas. I think they were surprised that the 717 did so well for them in the aftermath of that buyout but it is the one plane that does not fit in with the Boeing family of 2 (or 4) engines on the wing. The 7...

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by plugger
Mon Oct 20, 2003 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Favourite Airport Architecture....
Replies: 49
Views: 4384

RE: Favourite Airport Architecture....

United's terminals B and C at O'Hare...the Best! And Vancouver's for all around pleasantness. It even smells good, like cedar, as you leave the terminal. DIA is very impressive with its wide open spaces but a little garish, lacking the élan and belle epoque energy of O'Hare. Dulles used to be wonder...

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by plugger
Mon Oct 20, 2003 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Low-fare Carriers Rule The Skies?
Replies: 54
Views: 5184

RE: Will Low-fare Carriers Rule The Skies?

I have read the word "Cartel" used to refer to the "mainline" carriers in several responses to this question and am puzzled by it. Cartel means "an informal association of suppliers to maintain prices at a high level and control marketing etc. A cartel in the airline industry usually only happens wh...

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by plugger
Tue Oct 14, 2003 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA,UA,DL,NW,CO,US. Choose Your Pick.
Replies: 29
Views: 7317

RE: AA,UA,DL,NW,CO,US. Choose Your Pick.

United. 1) Their choice of Airbus 320/319 over 737 family 2) Star Alliance 3) O'hare hub, and sentimental reasons as well. My first jet flight was on a United 727 in 1966 from Denver to O'Hare. It was the most thrilling airborn experience (thus far) in my life. It felt like a rocket going to the moo...

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by plugger
Sat Oct 11, 2003 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Your Best Experience, Which Airline?
Replies: 38
Views: 5365

RE: Your Best Experience, Which Airline?

Short haul, PSA Bae146. The only comfortable airplane between <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acronym> and <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym> in the old days. Medium haul, United Airlines 747-20...

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by plugger
Sat Oct 11, 2003 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: In The Cold War: North America-USSR Flights
Replies: 43
Views: 15496

RE: In The Cold War: North America-USSR Flights

When I was a travel agent in the 80s most people preferred to enter the US<acronym title="Swissair">SR</acronym> via Finland or Denmark using Finnair or SAS and their tour packages (required by the Soviets, no independent travel allowed for the general public at that time). Pan Am flew to <acronym t...

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by plugger
Mon Oct 06, 2003 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Unveils New Business Class
Replies: 26
Views: 9702

RE: Lufthansa Unveils New Business Class

Looks like a beach lounger to me. What happens if all those electronic controls fail like the IFEs often do? Then your stuck for 12 hours or more sitting on a thin pad of foam rubber for 12 hours or more from the looks of it. Bring back the wide, plush armchairs as in the days of luxury. But I never...

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by plugger
Fri Oct 03, 2003 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Aviation Losing Its Mystique?
Replies: 31
Views: 2808

RE: Is Aviation Losing Its Mystique?

The mystique vanished when the public decided it had a right to fly everywhere on the cheap and the airlines knuckled under. Flying now is mostly unpleasant and tedious. What would help is if people didn't treat air travel like a trip to the local 7-11, dressed like slobs and behaving like rude moro...

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by plugger
Wed Oct 01, 2003 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fire On AirTran 717 In Boston
Replies: 30
Views: 10102

RE: Fire On AirTran 717 In Boston

Transiting <acronym title="Atlanta - The William B Hartsfield International (ATL / KATL), USA - Georgia">ATL</acronym> last week we passed an AirTran 717 at the gate with one engine smoking badly. No one seemed too concerned about it at the time, one ground crew standing there staring at it that's a...

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by plugger
Wed Sep 24, 2003 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW Trims Down MEM
Replies: 31
Views: 4340

RE: NW Trims Down MEM

I agree, ATCboy73. And when demand returns with larger load requirements <acronym title="Northwest Airlines (USA)">NW</acronym> can put on larger aircraft during those less congested hub periods and get away from the habit the carriers are in now of deluging the crowded airports with those CRJs just...

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by plugger
Wed Sep 24, 2003 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW Trims Down MEM
Replies: 31
Views: 4340

RE: NW Trims Down MEM

Excellent. Lighter periods of hubbing will be good for travelers in Memphis.
I wish all the hubs would lighten their heavy periods as NW is doing.

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by plugger
Sun Sep 21, 2003 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flat Beds On BA Business Class
Replies: 17
Views: 6022

RE: Flat Beds On BA Business Class

The flatbed seats are a scam if you ask me. They are narrow and hard. I prefer the full-size armchair seats the airlines used to have in first and biz.
And I don't like facing a stranger's feet when I'm lying flat-out trying, using in futility, to sleep in one of those narrow flat-beds.

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by plugger
Fri Sep 19, 2003 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue Turns Over Customer Records To The Feds
Replies: 99
Views: 9403

RE: Jetblue Turns Over Customer Records To The Fed

What do you expect from a company funded by that world class totalitarian creep, George Soros. So much for free tv!

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by plugger
Thu Sep 18, 2003 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Airline You Flew With?
Replies: 160
Views: 6996

RE: First Airline You Flew With?

Frontier Airlines, DC3, 1965, Jackson Hole-Denver. Seat mate barfed the entire way. I loved the flight though.

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by plugger
Tue Sep 16, 2003 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austrian's New Corporate Identity
Replies: 64
Views: 7335

RE: Austrian's New Corporate Identity

The blue is ghastly. The logo is dumb. Another "so what" remake by another good airline who needs to hire another ad agency.  Yawn

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by plugger
Sat Sep 06, 2003 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines: Which Haven't You Flown On But Want To?
Replies: 33
Views: 3994

RE: Airlines: Which Haven't You Flown On But Want

Cathay Pacific (first class), Singapore Airlines (first class).

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by plugger
Sat Aug 30, 2003 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines You'd Like To See At Your Home Airport?
Replies: 109
Views: 14738

RE: Airlines You'd Like To See At Your Home Airpor

AirTran in Sarasota would be the greatest blessing imaginable!

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by plugger
Sat Aug 30, 2003 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would You Fly With A Computer At The Controls?
Replies: 63
Views: 7450

RE: Would You Fly With A Computer At The Controls?

Imagine this scenario. Some snot-nosed kid, like the one in Seattle who sent out a virus and knocked out several hundred thousand machines all over the country, gets a virus into a mainframe flight-control computer that in turn instructs every aircraft to crash themselves because they have been hi-j...

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by plugger
Fri Aug 29, 2003 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would You Fly With A Computer At The Controls?
Replies: 63
Views: 7450

RE: Would You Fly With A Computer At The Controls?

Absolutely not. Computers are excellent and amazing tools but they are fallable and I want the judgement of a human intelligence there to oversee the operations of an aircraft, even if, like now, they sit there most of the time doing little but monitoring the machinery. In the event of a chip malfun...

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by plugger
Tue Aug 26, 2003 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Chicago Airport Do You Like Better?
Replies: 17
Views: 4851

RE: What Chicago Airport Do You Like Better?

O'hare all the way! I have sentimental reasons for feeling this way. When I was very young I was taken out to the building site when <acronym title="Chicago - O'Hare International (ORD / KORD), USA - Illinois">ORD</acronym> was just a darkened, glassless hulk. The original terminals were built but i...

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by plugger
Tue Aug 26, 2003 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which Airline Do You Avoid?
Replies: 130
Views: 8935

RE: Which Airline Do You Avoid?

Southwest, until they start providing advance seat reservations.

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by plugger
Fri Aug 22, 2003 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Most In Need Of Livery Change?
Replies: 131
Views: 12279

RE: Airline Most In Need Of Livery Change?

Midwest Airlines. I know, they just changed their look and it wasn't for the better if you ask me. Very boring and kinda stupid-looking. Midwest is as class-act but they don't seem to know what direction they are going, it shows. Delta's gone from ok to bad to terrible. I thought the widget look was...

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by plugger
Tue Aug 19, 2003 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CO 747 Routes From LAX
Replies: 10
Views: 5444

RE: CO 747 Routes From LAX

In the early 70s Continental flew the 747 on the Los Angeles-Denver-Chicago run.

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by plugger
Sat Aug 16, 2003 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Did It Feel To Fly Pan Am 1
Replies: 40
Views: 8102

RE: How Did It Feel To Fly Pan Am 1

When I was a young boy (1957) I remember the Stratocruiser from Honolulu to Guam, we were going to visit the place where my father had been stationed during WW2. Soon the jets were to take over that run, I was lucky. The Boeing 370 Stratocruiser was luxury beyond anything flying today. They had bert...

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by plugger
Fri Aug 15, 2003 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Good About Flying Today?
Replies: 15
Views: 2618

RE: What's Good About Flying Today?

Advanced seat booking (in most cases). Air bridges for boarding. Flat-bed seats in the upper classes. Technological advances as noted by DIJKKIJK above. The improvements in the aircraft probably supercede the degradation of the in-flight services and the growth of the manic hub and spoke system.

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by plugger
Fri Aug 08, 2003 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The True, Down-and-dirty Lowdown On Ryanair
Replies: 16
Views: 4155

RE: The True, Down-and-dirty Lowdown On Ryanair

I recommend that you check-out Skytrax.com. There is a very useful and interesting section called Airline Opinions. It's hit or miss with Ryanair as far as getting to your destination on time and in a good mood.

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