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by Socrates17
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: These airlines charge you the most in extra fees - Spirit leads the way
Replies: 17
Views: 2165

Re: These airlines charge you the most in extra fees - Spirit leads the way

I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure anything the passenger purchases that isn't the actual airfare (or mandatory fees included in the airfare) is considered "ancillary", so E+ would count. Wouldn't an upgrade, such as to E+ intercontinental on a 787-9, result in a change in booking clas...

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by Socrates17
Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is protected US domestic market really unique?
Replies: 56
Views: 4796

Re: Is protected US domestic market really unique?

It's not unique and it's not unreasonable. The population density of the US is significantly less that the Europe or China. Foreign carriers would only be interested in flying trunk routes between major cities, not serving the population at large like the US3+WN do. The EU is certainly densely popu...

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by Socrates17
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai looking to buy around 30 aircraft to modernise fleet
Replies: 80
Views: 17386

Re: Thai looking to buy around 30 aircraft to modernise fleet

I write this as someone who loves the A380 and think's that it's gorgeous. But I see nothing in the linked article that suggests that Thai is looking to buy any additional A380 frames. In fact, his remark that they're very pleased with the ones they have contradicts his rather bizarre statement abou...

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by Socrates17
Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG's Level Inaugural Flight: BCN-LAX
Replies: 95
Views: 19019

Re: IAG's Level Inaugural Flight: BCN-LAX

Somebody already made a flight report about LVL 2623 (BCN-LAX)! Pretty mixed review, IMO. There was huge boarding chaos at BCN, along with very steep wifi charge. Only good thing that was said was that the food was very good, perhaps even better than IBE. http://loyaltylobby.com/2017/06/02/flight-r...

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by Socrates17
Sun May 28, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is United next airline with 29-seat pitch?
Replies: 138
Views: 11973

Re: Is United next airline with 29-seat pitch?

jetBlue has done very well with 34" seating vs 31-32 for everyone else. Now that the others are dropping to 29-30" they are going to 32-33" and adding a row. They still have better pitch and you are not crammed in. So it can work with better seat pitch, you just have to control busin...

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by Socrates17
Sun May 28, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anonymous Delta Employee: PAX and Crew Are in This Together.
Replies: 26
Views: 7286

Anonymous Delta Employee: PAX and Crew Are in This Together.

I think this guy/gal has a point. I would never disagree that airlines have a right to a decent profit. If Varig & Ansett had kept their eyes on the ball, they would still be with us. (As a *A guy, I regret the loss of both as critical contributors to our network. Australia and South America are...

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by Socrates17
Sun May 28, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is United next airline with 29-seat pitch?
Replies: 138
Views: 11973

Re: Is United next airline with 29-seat pitch?

The price difference between the cheapest Y and W is asinine. The sort of heavily restricted "deals" that are regularly offered in Y have no equivalents in W and you can't be upgraded from an affordable Y fare. If your family is on any kind of a budget, W is simply never a viable option - ...

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by Socrates17
Thu May 25, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next generation VLA, and why it will be an A380
Replies: 187
Views: 21662

Re: Next generation VLA, and why it will be an A380

I think the A380 and the 787 are both gorgeous. Either can be comfortable or be hell, based on airline decisions. If I'm a fanboy of anyone, it would be the smaller makers like ATR or Embraer. (Gimme a Rickenbacker or a Gretsch over a Gibson or a Fender any day of the week). I even wish Sukhoi well....

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by Socrates17
Mon May 08, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best and worst transfer airport by continent
Replies: 92
Views: 9949

Re: Best and worst transfer airport by continent

Europe: Best AMS, Worst CDG. Don't understand that hate for FRA, which I've always found to be rather efficient. Asia: Bearing in mind that I've never traveled to the subcontinent, Asia seems to have the best airports in general. Best: SIN, Worst (and it isn't bad): CAN. I've never connected in Ocea...

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by Socrates17
Mon May 08, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Whats Your Favorite Airline Out Of The Following
Replies: 34
Views: 2540

Re: Whats Your Favorite Airline Out Of The Following

Out of the original list Korean (I prefer Asiana but they aren't listed) followed by Lufthansa. In both cases, due to friendly and professional service from all concerned. Cabin comfort gives the edge to Korean between the two.

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by Socrates17
Tue May 02, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sightseeing in a jetliner
Replies: 34
Views: 6185

Re: Sightseeing in a jetliner

Alice Springs to Uluru and return on a QantasLink Dash 8 (dunno if 300 or 400) and on both inbound and outbound legs the pilots circled Uluru. I assume this is SOP, conditions permitting.

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by Socrates17
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: London Must Do?
Replies: 27
Views: 2246

Re: London Must Do?

As a science fiction fan, my 1st stop was always Forbidden Planet. One year, I went to their old New Oxford St. location and it was gone. I started to hyperventilate when a kindly native told me it had moved to Shaftesbury. Foyles is also a wonder. Murder One on Charing Cross was great for the crime...

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by Socrates17
Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Calculated Misery" - A concept for airlines to make profit by selling higher quality products or services
Replies: 55
Views: 7976

Re: "Calculated Misery" - A concept for airlines to make profit by selling higher quality products or services

"We have met the enemy, and he is us." - Pogo Possum. Certainly, the obsession many consumers have with shaving every last dollar off of the fare is at the root of many ills. I'd always pay slightly more for slightly better service and have often bemoaned the fact that I'm clearly in the m...

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by Socrates17
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Top Airlines
Replies: 24
Views: 4520

Re: TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Top Airlines

Speculating here since I've flown neither, but in a recent thread on European style faux-J seats several people pointed out that SU & TK still have real J seats. Maybe that earned them lots of positive feed back from business travelers? I'm sure it would for me if I flew them and voted. LH's int...

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by Socrates17
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just how important is overbooking to airlines?
Replies: 45
Views: 5252

Re: Just how important is overbooking to airlines?

Back in the old days when flying was fun didn't people buy standby tickets? I think most planes had a few, and there may be been some sort of guarantee that you would get where you wanted within 24 hours or so. They might even put you on an other airline. It provided flexibility and was even kind o...

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by Socrates17
Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unpleasant Air Serbia changes
Replies: 22
Views: 5997

Re: Unpleasant Air Serbia changes

I've seen Euro-style J for long enough that I flew that way on British Midland, so if the flying public was going to "wise up" they would have done so long 'ere now. And why, you ask, would I fly British Midland in J? Good question. It's because I'd frequently book *A RTW fares in J for bu...

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by Socrates17
Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop
Replies: 897
Views: 186910

Re: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop

It all depends on the class, for me. After even a TATL flight in Spanish Inquisition Class, about all I can do is lie on the floor of the hotel shivering and making pathetic beeping noises. After trans-Pacific flights from the US East Coast, or after LHR>SIN>SYD flights with really tight connections...

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by Socrates17
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do we dislike our national carriers?
Replies: 31
Views: 1911

Re: Do we dislike our national carriers?

Yes. I'll do anything to avoid US metal. Domestically, I'll drive or take Amtrak if time at all permits (to be fair, I adore trains and enjoy the freedom to detour spontaneously when driving). I've enjoyed every flight I've taken with EasyJet, but sat fuming on UA SFO to EWR even in F and even in my...

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by Socrates17
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rebooking onto carriers that are not Alliance/JV partners
Replies: 9
Views: 617

Re: Rebooking onto carriers that are not Alliance/JV partners

I happened to be in Hong Kong with an Ansett J ticket to SYD when that airline collapsed. I was promptly rebooked onto CX J with no hassles.

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by Socrates17
Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where is the border crossing?
Replies: 16
Views: 1405

Re: Where is the border crossing?

Formality-free border crossings, btw, existed in the Benelux countries long before Schengen. I remember the 1st time I drove from Belgium into The Netherlands in 1974. There was just a sign, no larger than the one I'd seen driving from New Jersey into Pennsylvania. I was, to say the least, rather su...

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by Socrates17
Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where is the border crossing?
Replies: 16
Views: 1405

Re: Where is the border crossing?

Schengen sure is a convenience, but I missed getting passport stamps for those journeys. Ditto the Euro and my collection of different currencies.

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by Socrates17
Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: EWR easier to Manhattan fact or tale?
Replies: 23
Views: 4096

Re: EWR easier to Manhattan fact or tale?

Outdated infrastructure is a huge problem for EWR. NJ Transit shares a whopping 2 tunnels under the Hudson with Amtrak. I think the signals are probably pre-Revolutionary war, given how frequently they break down. I live in northern NJ and watch NJ12 traffic and weather daily. With the traffic they ...

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by Socrates17
Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cheapest "around the world" within 8 days
Replies: 24
Views: 1689

Re: Cheapest "around the world" within 8 days

Yes, there is. Level is that new LCC of IAG, operated by Iberia. They haven't started operations yet, but it's bookable already. However the Level website doesn't give you any flight numbers on the flights. I just saw a thread about Level in the Civil Aviation forum and came back here to update my ...

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by Socrates17
Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cheapest "around the world" within 8 days
Replies: 24
Views: 1689

Re: Cheapest "around the world" within 8 days

Thank you! That's very interesting! I'll have to start working and see what I can do from the NYC area in the US. I don't understand your Leg 7. Is there such a flight?

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by Socrates17
Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United/AA Increases in Capacity Worry Market
Replies: 0
Views: 939

United/AA Increases in Capacity Worry Market

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The stock market is reacting negatively to announced plans at UA & AA. Hope this hasn't been posted earlier today.

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by Socrates17
Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NE US winter storm March 14
Replies: 43
Views: 7489

Re: NE US winter storm March 14

I'm right in the bulls-eye, northern NJ, 18" to 24" predicted. Wind gusts of over 60 mph expected for most of the day according to NJ12.

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by Socrates17
Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ increases service to EZE
Replies: 46
Views: 5000

Re: NZ increases service to EZE

in my calcs this can be fine with Star alliance NZ Akl EZE (Overland for the fun of it) SAA GRU - jNB SAA JNB - PER NZ PER - aKL EZE-GRU can be done with TK TK has 5th Freedom rights on that route? Going out tonight to buy some lottery tickets! (I'm a *A guy since that's where all my miles are, alt...

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by Socrates17
Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NZ increases service to EZE
Replies: 46
Views: 5000

Re: NZ increases service to EZE

Long time dream to do an RTW entirely south of the Equator. I've done 7 RTWs, 5 entirely north of the Equator and 2 that dipped south to SYD with the balance of the routes in the northern hemisphere. Ah, maybe one day I'll be rich enough.

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by Socrates17
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: List Making: Cheapest/Best Value Flight You've Booked
Replies: 62
Views: 3441

Re: List Making: Cheapest/Best Value Flight You've Booked

$300 r.t. JFK - AMS "business class" on Tower Air.

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by Socrates17
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best airliner windows?
Replies: 18
Views: 2223

Re: Best airliner windows?

I apologize for a slightly off-topic response, because I know the intent of the question was "looking out". I was never fortunate enough to fly a Sud Aviation Caravelle, but I've been obsessed with that aircraft ever since I was a kid and read news of them just coming into service on Unite...

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by Socrates17
Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Spending the night before flight in SIN airside
Replies: 7
Views: 827

Re: Spending the night before flight in SIN airside

Transited SIN with overnight layovers twice. Both times I was traveling for work and expenses weren't strictly limited, but anything excessive would get questioned. 1st time, I left the airport and took a taxi to a small hotel in the vicinity. It was about SG$150 for the night. I had no problem gett...

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by Socrates17
Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would anyone use public airport showers?
Replies: 25
Views: 2836

Re: Would anyone use public airport showers?

Never on arrival, since I head straight to my hotel room where I feel more comfortable about not having my stuff stolen. I do on long layovers breaking an extremely long journey, such as SIN when flying LHR > SIN > SYD, in the SQ J lounge since I feel my that accoutrement is likely to remain unmoles...

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by Socrates17
Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which domestic route around the world sees most wide body aircraft?
Replies: 27
Views: 5829

Re: Which domestic route around the world sees most wide body aircraft?

I recall flying a UA 747 JFK > LAS for CES (Consumer Electronics Show) one year. I could hardly forget it. We hit an air pocket over the Rockies and dropped so fast a drinks cart went airborne and landed on a flight attendant's leg, breaking it. IIRC, it was one of my last CES shows before I changed...

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by Socrates17
Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite transcon (LAX/SFO - NYC/BOS) product in Y?
Replies: 9
Views: 1080

Re: Favorite transcon (LAX/SFO - NYC/BOS) product in Y?

Amtrak. Lake Shore LImited > California Zephyr if going to San Francisco, Lake Shore Limited > Southwest Chief if going to Los Angeles, Lake Shore Limited > Empire Builder if going to Seattle. I've taken all 3. Alternatively, I will drive (and I have driven) transcon. If time does not permit train/...

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by Socrates17
Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite transcon (LAX/SFO - NYC/BOS) product in Y?
Replies: 9
Views: 1080

Re: Favorite transcon (LAX/SFO - NYC/BOS) product in Y?

Amtrak. Lake Shore LImited > California Zephyr if going to San Francisco, Lake Shore Limited > Southwest Chief if going to Los Angeles, Lake Shore Limited > Empire Builder if going to Seattle. I've taken all 3. Alternatively, I will drive (and I have driven) transcon. If time does not permit train/a...

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by Socrates17
Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Plans to Trounce AA in Chicago
Replies: 54
Views: 12927

UA Plans to Trounce AA in Chicago

UA plans to eat AA's lunch in Chicago Apologies if this has been posted before. I did look for it. This piece has a lot of analysis (speculation? - I don't know how reliable the site is) on United's past mistakes at their hub and their plans to correct them. https://skift.com/2017/02/15/chicago-is-b...

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by Socrates17
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.
Replies: 55
Views: 7345

Re: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.

Your run of the mill passenger (as opposed to hobbyist) looked down on turboprops and were reluctant to fly them ever since the introduction of jets. This is shown by the differential pricing cited above (and which I clearly recall). The differential pricing, in turn, exacerbated that prejudice whi...

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by Socrates17
Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.
Replies: 55
Views: 7345

Re: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.

Your run of the mill passenger (as opposed to hobbyist) looked down on turboprops and were reluctant to fly them ever since the introduction of jets. This is shown by the differential pricing cited above (and which I clearly recall). The differential pricing, in turn, exacerbated that prejudice whil...

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by Socrates17
Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Different cultures' impact on behavior on-board
Replies: 29
Views: 4424

Re: Different cultures' impact on behavior on-board

I've spent quite a bit of time in China, including a continuous 14 months in the mid-oughts. I took a lot of domestic flights and long-distance trains and thought the Chinese passengers were invariably polite. On boarding, people would often smile and invite me to cut ahead of them (possibly because...

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by Socrates17
Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smith & Wesson Hootchie Koo--Derringer Detained At ATL
Replies: 26
Views: 2997

Re: Smith & Wesson Hootchie Koo--Derringer Detained At ATL

Title got me confusing, I was like WTH is a S&W Hootchie Koo Derringer? but it turned out to be Rick Derringer and thought he had an actual Derringer of some kind but it was a cheap handgun not close to S&W quality Rick Derringer is known for his song called "Rock and Roll Hootchie Koo...

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by Socrates17
Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Overrated Airlines
Replies: 68
Views: 6080

Re: Most Overrated Airlines

If you have not flown a US airline in >5 years, how can you possibly be in any position to pass judgement on them in 2017?[/quote] You are absolutely correct, which is why I led with my caveat. And not just US airlines. I've been reading of late that CX service has gone downhill, but from my recolle...

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by Socrates17
Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Reason for your Favourite aircraft bias?
Replies: 59
Views: 4065

Re: Reason for your Favourite aircraft bias?

For flying: the 744 if I'm upstairs. I love taking off in the 757 because the angle is so acute I feel like I'm in the Millennium Falcon. More than that, though, I value a unique design, perhaps elegant, perhaps quirky; and I value rarity. I still treasure my one flight in a BOAC VC10, which I think...

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by Socrates17
Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Overrated Airlines
Replies: 68
Views: 6080

Re: Most Overrated Airlines

The caveat first: I haven't flown regularly in about 5 years due to a severe case of retirement. Things may have changed. Prior to that, I'd flown RTW for work (always in J) multiple times a year and I would never, ever choose US metal. If International, I'd fly East Asian carriers first, followed b...

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by Socrates17
Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop
Replies: 897
Views: 186910

Re: Qantas considering 777-8 or A359ULR to replace 744ER's to fly SYD-JFK and SYD-LHR non-stop

Whether or not I'm willing to fly ULR non-stop or break it into segments depends on my hat. With my leisure hat on, all I can afford for an intercontinental flight (unless I'm flush with miles) is steerage. For a hypothetical NYC - SYD, I'd be amenable to stopping over in HNL for a couple of days. (...

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by Socrates17
Thu Dec 29, 2016 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CTS Heavy Snow Delays - Chinese Pax Riot
Replies: 28
Views: 7886

Re: CTS Heavy Snow Delays - Chinese Pax Riot

I lived in China 10 years ago (Nov. '04 through Jan '06) and flew a lot domestically. I always found the Chinese passengers to be polite and patient on boarding, and tolerant of delays (which especially with China Eastern, in its early years, were pretty endemic). I'm inclined to agree with rbavfan ...

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by Socrates17
Sun Feb 26, 2006 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Same Route Same Airline Leave Minutes Apart?
Replies: 59
Views: 11623

RE: Same Route Same Airline Leave Minutes Apart?

Hmph Much of last year, I was commuting between <acronym title="CURRENT: Hong Kong - Chek Lap Kok International (HKG / VHHH), China - Hong Kong AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG</acronym> and <acronym title="Seoul - Incheon International (ICN / ...

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by Socrates17
Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was The Crew Not Nice Enough?
Replies: 28
Views: 5104

Was The Crew Not Nice Enough?

I'm certainly with Kiwiandrew in choosing safety over politesse. Two incidents come to mind: 1/ Flying over the Colorado Rockies in a 747 we hit windshear during food service. (There was no warning and the seatbelt sign was not on.) The food cart became airborne and landed on an <acronym title="Safa...

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by Socrates17
Thu Oct 13, 2005 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was The Crew Not Nice Enough?
Replies: 28
Views: 5104

Was The Crew Not Nice Enough?

I was on a <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> flight from SFO to EWR the other day. The flight commenced with the captain getting on the PA system and announcing in no uncertain terms that the seatbelt sign was mandatory. He pointed out that passengers would become, um, disgruntled ...

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by Socrates17
Thu Oct 13, 2005 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soon The 757 Will Need To Be Replaced!
Replies: 36
Views: 7405

RE: Soon The 757 Will Need To Be Replaced!

Alas. What a beautiful A/C. What a fabulous takeoff. You can almost imagine that it takes off from standing on its tail "the way God and Robert Anson Heinlein decreed that (it) should."

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