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by kgaiflyer
Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Black DR says DL F/A didn't believe she's a DR during medical emergency..
Replies: 130
Views: 11280

Re: Black DR says DL F/A didn't believe she's a DR during medical emergency..

Don't know what the big deal is. When in casual conversation aboard plane - I mention that I'm a college professor (actually a "Full" with publications) folk stare at me weird and the conversation changes to another subject. No problem from me. I'd rather play Bridge or Pinochle anyway.

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by kgaiflyer
Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Kicks Pax off for wearing Marvel Clothing
Replies: 31
Views: 6582

Re: United Kicks Pax off for wearing Marvel Clothing

A little over a decade ago, I was on a late-night Northwest Airlines MEM-DCA flight. Before takeoff, the captain (both arms tattooed) came out of the cockpit and announced that there were some Desert Storm veterans aboard the plane as well as a youth group visiting DC. Passengers applauded because (...

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by kgaiflyer
Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Understanding Hawaiian vs. Caribbean markets
Replies: 35
Views: 4380

Re: Understanding Hawaiian vs. Caribbean markets

"everywhere in the US Eastern Time Zone is closer to London than to Honolulu. It is a LONG flight to Hawaii from here." An intriguing take on the OP's question. I ran the great circle mileages from JFK using Landing.com JFK to London = 3440 sm JFK to Paris = 3623 sm JFK to Barcelona = 381...

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by kgaiflyer
Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Understanding Hawaiian vs. Caribbean markets
Replies: 35
Views: 4380

Re: Understanding Hawaiian vs. Caribbean markets

I'm inclined to reject the notion that the East Coast travels primarily to the Caribbean for a beach/tropical trip, and that the West Coast travels mostly to Hawaii for the same. I think that explanation is too simple, but that said, I can't really say why it would not be that simple. WNTex Just to...

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by kgaiflyer
Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Understanding Hawaiian vs. Caribbean markets
Replies: 35
Views: 4380

Re: Understanding Hawaiian vs. Caribbean markets

"There is also substantial travel FROM the Caribbean to the USA. In fact much of the Caribbean shops in SoFL." As a matter of fact, I've known folks in the hospitality sector to fly over to Miami-International from Nassau in the morning, shop at some of the designer shops in the airport, ...

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by kgaiflyer
Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Understanding Hawaiian vs. Caribbean markets
Replies: 35
Views: 4380

Re: Understanding Hawaiian vs. Caribbean markets

It's true. Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, Celebrity, Princess, and Holland-American cruise lines depend on air transfers at Miami and Fort Lauderdale. One estimate increases Miami's population by 30,000 during cruise season. And NK, B6, and WN are instrumental in getting cruise passengers to ...

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by kgaiflyer
Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New UA 737-700s and ETOPS
Replies: 27
Views: 8944

Re: New UA 737-700s and ETOPS

UA 737-700s have been doing EWR-SXM and IAD-SXM over open ocean for quite a while. They'd have to be ETOPS certified.

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by kgaiflyer
Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport Food Options: Getting too High-End, too Expensive
Replies: 61
Views: 8388

Re: Airport Food Options: Getting too High-End, too Expensive

MIA does not allow tenants to charge more than local street pricing for food items, which keeps prices there in check. LAX is ridiculous. The best bargains are the domestic airline lounges - Alaska and American have pretty good menus that can fill you up for less than $10. I once paid $5.25 for an ...

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by kgaiflyer
Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tropical Storm Hermine - How do you cope?
Replies: 10
Views: 1669

Re: Tropical Storm Hermine - How do you cope?

I see that the storm is due to hit NW Florida heading eastwards carrying one hell of a lot of water with it. How do you cope with this. In the UK we wouldn't have a clue what to do, a bit of snow and everything stops. There appears to be a lot of large airports in the projected path, do they shut d...

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by kgaiflyer
Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Missing A Connecting Flight Due To Immigration
Replies: 34
Views: 17017

Re: Missing A Connecting Flight Due To Immigration

There are no priority immigration queues in the US. Every passenger pays the same immigration fees so all passengers in all classes the receive the same level of service. I think you are confusing this with the Fast Track system at LHR... That is manifestly untrue. US CBP operates the Express Conne...

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by kgaiflyer
Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Airports that changed names to honor politicians
Replies: 165
Views: 11823

Re: Major Airports that changed names to honor politicians

Btw - BWI (Baltimore-Washington International) renamed for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and IAD (Washington-Dulles) - originally named for President Eisenhower's Secretary of State - are *also* named for politicos. I seem to recall an idea being floated around to rename Dulles in favor o...

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by kgaiflyer
Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Airports that changed names to honor politicians
Replies: 165
Views: 11823

Re: Major Airports that changed names to honor politicians

O'Hare (ORD) received its code from it's original name which was Orchard Field. It was renamed O'Hare in honor of Edward O'Hare, s US Navy pilot who won the Congrssional Medal of Honor in World War 2. Removing the name of a legitimate war hero and replacing it with the name of a politician would be...

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by kgaiflyer
Fri Aug 26, 2016 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C-GSLT (DHC-8-100) or who is 1201148 Alberta Ltd?
Replies: 2
Views: 855

Re: C-GSLT (DHC-8-100) or who is 1201148 Alberta Ltd?

You're not doing your research.

A simple Google search will show you that some of the Noralta lodges are operated *exclusively* for Suncor Energy.

I would venture a guess that Suncor provides proprietary transportation for its executives and field agents. The plane *may* be theirs.

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by kgaiflyer
Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Airports that changed names to honor politicians
Replies: 165
Views: 11823

Re: Major Airports that changed names to honor politicians

Btw - BWI (Baltimore-Washington International) renamed for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and IAD (Washington-Dulles) - originally named for President Eisenhower's Secretary of State - are *also* named for politicos.

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by kgaiflyer
Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Airports that changed names to honor politicians
Replies: 165
Views: 11823

Re: Major Airports that changed names to honor politicians

Let's not forget Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)!! Is it really a "major" airport though ? You need to reel in your terminology. DCA has more enplanements than Dulles which you mentioned. So - yes it is a major airport. It is *not* an international airport - which is what ...

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by kgaiflyer
Thu Aug 25, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Routes 2016 and beyond
Replies: 88
Views: 12157

Re: UA Routes 2016 and beyond

"If UA decides on JNB, it will undoubtedly be from EWR nonstop. Otherwise, its not worth it." [LAXdude] "It should be IAD-JNB for govt traffic imho." [Piedmont762] With SAA serving JFK daily with a 346, I doubt if they'd also serve EWR. Also, with SAA being a Star Alliance partn...

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by kgaiflyer
Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Compensating Passengers for Cancellations, Overly-late Flights
Replies: 38
Views: 4813

Re: Compensating Passengers for Cancellations, Overly-late Flights

Funny story on how people behave . . . Tuesday I was booked on a UA LAX-IAD flight whose seat map showed it to be 100% booked. Before our 4:30pm takeoff, we diverted off the piano keys at the beginning of runway 6R and went to an open gate in Concourse 8. A gate agent suggested we get off the plane ...

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by kgaiflyer
Sat Aug 13, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ExpressJet suspends F/A because of unwillingness to serve alcohol
Replies: 76
Views: 11161

Re: ExpressJet suspends F/A because of unwillingness to serve alcohol

Here's the thing. I was on a DFW to IAD UAX E75 earlier this year. Before boarding, the gate agent announced that nothing would be served on the flight except cola and water - and should we wish anything else - purchase it and bring it on board. At the time I didn't put it together - the two FAs did...

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by kgaiflyer
Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports with approaches crossing borders on final
Replies: 91
Views: 10731

Re: Airports with approaches crossing borders on final

One of the contractors for DHL out of San Juan PR flies from Sint Maarten (SXM) to Saint Martin (SFG). in other words - from the Dutch half of the island to the French half. Btw, there is hourly service from St Maarten to nearby Anguilla (AXA), a British territory. AF and KLM flights frequently over...

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by kgaiflyer
Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Inconsistent standard on medium haul flights
Replies: 19
Views: 2430

Re: Inconsistent standard on medium haul flights

I'm just throwing this out there . . . When I fly overnight on UA, it's usually transcon SFO-BWI. SFO-EWR, or SFO-IAD. There's one quick drink service - then lights dimmed. To get a Coke or a snack box, you have to walk to the back and get it yourself. A few riders have to show up at work as soon as...

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by kgaiflyer
Sun Aug 07, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA To Start ORD/EWR-SJC
Replies: 37
Views: 5113

Re: UA To Start ORD/EWR-SJC

"Both San Francisco and Oakland (along with San Jose) are seeing tremendous population gains. San Francisco is now close to 850K and a population of a million is now predicted within 25 years." Yes - the Bay Area *metro* is growing, All the more reason why the planned EWR-SJC and ORD-SJC ...

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by kgaiflyer
Sun Aug 07, 2016 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA To Start ORD/EWR-SJC
Replies: 37
Views: 5113

Re: UA To Start ORD/EWR-SJC

"I flew EWR-SJC nonstop on Continental once... it was a looooong flight on a 737! But I did appreciate the nonstop option" I did it too as BWI-EWR / EWR-OAK on weekends. That was back - way back before the BWI-SFO year-round daily. And it wasn't so bad. Lots of nice Easy Bay folks flying....

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by kgaiflyer
Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1163
Views: 323822

Re: KLM Started Phase Out Of The 747-400

"What A/C will be replacing the 74 on the AMS-SXM route?"

I suspect this information is still proprietary to KL/AF.

Expect the unexpected. :roll:

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by kgaiflyer
Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1163
Views: 323822

Re: KLM Started Phase Out Of The 747-400

"What A/C will be replacing the 74 on the AMS-SXM route?" Idle chatter among Maho Beach web cam followers is that (1) it will be a 330 and (2) the route will become AMS-SXM-AMS as opposed to the current AMS-SXM-CUR-AMS using only one flight number. Btw, there is a Thompson flight that fol...

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by kgaiflyer
Sat Jul 30, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1163
Views: 323822

Re: RE: KLM Started Phase Out Of The 747-400

SiouxFlyer wrote:
What A/C will be replacing the 74 on the AMS-SXM route?


Rumors I've heard are that KL 785 will change from AMS-SXM-CUR-AMS to AMS-SXM-AMS.

So . . . SXM and CUR should each get their own 330 - or possibly 787s to join TUIs which also fly the route.

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by kgaiflyer
Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US 762 Question
Replies: 10
Views: 2703

Re: US 762 Question

http://seatexpert.com/seatmap/348/US_Ai ... ernational)/
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I can only find one seat map, and it shows Economy and Business - but no First.

Unfortunately, the only USAirways 762s I've flown on were temporary replacement aircraft put on BWI-CLT. So I can't testify to the seating situation from memory..

http://seatexpert.com/seatmap/348/US_Ai ... ernational)/

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by kgaiflyer
Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Motley Fool: Possible UA hub closures IAD/LAX
Replies: 109
Views: 14672

Re: Motley Fool: Possible UA hub closures IAD/LAX

"A little money to upgrade the terminal? and it's "game on" Still." The frustrating thing about the C/D Concourse at Dulles is that simple things like paint and upgraded lighting could improve customer experience - as well as replacing miles and miles of *bad* Las Vegas lounge c...

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by kgaiflyer
Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why only AC at YOW to Europe?
Replies: 41
Views: 5751

Re: Why only AC at YOW to Europe?

Here in Halifax (about half the size of Ottawa) we have service year 'round to LHR (reduced schedule in winter) and summer service on Condor to Frankfort & Munich, WestJet to Glasgow, Icelandair to KEF and ASL Airlines to Dublin & Paris. True. But Halifax doesn't have both Montreal (124 sm)...

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by kgaiflyer
Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why only AC at YOW to Europe?
Replies: 41
Views: 5751

Re: Why only AC at YOW to Europe?

". . . since the collapse of Zoom Airlines, and past charter airlines . . . "

And this has happened because there is a viable market for multiple airlines in Ottawa?

Seems to me you've answered your own question.

Nice airport, though (yes, I've been there).

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by kgaiflyer
Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F9 New Interest in 1 stop same plane service?
Replies: 27
Views: 4396

Re: F9 New Interest in 1 stop same plane service?

"Southwest still has countless 1-stop flights but what has changed is there are very few dedicated through flights as their once were." There used to be a BWI-SAN-LAS same-plane flight that - for whatever reason - was a few ducats cheaper than straight-through BWI-LAS. I remember that les...

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by kgaiflyer
Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Struggles with Fate of Virgin Name, 2 Airlines till 2018
Replies: 76
Views: 13131

Re: Alaska Struggles with Fate of Virgin Name, 2 Airlines till 2018

"Originating traffic out of SEA to cities throughout the US has been hugely successful and has enabled them to offer flights throughout the country...in some cases multiple daily transcon flights (BOS, DCA, ORD, NYC)." This reminds me of how AS reacts to opportunity. After the 9/11 attack...

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by kgaiflyer
Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why can't I book flights to Havana on Expedia?
Replies: 12
Views: 10222

Re: Why can't I book flights to Havana on Expedia?

"I haven't see HAV loaded, but the secondary Cuba's are partially loaded. I know Silver went in. I think somebody else did. Maybe F9 or NK? http://www.silverairways.com/destinations" Note that on the Silver Airways route map, Havana flights are still shown - even though route authorities ...

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by kgaiflyer
Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Struggles with Fate of Virgin Name, 2 Airlines till 2018
Replies: 76
Views: 13131

Re: Alaska Struggles with Fate of Virgin Name, 2 Airlines till 2018

"Virgin is known in the US." Alaska (as a brand) has been around 60 years longer than Virgin-America. Both brands are based on the Pacific coast. Both maintain a series of long, thin routes to the Midwest and east coast of the US. Both have embarked on route expansion. Both have loyal cli...

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by kgaiflyer
Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Muslim passenger removed from American Airlines because Flight Attendant felt uncomfortable
Replies: 35
Views: 9575

Re: Muslim passenger removed from American Airlines because Flight Attendant felt uncomfortable

So what. I've been sitting on the aisle in the front cabin and had loading Y-class passengers show me law-enforcement credentials and tell *me* "I'll be watching you." I always add, "Yeah, you *do* look like the kind of *pouf* that would do that - I'm honored." Should I ever get ...

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by kgaiflyer
Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Baltimore/Washington Metro Aviation
Replies: 17
Views: 3300

Re: Baltimore/Washington Metro Aviation

Here we go again. It's agreed we all have our favorites because of tradition, highway conditions, destination offerings, or just plain "Because I want t - that's why." For instance, I live closest to DCA and actually live in a town with two different Metro train stations (DCA has a Metro s...

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by kgaiflyer
Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737-900 And SNA
Replies: 69
Views: 15808

Re: 737-900 And SNA

My reservation for SNA - SFO on United UA529 on October 27 has been changed to a 737-900. I thought it was a mistake since I didn't think anyone flew the -900s out of SNA. Looking at the seat map, it is definitely a -900. I just took a look at the UA timetable for that date. United is offering a $5...

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by kgaiflyer
Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fainting on flights
Replies: 13
Views: 32255

Re: Fainting on flights

Some pharmaceuticals have to unexpected effect of causing dizziness upon standing. For instance folks who have been prescribed Alpha-blockers - used to lower high blood pressure - are at risk of fainting. But apparently any pharmaceutical that works on the vascular system does this, also. I'm guessi...

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by kgaiflyer
Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA bringing first class cabin back to BWI?
Replies: 10
Views: 2750

Re: BA bringing first class cabin back to BWI?

"Its been several years since I last traveled BWI-LHR, but if memory serves me right, the business lounge at BWI is known as the Chesapeake Lounge which caters to BWI E concourse tenants to include BA." As we speak, workmen are putting finishing touches on (a) a post-security connector be...

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by kgaiflyer
Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to announce new US destination by the end of this Summer?
Replies: 220
Views: 41015

Re: BA to announce new US destination by the end of this Summer?

"or all 3 PHX flights could switch from A319's/A320's to A321's."

That would make a lot of sense since both America West and USAirways flew 757s DCA-PHX.

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by kgaiflyer
Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Heatwave
Replies: 23
Views: 3404

Re: London Heatwave

Ytraveller wrote:
Some heatwave... 37 in LAS right now with a high of 43 later this week. :shock:


Last July when I arrived at LAS it was 112F (44C).

I felt sorry for the parking - car jockeys - at the South Pointe Casino and always brought them bottles of water when I came outside.

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by kgaiflyer
Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Small to Medium Sized airports with Int'l Svc
Replies: 52
Views: 5987

Re: Small to Medium Sized airports with Int'l Svc

Port Angeles, WA, Bellingham WA, and Great Falls, MT have had international service in the past. Also, a lot of small seaplane bases like Tofino, BC have Kenmore Air service to the Seattle area. Interesting thread. I'm suspecting the OP was more interested in small and medium airports that have sig...

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by kgaiflyer
Sun Jul 17, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Bans Turkish from US Airspace
Replies: 61
Views: 21265

Re: FAA Bans Turkish from US Airspace

Seems nobody told Turkish Airlines. I just tried making a booking 1 minute ago and they are still taking money http://i63.tinypic.com/303cn49.jpg One of my students just emailed me that her father is already flying in on TK 7 (IST-IAD). Apparently everything has settled down.

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by kgaiflyer
Sat Jul 16, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: LAS International Gate Expansion
Replies: 11
Views: 1643

Re: Confirmed: LAS International Gate Expansion

Google map shows the tunnel construction between NE part of concourse D and terminal 3. Someone somewhere mentioned why not converting rest of the terminal 3 gates into international gates and move several domestic carriers into concourse D. But the map indicates it might be shorter walk from conco...

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by kgaiflyer
Fri Jul 15, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should there be a dress code for airline passengers?
Replies: 56
Views: 6378

Re: Americans believe their should be a dress code for when you fly

As far as I'm concerned as long as all your naughty bits are covered up and you're not too cold, then you're dressed properly. I fight a running battle in my college classroom between coeds who dress for the temperature outside (90F+ this week) and married women who have learned to dress for my air...

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by kgaiflyer
Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Rouge - 3 years in the air
Replies: 24
Views: 5890

Re: Air Canada Rouge - 3 years in the air

Did YVR-SFO on Rouge last November. Nice being able to "buy" up to F class and row 1. Our late afternoon flight had I-pads and a substantial meal for front passengers. Worth the flight over from Victoria (btw, *Victoria* to SFO is a CR200).

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by kgaiflyer
Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DXB to hit 65 degrees Celsius
Replies: 35
Views: 12079

Re: DXB to hit 65 degrees Celsius

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/07/ ... 34x476.jpg
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There are photos of airplane tires melting into runway asphalt in extreme heat.
The link below shows what happened during a hot day in 2012 at DCA in Washington.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/07/ ... 34x476.jpg

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by kgaiflyer
Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL Changes Upgrade Policy, No More Y Class Upgrades?
Replies: 14
Views: 4850

Re: DL Changes Upgrade Policy, No More Y Class Upgrades?

http://www.cwsi.net/united.htm
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Nothing is more confusing than United's fare classes - It's Greek to me.
Except . . . I speak H.S. level Greek and still can't figure it out. :lol:

http://www.cwsi.net/united.htm

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by kgaiflyer
Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:11 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: OMG thank you admins
Replies: 74
Views: 6607

Re: OMG thank you admins

No more double-vision after twenty minutes of reading.

**Thank you**

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by kgaiflyer
Fri Jul 08, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Where has the conversation gone?
Replies: 33
Views: 3354

Re: Where has the conversation gone?

On the plus side. . . 1-No "13 to 16 year olds" deliberately starting A vs B threads and end their OP piece in "Let's not turn this into an A vs. B thread." 2-No longer aligning post authenticity with user's RR number which I always though a bit odd. 3-No backchannel posts from t...

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by kgaiflyer
Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Old aircraft still operating today and with whom?
Replies: 36
Views: 11331

Re: Old aircraft still operating today and with whom?

I've been surprised while watching the Maho Beach web cam to see Insel Air land some really early MD-80 frames that have seen some service. One frame - PJ-MDB - formerly ZS-OPU of Kulula Air South Africa - is listed on Planespotters as a 1982 build. That's 34 years old and still in service. https://...

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