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by PI4EVER
Thu May 18, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The ordeal of Lucie Bahetoukilae
Replies: 7
Views: 861

Re: The ordeal of Lucie Bahetoukilae

Flight crews have destination specific language speakers to advise and inform passengers of safety features and service. Can you imagine the logistics of staffing gates with fluent speaking agents to every destination UA serves from EWR for Europe, South and Central America and Asia? Now move that l...

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by PI4EVER
Wed May 17, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirTransat (TS) To Start YUL/YYZ-TPA
Replies: 32
Views: 3196

Re: AirTransat (TS) To Start YUL/YYZ-TPA

MAH4546 - Cruise boardings of almost 900K passengers in 2016 is not a "niche" market for just locals and "driving distance" customers. Flying to/from one of the top-rated airports in the US and access to Central FL points before or after cruise time is a draw for visitors. An air...

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by PI4EVER
Wed May 17, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirTransat (TS) To Start YUL/YYZ-TPA
Replies: 32
Views: 3196

Re: AirTransat (TS) To Start YUL/YYZ-TPA

A shame they can't add more than once weekly. Beyond Tampa Bay area attractions, a sizeable cruise market, including Cuba, sails from Tampa year round.

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by PI4EVER
Wed May 17, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska's new interior questions
Replies: 35
Views: 5728

Re: Alaska's new interior questions

60 and above here. I have my own device. Even got rid of land line and envelopes and stamps. I have app's on my IPhone, get TSA pre-ck and can pack a rollerboard for 10 days of travel. Don't need pre-board.........quite yet! P.S. I'm flying AS to board a cruise ship for a marathon cruise in Alaska. ...

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by PI4EVER
Thu May 11, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD-BCN: Any future?
Replies: 9
Views: 2453

Re: ORD-BCN: Any future?

BCN will be a strong market for AA. The cruise season has kicked in and with flights from ORD, JFK, PHL, CLT and MIA there are thousands of cruise passengers every week traveling to BCN. Fares are generally higher than MAD and have heavy loads everyday as cruise passengers do add additional days to ...

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by PI4EVER
Fri May 05, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Asking for Full Can of Soda
Replies: 25
Views: 5425

Re: Asking for Full Can of Soda

As someone pointed out, a bit of kindness goes a long way. I go and purchase an inexpensive bag of candy or special cookies (like Key Lime from FL), individually wrapped, and as I board hand it over to a F/A with a smile and a "Be my guest when you can take a break." It is astounding the a...

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by PI4EVER
Tue May 02, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Hawaii Anniversary
Replies: 46
Views: 5580

Re: UA Hawaii Anniversary

Congratulations United for a milestone of service to Hawaii. Hundreds of thousands of passengers should Thank You for their safe journey to these beautiful islands. I was based in Washington, and flew UA on a IAD-LAX-HNL DC-8/747 routing as a non-rev in the early 70's. I had originally planned to fl...

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by PI4EVER
Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: International to Domestic Transfer at ATL
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: International to Domestic Transfer at ATL

They will clear customs and bag re-check and be out of Terminals E or F to continue on to SEA. They can exit the terminal to meet you as long as they have a boarding pass for the SEA flight to re-clear security. You obviously can only meet them as you have no boarding pass to clear security so they'...

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by PI4EVER
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Tips for an avgeek during an ATL layover
Replies: 14
Views: 1476

Re: Tips for an avgeek during an ATL layover

And in case you did not see it, there was a post previous to mine about the recent DL weather situation in ATL and why you didn't fly nonstop etc, etc which the moderators have apparently removed for the snarky remarks. My first sentence reference was "tongue in cheek" to that posting to h...

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by PI4EVER
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Tips for an avgeek during an ATL layover
Replies: 14
Views: 1476

Re: Tips for an avgeek during an ATL layover

I have flown through ATL for years (even in rain) without issues so let's not assume you're traveling on another "meltdown" day with adverse weather of monumental intensity. Weather Channel Drama 101 there....LOL. In fairness, I flown four times in the last year to/from FLL and experienced...

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by PI4EVER
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Long Flight Crew Rests on Narrow Body Aircraft
Replies: 49
Views: 14877

Re: Long Flight Crew Rests on Narrow Body Aircraft

If available, the last row/s will be held for crew use to eat, sit and relax, read or just get out of the way of others. On a flight I took last summer PHL-SNN, the crew re-seated me to a forward row when I was assigned the last row in Y. I got a nice 3 seat row to myself in the front cabin and they...

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by PI4EVER
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Airlines to Hawaii?
Replies: 30
Views: 6039

Re: European Airlines to Hawaii?

There was a direct (like BOAC not nonstop) on QF that operated LHR-JFK-SFO-HNL with 707's.
The QF flight continued on to NAN and SYD. Stopovers permitted in JFK, SFO and HNL for LHR beyond to NAN and SYD psgrs and for JFK originating psgrs continuing to NAN and SYD.
I know because I rode it in 1970.

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by PI4EVER
Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Piedmont's First Transcons Launched with Brand New 727-200ERs
Replies: 36
Views: 10446

Re: Piedmont's First Transcons Launched with Brand New 727-200ERs

US did fly the 734 to/from the west coast. I flew a 734 from LAX-CLT in 1998 in row 25. The F/A's felt sorry for us as the seats did not recline in the last row, and poured free booze in us all the way to CLT as they ran out of meals as well.
We had to eat and drink coffee in CLT to drive home.

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by PI4EVER
Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best Upper Deck Seat on the UA744 for a Wing View
Replies: 6
Views: 971

Re: Best Upper Deck Seat on the UA744 for a Wing View

Window at row 17or window row 16 offer the best view of engines and wing. Row 17 my favorite and no bother from galley to the rear. The lav's are up front so no fellow passenger traffic in this area until F/A's commence cabin service. Private and quiet. And contrary to most public opinion on this si...

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by PI4EVER
Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Piedmont's First Transcons Launched with Brand New 727-200ERs
Replies: 36
Views: 10446

Re: Piedmont's First Transcons Launched with Brand New 727-200ERs

To correct and clarify my own posting. The 737-300 and 737-400 had that model type added to the tailfin. The 767-200 had the notation "767 - ER". And one other clarification. CCAir flew Shorts 360's from CLT. Henson did not fly 330's out of CLT, but did the Dash 8. Most 330's were out of B...

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by PI4EVER
Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Piedmont's First Transcons Launched with Brand New 727-200ERs
Replies: 36
Views: 10446

Re: Piedmont's First Transcons Launched with Brand New 727-200ERs

PI also purchased a couple 727-200ADV's from WA, which could fly the transcon segments nonstop. There were no new build 727's every purchased including the -100's. The majority of 737's were new build with the exception of several -200's that were purchased used. The 737-300 were introduced as LR mo...

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by PI4EVER
Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Upcoming Schedule/Equipment Changes
Replies: 65
Views: 13436

Re: AA Upcoming Schedule/Equipment Changes

DFWandOMA - Premium economy is a different fare class than purchasing a Y ticket and buying MCE seats. Don't assume something that likely won't happen. Once the seat map is loaded on your flight for the 789 go to AA.com and verify your seat assignments and/or call AA. Your may or may not be automati...

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by PI4EVER
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Operation Oahu: British Airways Club and American Airlines First Class to Hawaii
Replies: 18
Views: 8771

Re: Operation Oahu: British Airways Club and American Airlines First Class to Hawaii

I curled up with a glass of wine, and rode along with you. Excellent report. Well written with detail, and pictures were beautiful. A great deal of effort to create such an enjoyable read on a great trip. Next trip we'll rent a car so I can show you around Oahu, snorkel at Hanauma Bay and eat fresh ...

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by PI4EVER
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL takes swipe at UA over leggings policy
Replies: 28
Views: 5311

Re: DL takes swipe at UA over leggings policy

I think too that DL over stepped the bounds in making any comment about this issue. You're never more than just an interaction away from a media meltdown over a service issue these days anyway. Don't find much joy in a competitors issue as it will come back to bite you in the butt. This dress code i...

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by PI4EVER
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Seat Question on AA A332 vs. A321
Replies: 3
Views: 467

Re: Seat Question on AA A332 vs. A321

Additional info. You can change seats by going to AA.com and click on "My Trips" w/confirmation # to look at and select other seats.

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by PI4EVER
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Seat Question on AA A332 vs. A321
Replies: 3
Views: 467

Re: Seat Question on AA A332 vs. A321

I recently flew FLL-PHL on a LAA A321 in row 5 and found the legroom a bit limited with the hard bulkhead panel. At 5'11" I could not stretch my legs beyond knees bent and sat more straight up for almost 3 hours. There are bins directly above the seats so all carryon goes up above w/no floor st...

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by PI4EVER
Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Thunderstorm & Rude Crew: LIM-GRU-MAD By LAN & TAM
Replies: 20
Views: 17821

Re: Thunderstorm & Rude Crew: LIM-GRU-MAD By LAN & TAM

Thank You for a great trip report. Informative, great pictures and well written. I felt I was along on the trip with you. I was shocked that you went to such great effort to secure that seat in row 14 that didn't appear to offer much legroom at all! Your knees are right up on the forward seat and yo...

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by PI4EVER
Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest boarding process
Replies: 19
Views: 3463

Re: Southwest boarding process

I just flew back from FLL and Spring Break commenced there last weekend. You may have begun your trip already. In my observations we had 10 pre-boards and then 60 A's when they announced family boarding. We were A's having booked and paid for Early Bird months ago. We did observe a man who volunteer...

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by PI4EVER
Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Passenger Comfort WN 300 v 700 v. 800
Replies: 9
Views: 1640

Re: Passenger Comfort WN 300 v 700 v. 800

I just flew to FLL, out for first time on a Sky Interior 738 and return on a -700. The extra inch of seat pitch on the 738 was noticeable and the new seats comfortable. The seats on the -700 appear to be a bit tighter fit along with the reduced seat pitch, but still a comfortable ride for 2+ hours. ...

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by PI4EVER
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: San Francisco for a few days?
Replies: 24
Views: 1640

Re: San Francisco for a few days?

You've gotten a ton of good suggestions, but I'd like to add my first choice for spotting. The Embassy Suites SFO Waterfront hotel on Anza Blvd in Burlingame. Free shuttle from airport. This hotel is located on a spit of land that juts into the bay and you can walk the length of the spit/breakwater ...

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by PI4EVER
Sun Feb 26, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF 12- domestic US
Replies: 38
Views: 7431

Re: QF 12- domestic US

JFK has been on the route map of QF since the 60's. It may have been suspended for a period of time in the 80's or so, but I flew a QF 707 from JFK to SFO, HNL and NAN in August 1970, with the aircraft terminating ultimately in SYD or MEL. It originated in LHR. The return routed the same way and inc...

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by PI4EVER
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Labor upset at the NEW American...
Replies: 37
Views: 6093

Re: Labor upset at the NEW American...

In my 40 years at AA, I don't think I've ever seen a situation where all labor groups were happy at the same time. I honestly think that, as a group, the pilots have ever been happy. I have never understood how making six figures and having the continuing thrill of flight could make people angry, b...

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by PI4EVER
Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air South Airlines
Replies: 12
Views: 2349

Re: Air South Airlines

I don't think AirSouth ever flew a G1 but I know Royale Airlines based in Shreveport did. I flew one from PNS to MSY and remember thinking it was like flying an FH227 with the loud Dart engines. The Dart whine was distinctive. There was a special "regional airline" configuration Grumman fi...

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by PI4EVER
Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Recommendations for Auckland & Wellington, NZ
Replies: 18
Views: 1015

Re: Recommendations for Auckland & Wellington, NZ

Glad to hear you booked a wine tour on Waiheke. That was a highlight during our visit as well. Fun ride on the ferry. Be sure to ferry over to Devonport. Lots of restaurants, shops and walk about sightseeing including awesome views of Auckland from the hilltop. Gray Line Tours does a day trip to Rot...

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by PI4EVER
Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines FA's falling sick because of new uniforms?
Replies: 13
Views: 3482

Re: American Airlines FA's falling sick because of new uniforms?

There has been wide-spread coverage of the AA uniform issue for several months. It likely has nothing to do with airplane/cabin environment, but issues with the uniform material. It has been an on-going problem and AA and the F/A union invested time and money into testing the clothing as to allergen...

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by PI4EVER
Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 747 retirement
Replies: 35
Views: 14759

Re: Delta 747 retirement

As somewhat typical, this thread has gone a bit away from the subject matter at hand.....the retirement of the 747-400 from the fleet. I've not noted any specifics as to schedules of retirement, last frame flying, city pair for a flyaway etc, My specific question. A 747 is scheduled now for May to f...

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by PI4EVER
Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL shatters operational reliability
Replies: 39
Views: 9240

Re: DL shatters operational reliability

I find fault with an apparent lack of consistency in whatever policy DL adheres to concerning missed connections via hubs, and how employees are trained to deal with it. I've been in this business for many years, and have a knowledge and understanding of operational issues that can disrupt the airli...

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by PI4EVER
Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What are your favourite buy-on-board bargains?
Replies: 3
Views: 585

Re: What are your favourite buy-on-board bargains?

I will buy beer (must be cold!) wine, and a fruit and cheese plate as they're catered rather commonly now on domestic US flights, and a bottle of booze using Duty Free if traveling to Europe to visit friends. I generally do not purchase other sandwich or meal types. I otherwise travel with snack typ...

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by PI4EVER
Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA or NZ to New Zealand in C?
Replies: 3
Views: 324

Re: UA or NZ to New Zealand in C?

I am not a UA hater in any regard, but without question the choice would be NZ. *A accrual and superb service and comfort.
A great opportunity to try NZ as you noted you've flown UA numerous times.

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by PI4EVER
Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transatlantic J
Replies: 19
Views: 2923

Re: Transatlantic J

I agree somewhat withLAX772LR. Are you looking for a flight experience on a new airline/airplane/via a new city etc? Price? Otherwise, why not invest the travel in your BA Silver program to build on your miles or status? That would give you the choice likely of the EI service or the BA and AA servic...

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by PI4EVER
Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dipping my toe in the Caribbean - Suggestions
Replies: 10
Views: 1317

Re: Dipping my toe in the Caribbean - Suggestions

I too recommend a cruise. Fly DUB-SJU, with at least a day or two stopover there, and book Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas 7 night "Island Hopper" cruises that visit up to 5 island port calls with just one day at sea. Ship returns early in the morning to SJU and you can fly home th...

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by PI4EVER
Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Old Prop Airlines and Noise
Replies: 37
Views: 6650

Re: Old Prop Airlines and Noise

I flew props for years as a kid and a adult becoming an airline employee in 1969, I have flown almost every piston-powered airliner with the exception of the Stratocruiser. Until 1958 when the 707 was introduced there was little to compare except the difference between a piston and a turbine powered...

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by PI4EVER
Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747 at PHL
Replies: 16
Views: 3683

Re: Boeing 747 at PHL

SR also flew a 747 on a PHL-BOS-ZRH routing.

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by PI4EVER
Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Braniff "Texas Class" service question
Replies: 9
Views: 3341

Re: Braniff "Texas Class" service question

I flew a BN Texas Class 727-200 between IAH-ACA to attend an EA teleticketing conference. The service was great. Full meal service on both segments, with lots of free beer (Lone Star?) and lunch was a steak sandwich w/salad and dessert. On the return flight a hot meal of some sort was served from AC...

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by PI4EVER
Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel to Barcelona in Early Nov
Replies: 2
Views: 477

Re: Travel to Barcelona in Early Nov

BCN is a seasonal summer market with a heavy concentration of cruise traffic that moves to the Caribbean for winter so the nonstop PHL-BCN has been pulled until Spring 2017. Go back and look more carefully at AA.com. There are some better connections via MIA with roundtrip fares less than $900, and ...

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by PI4EVER
Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta's new routing to BKK.
Replies: 2
Views: 584

Re: Delta's new routing to BKK.

Schedules are loaded on delta.com showing connections via PGV or ICN using China Eastern or Korean for travel dates beyond October 31.

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by PI4EVER
Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels BA3/BA4 LCY-JFK
Replies: 78
Views: 25869

Re: British Airways cancels BA3/BA4 LCY-JFK

British Airways Announce BA3/BA4 Withdrawal. British Airways today removed the BA3/BA4 London City – New York JFK permanently from the schedules with effect from 30th October 2015. At present this will mean only 50% utilisation for the A318 fleet and it is not clear what plans there are for the sec...

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by PI4EVER
Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Domestic First Class Meals
Replies: 6
Views: 759

Re: US Domestic First Class Meals

Be sure and take into account length of flight, and time of day. Meals are served at appropriate meal times and on all long haul trans con type flights. Service can vary due to those factors from a Snack Basket, Appetizers, Sandwiches, Salads, Soup to full hot meals. Beverage service is usually pret...

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by PI4EVER
Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cities with Hubs that are no longer here
Replies: 14
Views: 3170

Re: Cities with Hubs that are no longer here

SYR -UR to PI to US
Add to TPA- PI/US (Created as a hub w/PI and retained for a short while after merger by US)

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by PI4EVER
Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Seat/Row Questions for AA Reconfigured 777-200
Replies: 0
Views: 343

Seat/Row Questions for AA Reconfigured 777-200

I am traveling in November on connections via DFW to NRT and on to GUM. The DFW-NRT flights show as operating with a "772" with 10 abreast Y class. No seat map is available yet on SeatGuru or AA.com so assume these are reconfigured 777's. My questions relate to row 13 that has a 2-4-2 layo...

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by PI4EVER
Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is behind your username?
Replies: 60
Views: 3154

Re: What is behind your username?

To salute my 20 year career at Piedmont Airlines and how grateful I will always be that someone gave me the chance to live my dream in aviation. I was blessed with a 32 year career in the airline industry, and the special bond I made in the industry remains today. It was the first "true love&qu...

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by PI4EVER
Tue Aug 09, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Visiting Munich
Replies: 13
Views: 1270

Re: Visiting Munich

I concur with everything KentB27 said. It is a great city and was awesome fun when we went last year for Oktobefest. We stayed at the Hilton on Rosenheimer Strasse near the main train station "Bahnhof Muchen" so if you find an inn in that area it is very safe and lots of things going on to...

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by PI4EVER
Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ozark DC-9 N974Z (Crash at Sioux City)
Replies: 4
Views: 1700

Re: Ozark DC-9 N974Z (Crash at Sioux City)

US405 in March 1992 was the F28 accident at LaGuardia that was the result of inadequate deicing including deficient deicing fluid used at LGA, and pilot error in managing the takeoff at a lower speed. There had been a similar F28 accident three years prior in Canada that also related to ice build up...

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by PI4EVER
Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Ramp/Mechanics/W&B Planners get Double Digit Raises
Replies: 6
Views: 1668

Re: AA Ramp/Mechanics/W&B Planners get Double Digit Raises

Get it while you can folks. Nothing is forever. This is shades of the US merger in 1989 when the PS and PI employees merged to date of hire and advanced to the US "A" payscale in August, 1989. Increases of up to 50% were common, and unsurprising the Company reported a 22%+ increase in empl...

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by PI4EVER
Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tropical Storm Earl developing from a Depression to affect Dominican Rep, Jamaica, Cayman Is. & Cuba: Travel Advisories?
Replies: 2
Views: 566

Re: Tropical Storm Earl developing from a Depression to affect Dominican Rep, Jamaica, Cayman Is. & Cuba: Travel Advisor

No travel advisories from AA. All flights on Tuesday operating to MBJ, GCM, CZM and CUN.
It might be a bumpy ride in the approach and landing, but flights have originated and departed from hubs with minimal delays as of 9am.

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