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by 33lspotter
Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al Airlines posts deepening losses as market share shrinks
Replies: 47
Views: 6310

Re: El Al Airlines posts deepening losses as market share shrinks

Wow. :shock: I myself am not Jewish, but I did attend Brandeis, so have some Judaism-related knowledge. I believe some of these passengers -- particularly the men who refuse to sit next to women -- are "shomer negiah," a concept of Jewish law which means that they do not touch members of ...

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by 33lspotter
Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO NBC Affiliate Runs Hysterical Fact-Free Go-Around Investigation Segment
Replies: 23
Views: 3069

Re: SFO NBC Affiliate Runs Hysterical Fact-Free Go-Around Investigation Segment

Biggest news seemed to be that they were landing on the 19s rather than the 28s.

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by 33lspotter
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the largest civilian aircraft to visit PWM?
Replies: 20
Views: 2977

Re: What is the largest civilian aircraft to visit PWM?

767s? I am skeptical. I was on Delta 757s in the early 90s - maybe out of BOS? That may even have continued to BGR. The Delta route network is very different today. The late 80s and early 90s saw big offloads from DC-9s and 737-200s on hot days (what few there were) out of PWM. Yeah I was quite ske...

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by 33lspotter
Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

LOL. Including me. Same if it’s AF / CDG. The 380 is the one modern plane that I haven’t yet flown on. This should improve my chances. That would be quite the surprise. IIRC they don’t have many A380s as it is and with DY getting in on the route I can’t imagine load factors would warrant it (both n...

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by 33lspotter
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the largest civilian aircraft to visit PWM?
Replies: 20
Views: 2977

What is the largest civilian aircraft to visit PWM?

From lengthening its runway to landing LCC service through B6 and WN, PWM has definitely made great strides in recent years. However, its infrastructure does not lend itself well to large aircraft. I do not believe the VC-25 has not visited PWM as AF1; they usually send the C-32 to PWM or the VC-25 ...

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by 33lspotter
Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: EK US routes' chance of being upgraded to the A380 ranked
Replies: 22
Views: 3224

Re: EK US routes' chance of being upgraded to the A380 ranked

Anecdotally I've read from a BA A380 Captain that BOS is a tough airport to maneuver around. So it's more than getting gates ready. I don't think demand at Logan can support one A380 plus a 77W. That's too many seats. But one A380 makes sense, and add a smaller plane for the 2nd once they get them....

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by 33lspotter
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

FGITD wrote:
Regarding the second 380.... Let's just say there is one a380 equipped carrier that has a tendency to make last minute schedule changes, and has plenty of 380s.


If I'm correct, that carrier also "may have kept the A380 production line alive" as well. ;)

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by 33lspotter
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 561
Views: 103394

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

Would taking away one frequency to deploy the whale on LHR–JFK be really that bad on yields? I understand that we are talking about a premium heavy O + D market, but I can’t help but think that the novelty factor of being the only carrier to fly the A380 on the biggest TATL market might help (then a...

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by 33lspotter
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did my 747 suffer a tailstrike?
Replies: 21
Views: 8121

Re: Did my 747 suffer a tailstrike?

While this question seems to have been answered, it is interesting that the 744 in particular has the audible "bang" when rotating. I've flown on a number of other heavies -- 763, 772, 788, 789, A332, A333, and A380 -- and have not heard the bang in the same way I have on the 744. I rememb...

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by 33lspotter
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Heathrow 09L Takeoffs: How often do they happen?
Replies: 6
Views: 2158

Heathrow 09L Takeoffs: How often do they happen?

Looking at Twitter this morning, I saw a Tweet saying that LHR would be using 09L for both takeoffs and landings for around a half-hour in order to clear snow from 09R. As a USA-based spotter with a particular interest in LHR ops, I know that this is quite a rare phenomenon, and was prohibited (exce...

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by 33lspotter
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: EK 235 (DXB -> ORD) - A fake smile, doesn't go a long way
Replies: 17
Views: 15470

Re: EK 235 (DXB -> ORD) - A fake smile, doesn't go a long way

Cush wrote:
Maybe you just need more realistic expectations and not your millennial emotions. lol.


The rest of your comment was fair, but this was unnecessary IMHO.

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by 33lspotter
Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

https://twitter.com/emirates/status/969225749147410433
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chrisnh wrote:
I guess because EK has so many planes they can turn more on a dime than others can.


Back to this point: EK just announced another "one-off" rotation to Brussels on 4/19. https://twitter.com/emirates/status/969225749147410433

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by 33lspotter
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 total passenger rankings for US large hub airports
Replies: 155
Views: 26962

Re: 2017 total passenger rankings for US large hub airports

Thank you. Somebody has some real fancy software :) BOS is just going to miss the list this year :( Certainly seems that way. The question is how much larger can it grow in 2018? While BOS' projected counts for '17 are above the 2016 ACI #50 (DOH), based on the trends, the #s for the #50 ACI airpor...

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by 33lspotter
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

With this schedule is BA going to require 2 gates? It looks like Flights 202 and 214 will be on the ground together based off the schedule (BA215 arrives at 21:00) and Flights 214 and 238 will be too (BA239 arrives at 22:15 and is RON). Will they use E12 and E11? At that hour I'd expect EK and LH t...

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by 33lspotter
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta risks $40 mill in tax breaks over NRA riff
Replies: 135
Views: 6870

Re: Delta risks $40 mill in tax breaks over NRA riff

Dutchy wrote:
And the conservatives are digging this governmental interference in the business of a private company?


:lol: Love it.

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by 33lspotter
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

My bad, I thought he meant the 4th A380 flight. Ah, I see what you mean. Last year on A380 days (Sun, Mon, Fri) there were three flights: 238/239 was a 777, 212/213 was an A380, and 202/203 was a 744. This summer, 214/215 has been added, and -- on A380 days -- 202/203 has gone from 744 to 777 (givi...

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by 33lspotter
Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

When is the fourth flight? In terms of BOS departures for this coming spring/summer, where 1 is Monday and 7 is Sunday: BA238 - usually around 7:40 (777, not sure if E or W - 1234567) BA212 - usually around 19:15 (A380 1,5,7 / 744 2,3,4,6) BA202 - usually around 21:40 (777, not sure if E or W - 123...

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by 33lspotter
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

I also think we'd have heard by now, but EK announced a June resumption for Houston just last week. So I wouldn't abandon hope yet. Like I said earlier, the CEO of EK has been chattering about resuming the lost service in the U.S. Aside from Houston we've seen the Florida upgrades as well. I think ...

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by 33lspotter
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

With regards to the whispers about a second A380 coming this summer, I am somewhat skeptical. It would be awesome, but I feel like something would have been announced by now...aren't summer schedules usually out by now? I may be totally off base, but we did already know about BA bringing the A380 la...

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by 33lspotter
Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue considering basic economy?
Replies: 12
Views: 1739

Re: Jetblue considering basic economy?

I really hope not. I very much understand the business rationale behind basic economy -- get people to pay more for the same service -- and why it would perhaps behoove jetBlue to follow suit, as well as that it's only the lowest fares affected, but I really appreciate B6 over the big three because ...

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by 33lspotter
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta refuses to upgrade US curling team gold winners
Replies: 122
Views: 21012

Re: Delta refuses to upgrade US curling team gold winners

In other Team USA news, USA X-C Ski gold medalists Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall are aboard another Delta flight, DL26 from ICN to ATL. According to an article from a USA Today reporter , Dale Earnhardt Jr. is on the flight as well, and -- as the FAs passed out complimentary champagne -- the cap...

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by 33lspotter
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are simultaneous intersecting landings a thing?
Replies: 43
Views: 4820

Re: Are simultaneous intersecting landings a thing?

This happened to me at BOS once and it was a shocking way to learn that these are normal operations to say the least. While there are a number of different BOS configurations that have simultaneous intersecting landings (including 27/33L), there are also LAHSO operations for 27/22L (27 holds short ...

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by 33lspotter
Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta refuses to upgrade US curling team gold winners
Replies: 122
Views: 21012

Re: Delta refuses to upgrade US curling team gold winners

enilria wrote:
If the seats were available they should have done it for PR value if nothing else. If the seats were full then understandable.


Agree 100%. Also think that the team's response was professional.

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by 33lspotter
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Back to the BA morning BOS-LHR flight: it has certainly been interesting to see the 744 going in the morning as BA238 as it has this winter. As my username might indicate, I tend to watch a fair number of 33L departures from my neighborhood in Cambridge, although the username was created when I live...

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by 33lspotter
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX
Replies: 214
Views: 18248

Re: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX

So, DL suspends the employee, but the customer is wrong and "deserved it"? :rotfl: Airliners.net defends the indefensible again. Am I surprised? :shakehead: Agreed. I think he probably deserved some form of retribution, but I think profanity shows a lack of professionalism and a loss of c...

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by 33lspotter
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump's 757
Replies: 20
Views: 7513

Re: Trump's 757

I was in NYC on January 15 and 16. I flew into and out of LGA, and saw Trump's 757 sitting on the business jet pad on the western side of the airport, not too far from the intersection of runways 13 and 22. That was the first time I ever saw it. I had the same experience in November. Landed Runway ...

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by 33lspotter
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's the longest flight into Britain?
Replies: 24
Views: 2646

Re: What's the longest flight into Britain?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_flights
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Appears to be SCL-LHR. Thought SIN-LHR might be up there, but it is 500 miles shorter.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_flights

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by 33lspotter
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JetBlue Cabin Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 3527

Re: JetBlue Cabin Questions

I had my first experience in a Mint configured B6 A321 recently and I have to say it was significantly better than the A320s and E190s (I had a connection later in the day on one of the A320s and it was almost like flying on two separate airlines). I wasn't actually in Mint (or even Y+ for that mat...

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by 33lspotter
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Norwegian Airlines official sound identity / boarding music
Replies: 3
Views: 918

Re: Norwegian Airlines official sound identity / boarding music

Norwegian Airlines official sound identity – Inflight Experience The core of Norwegian’s audio branding - the musical track “Northern Colours” - has been composed and produced by Joel Krozer, with string and orchestral arrangements by Robin Mullarkey. The live instrumentation and voices were record...

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by 33lspotter
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Actually the 321 did come in. Was parked at e6 and appears to be overnighting for some reason Interesting...I passed by E6 (I had some extra time, so figured I’d take a look to see if I could find the 321) and I believe the Qatar A359 was there. Looked at FlightAware and didn’t see anything other t...

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by 33lspotter
Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

FGITD wrote:
For those interested, the S4 A321 is supposed to come in tomorrow for the first time


Just about to board B6987 at the gate adjacent to the S4 A310, so I guess it got delayed (at least) one more night!

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by 33lspotter
Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

It'll be interesting to see how MT and VS plays out at MAN-BOS. Overall weekly rotations few about right at 4/5, but it's not quite the same as having a service 5 days of the week! Perhaps one of them will get the upper hand or the market will grow to permit additional rotations from S19. Getting t...

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by 33lspotter
Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

I know airlines target business travelers, but I think the BHX market really needs to work on increasing the tourist base. No one on the US side ever thinks of Birmingham, and I think a good advertising program on Birmingham and the region would do a lot to bring in more passengers. 100% agree. Whe...

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by 33lspotter
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

With BOS overtaking MSP, it will be interesting to see if BOS breaks into the ACI global top 50 in terms of passenger traffic. MSP was #49 last year, BOS #53 globally, and I believe it was #51 the year before. Last year's #50 was DOH at 37.283 million passengers.

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by 33lspotter
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Sort of on topic question, but this question doesn't warrant its own thread: what is the B6 BOS-LGA service like? I know that upon launch, they had free beer/wine, free bagels upon boarding, and you could get free coffee in the terminal with your boarding pass, but did these perks survive until tod...

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by 33lspotter
Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Dieuwer wrote:
With the exception of LHR, all routes to Europe are "monopolies." (LGW is not really a biz airport and AA pulled out CDG).


I know they are both SkyTeam, but do AF and DL have a TATL JV like AA and BA do? If not, then that would make CDG still somewhat competitive.

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by 33lspotter
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Pardon my ignorance but appreciate any insights. The furthest air miles flown by B6 I believe is BOS-LAX at 2611 miles; BOS-DUB air miles is 2993 miles which is only approx. 350 air miles more than BOS-LAX. Wouldn't the existing A321 that they use today not be used for just 350 more air miles? Or i...

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by 33lspotter
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

Does DL website really cite BOS as their hub? If you look at the website, DL lists the word "hubs and key business market". The Delta in-flight magazine airport map does not show BOS as their hub although I have seen websites list BOS as a hub. I was quite surprised to see it called a &qu...

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by 33lspotter
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

We keep hearing this and of course we forget that it already is a hub for 2 different airlines, maybe even 3. The World doesn't end at the U.S. border. It's not ideal and it will never be very large, but it already is a hub. Hmmm . . . If you consider a hub to be any airport with one airline having...

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by 33lspotter
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2018
Replies: 2468
Views: 233943

Re: Boston aviation - 2018

In addition to VS's BOS-MAN service returning, MT also returns on that route starting 5/25.

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by 33lspotter
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA's "basic" economy fare routes
Replies: 18
Views: 1708

Re: UA's "basic" economy fare routes

But that's UAs whole point, isn't it? Create a fare that can be advertised as equal to the ULCCs, but make it annoying enough that the majority of passengers pay for the next bucket up. It is, and I get that, but the last part of my response which you left out was that I ended up not flying UA at a...

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by 33lspotter
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA's "basic" economy fare routes
Replies: 18
Views: 1708

Re: UA's "basic" economy fare routes

What I don't get with these basic economy fares is what's the issue with allowing you to book your seat in advance for a fee a la Spirit, Frontier, and Allegiant? Agreed. This right here is the UA/AA/DL Basic Economy dealbreaker for me -- if I was able, I would happily pay the extra to reserve a wi...

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by 33lspotter
Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would Airbus start up the A340 program again ?
Replies: 78
Views: 11706

Re: Would Airbus start up the A340 program again ?

Revelation wrote:
I wish I had the Photoshop skills to draw a dinosaur in a primordial forest looking up at a A340-600 passing by overhead...


Not quite a primordial forest, but not bad, I think.

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by 33lspotter
Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 12/17/2017: AA Adds MIA-BON, AS Shrinks SEA-LAX/SFO, DL Shrinks in LAX; DY Drops BOS-CPH/OSL, Adds JFK-AMS
Replies: 80
Views: 16031

Re: OAG Changes 12/17/2017: AA Adds MIA-BON, AS Shrinks SEA-LAX/SFO, DL Shrinks in LAX; DY Drops BOS-CPH/OSL, Adds JFK-

It doesn't matter anymore - DY wisely wants as little connecting traffic as possible or put the onus on Gatwickconnects instead. I think the latter is probably the biggest part of it. When looking at the whole of Europe, geographically speaking LGW is the ideal place to have those connections come ...

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by 33lspotter
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 12/17/2017: AA Adds MIA-BON, AS Shrinks SEA-LAX/SFO, DL Shrinks in LAX; DY Drops BOS-CPH/OSL, Adds JFK-AMS
Replies: 80
Views: 16031

Re: OAG Changes 12/17/2017: AA Adds MIA-BON, AS Shrinks SEA-LAX/SFO, DL Shrinks in LAX; DY Drops BOS-CPH/OSL, Adds JFK-

I think the customer base is exactly the same. The O&D market between Boston and CPH or OSL is very tiny which means that both airlines are in it for the Boston-Europe connecting traffic. Both airlines offer similar fares. DY is not cheap. In fact I have never seen a ticket on DY that is cheape...

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by 33lspotter
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who flies the A340 to the U.S.
Replies: 65
Views: 11028

Re: Who flies the A340 to the U.S.

LX

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by 33lspotter
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2018 KMHT Growth opportunities
Replies: 43
Views: 4024

Re: 2018 KMHT Growth opportunities

On the one hand, I am surprised that B6 has not come into MHT. Then again, I don't see a huge draw. MHT is about the same sized city as PWM, 75 miles east. LCC's arriving at PWM didn't kill MHT, but when it become the same price or less to fly from PWM, many traveler's in the greater Portland area a...

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by 33lspotter
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 Retirement Date Set
Replies: 98
Views: 25034

Re: BA 747 Retirement Date Set

The BA 744 was my first aviation "love," and I'm very fortunate to have flown on it three times and lived in a place where I could see it from my bedroom. It won't be fun to see it go, but pretty incredible to think that -- at a point where many airlines have retired their 744s altogether ...

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by 33lspotter
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United Airlines discriminates based on nationality
Replies: 42
Views: 4310

Re: United Airlines discriminates based on nationality

I’m pretty sure that BA charges more for customers in the US to fly a round trip to LHR than those orginating at LHR flying a round trip to the same U.S. destination. At least when I compared the prices on Google flights they were different (even considering the USD to GBP exchange rate.)

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