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by keitherson
Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a complete refit to update the B757 be profitable/worth it?
Replies: 74
Views: 10033

Re: Would a complete refit to update the B757 be profitable/worth it?

The Concorde never had a 1:1 replacement, either.

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by keitherson
Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada & WestJet allegedly collude on bag fees
Replies: 8
Views: 1957

Re: Air Canada & WestJet collude on fees for check bags

I highly doubt there was not collusion of some sort, but there is little evidence at this point. Perhaps discovery would turn up something. Considering how long it takes Air Canada's IT to do the most basic of things, the fact that they pulled this off days after WestJet announced the fees, is highl...

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by keitherson
Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AvWeek - "AA Executes On Merger Promises"
Replies: 7
Views: 3177

Re: AvWeek - "AA Executes On Merger Promises"

This was my last year as EP on AA. The airline and program went completely downhill after the merger. Which is a real shame, because I switched to AA from UA as a 1K. UA also went completely downhill after the merger. Here's to hoping that the same thing won't happen to AS...

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by keitherson
Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Long-haul Y pax experience: Boeing 77Ws and 787s vs Airbus 350s and 330s.
Replies: 63
Views: 12828

Re: Long-haul Y pax experience: Boeing 77Ws and 787s vs Airbus 350s and 330s.

For the Airbus A350, it was designed for and remains 3-3-3 with 18" seat width. There is already a 10 abreast A350 in the works despite it being a LCC. How long after EIS was it until the first 10 abreast 777? Not this quick. I've flown on each of the following configured types on at least 2 d...

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by keitherson
Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Long-haul Y pax experience: Boeing 77Ws and 787s vs Airbus 350s and 330s.
Replies: 63
Views: 12828

Long-haul Y pax experience: Boeing 77Ws and 787s vs Airbus 350s and 330s.

The Boeing 787 used to be 8-across in 2-4-2, and sold that way, but the majority of airlines now do 9-across. That means 17" seat width or less. The only exception is JAL. Similarly, the Boeing 777-300ER used to be 9-across in 3-3-3 configuration, and now virtually every airline is retrofitting...

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by keitherson
Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA announces A330-300 service to IAD
Replies: 50
Views: 13137

Re: SAA announces A330-300 service to IAD

They would have been the perfect 787 carrier..

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by keitherson
Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates PR move pays off
Replies: 44
Views: 7686

Re: Emirates PR move pays off

So tell me guys, why do airlines spend millions every year on naming rights for stadiums and sponsoring various events? Should they be hiring the geniuses of airliners.net for fleet management ideas instead?

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by keitherson
Sat Sep 17, 2016 3:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the Air Canada livery ageless?
Replies: 30
Views: 5502

Re: Is the Air Canada livery ageless?

I find AC's livery very ugly and dated.

If you want something that's timeless, look at Lufthansa, or SWISS/Swissair.

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by keitherson
Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada transfers Bogota service to rouge from Oct 2016
Replies: 33
Views: 6437

Re: Air Canada transfers Bogota service to rouge from Oct 2016

if Avianca would enter the market they would easily overcome AC. much better airline with much better planes and service. but i guess most of the traffic is leisure and thats why it became a rouge flight. The problem is with the flying patterns of Canadians. They seem stubbornly loyal to AC even wh...

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by keitherson
Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates expected to introduce ancillary fees
Replies: 48
Views: 12474

Re: Emirates expected to introduce ancillary fees

That premium airline, huh? ;)

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by keitherson
Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Congrats to Alaska
Replies: 16
Views: 6002

Re: Congrats to Alaska

You forgot about the part where they run only one aircraft type without any long-haul! AS has new planes 737-800/900/900ER's the 700's are going soon. Then AAG also is buying E-175's & already owns Q-400's. So that's three types. That AAG operates, plus the 30 E-175's operated by OO. They fly a...

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by keitherson
Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LO, AB, UX: Why were these airlines left out of the NA-EU JVs?
Replies: 11
Views: 1905

LO, AB, UX: Why were these airlines left out of the NA-EU JVs?

All of them have long-haul service to the US, but correct me if I am wrong, they are not part of the JVs/ATIs for NA-EU services. Why?

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by keitherson
Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Congrats to Alaska
Replies: 16
Views: 6002

Re: Congrats to Alaska

Not a huge surprise to those who fly AS. Their main hubs tend to not have too many weather related issues, and aside from dealing with some increased holds for gate space at SEA, they run a tight ship. Congrats! Keep up the good work! You forgot about the part where they run only one aircraft type ...

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by keitherson
Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Vietnam Airlines leave SkyTeam and joins Star Alliance
Replies: 14
Views: 5480

Re: Will Vietnam Airlines leave SkyTeam and joins Star Alliance

VN can't even process seat assignments let alone meet the IT requirements of a Star carrier.

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by keitherson
Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are airports that the C Series could operate from, that heavier aircraft cannot?
Replies: 4
Views: 950

What are airports that the C Series could operate from, that heavier aircraft cannot?

LCY is the prime example, which what SWISS had in mind for the aircraft. LCY of course can handle BA's A318 too.

Are there any other airports?

I was hopeful of YTZ's expansion given the noise abatement improvements from the CS100 but few politicians were on board with it.

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by keitherson
Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia Posts $224.7 Million Loss
Replies: 24
Views: 4608

Re: Virgin Australia Posts $224.7 Million Loss

So between VA's 225mil loss, AB's 500mil loss, AZ's 200mil loss, how exactly is EY staying afloat with these investments?

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by keitherson
Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet flights to London prompting a wave of complaints and compensation
Replies: 41
Views: 10366

Re: WestJet flights to London prompting a wave of complaints and compensation

This is what happens when you try to do something the cheap way. Lets get cheap planes, have them serviced in a cheap place for a cheap price and then try to compete with AC with lots of transoceanic experience. You buy cheap you get cheap thrown right back at you. Serves Westjet right for trying t...

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by keitherson
Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: OMG thank you admins
Replies: 74
Views: 6667

Re: OMG thank you admins

THANK YOU. The blue scheme is also a homage to the old site, tasteful!

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by keitherson
Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Transport Canada certifies Bombardier CS300
Replies: 4
Views: 2569

Re: Transport Canada certifies Bombardier CS300

airBaltic doesn't have the prestige and weight as Swiss/Lufthansa Group do, but I can see them doing great things with the C Series. This should open up more routes to the Balkans and North Africa!

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by keitherson
Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Alitalia 'close' to merger with air Berlin
Replies: 21
Views: 7300

Re: Rumor: Alitalia 'close' to merger with air Berlin

ZKNCL wrote:
gregn21 wrote:
I assume totally new branding would be necessary.

So a big unprofitable mess can lose even more money?


Alitalia already just underwent a big rebranding campaign, too.

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by keitherson
Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fifth freedoms operated by narrowbodies
Replies: 47
Views: 6578

Re: Fifth freedoms operated by narrowbodies

Yes. Similarly, B6 operates Embraers out of SJU as a mini-hub to various nearby islands.

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by keitherson
Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Alitalia 'close' to merger with air Berlin
Replies: 21
Views: 7300

Re: Rumor: Alitalia 'close' to merger with air Berlin

On another note, I wonder will the new airline end up in oneworld or skyteam Likely neither, and will just stay in the Etihad equity partner group. It will be a disappointment to the thousands of Chinese people who abusively status matched to airberlin Gold just for oneworld Sapphire status to the ...

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by keitherson
Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fifth freedoms operated by narrowbodies
Replies: 47
Views: 6578

Fifth freedoms operated by narrowbodies

I can only think of two:

PR: CNS-AKL in an A320
UA: HKG-SGN in a 737

Anyone know any others?

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by keitherson
Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Farnborough Air Show 2016 - Other Manufacturers Orders
Replies: 53
Views: 24996

Re: Farnborough Air Show 2016 - Other Manufacturers Orders

Way too early for a Bombardier announcement!

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by keitherson
Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: food on domestic US flights
Replies: 56
Views: 9793

Re: food on domestic US flights

Sounds like you only get ULCC customers cause all the legacy carriers in the US have free snacks and drinks in coach and free meals in F. The whole premise of this thread is rather hilarious as the guy who started it has apparently only ever flown Spirit domestically. You realize they just bought b...

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by keitherson
Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Largest equipement-shortest route, smallest equipment-longest route
Replies: 88
Views: 17417

Re: Largest equipement-shortest route, smallest equipment-longest route

Sadly, the use of narrowbody for long-haul low-yield routes is the future. I'm not talking about a WOW Air/Icelandair/Copa kind of network, but airlines fitting planes to markets instead of geography. For example, Qatar flies A319/A320s to many destinations in Europe, as well as Gulf Air and Oman Ai...

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by keitherson
Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rise of "Ultra" Low-Cost Carriers
Replies: 32
Views: 8216

Re: Rise of "Ultra" Low-Cost Carriers

I'm going to talk just from the passenger perspective. For me, an ULCC is one that charges for carry-on. Basically, it's an unavoidable fee for 99% of passengers. I would group Spirit, Frontier, and Allegiant in this category. In Europe, that's just Wizz Air. I would also call WOW Air a ULCC given t...

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by keitherson
Wed Jul 06, 2016 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A Really crazy idea for YVR
Replies: 20
Views: 4547

Re: A Really crazy idea for YVR

Sounds great. Now we just gotta ask ourselves why AA just reduced YVR-LAX to 1x daily from 2x, why AS just pulled out of YVR-LAX completely, and why AA put YVR-DFW to some of the worst time slots :roll:

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by keitherson
Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: some weird routes need to be explained
Replies: 41
Views: 8960

Re: some weird routes need to be explained

Dusseldorf to Fort Myers Florida on Air Berlin, over 20 years and running.

Anchorage to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on Yakutia Airlines.

Caracas to Tehran on Conviasa ("terror flight" now cancelled)

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by keitherson
Fri Jun 24, 2016 4:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is your favorite Airline Alliance?
Replies: 23
Views: 3335

Re: What is your favorite Airline Alliance?

It's pretty balanced in terms of quality. From an American-centric view, all airline alliances have terrible US airlines and great partners. Coverage is very different though. I need to fly from Sao Paulo to Auckland, and looking at Skyteam options, I had to touch 4 continents to get there: South Am...

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by keitherson
Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar back in talks with Meridiana
Replies: 7
Views: 1536

Re: Qatar back in talks with Meridiana

Between Meridiana in Qatar's hands, and Alitalia in Eithad's hands, and Emirates securing MXP as a fifth freedom.. what is with the Middle Eastern obsession with Italy? Is it simply the corruption?

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by keitherson
Thu Jun 23, 2016 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jordanian complaints over Ramon Airport opening in April 2017 to replace Ovda and Eilat
Replies: 3
Views: 1139

Jordanian complaints over Ramon Airport opening in April 2017 to replace Ovda and Eilat

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israe ... SKCN0Z81KD There is challenge from the Jordanian side about Israel's new to-be-opened airport serving the Eilat region, which is 10km away from Jordan's own Aqaba airport. There is history behind this: Aqaba airport in Jordan was supposed to be a joint int...

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by keitherson
Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YYC International Service
Replies: 12
Views: 1893

Re: YYC International Service

A lot of ex-YVR transatlantic traffic is also fed through YYC and YEG. Even Air Transat has domestic feeder flights for this. YVR on the other hand, has a very high amount of international service for a city of its size, particularly to secondary cities in China from the huge amount of Chinese peopl...

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by keitherson
Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What alliance would/will Cubana de Aviacion join?
Replies: 23
Views: 2890

What alliance would/will Cubana de Aviacion join?

As the US normalizes relations with Cuba and the American bilaterals get implemented, what codeshares would Cubana involve itself? What alliance would it join? Has there been any moves by US carriers?

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by keitherson
Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PER - New Airlines
Replies: 12
Views: 1731

Re: PER - New Airlines

It could have worked if there wasn't a crash in the oil and mining market :D

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by keitherson
Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has there not been a premium airline using aspects of the LCC model?
Replies: 26
Views: 6846

Why has there not been a premium airline using aspects of the LCC model?

By "LCC model" I mean: point-to-point network, Navitaire/ticketless system, high fleet utilization, singular aircraft type, non-unionized crew, unbundled add-ons. The closest I could think would be Porter Airlines in YTZ. Their clientele is largely business or business-targeted. Many legac...

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by keitherson
Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Thomas Cook Airlines & Thomson Airways considered scheduled or charter airlines?
Replies: 11
Views: 3611

Re: Are Thomas Cook Airlines & Thomson Airways considered scheduled or charter airlines?

In Canada, Sunwing and Air Transat are both scheduled and charter operators. Sunwing also flies YVR-YYZ during the low seasons and fills up on domestic travellers. Whether these leisure airlines pick up "flight only" passengers seems to be how well marketed they are on GDS. Air Transat is ...

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by keitherson
Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What airlines play their own custom soundtrack for boarding/deplaning?
Replies: 67
Views: 12846

What airlines play their own custom soundtrack for boarding/deplaning?

One thing I noticed from the better-run airlines is their music selection. It's part of an attention-to-detail mentality that many airlines overlook, and a sign of good management of the air passenger experience. Delta plays downtempo electronica music that you'd normally hear at a bar, it's very hi...

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by keitherson
Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS May Keep VX as Separate Brand
Replies: 58
Views: 8208

Re: AS May Keep VX as Separate Brand

That would be a smart move to do. Since there is not much significant market overlap and also a different airplane type, I'd imagine most benefits of the merger will come later on down the road. As many speculated, Alaska buying Virgin is more about denying JetBlue from becoming an even bigger playe...

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by keitherson
Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saturday Only Flights
Replies: 37
Views: 10382

Re: Saturday Only Flights

YVR-ATL on mainline Delta and YVR-IAD on mainline United run seasonal for Alaskan cruise traffic. Delta flies on Wednesdays and Saturdays and United flies on Saturdays only.

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by keitherson
Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:37 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: New Site.
Replies: 453
Views: 33790

Re: New Site.

I miss the darker scheme. This feels too bright on the eyes.

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