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by airzona11
Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AAL to retire 20 MD-80's on 23rd August 2016
Replies: 125
Views: 21482

Re: AAL to retire 20 MD-80's on 23rd August 2016

This is an impressive logistical/ops event. On a capacity basis, how much is AA reducing the fall flying? I assume these birds weren't flying a full schedule with high utilization (unless they were) at the end. But 20 planes is a lot even for an airline the size of AA. Are they reducing it 5/10/20 p...

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by airzona11
Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN lack of change fees...limits?
Replies: 9
Views: 2144

Re: WN lack of change fees...limits?

This right here is why I primarily book my personal travel on Southwest, even though I have status with AA due to all my work travel. My travel plans change so often so it's nice not to worry about paying a $200 change fee. I really hope WN never gets rid of the no change fee policy. Same here. Cus...

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by airzona11
Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to move all LHR flights to T3
Replies: 28
Views: 5956

Re: DL to move all LHR flights to T3

How many routes are flown by DL/VS from North American to LHR that aren't also connected to either AMS or CDG? I agree with the above posters that they are trying to maximize the O/D revenue to LHR, with AMS/CDG having many more connection options to EU/Africa/ME/Asia.

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by airzona11
Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAAB 340 and SAAB 2000 performance
Replies: 8
Views: 4121

Re: SAAB 340 and SAAB 2000 performance

How do they hold up to Q400's and ATRs? Not well. I would say that a large part of the reason they weren't more successful (especially the 2000) was the regional jet boom, though I think there are other factors as well. The SF34 also fell victim to that size aircraft becoming unpopular (with the EM...

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by airzona11
Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest hits back. announces LAX-CUN/SJD/PVR
Replies: 17
Views: 3753

Re: Southwest hits back. announces LAX-CUN/SJD/PVR

Going to be interesting to see the south of the border market grow on WN. Prices are going to drop and further stimulate demand. In the LA Basin, WN matches or exceeds most airlines in # of frequent flyer program members. AA also is not sitting back (really crazy seeing the Eagles nest at LAX all e1...

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by airzona11
Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should BA switch to CS300 on the LCY-JFK route?
Replies: 38
Views: 13888

Re: Should BA switch to CS300 on the LCY-JFK route?

A318 has same pilots/crew, same support, same maintenance as the rest of their fleet, there would have to be unrealistic opex advantages to make the CSeries more profitable for BA.

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by airzona11
Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no IAG Model in the US?
Replies: 19
Views: 2978

Re: Why no IAG Model in the US?

For starters, TUI announced last year they are merging all their airlines (which used to be a lot of small ones) into 1 brand. Branding is huge and a single consistent brand is key.[...] TUI is not just a bunch of small airlines, but it contains more than a hundred globally operating brands, mainly...

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by airzona11
Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific is considering the 'A350-8000'
Replies: 113
Views: 22110

Re: Cathay Pacific is considering the 'A350-8000'

How much more efficient will a A350-8000 be compared a B778 or B779? How much will it cost to develop? Leahy is boosting significant lower operating costs, I think mainly based on the assumption the A350-1000 will be 35t lighter http://static.cdn-seekingalpha.com/uploads/2014/12/9932311_14186689180...

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by airzona11
Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no IAG Model in the US?
Replies: 19
Views: 2978

Re: Why no IAG Model in the US?

You aren't really comparing apples to apples. GE doesn't have airline unions and there scope to deal with. I'm sorry that my example did not convince you about the fact, that there might be several strategigal alternatives at the same time. But look a little bit closer at the TUI corporation. There...

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by airzona11
Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737 MAX Production Thread - Part 1
Replies: 846
Views: 257235

Re: 737-MAX Updates?

I talked to a SWA captain recently who has friends working with the project and stated that the LEAP1B engines and MAX have out performed all expectations. He stated that the MAX8 with the LEAP1B's could fly PHX to HNL nonstop with out any weight penalties. Granted this is all hear say. FLY I have ...

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by airzona11
Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Airlines to introduce all-suite business class on A350s, 777s
Replies: 126
Views: 19008

Re: Delta Airlines to introduce all-suite business class on A350s, 777s

[quote="a380787"][/quote] Regarding JetBlue: MINT is profitable, it is popular, it is expanding, more planes, more airports. And with your WN comment, which has nothing to do with this thread, you are right, I do think it is a good process, not sure why I need to change my view on that. I ...

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by airzona11
Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Airlines to introduce all-suite business class on A350s, 777s
Replies: 126
Views: 19008

Re: Delta Airlines to introduce all-suite business class on A350s, 777s

Great add for Delta! They have done a great job with the branding and coming a long way from the all blue /plastic cabins of today and yesterday. Great to see DL and the US3 improving their hard product. The privacy is a great add, while not a game changer for some it is certainly an innovative next...

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by airzona11
Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longevity of DL's SLC Hub
Replies: 32
Views: 5768

Re: Longevity of DL's SLC Hub

A good analogy might be SLC is to DEN what CLT is to ATL. SLC is the best non-DEN alternative Mountain West (MW) hub as CLT is the best non-ATL hub for the Southeast (SE). While the population density in the SE is much higher than the MW, the functionality of the smaller hubs serve a network purpos...

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by airzona11
Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Considers Code Share and Interline
Replies: 44
Views: 6266

Re: Southwest Considers Code Share and Interline

United is a un organized mess. There are 5 or so lines that maybe hold 4-8 people between the ropes and the lines snake out with 10-25 folks all over. UA has the worst in my opinion, but again dont think this has any factor in the code share decision. But if you choose not to fly WN bc of their boa...

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by airzona11
Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How important is SIN to US-Based Airlines (DL/UA/AA etc)
Replies: 53
Views: 8081

Re: How important is SIN to US-Based Airlines (DL/UA/AA etc)

At the end of the day, the locations are very far apart and SIN is not very big. The business traffic is well addressed with SQ, CX, UA, DL etc. I have heard the UA SFO non stop is going very well, as others have mentioned. Silicon Valley / SF to SIN is connecting some of the worlds highest GDP area...

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by airzona11
Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham reports on 787 production rate discussion
Replies: 129
Views: 15668

Re: Leeham reports on 787 production rate discussion

There are factors people aren't considering. Going from 12 per month to 14 will allow each aircraft to be built cheaper. A 5% reduction in production cost per aircraft is possible and would be a very big deal. If that cost saving is passed onto the customer Boeing will easily sell the two extra air...

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by airzona11
Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Considers Code Share and Interline
Replies: 44
Views: 6266

Re: Southwest Considers Code Share and Interline

Didn't WN already attempt a limited codeshare before, back with ATA? Other than the fact the the WN boarding is the most efficient and you have some notion it is for the unwashed massesSouthwest does have priority boarding, and the gate area is 2 orderly lines vs the mess of the US majors. I'm sure...

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by airzona11
Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Considers Code Share and Interline
Replies: 44
Views: 6266

Re: Southwest Considers Code Share and Interline

I'm not sure that any of the major international carriers would want to code share with an all coach airline. EK and B6 codeshare, where the overwhelming majority of routes on B6 are all Econ. Mint is only a very small subset of the codeshare. Except the onboard product B6 offers is vastly superior...

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by airzona11
Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Expands Free IFE
Replies: 21
Views: 4368

Re: AA Expands Free IFE

IF InSeat IFE was necessary, they would have refit the US A319s with seat back TVs.

What % of AA/DL/UA flights are within the battery life of a tablet, laptop, PC...? 80%

But hey, if you choose the nonstop or 1 stop option to get TVs, that is a fair reason.

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by airzona11
Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hub Connectivity 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1885

Re: Hub Connectivity 2016

No SFO but ADD. Seeing ADD on that list anywhere is surprising.

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by airzona11
Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Expands Free IFE
Replies: 21
Views: 4368

Re: AA Expands Free IFE

What is TRASH about UAs system? So you don't want to bring a tablet, because you bring a laptop that you use...why not watch video content on the laptop? Those international carriers have NO IFE and maybe Wifi on their comparable planes. So IFE very much so is setting the trend. If streaming IFE was...

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by airzona11
Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Expands Free IFE
Replies: 21
Views: 4368

Re: AA Expands Free IFE

Nice to hear. I don't really fly on AA all that much, but the last time I did I checked out the streaming entertainment and wasn't too impressed. The couple of free options weren't anything I was interested in watching, and I wasn't willing to pay to watch a movie on my relatively short flight. Str...

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by airzona11
Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The case for a 787-8 re-launch by Boeing
Replies: 168
Views: 36463

Re: The case for a 787-8 re-launch by Boeing

That above image of the 788F in DHL colors might be the best looking 787 image I have seen. The 767-300ER (smaller than the A332 being discussed frequently above) has 100s of frames that will need to be replaced. The 788 as it is today, is already an up-gauge. As is gains PIPs, is it not feasible th...

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by airzona11
Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK521 TRV-DXB (777-300 A6-EMW) crash landing in DXB
Replies: 735
Views: 172867

Re: EK521 TRV-DXB (777-300 A6-EMW) crash landing in DXB

NON-LUGGAGE RELATED Fire retardant: What is up with 777's fuselage going up in flames so quickly? Is it simply a matter of heat escaping or do they make those things out of quick start briquettes? Thanks and I will take my answers off the air. As others have pointed out, the 777 has shown that it i...

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by airzona11
Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Uzbekistan 787 is here
Replies: 33
Views: 5707

Re: First Uzbekistan 787 is here

Love the livery. As others have said, suits the 757/767 very well. To me this adds that old school Soviet flair to the 787.

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by airzona11
Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is going on with the 777?
Replies: 65
Views: 23485

Re: What the hell is going on with the 777?

For those who have been living under a rock for the past year, on Sept. 8th 2015 a BA 77E caught fire at LAS due to uncontained engine failure. Same happened on May 27th 2016 with a KAL 773. On June 27th an SQ 77W burst into flames 2h into the flight and landed, at which point the right wing was en...

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by airzona11
Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TG looking to resume US flights
Replies: 29
Views: 6161

Re: TG looking to resume US flights

With JVs etc, unless there is strong business demand (SIN-SFO,etc), all of the above mentioned US cities have many easy 1 stop options on Star, SkyTeam,OneWorld.

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by airzona11
Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA installing new J seat in 777s
Replies: 37
Views: 9264

Re: AA installing new J seat in 777s

ummm actually I am not joking. A vast majority of AA's 777's are still flying the friendly skies with angled seats in J. Imagine that, the year 2016 and AA still has over 40 777's flying with a product that is more outdated than the NY Yankees. Plus, the 767's are a complete joke. No personal IFE i...

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by airzona11
Thu Jul 28, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue orders 30 additional A321s, hints at A321LR, may fly to Europe
Replies: 147
Views: 22836

Re: JetBlue orders 30 additional A321s, hints at A321LR, may fly to Europe

I wont go as far as saying Jet Blue is incompetent, though one could give the argument they have been just that in the past. If Jet Blue, DL, UA AA all needs assistance in moving a large # of pax from one side of the pond to the other, do you think that B6's 'partners' are more likely to help them ...

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by airzona11
Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Load Factor Specific WN Flight
Replies: 4
Views: 547

Re: Load Factor Specific WN Flight

It is not an exact science, but you can check southwest.com and see if there are any Wanna Get Away fares left, that might work.

Regarding fewer passengers, with un assigned seating, just get creating with blocking the middle seat next to you.

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by airzona11
Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue orders 30 additional A321s, hints at A321LR, may fly to Europe
Replies: 147
Views: 22836

Re: JetBlue orders 30 additional A321s, hints at A321LR, may fly to Europe

Mint is an awesome product for them. Put the "first class" on the routes passengers will pay for it. The hybrid model of Mint + typical JetBlue has lots of flexibility and upside. The A321 opens up the profitability of longer routes.

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by airzona11
Mon Jul 25, 2016 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO-TPA - FINALLY!
Replies: 17
Views: 4757

Re: SFO-TPA - FINALLY!

Great add. I was mentioning this in the other thread TPA was a big hole. With US in Star, it was doable with the quick easy transit in PHX, but those days are long gone. Nice to see the destinations added.

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by airzona11
Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 7/29/2016:F9 SAN-MCO,NK Big Reshuffle,UA New Routes,WN
Replies: 69
Views: 10703

Re: OAG Changes 7/29/2016:F9 SAN-MCO,NK Big Reshuffle,UA New Routes,WN

UA SFO - TPA has been a big missing link. This route was still good for StarAlliance credit with US in Star, with a PHX connection. After the AA/UA merger it hasnt been an option.

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by airzona11
Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Struggles with Fate of Virgin Name, 2 Airlines till 2018
Replies: 76
Views: 13116

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

What flyers is their fear of losing? For starters if this was a WN situation where they didn't sell through 3rd parties and you had to go to their website, maybe I could see that, but it is not. If you are a VX flyer today, your destination route map just got a lot bigger. The high value business cu...

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by airzona11
Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA defers delivery of 22 A350 for avg 26 months
Replies: 64
Views: 16491

Re: AA defers delivery of 22 A350 for avg 26 months

I am sure the terms are favorable too. The A350 is in high demand, so should be able to find other slots for other airlines and AA is the largest Airbus customer in the world. Low oil no doubt is pushing out the shelf life of older planes and making current planes more economic. Weak Brazil is freei...

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by airzona11
Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 777-300er and new Polaris routes?
Replies: 26
Views: 9494

Re: UA 777-300er and new Polaris routes?

Really? Last time I checked, DL & AA are taking delivery of new aircraft with AVOD, and UA isn't! UAs streaming entertainment is not bad and while it is not as "sexy" as a TV in seat, it is still great for entertainment. AA just did a refit of all of their A319s and didnt go with PTVs...

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by airzona11
Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN System Outage
Replies: 83
Views: 11675

Re: WN System Outage

It is late and my Friday night but before I go I'd like to ask what Southwest's IT division is like. Do they outsource everything or just hire bad planners and operations staff and go for the lowest costs in design and data centers? Relying on a single data center. Failed backups. Problems every fe...

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by airzona11
Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS adding EWR-PDX/SJC/SAN
Replies: 40
Views: 6642

Re: AS adding EWR-PDX/SJC/SAN

Great adds. With NYC such a large market, in these stations, PDX/SAN/SJC, AS has large operations. I am sure they have been handing off traffic to AA/DL either nonstop via JFK or 1 stop via one of their hubs along the way.

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by airzona11
Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leahy: MOM Market Already Taken By A321neo
Replies: 189
Views: 23843

Re: Leahy: MOM Market Already Taken By A321neo

Zeke, curious with your statement, which of those do have the true advantage? Or based on the second half of your post, are you stating they are equal on advantage? I would tend to agree, with the 747/A380 being irrelevant.

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by airzona11
Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Adds LGB-LAS
Replies: 25
Views: 2830

Re: WN Adds LGB-LAS

WN is king in LAS, there is massive demand LA Basin to LAS. They are going to make money. Whether its 1 day, 1 month or multiple months. No new planes, no new gates, no new staff. More money.

Great opportunistic move.

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by airzona11
Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS Comes To SEA-LHR; DL Goes To PDX-LHR
Replies: 74
Views: 18686

Re: VS Comes To SEA-LHR; DL Goes To PDX-LHR

Delta has positive momentum. They are growing and they are profitable. AS has positive momentum. They are growing and they are profitable. This is awesome and shows the network effects, demand creation and generation going on in SEA. The jobs market there can sustain national and international trave...

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by airzona11
Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS Comes To SEA-LHR; DL Goes To PDX-LHR
Replies: 74
Views: 18686

Re: VS Comes To SEA-LHR; DL Goes To PDX-LHR

Interesting to see the build up of DL at SEA on long haul being slowly pared back. Some transpacific routes do not go out daily, I believe at least one has been cut, and now they won't be flying their own metal on the LHR route. Hmmm...Does this call into question the viability of Seattle as a hub ...

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by airzona11
Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the future of SEA?
Replies: 29
Views: 3665

Re: What is the future of SEA?

Seattle as a market is doing exceptionally well. Look at all the companies there that are growing. With the Vancouver real estate market having massively run up, the money from the other side of the Pacific, mainly China is now flowing into Seattle. It is a very strong economy, and geographically Se...

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by airzona11
Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Performance Trend in SEA T100/DB1B
Replies: 44
Views: 4433

Re: DL Performance Trend in SEA T100/DB1B

I think it is awesome that a major carrier is growing a new hub. In the days of consolidation this is a rare and as an enthusiast and traveler, all for it. AS is continuing to excel so this is not a zero sum game. While they are going after the same market, there are different money making segments ...

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by airzona11
Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Airbus A320 NEO Plus stretch likelihood.
Replies: 47
Views: 17811

Re: New Airbus A320 NEO Plus stretch likelyhood.

keesje, it is awesome having your analysis and graphics on this sight. +1 Your point of needing only a few hundred orders makes sense. While there are incremental development costs, for both A and B, the A320/737 lines are cash cows with a history to leverage and spread the cost over. Spending a few...

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by airzona11
Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing announces 737 MAX-7 stretch
Replies: 102
Views: 22400

Re: Boeing announces 737 MAX-7 stretch

This seems like a great plane for the single class space, ala WN, WS. That is 100s of planes. I will also be interested to see how this works for the smaller mainline fleets of legacy carriers. Might breath life into the smallest 737 family member, stealing potential orders from the C-series, Ejets,...

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by airzona11
Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB Feels more LUV for WN than B6
Replies: 31
Views: 4005

Re: LGB Feels more LUV for WN than B6

But it isn't seasonal,it's temporary, that's it. Big difference. There isn't a difference. "Seasonal" is just a fancy/good PR way of saying "we intend to only temporary operate this route but plan to bring it back around the same time next year." Sometimes they follow though wit...

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by airzona11
Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Applies For OAK-SJD/PVR
Replies: 11
Views: 1519

Re: Southwest Applies For OAK-SJD/PVR

Great add. Hopefully they can start to fill out the route map and add some international from PHX. It is a quick walk from their C/D gates across the bridge to the International B Gates. Huge FF base.

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by airzona11
Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB Feels more LUV for WN than B6
Replies: 31
Views: 4005

Re: LGB Feels more LUV for WN than B6

That you go back to not generating revenue. I think on the revenue side it's just futile. What I think wn just did is to force JetBlue to use the slots fully and not sit on it. It was more of a message of critique more than trying to make more money for just "temporary" slots. In the end ...

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by airzona11
Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB Feels more LUV for WN than B6
Replies: 31
Views: 4005

Re: LGB Feels more LUV for WN than B6

As far as wn Lgb move, I agree with enrilia, it's a bad move for wn, just based for the fact it's "temporary". What good is new cities if it's just for 3 months to then just discontinue. I think they will just add to oak so they don't open a new city then forced to give it up to B6. But I...

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