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by SurlyBonds
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential of a Boeing+Embraer j/v?
Replies: 37
Views: 5282

Re: Potential of a Boeing+Embraer j/v?

dtw2hyd wrote:
Boeing has already too much on its plate. Its focus should be mainly on 737MAX quality, 787 sales and MoM development. Also dealing with the not to be named new yuge plane. Selling Jungle/Barbie jets should be last on the list.


What is the "new yuge plane" you're referring to? 777-9?

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should United bring back the Tulip?
Replies: 115
Views: 13669

Re: Should United bring back the Tulip?

I'm a die hard lover of the tulip and would love to see it come back, but that ship has sailed. I keep hearing the assertion that the "the tulip's ship has sailed,", but I've got to ask: why? If JAL can bring back the crane, and Air Canada the rondel maple leaf (admittedly not wholly aban...

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seasonal LCC Flights Between Europe and Hawaii?
Replies: 38
Views: 4277

Re: Seasonal LCC Flights Between Europe and Hawaii?

Not a huge market from HNL to Europe. Hawaii is west coast centric and DFW mega-hub connections. Europeans have the Med., Azores, and Indian Ocean that are much closer and cheaper. Plus, they don’t have to deal with the 1% of American A-hole, know-it-all, tourists. Setting aside your stereotypes ab...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MOL: "Norwegian 'gone' in 4-5 months"
Replies: 136
Views: 28181

Re: MOL: "Norwegian 'gone' in 4-5 months"

Evidence of safety violations? The world is multi cultural as is US. No one complains about all the tech employees imported here to Seattle, but somehow air crews can't be sourced world wide? I think it's clear, however, that some cultures are more safety-conscious and detail-oriented than others. ...

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by SurlyBonds
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 264
Views: 38675

Re: Cathay Pacific multiple

I'm not talking about Budweiser, Miller, Coors, or any of the other mass produced beers. They're terrible and I do not drink them. However, American craft beer is excellent and there are smaller breweries that now distribute nationwide and, I believe, internationally. Those beers absolutely approac...

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by SurlyBonds
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 264
Views: 38675

Re: Re: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-C

I beg to differ. There are plenty of great beer cities in the US making excellent beers that are, by and large, superior to the ones the three announced destinations are most famous for. In Belgium you can walk into a cafe and see a 32 page beer menu. They are not craft beers, they are well establi...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 264
Views: 38675

Re: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent

raylee67 wrote:
Are there any destinations in North America you would think as "beer related"?


Denver.

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Fiji Airways become the Icelandair in the South Pacific?
Replies: 56
Views: 10172

Re: Could Fiji Airways become the Icelandair in the South Pacific?

:banghead: Terrible idea. Take a look at a map. You'll see Fiji is hardly a convenient central point. Also go read those dozen threads about why Hawaii wont be a similar hub either. Huh? Without commenting on the other issues raised in this thread, NAN is almost exactly on the great circle route be...

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by SurlyBonds
Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?
Replies: 63
Views: 10185

Re: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?

Maybe it would be more useful to compare these loads to LH, NH and HU. I assume part of the point of these routes is that some folks will pay a premium to avoid the knife fight that is a trip up the 101 and have a better airport experience. If that's the case for all of these carriers (except argua...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which has the better long-term strategy: Emirates or Norwegian?
Replies: 39
Views: 6322

Re: Which has the better long-term strategy: Emirates or Norwegian?

Low Cost Long Haul is the future whether we like it or not I'm not yet convinced. People have been speaking about low cost long haul for a long time and there have been few successes. Even AirAsiaX ended up being more of a medium haul rather than long haul player, and only now reentering the long h...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the ME3's expansion sustainable long-term?
Replies: 32
Views: 4560

Re: Is the ME3's expansion sustainable long-term?

What country would allow EK (since you mentioned DXB) to set up a hub on their soil at the expense of their own airlines? I can't think of a single country in any of those geographic regions that would allow for such a proposal, especially Europe and East/SouthEast Asia. 77H The profile would be (1...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seat size regulations in the US
Replies: 176
Views: 13742

Re: Seat size regulations in the US

bigjku wrote:

Anything beyond that is just government babying.


Also known as "something bigjku doesn't like."

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seat size regulations in the US
Replies: 176
Views: 13742

Re: Seat size regulations in the US

I think it's time for regulation. It doesn't have to be overly onerous either. Minimum pitch should be 31" and 17" seats on wide-bodies shouldn't be permitted. DL does just fine with 9x 777s. 787s should be 8x instead of 9x. The airlines have received unlimited gravy from the Feds for yea...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA Seeking Money From Disruptive Passenger
Replies: 18
Views: 2781

Re: HA Seeking Money From Disruptive Passenger

Aloha All, $110,000 is a hefty chunk of change for your average citizen. I did a bit of quick research and it appears that restitution in this particular instance (criminal case) cannot be discharged should the defendant declare bankruptcy. Definitely an eye opener case for other would-be disruptiv...

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta moves seat of Ann Coulter
Replies: 317
Views: 35645

Re: Delta moves seat of Ann Coulter

With all due respect, you are in Iceland, yet you are arguing American contract law with American lawyers. DL did not do anything wrong under the Contract of Carriage. Is there a reason why various state statutes based on the Uniform Commercial Code (which is largely open to rewriting form contract...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines considers cancelling New York route
Replies: 46
Views: 12245

Re: China Airlines considers cancelling New York route

I also think that two major international carriers for Taiwan likely impacts yields for both BR and CI. I was under the impression that there is a political element to the fact that Taiwan has two carriers -- that Kuomintang supporters usually flew CI, and Democratic People's Party supporters fly B...

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by SurlyBonds
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 797 factory location?
Replies: 35
Views: 6263

Re: 797 factory location?

Being that Tesla is one of the better example California has it kind of makes the point of major companies like Boeing getting the hell out. I'm afraid I don't follow. Tesla considered locations in South Carolina and New Mexico for its Model S and ultimately opted for Fremont. The California econom...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 797 factory location?
Replies: 35
Views: 6263

Re: 797 factory location?

Unlikely. Places like long beach only have a future as defense production facilties where the costs can be considered a 'favor' to politicians of a certain district. California as a whole has some of the highest labor costs and most burdensome labor regulations in the United States. A commercial pr...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue May 23, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAX Accuse WN of Homophobic Discrimination
Replies: 35
Views: 6615

Re: PAX Acuse WN of Homophobic Discrimination

Story found here: A little pedantic on the ops agent's part? Maybe, but it is the policy. If the policy is being selectively enforced, it most certainly is discriminatory. (Also, I would think that pre-boarding an 83-year old grandmother is a textbook case of "when airlines should be flexible ...

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by SurlyBonds
Wed May 10, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Agent Canceled His Reservation Because He Filmed Her in Bag Dispute
Replies: 163
Views: 16239

Re: UA Agent Canceled His Reservation Because He Filmed Her in Bag Dispute

As a Customer Service Agent for a major airline, I have learned the flying public will not tell the truth. When they are wrong and the conversation is not on their side they then start recording. First off, how *dare* you? No one in the flying public tells the truth? Ever? That's incredibly presump...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon May 08, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta employees threaten and harass family; kicked off flight
Replies: 204
Views: 23560

Re: Delta employees threaten and harass family; kicked off flight

Good post. We can't assume anything about Dad quite yet. It may turn out he's an attention-seeking prick who understood perfectly the CoC and was willing to put his wife and two toddlers through this ordeal in a clandestine mission to get on TV and/or get DL to pay for his trip. This is the version...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon May 08, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta employees threaten and harass family; kicked off flight
Replies: 204
Views: 23560

Re: Delta employees threaten and harass family; kicked off flight

This is a business, highly regulated but a business nonetheless. I keep hearing some of the pro-FA posters here make this point, or its kissing cousin, "airlines aren't charities!" Yes, airlines are a business. Duh. So what? Is your point that as a consequence of being a business, anythin...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon May 08, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest
Replies: 162
Views: 12869

Re: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest

If airlines are so keen about customers fully understanding CoC, do NOT allow them to purchase until they confirmed they read it. This sort of contract -- where the customer "has to" sign to function in daily life, and has no opportunity to negotiate terms -- is called a "contact of ...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 06, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man seated next to obese pax sues AA
Replies: 88
Views: 12866

Re: Man seated next to obese pax sues AA

Go to a buffet and look at the size of the patrons, no salads for them, greasy fried foods, cakes, pies and several trips to the ice cream machine. For many its not an overactive thyroid, but an over overactive fork. Wow. Just, wow. Have you actually bothered to read any scientific research on the ...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 06, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will an airport be named after Obama?
Replies: 70
Views: 10650

Re: Will an airport be named after Obama?

kiowa wrote:
We need a law/amendment in the US prohibiting naming any public building or place after any politician..


Of all the things we need in the US, we "need" this why, exactly?

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 06, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest
Replies: 162
Views: 12869

Re: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest

This is a common misconception held by the public, the purchase of a ticket does not purchase a right to a seat on a particular flight.


Maybe that's one of the first things we ought to change when we re-regulate the airlines.

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 06, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest
Replies: 162
Views: 12869

Re: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest

727200 wrote:
. Listening to the 'customer is always right' crowd...


The "customer is always right" crowd? Nice. Then you wonder why the (international) travelling public prefers the likes of EK and SQ to crappy US airlines.

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by SurlyBonds
Fri May 05, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta employees threaten and harass family; kicked off flight
Replies: 204
Views: 23560

Re: Delta employees threaten and harass family; kicked off flight for overbooking

I've heard several stories about how other passengers treated the 4 staff members on UA3411 after the Dr. Dao incident. The four staff members deserve every bit of opprobium they got. As for the gate agents for telling the passengers that they would be arrested on federal charges and their children...

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by SurlyBonds
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 23220

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

...airlines are going to have to adopt a "reason and then delay" policy for situations like this. Front-line employees will be told to calmly explain the policy, procedure or regulation needing to be enforced, and/or action needing to be taken, and if a passenger refuses, it will simply e...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will any of the European big 3 (Lufthansa Group, AFKLM, IAG) unite under a single brand.
Replies: 61
Views: 7499

Re: Will any of the European big 3 (Lufthansa Group, AFKLM, IAG) unite under a single brand.

I agree that the major brands, by which I basically mean BA/IB, AF/KL, and LH/LX are likely to survive for the foreseeable future. I do suspect, however, that we may see some rationalization of the more regional brands (Air Dolomiti, Edelweiss, etc.) into the parent companies. Branding also requires...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will any of the European big 3 (Lufthansa Group, AFKLM, IAG) unite under a single brand.
Replies: 61
Views: 7499

Re: Will any of the European big 3 (Lufthansa Group, AFKLM, IAG) unite under a single brand.

Just made a note in my calendar: October 21, 2036: check if LH is still around. If yes, log in on a.net and post "I told you!!!!"


Or just check out the Starfleet Museum. ;)

http://www.starfleet-museum.org/bison.htm

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