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by airzim
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?
Replies: 78
Views: 12869

Re: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?

FYI, DL and AA can’t gurantee you lie flat with direct aisle access either. AA can. Last angled lie-flat 777 with 2-3-2 was retrofitted in September and the last angled lie-flat 767 with 2-2-2 was retired around the same time AA still flies 757s with the exact same seat as UA and DL in their intern...

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by airzim
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?
Replies: 78
Views: 12869

Re: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?

That J seat, while not as competitive as some seats today, has been flying passengers for something like 20 years. Not terribly different from BA’s product, and not far off the mark from EK 777s with 2-3-2 angled flat configurations on ULH sectors. So spare the melodrama about how uncompetive UA is...

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by airzim
Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?
Replies: 78
Views: 12869

Re: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?

Do you mean this? You’ll Get Even Less Space on Transatlantic Flights with United Next Year? Basically, United sees high demand to Europe for S18 so they figure the best way to accommodate the demand is to cram even more people onto its domestic 777's and fly them internationally. Brilliant move, r...

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by airzim
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?
Replies: 78
Views: 12869

Re: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?

Actually there are some significant changes on the way, to all aspects of the experience (inside and outside). Do you mean this? You’ll Get Even Less Space on Transatlantic Flights with United Next Year? Basically, United sees high demand to Europe for S18 so they figure the best way to accommodate...

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by airzim
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Summer 2018 Widebody Int'l Scheduling
Replies: 58
Views: 12764

Re: United Summer 2018 Widebody Int'l Scheduling

Other than 77Ws, I'm not sure why you would really want 787s other than the fact they are new or to replace on LHR/AMS/FCO. The 787s would be reduced seat capacity over the 772s (and comfort given that the int'l 772s aren't 10 abreast yet). But in 787 C is 2-2-2 which is better than the 772 2-4-2 t...

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by airzim
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update on AZ's 77W
Replies: 19
Views: 12778

Re: Alitalia 77W goes into storage

SWISS, a luxury Lufthansa group airline is using the 777 What? SWISS is hardly a luxury airline, especially on the 77W. Econ is the typical crammed in 3-4-3 seating as on most 77W operators, Business is not all aisle access like many competitors, , rock hard seats and pretty substandard catering an...

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by airzim
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East Asian Airlines at Newark Liberty
Replies: 40
Views: 7069

Re: East Asian Airlines at Newark Liberty

One possible issue as well is EWR cannot support A380 operations.

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by airzim
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2017
Replies: 1935
Views: 330508

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2017

Why would the return be restricted? Wouldn't the weight only be a problem when taking off from the high altitude? Once the plane has flown from LHR, it would have burned off most of the fuel by the time of landing at DEN (which is 200 miles shorter than IAH, and which has used a shorter range 764 m...

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by airzim
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Summer 2018 Widebody Int'l Scheduling
Replies: 58
Views: 12764

Re: United Summer 2018 Widebody Int'l Scheduling

skipness1E wrote:
Also the domestic UA 777s have zero IFE. Hardly competitive in that market, even with a space for your tablet in the seat back.


They likely needed the swap to pull out planes for Polaris conversion. DUB is a likely target given the summer volumes to Ireland.

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by airzim
Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA flight diverts to LHR, several pax become unwell.
Replies: 13
Views: 8765

Re: UA flight diverts to LHR, several pax become unwell.

Looks like I'm mistaken. But I'm still perplexed by the lettering on the seatbacks. Is the AV system in the armrest?

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by airzim
Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA flight diverts to LHR, several pax become unwell.
Replies: 13
Views: 8765

Re: UA flight diverts to LHR, several pax become unwell.

I’m pretty sure that’s not a picture of the aircraft in question. 1) that’s not United’s interior pattern, 2) they don’t have the large lettering on the seatback, 3) I think that might be a narrow body aircraft. Perhaps a 737, not a 767 as stated

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by airzim
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Pan Am buy any factory new 747-200’s ?
Replies: 61
Views: 10458

Re: Did Pan Am buy any factory new 747-200’s ?

National in and of itself wasn't the problem... Lorenzo getting into a bidding war over it and inflating the price was the problem. If they had dropped National on him instead of giving him a massive nest egg the 80s would of looked very VERY different for the US Majors. Respectfully disagree. With...

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by airzim
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL downgrading seats on JFK-KEF/PDL/SNN
Replies: 30
Views: 10464

Re: DL downgrading seats on JFK-KEF/PDL/SNN

United’s downgrade on the Dublin Newark service I don’t understand, because Dublin has quite a high proportion of corporate traffic, so expect a proper business class cabin. Dublin isn’t the low yielding market used to be, so I suppose United is trying to add Y capacity rather than worry about corp...

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by airzim
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Rolls Out Delta One to JFK-LAS/SAN/SEA
Replies: 56
Views: 14306

Re: Delta Rolls Out Delta One to JFK-LAS/SAN/SEA

And I think everyone else is going to lose a lot of money keep up with the Blue Jones’ Don't you think DL and AA crunched the #'s and came to the conclusion that its not about keeping up with 'Blue' but making a profit on routes that demand such a product? I seriously doubt this was some flippant d...

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by airzim
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official Launch of Singapore Airlines New Products 2017
Replies: 65
Views: 13527

Re: Official Launch of Singapore Airlines New Products 2017

At 6’4, and having flown the current product, I will likely never fly SQ J class with this set up. Assuming they’ve improved the hardness of the seat and the marginal catering, the didn’t fix the fundamental flaw with their seats. They’re too short and the sleeping angle is terrible. I’d still rathe...

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by airzim
Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA launches LAX-SIN
Replies: 354
Views: 62349

Re: UA launches LAX-SIN

Are UA running their standard 252 Passengers/3 Class config 787-9s on these SFO/LAX-SIN routes? Didn't SQ determine there just wasn't enough demand and/or couldn't make money on high capacity economy seating on these routes with the A340-500? Wondering if SQ might indirectly counter this UA competi...

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by airzim
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United reports 2017Q3 earnings
Replies: 106
Views: 16638

Re: United reports 2017Q3 earnings

You need to stop. The lack of maturity regarding this subject is absurd. And the continual histrionic and grandiose memories of the former companies is ridiculous. What do you need to make your hurt feelings go away? Does it take everyone agreeing with you to make it stop? If not, I think you might...

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by airzim
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 Media Day
Replies: 83
Views: 13833

Re: Delta A350 Media Day

All is see is boxes, corners and squares. Delta One suites, walled boxes, the rectangle tables, square TVs, square 'door' (what a gimmick that 'door' is a joke) Premium Econ, upholstery, rectangles and squares. TVs square, layout of seat rows--large rectangles. Econ, perfectly aligned sharp corners,...

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by airzim
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit
Replies: 112
Views: 19659

Re: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit

I had my first experience flying in premium Economy on AA's 789 this last week and I loved it. I would never pay for a business class seat but would shell out the extra cash for Premium Economy on a longer flight. I think the airlines have figured out that there are people who will pay extra for a ...

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by airzim
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit
Replies: 112
Views: 19659

Re: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit

United is pushing it with crappiness people will need to endure by choosing them in the future. In the recent past, I've had some of my best TATL flights on United, mostly thanks to some great crews. But this sardine can development, the paying customer beat down incident and the terrible customer ...

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by airzim
Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Nav-Canada impose additional fee specific to Boeing aircraft overflying Canadian aerospace?
Replies: 47
Views: 5542

Re: Can Nav-Canada impose additional fee specific to Boeing aircraft overflying Canadian aerospace?

Now that U.S. has essentially blocked the C-Series from entering the U.S, It's time to speculate on what kind of retaliatory measure Can Canada put forward without damaging it's own economy? One of the ideas that would have minimal effect on Canadian economy , is to impose exuberant higher fees on ...

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by airzim
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces IAH-SYD, starting Jan 18, 2018
Replies: 155
Views: 27461

Re: UA announces IAH-SYD, starting Jan 18, 2018

Isn't SYD slot restricted at that hour? Wonder where they got the slot and parking position?

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by airzim
Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATH - North American Routes
Replies: 116
Views: 17645

Re: ATH - North American Routes

Part of the problem is with A3 and UA not code-sharing with each other all that much. In fact, next to nothing. At least the AC overwater flights have A3 code-share numbers on them, which helps. That being said, it seems that UA is unwilling to view A3 as a "serious" airline. I suspect it...

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by airzim
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATH - North American Routes
Replies: 116
Views: 17645

Re: ATH - North American Routes

Part of the problem is with A3 and UA not code-sharing with each other all that much. In fact, next to nothing. At least the AC overwater flights have A3 code-share numbers on them, which helps. That being said, it seems that UA is unwilling to view A3 as a "serious" airline. I suspect it...

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by airzim
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATH - North American Routes
Replies: 116
Views: 17645

Re: ATH - North American Routes

How is EK doing on ATH-EWR route with the A380 during off-season months? EK is using the 77W for EWR-ATH-DXB. In fact because of this, I booked away from EK and took LX back to the US from ATH to avoid the subpar J class on the EK 77W. IIRC, EWR cannot handle an A380 given the taxiway and gate cons...

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by airzim
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL
Replies: 360
Views: 48361

Re: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL

So I actually think DL has better product than AA, but I ended up picking them due to OneWorld advantages out of NYC. NYC is a global city where major finance, fashion and law companies normally have one major office in Europe (most likely in London) and one major office in Asia (most likely one of...

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by airzim
Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL
Replies: 360
Views: 48361

Re: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL

[twoid][/twoid]

PlatinumSteve wrote:
atl100million wrote:
The 757 cannot fly JFK-ZRH, certainly on a year round basis.



I think it can. Eight seconds of Googling showed that Delta used to run a 752 back in 2009.


CO also had run the 757 on EWR-ZRH

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by airzim
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL
Replies: 360
Views: 48361

Re: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL

The PRG/BUD/VCE/BCN additions are all catering to the lucrative Babyboomer retirement cruises on the MED and Danube. All of these cities are either the start or the finish of these tours. I was in PRG, VIE, and BUD this summer and there were American tourist on Viking Tours everywhere. This market d...

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by airzim
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country and the DC-10-15
Replies: 15
Views: 3626

Re: Sun Country and the DC-10-15

Didn't they run these with the most bone crushing configuration? I have a faint memory of an all economy configuration running from south Texas to MSP.

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by airzim
Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scope of Delta in Amsterdam
Replies: 41
Views: 9271

Re: Scope of Delta in Amsterdam

Out of curiosity, and I know off the main topic, but how does this compare to AA at LHR or UA at FRA or even DL at CDG? Both of those questions were answered on the first page of this thread. Thanks JBS, I see that now, but was looking for the detail of flights similar to what is posted. I would re...

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by airzim
Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finding Load Factors
Replies: 8
Views: 3044

Re: Finding Load Factors

It seems most here are actually calculating seat factor, not load factor. LF calculation is really RPM/ASM.

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by airzim
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last A340 operator
Replies: 56
Views: 12317

Re: Last A340 operator

I suspect the last operator that may or may not be currently using the A340 today, but a small airline that struggles with ETOPS requirements.

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by airzim
Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is EWR UA's Long-Term Answer for an East Coast Super-hub?
Replies: 105
Views: 15739

Re: Is EWR UA's Long-Term Answer for an East Coast Super-hub?

According to Port Authority reports, LGA alone carries two times more New York City originating or destination passengers than EWR. 78% of LGA and 83% of JFK passengers are local NYC originating/terminating while EWR is 29% local NYC originating or terminating. 60% of EWR traffic is New Jersey or P...

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by airzim
Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA launches LAX-SIN
Replies: 354
Views: 62349

Re: UA launches LAX-SIN

If one would want to take the contrarian view of the UA/SQ relationship, in the absence of a JV between the two, having UA and SQ flying both of the two largest markets nonstop to SIN effectively freezes out any chance of a competitor trying either market in the future. This will help both companies...

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by airzim
Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Police remove pax off DL flight
Replies: 38
Views: 8724

Re: Police remove pax off DL flight

[quote="oldannyboy"]Nothing to do with Dr Dao who was sitting quietly minding his own business when he was abruptly asked to leave his seat and make space for others... /quote]

Yes, Saint Dao. :roll:

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by airzim
Tue May 23, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does United plan to charge more for 100% (77W) Polaris?
Replies: 2
Views: 920

Re: Does United plan to charge more for 100% (77W) Polaris?

Possibly but unlikely. Could just be classic revenue optimization based on TOD, network demand etc. I did a quick check and it looks like both flights are pricing exactly the same from now into the future. I've never seen United charge more for a J seat based on selection. Can you take a screen capt...

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by airzim
Tue May 16, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Why no 1st class?
Replies: 145
Views: 29336

Re: Concorde Why no 1st class?

Out of curiosity, what were the crew parings for Concorde crews? Did they fly 1 trip, layover in NYC and return the next day to London/Paris? Given the short flight times, could easily do a RT in 1 day, but I suspect they didn't.

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by airzim
Thu May 11, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United directors sued over Smisek Severance Package
Replies: 19
Views: 3389

Re: United directors sued over Smisek Severance Package

The lawsuit should be over not trying to claw back some of that money that smi/j got for failing miserably and being involved in that illegal scheme. In this case, it was more egregious than pay for failure, this was pay for criminal activity! Smisek participated in an illegal kickback scheme. Ille...

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by airzim
Wed May 10, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United load factors from Geneva
Replies: 23
Views: 3128

Re: United load factors from Geneva

Maybe they price their flights expensively comparison to their partner LX which has a better product and I bet is somewhat a bit cheaper then UA? Having recently flown RT JFK-ZRH-EWR on Swiss, I find their J product acceptable but certainly not 'better' than UA. In some cases, it's worse. The seat ...

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by airzim
Wed May 10, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United load factors from Geneva
Replies: 23
Views: 3128

Re: United load factors from Geneva

Maybe they price their flights expensively comparison to their partner LX which has a better product and I bet is somewhat a bit cheaper then UA? Having recently flown RT JFK-ZRH-EWR on Swiss, I find their J product acceptable but certainly not 'better' than UA. In some cases, it's worse. The seat ...

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by airzim
Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 47902

Re: Heck, ATL is having it bad.

I was in RDU tonight, dealing with my own headache back to NYC. Noticed a DL flight to Dublin? Thought that was odd, but sure enough DL176 an A333 diverted to RDU from ATL to pick up a school group on their way to Ireland. Agent said it was the biggest Delta plane they've handled in Raleigh. I will ...

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by airzim
Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 419
Views: 74830

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

[url]s[/url] Looks like United is taking the a350, they have selected a company to supply the seats, so one way or another the idea of them cancelling is getting cast further into doubt. http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=78014&p=RssLanding&cat=news&id=2259528 Given that these s...

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by airzim
Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UNITED, new NYC area outdoor advertising
Replies: 72
Views: 5236

Re: UNITED, new NYC area outdoor advertising

Much more frequent trains Jamaica to Penn vs Newark Airport station to Penn Land at 2pm (midday weekday) today and you're waiting 30 minutes at EWR for NJT to Penn. That's not perception...it is very real. Sure, but the passengers the airlines are targeting are not the ones taking the train to save...

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by airzim
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UNITED, new NYC area outdoor advertising
Replies: 72
Views: 5236

Re: UNITED, new NYC area outdoor advertising

That's the goal, but it doesn't change the fact that it's just inconvenient compared to JFK/LGA for most people in Manhattan. I see EWR as a last resort airport and I live in midtown. Try to get through holland tunnel on Friday afternoon or go from east side to Penn station, wait for the nj transit...

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by airzim
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UNITED, new NYC area outdoor advertising
Replies: 72
Views: 5236

Re: UNITED, new NYC area outdoor advertising

CO was a much smaller airline. They absolutely needed EWR. They were the sole airline hub in NYC area. EWR has most pax in the region. Ads reflected a hometown dominance and pride. That was late 90s, this is today. UA is a much larger airline. EWR is very important, but one of many hubs that is ver...

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by airzim
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA JFK-SFO 1986
Replies: 7
Views: 2364

Re: TWA JFK-SFO 1986

I was just thinking how interesting the business was back then reading the TWA inhouse magazine and referencing their corporate address. 3 major US carriers all had their HQs in virtually the same neighborhood in NYC, TWA 603 3rd Ave, American 633 3rd Ave, and Pan Am 42nd and Park Ave. Basically all...

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by airzim
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA JFK-SFO 1986
Replies: 7
Views: 2364

Re: TWA JFK-SFO 1986

This was the published schedule from 07-21-1986 TW842 SFO-JFK 08:15 747 TW800 SFO-JFK 09:55 L10--check out the flight # TW046 SFO-JFK 12:15 L12 TW044 SFO-JFK 17:30 L10 sorry, wrong direction. Here's the JFK-SFO section TW045 JFK-SFO 09:00 L12 TW803 JFK-SFO 12:15 747 TW843 JFK-SFO 18:25 L10 reference...

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by airzim
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Celeberties in Airline ads/marketing
Replies: 17
Views: 1988

Re: Celeberties in Airline ads/marketing

Matt Damon is the voice of United (or was just recently).
Ethel Merman and Audrey Meadows were at separate times, the spouse of Bob Six, the CEO of Continental Airlines. Not sure if that counts.
Susan Summers was in an ad for CO in the 70s

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by airzim
Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Flights within the USA and North America
Replies: 73
Views: 9221

Re: 747 Flights within the USA and North America

PE
EWR-LAX
EWR-OAK
EWR-SFO
EWR-DEN

CO
EWR-SEA
LAX-ORD

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by airzim
Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: EWR easier to Manhattan fact or tale?
Replies: 23
Views: 4224

Re: EWR easier to Manhattan fact or tale?

I tried it last month (Alaska started pdx-ewr, so gave it a go)..... It was he worst airport to city experience I've had in North America. Never ever using EWR for any reason to manhattan. Dreadful as everyone else clearly understands. I shouldn't even bother but, As someone who lives in Manhattan ...

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