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by LTU932
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American suspends service to Venezuela
Replies: 93
Views: 14053

Re: American suspends service to Venezuela

The Pilots and Flight Attendants refused to fly the route. It had nothing to do with economics. So tell me how was the plane going to fly? Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't the reason AA was sticking around the very fact that if they pulled out completely, the Venezuelan authorities would outrig...

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by LTU932
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American suspends service to Venezuela
Replies: 93
Views: 14053

Re: American suspends service to Venezuela

If AA were making so much money they wouldn't have stopped period. You know it must be bad now. UA was flying empty planes to CCS at the end before they stopped. The few people going couldn't justify it. Even the airport is considered dangerous let alone outside in town at this point. Many airlines...

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by LTU932
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 274
Views: 46969

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

Election years are the worst years for real government transparency. Not that there is any but if there is, there's even less of it in an election year. Then again, I don't think anything will improve on Brandenburg's side of BER if CDU or anyone else kicks the SPD and Dietmar Woidke out of power.

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by LTU932
Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 274
Views: 46969

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

flyingturtle wrote:
Because there are still problems with the fire alarms and smoke detectors, some officials believe BER won't open in 2020.
Hardly a surprise... and guess who'll have to pick up the tab for this. :banghead:

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by LTU932
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 23134

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

Anyone know the registration of the AI 747 that arrived at SJO with the Indian Vice President today?

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways B77W
Replies: 42
Views: 8297

Re: British Airways B77W

Given the recent order of the 77X, does this mean that the B77W isn't working for them? The 777-300ER is effectively the replacement for the 52-seat Club World 747-400 fleet while the 777-9 will likely become the replacement for the 86-seat Club World fleet. The A350-1000 will then become the 777-2...

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA pilot fired for faking ATP for over 20 years
Replies: 50
Views: 9830

Re: SAA pilot fired for faking ATP for over 20 years

Can't the state officially charge him for forgery of official documents (as in the pilot forging the ATP)? As regulatory CAA, I would definitely look into that because that falls under the penal code though I don't think he'll go to prison for this, he'd just get a major fine for it. And can't the C...

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by LTU932
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Iran Air without embargo?
Replies: 16
Views: 1812

Re: Iran Air without embargo?

The Thai government being rejected by the FAA sounds very misleading. Correct me if I am wrong, but AFAIK the FAA downgrading Thailand is simply for safety measures mostly related to their airports, which affects any Thai airline. A similar situation happened with Guatemala, which is something that ...

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by LTU932
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 23134

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

https://www.copaair.com/es/web/gs/copa-airlines-no-aceptara-efectivo-como-forma-de-pago-en-algunos-aeropuertos The above link seems outdated, but here is the original tweet: https://twitter.com/CopaAirlines/status/1098682277918322688 CM will no longer accept cash payment in airports they operate to ...

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by LTU932
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers
Replies: 112
Views: 8836

Re: Airports with approaches in close proximity to city centers

I'm gonna count SJO as well, if you're landing via RW 25. It's a circling approach and over the years changed in such a way that many aircraft are actually overflying my neighbourhood in Pavas district, the biggest district of the city of San José. I live near SYQ, but since that's not an airport wi...

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by LTU932
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Germania ceases operations
Replies: 144
Views: 33137

Re: Germania ceases operations

Sad news indeed. Germania was the last German airline that the people actually liked, with great service and crews. Joining a long line of bankruptcies and mergers that one by one took the small, often family-owned airlines away from us. LTU, Hapag-Lloyd, Aero Lloyd, the old Condor, Air Berlin, I'm...

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by LTU932
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOG gets USA pre clearance in less than a year
Replies: 80
Views: 9493

Re: BOG gets USA pre clearance in less than a year

Does having pre-clearance make a certain flight a certain freedom? Like 5th freedom? No, it just means that the immigration and customs inspection into the US occurs at the foreign airport of origin, permitting the flight to arrive in the US like a domestic flight. I know it's a longshot for SJO to...

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by LTU932
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Macau government seeks competition, lifts Air Macau's 25-year exclusivity
Replies: 22
Views: 5461

Re: Macau government seeks competition, lifts Air Macau's 25-year exclusivity

Does Macau have their own bilaterals or are they roped on with the PRC? Shouldn't Macau have their own bilaterals because of their status within the PRC as a special administrative region? Or was that agreement between the mainland and Portugal different from the one with the UK in the case of Hong...

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by LTU932
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates intends to fly HAM-JFK
Replies: 117
Views: 17847

Re: Emirates intends to fly HAM-JFK

Now that UA has left HAM, perhaps EK can make it work but HAM-JFK on the A380 would be overkill, and the late flight on the 77W would only cater to O&D passengers. Personally, I'd love a resurrection of HAM-ATL by DL on an A330, or maybe AA trying their chances at flying to HAM from either DFW o...

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by LTU932
Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Overnight TATL
Replies: 27
Views: 5970

Re: Overnight TATL

DE has redeyes that end in SJO. It departs FRA at 2155 hrs, has an intermediate stop in SDQ at 0315 hrs. Then it departs SDQ at 0445 hrs to arrive in SJO at 0540 hrs (all times local). Sure, SDQ and SJO are O&D destinations, but they still have those redeyes from FRA, even after LH started flyin...

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by LTU932
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Long layover in US in Feb: DFW, IAH or ORD?
Replies: 25
Views: 1856

Re: Long layover in US in Feb: DFW, IAH or ORD?

I can't judge ORD and IAH, but from my personal experience, I'd definitely choose DFW.

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by LTU932
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 23134

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

2travel2know2 wrote:
LTU932 wrote:
Is the connector building just for airside connection, or can it also be used landside?
The way it looks from outside, seems to be only for airside connections.
Oh well. Maybe I'll see it for myself whenever I return to Panama (which will likely not be in 2019).

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by LTU932
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 251
Views: 23134

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2019

Is the connector building just for airside connection, or can it also be used landside?

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by LTU932
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 542
Views: 40887

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

https://www.crhoy.com/nacionales/falla-en-sistema-de-consulta-afecta-a-pasajeros-en-aeropuertos/ Today was once again a very bad day at SJO because the immigration systems crashed again. Specifically, the part that checks the Interpol database and the travel impediment sections of the Ministry of Ju...

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by LTU932
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best vacation you’ve ever been on?
Replies: 62
Views: 4674

Re: Best vacation you’ve ever been on?

Panama City, Panama. April 2018. My very first solo vacation in a foreign country, though I chose Panama because of childhood memories. It was the very first foreign country I ever visited back in September 1987.

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by LTU932
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse
Replies: 184
Views: 37530

Re: Reuters/Norwegian Media: DY at Risk of Collapse

Honestly, it would not surprise me a bit. They expanded at a very high pace and probably too fast for them to be sustainable. I've seen this already a few times with the demise of other longhaul (U)LCC airlines such as Air Madrid and Air Comet. Worst case is that they will get crushed by their own d...

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by LTU932
Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Iran airlines need 500 planes, official mulls Sukhoi SSJ 100
Replies: 52
Views: 10802

Re: Reuters: Iran airlines need 500 planes, official mulls Sukhoi SSJ 100

Which Westwern parts are used on plane? I don't know the real specs, but if I read this correctly, there are e.g. components from Thales and Honeywell, and the engines are apparently based on the CFM56 (a US-French joint venture). The Russians would have reengineer a lot of the aircraft to avoid pr...

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by LTU932
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Iran airlines need 500 planes, official mulls Sukhoi SSJ 100
Replies: 52
Views: 10802

Re: Iran planning to buy 500 Sukhoi Superjet 100

Much of the new stuff is heavy on software. Just as a porche automobile needs to be connected to a porche computer, so do Western parts. Russia or China will have to develop many components. If they cheat, than the license to export Western parts to them can be pulled ending production. There must ...

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by LTU932
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BUD-FRA-VCE, 50 minute connection
Replies: 30
Views: 2717

Re: BUD-FRA-VCE, 50 minute connection

It could be doable since it is a Schengen flight, but I wouldn't bet on it. Get at least 90 minutes of connection.

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by LTU932
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel Reward Credit Cards
Replies: 33
Views: 3421

Re: Travel Reward Credit Cards

I'd probably get a Copa Connectmiles Visa card because I just love Copa Airlines. The only problem is that I'd have to sign a contract with Credomatic and I'm very hesitant about that.

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by LTU932
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport to be renamed Pushkin Airport
Replies: 43
Views: 7522

Re: Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport to be renamed Pushkin Airport

Krakow's airport was renamed John Paul II. Didn't have any effect on its IATA code, same with HAM after it got the name Helmut Schmidt attached to it. On the other hand, in some instances the IATA codes (and even ICAO codes) can change. One prominent example was SDA (Saddam International), which was...

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by LTU932
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Failure of German Air Force A340 could be sabotage
Replies: 7
Views: 3731

Re: Failure of German Air Force A340 could be sabotage

The A340 of German Airforce are notorious for their failures. See this German Bild article https://www.bild.de/politik/inland/politik-inland/angela-merkel-g20-treffen-beginnt-ohne-kanzlerin-wegen-zwischenlandung-58733806.bild.html Any such statements, if they're made by the BLÖD (and I refuse to cl...

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by LTU932
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Island Hopping the Pacific + Asia - CM/NH/UA Island Hopper UA155.
Replies: 5
Views: 2911

Re: Island Hopping the Pacific + Asia - CM/NH/UA Island Hopper UA155.

The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas. So that stadium you saw was likely the new stadium for both the LA Rams and LA Chargers.

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by LTU932
Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: close call LH vs AV? ATC Issue??
Replies: 26
Views: 4885

Re: close call LH vs AV? ATC Issue??

With English being the universal language of aviation why is this controller giving instructions in Spanish. Because many countries allow communication with local or other carriers in Spanish here in Central America. Maybe it is a pride issue, I dunno. Here in Costa Rica, Spanish is used with Spani...

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by LTU932
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Likely BA Heathrow route additions from Gatwick
Replies: 35
Views: 6219

Re: Likely BA Heathrow route additions from Gatwick

I'm praying for the day SJO gets moved from LGW to LHR. That said, it's more likely that a hypothetical BA flight to PTY will end up being from LHR.

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by LTU932
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 274
Views: 46969

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

We have had a bad airport fire at Düsseldorf airport with people dying. One reason why the regulations got so strict. But they were known before and are no reason for the delays. However the substandard built quality and lack of documentation are. I still remember being there in December 1997 and s...

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by LTU932
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 274
Views: 46969

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

Which means cables will need to be replaced soon again because of corrosion. Even the plastic covering won't protect those cables from the elements. And guess who's picking up the tab for that again???

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by LTU932
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you arrive at the airport earlier or later than you did pre electronic check in?
Replies: 17
Views: 1770

Re: Do you arrive at the airport earlier or later than you did pre electronic check in?

I always try to arrive minimum three hours before departure or more, regardless of online check-in or not. This exactly. That way you know for sure you're not missing your flight even if you get delayed on the way to the airport which can easily happen. Travel times are always estimations, they're ...

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by LTU932
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you arrive at the airport earlier or later than you did pre electronic check in?
Replies: 17
Views: 1770

Re: Do you arrive at the airport earlier or later than you did pre electronic check in?

I always try to arrive minimum three hours before departure or more, regardless of online check-in or not.

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by LTU932
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The worlds most powerful passport, Japan.
Replies: 5
Views: 1619

Re: The worlds most powerful passport, Japan.

I have a German passport, and a Costa Rican passport. The Costa Rican one is one of the rather better passports in Central America in terms of visa-free travel, probably just second behind the Panamanian passport.

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by LTU932
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER new terminal to open with rest of airport in 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 16069

Re: BER new terminal to open with rest of airport in 2020

I dunno how it is handled in London, but take into consideration that the S-Bahn, which in both Hamburg and Berlin is built like an U-Bahn (that is, as a subway), is legally considered heavy rail, therefore any connection between BER and the S-Bahn network is technically considered a rail connectio...

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by LTU932
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER new terminal to open with rest of airport in 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 16069

Re: BER new terminal to open with rest of airport in 2020

A bit off topic, but it isn't just that little 3 stop subway line that connects the Berlin Hauptbahnhof to the rest of the subway system/network. It is actually very well connected via a few different S-Bahn lines which are seamlessly integrated with the other actual underground subway lines or U-B...

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by LTU932
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ends Hamburg for good
Replies: 69
Views: 13497

Re: United ends Hamburg for good

I'm sad that EWR-HAM has been cancelled. And for the record: On the HAM-EWR leg of my trip to SJO in winter 2015/16, I did fly on a three-class 767, while the return was on a two-class 767.

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by LTU932
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is this added security for US-bound passengers?
Replies: 26
Views: 2332

Re: Is this added security for US-bound passengers?

I should really stop reading these threads, they make me more nervous to fly to the US (and it's because of what and how people say things in these threads that I get nervous) and I want to eventually visit the country and not just stay in transit for a connection. I've had these security interviews...

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by LTU932
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AMS vs CDG: Which is the better hub?
Replies: 18
Views: 1590

Re: AMS vs CDG: Which is the better hub?

Personally, and even without having ever been in CDG, I'd still choose AMS. When I was there 2 years ago, it felt like being in a shopping mall minus the food courts. Sure, the concourse I boarded my flight to PTY looked run down in comparison to everything before passport control, but they get a pa...

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by LTU932
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread - 2018
Replies: 542
Views: 40887

Re: Central American aviation thread - 2018

I had N776AV fly over my house today while it was on final from LIM. Too bad I've yet to see a CFM powered A320NEO myself, the ones I've seen were PW powered ones from LH back in Germany.

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by LTU932
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fate of IL-96 RA-96013?
Replies: 12
Views: 2848

Re: Fate of IL-96 RA-96013?

Wayfarer515 wrote:
Isnt this frame being converted to a -400M or a tanker?
If that was true, how would they stretch it? That aircraft has already been built, so I don't see how they can stretch an already built aircraft at all.

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by LTU932
Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aeroflot (USSR) Booking for Domestic Travel
Replies: 12
Views: 2518

Re: Aeroflot (USSR) Booking for Domestic Travel

I think BGW was the old airport until SDA was built. Did Baghdad even have another airport before the former SDA? AFAIK BGW is the IATA metro code for Baghdad, while SDA was the IATA code for the actual airport back when it was still called "Saddam International". I believe right after th...

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by LTU932
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why Exit immigration?
Replies: 30
Views: 3238

Re: Why Exit immigration?

IMO it does help because even if you leave the US in time, there is the remote possiblity that your departure is not properly recorded, hence people getting denied entry for overstaying visas when they did not (yes, there are such incidents). Having exit immigration would not just enhance security,...

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by LTU932
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why Exit immigration?
Replies: 30
Views: 3238

Re: Why Exit immigration?

Today you fill no forms, and nothing gets stapled to your passport. That is if you are in Visa Waiver program Don't you still fill out a customs form, or has that changed since I was last in the US back in January 2016? I don't believe having exit immigration would help solve the visa overstay prob...

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by LTU932
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest flight from your airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 4133

Re: Longest flight from your airport?

From SJO, here are the five longest nonstop flights (great circle distance): IB SJO-MAD: 4,593 nm BA SJO-LGW: 4,716 nm AF SJO-CDG: 4,828 nm KL SJO-AMS: 4,896 nm (seasonal) LH SJO-FRA: 5,055 nm DE also operates SJO-FRA and I believe also SJO-MUC, however those are one-stop flights, so they don't coun...

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by LTU932
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Jersey bill proposes tax hike for United only
Replies: 56
Views: 9509

Re: New Jersey bill proposes tax hike for United only

This bill may be illegal, likely to be in conflict with the Constitution may make it dumb to push it. So you think it's likely UA could sue New Jersey for this, based probably on the 14th Amendment if applicable, as aemoreira1981 suggested? Or will they wait until the governor decides if he will ve...

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by LTU932
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Jersey bill proposes tax hike for United only
Replies: 56
Views: 9509

Re: New Jersey bill proposes tax hike for United only

Isn't that something that UA can actually take the State of New Jersey to court for, even as far as going to the State Supreme Court or even go federal??

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by LTU932
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is 1hr 5min connection in Zurich enough?
Replies: 15
Views: 1341

Re: Is 1hr 5min connection in Zurich enough?

If the ticket is booked as one ticket on LX and WK you should be fine- 5 years ago I made a 50 minute connection going VCE-ZRH-BOS and my luggage actually made it onto the BOS flight. It might be a little tight and you might have to move quickly in the airport but otherwise you should be fine. 50 m...

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