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by obelau24
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta LAX operations
Replies: 32
Views: 7153

Re: Delta LAX operations

I hate terminal 3 - it’s just one big, round waiting room and it’s constantly packed. The SkyClub there is also atrocious - it’s essentially a dive bar. Terminal 2 on the other hand is nicer but just as crowded. That being said, every connection I have I high-tail it to the T2 lounge which, aside fr...

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by obelau24
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian CEO resigns
Replies: 30
Views: 10896

Re: Hawaiian CEO resigns

What a shocker! Mark Dunkerley was one of HA’s greatest assets and arguably one of their best leaders. He has a fantastic management style, is incredibly charismatic and friendly, and very down to earth. Hawaiian will absolutely miss him, but unfortunately, not a lot of his personality or work ethic...

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by obelau24
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Shuttle Question
Replies: 47
Views: 8621

Re: Delta Shuttle Question

Slightly off-topic but I wish Delta would increase frequency between SEA and SFO - their offering is pitiful compared to Alaska (absolutely not worthy of a “shuttle” title) and the times are very inconvenient for a day or even weekend trip. I’d love to see an early morning 6/7am and a late night 10p...

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by obelau24
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Island Air to Cease Operations
Replies: 183
Views: 23757

Re: Island Air files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

I am very sad to hear this news as I was hoping against all hope. I have a lot of friends there and I know they have an amazing group of people working there. Fortunately, there are a ton of jobs for the taking in all industries so shouldn’t be too hard to get back on their feet. On another topic, w...

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by obelau24
Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A visual into Alaska Air Group's Q3 performance
Replies: 119
Views: 13194

Re: A visual into Alaska Air Group's Q3 performance

I've been sorta commuting between HNL and the Bay Area the last couple of months and been using AS over and VX back because of the flight times. I actually haven't flown VX in Main Cabin/Select yet (first time coming up this week) but comparing the two firsts, there's something to be said for both p...

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by obelau24
Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2017
Replies: 259
Views: 24609

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread

In regards to Palau to Australia flights, Pacific Flier was the airline that operated the route with an A310. In only operated from March to August 2010, started as 2x weekly ROR-BNE then in June went 1x weekly ROR-OOL before finishing up. THAT'S what it was - thank you for reminding me. I knew the...

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by obelau24
Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2017
Replies: 259
Views: 24609

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread

Obviously I'm from Palau and so I'm very interested in this topic. Curious to see more detailed plans closer to May. I'm not from Palau - i've only been there once - but I'm very interested to see how this develops. I wonder if there is a viable market between Australia and Palau (probably from Cai...

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by obelau24
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Island Air to Cease Operations
Replies: 183
Views: 23757

Re: Island Air files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

I find this whole story sad but not particularly surprising. I was offered a management job at WP earlier this year and after a lot of thought and reflection passed on it. I'm thanking my lucky stars now. What I did take away from the process though was what a remarkable group of people were at thee...

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by obelau24
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2017
Replies: 259
Views: 24609

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread

Haneda’s terminal arm dives into management business at Palau airport Tokyo’s Haneda airport will launch a terminal-management business at Palau airport in its first such project overseas. ... According to the plan, renovation work on the two-story, 5,500-sq.-meter building will begin around May to...

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by obelau24
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 457
Views: 62840

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

If WN follows their current model, they probably want about 10 flights per island to start - is that correct? Even if you halve it to 5 flights per day per island, not using red eyes is going to mean 5 planes on the ground around the same time and to be honest HNL is really close to max capacity in ...

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by obelau24
Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update on Hawaiian - Interview of Dunkerley in SA
Replies: 24
Views: 4796

Re: Update on Hawaiian - Interview of Dunkerley in SA

I think HKG would do well, especially in theoretical partnership with CX. When I was at KE we saw about 30 pax a day to HKG - maybe 10-15 a day when I was at NH - so skim some off the established carriers plus market stimulation and it could work. It's not going to be a cash cow by any means though....

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by obelau24
Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines - STS to SFO vs. DEN
Replies: 13
Views: 2049

Re: United Airlines - STS to SFO vs. DEN

I was so excited to hear about this route but you can't use it for day trips - maybe practical for a weekender - and it's exorbitantly expensive, granted I was looking to fly from SFO which is probably not the market they care about.

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by obelau24
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Reducing Some Operations in GUM
Replies: 22
Views: 5560

Re: United Reducing Some Operations in GUM

How does one get to ROR now from SE Asia? Is UA still flying to ROR from MNL? OMG someone who cares about ROR! ;P UA would not cut the GUM flight; we've always had a minimum 6 flights a week, though usually paired with YAP at least once-weekly. There is a healthy number of Japanese tourist travel o...

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by obelau24
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Reducing Some Operations in GUM
Replies: 22
Views: 5560

Re: United Reducing Some Operations in GUM

A very minor route but ROR and YAP have almost always been connected in some way shape or form because of the long ground time in ROR. Does this mean thw only way to get between the two is to transit 12 hours via GUM?

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by obelau24
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update on Hawaiian - Interview of Dunkerley in SA
Replies: 24
Views: 4796

Re: Update on Hawaiian - Interview of Dunkerley in SA

I don't have much faith that it would happen but I dream every day that HA will go nonstop to Europe. When I worked there a few years ago the big rumor was HKG and LON announcements were imminent. Well, we know how company gossip goes - but a nonstop to Europe sure would be nice for me as I try to g...

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by obelau24
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next in line with the "hip" airlines trend.. "Swoop"
Replies: 88
Views: 9962

Re: Next in line with the "hip" airlines trend.. "Swoop"

I hate the name - it's atrocious and I feel almost underestimates the intelligence level of the market. I love the livery though - that is a work of art IMO. I've said it multiple times but I don't understand this move unless significant changes are made to WS itself to cement it as a full-service c...

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by obelau24
Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian airports and aviation - 2017
Replies: 88
Views: 11506

Re: Hawaiian Aviation Thread

Re: the 01 Oct. 2017 start date (link?) ... how did ADiv resolve the expense issue with MW and WP? See https://www.pressreader.com/usa/honolulu-star-advertiser/20170402/281492161161266 Great article, thank you for sharing. Another option instead of building past gate 6 would be to put the 2 carrier...

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by obelau24
Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian airports and aviation - 2017
Replies: 88
Views: 11506

Re: Hawaiian Aviation Thread

Commuter terminal won't be demolished until DOT or HA caves. HA refuses to give up gate space to accommodate WP & MW, which is odd, since HA is the sole benefactor of the commuter terminal closing. Someone is going to blink and it won't be pretty. Maybe in 20 years we'll have the new concourse ...

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by obelau24
Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian airports and aviation - 2017
Replies: 88
Views: 11506

Re: Hawaiian Aviation Thread

Are there any recent instances where commercial flights have landed on the reef runway at HNL? I know it's used for departures (took off on a JL 767 to NRT a few years ago), but don't recall any landings. Really the only time you'll see aircraft landing on the reef runway (26R) are when the winds a...

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by obelau24
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian airports and aviation - 2017
Replies: 88
Views: 11506

Re: Hawaii Airports Thread

The last time I came home, the HAL Hangar was still fenced off. When is the contractor dispute over the HAL hangar going to be resolved? Also when are they going to move Island Air so they can do the mauka concourse My understanding about the HA hangar was that the DOT dropped the ball and HA took ...

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by obelau24
Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian airports and aviation - 2017
Replies: 88
Views: 11506

Re: Hawaii Airports Thread

All 3 very enjoyable presentations - thank you for sharing. Working at HNL I'm constantly appalled at the poor aesthetics of the airport - lack of signage and directions, dark lobbies, dirty bathrooms, lack of charging stations and outlets, etc. I think the HNL management does a piss-poor job of upk...

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by obelau24
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to axe NRT-GUM
Replies: 86
Views: 15391

Re: Delta to axe NRT-GUM

As a Micronesian, this is especially bad news for GUM because this gives United a complete monopoly on US-GUM traffic. As a US territory, you cannot fly between the mainland or HI and GUM on a foreign carrier on a single ticket. That being said, can DL add a codeshare to KE's ICN-GUM route and sell ...

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by obelau24
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF/KL Managers Have No Confidence In Future Of Cooperation
Replies: 64
Views: 11978

Re: AF/KL Managers Have No Confidence In Future Of Cooperation

Ugh KLM and Air France are like night and day. It's such a pleasure to fly with KLM and with Air France it's a roll of the dice - more bad experiences than good. Not to mention AMS is a breeze compared to CDG and its plethora of terminals, rude ground staff and ATROCIOUS lounges. If I never fly AF a...

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by obelau24
Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNL News
Replies: 0
Views: 694

HNL News

I thought I'd share three points of interest: 1. As reported by Airlineroute CI is cancelling their daily HNL-NRT service this fall. Kind of sad after 40 years but they consistently have the cheapest fares and arguably the worst (oldest) product on the route 2. I hear from HA employees that their HN...

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by obelau24
Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Virgin upper class 787-900 VS Delta One 767-300er/400er?
Replies: 5
Views: 2241

Re: Virgin upper class 787-900 VS Delta One 767-300er/400er?

They are pretty comparable. Seat I would give to VS if you are using it as a bed, as a seat, DL Food, DL all the way, VS really does struggle on this front. Service, that's a wild card, if you run into a VS flight with a CSM that is on their game, a VS crew is hard to beat when put against any airl...

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by obelau24
Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Virgin upper class 787-900 VS Delta One 767-300er/400er?
Replies: 5
Views: 2241

Re: Virgin upper class 787-900 VS Delta One 767-300er/400er?

I've flown both and it really comes down to personal taste. Here's my 2 cents: -Aircraft: I wasn't that enamored with the 787 and though the VS Upper Class is nicely decorated it's a bit cramped. For comfort I would choose in order of preference the DL A330, VS 787, DL 764/763. If you truly value pr...

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by obelau24
Fri May 26, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Niugini And The MAX/Dreamliner
Replies: 15
Views: 9070

Re: Air Niugini And The MAX/Dreamliner

On the subject of PX - they've been serving PNI and TKK and PNG just negotiated open skies with Japan including routes via FSM. Is PX planning TKK-NRT and PNI-NRT? Even once a week I can't see the market there. Neither have the beaches or infrastructure that Palau has, plus they have fairly short ru...

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by obelau24
Thu May 11, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scoot applies for US service
Replies: 58
Views: 18128

Re: Scoot applies for US service

Kind of misleading to say "US service" when they aren't even remotely touching the contiguous 48 - and not even a nonstop, at that.... Anyways, thanks for posting. Does service to Hawaii not qualify as US service? What an ignorant post. So if it's anything to do with Alaska and Hawaii it'...

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by obelau24
Thu May 11, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A321s
Replies: 22
Views: 7777

Re: DL A321s

In light of the mini-suite design plans mapped out in the other thread about the new 777 DeltaOne configuration, it's probably not too far-fetched an idea that A321s will eventually have a second premium-heavy configuration to replace the 757s and heavies on the transcontinentals à la American's A32...

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by obelau24
Wed May 10, 2017 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scoot applies for US service
Replies: 58
Views: 18128

Re: Scoot applies for US service

I find it so interesting that both these LCCs have chosen KIX HNL when TYO HNL is the much larger market. I always thought KIX was one of the most expensive airports to operate at - not that NRT/HND are any better - because of the operating costs of the floating island. Regardless, KIX-HNL is a much...

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by obelau24
Sun May 07, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNL-LAS: New Seasonal DL Route
Replies: 25
Views: 6271

HNL-LAS: New Seasonal DL Route

I saw on Airline Route that Delta has announced daily seasonal service from HNL to LAS from December 21-January 14. Haven't seen a schedule yet, though. I don't think they've ever done LAS nonstop before and this is an expansion of the seasonal service to HNL from SFO, PDX and the extra LAX service ...

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by obelau24
Wed May 03, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet orders 10 787-9
Replies: 98
Views: 23406

Re: Westjet orders 10 787-9

What I've heard from a WS FA friend is they're installing ovens on the 737s in economy - she goes into training in September- and turning Plus into a more premium experience. I don't know what that entails but I'd imagine moving to a true J cabin. As for ovens in economy, I suppose that means hot me...

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by obelau24
Mon May 01, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update on Hawaiian Airlines new livery?
Replies: 120
Views: 37359

Re: Update on Hawaiian Airlines new livery?

Good example of not fixing what's not broken. I like it but there's something about the font that I don't like, especially on the plane. Just my 2 cents

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by obelau24
Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN CEO: Southwest to no longer overbook flights
Replies: 58
Views: 8129

Re: WN CEO: Southwest to no longer overbook flights

I remember working for WS and overselling a flight because a guest had an emergency and needed to get to YVR on the first available flight. I got a volunteer from the earlier flight to take the later flight in exchange for meal vouchers and WS dollars. They had to layover in YVR for 5 hours anyway s...

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by obelau24
Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNL Changes Name To Inouye Int'l ?
Replies: 19
Views: 4157

Re: HNL Changes Name To Inouye Int'l ?

How strange - not even a whiff of the possibility in the news (and you know how the news here is so desperate for something to say), nor at the airport where I practically live. I wouldn't surprised in the long-run but sounds like someone's jumped the gun or some wishful thinking. Another example is...

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by obelau24
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet plans to launch new Ultra Low-Cost Carrier later this year
Replies: 67
Views: 13077

Re: WestJet plans to launch new Ultra Low-Cost Carrier later this year

goodness, i'm flying on them tomorrow. Not looking forward to it at all. In regards to the seat pitch, as someone one who flies WS several times a month, the leg room on the 700s/800s is very generous, and I'm 6'3". I try to book Plus or at least upgrade as often as possible on longer flights,...

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by obelau24
Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet plans to launch new Ultra Low-Cost Carrier later this year
Replies: 67
Views: 13077

Re: WestJet plans to launch new Ultra Low-Cost Carrier later this year

I would say all coach 189 seats as they indicated high density layout vs 12/156 on their current fleet. Current fleet is moving to 30" pitch (higher in plus), 12/162 Is that for real? How can they justify that move when so many of their bread-and-butter routes are at least 3 hours - everything...

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by obelau24
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet plans to launch new Ultra Low-Cost Carrier later this year
Replies: 67
Views: 13077

Re: WestJet plans to launch new Ultra Low-Cost Carrier later this year

I believe Westjet is reconfiguring their 738s to 174 seats anyways. That's correct - they started the refurbishment to add a row 29 in 2014 or '15, about the same time they were introducing Plus. Easily the worst row possible being so close to the bathroom with no recline and very tight legroom. Wh...

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by obelau24
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet plans to launch new Ultra Low-Cost Carrier later this year
Replies: 67
Views: 13077

Re: WestJet plans to launch new Ultra Low-Cost Carrier later this year

I am blown away and very confused by this announcement. I worked for WS for four years and saw a lot of changes - Plus fare was just rolling out when I moved on - but the one thing that was always touted to owners and guests was that WS was always about choices in every regard. Thus, the fare option...

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by obelau24
Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta LAX terminal plans updates and discussion thread
Replies: 474
Views: 133352

Re: Delta LAX Terminal Plans Revealed

I apologize that I am going to contribute absolutely nothing to this discussion. From Honolulu, my preferred point of entry to the mainland is SEA because it's so easy to navigate and I love the SkyClub there. LAX is always a zoo and thus agents are usually not as friendly, flights not always on-tim...

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by obelau24
Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Korean sign JVA
Replies: 631
Views: 80648

Re: Delta and Korean sign JVA

. + I wish to see *DL-liveried planes occupying the boarding gates within the Main Terminal, rather than the further mid-field terminal, for the sake of time-saving transfers and passenger convenience. *(I wrote, "DL-liveried planes... " instead of "Delta flights." I say this as...

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by obelau24
Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Korean sign JVA
Replies: 631
Views: 80648

Re: Delta and Korean sign JVA

HNL/NRT, NRT/GUM, and NRT/SPN are huge cash cows that DL will not walk away from. We'll see. Personally, I remain skeptical. As Delta's brand presence in Japan inevitably continues to diminish, it's hard for me to imagine a plausible economic rationale for dedicating tens of millions of dollars of ...

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by obelau24
Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Korean sign JVA
Replies: 631
Views: 80648

Re: Delta and Korean sign JVA

I predict no change in DL's equipment, routes, and frequencies (other than historic seasonal adjustments) from HNL to Asia .... errr, I mean Japan, because the only Westbound HNL service is to Japan. Why... because the traffic is 90% Japanese nationals. DL is not going to change anything about that...

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by obelau24
Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Korean sign JVA
Replies: 631
Views: 80648

Re: Delta and Korean sign JVA

I work for KE and am curious what changes this will entail for our face-to-face conduct with passengers. Hopefully it will mean full mileage accrual benefits and better recognition for DL medallions as KE treats their passengers with status very well. This will definitely strengthen the ICN megahub ...

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