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by EChid
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52227

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

All fair points but a few of these were close cousins to freighters. No question the 764 and 748( I have said on other threads that the 748 is the worst call ever. The 380 is the most expensive but the 8 was the worst as they could see that the 380 was a dud by the time the 8 was launched) were dud...

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by EChid
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA order more 77W’s ?
Replies: 87
Views: 8674

Re: Will UA order more 77W’s ?

It's a way to defer paying penalties. I look for Boeing to eventually pay the cancelation penalties as part of a joint deal for the 797 and 787 to replace the 767 and eventually 772. Boeing must be in dire need to fill their production slots for the 787 and to create a market for the 797... :scratc...

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by EChid
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA order more 77W’s ?
Replies: 87
Views: 8674

Re: Will UA order more 77W’s ?

Let me understand something? Since UA has both the 777W and three different versions of the 787, why do they need the 350 besides to pacify those A-B wannabe CEO's on Airliners.net? Reality is they have pushed the plane back twice and Kirby is on record telling the pilots that the odds of UA taking...

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by EChid
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA order more 77W’s ?
Replies: 87
Views: 8674

Re: Will UA order more 77W’s ?

AA cancelled their A350's and I suspect UA will do the same. The 789 and 78J can replace the 772 fleet. UA can have both high density and premium heavy configurations. The A350 just doesn't make any sense and doesn't add any benefits. The 'UA will cancel its order' statement has been made many time...

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by EChid
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52227

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

All fair points but a few of these were close cousins to freighters. No question the 764 and 748( I have said on other threads that the 748 is the worst call ever. The 380 is the most expensive but the 8 was the worst as they could see that the 380 was a dud by the time the 8 was launched) were dud...

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by EChid
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA order more 77W’s ?
Replies: 87
Views: 8674

Re: Will UA order more 77W’s ?

The 748 has equally impressive performance. I think United Airlines should order 5 or 6 748 for premium routes like ORD-HKG and EWR-HKG. I assume this was meant in jest. To the OP, no, I don't they will. They were getting good prices on end-of-run 77Ws to add slightly more capacity. If they wanted ...

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by EChid
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Chinese airline will order A330neo first?
Replies: 45
Views: 5971

Re: Which Chinese airline will order A330neo first?

They don't use A330 for longhaul. They use it as a regional aircraft operating trunk routes. Not true. Plenty of China-Europe and China-Australia flights are on A330s. As for my guess - none of them. Knowing Chinese airlines they will just “abuse” 787s or A350s when it come time to replace those A3...

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by EChid
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 592903

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

I am always a fan of conspiracies but gees, FFS... Fake CVR that was planted? For crying out loud, if there was a cover up, it would be far easier to never find it in the first place, or have it immediately found in 1,000 pieces, on fire, and then have the UPS/Fedex truck crash and explode. lol. If...

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by EChid
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 592903

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

Fatal flight repeatedly got to straight and level and did not return You lose legitimacy in my mind everytime you posit that they had no intention of returning and should have returned, and that that's what American pilots would have done etc. etc. They had clearly stated their intention to return ...

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by EChid
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Chinese airline will order A330neo first?
Replies: 45
Views: 5971

Re: Which Chinese airline will order A330neo first?

zkojq wrote:
China Eastern and Air China in my opinion.

MU's A330s are all really new though, no? I think their oldest is not even 12 years old yet, and their newest was delivered in December.

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by EChid
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 592903

Re: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang

Oh, some conspiracy theorists have humble pie for breakfast this morning. Enjoy! Now let's find out what happened exactly! No Tax On Rotax Nah, if you're into conspiracies this is merely the next plot twist in a long line of further elements of the conspiracy. For example, maybe it's a...FAKE CVR -...

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by EChid
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces 2019 schedule changes
Replies: 78
Views: 16189

Re: Emirates announces 2019 expansion outline

When the B781s come on board, this is an ideal route for it. By then ABJ hopefully is de linked from it as they should look into extending ABJ to either DKR, OUA or BKO. Do you mean B78Ks? The funniest thing about this unnecessary (although common, on a.net) pedantry is that it's not even correct. ...

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by EChid
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces 2019 schedule changes
Replies: 78
Views: 16189

Re: Emirates announces 2019 expansion outline

It does make sense also considering they now don’t have feed from NZ as much as it goes on their direct service. Of course QF still feed. I wonder if QF will add any capacity to BKK? Hasn’t TG also reduced? I would have thought it could handle more than a 330 from QF and TG744. Wouldn’t surprise me...

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by EChid
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Inefficient Aircraft Layouts
Replies: 44
Views: 6954

Re: Inefficient Aircraft Layouts

In terms of seat layouts, I find the herringbones (not the reverse herringbones) to be remarkably inefficient given how dissatisfactory they are as a flatbed product (I'm looking at you, VS and NZ). For example, Air NZ manages to fit 27 herringbones, which are pretty much universally disliked by rev...

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by EChid
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Inefficient Aircraft Layouts
Replies: 44
Views: 6954

Re: Inefficient Aircraft Layouts

Every a380 layout ever is massively wasting space As much as I love the A380, I agree. The upper deck with all of the space where the storage bins are because there is nothing else to do with it (due to the angle of the fuselage). The front of the upper deck is also tonnes of wasted space (I can't ...

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by EChid
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO
Replies: 98
Views: 23872

Re: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO

KE has F on all long haul aircraft in their fleet, hence F is offered on all Canadian routes. BA also has F to YYZ. QR only offers F on their small fleet of A380s, so probably not the best one to use as a metric. LH will offer F in YVR-MUC this year due to swapping the A359 for A346. Yes, yes. Ther...

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by EChid
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 family future prospects
Replies: 106
Views: 15553

Re: 787 family future prospects

How about AA adding even more? They seem happy with the 787 and have made it a goal of simplifying their fleet. Their current orders do not allow them to fully retire their 772 and 330 fleets. They have 95 A332, A333, B763, and B772 with only 49 B788/B789 on order. Also, could we see them ordering ...

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by EChid
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO
Replies: 98
Views: 23872

Re: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO

I would suggest that next time you use proper grammar so members of this board know exactly what you mean when you state "First Class equipped aircraft". It could mean anything from obsolete aircraft to aircraft not having a First Class section as opposed to premium economy and economy. T...

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by EChid
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO
Replies: 98
Views: 23872

Re: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO

Sorry LMFNINJA, the original meaning of this post was quite clear. 'First class equipped,' aside from perhaps some missing hyphens, is pretty evidently a reference to the type of classes configured within the aircraft. That assessment is also correct. Aside from EK, LX and a few other exceptions, m...

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by EChid
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO
Replies: 98
Views: 23872

Re: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO

Ugh, you'd bankrupt them in a month. First, please explain to me how the 767s were a 'failed' strategy? They bought the 787s specifically because the 767s *weren't* a failed strategy. Now, for the rest. a) They've worked for years to develop strong brand recognition. Just because Quebec doesn't lik...

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by EChid
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO
Replies: 98
Views: 23872

Re: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO

AC has always been the dominant player in YUL. Others have tried and failed, including CP. What makes WS any different? I am not a fan of the politic sides of everything, and unfortunately, it' is a major part of our life. As Canadians, we pride ourselves at being welcoming, friendly, caring and to...

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by EChid
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO
Replies: 98
Views: 23872

Re: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO

Your assertion "The vast majority of foreign carriers that fly into YYZ, YVR, YUL and YYC dont send First class equipped aircraft. They rather send them down to the States" is ludicrous. The major Canadian centres such as YVR, YYZ YUL see state of the art aircraft from the major foreign c...

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by EChid
Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52227

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

whywhyzee wrote:
They coukd benefit from a 779 with an extra row or two in each cabin. What you probably won't see is a 779 replacing the HD 77Ws, that might be a little too large.

I'm not sure I get what you're saying. That they would buy the 779s, just not order them in similar HD format?

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by EChid
Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO
Replies: 98
Views: 23872

Re: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO

WestJet has become reactionary and un innovative. Who would have thought just a few years ago that WestJet would be the struggling airline in Canada (unionization/failed 767 strategy/retreating in certain markets and so on). I feel that the "take a breather" strategy is not planned but ne...

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by EChid
Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52227

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

Turkish Airlines would be a good bet. I'm not sure they are quite yet. They have already expanded their fleet sizeably with the 789 and A359 order (yes, I know some are replacements - but many are not), and their 77Ws are all quite new. I would be surprised if they're willing to commit to another s...

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by EChid
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO
Replies: 98
Views: 23872

Re: 'We've just grown too big, too fast:' - WestJet's CEO

I guess the one bone I will throw to WS is this: As with VA, they were stuck between a rock and a hard place. AC was using mainline and Rouge to expand up and down, and growing international services that helped boost domestic services (via connections). AC is dominating the East, and the increasing...

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by EChid
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52227

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

Will any of these new airlines maintain a 3-3-3 seating on the 779? Very doubtful. The 779 has a slightly widened cabin, making it more friendly to the 3-4-3 layout, and it wouldn't be competitive, profitable, or even easy to advertise a 3-3-3 cabin. The big orders thus far are from QR, EK, and LH....

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by EChid
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 52227

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

AC - need capacity Basically lots of orders from Asia due to the booming Asian market. 60% of the world's population lives in Asia and they have a long way to grow. I wouldn't be surprised if even smaller Chinese airlines like HU end up leasing a 778 or 779 due to their bottomless pit of subsides a...

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by EChid
Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is there an ANZ 77W in EVA livery?
Replies: 18
Views: 7152

Re: Why is there an ANZ 77W in EVA livery?

As a regular SFO-TPE flyer on BR, I’m curious how EVA choses which birds to lease out. With EVA receiving their 2nd gen of 77Ws at a fast clip, I assume they’re sending their older 77Ws over to NZ. Personally I prefer the seats on the older birds, but the Panasonic IFE on the new birds makes it no ...

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by EChid
Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 69839

Re: Gatwick drone closures

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pugman211 wrote:
Heard a rumour that Gatwick airport has just been sold to someone. Food for thought.

I know the rules, but I personally haven't found a source, hence why I state it as a rumour.

Already fact, and being discussed here: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1411529

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by EChid
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick airport: majority stake sold to French group
Replies: 2
Views: 890

Re: Gatwick airport: majority stake sold to French group

Notably the article failed to mention that Vinci already own one UK airport, Belfast International. But I suppose that might have interfered with the Brexit narrative. I'm not sure how that would have interfered with the Brexit narrative. Ownership of Belfast International would not affect the sale...

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by EChid
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gatwick drone closures
Replies: 547
Views: 69839

Re: Gatwick drone closures

Wow, we're really dipping into the conspiracy theories bowl now.

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by EChid
Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada to buy 4 A321s from WoW
Replies: 105
Views: 24662

Re: Air Canada to buy 4 A321s from WoW

As for more A330-300s, four TP A333s are bound for AC. As for TF-GAY, I'm surprised that Air Canada isn't all over that frame to try to acquire that plane on lease from its owner, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. I'm not sure how badly AC needs *more* A333s. They could have purchased mo...

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by EChid
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada to buy 4 A321s from WoW
Replies: 105
Views: 24662

Re: Air Canada to buy 4 A321s from WoW

All makes sense. I wish they'd nab some 321neo's for mainline and ship some Max's to rouge. But that's just in my fantasy world. I don't think that's out of the question, but the mainline 321s are still newish I believe, so they haven't made a move to replace them. I don't think that the incoming M...

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by EChid
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada to buy 4 A321s from WoW
Replies: 105
Views: 24662

Re: Air Canada to buy 4 A321s from WoW

They must also be willing to take some risk. I don’t imagine WOW investing a lot in their airplanes. I don't think that should be a significant concern. These are planes operating in a developed country to developed countries, all with stringent safety standards. Their maintenance procedures would ...

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by EChid
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada to buy 4 A321s from WoW
Replies: 105
Views: 24662

Re: Air Canada to buy 4 A321s from WoW

All makes sense. I wish they'd nab some 321neo's for mainline and ship some Max's to rouge. But that's just in my fantasy world. I don't think that's out of the question, but the mainline 321s are still newish I believe, so they haven't made a move to replace them. I don't think that the incoming M...

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by EChid
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada to buy 4 A321s from WoW
Replies: 105
Views: 24662

Re: Air Canada to buy 4 A321s from WoW

Good move. As was mentioned, AC likes doing this (they did it with the A333s as well) and it's a smart move to keep capital costs low when you've already got them in the fleet. I suspect that the A321 will have a continuing history with AC, despite the MAX purchase, just as with AA. The MAX8/9 and A...

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by EChid
Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta’s A330-900neo Business Class product?
Replies: 39
Views: 8747

Re: Delta’s A330-900neo Business Class product?

While I think we’re on the same page with the term consistent, you also introduce another important concept. Transparency . In your example above, DL does a much better job than UA in transparency. It is much easier to manage the customer experience when expectations are met. DL uses transparency t...

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by EChid
Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK A380 Abuse?
Replies: 83
Views: 19877

Re: EK A380 Abuse?

WIederling wrote:
DFW17L wrote:
I'm surprised you didn't include shots of puppies and kittens.

Don't you hear them whining in the background? ( subliminal! :-)

There are actually scenes of various puppies squeezed into 16" seats on 10-across 777 seats shown throughout, contrasted with them frolicking on a set of A380 stairs.

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by EChid
Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta’s A330-900neo Business Class product?
Replies: 39
Views: 8747

Re: Delta’s A330-900neo Business Class product?

It’s a bit much to say DL is big on consistency when they have 4 different Delta One configurations in service. I understand they want to move to one layout, but the suites will never fit on the 757’s or any narrowbodies, so they’ll always have at least two configurations as long as DL flies narrow...

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by EChid
Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK A380 Abuse?
Replies: 83
Views: 19877

Re: EK A380 Abuse?

I'd say they'll need the 787-10 to increase frequencies on short & mid-haul routes, freeing up 380's and 77W's used now for longer-haul frequency upgrades. Plus to establish possible new markets and build them up ready for a 77W or A380 service going forward. Yep, that's about the sum of it. Ri...

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by EChid
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DC trip suggestions.
Replies: 9
Views: 732

Re: DC trip suggestions.

It's been too long since I've been in DC to recommend individual hotels, but yes, the metro is really very easy to navigate...you can rely on it to get you to/from DCA comfortably. The area around M/Wisconsin in Georgetown was nice, but is not especially handy to the metro.

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by EChid
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation December 2018
Replies: 147
Views: 16463

Re: Turkish Aviation December 2018

It could be that I usually do not know where to go, I was just checking some routes and schedules :) I might just book a trip to Southern Europe but still concerned about the new airport and not knowing where I would connect. Here we go again. Postponed till March. Still, that does not help people ...

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by EChid
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Canada proposes new passenger bill of rights
Replies: 12
Views: 1438

Re: Canada proposes new passenger bill of rights

This is might be a poor comparison, but the US charges $2.50 per segment for the '911 Security Fee.' I would say the things that Canadians are gaining from their $2.75 per segment are vastly more useful and meaningful than that of the security theatre provided by the TSA, an organization that has p...

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by EChid
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?
Replies: 52
Views: 3907

Re: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?

I mean, if you want to get technical, the last time I flew out of JFK I had to board an A380 via the tarmac/stairs.

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by EChid
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Canada proposes new passenger bill of rights
Replies: 12
Views: 1438

Re: Canada proposes new passenger bill of rights

This is might be a poor comparison, but the US charges $2.50 per segment for the '911 Security Fee.' I would say the things that Canadians are gaining from their $2.75 per segment are vastly more useful and meaningful than that of the security theatre provided by the TSA, an organization that has pr...

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by EChid
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation December 2018
Replies: 147
Views: 16463

Re: Turkish Aviation December 2018

In other ISL related news there are rumors of behind the scenes argument between TK and government officials about TK not willing to move on December 31st, as they think the new airport being not ready will be tough to operate from and will cause delays for customers and loss of reputation. We all ...

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by EChid
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transfers at main HUBS in the world
Replies: 19
Views: 1313

Re: Transfers at main HUBS in the world

I'll speak in generalities about what makes a good versus a bad airport transit experience: Good: 1. Transit between international and/or domestic service by foot/walkways . As a traveller, this puts you in control of your own destiny. ICN, YVR, NRT, etc. are good examples of this. Essentially, you ...

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by EChid
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are all business/first class passengers treated the same?
Replies: 13
Views: 1532

Re: Are all business/first class passengers treated the same?

Yeah, I'm going to echo others and say it varies by flight. The true test of an airline is how many good versus how many bad flights you have. I've flown AC business a bunch, through a mix of paid and upgrade scenarios. The grumpiest flight attendants? A paid fare from HKG to YYZ and on a paid fare ...

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by EChid
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380
Replies: 13
Views: 3685

Re: Air France A380

Half of the AF A380s are due for interior upgrades within, I believe, the next two years. Actually, those upgrades were supposed to happen already but those have been delayed. This is likely a combination of runway roughness and older interior components (I think the oldest AF A380s are just turning...

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