Sorry, man. I was busy typing my argument back to you when you were typing out your retraction. I'd never "pile on" someone after they'd corrected themselves.
747-600X- Um, NO. First off, if you REALLY want to split hairs, the plane would weigh exactly the same as it did before the birds came on. Why? Because the PLANE hasn't changed. IT still weighs the same as it once did...it just has birds on it now that have a separate weight. Step on a scale to weig...Jump to post
I've seriously got tears streaming down my face from laughing so hard about this topic. The mere thought of 100,000 pigeons simultaneously launching into flight while aboard a B-747 gives one helluva mental picture! <img src="/discussions/graphics/nut.gif" ALT="Nuts"> I concur with the previou...Jump to post
I'll do my best to be fair, here. HP shouldn't be busy congratulating themselves just yet. It's hard to NOT have a great on-time record when you've got tons of spares sitting idly at your hubs. I'll save my highest praise for when (or IF) HP manages to pull this feat off on a consistent basis, opera...Jump to post
I concur, Flash. I was about to reply to Haveric's post as well, but you've covered all the bases.
So now all I can say to Haveric is this:
"Yeah! What HE said!"
Try America West Airlines (HP) via Phoenix. Their flight schedule would be as follows: HP 185W 28FEB Q ORDPHX SS1 1035A 123P HP 348W 28FEB Q PHXPVR SS1 222P 559P HP 345W 07MAR Q PVRPHX SS1 214P 355P HP 9W 07MAR Q PHXORD SS1 645P 1104P Their lowest published fare for this market requires travel take ...Jump to post
Hoffa- AS will only be operating ONE SEA-BOS/BOS-SEA flight daily. AS 16 SEABOS 1215P 841P 73G AS 17 BOSSEA 854A 1218P 73G The other flight you're seeing in the schedule was what was previously planned; 8:35am from SEA and 5:55pm from BOS. The new flight times will provide better connection opportun...Jump to post
Orders for Boeing's cash cow, the venerable B-747, seem to be dwindling due to the overwhelming popularity of the B-777.
Is it conceivable that Boeing has expanded the 777's role to the point where it is now cannibalizing itself, drawing potential customers away from the 747-400?
Years ago, I was non-revving on Eastern Air Lines on a LGA-ATL flight. I was in First Class, but they didn't have enough meals to go around, so the flight attendant asked if I'd mind taking a coach meal instead. Of course (being a non-rev) I didn't mind...until I saw that the soup and salad I was ge...Jump to post
Chris- Actually, LAX-CUN has proven to be the best-performing new market AS has ever serviced. They'll be upgauging the aircraft to a B-737-900 effective February 9th (through April 27th only, but it will remain a -900 after that if traffic warrants), and there has been discussion of additional serv...Jump to post
You're on the same track that Alaska wants to follow. The idea would be to make DVD players and movies available to everyone on these flights; free of charge to customers in the First Class cabin, and charging a rental fee to customers in the main cabin. The problem is that AS doesn't want to be in ...Jump to post
Omegous, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. It's too bad you couldn't be flying under more pleasant circumstances. Check the individual airlines' websites, as many of them offer special last-minute fares (far below their normal cost) for booking online only. Another option would be to call the diffe...Jump to post
A better variable to look at would be cost per seat mile. This claim was made on the Boeing website: "The Boeing 757-300 has the lowest seat mile operating cost of any single-aisle airplane on the market, and a lower cost per trip than any twin-aisle airplane." There's no information showing how muc...Jump to post
In the early 90s, the new LAX-YYZ service was well-received by Alaska's core of frequent fliers, as well as Canadians who wanted to try something other than Air Canada for a change. This route was being opened at the same time that the industry as a whole (AS included) was experiencing heavy losses ...Jump to post
Alaska's SEA-BOS service (effective 04APR02) will consist of one daily flight in each direction, not two. The planned early-morning SEA-BOS departure is in the process of being changed to an early afternoon flight. The return will be a morning departure from BOS. AS 16 SEABOS 1215P 841P 73G AS 17 BO...Jump to post
AF and BA have RARELY offered interline discounted rates on Concorde travel. In the few times they have, they have offered ID90s instead of service-charge passes. Typically, the ID90 rate is still well over $500.00 each way; hardly a bargain when you're traveling as a non-rev. I'd imagine they'd off...Jump to post
Ok, here's the deal: To capitalize on international tourism opportunities, WN is starting nonstop HOU-HKG service using B-737-700 aircraft. They're equipped for aerial refueling, via WN's new KC-135 support aircraft (which are also painted in orange and "canyon blue"). In typical WN style, they'll e...Jump to post
Think for a moment. What do people want;
1. Many nonstops to European destinations
2. Many opportunities to connect in Amsterdam to other European destinations
It simply makes no sense, especially since Europe has been CO's cash-cow over the past few years.
I'd be very surprised to see any Airbus Industrie aircraft on the property. AirTran has developed a good relationship with Boeing, and would more than likely look to the B-737-700 if their plans ever call for aircraft with longer range than the B-717. It never hurts to kick the tires at a different ...Jump to post
Correction...it's 100, with an option for 50 more! LONDON, Jan. 24, 2002 - Boeing today announced that Ryanair, Europe's largest low-fare airline, has ordered 100 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. It is the largest-ever single firm order for Next-Generation 737s. Ryanair, which is an all-Boe...Jump to post
The first UA aircraft to be painted in their current livery was a B-747-400, shown in a publicity photo released by UA to The Associated Press. I actually still have the clipping of that first photo from the newspaper, but it's so faded that the aircraft registration is unreadable. <img src="/...Jump to post
United had already awarded huge pay increases to their pilots. Now, the mechanics are getting up to 37% in wage increases, making them the highest paid in the industry. So what's next? Well, the company has REALLY painted itself into a corner. They'll undoubtedly try to ask for wage concessions from...Jump to post
I like the idea of retaining the existing Aloha livery, but with the Hawaiian name on the fuselage instead.Jump to post
Not yet, but give me time....Jump to post
The only way HA service to/from SNA, OAK, FAT, PHX and the like can be profitable using B-757 equipment is if you: 1. Advertise REALLY heavily. 2. Lower fares to generate traffic and fly 'em packed to the gills. Short of that, I don't see nonstops to these markets covering costs, let alone making a ...Jump to post
You may be all rah-rah-rah about WN, and that's great, but not everyone has to drink your Kool-Aid. ALL airline employees get free and/or reduced rate travel privileges; WN didn't invent this benefit. Am I the only one who has noticed that WN employees always sound like they're either trying to get...Jump to post
I've heard this story before as well. If memory serves, the reason they loaded the cow aboard in the first place was that it kept wandering in the way of their takeoff roll from a narrow grass field. The rest of the story was exactly as I'd read it...the cow goes "air-rage" on them, they dump it out...Jump to post
Hold onto your hats, folks... A union official has confirmed that ALPA has had talks with AS about proposed B-757 pay rates. Supposedly, AS will be acquiring several B-757s from N7 and using them on longhaul routes from SEA. The rumored routes? SEA-JFK SEA-MCO SEA-FLL SEA-PHL It's wait-and-see time.Jump to post
Lately, there have been a few rumors flying around about Alaska Airlines (AS) trying out additional routes. Two other rumors have them buying or merging with Frontier (F9) or National (N7). If they got together with either carrier, the combined route systems would be phenomenal. You'd have East-West...Jump to post
Another reason uses the A-300-600R on that route? Cargo, cargo, cargo. The flights to SDQ and POP are ALWAYS full of people taking thousands of pounds of excess baggage. They load up on clothing, food, appliances...you name it, they pack it. Most of this goes to relatives, but a lot of it is destine...Jump to post
You'll also notice that all three answers were posted within two minutes of each other; the first two alone were just ELEVEN SECONDS apart.
So, people DO read before they post; it's just that sometimes someone is putting the same reply in at exactly the same time you are.
Y'know how condensation sometimes forms on the outside of a glass containing a cold drink? The same principle applies here. This is also why you'll occasionally see MD-80s (or other thin-winged planes) being DE-ICED on a sunny, warm day! At altitude for long periods of time, the fuel in the tanks ge...Jump to post
Caribair (purchased by Eastern Air Lines) was also a large carrier into and out of Puerto Rico.Jump to post