Hi, Exusair: I agree with almost everything you say - except the idea of a premium cabin. At least as long as Sam Addoms is CEO, I doubt it will happen. He tends to take the view that if it ain't broke.... However, Jeff Potter is his anointed successor, and it was Potter who introduced Business Clas...Jump to post
Hi, Serge - re: Russian planes. I was lucky enough to fly twice on an IL 62, with Aeroflot and with Interflug. It was one of the most comfortable aircraft I have ever flown - a very smooth ride. I felt completely "safe" on that plane. Admittedly, the seats were something that only Stalin could love,...Jump to post
Obviously, Frontier has to be careful - but then they always have been. Sam Addoms, the CEO, has the reputation of being one of the most cautious and conservative, and one of the wisest, around. In 1998 they had about $8 million in reserves. Today they have about $100 million. Not bad for three year...Jump to post
It doesn't have much (or anything) to do with communism - it's about economics. For historical reasons, Russia is still the island's largest trading partner, and, because of the embargo, Cuba can't trade with the US. The Europeans are moving in, but there's still a long way to go because of an impli...Jump to post
TWAMERICAN: No, not on drugs, and I'm happy you have good feelings. I'm sure the CEO is also happy that, having pulled some political strings to get the money, he's still got a job. A lot of ex-Midway employees haven't. Howsumever, all those who invested in MDWY will not be so pleased. When the airl...Jump to post
If you go to the Airbus website( www.airbus.com), they update their orders monthly, by aircraft type.
Not sure, but I would guess Boeing does the same.
It's hard to say, because of the Ansett situation. There are a couple of AN subsidiaries or associates, like Kendell Airlines and Hazelton, but, last time I checked, they were a bit disorganized, too. There are some smaller, outback airlines (regionals) but they tend to come and go like flies - I do...Jump to post
Ummm, okay. You obviously know your stuff, and I'm hesitant to argue - although surely Northwest Orient, UAL and American Overseas flew Stratocruisers? As old time BOAC family (my father started with Imperial, then BOAC, then British - my first flight was on a Sunderland flying boat, 1941, Alexandri...Jump to post
That's a terrific analysis, GDB, but I'm puzzled by one one thing - "long haul fleets were either Lockheed or Douglas". Where do you put the (Boeing) Stratocruiser, which was, in the forties and early fifties, the mainstay aircraft of Pan Am for its trans-ocean routes and Boac for its trans-Atlantic...Jump to post
There was a photo of it about six weeks ago on the Airbus website, and, I THINK someone posted it here, or a link to it.
The tail was painted, but not the body. Someone had drawn a cute smiley face on one of the engine covers, which suits the plane.
They're still saying first flight in January.
Frontier originally requested 4 slots at DCA, but were awarded two (one landing, one take off). Since then they have been after those additional two slots. Twice a day service makes better financial sense (overheads) than once a day. Will they get them? Probably - eventually. They have proved they r...Jump to post
Slightly surprised that you are surprised. Several of the small frys have weathered the down turn better than the majors (Frontier, Jet Blue, and maybe AAI). Since Reno and Austin were added after 9/11, it could be said that Frontier is operating it's full schedule - just a different schedule from p...Jump to post