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by Aaron747
Tue Aug 19, 2003 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wich Airport Encounters The Most Bird Stikes?
Replies: 14
Views: 3741

RE: Wich Airport Encounters The Most Bird Stikes?

There are a great deal of birds in the vicinity of SFO due to the bay marsh and wetlands north and south of the field. I believe they use poppers like those described above to dissipate flocks.

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by Aaron747
Mon Aug 18, 2003 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAK - What Do You Think Of It?
Replies: 37
Views: 5493

RE: OAK - What Do You Think Of It?

The only MD-11s coming into OAK these days are FedEx.

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by Aaron747
Mon Aug 18, 2003 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Runway Reconstruction -- Status?
Replies: 32
Views: 4174

RE: SFO Runway Reconstruction -- Status?

Of all the organizations concerned with the bay, BCDC is the only one that was open to discussion of further filling for runway use. The Sierra Club and Bay Conservation League, both of which enjoy significant pull with local elected officials, were among the most vocal environmental opponents of th...

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by Aaron747
Mon Aug 18, 2003 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAK - What Do You Think Of It?
Replies: 37
Views: 5493

RE: OAK - What Do You Think Of It?

That just makes no sense to me whatsoever.

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by Aaron747
Mon Aug 18, 2003 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Airport Is The Best Looking?
Replies: 59
Views: 12255

RE: What Airport Is The Best Looking?

IAD.

Is there a main terminal/tower combo anywhere in the world more distinctive? Major cool factor.

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by Aaron747
Mon Aug 18, 2003 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAK - What Do You Think Of It?
Replies: 37
Views: 5493

RE: OAK - What Do You Think Of It?

Yeah I have to fess up to my bias - <acronym title="Oakland - Metropolitan Oakland International (OAK / KOAK), USA - California">OAK</acronym> is also where I'm learning to fly. That and other reasons stated above. There's something amazing about using the same taxiways aviation greats of the 1920s ...

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by Aaron747
Mon Aug 18, 2003 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unrealistic Plane Movies
Replies: 69
Views: 12974

RE: Unrealistic Plane Movies

Castaway was just one big advertising scheme for FedEx.

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by Aaron747
Mon Aug 18, 2003 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAK - What Do You Think Of It?
Replies: 37
Views: 5493

RE: OAK - What Do You Think Of It?

Now that's just absurd. Driving from Sacramento just to avoid an airport? We'll see how much you're willing to do that next time your 80-90 minute trip becomes 120-150 minutes with a cute little tie up on the I-80 Eastshore or at Cordelia junction.

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by Aaron747
Mon Aug 18, 2003 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Runway Reconstruction -- Status?
Replies: 32
Views: 4174

RE: SFO Runway Reconstruction -- Status?

I agree with those arguments completely. It amazes me people who buy within sight of an airport think they have a right to complain about either noise or expansion - as if both aren't inevitable. Give me a break! The same sad excuses have been holding up badly-needed <acronym title="Los Angeles - In...

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by Aaron747
Sun Aug 17, 2003 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Runway Reconstruction -- Status?
Replies: 32
Views: 4174

RE: SFO Runway Reconstruction -- Status?

Neighbors aren't just concerned about the noise - <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acronym> is the Bay Area's largest single air pollution producer. As for pillars - enviros would have a problem with that too. As far as they're concerned, there shoul...

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by Aaron747
Sun Aug 17, 2003 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAK - What Do You Think Of It?
Replies: 37
Views: 5493

RE: OAK - What Do You Think Of It?

I don't see what's so bad about it. Crowded? Yes. Cramped? Yes. Outdated? Yes - but you can thank steady growth for that. The parking lot will be gone in a few years, the direct connection to BART will be open, and terminal expansion is still being negotiated. I like that I can get to New York or Wa...

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by Aaron747
Sun Aug 17, 2003 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Runway Reconstruction -- Status?
Replies: 32
Views: 4174

RE: SFO Runway Reconstruction -- Status?

For the same reason it took BART 25 years to get a San Mateo county buy-in for service, and likewise, it won't be until 2007 (nearly TWENTY years after 1989) before the new east span of the Bay Bridge is open for business. All these reasons and more - time to head for <acronym title="Lan Chile">LA</...

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by Aaron747
Sun Aug 17, 2003 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Spotting Today - Substitutions Still In Effect
Replies: 3
Views: 2797

RE: SFO Spotting Today - Substitutions Still In Effect

Not sure - I hadn't been spotting out at SFO for about a month (since the last time I house-sit in San Mateo), but last time I was out there in early July, it was an A340.

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by Aaron747
Sun Aug 17, 2003 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Runway Reconstruction -- Status?
Replies: 32
Views: 4174

RE: SFO Runway Reconstruction -- Status?

There will be no scaling of anything because there isn't anything to discuss. Everything is indefinitely postponed.

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by Aaron747
Sun Aug 17, 2003 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Runway Reconstruction -- Status?
Replies: 32
Views: 4174

RE: SFO Runway Reconstruction -- Status?

Unless all current peninsula residents and environmental opponents move away, not a chance.

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by Aaron747
Sun Aug 17, 2003 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Spotting Today - Substitutions Still In Effect
Replies: 3
Views: 2797

SFO Spotting Today - Substitutions Still In Effect

Couldn't help but notice the following today in about four hours of spotting at <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acronym>: - Alaska is still flying the Mickey Mouse 737 into <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California...

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by Aaron747
Sun Aug 17, 2003 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAK - What Do You Think Of It?
Replies: 37
Views: 5493

RE: OAK - What Do You Think Of It?

Tbear, Why the preference for <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acronym>, other than <acronym title="Oakland - Metropolitan Oakland International (OAK / KOAK), USA - California">OAK</acronym>'s outdated terminal 1, <acronym title="Southwest Airlines (...

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by Aaron747
Sun Aug 17, 2003 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Runway Reconstruction -- Status?
Replies: 32
Views: 4174

RE: SFO Runway Reconstruction -- Status?

Proposals have been shelved due to a confluence of factors. Loss of airport revenue after 9/11, a poor fiscal situation in San Francisco that has contributed to the Board of Supervisors denying two motions to further explore <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - Californi...

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by Aaron747
Sat Aug 16, 2003 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Los Angeles - World's Busiest Airspace
Replies: 20
Views: 9122

RE: Los Angeles - World's Busiest Airspace

Yes, that's the crucial factor with LA versus other busy areas - the proximity of 5 - 10,000 foot terrain all over the place, with poor visibility much of the time due to haze to boot.

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by Aaron747
Sat Aug 16, 2003 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Los Angeles - World's Busiest Airspace
Replies: 20
Views: 9122

RE: Los Angeles - World's Busiest Airspace

www.airnav.com/airports/

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by Aaron747
Sat Aug 16, 2003 3:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAK - What Do You Think Of It?
Replies: 37
Views: 5493

OAK - What Do You Think Of It?

Have you been to <acronym title="Oakland - Metropolitan Oakland International (OAK / KOAK), USA - California">OAK</acronym>? If so, what's your opinion of it? Just your run of the mill secondary airport or is more exciting than that? <br><center><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica,...

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by Aaron747
Sat Aug 16, 2003 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Los Angeles - World's Busiest Airspace
Replies: 20
Views: 9122

RE: Los Angeles - World's Busiest Airspace

EWR - 1217 <acronym title="New York - La Guardia (LGA / KLGA), USA - New York">LGA</acronym> - 1075 <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym> - 785 No great difference from <acronym title="Santa Ana - John Wayne / Orange County (S...

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by Aaron747
Sat Aug 16, 2003 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Los Angeles - World's Busiest Airspace
Replies: 20
Views: 9122

Los Angeles - World's Busiest Airspace

The following is a listing of significant greater <acronym title="Lan Chile">LA</acronym> area airports and their average number of operations (movements) per day, as a means of illustrating the sheer amount of metal in the sky over <acronym title="Lan Chile">LA</acronym> at any given time. Just a f...

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by Aaron747
Sat Aug 16, 2003 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Your Remarks About Southwest Airlines
Replies: 46
Views: 5082

RE: Your Remarks About Southwest Airlines

Yes - do as I do. WN local - B6 transcon  Big grin

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by Aaron747
Fri Aug 15, 2003 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wich Airline Do You Like The Best?
Replies: 59
Views: 9416

RE: Wich Airline Do You Like The Best?

International - <acronym title="Cathay Pacific (China-Hong Kong)">CX</acronym> without a doubt. In three instances, I've had nothing but the *best* possible experience with them. Domestic - jetBlue takes my crown. You sacrifice a bit with the legroom, but you're entertained, you have a Southwest-qua...

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by Aaron747
Fri Aug 15, 2003 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Your Remarks About Southwest Airlines
Replies: 46
Views: 5082

RE: Your Remarks About Southwest Airlines

I love Southwest. As has been said, they deliver a quality product that doesn't lie about what it will be. It's not a matter of low or high expectations either - rather, realistic ones. Within California and on the west coast in general, they are exceptional for what I need them for. <acronym title=...

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by Aaron747
Fri Aug 15, 2003 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is Your Favorite 737 Series
Replies: 38
Views: 5685

RE: What Is Your Favorite 737 Series

I love the short -500/-600 too, but the -700 is tops in my book for look and feel and the -200 for nostalgic value. The -300/-400 bother me only because the wing seems so cluttered and small for aircraft of their size.

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by Aaron747
Fri Aug 15, 2003 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should BA Buy The A380?
Replies: 60
Views: 7010

RE: Should BA Buy The A380?

Could be as good as a Boeing, 747400sp? You mean the A320 isn't already as good as the 737?

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by Aaron747
Fri Aug 15, 2003 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Power Outage - NYC, DTW, YYZ
Replies: 91
Views: 9230

RE: Power Outage - NYC, DTW, YYZ

Maybe someone hacked into the grid. It's probably some pimply-faced malcontent prick from Neptune, NJ.

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by Aaron747
Fri Aug 15, 2003 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unrealistic Plane Movies
Replies: 69
Views: 12974

RE: Unrealistic Plane Movies

How about James Bond? <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> 757, London - St. Petersburg, Russia in 'Goldeneye'. <acronym title="Lufthansa (Germany)">LH</acronym> 737, London - Hamburg, Germany in 'Tomorrow Never Dies' Pan Am 707-120, London - Kingston, Jamaica in 'Dr. No' Pan Am 707-120, Lo...

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by Aaron747
Fri Aug 15, 2003 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 SR For Shorthaul Japanese Market?
Replies: 19
Views: 3813

RE: A380 SR For Shorthaul Japanese Market?

The issue for airport operations and the A380 isn't so much runways - it's taxiways.

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by Aaron747
Fri Aug 15, 2003 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Routes With Most Pax/flights
Replies: 32
Views: 5721

RE: Routes With Most Pax/flights

If you define things as metro-metro, it's <acronym title="Lan Chile">LA</acronym> - Bay Area hands down. A brief overview using the four major airlines serving the two areas: Airline - Route - Daily (M-F) Frequency <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> - <acronym title="San Francisco...

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by Aaron747
Fri Aug 15, 2003 4:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is Your Favourite Airport
Replies: 31
Views: 5677

RE: What Is Your Favourite Airport

My home airport - <acronym title="Oakland - Metropolitan Oakland International (OAK / KOAK), USA - California">OAK</acronym>, obviously. Second fav - <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym>. Great mix of airlines from around the globe and multiple sp...

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by Aaron747
Fri Aug 15, 2003 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spotting In Tokyo
Replies: 10
Views: 2448

RE: Spotting In Tokyo

There's good spotting of the main terminal area from the Haneda observation deck. Surrounding hotels, the Terminal 2 obs deck, and the hill mentioned are all good at <acronym title="Tokyo - New Tokyo International / Narita (NRT / RJAA), Japan">NRT</acronym> - just be forewarned. You're unlikely to s...

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by Aaron747
Fri Aug 15, 2003 2:06 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Southwest Airlines Flight# 1064 MCO-STL
Replies: 6
Views: 4351

RE: Southwest Airlines Flight# 1064 MCO-STL

In my experience they have been. The two smoothest landings I've ever had were on a Northwest 747-251 at <acronym title="Tokyo - New Tokyo International / Narita (NRT / RJAA), Japan">NRT</acronym> and just this last June on a <acronym title="JetBlue Airways (USA)">B6</acronym> A320 at <acronym title...

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by Aaron747
Fri Aug 15, 2003 2:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rumble When Speed Brakes Are Deployed
Replies: 14
Views: 4378

RE: Rumble When Speed Brakes Are Deployed

If you look out the window and see deployment in a turn - don't be surprised -that's just roll assist at work. One thing I love about coming home to Oakland is that prevailing weather usually has us on the visual to runway 29 - it's virtually a guarantee the crew will be pushing 250-240 KIAS and use...

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by Aaron747
Thu Aug 14, 2003 5:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rumble When Speed Brakes Are Deployed
Replies: 14
Views: 4378

RE: Rumble When Speed Brakes Are Deployed

Deploying speedbrakes often allows an aicraft to descend at a higher rate without inducing increased airspeed. You'll often notice the nose angle hardly changes at all - that's because trim is taking care of it all Big grin

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by Aaron747
Thu Aug 14, 2003 4:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Hops To Top In Passengers Carried
Replies: 15
Views: 3302

RE: Southwest Hops To Top In Passengers Carried

Southwest is the best enterprise to ever come out of Texas. They are a testament to responsible, innovative, and ambitious capitalism in the finest sense of the word.

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by Aaron747
Thu Aug 14, 2003 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger Jet Shootdown Foiled
Replies: 44
Views: 4919

RE: Passenger Jet Shootdown Foiled

The missile shipment was part of an internationally cooperative sting to catch a rogue arms dealer. Nothing more.

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by Aaron747
Thu Aug 14, 2003 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Terminal Update
Replies: 12
Views: 3167

RE: SFO Terminal Update

Nice to see my photo in use  <img src="/discussions/graphics/wink.gif" ALT="Big grin"> The south side terminals could use a bit of renovation themselves. Had the airport not been so obsessed with paying consultants thousands on the hour for its little pet runway project in the face of hopeless ...

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by Aaron747
Thu Aug 14, 2003 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Satellite Terminals
Replies: 26
Views: 7232

RE: LAX Satellite Terminals

That's precisely the issue. Spend $10 billion for a bunch of security improvements to an aging airport, or spend $12 billion for brand new infrastructure that will last for decades to come and nearly double the airport's capacity. Alternative D is a not-so-thinly-veiled attempt to cap <acronym title...

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by Aaron747
Thu Aug 14, 2003 1:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rumble When Speed Brakes Are Deployed
Replies: 14
Views: 4378

RE: Rumble When Speed Brakes Are Deployed

Welcome to the exciting world of drag.  Big grin

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by Aaron747
Thu Aug 14, 2003 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Satellite Terminals
Replies: 26
Views: 7232

RE: LAX Satellite Terminals

Alternative D is a weak political concession from the mayor and does nothing to address the fact that there aren't airports in the Socal region with sufficient capacity or attractiveness to the airlines (in <acronym title="Ontario - International (ONT / KONT), USA - California">ONT</acronym>'s case)...

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by Aaron747
Thu Aug 14, 2003 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Hops To Top In Passengers Carried
Replies: 15
Views: 3302

RE: Southwest Hops To Top In Passengers Carried

I'd be willing to pay an extra five dollars - throw in a raise for the mechanics who keep those birds in the air too.

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by Aaron747
Thu Aug 14, 2003 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Let Me Off!"
Replies: 18
Views: 4033

RE: "Let Me Off!"

I'm not a fearful flier, but I had a "let me off!" episode once. We were just pulling back from the gate at <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym> terminal 1 for a Sunday night flight to <acronym title="Oakland - Metropolitan Oakland International (...

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by Aaron747
Wed Aug 13, 2003 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Shortest Intl Trip You Have Made (flying)?
Replies: 79
Views: 8347

RE: Shortest Intl Trip You Have Made (flying)?

7/95: <acronym title="Hong Kong - Chek Lap Kok International (HKG / VHHH), China - Hong Kong">HKG</acronym>-<acronym title="Bangkok - International (Don Muang) (BKK / VTBD), Thailand">BKK</acronym>, 3 hr, 05 min, Cathay/Thai 7/96: <acronym title="Bangkok - International (Don Muang) (BKK / VTBD), Tha...

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by Aaron747
Tue Aug 12, 2003 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is Up With MD11's
Replies: 22
Views: 4208

RE: What Is Up With MD11's

I've never heard that. FedEx pilots love it.

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by Aaron747
Tue Aug 12, 2003 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is Up With MD11's
Replies: 22
Views: 4208

RE: What Is Up With MD11's

For the same reason airlines get rid of any aircraft. Cost effectiveness. Cost effectiveness. And? Cost effectiveness.  Smile

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by Aaron747
Tue Aug 12, 2003 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Bread And Butter Being Swarmed By LCCs
Replies: 7
Views: 2779

RE: United's Bread And Butter Being Swarmed By LCCs

Between now and the end of December, <acronym title="JetBlue Airways (USA)">B6</acronym>'s fare structure on the transcon routes is near unbeatable from a competitive standpoint. <acronym title="Washington - Dulles International (IAD / KIAD), USA - Virginia">IAD</acronym> to <acronym title="Oakland ...

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by Aaron747
Tue Aug 12, 2003 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's 747-400s
Replies: 19
Views: 5114

RE: UA's 747-400s

I understand UAL has always faithfully been in the troop charter business.

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