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by LCDFlight
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will An AI Robot Ever Be Smarter Than Man?
Replies: 30
Views: 1338

Re: Will An AI Robot Ever Be Smarter Than Man?

Humans are basically an AI from biological materials. Human intelligence is complicated due to a million years plus of evolution. AI is still mostly not-new. It is just statistics models using some fuzzy executive material on top of statistics models. It is about as complex as an ant right now. AI w...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 174129

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Well it WOULD help if he would resign or step aside so that a fully PROFESSIONAL operation can run the response. Professional in WHAT? Mr. Putin and Mr. Xi Jinping are busy at their other jobs. No other qualified applicant available. Enforcing quarantine is VERY difficult without significant cooper...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 174129

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Time will tell. It’s quite possible you’ll be singing a different tune 2-4 weeks from now. Part of me hopes you’re right, but I think it was inevitable that we would eventually experience a pandemic reminiscent of the Spanish Flu at some point this century. 125,863 Total Confirmed Cases 4,595 Total...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 174129

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Does the flu fatality rate take into account the vaccine ? Vaccinating the very people that are most likely to have a severe case has to dramatically improve the numbers. I think what South Korea is doing with drive thru testing is interesting, and gives something like 0.65% CFR. Comedians have alr...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 174129

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

I am zeroing In on calculating the true death rate of those infected by novel Coronavirus. I am skeptical of the 2% figure. I believe this refers to an infection rate among hospitalized patients. Other influenza strains have a 0.05% fatality rate among affected (sick or infected?) PERSONS as opposed...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DC-10-30ER Production Numbers
Replies: 21
Views: 3364

Re: DC-10-30ER Production Numbers

Out of curiosity, how does a 789 compare to a DC-10 in capacity... it surely burns a lot less fuel and can go much farther.

Toward the end of Nw DC-10 service I took a look at their Form 41 numbers. The fuel consumption was tremendous. 3,000 gph or so.

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by LCDFlight
Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Harry exits British Airways B747 from back door at YVR - does this mean he flew Economy?!
Replies: 35
Views: 6790

Re: Prince Harry exits British Airways B747 from back door at YVR - does this mean he flew Economy?!

Exiting out the rear of the airplane is a "royal" move. Thought he was interested in a regular life? It will require dealing with regular people, at some point.

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by LCDFlight
Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 174129

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

It is difficult to trust China's numbers and even if they gained control methods China uses cannot be replicated. Just like their economic model. One would assume infections would plateau before going down. This is like instantly no more infections. There were thousands in the critical state probab...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dow tops 28000
Replies: 211
Views: 7591

Re: Dow tops 28000

So you think that airlines canceling, hotels canceling, supply chains being disrupted etc, is Trump's fault? the world economy is going to take a hit off from this virus. No mater if it was HRC in charge or Biden. Claim the rallies, own the falls. He is, at the very least, indirectly responsible. A...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the Northwest DC-10 ever make it to its Asian network?
Replies: 90
Views: 12047

Re: Did the Northwest DC-10 ever make it to its Asian network?

In the 1970s, Northwest's main hub was at ORD, with a secondary hub at MSP. DTW was just a small focus city. Also, both CLE and DTW had limited service to cities west of the Mississippi other than LAX, SFO, DEN, MSP, STL, and DFW. Someone in either CLE or DTW who needed to go to cities like SLC, SE...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oil price crash
Replies: 223
Views: 8313

Re: Oil price crash

This is not a great day for anyone. A lot of true economic damage is now happening that will take years to repair. We are cutting into muscle now. The global commerce apparatus will not survive very well if orders, shipping and travel continue to be cancelled. So far, the impact will be temporary. I...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines Secretly Glad For the MAX Delay Now With Travel In Freefall?
Replies: 62
Views: 13713

Re: Airlines Secretly Glad For the MAX Delay Now With Travel In Freefall?

I think this thread is right on. Airlines arguably benefitted from this coordinated reduction in capacity (something airlines are legally prohibited from arranging among each other). Then, the Coronavirus situation that is biting a huge chunk out of 2020’s peak season in the US. Yes, US airlines WN ...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing’s new CEO confronts its challenges
Replies: 70
Views: 10630

Re: Boeing’s new CEO confronts its challenges

If you read the article, Calhoun tackles the "you were on the board during all of this" issue. "Calhoun and the rest of Boeing’s board never seriously questioned that strategy , in part because before the first MAX crash off the coast of Indonesia in October 2018, the company was enj...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing’s new CEO confronts its challenges
Replies: 70
Views: 10630

Re: Boeing’s new CEO confronts its challenges

Good. Boeing has a proud heritage. But its management was like a toilet that had been backing up for 25-30 years, and the plumbers who tried to fix it had died. Eventually, it was a clogged toilet they were proud of. They reveled in its filth. Denouncing the highly personal, damning flaws of prior m...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What’s the last big purchase you made?
Replies: 115
Views: 6126

Re: What’s the last big purchase you made?

I'm thinking of moving which is probably a $25,000 decision in my situation, or more.

I spent a lot on travel but the only major "thing" I bought was a range rover in 2017, for $3000. It's really nice and still works well.

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by LCDFlight
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the Northwest DC-10 ever make it to its Asian network?
Replies: 90
Views: 12047

Re: Did the Northwest DC-10 ever make it to its Asian network?

They did AMS-BOM, PDX-NRT, I believe SFO-SRT possibly for a short time, and definitely MSP-HNL and HNL-KIX/NRT. I don't think it ever operated to China. But it was a regular at NRT, specifically the -30 version with GE engines. The longest DC-10 route I flew was DTW-HNL. I witnessed a NW DC-10 land...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the Northwest DC-10 ever make it to its Asian network?
Replies: 90
Views: 12047

Re: Did the Northwest DC-10 ever make it to its Asian network?

They did AMS-BOM, PDX-NRT, I believe SFO-SRT possibly for a short time, and definitely MSP-HNL and HNL-KIX/NRT. I don't think it ever operated to China. But it was a regular at NRT, specifically the -30 version with GE engines. The longest DC-10 route I flew was DTW-HNL. I witnessed a landing at NRT...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-300 GE Engines
Replies: 33
Views: 4244

Re: 747-300 GE Engines

I thought Qantas had some of those. Specifically, some Qantas SYD-LAX flights were on 747-300. Did they not have new engines? Qantas 300s were RB211s Okay, so I was wrong about the GE part, but weren't those also "744 engines"... sort of off-topic, but it is pretty much on topic too, sort...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tesla's quiet chip downgrade sparks anger in China
Replies: 32
Views: 1652

Re: Tesla's quiet chip downgrade sparks anger in China

Numerous "Teslas" were seen sputtering away, then the area was covered in blue smoke.

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by LCDFlight
Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-300 GE Engines
Replies: 33
Views: 4244

Re: 747-300 GE Engines

I thought Qantas had some of those. Specifically, some Qantas SYD-LAX flights were on 747-300. Did they not have new engines?

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by LCDFlight
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane
Replies: 163
Views: 6434

Re: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane

I guess for me it has to be children with BAD manners, I can find no excuse for it. In public I really struggle with wanting to going up behind them and giving them a clip round the ear. :hissyfit: They have been allowed to grow to this stage by lack of parental guidance, heck manners used to be ta...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MSNBC cans Chris Matthews
Replies: 56
Views: 2042

Re: MSNBC cans Chris Matthews

MSNBC and parent company NBC are all-in for Biden and do a poor job of masking it. Matthews committed an internal mortal sin by stating the Democratic primaries were effectively decided in Sanders' favor after the Nevada caucus. Any previous comments he made against Sanders meant nothing. His decla...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MSNBC cans Chris Matthews
Replies: 56
Views: 2042

Re: MSNBC cans Chris Matthews

His career wasn't ruined at all. At age 74, he earned a pretty good reputation in his long career. Leaving MSNBC only improves that. Congratulations on retirement to him.

I really didn't mind him. He was fair minded, compared to the deplorable doldrums of his channel.

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by LCDFlight
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Erdogan faces dilemma in Syria: Allow 2 million more refugees or watch them be killed
Replies: 48
Views: 2074

Re: Erdogan faces dilemma in Syria: Allow 2 million more refugees or watch them be killed

If people refuse to stand up to dictators, this decision causes dictators get emboldened. I believe that the US has declared Assad is a dangerous criminal. This is an incredibly important thing for Assad, because when Assad lays awake at night, shaking in fear and crying, he is probably wondering wh...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What if Hitler visited America?
Replies: 45
Views: 1757

Re: What if Hitler visited America?

I guess a disturbing possibility is that the US was losing confidence in the American economic and political system in 1933, encountering the devastating Depression, including failed harvests. FDR was a popular president, but he was searching for answers. If he were evil, he might have conspired wit...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CLT announces record traffic numbers
Replies: 109
Views: 19958

Re: CLT big announcement Tuesday March 3

Haha probably CLT-AMS and CLT-CDG by Skyteam, daily.

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by LCDFlight
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane
Replies: 163
Views: 6434

Re: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane

In work settings, accountability without control. Also, YouTube vlog talk starting with "Hey guys, So...." and then doing a selfie lips purse face. This is unacceptable, but it seems like real life is being polluted by this too.

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by LCDFlight
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Adds SEA-CMH/DFW
Replies: 83
Views: 12206

Re: Delta Adds SEA-CMH/DFW

Congratulations to Delta and SEA. CMH is a little interesting, but DFW is long overdue. When AA announced their international flights out of SEA, I knew DL announcing SEA-DFW was inevitable in the near future. Delta typically does a lot of careful planning and research before they finally pull the ...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airasia X (D7) in trouble - looking to return 5 leased aircraft early, sell 2 aircraft to raise cash
Replies: 118
Views: 18196

Re: Air Asia-X Defers A330NEO's

Antarius wrote:
The virus is a convenient excuse. Better PR than admitting that you over ordered for no good reason, especially with the corruption and bribery probe.


It is also an excuse that Airbus would be wise to dignify in the Asia region. So, smart play.

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by LCDFlight
Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Early nominee for the year's Darwin Award
Replies: 30
Views: 1679

Re: Early nominee for the year's Darwin Award

Yeah I understand believing in the Earth being flat if you have no basic understanding of physics, but once you get a bit more informed, it just doesn't work. I think you can sum up my post as "simulation hypothesis." "Earth" may be a fictional item in a video game. Video games ...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Early nominee for the year's Darwin Award
Replies: 30
Views: 1679

Re: Early nominee for the year's Darwin Award

I think flat earth is possible, but it is just radically more complex than a sphere model of earth. Anything is "possible." We don't even know if Earth really exists or not.

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by LCDFlight
Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargo facts Rumor: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter
Replies: 138
Views: 24462

Re: Cargo facts: Airbus nears launch of A350 freighter

A charter member of an organization is an organization that was there at the beginning. A charter order for a commercial aircraft would be a big order from a big, well respected buyer. This tells the marketplace (and the OEM) that the airplane is prime time. Or I guess, any order on the books on lau...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What exactly is America's strategy in Africa?
Replies: 7
Views: 493

Re: What exactly is America's strategy in Africa?

Africa (and India) are missed opportunities for the US, as it focused, bizarrely, on pleasuring China's government for the past 25 years. Instead of making China the main beneficiary of our enormous import business opportunities, we could have prioritized the poorer developing world, particularly fr...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Building a classic ‘Stack’ Hi FI system
Replies: 22
Views: 2143

Re: Building a classic ‘Stack’ Hi FI system

Unlimited possibilities here. Yamaha is good, NAD, Rotel, are good mid-fi component brands. The fanciest option is something like Krell, that's hi fi. Your stack would cost $50,000. Sony / Technics / Pioneer are the mass market. Really low end options were Fisher, Emerson.

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by LCDFlight
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Clint Eastwood dumps Trump for Bloomberg.
Replies: 18
Views: 1088

Re: Clint Eastwood dumps Trump for Bloomberg.

Eastwood just wants the most militaristic and conservative candidate in the race, and at the moment, it's Bloomberg.

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by LCDFlight
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What are we going to do about the US Debt?
Replies: 106
Views: 4387

Re: What are we going to do about the US Debt?

I think it is a stable situation as long as it doesn’t grow much faster than US GDP. The US had debt in 1990 too; the economy grew and debt grew. Low interest rates since 2008 have made the interest payments fairly sustainable, at least for another 40-50 years of this. The main factors in the debt h...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB: State of Alaska’s high rate of aviation crashes warrants review.
Replies: 15
Views: 3732

Re: NTSB: State of Alaska’s high rate of aviation crashes warrants review.

Alaska is completely different from the other 49 states or territories in that general aviation is a lifeblood to access probably MOST locations in Alaska. This different level of need drives a different type of aviation. It's not a luxury, it is normal necessity, like the activity of driving cars, ...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Assad addresses people of Syria, declares the end of the Syrian civil war
Replies: 95
Views: 4411

Re: Assad addresses people of Syria, declares the end of the Syrian civil war

At least the Syrians fought for their freedom. I don't know who is right. Most likely, it is a fight between several evil men. And a lot of innocent people died. We don't need to add to the misery by adding our high tech weapons. Nor should China or Russia. Let the fight burn out. The next generatio...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Candidates attacking Bloomberg are hypocrites
Replies: 60
Views: 2038

Re: Candidates attacking Bloomberg are hypocrites

IMO, Trump is clearly more liberal than Bloomberg, he just has a different personal style. Question 1. Whose policies would favor working Americans more (honestly, I'm not sure). Bloomberg is a plutocrat who openly derides the American working class, while I think Trump is a plutocrat who seeks the ...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: GE may offer engine for a330neo
Replies: 71
Views: 9788

Re: Report: GE may offer engine for a330neo

A330neo will be like the 767, it will continue to be the best product for a fairly wide range of things. The 767 has always been under-estimated. Boiling it down, the reason is because people believe a smaller (or lighter) airplane is less impressive or less good. But in operation, lighter weight, ...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Report: GE may offer engine for a330neo
Replies: 71
Views: 9788

Re: Report: GE may offer engine for a330neo

A330neo will be like the 767, it will continue to be the best product for a fairly wide range of things. The 767 has always been under-estimated. Boiling it down, the reason is because people believe a smaller (or lighter) airplane is less impressive or less good. But in operation, lighter weight, s...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ex US Air 757-200s
Replies: 17
Views: 2798

Re: Ex US Air 757-200s

US had a mix of ex-eastern 757-225 and US-delivered 757-2B7, which were upgraded a lot and flown to Europe. Also the ATA birds were. America West had a motley fleet of secondhand 752 including some further ex-Eastern 757-225 of their own. Any 757-2B7 were owned since new by US and were considered t...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat
Replies: 242
Views: 22878

Re: Passenger repeatedly punches back of reclined seat

Seriously? The lady reclines. Thats what her seat offers. Some nutter start punching and behaving like a six year old spoilt boy and we cant see whose fault it is? Really? Lets see, a lady that reclines her seat vs man that punches seatback. I am pretty confident who is in the wrong here. I always ...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ex US Air 757-200s
Replies: 17
Views: 2798

Re: Ex US Air 757-200s

US had a mix of ex-eastern 757-225 and US-delivered 757-2B7, which were upgraded a lot and flown to Europe. Also the ATA birds were. America West had a motley fleet of secondhand 752 including some further ex-Eastern 757-225 of their own. Any 757-2B7 were owned since new by US and were considered th...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Is DL More Profitable Than UA and AA?
Replies: 142
Views: 21542

Re: Why Is DL More Profitable Than UA and AA?

That’s really why they have a margin advantage over their competitors. Take any of those away (particularly #2) and UA/AA could close the gap. A heavier mix of high-revenue, short-haul flying versus high-cost, lower-RPM long-haul flying has a lot to do with it. Structurally, Delta was in an ideal p...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Unveils Special A321 Livery With All 90,000 Employee Names On It
Replies: 49
Views: 12756

Re: Delta Unveils Special A321 Livery With All 90,000 Employee Names On It

This is brilliant. This is the kind of cheesy, low cost trick that would totally work on me if I were a DL employee. I would love to have my name on the A321. This is a positive thing for company culture.

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by LCDFlight
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Identity Politics in America
Replies: 216
Views: 6479

Re: Identity Politics in America

I was watching rising today and Saagar Enjeti had a monologue which reminded me of this very discussion. Keep in mind Rising Today (the Hill) is a very progressive show and these people are far from conservative at all. But he points out that Identity Politics may have killed Elizabeth Warren, they...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to join OneWorld / AA to make SEA an Intl gateway
Replies: 1208
Views: 143416

Re: AS to join OneWorld / AA to make SEA an Intl gateway

Clash of the titans. I love it. Totally constructive move. AA plus AS will be a truly formidable domestic alliance. They will help each other out. Plus, AS needs intl feed, SEA is ripe for it, and AA could use an intl base on the west coast. Allowing AS to feed that is perfectly fine - AS is happy t...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA finally looking at growing its non-hub markets?
Replies: 57
Views: 8576

Re: Is AA finally looking at growing its non-hub markets?

Clearly AA has had a change of heart in BOS. And for good reason IMO considering: -They have historically been strong there, and their BOS-hub flying is a great base for building something further. -They have good international partner service to supplement their own service -They already have a ma...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA finally looking at growing its non-hub markets?
Replies: 57
Views: 8576

Re: Is AA finally looking at growing its non-hub markets?

Clearly AA has had a change of heart in BOS. And for good reason IMO considering: -They have historically been strong there, and their BOS-hub flying is a great base for building something further. -They have good international partner service to supplement their own service -They already have a ma...

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