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by Chemist
Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA To Introduce Modified Boarding Procedure
Replies: 33
Views: 5197

Re: AA To Introduce Modified Boarding Procedure

LAX772LR wrote:
So what's the point of "new" Groups 6-8?


AA management can show they met some of their goals?

"By Q1 2017, design a new streamlined boarding process"

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by Chemist
Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA To Introduce Modified Boarding Procedure
Replies: 33
Views: 5197

Re: AA To Introduce Modified Boarding Procedure

There is no point in changing boarding process when it's never enforced anyways / they call first class now and everyone rushes the gate and everyone is allowed on This comment is why I laugh when people say Southwest is a cattle call. My experience is that Southwest is quite orderly and that the l...

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by Chemist
Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 Tail
Replies: 43
Views: 10246

Re: 737 Tail

Agree, it is very unattractive, on an already dowdy looking aircraft, it does look like a cheap fix, a taller tail would look much better, the original 732 fin looks just right. I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I find the A320 kind of homely versus the 737. I like the lower stance, l...

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by Chemist
Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy
Replies: 155
Views: 17244

Re: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy

I suppose it kills people that they are not booking the bottom choice but all they have to do is book regular E and your world will be the same nothing changes but there is a subset of people that saved $ 10-20 by not taking a seat assignment or ability to change ticket. Nothing has changed. This p...

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by Chemist
Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy
Replies: 155
Views: 17244

Re: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy

I suppose it kills people that they are not booking the bottom choice but all they have to do is book regular E and your world will be the same nothing changes but there is a subset of people that saved $ 10-20 by not taking a seat assignment or ability to change ticket. Nothing has changed. This p...

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by Chemist
Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy
Replies: 155
Views: 17244

Re: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy

I would put it differently - this is what happens when consumers get conditioned for decades to expect pricing that is uneconomical, unsustainable, and should never have been that low in the first place . I'd argue this point. The airline business is really tough. The fixed costs are very high - ex...

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by Chemist
Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy
Replies: 155
Views: 17244

Re: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy

It always cracks me up when I hear about Southwest versus "full service" airlines. Let's see, Southwest doesn't charge me for my checked bags, I can carry on a roller as well. I get better snacks on flights than offered by most majors. I don't have to board in a crush of people milling aro...

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by Chemist
Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planes that will be missed and those not
Replies: 89
Views: 10307

Re: Planes that will be missed and those not

Concorde
727 - Best ever looking subsonic airliner
767 - Best seating plan interior even though inefficient
757 - Best takeoffs
Don't miss the DC10.
Won't miss the 737, A32x. Probably because almost all of my flights are on those two.

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by Chemist
Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former Senator Kicked Off JetBlue Flight
Replies: 48
Views: 7116

Re: Former Senator Kicked Off JetBlue Flight

I hope the door hit him on the butt on his way out...

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by Chemist
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LA Times: Soon every day at LAX is holiday travel mess
Replies: 99
Views: 13772

Re: LA Times: Soon every day at LAX is holiday travel mess

Well let's talk about airside for a moment. I have been spending time at LAX since I rode my bike there to watch airplanes in the '70s. When you could walk to the gates as a non-passenger and find a pilot who would let you wander a 747 between flights and show you the cockpit. I have photos I took o...

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by Chemist
Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MCO passenger steals tug, drives across airport
Replies: 27
Views: 5923

Re: MCO passenger steals tug, drives across airport

It would be great if some of the famous events all had video and somebody could string them together to Yakety Sax or similar comic music. On the top of my head, I'm imagining: - This event - The JetBlue FA who grabbed a beer, deployed the slide, and slid down - The A340 doing test runs into the bar...

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by Chemist
Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why board from just one door?
Replies: 71
Views: 8320

Re: Why board from just one door?

WN does exactly this at BUR as others have said. And you say it's "cattle call", I say it's much more orderly than the Big 3 with hordes of boarders hanging around the gate. I fly out of BUR almost every week. I once timed a WN arrival unload and our flight load and pushback (only a few se...

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by Chemist
Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports with terminals or other structures very close to runway
Replies: 38
Views: 7355

Re: Airports with terminals or other structures very close to runway

I can't imagine anything beats those short taxi times when landing on BUR's Runway 8 - especially on Terminal A carriers AA, B6 and WN. Thanks to rapid deplaning via ramps/stairs at the front *and* back of the plane, you can be at your car/ride headed home within 5 minutes of touching down. It's be...

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by Chemist
Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports with terminals or other structures very close to runway
Replies: 38
Views: 7355

Re: Airports with terminals or other structures very close to runway

I can't imagine anything beats those short taxi times when landing on BUR's Runway 8 - especially on Terminal A carriers AA, B6 and WN. Thanks to rapid deplaning via ramps/stairs at the front *and* back of the plane, you can be at your car/ride headed home within 5 minutes of touching down. It's be...

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by Chemist
Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA aircraft on fire @ORD
Replies: 332
Views: 69536

Re: AA aircraft on fire @ORD

In potential defense of the video shooter, if I were on the plane and we had to evacuate and I was waiting for 10? 15? 30? seconds for the line of people to move so that I could get out of my seat row, I might just start my video rolling. It wouldn't be delaying anybody and I wouldn't be videoing to...

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by Chemist
Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Top 5 Most Iconic Airliners
Replies: 35
Views: 3704

Re: Top 5 Most Iconic Airliners

In historical order:

1 - Ford Trimotor
2 - DC-3
3 - 707
3 - 747
4 - A380

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by Chemist
Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SNA vs. LGA vs. DCA. vs. BUR vs. EYW
Replies: 20
Views: 4076

Re: SNA vs. LGA vs. DCA. vs. BUR vs. EYW

BUR is a very old airport whose passenger terminal is situated way too close to the runways, but is grandfathered in.... There are all of about 2 aircraft lengths between Runway 8 and Terminal A, allowing AA, B6 and WN to come to a stop on the active runway directly in front of their gate and then ...

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by Chemist
Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Understanding Hawaiian vs. Caribbean markets
Replies: 35
Views: 4473

Re: Understanding Hawaiian vs. Caribbean markets

Speaking as a California native, I spent my honeymoon in Hawaii and then made 3 return trips over the years. My wife and I talked about the Caribbean but never really wanted to go. Then we finally took one cruise. Since then we've been to the Caribbean probably 10 times and have not returned to Hawa...

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by Chemist
Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American Airlines NEW Fare Class?
Replies: 11
Views: 3461

Re: American Airlines NEW Fare Class?

DisAAdvantage. That's the way I look at it now. I'm a million miler on AA and until a few years ago I charged everything on my Citi AAdvantage card. But as miles get devalued I've switched to a cash-back card. I don't really care to accumulate a ton of miles anymore as my ability to use them is so ...

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by Chemist
Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Domestic Flights - What would you change?
Replies: 20
Views: 1676

Re: Domestic Flights - What would you change?

Changeable reservations without fees, like Southwest does. I can't tell you how handy this is. You can book a flight knowing that if your plans change you can cancel with a credit to be used in the future, or apply it to a new flight.

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by Chemist
Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Launches New Ad Campaign and Slogan
Replies: 19
Views: 5323

Re: AA Launches New Ad Campaign and Slogan

I agree it's patronizing. I'm a lifetime million miler on AA and yet the last few years I've been flying Southwest. You know why? Because they have frequency at my local airport, and in over 100 flights I've never encountered anything but pleasant and service-oriented staff. Sure the experience is b...

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by Chemist
Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video of WN's new interior and uniforms
Replies: 13
Views: 2749

Re: Video of WN's new interior and uniforms

I like the new livery. The uniforms are ok. I flew the new interior colors a day ago (I assume those blue seats already in the fleet are the new interior and not some recover job?). The look is ok but I think I slightly prefer the Evolve two tone colors. The blue seat I sat in seemed overfirm and ha...

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by Chemist
Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to cut A380 production rate to 1 per month
Replies: 136
Views: 19840

Re: Airbus to cut A380 production rate to 1 per month

Your argument works if the timeframes are kept very short. If the long view is taken, not so much. Um, noooooo.... not "my argument," that was Boeing's determination after a 2yr market assessment for that airframe's status and potential development. Investing further resources into an air...

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by Chemist
Thu Aug 11, 2016 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to cut A380 production rate to 1 per month
Replies: 136
Views: 19840

Re: Airbus to cut A380 production rate to 1 per month

If Boeing had done this we might have a 757neo today, I applaud Airbus' move to keep the line alive. I applaud your utter ignorance of history, clumsily disguised as optimism. Boeing slowed the 757 line to an average of slightly more than 0.5 units/month in the last 12mo of its production, and the ...

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How to visit the cockpit?
Replies: 38
Views: 11362

Re: How to visit the cockpit?

I was lucky enough in around '99 to get a jumpseat ride from start of descent to landing in LHR on Virgin Atlantic. Will never forget that. Also had a couple of inflight visits to the cockpit a year or so before that on KLM heading into Amsterdam, far above the Greenland glaciers.

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Egypt Air 804 Paris-Cairo Missing
Replies: 1187
Views: 78766

Re: Egypt Air 804 Paris-Cairo Missing Part 5

One transmission per minute means you might be losing 59 seconds of data. Frequency would need to be higher than that.

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by Chemist
Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian orders 30 A321LR aircraft
Replies: 68
Views: 13546

Re: Norwegian orders 30 A321LR aircraft

A few years ago in one of the many 757 threads, it was argued that the 200-250 seat long thin routes are few and there wasn't a big market for the 757 as most of the market was shorter routes or smaller aircraft. Doesn't the success of the A321 in fact negate this argument? Seems that just like the ...

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by Chemist
Wed Jul 13, 2016 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to cut A380 production rate to 1 per month
Replies: 136
Views: 19840

Re: Airbus to cut A380 production rate to 1 per month

If Boeing had done this we might have a 757neo today,
I applaud Airbus' move to keep the line alive. Clearly the A380 was too big and as world population grows it may grow into its size...

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by Chemist
Wed Jul 13, 2016 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing announces 737 MAX-7 stretch
Replies: 102
Views: 22633

Re: Boeing announces 737 MAX-7 stretch

N62NA wrote:
Wow, if it can do 3,900 miles, then those UA 757 routes from EWR to the UK and Ireland could be handled by the 737 MAX7.


Perhaps we'll see WN to Europe in the future!

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by Chemist
Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiians 717 Replacement?
Replies: 70
Views: 15096

Re: Hawaiians 717 Replacement?

WN runs their 737's pretty rigorously. Seems like they could replace some of their high frequency routes with some of these. A few weeks ago I took a Southwest flight out of BUR and I timed arrival to pushback was 23 minutes for the turn, and my flight (the departing flight) was completely full. Th...

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by Chemist
Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Low cost airlines Spirit and Frontier join TSA PreCheck
Replies: 15
Views: 3073

Re: Low cost airlines Spirit and Frontier join TSA PreCheck

I wonder how much they're going to charge in fees for this new service? :lol:

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by Chemist
Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The infamous "Stored 787/Terrible Teen Row" is gone at Paine Field
Replies: 20
Views: 16062

Re: The infamous "Stored 787/Terrible Teen Row" is gone at Paine Field

Do we know to what degree the original Boeing "take the delivered assemblies and snap them together" concept has actually been realized, now that the supply chain and quality issues are smoothing out?

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by Chemist
Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCC Airlines Placebo Effect.
Replies: 11
Views: 2432

Re: LCC Airlines Placebo Effect.

I find the entire "LCC" versus "Full service" kind of silly anymore in the US, unless you are upgrading. In coach, I find WN (Southwest) to have more legroom, better service, more orderly boarding (less "cattle calling"), and better seats than most of the "Full ser...

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