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by AirAfreak
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel Recommendations: St. Thomas & St. John, U.S.V.I.
Replies: 2
Views: 403

Travel Recommendations: St. Thomas & St. John, U.S.V.I.

I could easily use Google but my aim is to utilize the helpful a.net community of global travelers to share any personal experiences, restaurant recommendations, and helpful hints while vacationing in St. John, U.S.V.I. February departures for Los Angeles - St. Thomas list red-eye departures with an...

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by AirAfreak
Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern “eyeing” membership in OneWorld.
Replies: 1
Views: 777

China Southern “eyeing” membership in OneWorld.

https://apple.news/AAxBIOQ4ERKedI6yXXl5nDw

Timeline hasn’t been announced as China Southern now weighs the benefits and impact of defection from Skyteam.
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Airline industry braces for China Southern exit from Skyteam alliance, setting up clash with Cathay Pacific - South China Morning Post
https://apple.news/AAxBIOQ4ERKedI6yXXl5nDw

Timeline hasn’t been announced as China Southern now weighs the benefits and impact of defection from Skyteam.

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by AirAfreak
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Foreign Airlines that hire Americans for cabin crew and/or have crew bases in the US?
Replies: 5
Views: 1534

Re: Foreign Airlines that hire Americans for cabin crew and/or have crew bases in the US?

I’ve always wondered if KE has Los Angeles based flight attendants of Korean-Americans.

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by AirAfreak
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Poll: Best Economy Class Middle Seat
Replies: 20
Views: 1924

Re: Poll: Best Economy Class Middle Seat

george77300 wrote:
Vasu wrote:
For one-off novelty value, probably this one:



This. No further debate. Haha



You win!

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by AirAfreak
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which city may become JAL’s next international destination?
Replies: 199
Views: 25187

Re: Which city may become JAL’s next international destination?

Is it me or are the VW to XYZ threads getting out of hand? Sorry CLE, CMH, CVG, IND, MCI, MKE, STL, and now DSM: You are not Chicago and Detroit! Sure, you may be more pro-business, but 10M O&D in Chicago is tough to beat. And MKE, sorry, Will county will go to ORD over MKE. Hell, there are bus...

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by AirAfreak
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: MCO has longest customs lines, PHX has the shortest
Replies: 17
Views: 1321

Re: MCO has longest customs lines, PHX has the shortest

I find the arrival process can vary depending on the time of the day and terminal location, so this airport ranking list cannot be 100% accurate. For example, it was noted above with SFO ranking among the slowest, however, SFO was one of my "better" arrival processing experiences. Los Ange...

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by AirAfreak
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Japan Jaunt to Tokyo (Work Trip on JAL Economy)
Replies: 7
Views: 4685

Re: Japan Jaunt to Tokyo (Work Trip on JAL Economy)

JAL always seem to impress me when reading these reports. I always go back-and-forth between ANA versus JAL concerning which is the overall "better" airline to Japan. But, maybe it's both due to the wonderful Japanese Hospitality I have experienced over time. Thank you for sharing your tri...

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by AirAfreak
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Routes with the most frequencies...?
Replies: 17
Views: 1985

Re: Routes with the most frequencies...?

As noted above, Seoul - Jeju holds highest number of daily frequencies. But this makes me wonder if there could possibly be demand for a seasonal nonstop Los Angeles - Jeju flight considering we see twice and triple daily services (depending on season) LAX-ICN with KE and OZ, for example.

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by AirAfreak
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Comfort + / Premium Economy U.S.?
Replies: 11
Views: 1747

Comfort + / Premium Economy U.S.?

As DL and AA have launched a true Premium Economy/Comfort + Product, where/when will we see (and which city pairs can we book) scheduled Domestic U.S. flights with "W" class on offer?

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by AirAfreak
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which city may become JAL’s next international destination?
Replies: 199
Views: 25187

Re: Which city may become JAL’s next international destination?

To North America, we will see the return of JAL to Washington/Dulles before we see an opening of BNA, CMH, CVG, AUS, IND, DTW, MSP, STL, etc., in my opinion. JAL used to fly the 747 into Dulles Airport but later discontinued it. Perhaps the 787 would be a great way to resume service.

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by AirAfreak
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?
Replies: 179
Views: 23479

Re: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?

Los Angeles --> Orange County.

Does UA still operate this flight? It's painfully slow at rush hour to drive (making this far) and a little too short for flying.

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by AirAfreak
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF/KLM Q3 profit jumps
Replies: 2
Views: 953

Re: AF/KLM Q3 profit jumps

Happy to read good news about my beloved AF/KLM. "Best and Beyond," for sure!

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by AirAfreak
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employees to Get New Uniforms
Replies: 124
Views: 18073

Re: Delta Employees to Get New Uniforms

Now that sadly, DL no longer flies NRT-BKK & v.v., no one will ever mistake <<passport plum>> as a THAI Airways uniform at Suvarnabhumi. I would have loved to see Christian Lacroix (Air France) do the uniform for Delta. Or maybe Richard Tyler doing an update?!!!! These uniforms don't quite spark...

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by AirAfreak
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest red-eye flight
Replies: 34
Views: 4127

Re: Shortest red-eye flight

Los Angeles --> Las Vegas.

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by AirAfreak
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL's Bastian sees loyalty upgrades ending
Replies: 36
Views: 4952

Re: DL's Bastian sees loyalty upgrades ending

I don't mind the elimination of the upgrades as long as ticketed/purchased Domestic F tix. garner SkyClub Access. SkyClub access should be for the paying annual members, Skyteam Elite Plus, and First/Business Class tix. The lounges are too crowded, but far less crowded these days compared to about 5...

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by AirAfreak
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official Launch of Singapore Airlines New Products 2017
Replies: 65
Views: 13850

Re: Official Launch of Singapore Airlines New Products 2017

Suites looks stunning! SIA certainly exceeded my expectations here.

Too bad the A380 will no longer appear here in Los Angeles. Maybe I will book with SIA when my travels take me across the Atlantic as the A380 will remain on JFK-FRA services.

Anyway, congrats to SQ!
Still, A Great Way To Fly.

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by AirAfreak
Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: FA's not speaking English
Replies: 14
Views: 3872

Re: FA's not speaking English

Flying KE ICN-NRT one morning, I was greeted in Japanese by the lovely cabin crew. Since I don't speak Japanese, I spoke to the crew in Korean. There were 4 dedicated cabin attendants serving my side of the A330. With only 5 passengers seated in J, one would think a memory of me speaking to them in ...

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by AirAfreak
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What were the final Delta and United DC-8 routes?
Replies: 26
Views: 6255

Re: What were the final Delta and United DC-8 routes?

I remember my one and only flight on the DC8-Stretch. It was a United Airlines "Friendship Service" from Washington/Dulles to Newark. Later, that DC8 service would be replaced by 737-300 equipment which was just as enjoyable in those days.

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by AirAfreak
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Seat width
Replies: 25
Views: 2205

Re: Seat width

Classic ANet arrogance, in many ways. The 777-300ER 10 abreast seats are about 1 in narrower than 9 abreast. Go find a ruler and look at how big an inch is. For a biz traveler working on their presentation, do you think they can feel an inch of difference? For a college student going home for break...

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by AirAfreak
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Seat width
Replies: 25
Views: 2205

Re: Seat width

I think, it would take a complete psycho to voluntarily say a 10-abreast configuration onboard the 777 is just as comfortable as a 9-abreast configuration onboard the 777. I'm all for a healthy debate on these subjective topics when it comes from a place of education, but I've come to finally accep...

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by AirAfreak
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Seat width
Replies: 25
Views: 2205

Re: Seat width

I think, it would take a complete psycho to voluntarily say a 10-abreast configuration onboard the 777 is just as comfortable as a 9-abreast configuration onboard the 777. I'm all for a healthy debate on these subjective topics when it comes from a place of education, but I've come to finally accept...

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by AirAfreak
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Poll: Best Economy Class Middle Seat
Replies: 20
Views: 1924

Poll: Best Economy Class Middle Seat

If you had to choose a middle seat in Economy Class, which airline* would you choose to endure?

*More than one airline may be applicable and kindly expand your answer as to why.

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by AirAfreak
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways launches flights to Pattaya
Replies: 15
Views: 3743

Re: Qatar Airways launches flights to Pattaya

When I hear/read about Pattaya, the first thought that comes to mind are news outlets and online blogs naming countless "Westerners" or "farangs" being victims of money scams, murder, suicide, extortion, etc. First-time visitors to Thailand (or any foreign land) should do their h...

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by AirAfreak
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA launches LAX-SIN
Replies: 354
Views: 63061

Re: UA launches LAX-SIN

Great for UA to capture the demand for a nonstop flight ahead of SIA. I'm curious to see how many repeat passengers UA will see based on how well the current inflight service and onboard amenities are received outside of those passengers flying on the company dime. Sure, leisure passengers come and ...

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by AirAfreak
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Enhanced Security for Inbound Flights to USA Starts Thursday
Replies: 28
Views: 8243

Re: Enhanced Security for Inbound Flights to USA Starts Thursday

"Airlines contacted by Reuters said the new measures, which could include short security interviews with passengers, would be in place by Thursday." Invasive and offensive questioning is no stranger to Vancouver and Los Angeles based on my personal experiences. "Interview" is a p...

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by AirAfreak
Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chinese flights to the Pacific Islands
Replies: 21
Views: 4483

Re: Chinese flights to the Pacific Islands

I am curious how HU will price Tahiti to stimulate demand for Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong residents during the charter operation. I can imagine the possibility of flying Los Angeles to Pape'ete via China at roundtrip priced lower than the nonstop services operated by Air France and Air Tahiti Nui.

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by AirAfreak
Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market
Replies: 104
Views: 18356

Re: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market

PPT needs a solution to improve the efficiency of passenger processing to reduce the long waiting periods from check-in to departure; arrival to baggage re-claim. One ATM machine, 4 border control desks, and a Premium Voyageur check-in line that moves faster than the Business check-in (due to elites...

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by AirAfreak
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X considers Korea-US flights
Replies: 25
Views: 4563

Re: AirAsia X considers Korea-US flights

Based on my personal experiences, LAX-ICN nonstop services in Economy generally price higher with KE and OZ compared to a single connection operated by MU and CI. The difference in fare can be ~ 400USD and higher in some cases. If Air Asia prices their ICN-LAX flight slightly lower than KE/OZ, they ...

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by AirAfreak
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 Media Day
Replies: 83
Views: 14030

Re: Delta A350 Media Day

Personally, I appreciate the cabin color scheme as it gives me a feeling of cleanliness and cheerfulness. However, the little detail that slightly pales me in the A350 presentation is the embossed "DeltaOne" (located on the headrest) because it reminds me of "TransWorldOne" by TWA.

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by AirAfreak
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: China Airlines and Taipei (TPE).
Replies: 2
Views: 667

Re: China Airlines and Taipei (TPE).

Have flown many times thru TPE, but always on the evening flight and have never had any major delays. Don't know about the blankets but never had any problems. If you are only transiting thru TPE, I would not worry about phrase book as everything that is important is in English. I have connect time...

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by AirAfreak
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should United bring back the Tulip?
Replies: 115
Views: 14566

Re: Should United bring back the Tulip?

Here's a good livery. Cold, minimalist, monochromatic. Don't even need to change the text and font. LCC almost. AND NEW! :bigthumbsup: And easy ID. Don't fly the airline with the blue tail! http://www.airline-empires.com/uploads/gallery/album_576/med_gallery_23562_576_363033.png That's a great look...

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by AirAfreak
Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta introduces complimentary Prosecco in International Economy
Replies: 29
Views: 6654

Re: Delta introduces complimentary Prosecco in International Economy

Cheers to Proscecco! Now bring back the "Mile-High Mojito!" ☺☺☺

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by AirAfreak
Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: China Airlines and Taipei (TPE).
Replies: 2
Views: 667

China Airlines and Taipei (TPE).

Ni hao! I am seeking your personal experience and any helpful advice when flying with China Airlines and/or transiting in Taipei. So far, this is what I am advised for my (Los Angeles to Seoul via Taipei) journey with China Airlines: + Book the morning departure on the LAX-TPE sector as I am told th...

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by AirAfreak
Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most-missed US Major
Replies: 68
Views: 6948

Re: Most-missed US Major

My most-missed major carrier is Pan Am. I flew them at a very young age quite frequently between Washington/Dulles and Frankfurt on PA60/61. I was a WorldPass Member and also a UM. I was always treated to sit in Upper Clipper Class the last 30 minutes or so before landing so the cabin crew could kee...

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by AirAfreak
Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta Special Meals
Replies: 2
Views: 525

Re: Delta Special Meals

Always have Plan B in case your meal is not loaded/forgotten by catering. I highly recommend bringing snacks onboard just in case as things do happen. For example, I purchased a Delta Dine-Up Meal for my flight from Los Angeles - Kennedy Airport (some years ago). Not one cabin crew could locate my m...

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by AirAfreak
Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL's Bastian sees loyalty upgrades ending
Replies: 36
Views: 4952

Re: DL's Bastian sees loyalty upgrades ending

Clearly, I haven't flown Domestic Economy in a few years as I keep reading about this $79 upgrade fee on offer by Delta? How exactly does this work?

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by AirAfreak
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Authentic Japanese Meals on JAL Biz+First: DEL-NRT-CGK
Replies: 31
Views: 14534

Re: Authentic Japanese Meals on JAL Biz+First: DEL-NRT-CGK

In terms of "Western" Meal, this is verbiage used on most printed menus on flights I've taken to Asia. I'm sure many of you airline nerds know exactly what I'm talking about when I made reference to "Western" meal option. But in case I need to spell it out for you, I mean any di...

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by AirAfreak
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Authentic Japanese Meals on JAL Biz+First: DEL-NRT-CGK
Replies: 31
Views: 14534

Re: Authentic Japanese Meals on JAL Biz+First: DEL-NRT-CGK

In terms of "Western" Meal, this is verbiage used on most printed menus on flights I've taken to Asia. I'm sure many of you airline nerds know exactly what I'm talking about when I made reference to "Western" meal option. But in case I need to spell it out for you, I mean any dis...

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by AirAfreak
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair to resume Los Angeles service? (rumour)
Replies: 16
Views: 4657

Re: Finnair to resume Los Angeles service? (rumour)

Finnair advertises faster flying times to Asia via their Helsinki flights from Continental Europe. Could a Finnair Los Angeles flight be competitive for Asia-bound passengers? I wonder how attractive AY flying times and airfares would be when you compare flying LAX-HEL-BKK versus flying EK LAX-DXB-B...

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by AirAfreak
Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ A350-900ULR to feature 162 seats
Replies: 82
Views: 27869

Re: SQ A350-900ULR to feature 162 seats

I wonder if this will be the return of A345 Executive Economy in the form of PE+ or if the new A350ULH PE will remain consistent to the other current PE products SQ is currently flying.

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by AirAfreak
Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First BA routes announced with high density seating
Replies: 59
Views: 15854

Re: First BA routes announced with high density seating

Based on my previous observations of high airport taxes and user fees noted in the itemized portion of my plane tickets when flying to/through Heathrow, I believe British Airways has higher operating costs versus an airline based outside of London. This should explain the need for a higher density c...

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by AirAfreak
Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does DL fly EWR-AMS/CDG?
Replies: 28
Views: 8326

Re: Why does DL fly EWR-AMS/CDG?

The daily number of passengers departing New York and New Jersey to Europe and beyond warrant these flights. Paris and Amsterdam are connecting points for many passengers. I've used Paris as my transit stop to Dublin, London, and Munich from Newark Airport in the past. I'm not alone in making connec...

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by AirAfreak
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The next phase of airline liveries
Replies: 58
Views: 10265

Re: The next phase of airline liveries

I cannot answer OP as I'm not a wizard or Miss Cleo, but... My next "wave" airline livery wishlist: 1. Korean Air reflective of cabin crew uniform colors i.e. celadon, ivory, etc., 2. United Airlines w/ Polaris logo, 3. Air France in the monochromatic Air France Asie color. (I fell in love...

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by AirAfreak
Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is it worth paying for seats?
Replies: 15
Views: 1200

Re: Is it worth paying for seats?

I'm 6'2" (188cm) in height and you bet your sweet cookies I'm going to pay a supplement for a reasonably sufficient seat if I'm ticketed in Y. Once, I booked a KLM Economy Comfort Seat and was offered an onboard upgrade for purchase to the J Cabin while at the gate. This was for an ATL-AMS 11:0...

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by AirAfreak
Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best looking livery
Replies: 46
Views: 4194

Re: Best looking livery

Korean Air is my favorite livery, especially on the 747-8i. Hope it becomes a regular here at LAX.

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by AirAfreak
Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SJC woos EK, QR & KE (rumor)
Replies: 53
Views: 7289

Re: SJC woos EK, QR & KE (rumor)

I cannot offer any reasonable opinion regarding EK or QR adding flights to SJC so I will reply to this thread based on my opinions with Korean Air. KE adding a SJC flight doesn't seem unreasonable but I think it would happen within a certain order. Korean Air being a conservative company, I would ha...

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by AirAfreak
Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Retrieving luggage during overnight connection
Replies: 4
Views: 594

Re: Retrieving luggage during overnight connection

Once upon a time, I selected an overnight connection in Amsterdam as part of a BRU-AMS-IAD itinerary. You're probably thinking why doesn't he book a nonstop or a same-day connection other than price? The answer is simple: I was vacationing about 2 hours away from the Brussels/Zaventem Airport in the...

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by AirAfreak
Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Flying with the Germans - Lufthansa Business Class Frankfurt to Sao Paulo
Replies: 10
Views: 8751

Re: Flying with the Germans - Lufthansa Business Class Frankfurt to Sao Paulo

"Danke" for sharing your LH Business Class Trip Report! I hope you earned valuable miles for your journey! Also, I really enjoyed reading your report accompanied by the nice selection of photos. Photo upload is a pain on this website and I stopped posting trip reports because of this so th...

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by AirAfreak
Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best Premium Economy Class
Replies: 10
Views: 2285

Re: Best Premium Economy Class

In terms of legroom, Norwegian has the best legroom of any airline offering Premium Economy. Seat Guru is my point of reference via a travel blog I read and confirmed.

On a side note, a colleague of mine mentioned China Airlines being one of her favorites to Asia when flying in W.

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