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by cloudboy
Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Should Aviation Do About Climate Change?
Replies: 143
Views: 6751

RE: What Should Aviation Do About Climate Change?

Whether or not you care about the issue, there are plenty more people who do. So it's up to you to either ignore it until someone decides to step in and completely cut you off, or to find ways to accommodate their interests. I think the biggest factor involved isn't direct fuel efficiency, which is ...

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by cloudboy
Sat Apr 21, 2007 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue More Legroom
Replies: 2
Views: 1861

JetBlue More Legroom

I noticed that Jet Blue has expanded the legroom intheir A320's to 36" for the front rows. Has this made it's way across the fleet already?

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by cloudboy
Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus' Cabin Vision For A350XWB
Replies: 46
Views: 13939

RE: Airbus' Cabin Vision For A350XWB

It's so white and sterile! I suppose they decided to get the "walk into the light" bit over with ahead of time.

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by cloudboy
Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Window Seat, Aisle Or Back-to-front Sir?
Replies: 34
Views: 6441

RE: Window Seat, Aisle Or Back-to-front Sir?

Second picture down. Look at the guy's elbow. THAT'S why this idea doesn't work. It squished the seats together by getting rid of the elbow room. But the elbows have to go somewhere. Now they get stuck in your neighbors side. If you had the staggered seat design, then your elbow is sitting behind th...

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by cloudboy
Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787i Bimmer For Russian Tycoon
Replies: 29
Views: 11312

RE: 787i Bimmer For Russian Tycoon

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by cloudboy
Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus' Cabin Vision For A350XWB
Replies: 46
Views: 13939

RE: Airbus' Cabin Vision For A350XWB

It looks like my Dentist's office.

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by cloudboy
Tue Apr 17, 2007 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MCO Expansion!
Replies: 65
Views: 8645

RE: MCO Expansion!

On the east coast, Jet Blue really dominates the Orlando market. Even with all the recent issues with their NYC hub, they still have a lot of fans considering for the price you get more leg room and in flight entertainment. They also have a lot more direct flights. I just don't think there is a lot ...

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by cloudboy
Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MHT Hopes To Add Ryanair Service
Replies: 24
Views: 4316

RE: MHT Hopes To Add Ryanair Service

I would think Providence stands in a better position to win Ryan Air service, as it can draw in a lot more people in it's area (not only Massachusetts but much of Connecticut). It also already has work going on to connect the airport with Boston (wake up, New Hampshire! You already have the tracks t...

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by cloudboy
Sat Apr 14, 2007 5:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Staggered Seats
Replies: 19
Views: 5048

RE: Staggered Seats

How would hte sides go up? The whole reason why they can make the seats narrower is that they took the space that was reserved for the armrests, where people's elbows normally go, out from immediately between the two passengers and place them behind the seat in front. So you are essentially "borrowi...

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by cloudboy
Sat Apr 14, 2007 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Staggered Seats
Replies: 19
Views: 5048

RE: Staggered Seats

Sorry. The first time I had seen that particular set up. Actually, I think it was bad idea - with your elbow sitting behind the back of the seat next to you, what happens when they decide to recline their seat?

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by cloudboy
Sat Apr 14, 2007 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Staggered Seats
Replies: 19
Views: 5048

Staggered Seats

There was a thread this morning talking about the new opposing seat design, but it also was talking about the staggared seating arangement that another company had (with each seat set slightly behind the other). Now I can't find that thread, and I want the link to that company. Does anyone know whic...

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by cloudboy
Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Window Seat, Aisle Or Back-to-front Sir?
Replies: 34
Views: 6441

RE: Window Seat, Aisle Or Back-to-front Sir?

Don't forget about the elbows, either. The whole attraction for this design is that it allows an extra column of seats. To do that, they have to make the seat narrower - in this case you loose the armrest space. While the armrest takes up space between two passengers, that is only the space for the ...

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by cloudboy
Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Window Seat, Aisle Or Back-to-front Sir?
Replies: 34
Views: 6441

RE: Window Seat, Aisle Or Back-to-front Sir?

Ultimately you would have someone's shoulders sitting a foot in front of you, which is very awkward. You also would still beable to see enough enough of your neighbor that you feel like you are staring at them at too close a comfortable distance. I think that reverse facing really never catches on e...

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by cloudboy
Thu Apr 12, 2007 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC 777 Int Pics?
Replies: 20
Views: 7666

RE: AC 777 Int Pics?

If you look at the way the seat folds down, that triangle allows the seat to fit in to the corner behind the seat much better when it is flat.

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by cloudboy
Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CRJ With 18.5" Seats?
Replies: 11
Views: 3794

RE: CRJ With 18.5" Seats?

But how? Is the isle really narrow? Where do they get the extra 4 inches from?

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by cloudboy
Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How's Ted Doing?
Replies: 52
Views: 6112

RE: How's Ted Doing?

So then the only difference is the paint on the skin? If they took that same exact aircraft, and simply painted it in United's livery, there would be no other change to affect revenue or costs, right? So why not just do it under United and forget all the costs of having a second brand. There's no re...

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by cloudboy
Fri Apr 06, 2007 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How's Ted Doing?
Replies: 52
Views: 6112

RE: How's Ted Doing?

But how does it save UA any money? What makes those operating costs lower because it has a TED logo as opposed to the same plane with a standard UA logo?

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by cloudboy
Thu Apr 05, 2007 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Airliner Potential
Replies: 3
Views: 2162

Russian Airliner Potential

China has made it clear that it is interested in producing commercial jet aircraft. And with the troubles Airbus is facing, it seems that there is room for another player in the airframe industry. We sometimes hear about the commuter jet companies building larger aircraft, but what about the ex-Sovi...

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by cloudboy
Thu Apr 05, 2007 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Widebody Flights At MCO
Replies: 71
Views: 7983

RE: Widebody Flights At MCO

Delta occasionally had 777 service to ATL. Not very often, but occasionally. My first flight an a 777!

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by cloudboy
Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Seat Size
Replies: 9
Views: 3170

RE: Aircraft Seat Size

What about smaller planes? I hear the new Canadair might have wider seats - any idea if they will be going up to 19" seats, and will they offer a cramped 6 across option?

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by cloudboy
Wed Apr 04, 2007 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Seat Size
Replies: 9
Views: 3170

Aircraft Seat Size

Much is made of the pitch or airline seating. The Aircraft manufacturers say this is really dictated by the airlines. But seat pitch is only one part of the equation - most people find aircraft seating so uncomfortable because you are squished together - seat width. So what really determines seat wi...

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by cloudboy
Wed Apr 04, 2007 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Seat Size
Replies: 0
Views: 1987

Aircraft Seat Size

Much is made of the pitch or airline seating. The Aircraft manufacturers say this is really dictated by the airlines. But seat pitch is only one part of the equation - most people find aircraft seating so uncomfortable because you are squished together - seat width. So what really determines seat wi...

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by cloudboy
Sun Apr 01, 2007 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot Orders Coughing Student Off Flight
Replies: 88
Views: 12075

RE: Pilot Orders Coughing Student Off Flight

She was not "given a hotel room". Seems a lot of people here somehow have convinced themselves they know better. The fact is that they didn't provide anything that night, and it was only after the parents called and it was released to the media that they agreed to "reimbursement". Guess what. No 16 ...

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by cloudboy
Sun Apr 01, 2007 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot Orders Coughing Student Off Flight
Replies: 88
Views: 12075

RE: Pilot Orders Coughing Student Off Flight

So then if she didn't have a coughing fit, did turn out to have some major problem while enroute, and did die, then the pilot would then be responsible for her death? If you are saying the pilot is responsible for her death if she would have flown, then he would be in that instance, too. I get a fee...

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by cloudboy
Sat Mar 31, 2007 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot Orders Coughing Student Off Flight
Replies: 88
Views: 12075

RE: Pilot Orders Coughing Student Off Flight

So what, we are supposed to be afraid every time we fly that some pilot is going to be making major medical decision in the blink of an eye simply because he has the authority to do so? A cough is certainly not much to go on as far as diagnosing a major virus or illness. We want to second guess the ...

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by cloudboy
Fri Mar 30, 2007 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future Of Air Travel
Replies: 14
Views: 4970

RE: The Future Of Air Travel

I don't think there is a dang logical thing about the aviation industry. But there are a few trends that I see some potential in happening. One, I expect much smaller planes will dominate the high-end market - business and first class passengers will be more likely to take semi-chartered flights tha...

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by cloudboy
Tue Mar 20, 2007 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 777 To Denver
Replies: 4
Views: 3337

UA 777 To Denver

I am looking at booking a fligh from Boston to Denver next month. I am sick of always getting stuck on narrow planes - I want to fly a widebody! As far as I can tell, the only reaql option I can find is United - which has 777 service from <acronym title="Washington - Dulles International (IAD / KIAD...

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by cloudboy
Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flights To Europe - Summer Vs Winter
Replies: 0
Views: 3791

Flights To Europe - Summer Vs Winter

I live in central New England, and by good fortune have a clear enough view of the south that I can watch many airliners flying to Europe flying overhead. In the Fall, Winter, and Spring, it seems there are quite a few flights that pass over about southern New England around 6:30 till about 8:00. Bu...

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by cloudboy
Tue Sep 13, 2005 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DJ Air?
Replies: 0
Views: 1062

DJ Air?

Has anyone heard of them before? Rumors have been floating around for about a month now that they were looking at Worcester (ORH), but I have not heard of them before. I would love to believe that they are coming, but I am suspicious.

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by cloudboy
Mon Aug 22, 2005 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant To Announce Worcester?
Replies: 11
Views: 3010

RE: Allegiant To Announce Worcester?

Actually, the Worcester Metro area is pretty large - it stretches into the 495 belt, and there are quite a few small tech companies out there. Plus, there are a lot of residential areas for the metro west and even Boston markets that it serves. The problem , however, is that Worcester Airport is pre...

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by cloudboy
Thu Jun 23, 2005 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Confiscates Keys!
Replies: 98
Views: 12484

RE: TSA Confiscates Keys!

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by cloudboy
Thu Jun 16, 2005 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japan, France To Jointly Develop Supersonic Plane
Replies: 60
Views: 12519

RE: Japan, France To Jointly Develop Supersonic Plane

Stop thinkin in 1970 terms. Why did the Concorde not succeed? The design came from teh 60's - that's almost 50 years ago. We are talking when the 747 first came about. Could you argue that computers will never succeed because the only computers in existance back then were huge mainframes? There have...

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by cloudboy
Fri May 20, 2005 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Euro Airlines Profitable - US Airlines Not: Why?
Replies: 35
Views: 5583

RE: Euro Airlines Profitable - US Airlines Not: Why?

The fundamental problem with the US airlines is that the people running the US airlines lack any real interest or understanding of the flying public. What happens is that they see one or two airlines that have provided something different - i.e. low costs, and suddenly EVERYONE has to jump into that...

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by cloudboy
Wed May 18, 2005 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Boutique Carriers Like YX And F9 Survive?
Replies: 20
Views: 3113

RE: Can Boutique Carriers Like YX And F9 Survive?

If Midwest actually focused on their primary market - business travelers looking for something better than the LCC economy but not full blown business or first class, and had a route layout to match that market, then they would be a pretty strong carrier. At one point, it was only them and SouthWest...

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by cloudboy
Thu May 12, 2005 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Sees Big Losses For Rest Of 2005 (Fox News)
Replies: 22
Views: 4279

RE: Delta Sees Big Losses For Rest Of 2005 (Fox News)

The problem is that the airlines have found that they get better response if they simple hover near or in bankruptcy than try to be profitable. Do you think the execs are really that concerned with the service they provide? They get their big bucks no matter what happens. Why work to become better i...

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by cloudboy
Tue May 10, 2005 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Many Tiny Flights Vs. Big Mainline Flights
Replies: 8
Views: 2576

RE: Many Tiny Flights Vs. Big Mainline Flights

Unfortunately it is not a purely mathmatical question. In pure numbers, using larger planes would result in lower costs, since you have lower costs for items such as pilots, equipment, gates, and all the operational overhead. On the other hand, having more frequent flights may actually increase the ...

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by cloudboy
Mon May 09, 2005 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL's New Terminal A @ BOS
Replies: 48
Views: 4828

RE: DL's New Terminal A @ BOS

I used to do the Pike everyday from Worcester. Pain in the rear. The backups usually happen all over the place - if you are in rush hour it starts at the weston tolls and is heavey through the corner, and then starts again at the alston tolls. For people who don't go into the city all that often it ...

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by cloudboy
Sat May 07, 2005 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL's New Terminal A @ BOS
Replies: 48
Views: 4828

RE: DL's New Terminal A @ BOS

Ah, they <acronym title="Air Vallee (Italy)">DO</acronym> charge you to get to and from the airport. You have to pay regular tolls on the pike over to the airport, and another $3 for the tunnels leading out. As far as traffic goes the new tunnel has helped, but you still get a lot of traffic on the ...

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by cloudboy
Fri May 06, 2005 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL's New Terminal A @ BOS
Replies: 48
Views: 4828

RE: DL's New Terminal A @ BOS

Fewer LLCs. And, I have to say my experience is just the opposite - many people avoid Logan like the plague simply because of the hassles of getting there. The big problem, I agree, is that the other airports get fewer flights and more indirects. Is this a factor of the airport itself? No, just the ...

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by cloudboy
Fri May 06, 2005 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL's New Terminal A @ BOS
Replies: 48
Views: 4828

RE: DL's New Terminal A @ BOS

Uh, Boston really isn't that crushed except for parking (cars, that is). Yeah they have a lot of movements, but it's not really overcrowded. They did have a bit of a problme with security gates, but now that DElta has their own terminal, that has been aleiviated a bit. Boston is, for the most part, ...

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by cloudboy
Tue May 03, 2005 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Will Be The Next Large Aircraft Manufacturer
Replies: 28
Views: 9081

RE: Who Will Be The Next Large Aircraft Manufacturer

I see the single-aisle market growing with Embraer being the main competitor, with Dornier (in whatever guise they end up in) and Bombardier following along. I think that the line between the RJs and the 737 is going to fade away. As for wide-bodies, I don't see much growth in that. Eventually I see...

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by cloudboy
Thu Apr 28, 2005 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing: 787 Distinctive External Look - NOT Gone.
Replies: 61
Views: 15677

RE: Boeing: 787 Distinctive External Look - NOT Gone.

Don't forget that this are only artist impressions - there is only so much you can do with either a computer or pencils and paint. I am going to hold off judgement until I see a scale model.

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by cloudboy
Fri Mar 18, 2005 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Need Of A US Premium Airline!
Replies: 74
Views: 8238

RE: The Need Of A US Premium Airline!

It has NEVER been proven that a premium (NOT a First calss, but something better than coach) does not work. No airline has ever made a true commitment to it and served a large enough market to provie it out. In fact, Midwest in it's early years actually made some serious inroads in this area and sta...

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by cloudboy
Thu Mar 17, 2005 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Need Of A US Premium Airline!
Replies: 74
Views: 8238

RE: The Need Of A US Premium Airline!

People don't care what carrier they fly because they see absolutely no difference between one airline and the next. There is no visible difference to most passengers between the LCCs and the majors. You can't compare to anything right now because, with the exception of some Midewest flights, there s...

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by cloudboy
Thu Mar 17, 2005 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Boston Terminal Set To Open
Replies: 32
Views: 5907

RE: New Boston Terminal Set To Open

It was in the paper todfay that they are opening up A tomorrow. I don't know if they have any big celebrations planned, if anything it seems that massport wants to have a few people going through the airport as possible. Delta NEEDS a better terminal in Boston. The current C is way to crowded, not j...

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by cloudboy
Thu Mar 17, 2005 1:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Need Of A US Premium Airline!
Replies: 74
Views: 8238

RE: The Need Of A US Premium Airline!

Midwest does still offer some higher end service, which does well for them. Unfortunately, they were hit by the decline of business travel after 9/11, panicked, tried the LCC route and lost many of their regular customers. They are now struggling because they lack routes that provide high end servic...

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by cloudboy
Thu Feb 17, 2005 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primaris Airlines
Replies: 36
Views: 5881

RE: Primaris Airlines

Considering how badly most airlines are doing, particulalry when it comes to something innovative, not having a director with airline experience might just be a benefit. Where is all teh information about how their model is going to work? Are you basing this upon what everyone else has done so far -...

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by cloudboy
Thu Feb 17, 2005 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primaris Airlines
Replies: 36
Views: 5881

RE: Primaris Airlines

Does anyone have any in depth information on exactly what kind of service they will provide? Is it going to be full blow first calss type service, or sort of a business-like service - better leg room and seat width, better food but maybe without the frilliness of some first class service. They don't...

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by cloudboy
Thu Feb 17, 2005 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why The Desire To Be Served The Whole Soda Can?
Replies: 89
Views: 10915

RE: Why The Desire To Be Served The Whole Soda Can?

Or a bottle, which you can always simply screw the cap on and take with you...

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by cloudboy
Wed Feb 16, 2005 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why The Desire To Be Served The Whole Soda Can?
Replies: 89
Views: 10915

RE: Why The Desire To Be Served The Whole Soda Can?

AM I the only one who likes cans beacuse I can pour out just a little, and not end up spilling a full plastic glass of soda all over the place? The can has a nice small opening on it, inlike the flimsy plastic cup. Somehow the half a can thing just seems so cheap - we all know how inexpensive soda i...

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