<i>Why would a trans-atlantic be flying over Boston? I would imagine it would be much more likely be something landing in Boston or Lexington.</i> Ah, oops? I meant to say over Fitchburg, not Boston. Bedford, Lexington - to get to the airport you enter through Lexington, right? Anyway, how high up w...Jump to post
Actually, have you ever tried to move some in another seat from a wheelchair? If you were able to walk and move while bent over link you wouldn't be needing the wheelchair! You don't just pick them up and plop them down - you have to pivot, so you need the wheelchair next to the seat. Therefor, it r...Jump to post
Having gone through this with someone a few years ago, I can say this. We were lucky in that the crew we had went out of their way to help us. We had to fly my brother back on <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym>, who had gotten in an accident and had no use of his legs or arms at the...Jump to post
Why would a trans-atlantic be flying over Boston? I would imagine it would be much more likely be something landing in Boston or Lexington.
Then again, Thursday would be just as likely a huge chunk of ice falling off of something not at a great altitude, looking at the size of the chunks.
Great! Now even more people will get claustrophobic because they are locked in a dim tube at night.
Maybe the can have open window and closed window cabins.
Unfortunately, I think the problem comes down to simple design. The 747, with the top deck only extending partways back down the fuselage, increases the frontal area dramatically without maximizing the available space. They are simply going to be at a disadvantage over a single deck model due to fro...Jump to post
OK, for all of us who suck at math, could someone put together a kind of graph for this? Let's pick three planes. Let's also say that they are all configured with 5% F, 20% C, 75% Y. Or whatever is standard. for any given range, there is obviously an amount of fuel that would be burned. So if you ha...Jump to post
Well, considering that in Greece they all marched in as one group, yeah I would bet that in a few years there is one team. Which points out that right now it is hard to tell who is the largest because the world is so unstable right now. For domestic I would definitely say the EU, when measured again...Jump to post
The biggest problem with Worcester is that most people in the city really don't want the airport. They can get to Bos or Providence quite easilly, and Hartford or Manchester if they are willing to drive a little longer. Most of the business is located east of the city, so they tend to go to Boston a...Jump to post
Are all these things going to be inside the secured area? It seems to me the bigest problem Logan had to deal with isn't stranded passengers - they aren't a hub. They have to deal with those people picking up the passengers who get there only to find out they now have to wait 3 hours because of the ...Jump to post
How about conservative operations focused on short-term financial numbers instead of long term profit? The US airline industry is quite diferent from almost everywhere else. It is shorter haul, quick turna round, and serves a large number of smaller markets instead of a few larger ones. Where as mos...Jump to post
Does anyone have a copy of that picture? I have been looking for a silouette composite illustration. Not that I think it looks as beautifulas the 747, but it is not as ugly as I thought it would be. And now, I don't think it is going to look that much bigger. Maybe it is time to rethink how they boa...Jump to post
Chicken Tikka Korma. With Basmatti rice, Poori (or Nan if the place serves it really fresh). We have the absolute best Indian Food place herecalled India Cafe. I am so predictable that they don't even really give me a menu anymore. A friend was telling me about a curry dish that had bananas and chic...Jump to post
Raw Beef is good. Has to be fresh. Really, really, REALLY fresh. And from a trusted butcher, too.
I thought Tartare was filled with a bunch of flavorings, though. I would love to get it at a restaurant, but I know of no place in the US that serves it. Anyone else see it on a menu?
I was just reading on Yahoo News that the flight attendants union posted the number of attend who called in sick, and it was at or lower than it was last year. They are complaining because the airline is trying to bash them in the press, when they are trying to gain big concessions to them. If this ...Jump to post
It has more to do with accepted risk and how willing to take a chance on technology a company is. The corporate world, particulalry big companies, are too nervous today about investing in any kind of risk, therefor they are not willing to pour a lot of money into something that does not sound like a...Jump to post
<i> A ticket sold on Expedia makes a fraction of the profit that a ticket sold through the airline does, as Expedia takes a good share of the yield.</i> I think the idea is that sites like Expedia, or some other site, becomes the defacto airline - they don't actually own any planes, just sell ticket...Jump to post
Hey - that was my idea! I for one see (eventually) that the low fare fliers will move to the larger aircraft with less frequent times, while the upper fare airlines use smaller palnes more frequently. Volume = savings, at least most of the time. But you strike another big idea there that I certainly...Jump to post
I would stop trying to compete with the low cost carriers and stop trying to whittle every expense to the bone - you're an airline - not a bank! Instead, I would start focusing on providing a better product - better service, more amenities, more space, more availability, and more focus on the busine...Jump to post
I did go for a night flight several years ago in a skyhawk early december. It was not as spectacular as you would think - most people's christmas lights are done for people at street level and don't look that impressive from the air. They are also a little small. On the other hand, any night flight ...Jump to post
Too bad someone hasn't come up with a financial formula to measure how much business is lost due to all these cutbacks. Sure no one is going to not fly because they don't have a pilllow, but someone (quite a few, really) are going to choose not to make a trip if the flight goes from being a pleasant...Jump to post
If the service is the same, the experience is the same, and everything else is the same, why would you pay more for one airline than another. The question isn't shouldn't the public spend more, it's should the airlines offer more. The fact is that for the vast majority of the traveling public, there...Jump to post
I was just watching a show on Discovery Wings about airline food service. They emphasized how precise the airlines were over portion sizes, how carts and trays are organized, and all the little details that go into a meal. It seemed to me that they expended an awful lot of effort and money on this. ...Jump to post
OK, I KNOW I am going to regret asking this, but so what? I mean, what difference does it make, really, what kind of plane it is. You still know where the two are, you just don't know which one is which. Not to mention if something got that close or was that vulnerable there would be a lot more atte...Jump to post
I think we could use a few more. But a few more different ones. The LCC model aside, there is not a whole lot to differentiate any one from another. And since the big way to be profitable now seems to be cutting costs, we need something that is going to spur some innovation and service. That's what ...Jump to post
Already has happened, already happening. We saw it with rail service. We saw it with deregulation, and we are seeing it now. How many small airports that only had a few flights a day have lost their service now? Fact is the market will simply change and people will adapt. There won't be any differen...Jump to post
For that matter, how long away is the day when some company gets this bright idea: Just buy one big airplane with out any logo at all. Then sell seats out to the other airlines for that particular flight. United can buy so many seats, Northwest so many and Jet Blue so many. Then when the passengers ...Jump to post
<i><acronym title="Boston - General Edward Lawrence Logan International (BOS / KBOS), USA - Massachusetts">BOS</acronym>-<acronym title="Kansas City - International (MCI / KMCI), USA - Missouri">MCI</acronym> according to the latest DOT stats, over 200 people daily fly that route. I understand that ...Jump to post
Alas (or thank goodness, not sure which) this is not for myself but for a friend: He is going to be proposing to his girlfriend on a trip. He obviously has the ring already, but wants to surprise her with it. How does he get it through security without her seeing it? He doesn't want to pack it, and ...Jump to post
First, I think the trick is to not try and make it larger to accommodate more passengers. The market is just not there. Figure out instead how many people need that speed increase, even if it is only for a third of the flight, and then build the capacity around that. Conventional thinking for some r...Jump to post
Pardon my naivete in engineering but... The big problem with the Boeing SST back in the sixties was that they couldn't make a swing-wing that was light enough. That would have substantially improved sub-sonic performance. But things have progressed a lot in material sciences in the last 35-40 years,...Jump to post
As for the market potential, I think everyone has to stop thinking conventional airline. When you start getting into the need for supersonic aircraft, you are talking high-end, big buck, time-is-crucial passengers. These are the same people who would likely be a target for chartered jets. So instead...Jump to post
While I certainly believe that there was every intention of running Song as a separate airline, it looks to me that at this point, all Song is is a way to lower their costs a little bit on some of the more price sensitive markets. Yeah, their aircraft are a little large - but then again why would th...Jump to post
It was about a year and a half ago, but I did the <acronym title="Atlanta - The William B Hartsfield International (ATL / KATL), USA - Georgia">ATL</acronym>-<acronym title="Boston - General Edward Lawrence Logan International (BOS / KBOS), USA - Massachusetts">BOS</acronym> route on a 764 first cla...Jump to post
The distance between <acronym title="Nantucket Memorial (ACK), USA - Massachusetts AND Akron / Canton - Regional (ACK / KCAK), USA - Ohio">ACK</acronym> and <acronym title="Hyannis - Barnstaple Municipal (HYA), USA - Massachusetts">HYA</acronym> is very small, so it is not run like other airlines. M...Jump to post
Check out some of the seat manufacturers web pages. They do make a convertible seat - although I don't know of any airline that changes them based on how many people are sitting in a row. It has a crank which they turn, and the middle seat literally squishes up. then again, I imagine that they would...Jump to post
Seems to me everyone is thinking too copmplicated here. There have been a ton of materials advances the last several years, computers have made aerodynamic research and design much more efficient, and the aerospace companies have been working on driving down manufacturing costs. So there is a bunch ...Jump to post
Where is the lounge in Boston? They used to have some air traffic in their playroom, that looked out over a small snippet of the tarmack, but not where too many planes were. You can't see anything from the walkway between B and C anymore, and the new international terminal has no windows overlooking...Jump to post
As far as the employment situation. How many people that you know who were laid off now have jobs? I can't say anything for the national situation, but I don't know many people getting jobs at all, let alone ones that have any where NEAR the pay they were receiving before. And as far as the LCCs go,...Jump to post
Newbie question here. For all you Boeing/Airbus data types- I always assumed that the differentiating factor between a 737, a 320, and a 757 was just the number of passengers that they could carry. But now that I know there are numerous versions with different ranges and weights and performances, ca...Jump to post
Interesting idea. In Britain, I believe, their railroads are privatized, the government owning the tracks and private companies owning and operating the trains. I am not sure if airlines over there own any of the trains, though. I think it would actually be, if the airlines got their act together, p...Jump to post
From Providence? I didn't think there was enough traffic out of there - it was dying off last time I was down there. I also thought that they couldn't use the large aircraft in <acronym title="Providence - Theodore Francis Green State (PVD / KPVD), USA - Rhode Island">PVD</acronym> - something about...Jump to post
Start with cargo aircraft. Passengers for each destination are loaded into a cargo container. Once the plane get's to the destination, that cargo container is dropped by parachutte to the airport. Even better. Get a bunch of busses and paint all the windows black. Then outfit the interior to look li...Jump to post