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by cloudboy
Wed Jun 13, 2007 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirTran Extends YX Offer To 10AUG
Replies: 264
Views: 11589

RE: AirTran Extends YX Offer To 10AUG

name recognition is not the same as brand respect. More people recognize the Taco Bell brand over Qudoba. But you can't tell me most people would rather eat at Taco Bell than Qudoba. Air Tran wants the jets. Plain and simple - easiest way to get them. That they then have a sot at geatting some midwe...

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by cloudboy
Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is 'Hub-and-Spoke' Dead?
Replies: 52
Views: 9464

RE: Is 'Hub-and-Spoke' Dead?

Right now it's kind of a chaos situation - really, really conventional thinking says that hubs are good, the "new" conventional thinking (a.k.a the LLC lines) say that hubs are bad and people want direct flights. But new, new thinking is that a well planned hub and spoke system, not overdone, actual...

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by cloudboy
Tue Jun 12, 2007 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ducted PropFans
Replies: 7
Views: 4579

RE: Ducted PropFans

Alas, they would not be in a language I would be able to understand.

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by cloudboy
Thu Jun 07, 2007 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta.com Launches Gay-focused Travel Site
Replies: 197
Views: 19368

RE: Delta.com Launches Gay-focused Travel Site

No, being gay is NOT just about sex. It's about who you are. Perhaps there in is the key to understanding gay people better - gays are not just horny people who choose to have some different kind of sex. We do have relationships, attitudes, preferences, etc. Now, onto marketing. It seems that many o...

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by cloudboy
Thu Jun 07, 2007 5:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Awfully Quiet On The JetBlue Front
Replies: 58
Views: 9031

RE: Awfully Quiet On The JetBlue Front

Is anyone else worried that this new guy, with a strong industry background, is going to get caught up in the typical industry mentality of cutting back more than growing business?

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by cloudboy
Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta.com Launches Gay-focused Travel Site
Replies: 197
Views: 19368

RE: Delta.com Launches Gay-focused Travel Site

This is getting so far away from talking about aircrafts, but here goes anyway. Why does every straight person who gets into a discussion about gay people have to come up with the comment that if gay people didn't have their gay parades and do those "gay" things at them, then we would be fine with g...

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by cloudboy
Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Awfully Quiet On The JetBlue Front
Replies: 58
Views: 9031

RE: Awfully Quiet On The JetBlue Front

Didn't JetBlue first get it's start in Long Beach? I think they found that the major short haul market, which was their original focus, is much stronger in the east. Particularly from a tourist standpoint. I actually see them growing this area out as Virgin America gets off the ground, as they are l...

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by cloudboy
Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MaxJet And EOS
Replies: 35
Views: 6548

RE: MaxJet And EOS

OK, I think I may be getting my threads mixed up. I could have sworn that I had read that the talk about Branson was over both E-Jets <acronym title="Anderson - Regional (County) (AND / KAND), USA - South Carolina">AND</acronym> 757s. And the question was whether he was looking for a transtlantic ai...

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by cloudboy
Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MaxJet And EOS
Replies: 35
Views: 6548

RE: MaxJet And EOS

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by cloudboy
Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MaxJet And EOS
Replies: 35
Views: 6548

RE: MaxJet And EOS

My understanding was that EOS was a full fledged first class airline, whereas MaxJet was more the affordable business class.

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by cloudboy
Tue Jun 05, 2007 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta.com Launches Gay-focused Travel Site
Replies: 197
Views: 19368

RE: Delta.com Launches Gay-focused Travel Site

I will certainly agree that the site really has very little to offer the gay traveler. Then again, I think it is less a sub site as much as a page that happens to have a couple of gay-oriented links on it. It's not even that they have any real offerings at all other than a few links - I mean, what i...

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by cloudboy
Tue Jun 05, 2007 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ducted PropFans
Replies: 7
Views: 4579

Ducted PropFans

With fuel prices going up, fuel efficiency is growing more and more important. In the 80s and 90s there were experiments with Propfans. But so far, only Russia has put one into production. As I understand it, noise and prop inefficiency were two major problems. Has anyone experimented with putting a...

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by cloudboy
Tue Jun 05, 2007 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BBD Launches Next Generation CRJ
Replies: 74
Views: 9844

RE: BBD Launches Next Generation CRJ

That interior remoinds me of some bad dream where you think you are dying, only in this case they give you a seat.

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by cloudboy
Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Used Airliner Seats - Where Can I Buy Them?
Replies: 13
Views: 6431

RE: Used Airliner Seats - Where Can I Buy Them?

So how do you find them? I keep looking but I never seem to be able to pull up the interesting stuff.

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by cloudboy
Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta.com Launches Gay-focused Travel Site
Replies: 197
Views: 19368

RE: Delta.com Launches Gay-focused Travel Site

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by cloudboy
Sun Jun 03, 2007 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YX Conference Call Today Regarding Strategic Plan
Replies: 97
Views: 7665

RE: YX Conference Call Today Regarding Strategic Plan

Knope2001 - I am not trying to downplay your airline, or predict doom and gloom. However, as someone who used to be a fan of Midwest, I am simply trying to warn of some potentially harmful ideas. The reason why I say that MidWests popularity has faltered is because I talk with people - people who us...

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by cloudboy
Sat Jun 02, 2007 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YX Conference Call Today Regarding Strategic Plan
Replies: 97
Views: 7665

RE: YX Conference Call Today Regarding Strategic Plan

Me thinks that we have hit a point where the discussion has boiled down to whether or no MidWest's customer loyalty is dependent upon their aircraft and offerings, or upon their brand image. The only real way to tell is to wait and see how they are doing in the future. While I have to say that I wou...

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by cloudboy
Sat Jun 02, 2007 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YX Conference Call Today Regarding Strategic Plan
Replies: 97
Views: 7665

RE: YX Conference Call Today Regarding Strategic Plan

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by cloudboy
Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YX Conference Call Today Regarding Strategic Plan
Replies: 97
Views: 7665

RE: YX Conference Call Today Regarding Strategic Plan

There's that customer loyalty thing again. Customers are loyal because they are getting more value and better service. Becoming just another airline isn't going to help increase, or even retain loyalty. It's a lot easier to destroy loyalty than to buid it up.

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by cloudboy
Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Expedia Begins Offering B6 Inventory
Replies: 1
Views: 1727

RE: Expedia Begins Offering B6 Inventory

This will be interesting, as one of Jet Blue's major hold backs has been that it could never reach a full audience, since you had to go to their site to book travel. This should make them a lot more visible and accessible. I don't know enough of Expedia's corporate travel offerings - how much market...

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by cloudboy
Thu May 31, 2007 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YX Conference Call Today Regarding Strategic Plan
Replies: 97
Views: 7665

RE: YX Conference Call Today Regarding Strategic Plan

If they weren't going to pay for it before, I don't see why they would pay for it now, particularly if there is going to be more limited availability of signature seats. My honest opinion is that it is just plain paranoia on MidWest's management about not being like everyone else. Which ironically i...

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by cloudboy
Thu May 31, 2007 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YX Conference Call Today Regarding Strategic Plan
Replies: 97
Views: 7665

RE: YX Conference Call Today Regarding Strategic Plan

Where does it say that fares are going to be available at the same price as you pay now for the signature seats? As it states in the press release "On our <acronym title="Air Madagascar">MD</acronym>-80s, Signature seats will be available for an incremental fee. On our 717s, Signature seating will a...

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by cloudboy
Wed May 30, 2007 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YX Conference Call Today Regarding Strategic Plan
Replies: 97
Views: 7665

RE: YX Conference Call Today Regarding Strategic Plan

The fact remains that to the average passenger, you either purchase a full price coach airfare <acronym title="Air Comores and Crimea Air (Ukraine)">OR</acronym> you get stuck in typical seating that every other airline has, maybe even worse. Midwest 717's have 17" seats, which are 1" narrower than ...

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by cloudboy
Wed May 30, 2007 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man Argues About Boarding Star Alliance 757
Replies: 125
Views: 21013

RE: Man Argues About Boarding Star Alliance 757

Speak for yourself....

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by cloudboy
Wed May 30, 2007 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Tiredness Of Flying....
Replies: 21
Views: 6369

RE: The Tiredness Of Flying....

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by cloudboy
Wed May 30, 2007 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YX Conference Call Today Regarding Strategic Plan
Replies: 97
Views: 7665

RE: YX Conference Call Today Regarding Strategic Plan

So can someone please tell me what is going to make Midwest anny different from any other airline that offers coach and business class seats? Particularly if you can't even book business class? Their legroom is in fact less than JetBlue (34" versus 33" or 32"), and the same as Virgin's upcoming 319'...

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by cloudboy
Wed May 30, 2007 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Comes After 787?
Replies: 57
Views: 10502

RE: What Comes After 787?

Back to the topic of aircraft shapes, one thing I could potentially see is high-winged jets. As aircraft engines get larger, as we move to higher-bypass engines that have larger diameters, it's going to get increasingly harder and harder to put them underneath the wings. That measn one of three thin...

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by cloudboy
Wed May 30, 2007 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Tiredness Of Flying....
Replies: 21
Views: 6369

RE: The Tiredness Of Flying....

Just because you are sitting doesn't mean you are relaxed. You have a steady droning noise, a very small but still existant vibration constantly, you are usually crammed in and you don't have the oprtunity to stretch as you normally do. The whole travel process is quite stressful, particularly in th...

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by cloudboy
Tue May 29, 2007 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Comes After 787?
Replies: 57
Views: 10502

RE: What Comes After 787?

Has anyone found a way to make turning water into hydrogen viable? Last I knew, it took more energy to turn the water into hydrogen than the energy you got out of the hydrogen.

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by cloudboy
Mon May 28, 2007 11:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Comes After 787?
Replies: 57
Views: 10502

RE: What Comes After 787?

Keep in mind that Jet fuel - Kerosene - is not the same as gasoline. While they both come from the same raw product, the distillation process separates them out. Certainly if oil goes away, Kerosene can, too, but as Kerosene is not used any where as much as gasoline is, fuel reserves after distillat...

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by cloudboy
Mon May 28, 2007 11:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer 190AR Vs. Sukhoi Superjet 100-95LR
Replies: 7
Views: 18949

RE: Embraer 190AR Vs. Sukhoi Superjet 100-95LR

Unfortunately little in the business world is based on pure logic, but assuming that the Sukhoi does in fact make it to production and is available, I think it might stand a chance of some success. It depends upon what price point they can bring it in at. Airlines are pretty shy about trying anythin...

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by cloudboy
Mon May 28, 2007 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Comes After 787?
Replies: 57
Views: 10502

RE: What Comes After 787?

Not much. I am sure you will see a new version of the 737, probably a new version of the 777/747, too. And Airbus will replace their planes, too. But they will probably look quite similar to the planes today - maybe a hair wider, probably more efficient. But there are too many things that would have...

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by cloudboy
Mon May 28, 2007 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is There A Minimum Seat Space Requirement?
Replies: 22
Views: 4644

RE: Is There A Minimum Seat Space Requirement?

What makes you so entitled to a cheap seat? Why don't we say those people in wheelchairs - well they would drive the cost of flying up, so make them stay at home. Vegetarian - allergic to nuts - well they serve peanuts on board, let's prevent them from flying. And all these old people who are slow t...

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by cloudboy
Mon May 28, 2007 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: One World Check In
Replies: 4
Views: 2575

One World Check In

Wow, I feel stupid now. There's a whole thread on how an old gentleman didn't want to board his flight because it was a Star Alliance plane instead of a US Air plane. So my brother has a flight this evening, he booked through <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> and his flight over is on <a...

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by cloudboy
Sun May 27, 2007 11:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man Argues About Boarding Star Alliance 757
Replies: 125
Views: 21013

RE: Man Argues About Boarding Star Alliance 757

What do you mean flies once a year? There are an awful lot of people out there who fly maybe once every five or six years. I know many people who have not flown since 9/11 security measures went into effect. I know many people who have never set foot on an airplane before! And I certainly doubt that...

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by cloudboy
Sun May 27, 2007 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man Argues About Boarding Star Alliance 757
Replies: 125
Views: 21013

RE: Man Argues About Boarding Star Alliance 757

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by cloudboy
Sat May 26, 2007 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man Argues About Boarding Star Alliance 757
Replies: 125
Views: 21013

RE: Man Argues About Boarding Star Alliance 757

Just because the seats, arrangement, and service levels don't make a huge amount of difference to you or the airline, doesn't mean that they don't to the passenger. The passenger, when they purchased a ticket for a particular airline, did so because they expected a certain standard of comfort and se...

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by cloudboy
Sat May 26, 2007 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Domestic 747 Flights?
Replies: 46
Views: 5846

RE: Domestic 747 Flights?

The question is, and I have the same one, for someone in the US, who wants to experience a 747 flight but needs to spend as little as possible, what would be the best choice? Of course, this is going to depend a lot upon where that person is. But are there 747 flights from the US, that do not go tra...

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by cloudboy
Thu May 24, 2007 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Regionals - What Direction
Replies: 24
Views: 2321

RE: Regionals - What Direction

Maybe it's because I don't work in the airline industry, but I really don't get why so many people get upset over whether or not a regional airline is "really and airline" or not. These are old terms anyways - throwbacks from days when everything was government structured and you had to operate a ce...

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by cloudboy
Tue May 22, 2007 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Survival Of New Airlines
Replies: 14
Views: 2877

RE: Survival Of New Airlines

I wouldn't count SkyBus out yet, but I don't think they have a strong chance as they stand now. No matter how low they place their fares, someone, whether a big airline or another small guy, is going to try and match them. I don't think their idea of charging for every service is going to fly, eithe...

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by cloudboy
Sun May 20, 2007 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If B6 Were To Add Business Class?
Replies: 30
Views: 5368

RE: If B6 Were To Add Business Class?

LLC is a concept of the past. It's what business types and media typed to play up to describe why the old airlines couldn't keep up with the new ones. They are all airlines, pure and simple. Some are younger, have different more modern ideas of how to operate. Some reach more cities than others. But...

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by cloudboy
Sun May 20, 2007 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If B6 Were To Add Business Class?
Replies: 30
Views: 5368

RE: If B6 Were To Add Business Class?

JetBlue is already attracting business class travelers. Their biggest obstacles to that right now is that they don't fly to enough local destinations <acronym title="Anderson - Regional (County) (AND / KAND), USA - South Carolina">AND</acronym> the difficulty in booking. Many companies still use an ...

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by cloudboy
Wed May 09, 2007 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does JetBlue Regret Buying The A320 (Size Wise)?
Replies: 83
Views: 14825

RE: Does JetBlue Regret Buying The A320 (Size Wise)?

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by cloudboy
Tue May 08, 2007 6:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does JetBlue Regret Buying The A320 (Size Wise)?
Replies: 83
Views: 14825

RE: Does JetBlue Regret Buying The A320 (Size Wise)?

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by cloudboy
Fri May 04, 2007 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does JetBlue Regret Buying The A320 (Size Wise)?
Replies: 83
Views: 14825

RE: Does JetBlue Regret Buying The A320 (Size Wise)?

And yet with American, you were never really sure if you would get that extra room (not every plane had it), nor did most people even know about it. Not to mention that for most coach class travellers, why would they pay twice as much to fly 2 extra inches as they were getting on other polanes - the...

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by cloudboy
Fri May 04, 2007 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does JetBlue Regret Buying The A320 (Size Wise)?
Replies: 83
Views: 14825

RE: Does JetBlue Regret Buying The A320 (Size Wise)?

Won't notice? Try packing a couple of tall people in one of them and watch them next time. Then see who notices. It's too bad none of the legacies actually made an attempt to offer anything different.

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by cloudboy
Thu May 03, 2007 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does JetBlue Regret Buying The A320 (Size Wise)?
Replies: 83
Views: 14825

RE: Does JetBlue Regret Buying The A320 (Size Wise)?

That extra leg room is precisely what their customers were looking for. Many were getting upset that it turned out the front rows didn't have as much leg room as passengers thought. While the rich and famous or those with a corporate budget might like to fly the fancy flights with first class, joe s...

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by cloudboy
Thu Apr 26, 2007 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Should Aviation Do About Climate Change?
Replies: 143
Views: 6751

RE: What Should Aviation Do About Climate Change?

You are, I hope, aware that "Global Warming" does not simply mean that the temperature is just goin up, but rather that overall average temperatures are going up at different rates than they should be, by trend, and that in many cases, the temeratures will also reach colder levels too. Global warmin...

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by cloudboy
Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Should Aviation Do About Climate Change?
Replies: 143
Views: 6751

RE: What Should Aviation Do About Climate Change?

It's not just the quantity - it's the location. A car is releasing that CO2 at ground level. An airliner is releasing it 7 miles up into the atmosphere.

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by cloudboy
Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Should Aviation Do About Climate Change?
Replies: 143
Views: 6751

RE: What Should Aviation Do About Climate Change?

Two separate issues here - oil and pollution. Yes, increased oil consumption does also add heavily to pollution. But increased oil consumption also contributes even more to airlines operating costs. So are far as decreased consumption goes, what is good for the environment there is also good for the...

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