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by aklrno
Sat Feb 26, 2011 1:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why Do Some Airports Only Have 1 Runway?
Replies: 18
Views: 11262

RE: Why Do Some Airports Only Have 1 Runway?

Even for big airports that have room runways are very expensive and its best to defer the second runway as long as possible. At <acronym title="Auckland - International (AKL / NZAA), New Zealand">AKL</acronym> there is officially just one runway but the main taxiway is strong enough to serve as the ...

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by aklrno
Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Could A Twin Engine BAe 146 Made A COD?
Replies: 15
Views: 10281

RE: Could A Twin Engine BAe 146 Made A COD?

At least these aircraft would have windows. Mighty dark in the back of a C-2.

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by aklrno
Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Did Convair Work On A Widebody Design?
Replies: 4
Views: 3552

RE: Did Convair Work On A Widebody Design?

Does the XC-99 count?

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by aklrno
Thu Feb 24, 2011 5:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Annoyed With AC
Replies: 64
Views: 4748

RE: Annoyed With AC

I've had airlines move me to an earlier flight even when I haven't asked. A few months ago I was flying <acronym title="Christchurch - International (CHC / NZCH), New Zealand">CHC</acronym>-<acronym title="Auckland - International (AKL / NZAA), New Zealand">AKL</acronym> and due to a few lucky break...

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by aklrno
Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Annoyed With AC
Replies: 64
Views: 4748

RE: Annoyed With AC

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/LongHauler" class="quote" target="_blank">LongHauler</a> (<a href="#25" class="quote">Reply 25</a>):<br/><i> Think of it another way ... what if...

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by aklrno
Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus: An Extra Touch Of Quality?
Replies: 35
Views: 5822

RE: Airbus: An Extra Touch Of Quality?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Wilco737" class="quote" target="_blank">Wilco737</a> (<a href="#20" class="quote">Reply 20</a>):<br/><i>Indeed a very smooth landing. But a good...

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by aklrno
Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Annoyed With AC
Replies: 64
Views: 4748

RE: Annoyed With AC

This is a classic case of airline stupidity probably due to the failure to give front line employees the ability to solve problems or an incentive system gone bad. I can understand that if the fare structure has a change penalty then you have to enforce it to make it work. Right off I see the change...

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by aklrno
Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question About Ground Stops?
Replies: 28
Views: 9388

RE: Question About Ground Stops?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/aklrno" class="quote" target="_blank">aklrno</a> (<a href="#2" class="quote">Reply 2</a>):<br/><i>Either do that or make sure you are on a 6am d...

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by aklrno
Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question About Ground Stops?
Replies: 28
Views: 9388

RE: Question About Ground Stops?

This has an interesting effect on regional traffic connecting to long-haul at <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acronym>. If I'm flying <acronym title="Reno / Tahoe - International (Cannon) (RNO / KRNO), USA - Nevada">RNO</acronym>-<acronym title="San...

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by aklrno
Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:26 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Grabbing A Delay And An Upgrade: NZ5- Upper Deck
Replies: 60
Views: 28063

RE: Grabbing A Delay And An Upgrade: NZ5- Upper Deck

A few comments from a frequent flyer on that route: Premium check-in at <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym> still requires you to take your bags over to <acronym title="Taipei - Sung Shan (TSA / RCSS), Taiwan">TSA</acronym>. If you have a lot of ...

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by aklrno
Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why Is There No Passport Control At US Airports?
Replies: 57
Views: 40136

RE: Why Is There No Passport Control At US Airport

I have no insider insight to this question, I'm just a passenger and US passport holder who flies in and out of the US several times a year. I don't recall any airline employee putting my passport into a passport reader. Maybe it is hidden under the desk, but it seems to me like they just use it for...

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by aklrno
Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Non-American Impressions Of American Airports
Replies: 37
Views: 4232

RE: Non-American Impressions Of American Airports

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/rwSEA" class="quote" target="_blank">rwSEA</a> (<a href="#21" class="quote">Reply 21</a>):<br/><i>I've only used 2 US airports, <acronym title="...

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by aklrno
Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Feasibility Of A Multi-story Apron?
Replies: 42
Views: 5599

RE: Feasibility Of A Multi-story Apron?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/KPHXFlyer" class="quote" target="_blank">KPHXFlyer</a> (<a href="#33" class="quote">Reply 33</a>):<br/><i>In architecture, at one time or anothe...

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by aklrno
Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Feasibility Of A Multi-story Apron?
Replies: 42
Views: 5599

RE: Feasibility Of A Multi-story Apron?

I thought of another way to do the overlapping wings that doesn't need a ramp. Imagine a trench at every other gate which has a mobile elevator in it. Kind of like a giant scissors lift like the ones used by catering trucks. The top of the truck is level with the paved ramp. The aircraft to be raise...

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by aklrno
Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Non-American Impressions Of American Airports
Replies: 37
Views: 4232

RE: Non-American Impressions Of American Airports

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/bgm" class="quote" target="_blank">bgm</a> (<a href="#7" class="quote">Reply 7</a>):<br/><i>As an American who has lived in Asia for a number of...

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by aklrno
Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Feasibility Of A Multi-story Apron?
Replies: 42
Views: 5599

RE: Feasibility Of A Multi-story Apron?

There may be a much easier way to increase the density of aircraft at the terminal. Park them closer together. Obviously you can't have the wings touching each other, but if one 737 were just a meter or two higher than its neighbors then the wings could overlap a bit. This might be complicated for a...

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by aklrno
Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How Do You Stay Entertained During Flights?
Replies: 27
Views: 11163

RE: How Do You Stay Entertained During Flights?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/blueflyer" class="quote" target="_blank">blueflyer</a> (<a href="#15" class="quote">Reply 15</a>):<br/><i>I got a Nook Color for Christmas and t...

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by aklrno
Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Bomb-proof Luggage "container"
Replies: 22
Views: 8815

RE: Bomb-proof Luggage "container"

Wasn't there an idea a while back for baggage containers that could direct an explosion to a particular small section of the aircraft's skin? The idea was that you could afford to lose some of the Al paneling as long as you didn't lose too much structure or any important systems.

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by aklrno
Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Things An Aviation Geek Should Do Before He Dies
Replies: 51
Views: 5159

RE: Things An Aviation Geek Should Do Before He Di

Here are a few I have done: 1. Sit in the Enola Gay. The Smithsonian was rehabbing it and I was in the shop. 2. Land on a glacier and take off from it. 3. Fly a commercial transport simulator. I can fly a 737! No license! Ok, so the landings weren't perfect. 4. Fly UNDER the Golden Gate bridge. It w...

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by aklrno
Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will United Send Me A Real Plastic Card?
Replies: 6
Views: 6641

RE: Will United Send Me A Real Plastic Card?

I've been carrying my United gold card for years and I don't think I have ever needed to use it. I have my <acronym title="Tower Air (USA)">FF</acronym> number memorized and the *G always shows up on my boarding passes. I still carry it just in case I do need it for something, but I can't really thi...

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by aklrno
Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How Do You Stay Entertained During Flights?
Replies: 27
Views: 11163

RE: How Do You Stay Entertained During Flights?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/planeguy727" class="quote" target="_blank">planeguy727</a> (<a href="#4" class="quote">Reply 4</a>):<br/><i>I have been know, from time to time,...

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by aklrno
Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Walking Around Plane Without Shoes?
Replies: 23
Views: 7571

RE: Walking Around Plane Without Shoes?

I cringe whenever I see someone walking into the lav without shoes. Even men with the best intentions can drip a bit, or have trouble aiming in turbulence. Presume the floor is dirty. Very dirty. I always travel in shoes I can slip on or off easily at any time. It's easy to prepare for that. On long...

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by aklrno
Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Problem With The Southwest Website
Replies: 5
Views: 3591

RE: Problem With The Southwest Website

WN doesn't interline.

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by aklrno
Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have You Used An Ipad With Southwest Wi-Fi?
Replies: 7
Views: 8403

RE: Have You Used An Ipad With Southwest Wi-Fi?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/chrisair" class="quote" target="_blank">chrisair</a> (<a href="#5" class="quote">Reply 5</a>):<br/><i>I used mine just fine on a <acronym title=...

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by aklrno
Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have You Used An Ipad With Southwest Wi-Fi?
Replies: 7
Views: 8403

RE: Have You Used An Ipad With Southwest Wi-Fi?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/macsog6" class="quote" target="_blank">macsog6</a> (<a href="#1" class="quote">Reply 1</a>):<br/><i>I saw a fellow pax using one yesterday on <a...

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by aklrno
Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Have You Used An Ipad With Southwest Wi-Fi?
Replies: 7
Views: 8403

Have You Used An Ipad With Southwest Wi-Fi?

I tried to use my ipad on a southwest flight yesterday and had no success. I started in airplane mode, went to settings, and then turned on wi-fi. I selected the southwest connection and the wi-fi indicator on the top of the screen showed a strong signal. When looking at the connection details I had...

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by aklrno
Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What's Up With This Jetbridge?
Replies: 14
Views: 7386

RE: What's Up With This Jetbridge?

You can see in #12 that they are all zig-zaged. For handicap wheel chair access the slope has to be held to 1 in 10.

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by aklrno
Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does The A380 Cheapen Business Class?
Replies: 24
Views: 4620

RE: Does The A380 Cheapen Business Class?

The initial post sounds to me like a complaint that there are just too many business class seats and that causes the passenger to feel less "exclusive". The real question is whether the person in the seat is comfortable and feels sufficiently isolated. Who cares how many other people on the plane ar...

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by aklrno
Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do Any Billionaires Ever Fly Commercial?
Replies: 102
Views: 38272

RE: Do Any Billionaires Ever Fly Commercial?

I know of at least one. One day he was flying his large family to Europe not just commercial, but economy. When he got to the airport the check-in agent told him he was a day late. His tickets were now worthless. The only seats left were in F. He pulled out a credit card and bought 7 round trip F ti...

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by aklrno
Tue Jan 18, 2011 11:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: International Flight Catering
Replies: 4
Views: 3953

RE: International Flight Catering

Local catering unless there is some special problem. I once flew in F from <acronym title="Dallas / Fort Worth - International (DFW / KDFW), USA - Texas">DFW</acronym> to some place in Europe where the caterers were on strike, so <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> had to carry the...

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by aklrno
Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best CX Lounge In HK.
Replies: 2
Views: 2940

RE: Best CX Lounge In HK.

Assuming the facilities you want are there, I would choose a lounge as close as possible to your departure gate. It can take a long time and a lot of hassle (escalators, elevators, trains, long walks) to get from the wrong lounge to your gate, and that isn't relaxing at all. If you know your gate is...

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by aklrno
Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A380 Too Short?
Replies: 33
Views: 23708

RE: A380 Too Short?

Has anyone pointed out that airplanes have to fit airports? You can ask for some changes, but there is a limit. The A380 is a double-decker because because making it bigger by increasing its length would make it too long for most airports. Engineers prime responsibility is making design trade-offs t...

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by aklrno
Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How Are Production Jets Tested?
Replies: 2
Views: 3696

How Are Production Jets Tested?

Once a plane has come off the line at Boeing (or Airbus) and it has been painted, how much is left to do? In particular, how much flight testing? After you've made a few thousand of a model, is a single flight enough to check that the moving parts move correctly and that the electronics are wired co...

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by aklrno
Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Happens To Bags Once Inside The Hold?
Replies: 65
Views: 19158

RE: What Happens To Bags Once Inside The Hold?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/yeogeo" class="quote" target="_blank">yeogeo</a> (<a href="#24" class="quote">Reply 24</a>):<br/><i>Do you (anyone?) have experience with bags m...

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by aklrno
Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Advice Wanted: Planning A Trip In J With LH Or NZ
Replies: 11
Views: 7011

RE: Advice Wanted: Planning A Trip In J With LH Or

At least on the very long haul segments you will have a fully flat seat in J on <acronym title="Air New Zealand">NZ</acronym> (<acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym>-<acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym>) . I ...

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by aklrno
Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Help Out A First Time International Traveler!
Replies: 18
Views: 5319

RE: Help Out A First Time International Traveler!

Unless there is something specific to <acronym title="Amsterdam - Schiphol (AMS / EHAM), Netherlands">AMS</acronym> or Helsinki (I haven't been there for a long time) it really isn't much different then domestic except for a couple of extra steps changing countries: passport control and customs. I a...

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by aklrno
Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transfer From JFK To LGA
Replies: 15
Views: 19133

RE: Transfer From JFK To LGA

The thought of doing the <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym>-<acronym title="New York - La Guardia (LGA / KLGA), USA - New York">LGA</acronym> transfer just so you can experience <acronym title="New York - La Guardia (LGA / ...

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by aklrno
Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Two Digit Flight Numbers On Tatl Flights
Replies: 30
Views: 13142

RE: Two Digit Flight Numbers On Tatl Flights

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Mortyman" class="quote" target="_blank">Mortyman</a> (<a href="#13" class="quote">Reply 13</a>):<br/><i/></font></td></tr></table><table border=...

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by aklrno
Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Remote Stands In US
Replies: 8
Views: 5969

RE: Remote Stands In US

LAX has remote stands. The buses depart from TBIT for some unlucky international flights.

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by aklrno
Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest, Frontier, Alaska Or Delta?
Replies: 5
Views: 4434

RE: Southwest, Frontier, Alaska Or Delta?

I'd choose <acronym title="Southwest Airlines (USA)">WN</acronym> 1. More likely to be on time. 2. Bags fly free! 3. Really nice people work there (no, I'm not one of them) 4. Great view of <acronym title="STAF Airlines (Argentina)">SF</acronym> at <acronym title="Oakland - Metropolitan Oakland Inte...

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by aklrno
Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection In FRA
Replies: 6
Views: 4899

RE: Connection In FRA

It could be exciting if either or both aircraft park at a remote stand requiring a bus ride to or from the terminal. They never seem to bus you direct from plane to plane. On the other hand, <acronym title="Lufthansa (Germany)">LH</acronym> doesn't like to have passengers miss their connections. If ...

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by aklrno
Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Upright Seat Rule, A Mandatory Code?
Replies: 8
Views: 3960

RE: Is Upright Seat Rule, A Mandatory Code?

It also depends on the seat itself. I believe the rule is there so that all passengers have the easiest possible path to the aisle. In <acronym title="Air New Zealand">NZ</acronym> business class on 747 and 777 types the seats are in a herringbone pattern (like on Virgin Atlantic) so every seat has ...

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by aklrno
Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Possible Logic Of Gate Assignments
Replies: 5
Views: 4476

RE: The Possible Logic Of Gate Assignments

I have noticed that one unfortunate trade-off in gate assignments at many airports is that the gate that is best operationally is often the one that makes the passengers walk the farthest. <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym> is a prime example. G...

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