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by mke717spotter
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT news thread - 2018
Replies: 258
Views: 39312

Re: LOT news thread - 2018

BUD-ORD/JFK is starting in a few days. Any word on how early bookings are looking?

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by mke717spotter
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Hello Seattle! via Spirit [ORD-SEA] the memoir of a high school senior traveling alone for the first time.
Replies: 16
Views: 5900

Re: Hello Seattle! via Spirit [ORD-SEA] the memoir of a high school senior traveling alone for the first time.

Nice trip report and pictures. Reminds me of the first time I flew by myself - junior year of high school I did a daytrip on NW ORD-DTW-ORD because I wanted to fly on the DC-9...unlike you however I didn't tell my parents because I knew they'd throw a fit!

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by mke717spotter
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Virgin America’s Final Act: Sad to Say Goodbyes but it’s time to move on…
Replies: 11
Views: 5902

Re: Virgin America’s Final Act: Sad to Say Goodbyes but it’s time to move on…

Nice trip report and pictures. I never got the chance to fly VX. Personally, I find it pretty disappointing how all these mergers have reduced the variety of airlines here in the US.

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by mke717spotter
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Winter Olympics games
Replies: 64
Views: 2574

Re: Winter Olympics games

Might as well remove speed skating from the games, it’s like synchronised swimming, utterly pointless and barely a sport. I've never been able to get too excited about the sports that involve judges and scoring (snowboarding, figure skating), and then there's other sports (luge, ski jumping) where ...

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by mke717spotter
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Winter Olympics games
Replies: 64
Views: 2574

Re: Winter Olympics games

I'm really not that into the NHL, but in the past I could always get excited about watching the Olympic hockey tournament. Not so much now since the NHL fiasco is keeping the best players from participating.

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by mke717spotter
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wisconsin Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 107
Views: 11329

Re: Wisconsin Aviation Thread - 2018

http://www.applevacations.com/flight-sc ... milwaukee/
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knope2001 wrote:
With Frontier's Austin and Raleigh that makes 15 new nonstop cities from MKE since last March:


When did we get a SJD flight? I don't see it on MKE's website and its not listed on the Apple Vacations MKE flight schedule.

http://www.applevacations.com/flight-sc ... milwaukee/

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by mke717spotter
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT news thread - 2018
Replies: 258
Views: 39312

Re: LOT 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 news

Milka wrote:
Despite the Central Airport being decided as the replacement for Warsaw Chopin, the current airport is going to expand before being closed.

Really? A new airport? It doesn't seem like that long ago that they built the new terminal at WAW.

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by mke717spotter
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Wikipedia changes to airport listings
Replies: 94
Views: 8264

Re: Wikipedia changes to airport listings

I think the changes are dumb and petty, the same goes for the earlier changes that removed airline-terminal locations. The pages were quite useful but now it seems like they're being changed just for the sake of changing it. If it wasn't for the MKE Wikipedia page I wouldn't have known that AS and D...

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by mke717spotter
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swift Air to Wendover, NV (KENV)
Replies: 5
Views: 2782

Re: Swift Air to Wendover, NV (KENV)

Swift Air is also operating charter flights from MKE this winter. My parents are taking them to CUN in a few days.

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by mke717spotter
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Home for Christmas with Southwest (12/16/2017)
Replies: 4
Views: 2233

Re: Home for Christmas with Southwest (12/16/2017)

Very nice trip report and pictures on your website. I used to purchase the Early Bird Check-In as well in order to assure that I get a window seat, but now I just do the online check-in 24 hours beforehand. Plus I prefer sitting behind the wing and those seats don't get taken right away anyways. Des...

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by mke717spotter
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wisconsin Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 107
Views: 11329

Re: Wisconsin Aviation Thread

"At 190,000 square feet, the facility in Milwaukee will be SkyWest's largest maintenance facility as measured by square footage. It will run 24 hours a day and has capacity to service up to 12 aircraft at a time." SkyWest already has a much-smaller hangar on the southwest side of the airf...

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by mke717spotter
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 1/7/2018:HA Adds LGB; UA adds DEN-ATW/ORF,IAH-CAK/DAY,LAX-ACV,ORD-BIS/SLN,SFO-MSN; AM Drops DEN-MEX
Replies: 133
Views: 16362

Re: OAG Changes 1/7/2018:HA Adds LGB; UA adds DEN-ATW/ORF,IAH-CAK/DAY,LAX-ACV,ORD-BIS/SLN,SFO-MSN; AM Drops DEN-MEX

That's a shocker *UA SFO-MSN JUN 0>0.8 JUL 0>1.0 AUG 0>1.0 SEP 0>1.0 First MSN beat out MKE in terms of getting a DL SLC flight and now they've gotten UA to SFO as well! In the meantime WN has cut back MKE-SFO and made it seasonal. Here are the longest scheduled E175 routes in the US in statute mil...

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by mke717spotter
Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Last Jedi. Spoiler thread. BEWARE!
Replies: 107
Views: 5433

Re: The Last Jedi. Spoiler thread. BEWARE!

Not so fast. There is plenty of evidence that the user scores have been manipulated. Both disgruntled Star Wars fans, fans of competing franchises (Star Trek, Marvel and DC) and alt-right'ers have publicly claimed to have used bots to lower the scores. Polls undertaken at cinemas questioning actual...

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by mke717spotter
Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest expansion at Houston Hobby
Replies: 39
Views: 8453

Re: Southwest expansion at Houston Hobby

Interestingly in MKE, Southwest is the largest carrier there, but doesn't fly either MKE-BNA or MKE-HOU, even though it's to another major WN station in the same time zone, so not incredibly far. MKE-BNA started over a month ago, and MKE-HOU is starting in March (though we are simultaneously losing...

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by mke717spotter
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Last Jedi. Spoiler thread. BEWARE!
Replies: 107
Views: 5433

Re: The Last Jedi. Spoiler thread. BEWARE!

Some of the other proposed explanations for fans' backlash are garbage. You'd have to be pretty pretentious to dislike the movie just because the lead characters are ethnic minorities/women. Then there's those who are saying that Star Wars fan are just too demanding - they get upset that TFA was too...

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by mke717spotter
Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Last Jedi. Spoiler thread. BEWARE!
Replies: 107
Views: 5433

Re: The Last Jedi. Spoiler thread. BEWARE!

I saw the movie again tonight for the second time and I don't feel quite as badly about it now, but overall I'm still underwhelmed. It feels more like one of the Marvel movies rather than Star Wars. A major chunk of the movie consists of the First Order chasing the Resistance through space - seems a...

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by mke717spotter
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Last Jedi. Spoiler thread. BEWARE!
Replies: 107
Views: 5433

Re: The Last Jedi. Spoiler thread. BEWARE!

How about Lando - Billy Dee Williams then? Can JJ convince him to appear in IX? That would actually get me excited about episode IX, because currently I'm feeling sort of "meh" (and I've never felt like that when it comes to Star Wars). They considered including him in TLJ, and I'm sure h...

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by mke717spotter
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Last Jedi. Spoiler thread. BEWARE!
Replies: 107
Views: 5433

Re: The Last Jedi. Spoiler thread. BEWARE!

It seems like a narrative is starting to emerge in response to fans' "apparent" disappointment with the film. https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/12/18/16791844/star-wars-last-jedi-backlash-controversy "Despite a 93 percent “fresh” critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, The Last Jedi (the la...

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by mke717spotter
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak Cascades Train Derails over Interstate Highway
Replies: 105
Views: 5966

Re: Amtrak Cascades Train Derails over Interstate Highway

Just watched the NTSB press conference a few minutes ago. The spokesperson took questions and then gave complete non-answers to literally every single question that was asked.

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by mke717spotter
Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Last Jedi. Spoiler thread. BEWARE!
Replies: 107
Views: 5433

Re: The Last Jedi. Spoiler thread. BEWARE!

As a lifelong Star Wars fan, this is the most disappointed I've felt coming out of a film. Maybe it'll grow on me once I process everything and let it sink in, but my initial reaction is more bad than good. There just seemed to be too many over-the-top scenes that made it less like the Star Wars I'm...

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by mke717spotter
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT resuming RZE-EWR
Replies: 2
Views: 1487

LOT resuming RZE-EWR

https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/62246-rzeszow-poland-to-resume-incl-ops-in-2q18 "LOT said in a statement it will launch weekly, year-round flights from the south-eastern Polish city to Newark from April 29, 2018. It will be the sole long-haul service from this airport. The carrier hopes...

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by mke717spotter
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's next for Allegiant? - discussion thread
Replies: 696
Views: 95152

Re: What's next for Allegiant?

UWPAviation wrote:
I'd love for them to open up some west coast routes out of MKE.

I'm really surprised LAS wasn't among the initial routes.

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by mke717spotter
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does GRR need a flight to Mexico or Canada again?
Replies: 26
Views: 3256

Re: Does GRR need a flight to Mexico or Canada again?

LAN has charter flights to CUN, MBJ, and PUJ.

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by mke717spotter
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FIFA World Cup 2018 - Group Stage Draw Results are in!
Replies: 11
Views: 1723

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018 - Group Stage Draw Results are in!

I bet FIFA will rig it so Russia has an unusually easy path to appease their host Vlad P.. It turns out Russia did get somewhat of a favorable path. Personally I don't really see a "group of death." Group A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia Group B: Portugal, Spain, Iran, Morocco Grou...

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by mke717spotter
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FIFA World Cup 2018 - Group Stage Draw Results are in!
Replies: 11
Views: 1723

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018 - Group Stage Draw Results are in!

Well the actual draw is tomorrow and here are the pots: http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/922/qs0JYI.jpg In previous years the top eight nations were seeded in pot 1 with other pots grouped by confederation, but this time around the FIFA rankings are being used to seed all 4 pots. This seems to ...

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by mke717spotter
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Farewell to The Queen-Flying United's Last Boeing 747!
Replies: 24
Views: 12395

Re: Farewell to The Queen-Flying United's Last Boeing 747!

Thanks for the great trip report and pictures. Sad that the 744s are leaving the skies, luckily I was finally able to get on a few flights the past few years. At least there will be some 748s around.

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by mke717spotter
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Replies: 44
Views: 2803

Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification

Perhaps we could do a mini EC, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands........ :lol: Apparently the US is actually contemplating holding such a tournament. I have a hard time seeing proud countries like Italy and Netherlands actually getting geared up for something like this, maybe just a series of friendl...

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by mke717spotter
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Replies: 44
Views: 2803

Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification

Another stunning result today: Italy loses 1-0 on aggregate against Sweden and misses out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

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by mke717spotter
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do Flight Attendants Know if a Passenger is Underage?
Replies: 57
Views: 19252

Re: Do Flight Attendants Know if a Passenger is Underage?

A little over ten years ago I was flying back to MKE on FL. The guy sitting next to me ordered a beer, and when the flight attendant asked him for his ID he reached into his pocket and said "Damn, I must've left my wallet on the counter at the airport bar." Of course it was a ruse, and he ...

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by mke717spotter
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Replies: 44
Views: 2803

Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification

The United States is a big county with a huge pool of talent. In my eye the reason why its football/soccer team fails to be among the top tier is simply because this sport is just not a priority for the vast majority of its people. Most of those with great athletic skills simply choose to pursue ot...

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by mke717spotter
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Replies: 44
Views: 2803

Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification

The US is out and I am at a loss. I can't remember the last time I felt this bad. All they needed to do was tie against Trinidad & Tobago, the last place team in the group, and they completely blew it. What I can't fathom is that the team was completely lifeless for first 45 minutes and didn't e...

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by mke717spotter
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Replies: 44
Views: 2803

Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification

After today's games there's a very real possibility that Argentina will miss out on the World Cup for the first time since 1970.

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by mke717spotter
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Milwaukee Next Base for OneJet
Replies: 30
Views: 3826

Re: Milwaukee Next Base for OneJet

In the event that the proposed YX startup actually ends up happening, it looks like OneJet is trying to beat them to the punch! At least this will give those ground-level boarding gates at concourse D some use.

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by mke717spotter
Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Replies: 44
Views: 2803

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification

The last round of qualifiers for Russia 2018 are coming up this week and then the play-off round will occur about a month later. How is everyone feeling about their respective countries? Its been an up and down campaign for the US team and they didn't impress the last two games, so now they've got t...

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by mke717spotter
Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Future Expansion
Replies: 516
Views: 61877

Re: DL Future Expansion

Don't know why any of you fail to mention MKE as it had a very large NW presence for years and most flights from MKE to Europe now require 2 stops unless you fly AA or UA over ORD. According to what they are saying MKE makes perfect sense. Granted, I don't travel to Europe THAT often, but when I ha...

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by mke717spotter
Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country outlines 2018 expansion plans: CVG, MKE, IND, Northeast, and more!
Replies: 73
Views: 10393

Re: Sun Country outlines 2018 expansion plans: CVG, MKE, IND, Northeast, and more!

I remember seeing SY 727s/DC-10s at MKE back in the day when I was a little kid. I know they flew to LAS, but I don't know if these were just charter flights or if they operated any other routes.

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by mke717spotter
Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Gates at MKE?
Replies: 13
Views: 2629

Re: Allegiant Gates at MKE?

It's possible Allegiant gets D53 and when the winter charters start they have to go elsewhere. D53 makes the most sense to me, nearly all of the vendors are located down there at that end of the concourse. Speaking of winter charters though, will Norwegian be back this winter? The last few years th...

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by mke717spotter
Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express 2017
Replies: 109
Views: 16376

Re: Midwest Express 2017

Pretty sure the CRJs are the plan. At least they could utilize the abandoned ground-level boarding gates on the concourse D stem, which were originally renovated for YX in the first place. Slightly off-topic, but does anyone know what they're doing with the gates on the opposite side of the concour...

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by mke717spotter
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Summer '16 trek back home - Part 13: Super old, Super 80, Mad Dog Across the Midwest! (AA ORD-MSP, Aug'16)
Replies: 5
Views: 4750

Re: Summer '16 trek back home - Part 13: Super old, Super 80, Mad Dog Across the Midwest! (AA ORD-MSP, Aug'16)

I enjoyed reading your report, good pictures also. When NW/DL still had DC-9s that was one of my favorite planes to fly on, so now the MD-80 is the next best thing.

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by mke717spotter
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:30 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Dreamliner to Paradise! LGW-CUN on Thomson's B787!
Replies: 4
Views: 5644

Re: Dreamliner to Paradise! LGW-CUN on Thomson's B787!

Nice trip report and pictures. I've vacationed in Playa Del Carmen multiple times and its always been great.

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by mke717spotter
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Euro Trip: United ORD-LHR & TXL-EWR-ORD
Replies: 18
Views: 8506

Re: Euro Trip: United ORD-LHR & TXL-EWR-ORD

Thanks for the extra comments! Its takes time/effort to put these reports together so I'm glad people enjoy reading them. UA 737-800 to Milwaukee? I can't imagine how short that flight is - my wife's parents live just north of O'Hare, and sometimes we fly to MKE as it's more convenient. That flight ...

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by mke717spotter
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express 2017
Replies: 109
Views: 16376

Re: Midwest Express 2017

When I saw the headline I thought it was too good to be true. I'm not a fan of CR2s though, or the color scheme that they've selected. In fact it will be difficult to live up to their promise of "comfortable seating and chocolate cookies" if that's the aircraft type they choose. If they ar...

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by mke717spotter
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: United to commence mainline service to Central Illinois airports
Replies: 35
Views: 7315

Re: Rumor: United to commence mainline service to Central Illinois airports

UA has been using mainline on ORD-MSN for a while now so I guess these proposed routes are similar in terms of distance and city size.

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by mke717spotter
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Euro Trip: United ORD-LHR & TXL-EWR-ORD
Replies: 18
Views: 8506

Re: Euro Trip: United ORD-LHR & TXL-EWR-ORD

Would love to go to Prague. Was told that it is very crowded in the summer. Heard that the Louvre is also very crowded. When I visited the Louvre and the Anne Frank house in the 1960s, the lines were short. There were a lot less tourists in those days. All of the main places we visited were indeed ...

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by mke717spotter
Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Euro Trip: United ORD-LHR & TXL-EWR-ORD
Replies: 18
Views: 8506

Re: Euro Trip: United ORD-LHR & TXL-EWR-ORD

Uber is forbidden in Germany and many other European countries as a Taxi Driver License is required to offer taxi-like services. Really? I'm almost positive I took an Uber back to the hostel from the nightclub. The only place where absolutely nothing came up on the app was in Barcelona. This is a g...

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by mke717spotter
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Euro Trip: United ORD-LHR & TXL-EWR-ORD
Replies: 18
Views: 8506

Re: Euro Trip: United ORD-LHR & TXL-EWR-ORD

Great trip report! Thanks for such a detailed report. Really enjoyed both your report itself and your photos! You take really great pictures. Thank you! Surprised you never took the TGV from Barcelona to Paris. The entire high-speed line between these two cities is now open and SNCF uses double-dec...

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by mke717spotter
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN July 27 schedule extension for Easter holiday 3/7-4/6. 2018.
Replies: 126
Views: 15845

Re: WN July 27 schedule extension for Easter holiday 3/7-4/6. 2018.

MKE-HOU starts at long last at 1x/day, however it looks like MKE-DAL is gone. Assuming this is planned to be permanent I think it's a net positive for Milwaukee as Houston needs the service more than Dallas. It seems like usually any WN adds regarding MKE also involve simultaneous cuts, which is a ...

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by mke717spotter
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Summer '16 trek back home - Part 12: Flying the Friendly Skies... (United Munich to Chicago, Aug '16)
Replies: 14
Views: 6191

Re: Summer '16 trek back home - Part 12: Flying the Friendly Skies... (United Munich to Chicago, Aug '16)

Nice trip report and pictures!

CollegeAviator wrote:
The couscous salad was not very fresh, and it smelt pretty bad. Skipped it.

I had this on my UA ORD-LHR flight back in May, except I thought it was pretty good!

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by mke717spotter
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Euro Trip: United ORD-LHR & TXL-EWR-ORD
Replies: 18
Views: 8506

Re: Euro Trip: United ORD-LHR & TXL-EWR-ORD

Amazing TR! Perfect combination of pictures and words, made for an really enjoyable read and I felt like I was traveling w/ you. Great report! Thanks! United has a cabin crew base in London and they staff some of their US-LHR flights. Most likely they were working your outbound flight. Makes sense!

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by mke717spotter
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Euro Trip: United ORD-LHR & TXL-EWR-ORD
Replies: 18
Views: 8506

Euro Trip: United ORD-LHR & TXL-EWR-ORD

Hello everybody, I'm back with my first trip report in over year. After finishing college I moved back home to Wisconsin and spent the last two years preparing to apply to medical school. I took some extra classes to raise my GPA, worked as an EMT, and did a couple other things to beef up my resume....

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