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Sep 6, 18, 12:06 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 3,292
Posted By merlin

I'm no expert, but believe that most modern...

I'm no expert, but believe that most modern aircraft do allow the pilots some control over the recirculation fans. These do not control cabin pressure or temperature but how much fresh air is used...
Aug 31, 17, 1:28 am
Replies: 47
Views: 16,964
Posted By merlin

Agree with these sentiments although I personally...

Agree with these sentiments although I personally wouldn't rate Chinese flag carriers (CA/CZ/MU) as a major safety risk. There are others which are much worse, and I hope that one day a transparent...
Forum: China
Mar 23, 16, 8:07 am
Replies: 6,768
Views: 1,001,155
Posted By merlin

Does anyone have recent experience with a...

Does anyone have recent experience with a Europe-China-Europe routing?

eg: LHR-AMS-PVG-CDG-LHR.
or: LHR-FRA-PVG-ZRH-LHR.

This would be for a 144 hour TWOV.

My understanding is that this...
Dec 8, 14, 4:35 pm
Replies: 77
Views: 6,295
Posted By merlin

Good points, but it is sometimes easy to...

Good points, but it is sometimes easy to overestimate the importance of great circle distances/paths when it comes to ultra-long flights because of wind/weather patterns.

The most efficient flight...
Apr 26, 12, 4:45 pm
Replies: 1,695
Views: 128,935
Posted By merlin

same story here...:(

same story here...:(
Replies: 1
Views: 1,075
Posted By merlin

Earning AA Miles on AY Metal / Air China Flight Number

Hello everyone

Quick question: is it possible to receive AA mileage credit for a flight on AY if the ticket is issued with a Air China flight number? (PEK-HEL)

I know the answer for such...
Replies: 8
Views: 918
Posted By merlin

I would advise caution with WK longhaul non-daily...

I would advise caution with WK longhaul non-daily services in general. When those flights cancel due to mechanical or any other reason, chances are you will be stuck for a day or two. Of course an LH...
Forum: Los Angeles
Aug 17, 11, 6:37 pm
Replies: 1,143
Views: 158,718
Posted By merlin

Sounds like you are on a US ZRH-LAX 'direct'...

Sounds like you are on a US ZRH-LAX 'direct' flight. In that case you clear customs in PHL, and board a completely different aircraft for PHL-LAX.

The connection at LAX will be a normal domestic...
Aug 12, 11, 9:28 am
Replies: 2,183
Views: 210,782
Posted By merlin

If UA implemented something like this, perhaps DL...

If UA implemented something like this, perhaps DL and particularly AA will gain some new customers in the short-term. However in the long-term there is just not enough competition remaining to...
Jul 16, 11, 6:49 pm
Replies: 2,970
Views: 609,105
Posted By merlin

Yes, bring your own entertainment. No in-seat...

Yes, bring your own entertainment. No in-seat screens or power. Channel 9 depends on the crew, but on a 747 route, often only the departure and arrival....and that is when you get the multi-language...
Jun 6, 11, 3:04 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 1,643
Posted By merlin

I think the answer is "it depends." If you are...

I think the answer is "it depends." If you are coming from the US they are generally shorter. But going Schengen-FRA-USA I think it's closer to 90 minutes.
May 26, 11, 5:12 am
Replies: 42
Views: 4,296
Posted By merlin

Booked SQ A388 C Class Using Miles

Anybody else have success recently booking in "new" C on SQ using UA miles? Not long ago a UA call center agent just offered me one of those flights! I was shocked and ticketed right away, no...
May 17, 11, 1:49 pm
Replies: 815
Views: 100,432
Posted By merlin

Westin Beijing Financial Street

3 night stay upgraded to Renewal Suite. Booked standard king.
Apr 19, 11, 1:01 pm
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Views: 100,432
Posted By merlin

Beijing Westin Chaoyang - booked Premier,...

Beijing Westin Chaoyang - booked Premier, upgraded to Renewal Suite (3 nights) Very nice hotel, love going back everytime.

Beijing Sheraton - booked Deluxe, upgraded to Jr Suite (1 night)
Apr 9, 11, 2:48 am
Replies: 33
Views: 2,130
Posted By merlin

First of all, I totally agree on LH operations @...

First of all, I totally agree on LH operations @ ORD and quite a few other N.American stations.

However, I think in many international locations, the airport authority basically dictates what...
Mar 2, 11, 10:48 am
Replies: 6
Views: 661
Posted By merlin

I guess you were lucky in the first place to have...

I guess you were lucky in the first place to have that ticket issued. In my experience, once it's done you're pretty safe. Doubt that UA would cancel it due to the routing.
Mar 2, 11, 9:25 am
Replies: 6
Views: 661
Posted By merlin

She was correct. SQ publishes a fare with...

She was correct. SQ publishes a fare with permitted routing TYO-SIN-HKG:
PUBLISHED RTG TYO-HKG/SQ3720/TAR-TGRG EF-16JUL10 DIS-INDEF

/WITHIN THE EASTERN HEMISPHERE/
1. TYO-SQ-SIN-SQ-HKG

...
Feb 27, 11, 8:12 am
Replies: 4
Views: 913
Posted By merlin

My advice: if you check the seatmap every couple...

My advice: if you check the seatmap every couple hours I have no doubt you'll get an E+ aisle or window that opens up. I've always had success doing that even with seatmaps that showed not a single...
Feb 21, 11, 7:25 am
Replies: 23
Views: 1,271
Posted By merlin

Immigration / customs / security has been quite...

Immigration / customs / security has been quite fast for that early LHR flight IME. Nothing compared to the chaos that takes place after 3pm. Still, with checked bags it's going to be close...I'd say...
Dec 31, 10, 6:18 am
Replies: 28
Views: 5,919
Posted By merlin

Can't remember if there is any domestic->intl...

Can't remember if there is any domestic->intl transfer setup, but anyway I don't think it would save much time. I would just exit normally through baggage claim, go upstairs and through the checkin...
Dec 30, 10, 1:48 am
Replies: 53
Views: 9,372
Posted By merlin

Maybe it's just my imagination, but earlier this...

Maybe it's just my imagination, but earlier this month when I was last there it looked like the First class side had been removed. I seem to remember a section to the left of the reception desk. ...
Dec 15, 10, 2:40 pm
Replies: 97
Views: 13,118
Posted By merlin

Funny how Oprah decided to fly QANTAS QF11 back...

Funny how Oprah decided to fly QANTAS QF11 back to LAX yesterday from SYD, despite the double-daily flights UA has :D:D
Nov 25, 10, 10:33 am
Replies: 1
Views: 473
Posted By merlin

Question - Buying Tickets at LHR Ticket Counter?

Does anybody have experience pricing a reservation with US call center in USD, then ticketing at LHR and applying Type-B (USD) vouchers ?? Any problems/issues to expect besides having the USD price...
Nov 25, 10, 10:24 am
Replies: 85
Views: 19,618
Posted By merlin

I don't think the SATS T3 lounge is a *Gold...

I don't think the SATS T3 lounge is a *Gold lounge or *Alliance lounge for that matter. SATS handles UA pax so that is why they are mainly directed to that lounge, but not sure about TG.
Nov 17, 10, 5:46 pm
Replies: 594
Views: 66,537
Posted By merlin

NOV17: PEK-SFO UA888 (B747) cancelled due to MXX ...

NOV17: PEK-SFO UA888 (B747) cancelled due to MXX

Taxied to runway before problem with airspeed equipment (pitot heat element?) was discovered... Returned to gate, and pax finally deboarded at...
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