North Korea’s Stealth Aircraft, a Wry Look at Flying Then vs. Now, and Alaska Shimmies Closer to American

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  1. in the “flying then and now,” what type of plane is pictured under “no recorded successful landings”?

    and it’s a pretty ominous comment to make about an aircraft that’s in the air.

  2. The safety video makes a lot more sense if you’ve seen the movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

  3. @ctj, that looks like a DC-6, which was, I believe, the last popular piston engine aircraft for long-haul travel. The caption is sarcastic.

  4. Good that the chickens are coming home to roost at Republic. Not sure about the other carriers they work for, but their American codeshare flights are often a disappointment (if they happen at all.)

    I’ll take a decades-old mad dog with an experienced, properly paid pilot over an E-whatever with the guy willing to do it for $12/hour. The mad dog will at least fly, mostly on-time, and with a full crew instead of just one frazzled FA trying to make the best of bad MBA decisions.

  5. Thanks for the shout out Gary! I definitely heard your name quite a bit throughout the trip. TONS of trip hackers on Competitours 2015. You’re very highly thought of 🙂

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