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  1. The Journal has editorialized in a predictable manner regarding the scaling back of CAHSR to the Fresno-Bakersfield segment under construction: https://www.wsj.com/articles/death-of-a-california-dream-11550101090?shareToken=st4d57d54e4aa44345a9e39afc3a255f1c&ref=article_email_share Fair Use:
  2. It's time to prepare and accept that there will be one stop in each of the "aggrieved" Treasure Coast counties. Just a guess: Martin; Stuart St Lucie; Ft. Pierce Indian River; Vero "Zero" Beach Brevard; defer to Jishnu Not all trains, but enough; do the Regionals in the Corridor make all stops?
  3. Potisch, because I was unable to locate such in my weekly stack of Times and Journals. The first thing I could locate was Ms. Strassel's column, which I have to believe you must acknowledge appeared within recognized media. Be it noted, however, that I carefully reported the material was a column. However, with that said, I thank you for locating a source document, and to which I will add REPORTING by the two major national print news sources: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/climate/green-new-deal.html https://www.wsj.com/articles/green-new-deal-democrats-position-climate-change-as-central-issue-in-2020-11549630802?shareToken=st02ae8ddc386948c988d9214df35130f0&ref=article_email_share
  4. Still a column, but at least appearing in recognized media: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-socialist-that-could-11549583738?shareToken=stabaf68e3df124de095dde6ef8e7e2f09&ref=article_email_share Fair Use:
  5. OK; I've noted around here that United is my "go to airline"; they go non-stop from ORD anywhere I want to go, I know my way around their Terminal 1 as well as several destinations. While they've taken "a lot of raps" with their customer service of late, "they're just fine" for me. Now I am thinking about another Salzburg junket this year. I've done it five years in a row, and come Summer, I need a "fix" for some classical music performed indoors (don't get me going on outdoor concerts). But it seems like United is "getting greedy" (so is code sharing "partner" Lufthansa) with wanting $4355 during August Business Class ORD-MUC-ORD. Last year $3203 booked through the same window. That fare hike is simply unacceptable. OK, I'll let 'em have something; costs a bit more to "gas up", and I'm sure Officers and Attendants have gotten raises (concede; well deserved), but 36%? come on. Now I've learned that Icelandic offers one stop ORD-KEF-MUC-KEF-ORD, Business Class for $2925; that fare of course is quite acceptable, and I guess I can "put up with" the added stress of connections. But what else am I missing? They don't seem to have "crash of the month" so I assume they hold a Certificate of Airworthiness (so too do those Defense Department "what's that Airline?" varietals). I'd guess their In-Flight service is down there with those European flagged discounters. So, has anyone around here flown 'em; enquiring mind wants to know.
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    Who's Flown Icelandic?

    Cpotisch, note the captioned material. Thank you.
  7. Are the previously "rumored" plans to standardize the single level Sleeping Car fleet to the 10RM-2BR-1H of the V-II still in "play"?
  8. Is Third Rail signaling another "drop"? Just 00-Albany? perhaps SLEEPERS?????
  9. How about the Gold Lion again - the upscale restaurant in that SW corner of the Head House (whoops; Great Hall in Amtrakese) that lasted well into the Amtrak era.
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    Who's Flown Icelandic?

    Sure would be great if United has enough 77W's by August, to assign them ORD-MUC. A recent Journal article suggested they are moving ahead with "retrofitting" their existing 772's ("Q" according to Maureen - my FA friend) and 763's. The "Polaris" configuration affording all Business Class passengers "myspace" is great for someone (myself) not comfortable in any surrounding that could be called a "moshing pit". That includes "Aft of the Curtain" (again let me reiterate; "Aft" was just fine MIA-ORD last month during the Vortex thanks to a special gal sharing her time with me ((love you, Blossom)). But Middle Seat could have been "unbearable"). But for "those of us" around here - Jishnu, myself, et magna alia, willing to pay what we must, happy to subsidize Caravan Ed, for his willingness to accept survival course conditions. Finally, this year (based on '18 "miles"), I missed United Premier by about 450 miles. OK; some would have suggested a "joyflight", say, ORD-CLE-ORD during the "inter-Holiday" week, but since my last Amtrak joyride was during '10, any travel nowadays has "purpose" attached to it. "Miles"; one military relief agency, e.g. Wounded Warrior, or the other can put them to better use than can I.
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    United '777 diversion to Goose Bay

    It appears that United is having a rethink of using Goose for emergencies: https://www.wsj.com/articles/united-airlines-makes-changes-after-review-of-plane-stranded-for-12-hours-11549297751?shareToken=st5cdd4749d2f34c6cadcd683c40d4e937&ref=article_email_share I understand there are rethinks in place with Canada's ICE/TSA agencies to make the terminal a secure area so that passengers can at least get off the plane, be fed, and "watered". I'm sure my "go to airline" has MMQB'd the incident to death. If they did not have a 772 and rested flight crews ready to evac the passengers, how about two 738's (they have ETOPS to fly over remote areas) - just to get the PAX "outta there".
  12. That Brightline (Virgin, whatever) is apparently now planning a stop in Ft. Pierce (St. Lucie County) is a "concession" that they should have been prepared to make from the outset. Who knows, Gannett's Treasure Coast Newspapers will suddenly be in support of Brightline. Also of note; the lawyers retained by the various anti-train factions won't exact like it. "Sob, sob" for them. Now, as the immediately linked article notes, Ft. Pierce is where land to build the station can be had on the cheap. All well and good and Jishnu may concur, but I would think there would be greater passenger potential "up the line" in more affluent Vero Beach (Indian River County). But wherever this intermediate stop is located, there is now potential to handle passengers to and from flights at MCO - especially if the transfer is "seamless". There seemed little potential for airport traffic at the Gold Coast stops - all have major "International" airports. Finally, for what it be worth, when my Father and his (second) wife, resided in Vero, they did their flying from PBI. That of course was a "drive in the wrong direction".
  13. GBNorman

    Who's Flown Icelandic?

    The 24hr "grace" has expired; I added the AIG trip insurance United sells this morning, so I'm committed. But guess what; just for "sport", I checked the fare again - it's back up to $4155.
  14. GBNorman

    Who's Flown Icelandic?

    Will wonders ever cease? United has now actually refunded me $168 for the class of service involuntary downgrade. Yes, airlines actually do make refunds - first one I've had post-dereg.
  15. GBNorman

    Who's Flown Icelandic?

    Caravan Ed, thanks for giving my immediate a Like. I know I said my return from MIA "aft of the curtain" worked out thanks mostly, if not completely, to a wonderful gal who said she was 55yo and was willing to share her time with me. I love her for her kindness. But I pay what I must to avoid "moshing pits" in this life. If that's an X-subsidy to those like yourself willing to "put up with it", I'm happy to do my part.
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    Who's Flown Icelandic?

    Well, the fare came down, so I'm going to the Salzburg Festival for the sixth consecutive year. That's about when I need a Summer "Fix" of the only music I've ever known in the 78 years I've been around these parts. The fare came down from the $4355 I noted opening this topic, to $3653. The hotel seems "about the same". I have 24hrs to welch, but then I wouldn't have booked if I didn't intend to go on Aug 14.
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    Who's Flown Icelandic?

    "Steerage only" did become an innovation "after The War" with several steamship companies. There was one outfit named American Banner that was offering passage for $50 in each direction (think $500 today). Other than "boys slept with boys and girls with girls", the vessel was apparently a troop ship. Holland America Line (back when they were the Nederlandsche-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij, and not a Carnival brand) had the ss. Massdam and Ryndam. Both were maybe 12KGRT and had gender separate "dorms", cash bar (back then the Lines passed on the savings from untaxed alcohol to the passengers, and not the rip-off I understand is prevalent Today), and was pitched to the young. Oh and finally for myself, the '60 "Family Trip" overseas was "Lizzie" over, "Constitution" back. Any others; guess (both Fore and Aft of "that piece of cloth").
  18. GBNorman

    Who's Flown Icelandic?

    https://www.fodors.com/news/deals/how-to-fly-business-class-to-europe-for-the-cost-of-an-economy-ticket It appears that there are other options beyond Icelandair for "Biz on the Cheap". Even if they're still in business come this August, too many "unk-unks" with an outfit like Norwegian. It appears the French carrier they note that only flies EWR-ORY, has a high level of in-flight service, as well does a friend who has flown 'em. But with only two A-330's to their name, what backup have they got? All told, I'll just keep checking "the cartel"; maybe they'll get "charitable". But I've gone to the Salzburg Festival five consecutive years, so it's not like missing out on "the trip of a lifetime". Now there appears to be one little "perk" with United if they operate their ORD-MUC flight with a "Q configured" 772 (traditional non-Polaris) and that is they no longer offer First Class. On their seat map, they show the former First seats open for sale. Whether or not they are actually open, and not saved for "elite" level passengers (I missed Premier for this year by some 450 miles) I know not.
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    Who's Flown Icelandic?

    Caravan, I don't think "the spread" is that wide - more like 4x, but your point is made. But for "us", who would never think of overnight Coach on Amtrak, to be spared a "moshing pit" experience, it's priceless. Analogous to the point is, "no dough, no go". In my case, if I find the "UA/LH Cartel" fare unacceptable, I just don't go. But, as I noted elsewhere at the Forum, being involuntarily rebooked this past Tuesday into Coach from First "wasn't the end of the world", because a really nice lady was willing to share her time with me. However, anyone who flies knows that cannot be counted upon.
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    Who's Flown Icelandic?

    In short, no "lie flat". A'ha; that's the kick, VTTrain. Could have figured. United's Polaris, especially in their new 777-300's and the 772's and 763's they've retrofitted, is a superb product. Flew it for my '17 journey; you really have space that is "myspace", and for people like myself who don't wish to be in anything that could be called a "moshing pit", that privacy is "priceless".
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    Andrea Doria

    Anyone care to discuss this July 1956 sea disaster? To briefly recap, the ss Andrea Doria, an Italian flagged luxury passenger vessel, was staved by a utilitarian Swedish flagged passenger/cargo vessel, the m/v Stockholm. This occurred some fifty miles off Nantucket. The Doria was sailing Westward and the Stockholm East. Visibility was marginal, but both vessels were aware of each other's presence. The Doria sank some eleven hours after impact. The Stockholm remained seaworthy. All living souls were rescued from the Doria, but there were about 45 fatalities - mostly Doria passengers.
  22. Also, whoever those guys are that plan a joyride on Monday Jan 28, welcome to PM me tomorrow morning. I'll probably be asleep on the Therapedic mattress at Marriott, but I'll check PM as soon as I wake up so we can take it from there.
  23. From Brightline West Palm-- I have the Select lounge all to myself waiting for the 8P back to Miami. They even have Ferrari-Carrno Fume Blanc set out along with many a nibble. No question whatever, they're trying. On the strength of this exceptional service product. I hope they make it but considering the costs they are addressing to "build it out", I must continue my skepticism. Aboard 8P SB train; on our way.
  24. Aboard Brightline $? (410P MiA dp). First, the Miami station is at 6th St and 1st Ave. The Mover station is Wilkie and not Govt Center. As one can see, Select passengers (whoops, Guests) are not bereft of Snacks and drink- especially the latter!! The on-board service in Select is same as airline First.
  25. From Marriott Biscayne Bay Miami- Joyride today. Dinner at Ruth's Chris in WP, then back to here. I was leaving tomorrow but with Chicago weather, United is waiving exchange fees so I'm going back Tuesday.
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