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Great 50 minute interview with LY’s North America managing director by Rabbi Mark Golub from JBS.

Beginning of the interview is about Yoram’s family, career, and army service.  Second half focuses more on LY and history of connecting diaspora communities and rescuing Jews in need during Operation Solomon.

Just Shmooze / Re: What's your favorite (kind of) wine?
« on: February 05, 2019, 08:10:09 PM »
I recently moved to Florida, any suggestion on a reliable website/seller to buy wines? had a bad experience with jwines

Depending on where you are located, Total Wine can have a great Kosher section.

If you are around Aventura/North Miami Beach try either Sarah's Tent or Kosher Kingdom

Just Shmooze / Re: What's your favorite (kind of) wine?
« on: February 05, 2019, 08:07:48 PM »
Not sure if this is the best place to ask, but does anyone know if/when Trader Joe's is bringing back Givon Cab and Chardonnay?  Been out for several weeks and repeatedly told at multiple stores they are unable to order and were selling it as quickly as they could get it in.

Up In The Air / Re: Lawsuit against Delta for discrimination against jews
« on: January 09, 2018, 10:20:23 PM »
This is some pretty serious and troubling conduct:

NEW YORK (JTA) — It wasn’t long after Nahum Amir began working for Delta Airlines as a mechanic that he says his manager started calling him “the Jewish guy.” Then Amir says the manager accused him and other Jews of “killing kids in Gaza.”

During the same period, Yaron Gilinsky was working as a Delta flight attendant on flights from New York to Tel Aviv. Except, he says, his non-Jewish co-workers would call it “Hell Aviv.” Gilinsky remembers some, including managers, making fun of haredi Orthodox Jews’ beards and sidecurls. One non-Jewish fellow attendant called them “ugly Jew

In another instance, Amir claims Narine sent him to clean up and repair an overflowed toilet on a 777 jet, and said, “You have to clean all of the Jewish shit off of these planes.”

“He was joking around and gyrating his hips,” Amir said in the affidavit. “I fixed it because it is my job.”

1) Are the 777-300ER's actually wider than the 772, or they're just cramming in more seats into the same space?

2) But isn't the dreamliner way more attractive to travellers? I mean, just the name....

All the aircraft in the same family generally share the same fuselage width- all 737 variants, A318/319/320/321, the A330/A340, all 777 variants and all 787 variants have the same width.

Airline and their boards purchase aircraft that most cost effectively meets their anticipated network needs and aligns with existing maintenance capabilities and operations.  While Boeing has successfully marketed the desirable passenger focused characteristics of the 787 (they also did so on the 777 back in the day) as Airbus has done with the A380, they aren't first and foremost when making strategic planning board level decisions.

Commercial aircraft should be thought of as building a custom home, more so than an automobile.  Again while certain aircraft have structural characteristics that make them desirable, an airline can choose from a multitude of seat, IFE, component and other suppliers to customize their interior.  Talk to anyone coming off AC 787 TLV-YYZ in the main cabin you likely won't be hearing singing praise for the very dense cabin. 

1) Are there any 77W that DON'T have 3-4-3 configuration? It's not only UA. That is the standard on this model aircraft with most airlines.
2) Once were at it, is there any reason airlines are still purchasing 777's once they have the 787? Is there anything the 77W has over the dreamliner?

(1) There a few operators still using the nine abreast configuration including Singapore Airlines, JAL, ANA, and British Airways.  Several other -200ER/-LR operators do as well, but the trend is towards 10-abreast to lower CASM and earn more revenue.

(2) The 777 and 787 serve different purposes in an airlines network. While some carriers have transitioned 777 flying to 787s, that's more to better optimize capacity.  The 777-300ER offers more range than the largest 787-10 variant for one, and better cargo capabilities. They're two different aircraft for different missions and network needs.  The current generation 777 line will remain active for several more years before transitioning to the 777X.

Posted on the Dear AFA news bulletin:

(UAL) 777-300 Aircraft Assigned to EWR-TLV-EWR

As management acts to ensure the right aircraft are in the right markets to optimize revenue based on passenger demand, today the company communicated via an Inflight Scheduling Alert that assignment of the 777-300ER aircraft to one of the EWR-TLV-EWR flights, effective May 5, 2017.  This flight will be flown by pmUA Flight Attendants as the 777-300 fleet of aircraft will be assigned under the provisions of the pmUA Contract.


(UAL) Special Transfers for Hebrew Speakers

As a result of the announcement of the transition of flying under the terms of the pmUA Contract, a Special Transfer Bid seeking Flight Attendants fluent in the Hebrew language will open on February 24, 2017 and will close on March 23, 2017. 

Flight Attendants who are fluent in Hebrew who may be interested in transferring to fly to TLV who wish to avoid the one year transfer restriction associated with language transfers under the Special Language Transfer provisions of the Contract may want to consider using the normal transfer process used for the filling of vacancies.  Non-language specific transfers for the May schedule month will be awarded through March 9, 2017.

Nice to have more seats and better J cabin.  Personally I'll stick with AC, product is better but wifi on UA is nice to have for such a relatively long flight back.

Since you posted a Union link I have to wonder what will happen to the sCO Hebrew NLS (Newark Language Speaker) crews.  I imagine some will crossover to the sUA side to work 90/91?  I haven't monitored the job board at UA but I imagine they hired on quite a few to staff the SFO flight. 

Up In The Air / Re: Airspace Lounge
« on: August 24, 2016, 09:06:29 PM »
Only been to the BWI location (near B6 gates) and towards the end it was getting rundown and basically the entire menu was all treif.  No real loss for me at least.

Up In The Air / Re: AA Ending PHL-TLV
« on: June 09, 2016, 09:25:59 AM »
Question was raised during the annual stockholders meeting held in NY yesterday.  Basically he had the same talking points-routes profitability had suffered, they have no immediate plans to move service to another hub.

On The Road / Re: Avis Master Thread
« on: March 29, 2016, 11:02:02 PM »
Cheap one-way rentals ex-Florida:

March 28, 2016
Avis Launches One-Way Rental Deals From Florida and Arizona
PARSIPPANY, N.J., March 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Calling all snowbirds! Avis Car Rental today announced low one-way rates for customers traveling from Florida and Arizona to select destinations in the United States. This special limited-time offer gives customers the ability to rent a car in one place and return it in another, all with unlimited mileage and no drop fees.
Those leaving the Sunshine State can rent an economy, compact, mid-size, standard or full-size vehicle for just $7.95 per day. Convertibles are available for $14.95 per day and SUVs, including intermediate-sized, standard and standard elite models are available for $17.95 per day. Vans are also available, with passenger vans at just $7.95 per day and minivans at $24.95 per day.
Those departing the Grand Canyon State can rent an economy, compact, intermediate, standard or full-size vehicle for $7.99 per day or $54.99 per week. Premium vehicles and intermediate SUVs are also available for $16.99 per day or $118.99 per week.
"The warmer weather is just around the corner, so this is the time to start planning that trip back north from Florida or back west from Arizona," said Scott Deaver, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Avis Budget Group. "We're happy to offer snowbirds and others wishing to travel one-way from these great states a money-saving way to do so."
The Florida offer is valid for rental pick-up through June 30, 2016. The Arizona offer is valid for rental pick-up through May 31, 2016. Vehicles must be rented from and dropped off at select locations. For information on participating locations or to make a reservation, customers should visit and access the promotion details through the "offers" section, or call 1-888-777-AVIS and mention Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) S705900 for the Florida offer or A081600 for the Arizona deal. Rates are subject to availability and blackout dates may apply. For complete terms and conditions, visit

Just Shmooze / Re: How Much Did You Pay For A Pound Of Matzah
« on: March 28, 2016, 02:20:00 PM »
$1/ 5lb for $4.99 at Star Market in MA

Just Shmooze / Re: Lucky's Latest Adventure
« on: March 24, 2016, 09:35:20 PM »
Well here's hoping he can go and try and learn, observe, and enjoy his time there. Not get carried away by the lack of premier F/J products serving the market, limited presence of aspirational loyalty program properties, etc.

And someone should queue him in that he is NOT Jewish...but as one of the commentators on his post cited he can/could be eligible for Birthright, but I somehow doubt he would want to travel in those conditions and it would be a meaningful experience for him, based upon all he has posted over the years.

Just Shmooze / Re: Lucky's Latest Adventure
« on: March 24, 2016, 03:10:53 PM »
He has Jewish Heritage?
lucky says:
June 18, 2015 at 10:24 am
@ zow — I appreciate the feedback and appreciate you reading. To provide a bit of perspective:

— I’m a quarter Jewish ethnically (my dad’s mother is 100% Jewish), though I’m not religious. I don’t favor any religion over another.
— I’m not going to apologize for the fact that I have German citizenship, that would be a ridiculous card for me to try and pull.
— I’m still not clear on what I wrote that could be perceived as anti-Semitic. I shared a story from an Israeli paper, and shared what the experts THEY quoted said.
— There are absolutely plenty of reasons to return to Tel Aviv, and if anything my goal was to explain that there are possible justifications. Some people were saying that El Al was endangering their passengers, and I was trying to say that *wasn’t* the case.

So it sort of hurts my feelings that me sharing my honest, non-politically/religious driven thoughts can be perceived that way, when I also have lots of commentary on airlines in India/China/the Gulf region/the US, and am not called anti-Muslim/Hindu/Christian.

Just Shmooze / Re: Lucky's Latest Adventure
« on: March 24, 2016, 02:53:22 PM »
Looks like Lucky is planning to visit Israel sometime this year:


Amazingly I’ve never been to Israel, so I figure it’s easy enough to combine a trip to Israel and Jordan onto one itinerary. Royal Jordanian operates the ~70 mile flight between Amman and Tel Aviv, and fares are cheap, or worst case scenario an award ticket is easy enough to book.

Seem to recall he planned going a few years back and then bailed.  Especially since he has some Jewish heritage about time he go and visit.

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