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by drdisque
Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Adds ATL-FLL/JFK/MCO
Replies: 79
Views: 5446

Re: JetBlue Adds ATL-FLL/JFK/MCO

1x MCO is a joke. 2x JFK maybe can work because of the international feed. They must think the interline feed flying is profitable because they actively seek it, but I'm surprised because they have no JV's so all of those flights the revenue is split based on the tariff rules. They should seek a JV ...

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by drdisque
Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a Wilmington, DE-based airline work?
Replies: 36
Views: 2599

Re: Would a Wilmington, DE-based airline work?

Given that Frontier tried exactly this and then pulled it down about as quickly as they put it up, I'm gonna go with "no." You can't completely compare the Frontier situation. First of all, when Frontier did it it was a much more challenged environment and they were a "new" ULCC...

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by drdisque
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a Wilmington, DE-based airline work?
Replies: 36
Views: 2599

Re: Would a Wilmington, DE-based airline work?

You'd want to focus on PHL routes that are still legacy dominated. You'd want used low-cost equipment (I recommend used A320's in a two class configuration similar to that used by AirTran - basically copy AirTran's soft product). The other option, see if you can get a deal on some CRJ-1000's and fit...

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by drdisque
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swearingen Metro Projects
Replies: 21
Views: 2136

Re: Swearingen Metro Projects: Any Info?

Yeah, I mean scheduled pax service. There are also some Metros being used for cargo expediting (since its design was based on a "corporate" plane design, it has the range to do Mexico-Midwest no-sweat, even if takes 5 hours).

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by drdisque
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swearingen Metro Projects
Replies: 21
Views: 2136

Re: Swearingen Metro Projects: Any Info?

Saw these all the time flying into DTW when I was a kid but never got a chance to ride on one. I never thought that the JS31 would outlive the Metro in US service, but alas it has.

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by drdisque
Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA commits CRJ's to HVN
Replies: 34
Views: 5983

Re: AA commits CRJ's to HVN

Antarius wrote:
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The CR2 has the distinction of having a grand total of 0 decent seats.


1B and 1C aren't horrible if you don't mind having to stare at the FA during takeoff and landing.

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by drdisque
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5
Replies: 1046
Views: 71390

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5

UA needs to be on that end because they do some of the handling for LH. UA also operated the 757 to DTW and was the only North Terminal airline to do so. They also currently have several daily flights on 739's, so they do need big spaces too (remember that a split-scimitared 739 takes up almost as m...

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by drdisque
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Selling Airline Tickets
Replies: 11
Views: 1741

Re: Selling Airline Tickets

9 seats or less 4x per week or less falls under the purview of Non-scheduled and doesn't require a commuter authority (they can sell tickets for anything they can operate). any more seats or any more frequency requires commuter authority. However, to your original point ANYTHING under part 380 is co...

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by drdisque
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Selling Airline Tickets
Replies: 11
Views: 1741

Re: Selling Airline Tickets

If you were doing this with a Part 135 it would be easier to just have the Part 135 handle selling the tickets and you provide a revenue guarantee/revenue sharing agreement and/or pay for any infrastructure they need. Part 380 is mostly useful for selling flights that would normally require a Part 1...

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by drdisque
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express 2017
Replies: 105
Views: 11773

Re: Midwest Express 2017

Northwest and TPG bought YX because they didn't want AirTran buying up a fortress hub right in the middle of their "heartland" strategy and thus ruining it. NW also made some half-ass attempts to run routes codeshared with YX - they allowed the YX code to go on MKE-DTW (which YX didn't ser...

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by drdisque
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PenAir declares bankruptcy, filies to end EAS at PDX and DEN
Replies: 30
Views: 5103

Re: PenAir declares bankruptcy, filies to end EAS at PDX and DEN

Now that Aerodynamics Inc has their house in order and has been successfully serving DEN-PIR-ATY for a year, I think they may bid on one or all of those markets too.

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by drdisque
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CommutAir to add 21 add'l E145s for United; accelerate Dash-8 retirement
Replies: 31
Views: 4201

Re: CommutAir to add 21 add'l E145s for United; accelerate Dash-8 retirement

With IAD and EWR bases the performance is less of an issue. The only EWR route that really required the XR was EWR-XNA and that has since been replaced by an E-170.

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by drdisque
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines using King Air's?
Replies: 18
Views: 2494

Re: Airlines using King Air's?

A few airlines in the northern Canada have them. I don't know if they use them for scheduled routes.

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by drdisque
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Astana to acquire E190E2
Replies: 1
Views: 437

Re: Air Astana to acquire E190E2

I wonder if the fact that they opted to replace 9 E190s with 5 E2's means that there will be more A320neo orders to replace that lost capacity with the thinking that the A320neo is a better fit for their missions.

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by drdisque
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silver Airways replaces CEO, places order for 20 ATR42s
Replies: 74
Views: 10451

Re: Silver Airways replaces CEO, places order for 20 ATR42s

I think by throwing some ATR-72's into the mix the economics on a lot of their routes will get a lot better. Particularly their intrastate routes with competition such as FLL-TPA and their core Bahamas flights like FLL-MHH and FLL-ELH and also some of their intra-state monopoly routes with a lot of ...

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by drdisque
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the Bay Area the only region in the US to have three Int'l airports?
Replies: 89
Views: 9344

Re: Is the Bay Area the only region in the US to have three Int'l airports?

OK, folks slow your roll a bit. Let's limit this to intercontinental flights. If you do that then only the bay area and NYC have 3 and NYC only does if you count SWF. South Florida has two. DC has two if you include BWI. Boston has two if you include PVD (I don't - I consider PVD its own market). Or...

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by drdisque
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?
Replies: 105
Views: 11259

Re: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?

This is how I would Imagine it would go - 1. Build new "Block" terminal where F would go. 2. Extend "Block" over roadway to E 3. Move Terminal E airlines to A, move AA into new terminal, expand and integrate new terminal with D 4. Build new terminal over space formerly occupied ...

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by drdisque
Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?
Replies: 105
Views: 11259

Re: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?

This is how I would Imagine it would go - 1. Build new "Block" terminal where F would go. 2. Extend "Block" over roadway to E 3. Move Terminal E airlines to A, move AA into new terminal, expand and integrate new terminal with D 4. Build new terminal over space formerly occupied b...

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by drdisque
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: T100: CUBA Load Factors Through Jan 2017
Replies: 29
Views: 3185

Re: T100: CUBA Load Factors Through Jan 2017

The theory with Silver was that they could make it work in these smaller markets with the smaller frame when it turns out that with the current travel restrictions, ever market except HAV, and to a lesser extent HOG are pretty dodge. I also think Silver wasn't expecting to have competition on so man...

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by drdisque
Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is the FedEx Superhub busiest between 10PM and 4AM?
Replies: 59
Views: 8816

Re: Why is the FedEx Superhub busiest between 10PM and 4AM?

Real off-the-wall question. Would a cargo-only airport be viable? Are the (mostly) abandoned facilities in the US Midwest (like the former Chanute AFB in IL?) suitable for repurposing as cargo hubs? Those already have infrastructure. Having cargo-only eliminates all of the stuff required by passeng...

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by drdisque
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SV to have 15 777-200ERs put up for sale/lease
Replies: 46
Views: 7166

Re: SV to have 15 777-200ERs put up for sale/lease

I can see Omni maybe being interested in one or two. I don't know of any others. Not many passenger airlines are expanding their widebody fleets and willing to use old aircraft to do so and not many airlines are flying widebody aircraft where replacing them with a 20 year old 777 is a real upgrade. ...

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by drdisque
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skywest EAS gets Pueblo, applies for Quincy, Cape Girardeau
Replies: 36
Views: 5279

Re: Skywest EAS gets Pueblo, applies for Quincy, Cape Girardeau

HRO selected Contour because they use a pressurized JS31 reconfigured for just 9 seats to meet Part 135 (this is the way they currently serve TUP). Their bid was much more expensive than Southern's. The DOT overrode the bids because they were nearly identical in that they were both Part 135 9-seater...

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by drdisque
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO International Terminal G Gate Delays
Replies: 11
Views: 1625

Re: SFO International Terminal G Gate Delays

AC much prefers to use G so that they can have short turn times and pax connecting from UA domestic don't have to go through security to get to their AC flight. It would probably make the most sense to move AI and/or SQ over to A since they probably don't have too many connections from UA.

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by drdisque
Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skywest EAS gets Pueblo, applies for Quincy, Cape Girardeau
Replies: 36
Views: 5279

Re: Skywest EAS gets Pueblo, applies for Quincy, Cape Girardeau

I have a feeling that the DOT will override the Quincy community preference and select OO, since it is the cheapest total bid, has the highest projected traffic, is a proven entity, and the lowest anticipated subsidy per enplanement as well as the community preference of CGI. Overriding the communit...

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by drdisque
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Announce Vancouver-Yellowknife Nonstop
Replies: 4
Views: 1067

Re: Air Canada Announce Vancouver-Yellowknife Nonstop

Also, winter is when a lot of the oil and mining workers based up there want to get away for vacations. YVR service makes it much easier for them to connect to a broader range of destinations in the US and Mexico than YYC or YEG.

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by drdisque
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United relaunches DEN-LHR
Replies: 85
Views: 13487

Re: United relaunches DEN-LHR

With seasonal service they must have some agreement with the LH group to utilize the slot in the Winter.

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by drdisque
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indy Area Getting a New Airport?
Replies: 43
Views: 4468

Re: Indy Area Getting a New Airport?

aviationjunky wrote:
Could it be a smaller, "regional" airport for carriers with smaller aircraft to use in order to declutter IND?


IND has no "small carriers" except OneJet, and I doubt they'd be interested in moving (and they only have 2 flights per day).

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by drdisque
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot orders 20 additional SSJ100 aircraft
Replies: 20
Views: 4113

Re: Aeroflot orders 20 additional SSJ100 aircraft

Yeah, I have to believe that the SSJ-100 is right sized for a lot of SU's routes compared to the Airbus. They already operate a lot of routes with low frequency so they can't pull that lever. There IS demand between a lot of different markets so they should be served, and it would be politically unp...

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by drdisque
Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern Airways/AA interline agreement question
Replies: 1
Views: 443

Re: Southern Airways/AA interline agreement question

It does not appear to be in effect yet and there's no guarantee it ever will.

Just because Southern says they're working on it doesn't mean AA is. AA has very little to gain.

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by drdisque
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What became of National Airlines (N8) 3.0?
Replies: 4
Views: 1012

Re: What became of National Airlines (N8) 3.0?

The 757 was too much plane for the routes they operated and the Canadian dollar was too weak.

However, their experiment on SFB-SJU was somewhat successful and proved that there was a market despite the existing capacity on MCO-SJU, which likely led Allegiant to start SFB-SJU.

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by drdisque
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unserved markets in the US.
Replies: 118
Views: 11344

Re: Unserved markets in the US.

MCD and PTK in Michigan I could see MCD served on a seasonal basis with a Caravan or something similar. Direct flights to/from the Chicago and Detroit areas. As I said in a different reply, according to Wiki, MCD does have service. Is that not correct? MCD does not have real scheduled air service. ...

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by drdisque
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contour officially announces Macon, GA (MCN) to BWI
Replies: 15
Views: 1378

Re: Contour officially announces Macon, GA (MCN) to BWI

fare doesn't matter when calculating subsidy per pax, so they actually need 23k pax. Which is 11.5k each way - MCN hasn't had enplanement numbers like that since like 2004. To go from 0 to 11.5k enplanements is sorta insane expectations. It would result in something like a 49% LF if the aircraft is ...

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by drdisque
Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GLO Airlines Ceases Ops on 15JUL
Replies: 16
Views: 4821

Re: GLO Ceases Ops on 15JUL

Sad, but they made it longer than a lot of people expected. Hopefully CFM can find flying for the pilots (although I'm sure if they have the hours they'll have no trouble getting hired by a part 121 regional or if they don't have the hours, Cape Air or Boutique Air) I believe GLO leased the Saabs th...

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by drdisque
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skyservice Canada - wasn't it a charter airline?
Replies: 9
Views: 1542

Re: Skyservice Canada - wasn't it a charter airline?

Where did it fly in the Y400 configuration during the winter? CUN? Cuba? MCO?

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by drdisque
Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unserved markets in the US.
Replies: 118
Views: 11344

Re: Unserved markets in the US.

whatusaid wrote:
Modesto has service? To where?


Sorry, I had Modesto confused with Merced in my mind.

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by drdisque
Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unserved markets in the US.
Replies: 118
Views: 11344

Re: Unserved markets in the US.

Modesto has air service. Carbondale has air service at MWA less than a half hour away. FOE had service a few years ago to ORD but it didn't work. PIE has like 400k enplanements last year. Just because it's not served by a network carrier doesn't mean it's automatically underserved. SAF currently has...

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by drdisque
Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could DFW or IAH fictionally become a hub similar to the ME3 hubs?
Replies: 52
Views: 4885

Re: Could DFW or IAH fictionally become a hub similar to the ME3 hubs?

At DFW it would be theoretically possible to add a new top floor onto Terminal D to allow sterile international to international connections. This would require a lot of coordination with DHS on how to do this and it's likely that you'd have to board from both the transit lounge and the regular loun...

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by drdisque
Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 7/9/2017: AS/DL/NK/UA
Replies: 36
Views: 7256

Re: OAG Changes 7/9/2017: AS/DL/NK/UA

the cut to IAD-SAV in the off-season is probably because they're trying to get mainline to stick on SAV-EWR/ORD during the off-season, something they didn't do last winter.

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by drdisque
Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA/AA mainline increases at ORD
Replies: 21
Views: 6470

Re: UA/AA mainline increases at ORD

This also allows the rebanking of ORD to occur with the same facilities without reducing total seat count. Especially since during the summer a lot of destinations are getting 9-10 PM departures that previously had their latest flight leave at 6:30-8 PM.

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by drdisque
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would NW have left JFK?
Replies: 21
Views: 4685

Re: Would NW have left JFK?

They would have kept it as a contract station with 2-class Airlink service to DTW and MSP.

If JFK-NRT had started with the 787, it probably wouldn't have stuck.

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by drdisque
Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two new Norwegian routes - Gatwick to Chicago/Austin
Replies: 114
Views: 14195

Re: Two new Norwegian routes - Gatwick to Chicago/Austin

Austin is a very rapidly growing tourist destination, has a very high average income, and has a large catchment area (now that it has superior service, I imagine it is getting a fair amount of leakage from the San Antonio area a little over an hour away. It also serves a large percentage of passenge...

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by drdisque
Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: House panel votes to clip Norwegian
Replies: 7
Views: 3088

Re: House panel votes to clip Norwegian

I think this is more to stop Norwegian from setting up a subsidiary in, for example, the Dominican Republic, which has full open skies with the US and could be exploited quite successfully (both by stealing O&D to PUJ/STI/SDQ or unofficially offering cabotage connections there (although with US ...

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the twin jack headphone socket on planes?
Replies: 32
Views: 5674

Re: What happened to the twin jack headphone socket on planes?

The air pressure headphones were so awful and stupid.

I loved that as a kid, if my parents didn't pay to rent the headsets/they weren't complimentary, I could raise the armrest to ear-level stick my ear over the holes, and hear the audio.

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by drdisque
Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's up with Republic for American Eagle
Replies: 10
Views: 2109

Re: What's up with Republic for American Eagle

There are some valid reasons to send them to DFW and MIA - average stage length for 70 seater flights out of DFW is longer and MIA has a lot of routes that require the short field and overwater capabilities of the E-175 - the E-175 is currently the only American Eagle aircraft operated in an out of ...

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATR confident in the value of thinking a little bigger
Replies: 49
Views: 5617

Re: ATR confident in the value of thinking a little bigger

I really think such an aircraft would only catch on in South Asia (India, Thailand, and Indonesia). The market is probably less than 200 frames.

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by drdisque
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation Announcement
Replies: 66
Views: 13353

Re: Chicago Aviation Announcement

And UA increasing ORD-OGG to 5x weekly. Kirby is making a difference already. This is good to see and hopefully it will bring fares down. Usually. Alaska is significantly cheaper than United going to the secondary islands. I believe ORD had KOA service at one point on United through either OGG or H...

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by drdisque
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skywest EAS gets Pueblo, applies for Quincy, Cape Girardeau
Replies: 36
Views: 5279

Re: Skywest EAS gets Pueblo, applies for Quincy, Cape Girardeau

Skywest was running about a 50% LF on the Brasilia in PUB. I think PUB had 2 E120 flights a day, so 30 pax each way per day on weekdays, 15 on weekends, so around 10,000 enplanements per year. I think the PUB service is somewhat sensitive to what is available at COS at the time. If there is LCC/ULCC...

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian looks to expand from SWF
Replies: 61
Views: 6971

Re: Norwegian looks to expand from SWF

SWF-LPA is within range, but not many Americans know about the Canary Islands. That being said not that many Americans had much desire to travel to Martinique or Guadelupe and those flights are apparently doing well. They could also try somewhere in Portugal. Not really. Reality of the thing (MAX) ...

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by drdisque
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian looks to expand from SWF
Replies: 61
Views: 6971

Re: Norwegian looks to expand from SWF

SWF-LPA is within range, but not many Americans know about the Canary Islands. That being said not that many Americans had much desire to travel to Martinique or Guadelupe and those flights are apparently doing well. They could also try somewhere in Portugal.

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by drdisque
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation Announcement
Replies: 66
Views: 13353

Re: Chicago Aviation Announcement

It will take less than 10 minutes to walk from the L extension to the H/K concourse. I don't see what the big deal is.

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