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by drdisque
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EAS: CEC picks Contour
Replies: 7
Views: 592

Re: EAS: CEC picks Contour

Contour is owned by Corporate Flight Management. They have a robust Charter/Corporate flying portfolio. Their EAS service is just a small portion of their portfolio.

I doubt they'd want to base the Jetstream out on the west coast so far from their maintenance base in Smyrna, TN.

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by drdisque
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Small Community Air Svc Development Program
Replies: 5
Views: 708

Re: 2017 Small Community Air Svc Development Program

Let's just nip this in the bud before it comes up as an issue, since it happens every time - SCASD is not the same thing as EAS! Money better spent to service more people than the EAS money pit. Let the market determine where airlines fly to. With the pilot shortage, its a waste of crew personnel t...

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by drdisque
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA to Co-locate all flights to Terminal B in LGA in Nov 2017
Replies: 43
Views: 7108

Re: Rumor: AA to Co-locate all flights to Terminal B in LGA in Nov 2017

It appears UA has consolidated on concourse C of Terminal B (I don't see any departures from A today). UA moving wouldn't help anyone. Maybe WN could move to the low C Eagle gates if they were reconfigured and AA could take their gates and thus get out of C. But that would require reconfiguration an...

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by drdisque
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA to Co-locate all flights to Terminal B in LGA in Nov 2017
Replies: 43
Views: 7108

Re: Rumor: AA to Co-locate all flights to Terminal B in LGA in Nov 2017

I flew Delta Shuttle on ORD-LGA almost exclusively because of the MAT. I guess I won't anymore.

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by drdisque
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT seeks terminate 19 communities from EAS program.
Replies: 96
Views: 14208

Re: DOT seeks terminate 19 communities from EAS program.

LOL. There are things called essential services. Without it, the US would be several states shy of the present day 50. In other words, states entered the US confederation based on certain guarantees that the federal state would provide. Air service can hardly be considered "essential." Su...

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by drdisque
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT seeks terminate 19 communities from EAS program.
Replies: 96
Views: 14208

Re: DOT seeks terminate 19 communities from EAS program.

The only military bases primarily served by EAS are Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri (served directly - TBN) (nearest unsubsidized airport is SGF 93 miles away) and Ft. Drum in New York (served by ART) (nearest unsubsidized airport is SYR 80 miles away)

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by drdisque
Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT seeks terminate 19 communities from EAS program.
Replies: 96
Views: 14208

Re: DOT seeks terminate 19 communities from EAS program.

hz747300 wrote:
Missing from the list? Safford, Arizona (KSAD)... It last had air service in the 50s or 60s I think. 3/3.5 hours from Tucson and Phoenix, 4 hours from El Paso.


And thusly why it's not eligible for EAS. To be eligible an airport had to have had service when deregulation went into effect.

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by drdisque
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Milwaukee Next Base for OneJet
Replies: 30
Views: 3177

Re: Milwaukee Next Base for OneJet

Running more than 9 seats they would be limited to serving each route no more than 1x daily under Part 135. So they really can't go much bigger.

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by drdisque
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to drop seasonal ORD-SNN route
Replies: 13
Views: 3431

Re: UA to drop seasonal ORD-SNN route

UA probably needs the pmCO 757 to backfill a pmUA p.s. 757 retirement

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by drdisque
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Zimbabwe Grants Open Skies
Replies: 7
Views: 1889

Re: Zimbabwe Grants Open Skies

I'm willing to bet Fly540 would be willing to gamble on that market. They seem to make a lot of odd African markets work.

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by drdisque
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL's Bastian sees loyalty upgrades ending
Replies: 35
Views: 3809

Re: DL's Bastian sees loyalty upgrades ending

I think he's wondering if legacy AA's cert system is superior. Personally I think it is. It makes F more special and also actually gives low level elites a chance when applying certs on little-used or short flights where higher level elites don't "waste" their certs.. If he's simply hoping...

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by drdisque
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair introduces Economy Light
Replies: 14
Views: 4063

Re: Icelandair introduces Economy Light

Yes, this is what most of the US carriers did on flights within North America and what WOW does and it works for them. Icelandair would just be matching WOW, other than that they would still include a regular sized carry-on, which is probably OK considering they use the 757 and 767 for most routes, ...

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by drdisque
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair introduces Economy Light
Replies: 14
Views: 4063

Re: Icelandair introduces Economy Light

Yeah, they should have just bit the bullet and said they are charging for checked bags except on Flex and Saga fares if they were going to go the bag fee route. You have your checked bag also on economy standard, not on economy light. Right, what I'm saying is that if they wanted to start charging ...

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by drdisque
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair introduces Economy Light
Replies: 14
Views: 4063

Re: Icelandair introduces Economy Light

Yeah, they should have just bit the bullet and said they are charging for checked bags except on Flex and Saga fares if they were going to go the bag fee route.

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by drdisque
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is going on with Southwest at PBI?
Replies: 26
Views: 2974

Re: What is going on with Southwest at PBI?

Growth and low fares at FLL are continually eroding the catchment area of PBI. The population willing to pay more to travel from PBI and to whom PBI is vastly more convenient is relatively small.

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by drdisque
Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT seeks terminate 19 communities from EAS program.
Replies: 96
Views: 14208

Re: DOT seeks terminate 19 communities from EAS program.

Kearney and Scottsbluff will get waivers because they are currently up for bid.

Clarksburg will get a waiver since they already have a new carrier under contract.

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by drdisque
Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation News [Sep 29]: 30 New Gates
Replies: 77
Views: 8799

Re: :: Chicago Aviation News :: [Sep 29]: 30 New Gates

the gap between the furthest west two T1 concourses is huge - larger than the existing gap between B an C in T1 and I imagine most of the ops there will be RJ's, so I don't imagine a huge traffic flow problem. The only limitation is that all traffic will have to exit south, but there should be enoug...

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by drdisque
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no DTW-HNL?
Replies: 62
Views: 8390

Re: Why no DTW-HNL?

It's a few hundred miles outside the range of the 757. The Longest route the DL 757's have ever been deployed on was DUS-DTW at 4049 miles, DTW-HNL is 4475 miles.

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by drdisque
Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation News [Sep 29]: 30 New Gates
Replies: 77
Views: 8799

Re: The Illinois State Thread

Runway reconfiguration is nearly complete. It has drastically changed the flows from 5-6 years ago. Now the only non East-West runway routinely used is 22L/4R (and that is primarily just used as an extra departure route for flights going south or east as 22L).

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by drdisque
Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no DTW-HNL?
Replies: 62
Views: 8390

Re: Why no DTW-HNL?

In short, the route requires an A330. During the season when the route would perform the best, the A330 fleet can make more money by adding capacity over the Atlantic than adding a long and thin DTW-HNL route. It's possible they could add it during peak holiday season like Dec 20-Jan 7, when there's...

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by drdisque
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest at-risk EAS Markets
Replies: 39
Views: 4734

Re: SkyWest at-risk EAS Markets

ORD-CHO is interesting because it used to be operated by American Eagle/Envoy and was thus a CPA route (although owned carrier). It then became At-risk for OO and then subsequently UA added it as a CPA route (currently operated by Trans States).

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by drdisque
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest giving up 2 MEX Slot Pairs
Replies: 31
Views: 7154

Re: Southwest giving up 2 MEX Slot Pairs

Only the RON slot pair would reasonably work for AS. The afternoon slot pair would require a very early departure from SEA, SFO, or SJC. I can see the RON going to them and the afternoon going to B6 (who could operate it from JFK)

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by drdisque
Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest at-risk EAS Markets
Replies: 39
Views: 4734

Re: SkyWest at-risk EAS Markets

Basically, when OO launched ORD-DLH and AVL back in 2009, it was with the understanding that they would be guaranteed the opportunity to fly it "pro-rate" for a certain period of time, I believe 36 months. After that UA can ask for the route back and put it under CPA FWA and SGU are tricky...

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by drdisque
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Six Airlines Bid for EAS at Scottsbluff
Replies: 11
Views: 1768

Re: Six Airlines Bid for EAS at Scottsbluff

OO Currently flies EAS out of DEN to DVL, JMS, and HYS out of DEN (DVL and JMS are a triangle route). They are resuming PUB on Dec 1.

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by drdisque
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Six Airlines Bid for EAS at Scottsbluff
Replies: 11
Views: 1768

Re: Six Airlines Bid for EAS at Scottsbluff

Skywest will get whatever markets they bid for and Boutique will get what's left. They've proven to be the most reliable operators, both have large operations in DEN, and they generally have competitive bids.

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by drdisque
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?
Replies: 71
Views: 9566

Re: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?

Most of the cities you'd serve out of a new "focus city" are already UA hubs - UA has some of the largest O&D hubs in the US. So a UA "focus city" is really just a city with service to every hub.

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by drdisque
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan trims ORD / SEA / SJC frequencies for W17
Replies: 29
Views: 4456

Re: Hainan trims ORD / SEA / SJC frequencies for W17

US-China has unused frequencies on the Chinese side, so HU can pretty much add and drop frequencies as much as they want as long as they have the requisite slots for slot controlled airports.

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by drdisque
Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan trims ORD / SEA / SJC frequencies for W17
Replies: 29
Views: 4456

Re: Hainan trims ORD / SEA / SJC frequencies for W17

I think that HU was intentionally and knowingly overserving these markets in order to gain awareness and trial (obviously, HU is not a well known airline in the US).

Now that they've been around for a year they probably don't feel that's necessary anymore during the slow season.

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by drdisque
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 9/3/2017: AA Closes CFG, Drops LAX-MCI; Y4 Adds LAX-PVR
Replies: 51
Views: 8663

Re: OAG Changes 9/3/2017: AA Closes CFG, Drops LAX-MCI; Y4 Adds LAX-PVR

UA seems to be doing far better these days on ORD-FLL than AA. A real turn of events from ten years ago when AA beefed up capacity and UA dropped the route to Ted and then pulled out altogether. NK in those days had a single daily. Now up to four or so. B6 single daily to my knowledge not yet a fac...

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by drdisque
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Global Ghana Airlines
Replies: 33
Views: 4455

Re: Global Ghana Airlines

alex0easy wrote:
Where did you guys do the dummy booking? When I tried to book on their website it showed no flights for the dates I selected?


Remember that you have to select dates in November or later.

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by drdisque
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Youngstown Airport?
Replies: 20
Views: 2820

Re: Future of Youngstown Airport?

I think someone else will try Florida service from there at some point in the future again. But with AA, DL, and UA all at CAK I don't see any of them going to YNG. The unmitigated failure that was the YNG-ORD service didn't help. It doesn't matter that it was unbranded service. Branding can't make ...

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by drdisque
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW Master Plan Finalized (2017)
Replies: 10
Views: 1383

Re: DTW Master Plan Finalized (2017)

The Smith Terminal was still there because WCAA had their offices there. The Berry Terminal was still there because USCBP had their offices there (and also it wasn't THAT old of a building (built 1974) and had a fairly open modern terminal floorplan, so there were some people who argued it could be ...

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by drdisque
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW Master Plan Finalized (2017)
Replies: 10
Views: 1383

Re: DTW Master Plan Finalized (2017)

Are the 3 new gates in North going to be added to the North or South end or by a spur off of the South end towards where the Smith Terminal stands?

Where will the WCAA building be built? Part of the Berry Terminal site?

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by drdisque
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Global Ghana Airlines
Replies: 33
Views: 4455

Global Ghana Airlines

So on August 23 it showed up on ch-aviation that an airline called Global Ghana Airlines was planning on beginning service on ORD-ACC on Nov 1. This is somewhat insane. First, ORD has never had service to West Africa like this. Why of all places did they pick ORD? There is no significant West Africa...

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by drdisque
Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA exiting San Juan gradually?
Replies: 51
Views: 7506

Re: AA exiting San Juan gradually?

CLT and MIA aren't going anywhere. PHL is a decently sized market and a complete monopoly, also not going anywhere any time soon. The only further cut I can see is ORD becoming seasonal if a ULCC adds it year-round.

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by drdisque
Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta gates at airports for expansion
Replies: 111
Views: 16519

Re: Delta gates at airports for expansion

the gates DL subleases to UA at ORD were former NW gates. Definitely E10 and E12, and possibly E8 (I can't remember if E8 was a CO gate or an NW gate - maybe it was both at different times?).

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by drdisque
Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skywest UA* gets EAS to Moab, Vernal, Quincy, Cape Girardeau
Replies: 18
Views: 3048

Re: Skywest UA* gets EAS to Moab, Vernal, Quincy, Cape Girardeau

I think they see PAH as having a separate catchment area from CGI despite the fact that they are so close. It's actually 68 miles and nearly 90 minutes by road from PAH to CGI and they have data from the flyers flying out of PAH and probably see that there are very few tickets sold to Missouri resid...

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by drdisque
Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ultimate fate of Air Canada's three Combi 744s
Replies: 9
Views: 3538

Re: Ultimate fate of Air Canada's three Combi 744s

Air Canada also ordered A340's since it met their long-haul needs better, unlike United or Northwest. AC only ordered the 747 for the range. Only recently has it been able to make use of an aircraft with its seat count the (77W).

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by drdisque
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines will seasonally stop flights between the United States and Russia in early September
Replies: 21
Views: 4505

Re: Delta Air Lines will seasonally stop flights between the United States and Russia in early September

Yeah, DL pulled the route seasonally last winter as well. With SU 3x on it, DL doesn't really need to fly it on their own metal when it's nearly empty and those that are on board are paying rock-bottom fares.

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by drdisque
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air adds KEF-CVG, STL, DTW & CLE!
Replies: 152
Views: 19360

Re: WOW Air adds KEF-CVG, STL, DTW & CLE!

STL has a more vast catchment area than IND and is also a larger city. STN, while also being a London airport, is the preferred airport for many of the towns North and East of London. There is currently no reasonable way to reach STN from the US on a single booking, so this is a very welcome addition.

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by drdisque
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of 50 seat RJs
Replies: 101
Views: 7063

Re: The future of 50 seat RJs

Whenever it finally arrives, I think that most EAS operations that can't support a 70 seater (markets like CMX, COD, EAU, and CIU probably can), will see service from the Tecnam P2012. The only routes where that's an issue is ones that realistically require pressurization due to stage length or terr...

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by drdisque
Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FI annouces CLE
Replies: 69
Views: 7896

Re: FI annouces CLE

I don't think something like 5-7 weekly flights in the summer and 3-4 in the winter, all on narrowbodies, is enough to justify refreshing the FIS.

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by drdisque
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Norwegian fly to Canada?
Replies: 34
Views: 7767

Re: Why doesn't Norwegian fly to Canada?

I think it will come with time. One thing you have to consider is that travel to Canada from European points of sale isn't super strong and on the Canadian side you have Air Transat and now Westjet already offering LCC service across the Atlantic. I think it will come with time though. I think the f...

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by drdisque
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Regional CPAs
Replies: 24
Views: 3081

Re: United Regional CPAs

Simply, Air Wisconsin was able to give United a better CPA rate for the 50 seat flying than Skywest was since it was clear they were getting dropped by AA, they needed to find flying or else they would be out of business. Thus CPA Skywest Group 50 seater flying is going away (there will still be CP...

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by drdisque
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Regional CPAs
Replies: 24
Views: 3081

Re: United Regional CPAs

Simply, Air Wisconsin was able to give United a better CPA rate for the 50 seat flying than Skywest was since it was clear they were getting dropped by AA, they needed to find flying or else they would be out of business. Thus CPA Skywest Group 50 seater flying is going away (there will still be CPA...

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by drdisque
Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chilean airline wet leases 757s from Icelandair to serve routes to... Venezuela
Replies: 37
Views: 7069

Re: Chilean airline wet leases 757s from Icelandair to serve routes to... Venezuela

The market is for Venezuelans abroad to buy tickets for their family members to get them out of the country.

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by drdisque
Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Adds ATL-FLL/JFK/MCO
Replies: 115
Views: 10992

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: 37
Views: 3267

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: 37
Views: 3267

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: 2366

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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