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by drdisque
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Koryo to open Xi'an-Pyongyang charter service in July
Replies: 6
Views: 921

Re: Air Koryo to open Xi'an-Pyongyang charter service in July

The government tours include a number of day-trips. For example the DMZ takes nearly a day. Mt. Paekdu/Baekdu is another day. Some trips also do a day trip to Nampo.

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by drdisque
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: New Airline management simulation online game
Replies: 10
Views: 414

Re: New Airline management simulation online game

Oh yeah, one thing that was frustrating, especially in the early stages of the game is that if you want to serve a destination 1x daily, even on a very short route, it uses the entire aircraft and that aircraft can't be used for other routes.

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by drdisque
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: New Airline management simulation online game
Replies: 10
Views: 414

Re: New Airline management simulation online game

I just played a few hours. Obviously there was a few bugs (mainly getting stuck looking at a certain route and not being able to go to the map view to "clear it out". I would design the main map view as a neutral "home screen" that can be blanked out to nothing. Also, the frequen...

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by drdisque
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What if? NWA moves MEM hub to BNA: 1990s-2000s?
Replies: 9
Views: 424

Re: What if? NWA moves MEM hub to BNA: 1990s-2000s?

The NW MEM operation in 1996 was several orders of magnitude larger than the departing AA operation. The MEM operation simply wouldn't have fit in BNA.

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did DL, UA, or AA Ever Come Close To Ordering The A380 or 748?
Replies: 40
Views: 6969

Re: Did DL, UA, or AA Ever Come Close To Ordering The A380 or 748?

When UA pre-merger made their decision for 747 replacement to split orders between the 787 and A350. A 787 and 748i order was one of the options presented but it was not seriously considered. The options most heavily considered only involved the 787, A350, and 77W.

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL S18 Departures By Hub And Aircraft Type
Replies: 104
Views: 11911

Re: DL S18 Departures By Hub And Aircraft Type

When the Concourse G expansion at DTW was completed, the Mesaba fleet consisted only of Dash 8's and Metros. Both were replaced by Saab 340's circa 1998, 4 years before the McNamara Terminal opened. CRJ's were operated exclusively by Pinnacle while Mesaba got RJ85's. It took awhile for DTW to get CR...

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by drdisque
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FLL to close runway for 6 months in 2019
Replies: 39
Views: 5705

Re: FLL to close runway for 6 months in 2019

That's the slow season and FLL only had one jet-capable runway until a few years ago, so they should be able to handle it.

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by drdisque
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The rest of Michigan thread - 2018
Replies: 42
Views: 2345

Re: The rest of Michigan thread - 2018

Closures of that length are not unheard of. I frankly think that all service will have to cease for the entire project because I don't see how you can bet on being able to safely get in and out of a 3438 ft. runway, even when only flying to ORD or DTW. You could theoretically use trailers to build a...

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by drdisque
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rare treat at EWR this afternoon...
Replies: 8
Views: 2583

Re: Rare treat at EWR this afternoon...

No issue with the 22's. Heavies are still landing there.

Winds 290 @ 20 Gusting 29 is like the reason they're using 29 for non-heavy arrivals.

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by drdisque
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mainland - Kalaeloa, HI service potential?
Replies: 13
Views: 1253

Re: Mainland - Kalaeloa, HI service potential?

AFAIK WN isn't planning on getting their -700's ETOPS rated.

It would make the 6000' runway a bit more doable, but I still think the no ILS and no real terminal would still be a deal-breaker at present.

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by drdisque
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mainland - Kalaeloa, HI service potential?
Replies: 13
Views: 1253

Re: Mainland - Kalaeloa, HI service potential?

I would say no without airport improvements. 1. The field has no ILS and precision markings only on one runway. 2. The field only has listed max weights for the 6000 ft. runway and those weights are very borderline for a fully loaded 737-800. So for it to be considered, the 8000 ft. runway would hav...

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by drdisque
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amerijet retires the 727 :(
Replies: 27
Views: 4902

Re: Amerijet retires the 727 :(

IFL group still uses theirs, but the schedule is fairly irregular. Although it does hit LRD and PTK at least once a week usually. It's also a frequent visitor to YHM.

Are the Cargojet 727's up in Canada still regularly flying?

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First Flight and Airline?
Replies: 77
Views: 1599

Re: First Flight and Airline?

I was 3 months old in December 1992 on (most likely) a Northwest A320 from Memphis to Los Angeles. It could possibly have been a 727 or even a 757 (i know some a.netters have access to that info, id love to know for sure), but there is a photo in the database of a NW A320 arriving in LAX with the c...

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by drdisque
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First Flight and Airline?
Replies: 77
Views: 1599

Re: First Flight and Airline?

December 1984 DL DTW-FLL. I don't remember the aircraft type as I was less than 1 year old. According to departedflights in December 1983 it was a DC-8-70 but it may have been replaced by 1984. The 757 was introduced on Dec 1, 1984 so I think it's unlikely they would've put it on an oddball Point-to...

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by drdisque
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 6/10/2018: Big NK Network Adjustment
Replies: 73
Views: 10149

Re: OAG Changes 6/10/2018: Big NK Network Adjustment

n2dru wrote:
ATL -FLL seems to be a busy route for NK. Is it one of their busiest in daily frequencies?


I believe their current most dailies is 4x LGA-FLL, so if ATL-FLL goes 5x or 6x that would surpass it.

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by drdisque
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian announces MAD-FLL
Replies: 49
Views: 5451

Re: Norwegian announces MAD-FLL

BestWestern wrote:
How many of those MIA pax are transit to Central and Latin America.

The Norwegian dartboard continues.


So, in FLL they can self-connect to Central and Latin America on NK and B6 at fairly low fares.

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by drdisque
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: N772SW Heading to VCV
Replies: 37
Views: 6958

Re: N772SW Heading to VCV

Yes, my suspicion was that after repairs they decided that the best course would be a complete repaint rather than trying to make the repairs blend with the old paint.

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential 4th Commercial Airport — Washington, DC area
Replies: 56
Views: 4150

Re: Potential 4th Commercial Airport — Washington, DC area

Yes, so considering the runway length and width and weight limit - you are looking at only using 50 seaters. The regular ERJ and CRJ's short field performance is actually pretty lousy when near MTOW so you'd be limited to shorter flights. I don't know what destinations would be targeted. EWR might g...

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential 4th Commercial Airport — Washington, DC area
Replies: 56
Views: 4150

Re: Potential 4th Commercial Airport — Washington, DC area

I don't see any airlines clamoring to serve an airport with a 6,000x100 ft. runway, no matter the population in the catchment area. That's a very dodgy runway size for any airliner in service in the US. It's quite acceptable for regional jets. For instance, the main runway at DCA is only 7,169 ft.,...

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential 4th Commercial Airport — Washington, DC area
Replies: 56
Views: 4150

Re: Potential 4th Commercial Airport — Washington, DC area

I don't see any airlines clamoring to serve an airport with a 6,000x100 ft. runway, no matter the population in the catchment area. That's a very dodgy runway size for any airliner in service in the US.

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you have any advice?
Replies: 18
Views: 788

Re: Do you have any advice?

Note that in BOS you will arrive in Terminal B and depart from Terminal E if you go that route. You will have to go through security again in Terminal E, which does indeed make that layover a bit risky.

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Only a man can run an airline."
Replies: 137
Views: 10590

Re: "Only a man can run an airline."

I initially read this as being "man" meaning "human" and though "yeah, no way can robots successfully run an entire airline."

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Koryo resumes twice-weekly flights to Shanghai starting from May 31
Replies: 16
Views: 2861

Re: Air Koryo resumes twice-weekly flights to Shanghai starting from May 31

From the onboard videos I've seen, it's pretty clear to me that the tourists are always seated in one part of the cabin (I think the front) and the North Koreans are usually in the back. Not that you can't do that on the AN-148, but the smaller plane gives you few options. I also wonder if the AN-14...

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Koryo resumes twice-weekly flights to Shanghai starting from May 31
Replies: 16
Views: 2861

Re: Air Koryo resumes twice-weekly flights to Shanghai starting from May 31

Then my only guess for the timing is gate and counter availability at PVG. This route will definitely not be used for tourists as the AN-148 doesn't have the space and facilities to separate the tourists from the North Korean pax.

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by drdisque
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Koryo resumes twice-weekly flights to Shanghai starting from May 31
Replies: 16
Views: 2861

Re: Air Koryo resumes twice-weekly flights to Shanghai starting from May 31

I'm just surprised at the times as it will mean they have to staff FNJ in the middle of the night on nights this flight operates (or at least close a bit later in the evening than usual and open MUCH earlier). I can't imagine the 0320 arrival is very useful for the tour guides/minders who have to pi...

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by drdisque
Tue May 29, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA Polaris Lounge at ORD
Replies: 7
Views: 1059

Re: UA Polaris Lounge at ORD

Departing from T5 would make an unnecessary hassle for connecting passengers and complicate logistics. SK's last flight is at 2205 and the last LX departure is all the way back at 1910.

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by drdisque
Tue May 29, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tupelo Airport Stored Planes
Replies: 13
Views: 2804

Re: Tupelo Airport Stored Planes

TUP is an EAS market. So far AA has shown no interest in bidding for it. I believe it is back up for bid this year AFAIK only Contour and Boutique bid.

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by drdisque
Sat May 26, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United CRJ700 overhead bin question...
Replies: 13
Views: 1943

Re: United CRJ700 overhead bin question...

Technically on United Express flights, if it doesn't fit in the overhead bin, it has to be checked to your final destination....but most stations/agents will still valet check it for you. That's not the policy at all. All UAX flights on the CRJ-200, 700 and ERJ-135/145 use valet check tags where yo...

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by drdisque
Fri May 25, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Music in Airport Terminals
Replies: 90
Views: 5803

Re: Music in Airport Terminals

ORD has various musicians at the exits of the tunnel to the CTA station and parking garage to Terminals 1 and 3. Their quality varies and I heard one playing holiday music last week.

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by drdisque
Thu May 24, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UAL resume mideast flights after ME3 agreement?
Replies: 9
Views: 1437

Re: Will UAL resume mideast flights after ME3 agreement?

KWI was very dependent on military contractor traffic. There just isn't enough of that going there for the route to be viable anymore. DXB again, there were a lot of offline transfers to Yemen, Djibouti, Iraq, and Afghanistan. That would be a bit more stable, also because there is also business traf...

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by drdisque
Wed May 23, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA Polaris Lounge at ORD
Replies: 7
Views: 1059

Re: UA Polaris Lounge at ORD

The Lounge probably did just close at 9. The last UA metal international longhaul departures are 2115 to LHR and 2105 to GRU and 2105 to DUB. That flight to FRA is literally the only longhaul flight out of T1 after 2120 (when the LH flight to MUC leaves), so it makes sense to close the lounge then.

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by drdisque
Tue May 22, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: US Airspace Reallocation
Replies: 11
Views: 1930

Re: US Airspace Reallocation

MDW is class C because the ORD class B covers the most important sectors that need to be protected anyway. The South side of MDW really only needs to be protected by Class C because there's not much else down there. It's also to reinforce that the needs of the ORD Class B are more important than the...

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by drdisque
Mon May 21, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Taking a trip just to fly on a specific type of plane
Replies: 94
Views: 4470

Re: Taking a trip just to fly on a specific type of plane

long ago when I worked for NW I flew MSP-FSD-MSP on a Saturday just because I knew I'd get F on the way out on the DC-9 (I'd been on DC-9's a ton before but had never sat in F) and the SF340 on the way back (which was a new type for me). I don't think I'd ever pay for it though. The main thing I reg...

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by drdisque
Mon May 21, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta opens pop-up lounge for middle-seat passengers in Boston
Replies: 43
Views: 9588

Re: Delta opens pop-up lounge for middle-seat passengers in Boston

gaystudpilot wrote:
Does Delta have all of Terminal A now?


No, Southwest and Westjet also use Terminal A. Westjet is a DL partner so that one makes sense.

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by drdisque
Sat May 19, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do Charter Airlines Use 737's rather than A320's
Replies: 34
Views: 7849

Re: Why do Charter Airlines Use 737's rather than A320's

EvanWSFO wrote:
USA 3000 operated 320's. Aside from them I can't think of any US charter carrier that did.


Ryan International had a few A320's for awhile. It was what the operated as a wet least for AirTran for about a year before they got their 737-700's.

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by drdisque
Fri May 18, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage
Replies: 142
Views: 23809

Re: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage

You guys don't really understand how an airline (or any large company for that matter) is run. This is how it likely happened: CFO based on board feedback says airline needs across the board operating budget cuts. Each department has to come up with how that will happen. Catering goes to their team...

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by drdisque
Fri May 18, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV
Replies: 452
Views: 70686

Re: Plane down near HAV

FR24 has live data from AAL1334 to MIA in the air North off the coast of HAV. So that's almost assuredly not it.

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by drdisque
Fri May 18, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage
Replies: 142
Views: 23809

Re: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage

You guys don't really understand how an airline (or any large company for that matter) is run. This is how it likely happened: CFO based on board feedback says airline needs across the board operating budget cuts. Each department has to come up with how that will happen. Catering goes to their teams...

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by drdisque
Thu May 17, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers
Replies: 99
Views: 8259

Re: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers

I think you're forgetting that NW actually didn't have a very big domestic network prior to its merger with Republic and Republic had basically no international rights (maybe had a few routes out of MEM to the Caribbean/Mexico). The merger didn't eliminate a ton of competition between NW and Republ...

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by drdisque
Thu May 17, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers
Replies: 99
Views: 8259

Re: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers

I think you're forgetting that NW actually didn't have a very big domestic network prior to its merger with Republic and Republic had basically no international rights (maybe had a few routes out of MEM to the Caribbean/Mexico). The merger didn't eliminate a ton of competition between NW and Republi...

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by drdisque
Thu May 17, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What if? – United keeps the "Guppy" (2008)
Replies: 6
Views: 830

Re: What if? – United keeps the "Guppy" (2008)

I think I should also mention that NW/DL retired all the DC-9-30/40 fleet during 2008 as well as the bulk of the SF340's (not mainline capacity - but it was capacity that was backfilled by CRJ's so that's one reason they didn't have a bunch of CRJ's needing to go on routes that had been traditionall...

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by drdisque
Thu May 17, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What if? – United keeps the "Guppy" (2008)
Replies: 6
Views: 830

Re: What if? – United keeps the "Guppy" (2008)

Facts as UA saw them at the time: *Ted is dead, those aircraft need to return to mainline configuration and capacity to Ted markets is getting slashed or eliminated altogether. In 2008 stations like RSW, FLL, and PBI were losing gobs of money. The western Ted markets such as LAS and PHX were OK, but...

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by drdisque
Wed May 16, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Global 7000 as CRJ-700 replacement?
Replies: 11
Views: 3774

Re: Global 7000 as CRJ-700 replacement?

A CRJ-700/900 NEO with a variant of the GE Passport engine makes a lot more sense from a practical standpoint. Perhaps they would build a single optimized version for 76 seats in a 2-class arrangement (the scope limit of most North American regionals) and call it the CRJ-800.

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by drdisque
Thu May 10, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Air Koryo to launch a weekly FNJ-CTU charter service starting from June 28
Replies: 22
Views: 3844

Re: Rumor: Air Koryo to launch a weekly FNJ-CTU charter service starting from June 28

I wonder if North Korea will open a consulate in Chengdu. They have ones in Shenyang and Vladivostok to facilitate travel to North Korea.

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by drdisque
Thu May 10, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United adjust Mexico network - ends service to HUX, MZT, & VSA
Replies: 56
Views: 6751

Re: United adjust Mexico network - ends service to HUX, MZT, & VSA

ORD-MZT was subsidized by the resorts there and had a terrible LF, so likely they pulled the subsidy. IAH-MZT probably has very little high yield traffic. I'm surprised at VSA being cut. I'm not surprised at HUX. It was just 2x weekly E-175 this winter, what's the point? ORD-BJX will be interesting....

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by drdisque
Wed May 09, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OneJet to acquire Ultimate JetCharters
Replies: 97
Views: 7948

Re: OneJet to acquire Ultimate JetCharters

Actually OneJet only has to file a charter prospectus for their ERJ flights. Their Beechjet flights count as Commuter flights since they have 9 seats or fewer and they can fly them as much as they want. Ultimate Jet Charters also has the same authorities as Contour on their certificate, which is why...

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by drdisque
Wed May 09, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are UA’s premium 757s also some of their oldest?
Replies: 2
Views: 1061

Re: Why are UA’s premium 757s also some of their oldest?

Also, they are the only sUA 757's left in the fleet. The sUA 757's were just older than the sCO ones. All other sUA 757's have been retured, so that's why there's the big gap. The oldest sCO 757 was delivered in late 1994.

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by drdisque
Wed May 09, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F9 announces yet more new routes
Replies: 66
Views: 7179

Re: F9 announces yet more new routes

I'm guessing that msp-isp was worse than dtw just because it's longer. Msp and dtw are both really weird stations for F9 because in both they only serve DEN year-round but have a ton of seasonals. This year they're even changing the summer seasonals in the middle! I didn't even know they were flying...

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by drdisque
Tue May 08, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F9 announces yet more new routes
Replies: 66
Views: 7179

Re: F9 announces yet more new routes

I can see JAX-LAS/MSP/STL working. BUF/MCI/MKE I really don't see where the pax are going to come from.

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by drdisque
Tue May 08, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Issues Emergency Order of Suspension for Island Airlines
Replies: 6
Views: 3267

Re: FAA Issues Emergency Order of Suspension for Island Airlines

This airline doesn't even have a working website. My guess is the long process is because the FAA didn't want to send an inspector all the way out to St. Croix to inspect one tiny airline's records and they had an excuse the first time. It's when they got refused a second time is when proceedings st...

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