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by drdisque
Thu May 25, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot refuses to fly packed airplane because passenger labelled his personal WIFI ‘Jihadist Cell London 1’
Replies: 41
Views: 5689

Re: Pilot refuses to fly packed airplane because passenger labelled his personal WIFI ‘Jihadist Cell London 1’

That's why you flip it the other way and make your Wifi "FBI Surveillance Van" or "MI5 Snooping Device" or "Not Scotland Yard"

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by drdisque
Thu May 25, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL- service to EYW Key West
Replies: 10
Views: 1247

Re: DL- service to EYW Key West

The CRJ-700 usually doesn't have to block seats.

The 737 occasionally does based on wind/en-route weather/potential hold in ATL/contaminated runway in EYW

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by drdisque
Wed May 24, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: APN (Alpena County Airport) Alpena Michigan gets new multi million dollar terminal
Replies: 26
Views: 1807

Re: APN (Alpena County Airport) Alpena Michigan gets new multi million dollar terminal

The existing terminal at APN is also pretty old and ratty, so probably due for replacement even though traffic doesn't warrant it.

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by drdisque
Tue May 23, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NK Adds CUN-BWI/ORD
Replies: 3
Views: 437

Re: NK Adds CUN-BWI/ORD

ORD-CUN will be a tough go, but F9 is on it, and I think NK can kick F9 off. There's certainly the passengers because UA is operating it 6x some days in the early spring. Pre-merger the most frequency UA ever operated was 2x-3x. BWI should be a slam dunk. Only competition from BWI is WN and Apple Ch...

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by drdisque
Fri May 19, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL6077 7pm BOS-LGA last night (May 18th)
Replies: 26
Views: 3970

Re: DL6077 7pm BOS-LGA last night (May 18th)

Since the inbound aircraft arrived from BOS at about 6:30 on schedule, I would have to say it's almost definitely mechanical.

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by drdisque
Thu May 18, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Metropolitan Airways?
Replies: 57
Views: 5461

Re: Metropolitan Airways?

Detroit City Airport doesn't currently have a viable airline terminal. The current terminal has, except for a few offices, been abandoned and largely unmaintained since 1993 or 1994 and is nearly 70 years old.

I also can't imagine that there's anybody out there clamoring to fly DET-BLV.

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by drdisque
Mon May 15, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways B787-10 Routes
Replies: 31
Views: 9419

Re: British Airways B787-10 Routes

I can see them doing ORD, PHX, DFW, EWR, MIA, YYZ over the Atlantic

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by drdisque
Wed May 10, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country to Aruba and Tucson
Replies: 16
Views: 1682

Re: Sun Country to Aruba and Tucson

Yeah, most airlines don't overnight a crew in AUA because it's expensive and most airlines don't want to operate it daily or on a staggered outbound/return schedule.

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by drdisque
Wed May 10, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should UA Bring 752s Out of Desert
Replies: 88
Views: 18794

Re: Should UA Bring 752s Out of Desert

didnt united at some point regret parking so many 757s??? one of favorite planes!!!!!! the only time i get to fly on one is from SFO-EWR!! The ones UA parked were in pretty bad shape and were only used domestically. The PMCO 757 fleet is sufficient for routes that actually need a 757. For the rest ...

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by drdisque
Wed May 10, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country to Aruba and Tucson
Replies: 16
Views: 1682

Re: Sun Country to Aruba and Tucson

ORD-AUA requires an augmented crew, so MSP-AUA definitely would.

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by drdisque
Wed May 10, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country to Aruba and Tucson
Replies: 16
Views: 1682

Re: Sun Country to Aruba and Tucson

Tucson makes a lot of sense. It's a big market from MSP with little competition. With more ULCC competition to PHX that makes TUS more attractive. Aruba is a really long stage length (100 miles further than ANC - I believe it will become SY's longest route). I find it hard to believe that it will be...

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by drdisque
Tue May 09, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Labor Trouble brewing?
Replies: 123
Views: 13983

Re: Spirit Airlines Labor Trouble brewing?

This exact thing happened at UA in 2010. Pilots made a concerted effort to refuse to pick up time and ALPA was successfully sued and an injunction withheld against ALPA and the UA pilots. I don't know if you understand this or not, but a communicated effort for pilots to refuse to pick up time is an...

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by drdisque
Tue May 09, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Cutover to ALTEA Tomorrow
Replies: 43
Views: 6272

Re: WN Cutover to ALTEA Tomorrow

Cubsrule wrote:
drdisque wrote:
WN could have flown to STT or STX at any time. They're domestic flights. They simply aren't very lucrative markets.


Like Puerto Rico, STT and STX require a flag certificate.


Which WN has had for several years.

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by drdisque
Tue May 09, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to increase 737 capacity
Replies: 256
Views: 27589

Re: AA to increase 737 capacity

Maybe 12F makes sense if they're keeping their existing upgrade policy. However, assuming the UA -9MAX keeps 20F then I can see that swaying a lot of elites. AA used to have a big advantage over UA in terms of domestic F seat counts (due to the "long tube" of the MD-80 essentially giving t...

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by drdisque
Tue May 09, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Cutover to ALTEA Tomorrow
Replies: 43
Views: 6272

Re: WN Cutover to ALTEA Tomorrow

WN could have flown to STT or STX at any time. They're domestic flights. They simply aren't very lucrative markets.

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by drdisque
Fri May 05, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Frontier's route network so diverse?
Replies: 22
Views: 3132

Re: Why is Frontier's route network so diverse?

F9 isn't crazy about connecting traffic because in their opinion it dilutes yields. They think that DEN is a strong enough O&D market that most of their pax there should be O&D, so they've gone away from promoting connecting traffic over DEN. They will of course sell you a connection, often ...

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by drdisque
Thu May 04, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747: why did some US carries fly them and others not?
Replies: 52
Views: 4851

Re: 747: why did some US carries fly them and others not?

Yeah, Simply, airlines other than PA, NW, and UA didn't have routes that required the 747 after the DC-10 and L1011 came out.

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by drdisque
Tue May 02, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which airports in the US operate 24h?
Replies: 46
Views: 5098

Re: Which airports in the US operate 24h?

ORD does have a dead time. There is a 1:55 AM Aeromexico flight to GDL which is the last departure of the evening. However, the last departure from T1, T2, or T3 is a 2250 UA flight to SFO (and a handful of UAX flights that depart a few minutes earlier). The T1/2/3 security checkpoints close at lik...

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by drdisque
Tue May 02, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which airports in the US operate 24h?
Replies: 46
Views: 5098

Re: Which airports in the US operate 24h?

ORD does have a dead time. There is a 1:55 AM Aeromexico flight to GDL which is the last departure of the evening. However, the last departure from T1, T2, or T3 is a 2250 UA flight to SFO (and a handful of UAX flights that depart a few minutes earlier). The T1/2/3 security checkpoints close at like...

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by drdisque
Mon May 01, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines that have been all-747
Replies: 59
Views: 6992

Re: Airlines that have been all-747

Some of you probably old enough to remember People Express? https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/19/People_Express_Boeing_747_at_London_Gatwick_in_June_1983.jpg PeopleExpress also operated 727's and 737's. Their first flight was operated by a 737. At no point were they ever all 747.

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by drdisque
Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ends Interline Agreements with 5 Mideast Airlines
Replies: 48
Views: 9655

Re: United ends Interline Agreements with 5 Mideast Airlines

UA actually interlined a lot of PAX to EK when they flew to DXB (particularly to MCT and IKA). Clearly with no DXB flight anymore that doesn't matter anymore.

Connections with RJ are probably a huge headache for ORD staff as the RJ flight is often delayed.

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by drdisque
Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 4 holer inbound to PTK?
Replies: 10
Views: 1383

Re: 4 holer inbound to PTK?

Pretty sure a 747 would be significantly overweight for the runway at PTK. I couldn't find any 4 holer arrivals to any Detroit Area airports this morning except one DL 744 to DTW, but it flew a fairly tight pattern and stayed southwest of I-75 the entire approach.

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by drdisque
Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will twinjets be replaced by monojets? Consequences on ETOPS and engine failure?
Replies: 55
Views: 7469

Re: Will twinjets be replaced by monojets? Consequences on ETOPS and engine failure?

I really doubt that will happen, considering commercial single turbine passenger aircraft are currently limited to 9 seats, and most of that is because they can land/ditch as slow as 60-80 kts making engine failure a lot more survivable.

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by drdisque
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest applies for Turks & Caicos
Replies: 36
Views: 4969

Re: Southwest applies for Turks & Caicos

Jetsouth wrote:
PLS is under-serviced from cities in the west, I think that the only western service being offered is Dallas via AA during winter season only. I am surprised SWA does not fly directly from Texas. Also, I am surprised no airline is flying Chicago to PLS.


United flies ORD-PLS seasonally on weekends.

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by drdisque
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest applies for Turks & Caicos
Replies: 36
Views: 4969

Re: Southwest applies for Turks & Caicos

I agree, I think somewhere like BWI would be more useful than FLL, maybe that will come in due time. Off topic, Will Silver Airways start using the new T1 FIS when it is completed for their Bahamas flights without preclearance to FLL? I believe they currently bus pax all the way over to T4, which ma...

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by drdisque
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 747 in upstate NY? will it happen again?
Replies: 2
Views: 1013

Re: United 747 in upstate NY? will it happen again?

The Broncos and Raiders are both playing at the Bills this fall, so some sort of UA widebody will be showing up at BUF those weekends.

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by drdisque
Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Western Airlines brand be revived by a new LCC in the Western United States?
Replies: 45
Views: 3742

Re: Will the Western Airlines brand be revived by a new LCC in the Western United States?

Practical consideration: no major west coast airports currently have enough space for any significant new operation. They'd be stuck basing the airline somewhere like SMF, FAT, RNO, or ONT.

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by drdisque
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Clubs in EWR changes?
Replies: 4
Views: 845

Re: United Clubs in EWR changes?

I was in the C1 club in January. It does have a fair amount of seating. But they didn't do anything to resolve the bathroom situation (seriously, two urinals for an entire club?) or the ridiculously undersized bar for the size of the club.

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by drdisque
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 2103

Re: The Rest of Michigan Thread

CIU would be interesting, especially if PLN remained. In that scenario, you would have CIU fighting both PLN and YAM which aren't that far away. I don't know if CIU would make it. I don't see many people from the US side using YAM unless they were headed to Canada. If anything CIU benefits from fol...

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by drdisque
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FAA TRACON realignment in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
Replies: 3
Views: 1332

Re: FAA TRACON realignment in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

I'm surprised they didn't give YNG to CLE as well, maybe they though it would be too much to put on their plate.

I'm also surprised they didn't give TOL to DTW. However, DTW may already have their hands full as they already handle the significant IFR operations at YIP, DET, PTK, and ARB.

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by drdisque
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 2103

Re: The Rest of Michigan Thread

I have a feeling somebody could make CMX and CIU work without a subsidy. PLN would also definitely have some level of service although in the winter it may be 1x or even less than daily. IMT, IWD, ESC, APN, MKG, MBL would all probably lose service. This would be a boon to the surviving UP service at...

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by drdisque
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 2103

Re: The Rest of Michigan Thread

I think the biggest source of EAS leakage in the UP is to CMX, which is the only United branded service into the UP. I think they capture a lot of the UP-Chicago traffic that would otherwise use the unsubsidized AA flight. CMX was just rebid and Skywest had to bid very low to keep the service, somet...

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by drdisque
Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 2103

Re: The Rest of Michigan Thread

FNT also has the CRJ on AA to ORD

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by drdisque
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dash 8 Freighter Unveiled
Replies: 15
Views: 5016

Re: Dash 8 Freighter Unveiled

The "Dash Fr8"

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by drdisque
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scott Kirby: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’
Replies: 152
Views: 26510

Re: Scott Kirby: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’

So to sum it up:

Counterintuitively: Dropping JFK was good for NY (Average NYC margin went up), NYC point-of-sale on UA JFK flights was weak.
Dropping JFK was bad for LAX (Lost one of its most popular routes and a bunch of LAX-based high yield flying)

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by drdisque
Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-80/90 vs 737/A320
Replies: 7
Views: 1534

Re: MD-80/90 vs 737/A320

American accepted that the MD-80's were a fact of life for the near future, they simply had to many of them to replace any time soon. However, you can see how they put the wheels in motion for the final ones to be retired likely late this year or early next year. Delta parked a bunch of MD-88's and ...

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by drdisque
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit is the next airline to pull out of Cuba
Replies: 52
Views: 8990

Re: Spirit is the next airline to pull out of Cuba

If nobody else applies for Vacant Cuba Authorities, they USDOT will have to grant them to Silver. There is now a vacant Authority on both MIA-HAV and FLL-HAV. Also, everyone said UA was being too conservative only asking for EWR-HAV and IAH-HAV 1x weekly. Now it looks pretty smart. They now have inf...

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by drdisque
Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Compass Airlines relocating all pilots, other jobs to LAX & SEA
Replies: 69
Views: 10297

Re: Compass Airlines relocating all pilots, other jobs to LAX & SEA

It's not a reduction of flying for DLC, DLC is just using them out west because OO isn't operating any E-Jets for them and they need a carrier to operate E-Jets on the west cost for them. There is little need for E-Jet flying in and out of MSP and any other east coast flying can be covered by Repub...

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by drdisque
Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Name the USA airport-early 1980s
Replies: 23
Views: 3764

Re: Name the USA airport-early 1980s

Feb 1985 shows Republic flying BUF-DTW on the DC-9. http://www.departedflights.com/BUF85intro.html It's not unreasonable to believe that some services for some period of time were flown with 727's instead. The July 1983 OAG shows BUF-DTW flown by Best Airlines, United, Continental, and US Air. The F...

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by drdisque
Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Compass Airlines relocating all pilots, other jobs to LAX & SEA
Replies: 69
Views: 10297

Re: Compass Airlines relocating all pilots, other jobs to LAX & SEA

It's not a reduction of flying for DLC, DLC is just using them out west because OO isn't operating any E-Jets for them and they need a carrier to operate E-Jets on the west cost for them. There is little need for E-Jet flying in and out of MSP and any other east coast flying can be covered by Republ...

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by drdisque
Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT Fines Dynamic Airways - Consumer Violations
Replies: 1
Views: 452

Re: DOT Fines Dynamic Airways - Consumer Violations

At the time were they operating as a true Part 121 carrier selling flights directly or are they still operating their flights sold through a Part 380 that they also own and operating the flights as a Supplemental carrier? I don't like the whole "self-owned" Part 380 loophole. It just seems...

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by drdisque
Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China suspend its flight to Pyongyang.
Replies: 18
Views: 7416

Re: Air China suspend its flight to Pyongyang.

Yeah, I never really understood who used this flight. Chinese consultants and government workers providing aid? Pretty much every other visitor to the country is set up with a flight on Air Koryo when they get their visa.

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by drdisque
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Name the USA airport-early 1980s
Replies: 23
Views: 3764

Re: Name the USA airport-early 1980s

That tower is just a standard radar tower, there are hundreds of them just like it in the US.

I've seen a ton of pictures at DTW and to me none of these contain anything telling me it's DTW.

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by drdisque
Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A plane without a cargo hold?
Replies: 7
Views: 1297

Re: A plane without a cargo hold?

You can't just go around moving the floor on an aircraft up or down. The space that's down in the hold on a narrowbody isn't very useful for people. If an aircraft was designed from the outset with no hold in mind, yes, you could probably make it a little sleeker and save some weight, but I think th...

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by drdisque
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Elite Suspends ISP Service Until at Least July
Replies: 5
Views: 948

Re: Elite Suspends ISP Service Until at Least July

From the story put out by the newspaper in Naples when it was announced that Elite was pulling out of APF.

It very well may have been 90% during peak season on peak days. Maybe they flew it too often non-peak.

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by drdisque
Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Elite Suspends ISP Service Until at Least July
Replies: 5
Views: 948

Re: Elite Suspends ISP Service Until at Least July

I think this summer they think the only viable route out of ISP is PWM and that is very seasonal. Maybe not worth keeping ISP open, despite the cost advantages over EWR. Apparently loads on APF-NYC went from 40-50% to 10-20% when they moved the flight from EWR to ISP (not that 40-50% was good) Elite...

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by drdisque
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lack of AA JFK-DFW
Replies: 45
Views: 7240

Re: lack of AA JFK-DFW

If traffic is really backed up, just walk: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/LaGuardia+Airport,+Queens,+NY+11371/John+F.+Kennedy+International+Airport,+Queens,+NY+11430/@40.7090979,-73.8960932,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c25f8983424db5:0x772fc4660e9666b3!2m2!1d-73.8739659!2d40.7769271!1...

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by drdisque
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Considering Buffalo, Baltimore, and Raleigh
Replies: 81
Views: 8910

Re: Norwegian Considering BUF, BWI, RDU

Yeah, I always found it odd that Norwegian flies those Caribbean routes from BWI but nothing TATL. Considering they already have the facilities ready to go I think that would be a slam dunk. RDU - I can see it, good catchment area, could get cost-sensitive fliers driving from CLT where AA has a virt...

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by drdisque
Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ORD-MDW
Replies: 17
Views: 4691

Re: United ORD-MDW

Yes, for some reason the Sox insist on using MDW, but United is the official airline of the Sox, so UA has to position an aircraft to/from MDW for every Sox charter. Oh well, I'm sure they get compensated for it and from their perspective it's better than a lot of college charters which require much...

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by drdisque
Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian announces DEN-LGW and SEA-LGW
Replies: 172
Views: 16496

Re: Norwegian announces DEN-LGW

travaz wrote:
enilria wrote:
How does the crew work with twice per week?



Dead head to LAX would be my guess.


They could also dead-head to OAK, BOS or NYC with similar ease.

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