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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: 9
Views: 1350

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: 37
Views: 4000

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: 60
Views: 11728

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: 8
Views: 1444

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: 6706

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: 6706

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: 60
Views: 11728

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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by drdisque
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When did the US airfare rules change?
Replies: 3
Views: 956

Re: When did the US airfare rules change?

Basically, one way fares grew as Southwest grew, and then as JetBlue and Spirit grew.

Southwest has always used one-way pricing. In markets where other airlines compete with Southwest, they also use One-Way pricing.

JetBlue, Frontier and Spirit have also always used one-way pricing.

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by drdisque
Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern Airways Express Moving JST From IAD to BWI
Replies: 1
Views: 558

Re: Southern Airways Express Moving JST From IAD to BWI

I suspect that Southern Airways Express just wants to consolidate their DC Area operation to BWI. They're probably working really hard to get Morgantown to agree so they can close the IAD station. For things that matter to an operation like Southern Airways Express - easy ramp access, cheap rent, ea...

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by drdisque
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Powered by an auto V-8-- when? How many?
Replies: 5
Views: 1139

Re: Powered by an auto V-8-- when? How many?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1976-Auto-aviac ... 135?_ul=BO

It apparently used an Oldsmobile 215 CID V8. I assume it has a radiator somewhere.
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It was a kit plane. Here is an ebay auction for a brochure for them - http://www.ebay.com/itm/1976-Auto-aviac ... 135?_ul=BO

It apparently used an Oldsmobile 215 CID V8. I assume it has a radiator somewhere.

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by drdisque
Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: List of routes requested by Norwegian Argentina
Replies: 44
Views: 6025

Re: List of routes requested by Norwegian Argentina

Seriously? COR-FDF? If you would have told me 3 years ago that in 2017 Norwegian Airlines would be building a scissor hub in Fort De France, I would have said you'd be certifiably insane.

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Explanation behind abandoned DO-328 in New Jersey?
Replies: 18
Views: 4837

Re: Explanation behind abandoned DO-328 in New Jersey?

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/40/315482 ... 0f8a_b.jpg

It was apparently placed there sometime in 2015.
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Based on this, I suspect it may have been intended to be part of an airsoft or paintball range based on this photo - https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/40/315482 ... 0f8a_b.jpg

It was apparently placed there sometime in 2015.

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Announces PVD
Replies: 21
Views: 2993

Re: Allegiant Announces PVD

PVD-CVG is an interesting choice. Certainly more like an F9/NK route than a G4 route, but I think it's viable on a less than daily basis, at least in-season. PVD does have potential as a "destination" market for G4. I, somewhat by accident, ended up going on a beach vacation in New England...

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by drdisque
Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest 747 question.
Replies: 46
Views: 7612

Re: Northwest 747 question.

2. The 747-400 was a mainstay on DTW-AMS during the summer. That is the only regular non-Asia route I recall it being scheduled on. In the earlier days with the -100/-200, it operated NW's first transatlantic routes, which I believe were MSP-PIK and MSP-ARN.

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by drdisque
Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA suspends CCS (Caracas) effective 7/1
Replies: 159
Views: 19492

Re: UA suspends CCS effective 7/1

The newly required stop in AUA likely killed the economics on this route. If I understand correctly, UA had been using a 757 on the IAH-CCS with an augmented crew. Loads were bad, so they switched to a 737. Since a 737 doesn't have a flat business class seat for a crew rest, they added a stop in AU...

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by drdisque
Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Expressjet downsizing question ....?
Replies: 7
Views: 806

Re: Expressjet downsizing question ....?

It really depends what sort of contract the Expressjet unions are willing to negotiate. If they can't come up with a contract that SkyWest sees as viable they will be allowed to "die on the vine" as the Expressjet crews are calling it. There are a number of facts working against them. The ...

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by drdisque
Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are the Avro RJ's still worth it?
Replies: 3
Views: 1100

Re: Are the Avro RJ's still worth it?

Maintenance costs are expensive. Mainly because you have 4 engines, but also spares are getting hard to come by.

There are no longer many missions that are economically viable that the ARJ/BAe 146 can perform but another less expensive to operate aircraft like the Q400, CRJ-700, or E-170 can't.

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by drdisque
Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA suspends CCS (Caracas) effective 7/1
Replies: 159
Views: 19492

Re: UA suspends CCS effective 7/1

The newly required stop in AUA likely killed the economics on this route.

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by drdisque
Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Major Carriers and the 757
Replies: 20
Views: 3634

Re: US Major Carriers and the 757

Given the range, why was the 757 nor marketed as a 707 replacement as well, at least after 1985 after ETOPS rules were eased? Would unions have resisted since the 757 was a 2-man cockpit? Because virtually all 707's were retired from the developed world by the early 80's. It did, in some instances,...

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by drdisque
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Major Carriers and the 757
Replies: 20
Views: 3634

Re: US Major Carriers and the 757

Yeah, the 757 was initially viewed as the "laggard" of the 757/767 family. Most airlines initially opted for the 767. The 757 was marketed by Boeing initially as a "727 replacement", which was a bad tactic. It was too big and too heavy to replace the 727 and many airlines had rec...

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by drdisque
Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could SJU regain hub status?
Replies: 42
Views: 6142

Re: Could SJU regain hub status?

No - two reasons: 1. The Puerto Rican economy will be lousy for the foreseeable future and Puerto Rico isn't much of a tourist draw anymore, meaning the O&D traffic is low yielding and sucks 2. Long range 2-class regional jets mean that virtually everywhere in the Caribbean is now reachable from...

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by drdisque
Wed May 31, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated April 2017 Loads
Replies: 21
Views: 2951

Re: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated April 2017 Loads

Interjet must really be taking a bath considering the 63% LF with their relatively LCC-type fares.

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by drdisque
Wed May 31, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline billboard advertising - how effective?
Replies: 22
Views: 2418

Re: Airline billboard advertising - how effective?

Many airlines own billboards near their respective airports. Often these were bought a long time ago with the idea that the airline was always buying billboard space near the airport to promote their new destinations, why not save money and just buy a billboard. UA and AA both own billboards near O'...

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by drdisque
Tue May 30, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business model of early US airlines within airlines
Replies: 15
Views: 1661

Re: Business model of early US airlines within airlines

Thanks everyone for your quick and exhaustive replies! A few points for clarification: I'll answer it for Ted - Did they sell any items onboard except food/ drinks? - Was there a route overlap? ---- Many thanks again for your help! Florian - no - they only sold snack boxes and alcohol - when Ted wa...

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by drdisque
Tue May 30, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business model of early US airlines within airlines
Replies: 15
Views: 1661

Re: Business model of early US airlines within airlines

I'll answer it for Ted 1. Yes, it offered transfers and in fact all routes were to UA hubs 2. Yes, NH codeshared on Ted flights out of SFO and LAX and LH codeshared on Ted flights from IAD and ORD. Importantly, at the time it was NH and LH's primary access to major markets like PHX, MCO, LAS, FLL, a...

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by drdisque
Mon May 29, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAX Aircraft Assignments out West
Replies: 4
Views: 968

Re: UAX Aircraft Assignments out West

A lot of this scheduling is actually handled by SkyWest. UA gives them a lot of latitude with scheduling their operations in SFO, LAX, and DEN, even for the flying that's CPA and not pro-rate. Chances are these changes are due to specific equipment shortages throughout the system. Also specifically ...

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by drdisque
Mon May 29, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 5/28/2017: CA Drops LAXSZX, DL SLC-LHR Cut, J1 Adds ALB-PIT/JL/OR/HU/HY
Replies: 99
Views: 13229

Re: OAG Changes 5/28/2017: CA Drops LAXSZX, DL SLC-LHR Cut, J1 Adds ALB-PIT/JL/OR/HU/HY

UA has already added CLE-FLL and CLE-RSW for this winter, so I wouldn't say the fall trim of CLE-MCO means much.

UA has determined that the CLE-Florida flying in season is profitable. They just don't see the point in offering CLE-MCO daily during the dead season.

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by drdisque
Mon May 29, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahamasair and the US West Coast - Rumor
Replies: 41
Views: 3857

Re: Bahamasair and the US West Coast - Rumor

Their 735's could do IAH no problem. They'd be better off serving an east coast airport with robust Asia service, like EWR, JFK, BOS, or ORD.

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by drdisque
Sun May 28, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Island Air (WP) Leasing 3 Q400's
Replies: 19
Views: 4007

Re: Island Air (WP) Leasing 3 Q400's

Does JHM still have any airline service? Hawaiian will be resuming service to JHM in 2017, through the Ohana by Hawaiian brand, flying ATR42-500's. It was to launch in January, but TSA issues has pushed that back a bit. I believe Mokulele flies their caravans there now. ATR42-500's on a 3000' runwa...

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by drdisque
Fri May 26, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MKE officially closes Concourse E
Replies: 43
Views: 6180

Re: MKE officially closes Concourse E

How are things done at OGG? Both AC and WS fly daily into OGG which doesn't have an international arrivals area. They may have on-call customs agents but no dedicated on-site staff to my knowledge. You don't need a specifically-purposed building per se, nor permanent staff; just the proven ability ...

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by drdisque
Thu May 25, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ends Interline Agreements with 5 Mideast Airlines
Replies: 57
Views: 11418

Re: United ends Interline Agreements with 5 Mideast Airlines

With AI now being a Star Alliance partner I think the need for middle east airlines for IRROPS is much decreased. I know in case of IRROPS you would have preferred to go on QR, EK, or EY, but United would likely much rather give the money to AI.

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by drdisque
Thu May 25, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US/Canada Cities that have daily service to All MLB Cities
Replies: 41
Views: 4488

Re: US/Canada Cities that have daily service to All MLB Cities

After thinking about it, there's also MCO.

So 3 cities have service to all MLB cities but don't have an MLB team themselves: MCO, LAS, and CLT

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by drdisque
Thu May 25, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US/Canada Cities that have daily service to All MLB Cities
Replies: 41
Views: 4488

Re: US/Canada Cities that have daily service to All MLB Cities

let's look at it the other way: The only Non-MLB city connected to all MLB cities is LAS Of MLB cities: SAN: missing TPA PIT: missing CLE, SEA and MCI TPA: Missing SAN SEA: Missing PIT MCI: Missing PIT CLE: Missing PIT and CVG CVG: Missing CLE For this I allowed FLL to serve Miami and TPA to serve t...

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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: 95
Views: 14836

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: 55
Views: 8523

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: 31
Views: 2238

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: 464

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: 4023

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: 5766

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: 9525

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: 1737

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: 18954

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: 1737

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: 1737

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: 14302

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: 6362

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: 261
Views: 29711

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: 6362

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: 3218

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: 53
Views: 5520

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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