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by drdisque
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How does United determine which fares are basic economy?
Replies: 3
Views: 509

Re: How does United determine which fares are basic economy?

They're internally going back and forth on this. They initially just put it on direct ULCC competition markets and it did great. Then they basically put it almost everywhere, and they lost a ton of share to AA, DL, and WN who didn't put it everywhere (WN doesn't have it, period). Now, they're scalin...

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by drdisque
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any US airlines to PH?
Replies: 3
Views: 577

Re: Any US airlines to PH?

HA HNL-MNL would probably be viable on the right aircraft. However, with the 767's leaving the fleet the A330 is probably too much plane. Maybe they could make it work less than daily. Maybe now would even be a good time to try with the overcapacity on Hawaii-Japan.

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by drdisque
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Noise level on the crj 700
Replies: 18
Views: 2542

Re: Noise level on the crj 700

For wing engines they make two types of noise - next to the engine you'll get more vibration and high pitched noise from the fan blades and compressor. This is similar the noise you hear at the back of a tail engine aircraft but less intense. Behind the wing you get more of a low roar as the thrust ...

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by drdisque
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Inflight Recycling
Replies: 9
Views: 1169

Re: Inflight Recycling

Used catering carts go to a sorting area when they arrive back at the flight kitchen. Empty cans are removed and recycled. Partially consumed containers (ie premium cabin wine bottles) are drained and recycled. Anything unused is either used in repacking that particular tray and cart or is put back ...

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by drdisque
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Inflight Recycling
Replies: 9
Views: 1169

Re: Inflight Recycling

UA does separate the cups and cans from everything else at the point of collection. They also try to grab newspapers and magazines that people discard, so they're doing a fair amount of separation on board. Whether or not the "other" bag gets sorted before going to the landfill probably de...

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by drdisque
Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The $200m "Ghost" airport in Mozambique.
Replies: 39
Views: 8421

Re: The $200m "Ghost" airport in Mozambique.

Firstly, the long runway is because it used to be an Air Force Base. Secondly, Mozambique is trying to become a beach destination for South Africans (and hopefully down the road, people from further away). It has already developed Inhanbame to do this. If the beaches around Nacala are any good, it s...

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by drdisque
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 12/10/2017: DL Drops GRK; UA Adds SHD/LWB, Drops LAX-OKC, SFO-XIY
Replies: 82
Views: 11965

Re: OAG Changes 12/10/2017: DL Drops GRK; UA Adds SHD/LWB, Drops LAX-OKC, SFO-XIY

MLI_-MSP is only 1x daily in the summer? My thoughts as well. A far cry from the days when NW used to run 3x or 4x a day, some flights on the RJ85. Sad to see MLI lose so much service over the past few years. My general feeling is that UA has captured some of the NW-loyal base in MLI since UA is so...

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by drdisque
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seaborne Airlines stateside expansion?
Replies: 2
Views: 677

Re: Seaborne Airlines stateside expansion?

I imagine that Silver and Seaborne will both start selling tickets under Silver's code and using all of Silver's interline agreements. This will allow Seaborne access to a much more robust reservations platform. Seaborne will essentially be a "feeder" carrier for Silver except that they wo...

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by drdisque
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline relocation at LGA 12/9
Replies: 42
Views: 9381

Re: Big night at LGA

AA will be picking up the former Frontier/Virgin America/Alaska gate at the base of Concourse C. Other than that I don't know. I imagine they're also picking up the former JetBlue and Spirit gates - that means that they'll be spread over 3 concourses of Terminal B, but still better than split betwe...

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by drdisque
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why UA flies to FLL over MIA from IAD?
Replies: 13
Views: 3347

Re: Why UA flies to FLL over MIA from IAD?

IAD-South Florida is all about Europe feed for UA. MIA is so covered by AA and its OW partners as well as LH nonstop service the feed opportunities there are weak. FLL is a larger market for connections over the Atlantic because fewer airlines offer nonstop service over the Atlantic there and those ...

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by drdisque
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline relocation at LGA 12/9
Replies: 42
Views: 9381

Re: Big night at LGA

AA will be picking up the former Frontier/Virgin America/Alaska gate at the base of Concourse C. Other than that I don't know. I imagine they're also picking up the former JetBlue and Spirit gates - that means that they'll be spread over 3 concourses of Terminal B, but still better than split betwee...

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by drdisque
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does GRR need a flight to Mexico or Canada again?
Replies: 24
Views: 2516

Re: Does GRR need a flight to Mexico or Canada again?

GRR could definitely support seasonal public charter service to CUN if it had a FIS. However, it's not worth it to build a FIS just for that (although RFD and LAN basically did).

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by drdisque
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?
Replies: 73
Views: 9427

Re: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?

Yes, the original concept was that they would carve the Polaris lounges out of the footprints of existing United Clubs (without substantially altering the number of United Clubs). Now that that's clear that won't work from a capacity and practicality standpoint, they're having to rethink it.

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by drdisque
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Noise level on the crj 700
Replies: 18
Views: 2542

Re: Noise level on the crj 700

The gear down noise is just startling since the gear itself is very close to the floor and the clunk they make and the wind noise is a pretty sharp contrast to gliding towards the runway nearly silently.

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by drdisque
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Starting A New U.S. Carrier: Where Would You Locate / Fleet Dynamics
Replies: 26
Views: 1720

Re: Starting A New U.S. Carrier: Where Would You Locate / Fleet Dynamics

In one of my aviation classes we had to create our own airlines and figure out the economics to compete with other students and I really liked the airline I made up for that scenario. In the beginning I found a few used E190 airplanes and focused on running SFB/SRQ/PBI-DTW, SFB/PBI-GRR and SFB-TVC ...

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by drdisque
Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no United to Africa?
Replies: 52
Views: 10237

Re: Why no United to Africa?

Yes, between SN, LH, SA, and MS, UA has codeshare coverage to nearly everywhere you would want to go in Africa, many of those destinations are even covered under the A++ Joint Venture with LH and SN.

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by drdisque
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: jetBlue to start EWR-SDQ
Replies: 19
Views: 5441

Re: jetBlue to start EWR-SDQ

I'm surprised they were able to secure use of a FIS gate in Terminal B at that time of the afternoon.

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by drdisque
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Thread
Replies: 85
Views: 5546

Re: The Rest of Michigan Thread

Yeah, in the early 90's NW was running everything from a 19 seat Metro to a 90 seat DC9-30 on DTW-TVC. With the standardization of the XJ prop fleet to the SF340 that boosted capacity and then the ARJ with 69 seats was introduced which did a lot to push market share over to NW. It was an important m...

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by drdisque
Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta leaving GRK
Replies: 27
Views: 5950

Re: Delta leaving GRK

LAXdude1023 wrote:

GRK-DEN would be weaker than GRK-ATL. The distance is further making it more expensive to operate and ATL offered way more destinations than DEN.


DEN is 74 nm closer to GRK than ATL. But yeah, still far.

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by drdisque
Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order
Replies: 172
Views: 29611

Re: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order

So basically a modern day Ayres Loadmaster without the fancy two-engines-one-propeller thing? More like a modern day Western LET-410. It actually bears a striking resemblance to the LET-410. This will also be a great replacement aircraft in the developing world in routes and locales that don't requ...

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by drdisque
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta leaving GRK
Replies: 27
Views: 5950

Re: Delta leaving GRK

That's an awful short notice if true. DL was always disadvantaged serving GRK due to the long length of haul to ATL vs. IAH and DFW. I wonder if UA will add capacity with DL leaving. DL actually flew more pax into GRK last year than UA (although a UA capacity increase may already be planned with the...

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by drdisque
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOS-SFO Red Eye
Replies: 31
Views: 7788

Re: BOS-SFO Red Eye

UA did add extra turns from most major Florida destinations to EWR and ORD that departed around 10 PM and arrived between Midnight and 1 AM local. These would have catered entirely to local traffic (the "backwards" redeyes to SFO and LAX actually do sort of connect to the morning banks the...

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by drdisque
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China to Panama via Houston?
Replies: 53
Views: 8125

Re: Air China to Panama via Houston?

UA will probably benefit from the additional traffic. Not everyone going will travel on the days that CA offers the tag, they might go on the CA tag and then on the return fly UA to IAH to connect to the CA flight on a day that the tag doesn't operate.

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by drdisque
Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ExpressJet Airlines quietly retires its last Bombardier CRJ200
Replies: 13
Views: 2978

Re: ExpressJet Airlines quietly retires its last Bombardier CRJ200

freakyrat wrote:
drdisque wrote:
Was ASA a launch customer of the CRJ?


Comair


Yes, I recall ASA running CRJ's practically from the start, but it appears they didn't get their first CRJ until August 1997 (that frame was retired in 2015)

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by drdisque
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 11/26/2017: AA Adds CLT-BGR, DFW-OAK, ORD-CHS, PHX-AMA/OKC
Replies: 105
Views: 16330

Re: OAG Changes 11/26/2017: AA Adds CLT-BGR, DFW-OAK, ORD-CHS, PHX-AMA/OKC

although perhaps they keep MSP to compete with ORD but I think UA or AA leave in that scenario. DL could just replace FNT-MSP with FNT-DTW, which is shorter and enhances northeast connections. Currently, DL trying to sell a FNT to BOS ticket means connecting in ATL while UA/AA offer shorter connect...

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by drdisque
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ExpressJet Airlines quietly retires its last Bombardier CRJ200
Replies: 13
Views: 2978

Re: ExpressJet Airlines quietly retires its last Bombardier CRJ200

Was ASA a launch customer of the CRJ?

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by drdisque
Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 11/26/2017: AA Adds CLT-BGR, DFW-OAK, ORD-CHS, PHX-AMA/OKC
Replies: 105
Views: 16330

Re: OAG Changes 11/26/2017: AA Adds CLT-BGR, DFW-OAK, ORD-CHS, PHX-AMA/OKC

DL will not cut FNT completely, Since they've had FNT-ATL to themselves it has remained steady at 2-3 mainline daily. FNT-MSP is mostly high yield connections. NW was the ONLY airline to stay in FNT throughout. For awhile the only service at FNT was FL to ATL and NW to DTW, prior to ValuJet adding F...

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by drdisque
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OO to take over EAS flying at SHD with routes to ORD/IAD
Replies: 37
Views: 3926

Re: OO to take over EAS flying at SHD with routes to ORD/IAD

I don't see the point OO bidding on this, and especially bidding with IAD as a destination. Will the rotation be similar to that being used for CKB, which at least makes some sense from an airport routing perspective? CKB has potential and supports G4 on its own merits. SHD has always struggled. It ...

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by drdisque
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to ILM
Replies: 46
Views: 7542

Re: UA to ILM

The 2100 arrival into IAD still hits a number of notable connecting flights such as LHR, FRA, GRU, DUB, YYZ, YUL on the international side and pretty much every city in the Northeast and many major midwestern cities with IAD service on the domestic side.

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by drdisque
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT remodeling airport
Replies: 84
Views: 8751

Re: PIT remodeling airport

I'm guessing they are planning on closing that runway because it is no longer needed and is in need of repair and resurfacing. The math for funding the terminal rebuild can then basically take the money that would otherwise be spent resurfacing an unused runway.

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by drdisque
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: UA to launch SFO-PPT in 2018
Replies: 44
Views: 10498

Re: Rumour: UA to launch SFO-PPT in 2018

I think it would be pretty cool if UA could launch a SFO-GUM route, or even LAX-GUM. It would be a long flight but maybe a 787-9 could handle it. What market does HNL-GUM serve? the local market or connections from domestic UA routes at HNL? SFO-GUM is only 5,400m, so it's well within the range of ...

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by drdisque
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was American Like Before the Merger
Replies: 47
Views: 6468

Re: What was American Like Before the Merger

So much misremembering.

NW and DL were not in bankruptcy when they merged. (NW had exited about a year prior and DL several years prior).

UA was not in bankruptcy when it merged. (it had exited SEVERAL years prior)

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by drdisque
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: UA to launch SFO-PPT in 2018
Replies: 44
Views: 10498

Re: Rumour: UA to launch SFO-PPT in 2018

UA could definitely attract a fair amount of transfer traffic by coherently pricing this. Currently buying LAX-PPT on TN and then [Your US Origin]-LAX on any other airline including AA is WAYYY cheaper than trying to buy the AA/TN codeshare XXX-LAX-PPT through AA. Yeah, it's a hassle having to lug y...

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by drdisque
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT remodeling airport
Replies: 84
Views: 8751

Re: PIT remodeling airport

They have the room for one curbfront. The approach road will be very long. There is currently way more arrivals roadway than is actually used.

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by drdisque
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?
Replies: 63
Views: 7713

Re: How to grow a small international airport in Central Europe?

OST has the more appealing demographic/geography as it is more isolated from large airports, so it is less likely to leak, and its local market is likely strong, even though it is a slightly smaller market. They would be best off offering an incentive package to a European network carrier and/or the...

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by drdisque
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Shuttle Question
Replies: 47
Views: 7293

Re: Delta Shuttle Question

The east coast DL shuttle aircraft rotate on and off of shuttle duty. They have to do so after a BOS flight so that they are at C or D so they don't have to tow over from the MAT. Flights into the MAT obviously almost always turn to another shuttle flight. ORD flights for awhile could also turn to ...

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by drdisque
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Shuttle Question
Replies: 47
Views: 7293

Re: Delta Shuttle Question

The east coast DL shuttle aircraft rotate on and off of shuttle duty. They have to do so after a BOS flight so that they are at C or D so they don't have to tow over from the MAT. Flights into the MAT obviously almost always turn to another shuttle flight. ORD flights for awhile could also turn to D...

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by drdisque
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Lauds Ownership costs on Level 330s
Replies: 28
Views: 1686

Re: Old tech is good for long haul LCC

The problem is that for this strategy to work you have to configure a 777-200 to have like 360 seats or more and actually fill them. That's a lot of seats to fill, even if you're an LCC. 360 pax is also a huge liability if your operation and maintenance sucks and you have to cancel or heavily delay ...

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by drdisque
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA accelerates 747-400 retirement
Replies: 423
Views: 88388

Re: UA accelerates 747-400 retirement

There's still a few hundred 747-400 freighters that can use the same components. The sooner you scrap yours before the market is flooded, the more those parts are worth.

There's also a lot of raw materials that have value.

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by drdisque
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Adds CMH-MCO/FLL/RSW/LAS/TPA/MSY/MYR
Replies: 36
Views: 3328

Re: Spirit Adds CMH-MCO/FLL/RSW/LAS/TPA/MSY/MYR

NK doesn't need much counter space since they use self-tagging kiosks. Look at their counter at PIT for an example of what they're doing these days where they're able.

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by drdisque
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which US Airport Is Most Likely To Be Dehubbed?
Replies: 100
Views: 12993

Re: Which US Airport Is Most Likely To Be Dehubbed?

I don't think anyone ever said that DL wouldn't drop MEM because of their vast investment in facilities there. The facilities at MEM sucked.

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by drdisque
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Delta primarily switching to Airbus widebodies?
Replies: 84
Views: 20870

Re: Why is Delta primarily switching to Airbus widebodies?

NW was not purchased in bankruptcy. In fact when NW emerged from bankruptcy, the feeling around MSP headquarters was that it would be more likely that they would merge with CO than anyone else. NW emerged from bankruptcy with the 787 order in-tact. The 787 fit pre-merger NW's network really well. Th...

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by drdisque
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which US Airport Is Most Likely To Be Dehubbed?
Replies: 100
Views: 12993

Re: Which US Airport Is Most Likely To Be Dehubbed?

I don't think it's bad. That's why I wrote at the beginning that I don't think ANY of those hubs will be closed and that in order for it to happen, something would have to FUNDAMENTALLY change in the airlines' economics. I included 3 scenarios: 1. Domestic tanks (PHX and SLC are at risk) 2. TPAC tan...

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by drdisque
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which US Airport Is Most Likely To Be Dehubbed?
Replies: 100
Views: 12993

Re: Which US Airport Is Most Likely To Be Dehubbed?

I'll preface this and say I don't think any will: Any of these would require a significant downturn in the industry: PDX is unessential for the merged AS (if you consider it a hub). It could be turned into a focus city or even a large line station. SLC's flows can largely be duplicated elsewhere in ...

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by drdisque
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Slot congested airports
Replies: 19
Views: 5294

Re: Slot congested airports

You are incorrect. If say, an airline wants to add flights to ORD or LAX they don't need permission to do so. They don't need to formally acquire any slot pair or anything like that. If it's a new entrant with just 1 or 2 flights, the FAA doesn't even bother looking at their schedule since it will h...

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by drdisque
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Sets Retirement Date for MD-80s
Replies: 42
Views: 9857

Re: American Airlines Sets Retirement Date for MD-80s

Yes, I do feel less bad about the MD-80 leaving than the 727, I guess first because I grew up near DTW and thus rarely flew on MD-80's while I frequently flew on 727's. Secondly the 727 was such a game-changer in that it opened up so many new routes with its combination of payload, range, short fiel...

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by drdisque
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Slot congested airports
Replies: 19
Views: 5294

Re: Slot congested airports

Slot Controlled means that airlines have actual defined slots that they control. Formal Schedule Review just means that the FAA reviews the airlines' schedules to ensure that they are feasible given ATC and airfield limitations, and if they aren't, they work with the airlines' Flight Ops departments...

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by drdisque
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines to close St. Louis pilot base in September 2018
Replies: 48
Views: 10160

Re: American Airlines to close St. Louis pilot base in September 2018

ORD and DFW are easy commutes. Their real choice is whether they want to bid for the 737 or Airbus fleet. ORD-STL is a horrible commute. Not easy at all. I have been 1 of 6 pilots waiting for the J/S before and that rolls flight to flight on both UA and AA. This will royally suck for the AA guys de...

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by drdisque
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's happening at ORD right now?
Replies: 4
Views: 1875

Re: What's happening at ORD right now?

Yes, South east bound planes had to be rerouted down to Memphis and then around the corner. Northeast bound planes had to be rerouted up into Northern Michigan and Ontario and then down to their destination.

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by drdisque
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: United close to acquire 30-40 used A319/A320
Replies: 91
Views: 21992

Re: Rumor: United close to acquire 30-40 used A319/A320

There are no "noise and pollution" charges in the US, Canada, and Mexico where these aircraft will operate. So that's a non-factor.

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