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by drdisque
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sonair ending Houston-Luanda service
Replies: 46
Views: 7530

Re: Sonair ending Houston-Luanda service

Repatriation isn't the issue with LOS service, it's fraud. I worked for an airline that did not serve Nigeria, we literally blocked all traffic from Nigeria to our website since tickets purchased by Nigerian IP's were quite literally 99% fraudulent. I imagine this may be lower for an airline that ac...

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by drdisque
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop
Replies: 145
Views: 32789

Re: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop

This will be a great TATL aircraft to replace 777-200's and older A330's and all A340's still used across the Atlantic.

I can definitely see LH group and IAG being interested (IAG primarily to replace the IB fleet)

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by drdisque
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Greenland Hosting a Mid-Atlantic Hub?
Replies: 50
Views: 5787

Re: Greenland Hosting a Mid-Atlantic Hub?

It would also be hard to get enough employees to staff any sort of hub operation in Greenland.

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by drdisque
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is an NTSB GA crash investigation the same as a commercial crash?
Replies: 12
Views: 1267

Re: Is an NTSB GA crash investigation the same as a commercial crash?

There will be a full investigation but unless something seems unusual, they will only have one or two investigators on it and they may not do much additional research between the "Fact" report and the "Final" report. The Fact report is where they state the facts of the incident a...

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by drdisque
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DL 717-200 Pilots... Where did they come from?
Replies: 46
Views: 6967

Re: DL 717-200 Pilots... Where did they come from?

My guesses as mentioned before anyone could bid on the 717's: 717 Captains: DC-9 Captains MD-88/90 Captain/FO 737 FOs A319/320FOs 757 FOs (probably not many) 717 FO: DC-9 FO MD-88/90 FO New Hires Maybe a handful of 737 and Airbus FO's looking to get better trips, knowing they'd be at the top of the ...

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by drdisque
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can DL Expand Service from SLC to Mid Level East Coast Cities?
Replies: 27
Views: 2948

Re: Can DL Expand Service from SLC to Mid Level East Coast Cities?

The difference between DEN and SLC is that DEN simply is a much bigger O&D market to East Coast cities than SLC.

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by drdisque
Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines ordered to cut flights to DRC
Replies: 17
Views: 4598

Re: Brussels Airlines ordered to cut flights to DRC

It was a joke regarding the stupidity of limiting a foreign airline's rights to serve your country when you have no airline of your own that fills a similar role.

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by drdisque
Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Via Air
Replies: 27
Views: 3552

Re: Via Air

Via Air was formerly Charter Air Transport, a long-time charter airline that operated E-120's. When they picked up the EAS for Beckley, WV they started using the Via Air name and how have expanded. They operated the Branson flights last summer. They don't seem in any danger of shutting down, however...

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by drdisque
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines ordered to cut flights to DRC
Replies: 17
Views: 4598

Re: Brussels Airlines ordered to cut flights to DRC

Obviously DRC is being protectionist of their own longhaul airline that flies to Europe. ;)

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by drdisque
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Albany eas
Replies: 1
Views: 295

Re: Albany eas

LGA and JFK are slot restricted and the EAS carrier has no slots. OGS/MSS-BOS was a really long flight on a non-pressurized aircraft. There is also some local government traffic on the routes to ALB. Now that Boutique Air has taken over MSS, they have actually proposed moving the flight to BOS since...

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by drdisque
Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about Rural and Suburbia Airport Potential
Replies: 13
Views: 2179

Re: Question about Rural and Suburbia Airport Potential

I think this is two separate discussions - one is rural airports and one is secondary airports. They're quite different. Future air service at secondary airports really is in the hands of the airport operator and the surrounding community. For example, I have little doubt that CCR could support sche...

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by drdisque
Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How long will Kalitta Charters II keep the 727?
Replies: 48
Views: 6340

Re: How long will Kalitta Charters II keep the 727?

They do have one 727 that is specially modified to fly race horses (I guess technically it could fly any horse and I believe it is also used for equestrian horses too I guess, but it mostly flies race horses). I believe this frame sees very little utilization but is very profitable when it does fly,...

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by drdisque
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: At Risk Regional Flying
Replies: 6
Views: 1161

Re: At Risk Regional Flying

If they were incremental frames in addition to what was already under CPA contract, yes, they would count against scope. If they were jamming the flying in on frames that were already under contract, it would count under any % of seats metric that might exist but that's it. That's probably why the r...

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by drdisque
Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 1/28/2018:AS Drops DAL-SFO?; DL Adds SLC-PIT; F9 Drops MCO-CUN; UA Drops IAH-BDL, LAX-TUS
Replies: 117
Views: 14835

Re: OAG Changes 1/28/2018:AS Drops DAL-SFO?; DL Adds SLC-PIT; F9 Drops MCO-CUN; UA Drops IAH-BDL, LAX-TUS

9X isn't really an expansion, just a schedule extension with some rebalancing of capacity between PIT and BWI for stations with service to both. The loss of JHW required the re-scheduling of the PIT operation.

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by drdisque
Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: At Risk Regional Flying
Replies: 6
Views: 1161

Re: At Risk Regional Flying

MO11's answer is very accurate. OO did have some at-risk routes for UA that were not operated into UA hubs, These were LAS-PSP/FAT, SEA-PDX/GEG/MWH (I believe other SEA flights may have been attempted), SMF-ACV however, I wouldn't call any of these a full blown "focus city" Likewise the Tr...

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by drdisque
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volaris Looking at RFD
Replies: 16
Views: 2108

Re: Volaris Looking at RFD

That's a good point. Maybe Volaris is looking at adding RFD-CUN as a regular scheduled flight replacing the Apple public charter. Apple can buy space on it but so can the general public. Volaris would actually be able to offer a decent amount of connections over CUN as well.

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by drdisque
Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United to downsize its Guam operation
Replies: 28
Views: 8843

Re: United to downsize its Guam operation

GUM-SDJ has been operated very infrequently the past few years, something like 1-2x weekly even during peak seasons. It's not a huge loss. The PVG flight just must not be performing well and is also less than daily. I'm guessing that this is just part of an annual review of the GUM operation. I doub...

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by drdisque
Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volaris Looking at RFD
Replies: 16
Views: 2108

Re: Volaris Looking at RFD

G4 does very well at RFD and the Apple Vacations charters seem to do well enough each year to come back the following year. I don't know who is using RFD (I suspect it's a combination of far NW Chicagoland and Beloit/Janesville, WI supplementing the Rockford Metro). I don't know who those people are...

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by drdisque
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volaris Looking at RFD
Replies: 16
Views: 2108

Re: Volaris Looking at RFD

My feeling is that Volaris doesn't like paying to use ORD or dealing with the extremely restrictive schedule availability at T5. MDW works financially, but again, there's limitations with regard to usage of the FIS gates there. With RFD they won't have to deal with any of that mess. I think that's t...

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by drdisque
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Small Community Air Svc Development Program
Replies: 54
Views: 4118

Re: 2017 Small Community Air Svc Development Program

Reason I think inly OTH and FMN is due to both having lost service recently (OTH the link to PDX and FMN all service) and the others are mistly well served locales that probably don't need what they are budding for. Is BTV-DEN really necessary? As for Price,UT, they have had small commuter service ...

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by drdisque
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Small Community Air Svc Development Program
Replies: 54
Views: 4118

Re: 2017 Small Community Air Svc Development Program

ITH and ROA are shoe ins both because what they're asking for is reasonable and because they're asking for less in SCASD funds than they already have in community funds and because they're proposing network service. MYR is nice in that they are also offering more community funds than they're asking ...

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by drdisque
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Small Community Air Svc Development Program
Replies: 54
Views: 4118

Re: 2017 Small Community Air Svc Development Program

For JAN-BNA they might already have the support of Contour.

They are planning on converting TUP to AEAS so they can go back to 19 seats on the JS32 that operates TUP-BNA. So adding an extra turn to JAN would help with utilization.

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by drdisque
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Small Community Air Svc Development Program
Replies: 54
Views: 4118

Re: 2017 Small Community Air Svc Development Program

For JAN-BNA they might already have the support of Contour.

They are planning on converting TUP to AEAS so they can go back to 19 seats on the JS32 that operates TUP-BNA. So adding an extra turn to JAN would help with utilization.

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by drdisque
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Main Cabin Extra Enhancements
Replies: 18
Views: 4171

Re: American Main Cabin Extra Enhancements

I've noticed that AA's MCE prices are usually pretty low compared to UA economy plus, maybe this is a way they feel like they can get more buy ups at higher prices.

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by drdisque
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan to fly to HAM
Replies: 19
Views: 2876

Re: Hainan to fly to HAM

Hamburg is potentially a bigger market. As a shipping and science city it has some natural business ties to China. If the Berlin route was doing poorly, I definitely understand the motive to try HAM instead of just giving up the frequencies.

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by drdisque
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW C Concourse
Replies: 30
Views: 4276

Re: DTW C Concourse

When the terminal was opened in 2002, there were actually very few if any CRJ flights to DTW. Most Airlink flights were Saabs or RJ-85's (which used concourse B or the East side of concourse A).

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by drdisque
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Serial Stowaway Managed to Fly to London from ORD
Replies: 33
Views: 5701

Re: Serial Stowaway Managed to Fly to London from ORD

She knew what she was doing in terms of timing too. A Mid-week transatlantic flight in mid January on a 747-400 is bound to have empty seats. Loads, especially from the US across the Atlantic and Pacific, are very light this time of year.

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by drdisque
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW C Concourse
Replies: 30
Views: 4276

Re: DTW C Concourse

Those C gates were also designed with Saabs in mind. No other airline operating props in the US was offering an all-jetway hub like DTW. It was a major design selling point at the time.

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by drdisque
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest Airlines sues website that monitored changes in airfare
Replies: 24
Views: 3217

Re: Southwest Airlines sues website that monitored changes in airfare

Google flights does NOT scrape airline websites for fares. It gets them from ITA price matrix, like the various Expedia-owned Online Travel Agent websites. When Kayak started many moons ago, they did this, and all the airlines blocked them and sued them. Kayak reopened by buying ITA data. Southwest ...

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by drdisque
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 231
Views: 15839

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

On a brighter note, UA introduced CRJ-700 service on 2 of the 3 flights to FNT this week although it's gone again from the schedule in April. Still a good sign that they're trying it.

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by drdisque
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: California Pacific Airlines trying again to fly
Replies: 21
Views: 5650

Re: California Pacific Airlines trying again to fly

All that happened is that Ted Vallas bought ADI from the Beardsleys (who were the former owners of Seaport) and now says they're going to fly from CRQ. Buying an already operating and certificated carrier certainly makes the whole thing a lot easier. ADI will be held in on the DEN-PIR-ATY route if t...

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by drdisque
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 209
Views: 25076

Re: United Airlines Network Thread 2018

UA and OO turned down YNG when they had a SCASD grant for it. They definitely aren't going there without the grant money (which was subsequently squandered in a month by Aerodynamics Inc.) Yes, ORD-TOL was in the running - I think UA just decided that splitting such a weak market (in addition to the...

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by drdisque
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska announces 8 destinations to be served from PAE
Replies: 167
Views: 19348

Re: Alaska to announce PAE destination tomorrow

They aren't going to erode their SEA base. Everywhere they fly from PAE will be a large AS station. I also don't think they're interested in serving exclusively local-to-local traffic from PAE (ie LAS or Hawaii)

My guesses:
PAE-PDX
PAE-SFO or SJC
PAE-LAX

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by drdisque
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 1/14/2018: DL Adds SEA-IAD/IND/MCI, Expands in BOS; AA Reduces STT/SXM
Replies: 80
Views: 11646

Re: OAG Changes 1/14/2018: DL Adds SEA-IAD/IND/MCI, Expands in BOS; AA Reduces STT/SXM

The DOT will have to give final word on DEC somewhat soon. ORD will be a new station for 9K so they need time to set up a counter and get ground handling/staff. I assume they'll work out of the small area that Air Choice One operates out of at the end of L, but that check in desk area at the far end...

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by drdisque
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 231
Views: 15839

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

FOD, MCW, and IMT are all former NW markets. They were terrible and that's why DL threw them back into the EAS program and didn't even bother to bid on them and neither did OO. FOD and MCW are close to getting kicked out of the program despite high quality 9-seater service. I don't see OO bidding on...

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by drdisque
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airways & Air Canada Why no codeshare back in the day
Replies: 3
Views: 633

Re: US Airways & Air Canada Why no codeshare back in the day

AC-UA JV wasn't enacted until 2008 or 2009.

My guess is that UA had an exclusivity agreement with AC where UA could be their only US-based codeshare partner.

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by drdisque
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Ex-AA 767 Red Cheatline Painted Blue
Replies: 50
Views: 9566

Re: Why Ex-AA 767 Red Cheatline Painted Blue

In 2003 AA donated a few of their retired 727's to Ariana Afghan Airlines and they in fact flew them with the two blue stripes for about a year before they were repainted in the airline's full pre-war livery (in the meantime the blue on the nose started to flake off and the red showed through). 0506...

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by drdisque
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 231
Views: 15839

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

[photoid][/photoid]Yeah, with the LCC feed from Vueling, particularly to Italy which is fairly strong from DTW and the larger O&D market to BCN, Level to BCN actually makes a lot of sense. I know that to start Level is targeting large O&D US cities from the European Point of Sale, but it doe...

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by drdisque
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 231
Views: 15839

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

Everything I've heard about the DET airport site is that they are moving toward it being a legal venue for drag racing, and the city was behind this, atleast 1 event has already occurred. The east/west runway is essentially unneeded. I can see it being closed and used for racing and the North/South...

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by drdisque
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 231
Views: 15839

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

DET hasn't had scheduled flights in 17 years, although apparently, the terminal can still be configured to do airline flights and have security and a sterile area. The jetways are essentially derelict having sat unused for 17 years, but one or both could be removed to free up space as I doubt Alleg...

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by drdisque
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 231
Views: 15839

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

DET hasn't had scheduled flights in 17 years, although apparently, the terminal can still be configured to do airline flights and have security and a sterile area. The jetways are essentially derelict having sat unused for 17 years, but one or both could be removed to free up space as I doubt Allegi...

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by drdisque
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 231
Views: 15839

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

There are not multiple nonstops from ORD to India. Just the one AI flight to DEL.

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by drdisque
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 29125

Re: Northeast Winter Storm 1/4 Thread

QF11 is headed for DTW, which I think is a bit of an odd choice, it will unfortunately be dark when it arrives for any spotters there.

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by drdisque
Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Value of an all-weather hub
Replies: 44
Views: 6383

Re: Value of an all-weather hub

The first things that ORD will be building in the space currently occupied by Runway 14/32 after it closes are dedicated de-icing pads. The main reason that DTW and MSP run so well in poor weather is the adequate dedicated de-icing pads (and the separation of runways that allows simultaneous CAT III...

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by drdisque
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Envoy Reactivating ERJ-140
Replies: 46
Views: 8914

Re: Envoy Reactivating ERJ-140

I'm guessing these will be PDT crews and operate former AWI CRJ and PDT Dash 8 routes out of PHL?

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by drdisque
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta flight forced to divert after bird enters cockpit
Replies: 12
Views: 4333

Re: Delta flight forced to divert after bird enters cockpit

Does anyone remember now there was a flock of birds living inside the McNamera Terminal at DTW for the first few years after it opened. I think they've gotten all of the birds out of there by now. Yep, they nested in girders up above the tram so nobody could get to them without setting a ladder on ...

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by drdisque
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Abandoned midwest-US cargo hubs
Replies: 40
Views: 5884

Re: Abandoned midwest-US cargo hubs

YIP still sees a couple of large-medium sized cargo jets every day when the plants are in operation. USA Jet is still based there and there are a lot of IFL Group (CV-580/600 and 727-200) and Aeronaves TSM (MD-80) cargo operations there. Kallitta (both the 747 operation and the 727 operation) is al...

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by drdisque
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Abandoned midwest-US cargo hubs
Replies: 40
Views: 5884

Re: Abandoned midwest-US cargo hubs

stl07 wrote:
BLV for sure. According to wiki was going to be a cargo superhub but the government blocked these plans.


This was just a paper proposal by the airport, in order to save itself from BRAC. No airline was ever interested in it.

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by drdisque
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Abandoned midwest-US cargo hubs
Replies: 40
Views: 5884

Re: Abandoned midwest-US cargo hubs

YIP still sees a couple of large-medium sized cargo jets every day when the plants are in operation. USA Jet is still based there and there are a lot of IFL Group (CV-580/600 and 727-200) and Aeronaves TSM (MD-80) cargo operations there. Kallitta (both the 747 operation and the 727 operation) is als...

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by drdisque
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cape Air at DEC afterall
Replies: 16
Views: 2250

Re: Cape Air at DEC afterall

Silly decision. ADM was basically going to build a new terminal for DEC if Skywest was selected. They won't with Cape Air.

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