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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growing
Replies: 1511
Views: 234076

Re: Amazon Fleet Growing

Amazon is going to have to buy into a Certificate sooner rather than later. They have to realize that with ABX, ATSG, ATLAS and every other CMI deal will NOT prioritize their goals, and are only a temporary measure. IF they really want to control their destiny they must acquire a certificate, and b...

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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest at-risk EAS Markets
Replies: 12
Views: 1647

Re: SkyWest at-risk EAS Markets

That list is interesting, on the Delta side. There are a number of destinations that were previously (within 6-10 months) flown by DCI carriers who didn't do any pro-rate flying. Places like ERI, SCE/UNV, BGM, MQT, LSE and SWF. I wonder if they're simply using those flight numbers in an effort to co...

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by DiamondFlyer
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rollback proposed for the rule requiring pilot experience
Replies: 55
Views: 3405

Re: Rollback proposed for the rule requiring pilot experience

I believe Jet Blue is doing some sort of in house abinitio pilot training at this time. May have just graduated their 1st class?? They will still have to fulfill their ATP requirements, so they'll have to instruct for a bit. If the results are good, they might be able to get relief on that, but I w...

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by DiamondFlyer
Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Schedule questions for commercial pilots
Replies: 14
Views: 993

Re: Schedule questions for commercial pilots

Some airlines in the US have continuous duty overnight options as well, where you start your duty day late in the evening, fly one leg out, get a few hours in the hotel and operate the first flight back to the hub in the morning. Great if you can handle the schedule and even better if you live in ba...

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by DiamondFlyer
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rollback proposed for the rule requiring pilot experience
Replies: 55
Views: 3405

Re: Rollback proposed for the rule requiring pilot experience

I think the entire flight hours situation resulting from Colgan Air 3407 was a knee jerk response. Both pilots in the cockpit that night each had significantly more than 1500 flight hours. In my opinion Colgan Air 3407 had a lot to do with the extreme fatigue, poor working conditions, and toxic cul...

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by DiamondFlyer
Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rollback proposed for the rule requiring pilot experience
Replies: 55
Views: 3405

Re: Rollback proposed for the rule requiring pilot experience

The increase in hours was way to high a jump, has affected all US operations to some extent & still did not do anything for the improper training of the crew. It was a feel good reaction to look like the government was doing something. Agreed. But what should be the in between? The cost to go f...

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by DiamondFlyer
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rollback proposed for the rule requiring pilot experience
Replies: 55
Views: 3405

Re: Rollback proposed for the rule requiring pilot experience

As someone who is in college, and into aviation I thought about becoming a pilot as a career path. The thing that turned me away was all the money I would have to spend to go make an abysmal salary and harsh working conditions for the first few years. More training is never an issue, you are puttin...

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by DiamondFlyer
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens to crews during a hurricane?
Replies: 18
Views: 1803

Re: What happens to crews during a hurricane?

Not sure why they would be unhappy no doubt they are being compensated for lost flight time. We're not compensated for lost time, at least at my airline. The contract stipulates that if there's a disruption for operational reasons, we suck it up, including having to work on guaranteed off days to g...

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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skywest orders 25 E175
Replies: 37
Views: 4736

Re: Skywest orders 25 E175

LockheedBBD wrote:
The E175-E2 seems like it will be a great aircraft! The passenger comfort of the E170, combined with more efficient engines. Congrats to Embraer and Skywest!


This order isn't for E2s. E2s will never be flown for AA/UA/DL without being flown by mainline.

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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skywest orders 25 E175
Replies: 37
Views: 4736

Re: Skywest orders 25 E175

Sancho99504 wrote:
DiamondFlyer wrote:
No real surprise here. Kill off your unionized carrier and replace it with flying at the non-union shop.

What non-union shop is replacing a union shop?
OO is union, QX is union....


OO is certainly not union. ASA, which is what the 175s at Delta is replacing, was union.

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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skywest orders 25 E175
Replies: 37
Views: 4736

Re: Skywest orders 25 E175

No real surprise here. Kill off your unionized carrier and replace it with flying at the non-union shop.

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by DiamondFlyer
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Horizon defers six E175 deliveries, prompting union lawsuit
Replies: 34
Views: 5913

Re: Horizon defers six E175 deliveries, prompting union lawsuit

I really do wonder what Horizon is going to look like in 5 years. I find it strange that Delta and American are trying to bring their regionals back in house while Alaska wants to push that flying out. Skywest is just really good. Much better than the other regionals flying for some of the other gu...

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by DiamondFlyer
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 9/3/2017: AA Closes CFG, Drops LAX-MCI; Y4 Adds LAX-PVR
Replies: 51
Views: 8413

Re: OAG Changes 9/3/2017: AA Closes CFG, Drops LAX-MCI; Y4 Adds LAX-PVR

Not just GEG, these are regional cuts across the board. Some of these are really surprising and it's also very clear that AS has decided to entrench in SEA and, while cutting capacity there, make the deepest cuts out of other hubs where possible. Including markets being completely dropped. AS made ...

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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL: Promotion to Captain in 6 months from date of hire If you'll fly MD88
Replies: 59
Views: 12992

Re: DL: Promotion to Captain in 6 month from date of hire If you'll fly MD88

There is a reason FO's bypass the upgrade... work 18 days a month as a MD80 captain flying multiple legs a day, (out of JFK/ATL)... or widebody FO chilling in the crew bunk flying 1 leg a day for 12-15 days and take home the same money!!! I don't think there are many widebody FO openings at that lo...

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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL: Promotion to Captain in 6 months from date of hire If you'll fly MD88
Replies: 59
Views: 12992

Re: DL: Promotion to CPT in 6 Mos. From DOH If You'll Fly MD88

I wonder what the type ride failure rate is on these new captains? Hiring at Delta seems to be about identity politics more so than other legacies. They'll forgive some "issues" if they can find a Air Force chap or a FAR 141 school grad with a 3.0 GPA. Must be a hoot to be based at LGA an...

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by DiamondFlyer
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel amount after a flight
Replies: 26
Views: 1621

Re: Fuel amount after a flight

CRJ-200, VFR day, I have no problem landing as low as 2300lbs. Any lower and it starts to be a little bit of an eye opener, but you could have a reserve fuel as low as 1700 lbs or so. Granted, I work at an airline that is more generous with fuel planning than other CRJ operators

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by DiamondFlyer
Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye VX and Hello AS out of LGA!
Replies: 8
Views: 2240

Re: Goodbye VX and Hello AS out of LGA!

Varsity1 wrote:
Hilarious considering that Skywest crew has probably flown UA/AA/DL painted planes into LGA many times over.


Actually no. OO does very little LGA flying. Occasionally UA 175 flying and no DL/AA as of yet.

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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: American Pilots at European Airlines
Replies: 22
Views: 2173

Re: American Pilots at European Airlines

I'm not xenophobic, but seriously no British or French national airline is going to hire an American, but how often do you hear foreign accents on the radio for American, United, and Delta. DAILY BASIS! Never heard a non-american accent from an American aircraft. We let nearly ANYONE come work here...

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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of 50 seat RJs
Replies: 101
Views: 6862

Re: The future of 50 seat RJs

There will always be a market for 50 seaters. What the market needs IMO is a new generation of 50 seaters. Lighter (more CFRP integration), upgraded engines, LED cockpits and n upgraded avionics, leading edge slats, maybe pivot bins if they can be worked in there, etc... Bingo. You and Super80Fan r...

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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of 50 seat RJs
Replies: 101
Views: 6862

Re: The future of 50 seat RJs

Changing Scope clause happens about every contract time... Funny how the media paints the 200's as dead.. Yet SkyWest is adding 20 200's as we speak. One trip to KCKB will show you.. And there the most profitable. Paid off, cheap to fly right now.. And Air Wisconsin just found home for 50+ 200's......

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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Compass to open PHX crew base
Replies: 20
Views: 3060

Re: Compass to open PHX crew base

Pardon the doom and gloom post, but don't expect CPZ to continue operating for Delta long term. While it was originally a created/owned by Northwest from the old Independence Air certificate - with a single CRJ I might add, it was sold to Trans States. The reliability on that end is currently not s...

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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of 50 seat RJs
Replies: 101
Views: 6862

Re: The future of 50 seat RJs

Currently, the MRJ90 slightly misses scope requirements due to weight, but the MRJ70 meets the standard. The MRJ70 can seat 76 in a one-class economy configuration or 69 when configured in two classes (9J + 60Y). It the number of J seats are pared to six, the configuration might work out as 6J + 8Y...

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by DiamondFlyer
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of 50 seat RJs
Replies: 101
Views: 6862

Re: The future of 50 seat RJs

I think eventually someone will build a 50-80 seat RJ using more advanced engines and materials, but who that'll be and when it'll happen is anyone's guess. The MRJ is a bit too large, and IIRC, I don't think it meets scope requirements because of weight. The market will still be there to necessita...

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by DiamondFlyer
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Compass to open PHX crew base
Replies: 20
Views: 3060

Re: Compass to open PHX crew base

If CPZ is going to open a new base primarily for DL ops, why not make it SLC? Is this Compass' way of positioning themselves for more AA flying? This may have ramifications for Mesa, SkyWest and Envoy in PHX and LAX. Pardon the doom and gloom post, but don't expect CPZ to continue operating for Del...

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by DiamondFlyer
Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Solar Eclipse August 21 - will you be going to view it?
Replies: 60
Views: 2112

Re: Solar Eclipse August 21 - will you be going to view it?

I was on the ramp in ATL, wasn't too bad of a show. A few clouds now and then, but it was easy viewing. Very surprised at how quickly it cooled off temperature wise.

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by DiamondFlyer
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Compass to open PHX crew base
Replies: 20
Views: 3060

Re: Compass to open PHX crew base

If CPZ is going to open a new base primarily for DL ops, why not make it SLC? Is this Compass' way of positioning themselves for more AA flying? This may have ramifications for Mesa, SkyWest and Envoy in PHX and LAX. Pardon the doom and gloom post, but don't expect CPZ to continue operating for Del...

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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes
Replies: 92
Views: 11938

Re: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes

I get that sentiment, and agree with it to an extent, but I think the tide is turning in terms of how AA, Delta and United are approaching their regional capacity. It seems like the emphasis is slowly but surely shifting from "low cost" to "high value" - and those aren't the sam...

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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes
Replies: 92
Views: 11938

Re: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes

Tough news for those at EV. It's all about low cost. Keep playing regionals against each other and keep outsourcing to the lowest bidder. Right now 9E is the cheaper ticket, but you can bet down the road it will sold off to the lowest bidder and removed as a subsidiary. Never ending cycle. See that...

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by DiamondFlyer
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swearingen Metro Projects
Replies: 21
Views: 2305

Re: Swearingen Metro Projects: Any Info?

drdisque wrote:
Yeah, I mean scheduled pax service. There are also some Metros being used for cargo expediting (since its design was based on a "corporate" plane design, it has the range to do Mexico-Midwest no-sweat, even if takes 5 hours).


Lots of UPS feed moves on SA227's these days too.

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by DiamondFlyer
Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes
Replies: 92
Views: 11938

Re: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes

Go easy on him, and hear me out. I think this is to resolve Expressjets staffing issues on the UA side. The total draw down of the Delta flying means 2 things: 1) those crews will do United flying now, resolving the staff shortage or 2) if they don't want to do that, they can go mainline Delta or a...

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by DiamondFlyer
Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Eagle's plan for the future.
Replies: 73
Views: 9673

Re: American Eagle's plan for the future.

Amazing, less than a week ago I said the L-ASA would basically be gone, and here it comes. Sure, they're bailed out with 20 CR7's total for AA (up from 12) but my guess is that's short term, prior to being moved to OO.

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by DiamondFlyer
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How Are Crews Selected For a New Fleet Type?
Replies: 10
Views: 1581

Re: How Are Crews Selected For a New Fleet Type?

They bid and awarded per seniority. Something like C-series at DL however, will go pretty junior due to its pay and choice of bases. I am sure there are a lot of FO's on the right seat for years and years, that are jumping at the chance to upgrade to the command left seat. Not at Delta. FO's that h...

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by DiamondFlyer
Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ExpressJet and Delta Airline Are Parting Ways
Replies: 3
Views: 1236

Re: ExpressJet and Delta Airline Are Parting Ways

This was already posted days ago, late to the party here.

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by DiamondFlyer
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta C Series
Replies: 89
Views: 17280

Re: Delta C Series

The CS100 will be used, in some manner, to replace long thin CRJ/ERJ175 flying out of either LAX, SEA or NYC, allowing those planes to be moved onto shorter routes, allowing for the parking of CRJ200s (which is already happening).

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by DiamondFlyer
Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: White supremacists march at UVA
Replies: 576
Views: 13881

Re: White supremacists march at UVA

2. Right wing social media is wondering how this could happen. Really? Are they seriously asking this? After more than a decade of whites being told that whites are oppressed and whites have no voice and whites are always the victims, the right is wondering why the whites are violent? Look, I think...

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by DiamondFlyer
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US A320 Family Safety Card Country of Final Assembly
Replies: 18
Views: 4056

Re: US A320 Family Safety Card Country of Final Assembly

jonair8 wrote:
How is it that B6 can just keep one edition of the A321 safety card that says built in the USA or Germany on it and have it work for both planes? DL has to have the German and the American built A321 safety card editions separate


Different FSDO means different rules, in general.

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by DiamondFlyer
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 8/13/2017:DL Closes YQB; UA Adds CKB-IAD/ORD; HU Adds JFK-CTU; AM Adds SLC-GDL
Replies: 62
Views: 10666

Re: OAG Changes 8/13/2017:DL Closes YQB; UA Adds CKB-IAD/ORD; HU Adds JFK-CTU; AM Adds SLC-GDL

24Whiskey wrote:
Was YQB served by CR2 mostly? I've been into there in the 9 a handful of times but I wonder if it's a casualty of the NYC upgauge.


Probably not as much a product of the NYC up-gauge, as much as the loss of CR2 flying in ATL by the L-ASA cuts, needing movement of the 9E 200's to ATL

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by DiamondFlyer
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Plane too heavy! DL 4106
Replies: 21
Views: 6010

Re: Plane too heavy! DL 4106

It may also have been tankering some fuel for whatever reason. Often planes will tanker some to speed up turns at the destination. CRJ200s, unless empty, can't tanker fuel, there just isn't enough landing weight capability to do it. In this case, it was probably a combination of extra last minute p...

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by DiamondFlyer
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes
Replies: 92
Views: 11938

Re: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes

Just a thought...could some of the 700s be transferred to OO for additional AS flying used to cover the 70 seat gap in the QX scheduling situation? Not sur how much slack there is in 70 seaters at OO for the additional lift, but seems like this could be a solution to keep them flying? Also, could D...

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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes
Replies: 92
Views: 11938

Re: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes

I'm happy, 9E is a much better operation than EV and the employees are better as well. This isn't what the industry is about. When people lose jobs we don't cheer even if the jobs are going to new places. We're all pilots, mechanics, ground staff, managers, etc. regardless of our airline. We don't ...

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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes
Replies: 92
Views: 11938

Re: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes

It says that DL is leading the US carriers in reducing regional jet flying and what they keep will be on the largest RJs available with a clear impact on costs. This doesn't say anything about ExpressJets CRJ flying for DL; have they already announced it is winding down. This also highlights that U...

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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes
Replies: 92
Views: 11938

Re: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes

28 CR9's and 3 CR7's to be moved to 9E, is what I'm hearing (with them parking roughly 16 CR2's to allow for the growth).

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by DiamondFlyer
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express 2017
Replies: 109
Views: 13248

Re: Midwest Express 2017

Are there any used CR7/9's on the market at a good price ? perhaps a 70-90 seat regional with a first class cabin would be better? I know many disagree but I actually find the CR7's to be a comfortable ride. I was on a new one back in college and it was one of the nicest cabins I've been in. Very c...

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by DiamondFlyer
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: DL to add BDL-BNA
Replies: 28
Views: 3214

Re: Rumor: DL to add BDL-BNA

MIflyer12 wrote:
Midwestindy wrote:
2016
Q1- 61 PDEW
Q2- 82 PDEW
Q3- 75 PDEW
Q4- 81 PDEW


Thanks for the data.

Maybe DL is chasing some corporate contract?

At 852sm, it's beyond Delta's self-imposed distance limit for single-class aircraft.


OO does CR7/9 MX in BNA, so it would certainly be on one of those aircraft.

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by DiamondFlyer
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CommutAir to add 21 add'l E145s for United; accelerate Dash-8 retirement
Replies: 31
Views: 4278

Re: CommutAir to add 21 add'l E145s for United; accelerate Dash-8 retirement

Per United pilot scope clause, they can't add anymore "large" regional jets. They'll have to rethink that in a couple years - 50 seat RJs will be no longer available, so it'll be either props again (by then maybe only ATR will be in production), or adapt the scope clause to allow the MRJ7...

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by DiamondFlyer
Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Eagle's plan for the future.
Replies: 73
Views: 9673

Re: American Eagle's plan for the future.

I don't work for any AAG related carrier, I just can't stand people salivating over other professionals not having a job to support themselves and their families with. Its all too rampant with 2 pilot groups at the regional level. The AAG owned regionals and OO, they salivate over putting other pro...

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by DiamondFlyer
Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Eagle's plan for the future.
Replies: 73
Views: 9673

Re: American Eagle's plan for the future.

It's been said that DL wants Compass for themselves, and I've heard that from pilots and management. Only time will tell, but those 20 are coming to us eventually. lol, you guys and your Koolaide. Compass' contract is not up yet and supposedly has extensions available. Secondly, if they are not ext...

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by DiamondFlyer
Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO.
Replies: 264
Views: 56906

Re: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO.

"And bottom line is if the pilots had not turned off the autopilot this would not have happened." On what basis is that statement made? The approach is visual, not auto land and, has been posted here, making all approaches autoland would send delays in/out of SFO soaring. GF Just because ...

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by DiamondFlyer
Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What's up with the SUV's?
Replies: 105
Views: 2457

Re: What's up with the SUV's?

Now that Im rethinking it you may be correct. We should outlaw >2000sq ft homes, boats, ATVs, doing your own yardwork and picking up a new fridge from Home Depot to satisfy a foreigner so he wouldn't call us selfish on an internet forum. Fact is that the carbon footprint of an average American is w...

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by DiamondFlyer
Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Eagle's plan for the future.
Replies: 73
Views: 9673

Re: American Eagle's plan for the future.

Envoy: 33 CRJ-700. Currently being shifted to PSA as staffing allows. 39 ERJ-175. Originally 40 orders with 90 options. 4 options converted for a total of 44 aircraft due. AA has hit the ceiling of it's large RJ scope clause, placing the future of these options in doubt. *Insight here would be huge...

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