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by JBo
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The rest of Michigan thread - 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 2725

Re: The rest of Michigan thread - 2018

MKG and CMX were geographically closer to to ORD and MKG has historically had a westward link (either to Chicago or Milwaukee). Plus, MKG and CMX were already being served by Mesaba for DL, who initiated the EAS service for those cities in the first place. SkyWest couldn't have submitted a competin...

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by JBo
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will replace the EMB145 / CRJ200 ?
Replies: 99
Views: 11164

Re: What will replace the EMB145 / CRJ200 ?

Thinking long term, I think what we'll see happen is that, as 50-seaters are withdrawn from service and the 70-seaters fill their role with fewer frequencies, you'll end up seeing some other smaller cities losing service entirely because the 70-seaters will end up being too much airplane for the rou...

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by JBo
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CRJ got a shot in the arm. What now for the CRJ1000
Replies: 25
Views: 6495

Re: CRJ got a shot in the arm. What now for the CRJ1000

Lacking willing buyers, production being open is rather pointless. Small jets have reached the end. GF Given that Embraer is still likely selling the Legacy variants of the 145 family for the business jet market, the production line and tooling is still available for the conventional passenger vers...

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by JBo
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline livery you miss the most
Replies: 166
Views: 9199

Re: Airline livery you miss the most

While I'm not a fan of the old bare metal American livery, the American Eagle livery was probably the best livery a regional jet could have. The ERJ-145 ROCKED that paint like it was made for it. I would have loved to see the E175 in that livery. I always liked how the early generation regional liv...

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by JBo
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline livery you miss the most
Replies: 166
Views: 9199

Re: Airline livery you miss the most

I'm not going to go down the rabbit hole of the current AA livery, but I am going to give a shout out to the old American Eagle livery. I actually always kind of liked it more than the mainline livery, because the clean white and boldness of the stripes on the smaller fuselages really made it stand ...

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by JBo
Thu May 31, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback
Replies: 97
Views: 9428

Re: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback

As a YX alum, please don't ruin the name any further by trying to bring it back. The market that made YX successful in its prime just doesn't exist in the same way anymore. Now, if you wanted to start an airline that had all of the above-board customer service, but with standard coach seating arrang...

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by JBo
Tue May 29, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers
Replies: 99
Views: 8332

Re: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers

Frontier and Midwest coming together under Republican leadership worked out well. They sold to an investor group to avoid bankruptcy. How does that work out well. Along with the backtracking, & splitting off parts & not taking all those CS aircraft after to survive. Followed by a huge cut i...

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by JBo
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's up with D-AIRY?
Replies: 25
Views: 4587

Re: What's up with D-AIRY?

So, does this aircraft typically operate the milk run?

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by JBo
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CR2/E145 replacement?
Replies: 41
Views: 5163

Re: CR2/E145 replacement?

The simple reason is that turboprops are far more economical than jets for aircraft with 50 or fewer seats, but despite that fact no one wants to operate turboprops because of the negative perception.

Otherwise we'd see far more Dash-8-300s, Saab 2000s, or modern-day counterparts in service.

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by JBo
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fewer than 400 MD-80/90 on airfleets
Replies: 84
Views: 11409

Re: Fewer than 400 MD-80/90 on airfleets

Isn't the 717 a sort of MD in slightly different cloths?I thought these aircraft were prized possessions but could be wrong. The 717 was originally conceived as the MD-95 before Boeing acquired McDonnell-Douglas. The 717, MD-80 series, and MD-90 are all descendants of the original DC-9, but the 717...

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by JBo
Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Air Wisconsin?
Replies: 4
Views: 928

Re: Future of Air Wisconsin?

If UA canceled their contract with ZW, they could theoretically could start an independent operation, but the question then is what kind of routes and network could they operate that wouldn't be directly competing with the Big 3? What kind of interline or codeshare agreements would they be able to e...

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by JBo
Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mesa Airlines Beech 1900 DFW Ops Question
Replies: 30
Views: 1853

Re: Mesa Airlines Beech 1900 DFW Ops Question

Hey thanks! So did Mesa code-share with anyone on these routes? If I recall correctly the ABQ flights were branded as just Mesa. Is that the same for the DFW ones? I'm not sure about the Mesa routes, but the Air Midwest routes were operated under US Airways Express colors, and some of the routes ou...

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by JBo
Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Possible Alaska+JetBlue combination
Replies: 78
Views: 4735

Re: Possible Alaska+JetBlue combination

"Will Alaska and JetBlue merge?" is to 2018 what "When will NW retire their DC-9s?" was to ten years ago.

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by JBo
Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F
Replies: 169
Views: 25146

Re: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F

dmg626 wrote:
Does UPS carry bulkier cargo than FedEx? Just wondering why this plane is a good fit for UPS but not at FedEx


FedEx has a larger fleet, so I would hazard a guess that it's about frequency vs. capacity.

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by JBo
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heritage Liveries for Delta?
Replies: 22
Views: 1935

Re: Heritage Liveries for Delta

Considering how long it took DL to get the entire fleet into ONE livery, I doubt we'll see any retro throwbacks.

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by JBo
Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Shortened call signs?
Replies: 25
Views: 3927

Re: Shortened call signs?

Skyway Airlines' callsign was officially "Skyway Ex," but many pilots would contract it to "Skyex" (the ICAO code was SYX).

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by JBo
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Prop vs Regional Jet
Replies: 19
Views: 2811

Re: Prop vs Regional Jet

I could see Embraer bringing and updated/revamped EMB-120 to market if the demand exists for it, especially if they still have all the production tooling in place from the ERJ/Legacy jets.

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by JBo
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hot new trend with "tweaked" airline liveries
Replies: 2
Views: 755

Re: Hot new trend with "tweaked" airline liveries

I'm not sure I would go so far as to call this a "trend." It's always been a mixed bag between airlines doing evolutionary changes versus revolutionary changes. Another prime example of the "evolutionary" branding changes is Midwest. They had three distinct liveries, and each liv...

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by JBo
Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many CSeries Firm orders are really firm?
Replies: 18
Views: 2081

Re: How many CSeries Firm orders are really firm?

What clout could Delta or Republic have in negotiating better tariffs? Im sure these large operations wouldnt want to just reverse the process given the costs they've already paid. Republic is not going to take the C series whether the tariffs go through or not. They cannot operate the C series on ...

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by JBo
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest at-risk EAS Markets
Replies: 42
Views: 6086

Re: SkyWest at-risk EAS Markets

Just a thought on some cities switching from CPA flying to at-risk: It could be that the changes are deliberately made by the major carrier. Maybe pax numbers aren't great enough to keep serving the city at a blanket CPA rate, so they "downgrade" the route to a regional willing to operate ...

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by JBo
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest at-risk EAS Markets
Replies: 42
Views: 6086

Re: SkyWest at-risk EAS Markets

What routes does Skywest do at-risk flying? Are these all the flights with a 7xxx number regardless if its UA, DL, or AA? How much does the marketing agreement with DL, AA, and UA do for these communities vs. the likes of Boutique, ADI, or CapeAir? From a passenger standpoint, there is absolutely z...

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by JBo
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft
Replies: 96
Views: 12564

Re: Embraer considers building new turboprop aircraft

Some times I wonder if an improved Beechcraft 1900D was around, would it sell? I keep wondering that, especially with all the improvements they made to the King Air since they pulled the plug on the 1900. Especially if they could just make them on the same line would seem like a no brainer. If I we...

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by JBo
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The next phase of airline liveries
Replies: 58
Views: 9383

Re: The next phase of airline liveries

Wouldn't Eurowhite paint cost the same as any other color, except the metallics for instance? Any colored paint is heavier because of the pigments used to create the color; white paint has no pigments in it. Metallic paints are heavier yet because of the multiple coats used to achieve effect. Could...

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by JBo
Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The next phase of airline liveries
Replies: 58
Views: 9383

Re: The next phase of airline liveries

Cheatlines were a popular design motif from an era where airline liveries, and the methods used to mask off and paint the aircraft, were designed and made entirely by hand, without the aid of a computer. The advent of computer-aided design over the last 20 years allows airlines to create more elabor...

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by JBo
Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Star Alliance livery, yuck!
Replies: 14
Views: 1120

Re: Star Alliance livery, yuck!

Skyteam is my favorite of the three, but that isn't saying a whole lot because neither of the three are particularly great, which is disappointing because they could be so much better. However, I also understand that there's an extent to where the individual airlines want to maintain their brand, to...

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by JBo
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many regionals fly against themselves?
Replies: 8
Views: 1683

Re: How many regionals fly against themselves?

I think he means Republic by RC (which I believe was the code for the 1980s Republic, the current Republic was RW, now YX, though some use the RP code from Chautauqua to refer to Republic to avoid confusion with Midwest). It's definitely not uncommon for a particular regional carrier to "compet...

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by JBo
Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Changing airline code
Replies: 23
Views: 2936

Re: Changing airline code

Alegheny was AL, which was retained when they changed names to USAir. When the U.S. Air Force (?) dropped reserving the US code for their MAC flights, USAir picked it up. And when Midwest formed its Astral Aviation subsidiary to operate Skyway, they used the AL code. Likewise, Republic switched its...

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by JBo
Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Regional CPAs
Replies: 24
Views: 3410

Re: United Regional CPAs

Another key difference between CPA and prorate/at-risk arrangements is that the mainline carrier usually has full control over routes and scheduling under a CPA agreement, where the regional carrier has more autonomy under a prorate/at-risk agreement (even if it's flying under a mainline regional br...

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by JBo
Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Regional CPAs
Replies: 24
Views: 3410

Re: United Regional CPAs

Current United Express partners:

SkyWest / ExpressJet
Republic
Trans States / GoJet
Mesa
CommutAir
Cape Air (ATR 42s in Guam)

And soon to be Air Wisconsin

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by JBo
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express 2017
Replies: 109
Views: 15096

Re: Midwest Express 2017

It is my personal opinion that what killed Midwest was the acquisition of the larger aircraft and then competing in the mass market. Yes indeed; the general public was not willing to pay the premium... and if you discounted the tickets to be competitive against the Majors you operated at a loss... ...

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by JBo
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swearingen Metro Projects
Replies: 21
Views: 2627

Re: Swearingen Metro Projects

Both the JS31 and the Beech 1900D were inherently superior to the Metro simply because they had stand-up cabins, which pushed the Metro out of market. The Metro V looked nice, but being a clean sheet design it had a disadvantage over the already in-service JS31, and the 1900D which was an improvemen...

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by JBo
Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longest fuselage (proportional) length difference?
Replies: 81
Views: 11353

Re: Longest fuselage (proportional) length difference?

I think the biggest reason why aircraft with tail-mounted engines are better suited to longer stretches is because the wings are mounted further aft, which means there isn't as much distance between the main landing gear and the tail, reducing the possibility for a tail strike on rotation. On aircra...

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by JBo
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express 2017
Replies: 109
Views: 15096

Re: Midwest Express 2017

Times have changed. To me the biggest mistake YX made was when they split the fleet into Signature seating for the 717's and Saver seating for the MD-80's. It reminded me of the Continental/Continental Lite fiasco blurring the brand. In hindsight, making both models dual class with maybe a 40/60 Si...

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by JBo
Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express 2017
Replies: 109
Views: 15096

Re: Midwest Express 2017

lololololololololoollllllllollolololoolololololoooooooooollllllooooooooolllllololololololllllllllll

Not gonna happen.

Midwest is dead, and to resurrect it using CRJs is an insult to its legacy.

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by JBo
Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skywest EAS gets Pueblo, applies for Quincy, Cape Girardeau
Replies: 36
Views: 5883

Re: Skywest EAS gets Pueblo, applies for Quincy, Cape Girardeau

Quincy didn't want the RJs because they would have had to add a bunch of stuff to support them (fire services and I think a new waiting area) which would have been expensive. It's definitely worth noting that federally mandated ARFF protection requirements are different for 50-seat jets than they a...

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by JBo
Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unserved markets in the US.
Replies: 118
Views: 12566

Re: Unserved markets in the US.

MCD? Seriously? A 3000 ft runway, virtually no permanent population, and one hotel? There are actually several hotels and resorts on Mackinac Island; The Grand Hotel is just the most well-known. That said, Mackinac Island is within such close proximity to PLN and CIU that commercial service beyond ...

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by JBo
Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA's old livery
Replies: 19
Views: 2733

Re: AA's old livery

The old, bare-metal AA livery was undeniably iconic, but unfortunately was also starting to look increasingly dated. Not only that, but the increasing amount of composite materials being used in modern airliners meant increasing amounts of gray patchwork paint that all but ruined the streamlined loo...

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by JBo
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future commuter aircraft
Replies: 41
Views: 7619

Re: Future commuter aircraft

Out of any of the OG turboprops, the most likely to be produced again would be the EMB-120 if for no other reason than because of its parts commonality with the ERJ-145 and the fact that most of the production tooling still exists. In fact, even though Embraer suspended official production years ago...

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by JBo
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA Astrojet with logo off center
Replies: 18
Views: 8187

Re: New AA Astrojet with logo off center

Am I the first person to notice that the logo is also backwards on the new one?

Look at it compared to the previous one: the eagle is actually facing backwards, and the AA is shifted towards the opposite side:

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by JBo
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-9, MD-80 and MD-90 eyebrow window question
Replies: 10
Views: 3928

Re: DC-9, MD-80 and MD-90 eyebrow window question

Yeah, the 'eyebrow' windows on the DC-9 (and DC-8) family of aircraft are integrated with the rest of the cockpit window assembly, where the eyebrow windows on the 707/727/737 family are completely separate panes. It's significantly easier to simply remove the glass and insert an aluminum plug on th...

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by JBo
Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Essential Air Service Program
Replies: 52
Views: 7268

Re: Essential Air Service Program

A. You beat me to the punch. MKG definitely does not need an EAS subsidy...or commercial service, for that matter. GRR isn't *that* far away. SY and Riverside Resort appear to be making a killing off their monthly charter to IFP, but United needs to either suck it up or go away. (It's so odd having...

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by JBo
Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Essential Air Service Program
Replies: 52
Views: 7268

Re: Essential Air Service Program

There are definitely a lot of cities currently receiving EAS subsidies that definitely <i>don't</i> need to be in the program due to their proximity to other airports with commercial service. My hometown airport, MKG, is one such example, having fallen into the EAS system in 2009 when Mesaba, the so...

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by JBo
Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Qantas LGBT Livery
Replies: 67
Views: 14651

Re: New Qantas LGBT Livery

edmaircraft wrote:
What about the introverted livery?


It never leaves the hangar.

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by JBo
Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wetlease costs of regional aircrafts
Replies: 14
Views: 2919

Re: Wetlease costs of regional aircrafts

There's absolutely nothing cheap about starting an airline. Regardless of how many aircraft you have, you also have the fixed costs of obtaining and maintaining an operating certificate with the German/European aviation authorities, dispatchers, reservations/ticketing capabilities, and even with wet...

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by JBo
Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could a small airline fly throughout the Midwest?
Replies: 19
Views: 4265

Re: Could a small airline fly throughout the Midwest?

Really, for the longest time you had NW providing regional service to a lot of these cities, connecting into either MSP or DTW. That started falling by the wayside after the DL merger when the started phasing out the Saabs as the CRJs just aren't as viable for such small markets. You also had a lot ...

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by JBo
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skywest retire all ExpressJet CRJs; contract more CR7s to AA; Settle CRJ residual value dispute w/BBD
Replies: 22
Views: 5810

Re: Skywest retire all ExpressJet CRJs; contract more CR7s to AA; Settle CRJ residual value dispute w/BBD

Those went away as part of the Republic bankruptcy, and is the reason why Endeavor has increased its CRJ-200 fleet this year, replacing those E-145's, mostly in NYC. I believe the final 145 in Delta service was the end of October. Thanks for the info! I've been out of the loop for a bit. I wasn't s...

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by JBo
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:08 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Airliners.net Site Outage
Replies: 35
Views: 5287

Re: Airliners.net Site Outage

You know, one of the reasons why I don't visit here as often as I used to is because there are SO many people on here who are never happy about anything this website does. You folks must lead some incredibly unhappy lives if you have nothing better to do than to find any and every reason to criticiz...

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by JBo
Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skywest retire all ExpressJet CRJs; contract more CR7s to AA; Settle CRJ residual value dispute w/BBD
Replies: 22
Views: 5810

Re: Skywest retire all ExpressJet CRJs; contract more CR7s to AA; Settle CRJ residual value dispute w/BBD

ScottB wrote:
As odious as the CR1/CR2 are for flights much longer than an hour, a fleet of 98 50-seaters seems too small for the overall DL network given the number of smaller markets which are served.


What about the E145? Aren't there still some of those flying for DL?

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by JBo
Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where will Deltas MD-88s go post retirement?
Replies: 31
Views: 7018

Re: Where will Deltas MD-88s go post retirement?

I guess the main reason I ask is when you look at companies like USAJet and Kalitta with their fleet of DC-9s and 727s, from a life span standpoint, what's to keep other bigger airlines from doing the same? I know they are far less efficient and way more noisy, but I see those old freight dogs come...

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by JBo
Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Merger: The best or could've been better
Replies: 13
Views: 2440

Re: Merger: The best or could've been better

One more thing: it's not just the legacies, but it is interesting to think what would have happened had F9 accepted WN's buyout offer, and if FL and YX had stayed independent. Sad as it is to say, YX probably would have ended up folding up or getting acquired by someone else, one way or another. Th...

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