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by Wingtips56
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 9/17/2017: UA Trims January, AS Cuts
Replies: 42
Views: 8446

Re: OAG Changes 9/17/2017: UA Trims January, AS Cuts

*AS LAX-MFR NOV 0.9>0 DEC 1.0>0 JAN 1.0>0 FEB 1.0>0 MAR 1.0>0 APR 1.0>0 MAY 1.0>0 Checking AAG's online skeds, this route actually disappears on Oct 1; Sep 30 is it's last day of operation. (I apologize if this was reported in an earlier OAG thread.) This one looks to me like a 'permanent' cut. (It...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 558
Views: 61370

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

So, after AA downgauged my DFW-CDG flight and we lost our seat assignments (was to be my first Dreamliner flight), we've been routed and are now sitting at MFR awaiting our American Eagle (OO) flight MFR-PHX. It's totally full. Not bad for new service, post -summer season. So I'm hoping this will le...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PenAir finally pulls plug from Denver
Replies: 10
Views: 2032

Re: PenAir finally pulls plug from Denver

Any chance Great Lakes has gotten their act together? They have applied to take PenAir's EAS for Crescent City CA (CEC), against Boutique. ZK wants to fly the EMB120 CEC-SMF twice daily, while Boutique has applied with the PC12 for CEC-PDX, or CEC-OAK, or a mix of both. ZK on the face of it looks mo...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Irma's Impact on Aviation
Replies: 389
Views: 49105

Re: IRMA EMERGENCY 7700 ?

FlightAware shows SWG 732 diverted to Havana.

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by Wingtips56
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: On which airliner have most people taken their first flight?
Replies: 89
Views: 1599

Re: On which airliner have most people taken their first flight?

I flew cross-country as an infant in 1956, so I have no idea what flights were involved. The first as old enough to notice was United DC-6, SAC-SFO, in June 1966. (SMF opened a year later.) We connected to UA 727 SFO-SEA-YVR. Coming back, we were delayed a week by the big multi-airline strike of Sum...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 558
Views: 61370

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

I have heard rumors MFR is planning a terminal expansion. I know they are currently expanding the long term lot but does anyone know about expanding the terminal? Well, if they are going to continue hosting the bigger CRJs and some mainline jets (A319, 738), a couple more jet bridges and bigger gat...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skywest UA* gets EAS to Moab, Vernal, Quincy, Cape Girardeau
Replies: 18
Views: 2878

Re: Skywest UA* gets EAS to Moab, Vernal, Quincy, Cape Girardeau

SkyWest pulled out of CEC when they retired the Brasilias, saying they couldn't fly the CRJs into CEC....which may or may not be true. There is a plan (pie in the sky) to relocate a runway so there wouldn't be interference from the hills. PDX-CEC is the only EAS route KS serves on the coast, so it's...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gate or Stand?
Replies: 16
Views: 2681

Re: Gate or Stand?

Some of us remember when a "Gate" was exactly that: a gate in fence leading to/from the aircraft out on the ramp. Before Security screening became the norm, visitors could go all the way outdoors with their travelers, saying goodby at the Gate. Travelers then walked out to the awaiting air...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 558
Views: 61370

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

I noticed at MFR last week that taxiway/ramp work appears to be requiring aircraft to taxi on the runway part of the way. Am I seeing that right? I watched a QX flight waiting and waiting to depart the ramp, after OO landed, but as another QX was on long approach. (In my estimation, the departing fl...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TS Harvey and HOU
Replies: 35
Views: 1997

Re: TS Harvey and HOU

AA has already published waivers, so the others should as well. AA's covers the coast as well as inland points, including AUS and SAT.

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by Wingtips56
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Changing airline code
Replies: 23
Views: 2629

Re: Changing airline code

RW was the Hughes Airwest code, so apparently Republic ended up with it. RW was Air West (the product of merging Pacific, West Coast and Bonanza) and later Hughes Airwest. Then the first Republic/RC (itself the product of the North Central/NC and Southern/SO merger) acquired Hughes Airwest, and RW ...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Changing airline code
Replies: 23
Views: 2629

Re: Changing airline code

Yes, AirCal used XK while regulated as an intra-state carrier by the Calif. PUC. I think, though, that XK might have been a generic code, as I saw it used once by a handling company at LGW. I think PSA did something similar, until both went interstate and were governed by the CAB...briefly... around...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Changing airline code
Replies: 23
Views: 2629

Re: Changing airline code

Airline codes do become available after closures or mergers, and do get reassigned after a waiting period. On the U.S. side: 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. Aloh...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 558
Views: 61370

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

I had tried booking my sister-in-law months ago SMF-PDX-CEC (QX->KS), to fly tomorrow, but everything via PDX was either sold out or over $800 one way. So there must certainly be an eclipse travel effect. I tried booking her via SFO to ACV, but those were overpriced as well. So I'm picking her up to...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington State air service discussion
Replies: 217
Views: 14310

Re: Washington State air service discussion

I believe 5 or 6 years ago, Allegiant kicked the tires on PWT. Driving through the area, it certainly feels pretty rural and not really central to most of the population. Were QX to fly in there, I'd imagine PDX would be the logical connection point, but really it probably would have to be somethin...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swearingen Metro Projects
Replies: 21
Views: 2309

Re: Swearingen Metro Projects: Any Info?

Saw these all the time flying into DTW when I was a kid but never got a chance to ride on one. I never thought that the JS31 would outlive the Metro in US service, but alas it has. I flew many times on both Metros and Jetstreams (HPJ and JS31/32). For passenger comfort, the Jetstream was the winner...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TPAC service to mid-sized markets
Replies: 59
Views: 5697

Re: TPAC service to mid-sized markets

The Sacramento area has a growing number of Asian companies already present and more coming, plus a significant joint medical project between Chinese interests and nearby UC Davis in development. Some would generate traffic to Tokyo and some to various points in China, but I think not to any one pla...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington State air service discussion
Replies: 217
Views: 14310

Re: Washington State air service discussion

What I haven't seen mentioned in here is that WN started GEG-SMF service in the last week or two. 1 x Daily. Years ago, ExpressJet flew it during their house-branding experiment. QX quickly matched it, but withdrew very shortly after ExpressJet pulled the plug. It had been several years since with n...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PenAir declares bankruptcy, filies to end EAS at PDX and DEN
Replies: 30
Views: 5235

Re: PenAir declares bankruptcy, filies to end EAS at PDX and DEN

Just heard about the Chapter 11 and the PDX shutdown from a friend notified he is losing his job here at CEC (again: he was working for OO here when they pulled out). My sister-in-law is booked to return home to SMF via PDX on 1 Sept. If it takes a minimum of 30 days to pull out of the EAS, then she...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of AA's MD-80's ... Current and Future Routes
Replies: 46
Views: 7000

Re: Status of AA's MD-80's ... Current and Future Routes

Another mass, one-day retirement like last year?

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by Wingtips56
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What types of airplanes have you flown on?
Replies: 13
Views: 790

Re: What types of airplanes have you flown on?

Likewise on moving to a different forum, but here's my list: Boeing 707, 707 Combi, 717, 720, 727-100/200, 737-100/200/200 Combi/300/400/500//700/800/900, 747-100/200//400, 757-200, 767-200/200ER/300/300ER, 777-200/300ER. (787-9 coming up in September!) Douglas DC-8-40/61/63/71, DC-9-15/30/80*/82*, ...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's old DC-8 fleet questions
Replies: 111
Views: 9246

Re: United's old DC-8 fleet questions

I got to fly on an ex-UA DC-8-71 (converted from -61) operated by Lineas Aereas Paraguayas, ASU-SCL back in the '90s. Relatively clean paint job on the outside, and clean but plain interior. 1850747 0538004 (Pics are the same aircraft, N8072U.) That contrasted with my inbound flight GRU-ASU on the P...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Help with aircraft abbreviations
Replies: 46
Views: 3286

Re: Help with aircraft abbreviations

And then we get into airline codes for aircraft models with certain configurations, such as 737-8CT (WestJet 737-800 with winglets), 737-7H4 (Southwest Airlines 737-700 with winglets), 767-3Q8 (El Al 767-30 without winglets), 777-2B5(ER) (Korean Airlines 777-200 Extended Range), and so on... Airlin...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Help with aircraft abbreviations
Replies: 46
Views: 3286

Re: Help with aircraft abbreviations

To clarify AtomicGardens complete list posting, and going back in time, equipment codes were determined by what OAG would show, limited to 3 characters. So the 727 equates to the 727-100, as the original version. The 72S, or 727-Stretch refers to the 727-200, but now shows more as the 722. Likewise ...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New US Startup Rumor: SweetJet
Replies: 19
Views: 3712

Re: New US Startup Rumor: SweetJet

PlanesNTrains wrote:
I'm guessing that the only successful routes would be GYY-VCV and IND-GYR, but I'm all for trying someone new.

Yeah, but those would be one-time, one-way flights. Hard to see the success there. Likely, but not profitable. (Sarcasm font needed.)

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by Wingtips56
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Foggy 3-holer memories
Replies: 6
Views: 1058

Re: Foggy 3-holer memories

I sort of remember mention of (in concept only) re-engining the 727 as a twin, with the center somehow eliminated, as the OP suggests, but I could be even foggier. It was around the time that the MD-80 was picking up orders, based on the capability of those engines. I did find a cost-analysis docume...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to Hawaii?
Replies: 114
Views: 11520

Re: WN to Hawaii?

Tags, for example: When AQ started SMF, the routings were SMF-xxx-OGG, with xxx being either BUR or SNA. AQ did sell local traffic on the SMF-BUR/SNA tags as well as through to OGG. Some of the other markets were also tagged, particularly with RNO being high altitude that a stop was necessary. (Even...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dozens of American Airlines pilots face demotion, pay cut after losing contract dispute
Replies: 47
Views: 10493

Re: Dozens of American Airlines pilots face demotion, pay cut after losing contract dispute

[ TWA's employees and unions had essentially zero bargaining leverage since everybody involved knew that, absent an acquisition, TWA would almost certainly have ceased to exist in a matter of months, or sooner, anyway. . Sooner. I talked with a guy from TW accounting (when at AA HDQ to interview fo...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G4 Pulling Out of STS
Replies: 17
Views: 3244

Re: G4 Pulling Out of STS

Also, Sun Country load factors STS-MSP are so far at 40% for next month's service inauguration: http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/northbay/sonomacounty/7173018-181/sun-country-airlines-ceo-out That's pretty good for an oddball route. Remember this new weekly flight is essentially to reduce the...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ZDC (Wash, DC) Center evacuated for fumes
Replies: 28
Views: 3821

Re: ZDC (Wash, DC) Center evacuated for fire?

Well that explains why I got through to AA right away on an unrelated issue, but then when being transferred to International, I was on hold for 90 minutes with the endless loop of ads and blather, only to eventually give up and call back: that way I go on a queue and they will call me back when an ...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines considers cancelling New York route
Replies: 46
Views: 11135

Re: China Airlines considers cancelling New York route

Forgive me, but what do LHR/Europe, HKG and SIN have to do with JFK-TPE? If JFK-TPE is overwhelmingly loaded with lower yielding VFR traffic, then I can see where the route could be unprofitable. Full seats at bargain prices doesn't equate to a less full load but with full fare tickets, especially a...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wow watch this 757 use reverse thrust to back up
Replies: 53
Views: 17937

Re: Wow watch this 757 use reverse thrust to back up

Back in 1986 I had to wait five hours at ATL waiting for a flight to New Orleans.There was so much traffic that there was no time to wait for push back vehicles.Planes had to depart say,at 17:01,17:03,17:04 in order to keep their turn for take off sequence.Power back was their only choice to achiev...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 6/25/2017:EK MCO Back to Daily;AA PHX-YEG in Winter;AM Drops MTY-DTW Adds LAX; WN
Replies: 56
Views: 10385

Re: OAG Changes 6/25/2017:EK MCO Back to Daily;AA PHX-YEG in Winter;AM Drops MTY-DTW Adds LAX; WN

*AA PHX-YEG NOV 0>0.9 DEC 0>1.0 JAN 0>1.0 FEB 0>1.0 Seasonal for the winter birds I suppose. Yes. It runs through 3 May, per AA internal site "Jetwire". Enter Edmonton American will return to Edmonton, Canada (YEG) on Nov. 5, with nonstop seasonal service from PHX through May 3, 2018. The...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue west coast (idea)
Replies: 24
Views: 2551

Re: JetBlue west coast (idea)

There is nothing to buy. CP is a non-starter.

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by Wingtips56
Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Ending PHL-LHR on March 23, 2018
Replies: 142
Views: 19671

Re: Delta Ending PHL-LHR on March 23, 2018

So, with reference to Commavia's post noting the "... Eight Consecutive Scheduling Seasons ....", what does happen with DL closing the route in six seasons? Does the slot indeed revert to AA? I was surprised to see just now that AA has two non-stops, plus the BA non-stop. Would AA want it,...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Paris Air Show - Boeing News and Orders
Replies: 411
Views: 87225

Re: 2017 Paris Air Show - Boeing News and Orders

Is the Lion order for MAX10s a new order, or are they conversions from their prior huge order of Max9s?

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by Wingtips56
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA cancels CRJ flights from PHX due to extreme heat
Replies: 29
Views: 8975

Re: AA cancels CRJ flights from PHX due to extreme heat

There was a hot day back in 1990 that caused America West/HP to ground all of their 737-200 flights. Not sure if that included -300s as well. It's a matter of lift on a hot day with little bitty wings. It may be that the CRJ is the most likely to be affected at this temperature of the aircraft types...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are those A321LR routes economically viable?
Replies: 29
Views: 5373

Re: Are those A321LR routes economically viable?

I could AA using the A321LR from MIA to secondary cities in South America. I don't see it working for AA as they carry a lot of belly freight, particularly in the South America market. And passenger baggage loads are always heavy. From what I've read, the cargo capacity takes a hit on available vol...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA decides to not reduce pitch on new 737 coach seats
Replies: 2
Views: 1480

Re: AA decides to not reduce pitch on new 737 coach seats

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Yes, but this is new info. The other blog is 6 pages of complaints on the prior news.
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ikolkyo wrote:

Yes, but this is new info. The other blog is 6 pages of complaints on the prior news.

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by Wingtips56
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA A320 to South America?
Replies: 10
Views: 2283

Re: AA A320 to South America

AA doesn't fly to CUZ. They codeshare on LATAM Perú. MIA-LIM is 1x 763 and 1x 757. DFW-LIM is 1x 757.

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by Wingtips56
Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 558
Views: 61370

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - Part 14

I have a feeling that the EAS for the PDX-CEC route is probably helping keep the other KS markets (PDX-OTH/LMT/RDD/ACV) at least partially afloat. They could all dry up if the EAS route went away. Reliability is the other key component, however, and that still seems to elude KS. Today, with that fro...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: List of routes requested by Norwegian Argentina
Replies: 44
Views: 6286

Re: List of routes requested by Norwegian Argentina

Can they squeeze 34 flights into little AEP?

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by Wingtips56
Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did American ever consider the MD-90?
Replies: 14
Views: 3697

Re: Did American ever consider the MD-90?

MD-11 also on SEA-NRT and SJC-NRT. MD-11 wasn't satisfactorily delivered before the SJC-NRT start date, so that started temporarily with the DC-10-30, operating SJC-OAK-NRT. OAK was a fuel/tech stop only, as the DC-10-30 couldn't take off from SJC with the fuel required. (It was able to operate NRT-...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Plans LAX Push in Comeback Effort
Replies: 126
Views: 34525

Re: UA Plans LAX Push in Comeback Effort

With Kirby's focus being domestic flying, I would expect them to beef up that first at LAX to give UA a more appealing and pertinent schedule offering. Top 10 O&Ds from LAX are: NYC, SFO, CHI, SEA, DC, DFW, HNL, LAS, BOS, MIA/FLL, there is good room for them to grow frequency and even add new m...

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by Wingtips56
Wed May 31, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Use of Rear Exit on Southwest at SJC?
Replies: 15
Views: 2836

Re: Use of Rear Exit on Southwest at SJC?

http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article153479414.html

That one says AS has been using both doors for some time, but I could guess that's just for the Q400. But maybe somebody at SMF can confirm it's mainline AS too??
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Sacramento Bee as well: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article153479414.html

That one says AS has been using both doors for some time, but I could guess that's just for the Q400. But maybe somebody at SMF can confirm it's mainline AS too??

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by Wingtips56
Tue May 30, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to fly VX A320s through 2024, will take all A321neos
Replies: 108
Views: 20797

Re: AS to fly VX A320s through 2024, will take all A321neos

RE Q400 painting - isn't painting a regular part of a maintenance cycle? Something that would be spelled out in a lease? I saw on fb someone from Alaska say the Q400s won't be repainted until the 737s are done, which would leave a several year gap between the new livery rollout and the final 737 be...

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by Wingtips56
Tue May 30, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business model of early US airlines within airlines
Replies: 23
Views: 2750

Re: Business model of early US airlines within airlines

Shuttle by United didn't offer advance seat assignments, but did have assigned seating on check-in at the airport. We (competitor employees) were always mystified as to how Shuttle by United really offered UA any cost advantages. For example, no advance seat assignments but using the seat assignment...

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by Wingtips56
Sun May 28, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 558
Views: 61370

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - Part 14

QX has also been doing a lot of training flights with the E175, showing up in all kinds of places. When is EIS with the QX 175, or is it already on line?

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by Wingtips56
Thu May 25, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United and American Ground Collision AUS
Replies: 8
Views: 4819

Re: United and American Ground Collision AUS

bob606 wrote:
Who wears Wingtips these days?

I do!

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by Wingtips56
Wed May 24, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AM/DL to add 5 new US-MX routes in fall 2017
Replies: 52
Views: 9390

Re: AM/DL to add 5 new US-MX routes in fall 2017

Great competitive move against Alaska. Both Alaska and Delta are such great competitors. As pointed out in the Oregon thread, AM and AS are frequent flyer partners and do interline with each other, so AM over DL flying the PNW routes does make sense. AS/QX will be able to feed the AM flights and v.v.

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