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by Wingtips56
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots: AA leaving behind standby passengers to improve on-time departure
Replies: 48
Views: 8994

Re: Pilots: AA leaving behind standby passengers to improve on-time departure

As far as the standby list that the pilots referred to goes, there may indeed be a lot of people (non-revs) on the list that don't show up at the gate. At AA, we used to have to check-in at the airport, and standby check-in was restricted to 4 hours before departure. Now we can do it at home on the ...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not more LCCs to Hawaii?
Replies: 30
Views: 2121

Re: Why not more LCCs to Hawaii?

G4 had HNL flights from a number of places, but they had terrible reliability issues: 24-36+ hour delays, reported heavily in local news. With carriers like G4, you have to wait out the delays and cancellations, as they don't interline and can't reroute passengers on other carriers. I don't know any...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 236
Views: 18782

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

Reducing pitch in first class...guess they don't care about the transcon market! I had high hopes that AAG would take a queue from VX on the First Class product, alas that is not so. I am a loyal AS flier & pay for F most of the time, I am willing to pay more to get a better product. As an inve...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines access to West Texas and South Texas markets
Replies: 42
Views: 4122

Re: Delta Air Lines access to West Texas and South Texas markets

The DFW ship has long sailed. Right. They used to have their big "Easy Street" hub at DFW, with ASA doing the regional short-hauling. Apparently that wasn't strong enough to keep the hub viable. (We at AA in SMF were always surprised that when we scrubbed a SMF-DFW flight, DL always had p...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 236
Views: 18782

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

Reducing pitch in first class...guess they don't care about the transcon market! There is certainly nothing terrible about the AS experience, but they won't be retaining a lot of the committed VX business travelers I know. Maybe they are fine with that, but it's going to be a long road for them in ...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NCAA Tournament Charters - 2017
Replies: 57
Views: 4268

Re: NCAA Tournament Charters - 2017

S Boise St-h ttp://flightaware.com/live/flight/KAI188/history/20170319/1700Z/KLAX/KBOI anyone ever heard of this airline? Kaiser Air out of OAK. I hadn't heard of them either, but noticed they have an inbound OAK-SMF to take Oregon (men) home. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/KAI190/history/20170...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could SMF become JetBlue new west coast gateway?
Replies: 21
Views: 3398

Re: Could SMF become JetBlue new west coast gateway?

I agree that B6 (or somebody else) could have an opportunity while WN is busy with AS/VX, and may also be tight on expansion while the 733 is retired and the Max's come on to fill the gap. However (per a couple of other threads running in a.net currently) the E190 is not making B6 very happy at pres...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NCAA Tournament Charters - 2017
Replies: 57
Views: 4268

Re: NCAA Tournament Charters - 2017

Friday losers: SMU: Bus New Mexico State: SY 738 TUL-LRU http://flightaware.com/live/flight/SCX8 ... /KTUL/KLRU California-Davis: Maybe they did share with New Mexico State? I still can't find the flight. I'm sure this is it for UC Davis. Xtra: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/CXP752/history/2017...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could SMF become JetBlue new west coast gateway?
Replies: 21
Views: 3398

Re: Could SMF become JetBlue new west coast gateway?

Yes, the costs at SMF are high, but have come down a bit from the peak of more than $18 per head to the current $15.45. But there is/was an agreement pending that would reduce it to under $14. (source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/transportation/article119307238.html) Still high, yes, but better...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NCAA Tournament Charters - 2017
Replies: 57
Views: 4268

Re: NCAA Tournament Charters - 2017

Too bad UC Davis didn't have their game in Sac. It's a 20 minute drive from campus, and on the local Yolo Bus route. I do find the March Madness bids interesting, with teams crisscrossing the country for "regional" games. Like Sac hosting the Midwest and South Regions games, with Oregon an...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NCAA Tournament Charters - 2017
Replies: 57
Views: 4268

Re: NCAA Tournament Charters - 2017

Friday losers: New Mexico State: SY 738 TUL-LRU http://flightaware.com/live/flight/SCX8667/history/20170317/2345Z/KTUL/KLRU California-Davis: According to FlightAware, SY 8667 is operating TUL-LRU-SMF. Tell me they wouldn't have made NM State and UC Davis share the same sad plane home, would they? ...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA901 Diversion?
Replies: 2
Views: 1139

Re: UA901 Diversion?

United.com shows a change of aircraft at ORD, so it must be technical, but not dire enough to divert to the nearest airport.

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by Wingtips56
Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue launches fleet review with E190 cost concerns
Replies: 54
Views: 9605

Re: JetBlue launches fleet review with E190 cost concerns

Dropping the 190 would leave a lot of holes in the B6 map, unless replaced with something of similar capacity. And yet, reading what he said: HAVING the E190 prompts them to remain in markets that they don't necessarily need/desire to be, but for to have a place to fly those aircraft. Ah. And that ...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Alaska vs United's response on rows with missing window
Replies: 18
Views: 2309

Re: Alaska vs United's response on rows with missing window

Check SeatGuru.com That's a great source for viewing general seat maps for most major carriers. Among other things, it identifies the crappy seats that don't recline, get bumped all night by service carts or have a missing/mis-aligned windows. Don't count on it absolutely 100%, especially when airli...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue launches fleet review with E190 cost concerns
Replies: 54
Views: 9605

Re: JetBlue launches fleet review with E190 cost concerns

And yet B6 is swapping the 190s for the Airbuses on the Cuba flights because the market isn't there for the larger aircraft. Dropping the 190 would leave a lot of holes in the B6 map, unless replaced with something of similar capacity. Is the CS100 that much lower in operating cost to justify the hi...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination
Replies: 160
Views: 11157

Re: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination

. you're 40 minutes from ACV and not much further to MFR[/quote] No, it's 1:40 to ACV, when the highway has two functioning lanes and no elk herds standing in the road. (There are now 3 points down to one lane with up to 20 minute holds at each one. The newest is closing at night 20:00-07:00 with o...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NCAA Tournament Charters - 2017
Replies: 57
Views: 4268

Re: NCAA Tournament Charters - 2017

It appears Oregon was on SCX8657 EUG-SMF today. And in looking at FlightAware, it looks like there was a Miami Air BSK roundtrip DAY-SMF-DAY today. I don't know what that was for...if it was for UC Davis fans and the Cal Aggie Band-uh, they would have arrived DAY after tip-off. (UC Davis won, so now...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination
Replies: 160
Views: 11157

Re: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination

Eliminating EAS would cut off extreme Northwestern California/Southwestern Oregon, if CEC loses it's service. We're 300 miles or so from PDX and 350 miles north of SFO. Among other issues, people from here have to travel for medical care, including chemo. 8 hours on the highway is too much for peopl...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Mid Sized Markets That Could Support A Route To Asia?
Replies: 52
Views: 5995

Re: US Mid Sized Markets That Could Support A Route To Asia?

When figuring in leakage passengers to the Bay Area, esp. SFO, SMF could likely support nonstop to service Asia and Europe. That's what I've been thinking. There is a growing number of Asian companies' outposts in the Sacramento area. Your soy sauce and sake may have been made in Folsom. A Chinese ...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to announce new Bay Area routes
Replies: 160
Views: 14185

Re: Alaska to announce new SJC routes

Just my thought: I see the AS/VX operation at SFO as being primarily O/D, and not as a big connecting hub as long as the traffic situation (ATC delays) at SFO remains unabated. It will be much easier to maintain schedule if they don't have to hold flights for connecting passengers that are orbiting ...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silver Airways (3M) looking to acquire larger aircraft
Replies: 40
Views: 6192

Re: Silver Airways (3M) looking to acquire larger aircraft

(Unrelated sidebar: WI used to belong to California's SwiftAire, out of SBP. Legend has it WI came from the founder, Charlie Wiswell. My colleagues at WI jokingly called their airline "Wiswell International".) Related: if Silver is looking for larger aircraft, I don't think the EMB-135 wou...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 3/5/2017: AA Drops LGAYYZ,3M out of Cuba?,DL Adds DTWSNA, UA Cuts Flights
Replies: 86
Views: 9403

Re: OAG Changes 3/5/2017: AA Drops LGAYYZ,3M out of Cuba?,DL Adds DTWSNA, UA Cuts Flights

FWIW: I just checked an internal AA reference (Market Changes) that lists LGA-YYZ in the international seasonal markets section, with a season-ending date of 28MAY17. The reference does not show a restart date yet. (It doesn't show the next season's dates for most city pairs in the reference, so I w...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 2/26/2017: UA Adds 18 Routes!!! CHO/CMI/COU/RST/STS
Replies: 95
Views: 13731

Re: OAG Changes 2/26/2017: UA Adds 18 Routes!!! CHO/CMI/COU/RST/STS

I don't see STS-SFO lasting very long. STS was actually WestAir's first HDQ, and the route was then served with Islanders and the Trislander (acquired from StolAir), progressing to the Cessna 402, the Twin Otter, the Bandeirante (EMB-110) and ultimately the J31. (I don't think they tried the Short 3...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines from the US - Flight numbering
Replies: 23
Views: 2745

Re: Airlines from the US - Flight numbering

Right. A lot of that comes from the way flights are displayed in (originally) the CRS systems to agencies and now, as well, in the on-line displays in Orbitz, Expedia, Price line, etc., where a "direct flight" (even if multiple stops) is displayed ahead of connections. It sells better. Oft...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines from the US - Flight numbering
Replies: 23
Views: 2745

Re: Airlines from the US - Flight numbering

I can provide some insight relative to AA from my experience in ticketing automation with the airline. AA uses flight number ranges for multiple purposes, identifying which flights are mainline, which ones are Eagles (further grouped by the operating airline ... [now] Envoy, PSA, SkyWest, etc.), whi...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Variation of airport names on display boards
Replies: 55
Views: 3790

Re: Variation of airport names on display boards

I'm always surprised airlines uniformly use the Seattle/Tacoma name for SEA when it would be just as easy to just say Seattle and drop Tacoma. Although I think it would be unfair to Tacoma, and perhaps there are enough people (esp military and their families) who are headed to Tacoma that it's prob...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CBP now checking documents on some domestic flights
Replies: 45
Views: 8224

Re: CBP now checking documents on some domestic flights

It looks like some folks missed the posting (or read/re-read the article) noting that the article had been updated: CBP was looking for someone specific on that one flight, not searching every flight. I assume it may have been an illegal or other foreigner reported to be on that flight they were try...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - Part 14
Replies: 88
Views: 7642

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - Part 14

UA starting mainline from MFR to SFO in April: http://www.mailtribune.com/news/20170223/airbuses-737s-will-return-to-medford Interesting that the article says UA hasn't confirmed it yet. In looking at United.com, for April into June, the schedule shows two 737-800s out on some days (one as a 739 on...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Variation of airport names on display boards
Replies: 55
Views: 3790

Re: Variation of airport names on display boards

XNA was built to replace Fayetteville Drake Field (FYV) as the commercial airline gateway, but FYV remains open, so there is a strong reason to use different names. There is also Bentonville Municipal Airport (VBT), remaining open. AA was flying to FYV until moving over to XNA, and began using the N...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Variation of airport names on display boards
Replies: 55
Views: 3790

Re: Variation of airport names on display boards

I'm assuming Norwegian will be posting SWF as New York/something, PVD as Boston/Green or Boston/TF Green (from the initial press that's out, not as Providence RI ). Not sure what they will call BDL. Similar marketing as what Ryanair does with the Brussels (Charleroi and Zaventem), Frankfurt (Hahn), ...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Cork-US flights will be confirmed in "days"
Replies: 92
Views: 10172

Re: Norwegian Cork-US flights will be confirmed in "days"

Will Norwegian have enough Maxs in the stable by June to pull this schedule off?

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by Wingtips56
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A300/A310 9-abreast operators
Replies: 38
Views: 3661

Re: A300/A310 9-abreast operators

LB/Lloyd Aereo Boliviano had 9 abreast 310s. (3-3-3).

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by Wingtips56
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smoking Ban, when was it implemented?
Replies: 70
Views: 6723

Re: Smoking Ban, when was it implemented?

The State of California banned smoking on intrastate flights a few years before the Feds did. After the AA/AirCal merger in 1987, we'd have smoking on the SMF-DFW/ORD flights but not on the SMF-SNA/ONT/LAX flights. You'd notice the difference on opening the aircraft door.

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by Wingtips56
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots to vote on Air France low-cost airline plans
Replies: 38
Views: 7258

Re: Pilots to vote on Air France low-cost airline plans

So this vote isn't giving the go-ahead for the project, but only to open the talks about the project? So it could still end up being still-born?

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by Wingtips56
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Eagle retire their Saab 340's so young?
Replies: 49
Views: 7257

Re: Why did American Eagle retire their Saab 340's so young?

But the early on 15 minute single engine turns Not sure what a single engine turn is but it reminded me of an "incident" years ago on a 340 flying out of klft. One engine running as we taxied out to the runway. Pilot makes the final turn and begins a rolling takeoff. That one engine power...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Schedule Release 2/23/17 Predictions
Replies: 152
Views: 13860

Re: WN Schedule Release 2/23/17 Predictions

OzarkD9S wrote:

AS has all the good 737 routes to Hawaii covered from the west coast. WN is very late to the party if they chose to show up at all. Latin America and more Caribbean is in the cards IMHO.

I agree. And I think that same argument goes to B6 as well.

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by Wingtips56
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSB Recommends That You Buckle Up When Told
Replies: 26
Views: 3428

Re: TSB Recommends That You Buckle Up When Told

I only unbuckle if I am indeed getting up. Otherwise its on the entire flight. I may loosen it a little when the flight is smooth, but tighten it with any bumps. But then I've been wearing seatbelts since my folks had them installed in our 1963 Chevrolet Impala, a few years before they were required...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Schedule Release 2/23/17 Predictions
Replies: 152
Views: 13860

Re: WN Schedule Release 2/23/17 Predictions

Is it just me or does anyone else see Hawai'i not working with WN's fleet utilization practices? That's a long time to send an aircraft out of the pack and wait for it to return, when it could otherwise complete multiple legs in the same time on the Mainland. For example (using AS current schedule),...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Eagle retire their Saab 340's so young?
Replies: 49
Views: 7257

Re: Why did American Eagle retire their Saab 340's so young?

Nothing was louder inside than the original Handley-Page Jetstreams (HPJ 137) that Apollo Airways/Pacific Coast and Big Sky were flying, with those Turbomeca Astazou engines. That aside, as I recall, parking the Eagle Saabs had a lot to do with the AA mainline pilot contract requiring the reduction ...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC888 Diverting
Replies: 11
Views: 4387

Re: AC888 Diverting

Aircanada.com shows it diverting to YYZ. To redepart after 1:36 hr ground time. Doesn't say why, but it can't be too much of an emergency going that far back. I could guess some communications failure preventing the ocean crossing. But that's just a wild-ass guess. Swapping equipment makes sense at ...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Looking to Cancel VX Airbus Orders
Replies: 166
Views: 26544

Re: AS Looking to Cancel VX Airbus Orders

AS wanted VX only to stop the potential growth of B6 out west and protect it's market share. It was a chess move plain and simple. Like the WN FL deal everything said about synergies and merging cultures is just a big old PR spin machine. AS will quietly and quickly kill off everything VX. Only thi...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Qantas LGBT Livery
Replies: 67
Views: 13484

Re: New Qantas LGBT Livery

I'm going to assume it is to promote Sydney Pride and Mardi Gras, for which Qantas is one of the major sponsors, and they benefit from the travelers. Like LH Fanhansa, the 747-8 with the Seattle Seahawks 12 livery, and others for major events. May not last beyond mid-March.

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by Wingtips56
Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA LAS Emergency Landing
Replies: 3
Views: 1587

Re: AA LAS Emergency Landing

FR24 shows the same plane in and out, for AA 618 DFW-LAS-DFW. Left the gate 9 minutes early, so it must have been some cautionary call on the landing, turning out to be a nothing. The flight is less than half-way there. FlightAware estimates it landing 30 minutes early. So I'm assuming "nothing...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY103 AUH - JFK Divert to IAD
Replies: 12
Views: 2857

Re: EY103 AUH - JFK Divert to IAD

AA67 BCN-JFK went to Gander/YQX.

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by Wingtips56
Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada launches YVR-DFW
Replies: 8
Views: 1954

Re: Air Canada launches YVR-DFW

Interesting. YVR-DFW was a Canadi>n route that AC continued to operate after the ingestion. I didn't realize they'd stopped it. How long ago was that?

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by Wingtips56
Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Domestic Night Flights
Replies: 34
Views: 2517

Re: US Domestic Night Flights

I commuted weekily from SMF to DFW for 4 1/2 years 1989-1993 and for another couple of years in the early 2000's. Once in a while I would take the red-eye to free up a day and evening, but would then go straight to work. It left around 00:30 and arrived 06:00-ish with the two hour time zone differen...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Horizon Air pilots threaten to strike for higher pay
Replies: 39
Views: 4682

Re: Horizon Air pilots threaten to strike for higher pay

I do notice that flights between PDX - EUG / RDM going down in frequency & I do wonder if KS may end up flying more cities like RDM or EUG to PDX on the Saabs vs the Q-400s on QX.. Not likely at the moment. Just in looking at FlightAware and the randomly updated Flight Status in PenAir's site, ...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Long Beach city council rejects FIS at LGB
Replies: 55
Views: 6293

Re: Long Beach city council rejects FIS at LGB

After all, it was a stupid idea to not vote for a FIS at Long Beach. Not if the City was going to be stuck with the bill for construction, operation and maintenance. I'm not familiar enough with the issue to know who'd be paying for it. If the airlines using the FIS would be responsible for 100% of...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New California Startup: Blackbird Air
Replies: 2
Views: 869

Re: New California Startup: Blackbird Air

According to their website fine print, terms & conditions, etc., they are an engine to book a third party flight operator. "Blackbird Air Inc. is not a direct or indirect air carrier and does not own, maintain or operate aircraft. Blackbird Air Inc. acts solely as your agent in arranging th...

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