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by Wingtips56
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PW1100G aft hub modification failure
Replies: 53
Views: 4462

Re: New Emergency Airworthiness Directive Issued For PW Powered NEOs

What engine is Hawaiian using on their 321? Are they affected?

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by Wingtips56
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 737 off taxiway in BWI
Replies: 18
Views: 4339

Re: WN 737 off taxiway in BWI

Those pics do show it still on the pavement, but barely. Looks like maybe the edge of the grass stopped it.

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by Wingtips56
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: [Speculation] What could AA do with a A321neoLR in the A321T 102 seat config?
Replies: 36
Views: 3574

Re: [Speculation] What could AA do with a A321neoLR in the A321T 102 seat config?

Cargo is a major contributor to AA's bottom line. I've heard that the -LR extra fuel tanks cut into the cargo hold space. AA carries a lot of belly freight along with heavy bag loads and often "cubes-out" in Latin America and the Caribbean, so the -LR doesn't strike me as the right fit for...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about Rural and Suburbia Airport Potential
Replies: 13
Views: 2179

Re: Question about Rural and Suburbia Airport Potential

Coos Bay OR is served through the neighboring North Bend Airport (OTH), although service is limited. A number of the airports you reference would probably only be able to support 19-50 seat airplanes, and there isn't much available in the low end of that capacity. And those small-fleet carriers are ...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CEO: WN Flights to Hawaii May Not Start Till 2019
Replies: 94
Views: 8477

Re: CEO: WN Flights to Hawaii May Not Start Till 2019

Others are free to correct me, but I don't think the Gulf of Mexico requires ETOPS. Overwater kits (life vests, rafts) yes, but you're never 2 hours away from a diversion airport. So if I'm correct, WN hasn't needed to be ETOPS yet. I assume you are referring specifically to WN, as others have been ...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 163
Views: 14113

Re: Southwest Airlines Network Thread 2018

IMHO, the demand for ANC throughout A.net seems to be overstated. It's just not that big except for low-yielding cruise season and salmon cargo season. As to SMF, my direct experience was now many years ago, but when I worked there with SFO and SEA flights, we really didn't have that many folks goin...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swoop start selling flights
Replies: 32
Views: 3774

Re: Swoop start selling flights

usxguy wrote:
how does one say Swoop in french?

Maybe "Joon", or something else nonsensical.

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by Wingtips56
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Adds FAT - LAX Red-eye??
Replies: 21
Views: 5359

Re: UA Adds FAT - LAX Red-eye??

But if there is no room to RON an aircraft at midnight, there still wouldn't be room at 2:30 am, so this doesn't make sense to me. If it is really a maintenance trip, then it could be ferried without a flight attendant, without opening the terminal, paying ticket, gate and ramp agents, and TSA, and ...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321Neo flying KEF- LAX
Replies: 104
Views: 20122

Re: A321Neo flying KEF- LAX

At $79 fares, can WOW make money with the reduced payload? Or is the A321 a temporary fill-in on the LAX route? I assume WOW isn't a freight hauler, so they can suck up some of the payload restriction with more passengers than might be otherwise. Such economics wouldn't work for the hybrid operation...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Number of 777's produced will soon pass number of 747's produced
Replies: 24
Views: 5372

Re: Number of 777's produced will soon pass number of 747's produced

Sad this becomes yet another A vs B battleground. The OP was merely noting the 747-777 counts. Good for the 777. Of course it will pass the 747, because the world market for aircraft has grown significantly since the 747 arrived on the scene. With the 777 being better economically, it is the plane t...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC
Replies: 356
Views: 38424

Re: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC

From a Devil's Advocate point of view, what would the reaction have been if Boeing hadn't taken a stab at this issue? Is it really wrong to try to protect your business, or should they have just sat back and done nothing? (I know, they don't have an equivalent in the market at present, but that's no...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential New AA routes from CLT
Replies: 104
Views: 8798

Re: Potential New AA routes from CLT

AA 526 operates on Saturdays, CLT-BGI-CLT. A320.

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by Wingtips56
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 319 EOW
Replies: 27
Views: 6182

Re: AA 319 EOW

Airbus is a proper name, and a registered trademark. It is not subject to ancient Latin pluralization.

But then, that shouldn't really be part of this thread. (But it does annoy many of us, so it detracts.)

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by Wingtips56
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 319 EOW
Replies: 27
Views: 6182

Re: AA 319 EOW

I do wonder why US choose not to just have all Airbus narrowbodies EOW-is there a significant weight difference between regular evacuation slides and slide-rafts? I'm not really in the know on this aircraft type, but there is a difference in escape slides: some have high sides and do make good raft...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines starts repainting Airbus fleet
Replies: 297
Views: 60618

Re: Alaska Airlines starts repainting Airbus fleet

So when will the "Proudly all Boeing" stickers be removed? I have it on good authority that exactly 3 aircraft will retain that slogan just so we continue to have something to talk about. Yes, because it truly is the most important issue in this entire merger. (Oh, where is that sarcasm f...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Wikipedia changes to airport listings
Replies: 94
Views: 6685

Re: Wikipedia changes to airport listings

I'm with FA9295; get your flight information from the airline. Flight status, check-in locations, check-in times, terminals, equipment, etc. And whoever books you (in the U.S.A. anyway) is required to disclose the operating carrier, including wet leases at time of booking and in print at time of tic...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzz Aldrin explodes on Deltas' "Lousy Operation"
Replies: 69
Views: 11072

Re: Buzz Aldrin explodes on Deltas' "Lousy Operation"

Perhaps the media should interview the folks who were on-board the on-time DL departure, to see what they think of the "lousy operation".

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by Wingtips56
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to tell the difference between a 737 100 and 737 200
Replies: 17
Views: 1609

Re: How to tell the difference between a 737 100 and 737 200

Right. Several of the early Air California fleet had the built-in, drop-down rear stairs, which, along with the forward under-floor stairs worked very well for ground ops at most of their original airports. You can tell those as they have no window or butterfly latch in the door.

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by Wingtips56
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to tell the difference between a 737 100 and 737 200
Replies: 17
Views: 1609

Re: How to tell the difference between a 737 100 and 737 200

Here is a side-by-side photo comparison using the AirCal fleet. OC had two 737-159s from Avianca. The rest were -200s, only a couple Advanced. (OC also operated Electra, DC-9-10 Series, DC-9-80, 737-300 and BAe-146.) In addition to the window count, the -100 rear fuselage begins an immediate uphill ...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska announces 8 destinations to be served from PAE
Replies: 167
Views: 19346

Re: Alaska announces 8 destinations to be served from PAE

Was the question about ramp space answered? If this schedule requires serving two flights at a time out of one gate, is there room for two 737/320 on stands, or does the smaller footprint of the E175 make the dual ops possible, and therefore mandate it going forward for the foreseeable future? I als...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?
Replies: 248
Views: 17347

Re: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?

The situation in the U.S. pre-dates frequent flyer/loyalty programs that many in here have mentioned. There have always been lots of tour companies booking packages over the last many decades, but most have booked their air on scheduled airlines. It may or may not have had to do with the type of reg...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's going on with BA225 (fuel dump and return to LHR)
Replies: 2
Views: 1140

Re: What's going on with BA225 (fuel dump and return to LHR)

From TheBASource.com: British Airways Boeing 787-8 G-ZBJB operating BA225 London Heathrow – New Orleans stopped the climb at 9,000 ft this afternoon due to a windscreen crack, flew circuits between Luton and Milton Keynes to burn fuel then returned to London Heathrow for a safe landing. .. And: Foll...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN dual boarding at DAL?
Replies: 21
Views: 3199

Re: WN dual boarding at DAL?

I may have heard wrong, but what I did hear was that in the early days, WN off-loaded from the rear while boarding from the front to reduce turn-around times. Caught in the middle was an aircraft cleaner trying to keep up. Was that true? No, that never happened. We’ve never deplaned in that manner,...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN dual boarding at DAL?
Replies: 21
Views: 3199

Re: WN dual boarding at DAL?

I may have heard wrong, but what I did hear was that in the early days, WN off-loaded from the rear while boarding from the front to reduce turn-around times. Caught in the middle was an aircraft cleaner trying to keep up. Was that true?

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by Wingtips56
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2018
Replies: 159
Views: 22601

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2018

Just wondering ... since AA seems to have a pilot contract covering the E-190 as a mainline fleet, is there room to expand the fleet in that size? Whether it be more E-190/195, E2 or even CS100 down the road, does AA need more small mainliners? There is a big gap in size between the Eagle E-170/175 ...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HAL 43, turnaround - SJC to HNL
Replies: 52
Views: 5910

Re: HAL 43, turnaround - SJC to HNL

Bummer for the pax who spent the same amount of time on board as a normal flight to HNL but landed back at SJC. Interesting that they elect to return to SJC rather than go to LAX where there are more flight options that could accommodate the passengers. I guess a good number of passengers probably ...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM to begin seasonal service to LAS
Replies: 58
Views: 5995

Re: LATAM to begin seasonal service to LAS

LATAM also flies LIM-BCN nonstop with the 763ER, and that is around 200 miles longer than the GRU-LAS flight. . But both LIM and BCN are at near sea-level. LAS is at 2500 FT/ 762 M, hot and very dry. What sort of load would the afternoon departure be able to take in summer? And is there much market...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska cuts ties with AF-KLM
Replies: 54
Views: 12185

Re: Alaska cuts ties with AF-KLM

So people using AS miles to get to Europe will be forced to use BA and pay the ridiculous UK arrival/departure tax? AS needs to get some 787's... Or AA , or AY, or DE, or FI. There is no arrival/departure tax if you are only transiting LHR. No GB APD for transit under 24 hours is true, as long as y...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What’s next for Silver Airways?
Replies: 85
Views: 11152

Re: What’s next for Silver Airways?

Talk about "long" turbo-prop" routes. How about PORTER'S Toronto City to Myrtle Beach? That has too be a real "tooth-jerker" as far as comfort and convenience? I guess the Canadians are hardier people than the most of us "softies" in the states? And, those Canucks...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 722
Views: 82999

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

We usually end up with a very early MFR departure and very late return, so overnighting at a motel by the airport works out anyway, keeping off 199 in the dark. Plus where I stay allows me to park in their lot the whole time and catch their ride to/from the airport. Came back from a Dr. appointment ...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 722
Views: 82999

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

*KS CEC-PDX JAN 2>0 FEB 2>0 MAR 2>0 APR 2>0 MAY 2>0 JUN 2>0 JUL 2>0 AUG 2>0 That's it Oregon fans: Yup. Their last flight is planned for Dec 15. Then CEC has no air service again, for a while. If the DOT approves what the County and the airport board voted for, Contour will have 2x CEC-OAK witn E13...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How likely is one to get Secondary Security Screening Selection (SSSS) flying through IST?
Replies: 11
Views: 1221

Re: How likely is one to get SSSS flying through IST?

Just for the rest of us, what on Earth is SSSS? It is an indicator on your boarding pass that shows you are a "Selectee", which means you get pulled aside for extra security inspection over the usual. I don't know if that still includes another security check at the gate. Certain things i...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 722
Views: 82999

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

I like the weekly updates, and (being an occasional MFR user), including the rest of the state, not just PDX-centric. So the UA MFR-LAX add is good for MFR, but probably will rule out AS/QX resuming service in that market, and keeping AA from adding a second trip and more. All of my miles are with A...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most iconic MD-80 operators
Replies: 43
Views: 2584

Re: Most iconic MD-80 operators

SAS I believe was the original operator. PSA and AirCal, the first two U.S. operators. In addition to AirCal's West Coast routes, they introduced them to the rest of the U.S. with scheduled charters. One hit two deer taking off from Buffalo, and was laid up for days as nobody in the East had the rig...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Airbus Orders
Replies: 256
Views: 87376

Re: Dubai AIr Show 2017 - Airbus Orders

jetmechanicdave wrote:
Dubai Airshow 2017 Airbus orders folks stay on topic, if your not.

Thank you :)

Can you flush this thread and start over? 136 posts mostly A. v. B. bashing but nothing about actual orders, as I believe you had intended this for.

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by Wingtips56
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why long haul planes sit for a long time on ground...?
Replies: 41
Views: 9881

Re: Why long haul planes sit for a long time on ground...?

While I don't have specific examples, another factor in the long turn-around times is enabling using a single crew, rather than two. Especially in market that does not operate daily, using the same crew avoids stashing the second crew on a multi-day layover until the next trip back. Turnarounds and ...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Boeing change 737 tail after the 737-200?
Replies: 11
Views: 3521

Re: Why did Boeing change 737 tail after the 737-200?

From memory, the early 737s had a cable extending from the tail to the front of the fuselage. Why was that there, why did it go away, and when? That was a high frequency antenna, used for trans-oceanic flights (not by old 737's obviously) and areas without UHF or VHF communications. That was not ne...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should AS look at an East Coast hub
Replies: 101
Views: 10283

Re: Should AS look at at East Coast hub

I see Alaska doing well just by building and fine-tuning the West Coast, with expansion within the region and in more markets to and from the West Coast. There is no slack within the East Coast or even Midwest regional traffic that needs a new AS hub to fill. While they may be blank spaces in AS's s...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 11/5/2017: AA Adds LGA-PWM, Did AA Lease More DCA slots?; AS/F9 Mexico Cuts
Replies: 53
Views: 9160

Re: OAG Changes 11/5/2017: AA Adds LGA-PWM, Did AA Lease More DCA slots?; AS/F9 Mexico Cuts

AS PDX-SMF FEB 4>2 This shows as going mainline (73G) for FEB. and into MAR 10 or so. I'm assuming temporary QX relief. Back to 4X Q400 after that. 6x daily on SMF-SEA is interesting as I think DL just up'd their game in this market and now last I read AS had added mainline again. AS has been mainl...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SMF-Sacramento 50th Anniversary
Replies: 26
Views: 1813

Re: SMF-Sacramento 50th Anniversary

Look how long they've be waiting for light rail at SMF just from the downtown.....

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by Wingtips56
Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SMF-Sacramento 50th Anniversary
Replies: 26
Views: 1813

Re: SMF-Sacramento 50th Anniversary

My favorite part of old SMF terminals was the commuter terminal and the myriad of independent airlines and variety of signage then. I worked in all three of the original terminals at SMF, including AirCal and Western in the main terminals. The commuter terminal was certainly interesting, having pre...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SMF-Sacramento 50th Anniversary
Replies: 26
Views: 1813

Re: SMF-Sacramento 50th Anniversary

Congratulations to SMF. How long has AA been flying between SMF and DFW? AA arrived SMF in 1980, starting with the 727-023, soon moving up to the 727-223, but had been the Super 80 for the next 30+ years. Now it's the 737-800, SMF-DFW. SMF-PHX is a mix of A319/320/321 and 738. CLT is A321 2xDaily. ...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SMF-Sacramento 50th Anniversary
Replies: 26
Views: 1813

SMF-Sacramento 50th Anniversary

Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is marking it's 50th anniversary of opening, back on 21 October 1967. Opening as Sacramento Metropolitan Airport, it was the first completely new airport on a new site to open in a very long time, replacing SAC - Sacramento Municipal Airport, now Sacramento Exe...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SCK Looking to Rename to San Francisco - Stockton
Replies: 23
Views: 2575

Re: SCK Looking to Rename to San Francisco - Stockton

Hmm. Imagine thinking you are landing in San Francisco, looking for the Golden Gate Bridge, Cable Cars and Fisherman's Wharf, only to be in .... Stockton ... instead. But, that aside, a few years ago, SCK started showing up in flight searches for SMF, as would a co-terminal, only to be found unpopul...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Schedule Extension 11/02/17
Replies: 333
Views: 30531

Re: Southwest Schedule Extension 11/02/17

whatusaid wrote:
Are we ready for the latest rumors on FAT? The airport's draft master plan recently unveiled references a new entry, with 2X DEN, 3X LAS, and 3X PHX. One can hope. But, then again, why get one's hopes up?

I can't think of who else it might be if not WN.

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by Wingtips56
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A319neo: will it enter into service or not?
Replies: 113
Views: 25792

Re: A319neo: will it enter into service or not?

A319 vs CS300 orders may hinge on delivery schedules. How long would it take a carrier ordering now to receive their 100 A319s compared to how long it would take for Bombardier to deliver 100 CS300? I'm thinking if you need to replace and update a whole fleet in a timely fashion, odds are on the 319...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EAS: CEC picks Contour
Replies: 19
Views: 1591

Re: EAS: CEC picks Contour

For me, one of the bigger issues with not interlining connections is having to claim bags, recheck and (worst) go through Security again. That said, Contour looks like a strong company. But do they only chase EAS markets, or do they do their own at-risk flying? Perhaps the CEC-OAK outpost will encou...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EAS: CEC picks Contour
Replies: 19
Views: 1591

Re: EAS: CEC picks Contour

I didn't go to the board meeting this time around, as I didn't know which of the three to support. Without interline connectivity, I wouldn't be using the Boutique or Contour plans, as I would drive to PDX or the Bay Area if that is as far as I'd be going. The Great Lakes proposal to SMF would have ...

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