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by Wingtips56
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 603
Views: 69484

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: 32
Views: 1404

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: 69751

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: 37
Views: 7792

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: 3368

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: 9871

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: 8824

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: 1690

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: 1690

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: 1690

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: 1690

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: 2496

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: 329
Views: 28228

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: 109
Views: 15731

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: 1513

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: 1513

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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by Wingtips56
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wine Country Fire - All Commercial Flights into STS Cancelled
Replies: 18
Views: 2867

Re: Wine Country Fire - All Commercial Flights into STS Cancelled

Since my folks are in Napa and power and communication are out, I've been looking at info in the Napa Valley Register news web page, awaiting a report from my brother. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat has more information with more frequent updates, mostly on Sonoma County, but also Napa. I do know tha...

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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: 9103

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: 603
Views: 69484

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: 2101

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: 391
Views: 50866

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: 112
Views: 3023

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: 603
Views: 69484

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: 3134

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: 2843

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: 603
Views: 69484

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: 2193

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: 2775

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: 2775

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: 2775

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: 603
Views: 69484

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: 293
Views: 21197

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: 2425

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: 6018

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: 293
Views: 21197

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: 5429

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: 7526

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: 853

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: 9587

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: 3539

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: 3539

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: 3761

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: 1086

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: 11806

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: 10940

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: 3299

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: 3976

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: 11386

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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