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by KD5MDK
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Lockheed get back into Civil Aviation
Replies: 14
Views: 1319

Re: Should Lockheed get back into Civil Aviation

It's not clear Lockheed should stay in the aviation business, so civil is a step too far.

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by KD5MDK
Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways announces commitment for 3 more 77W's
Replies: 65
Views: 13519

Re: British Airways announces commitment for 3 more 77W's

zkojq wrote:
CX747 wrote:
Rome was not built in a day.

BA's 77W fleet is part of a larger fleet that puts others to shame. Slow and steady has done quite well.

Who does it put to shame? :scratchchin:

Laker
Porter
Virgin *

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by KD5MDK
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300
Replies: 354
Views: 46841

Re: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300

I assume the legacy E190s will be a good fit for flying around NY, PA, New England etc at low trip cost and little fuel usage.

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by KD5MDK
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AUS to become a Delta Focus City
Replies: 426
Views: 42001

Re: AUS to become a Delta Focus City

Getting an exemption for AUS-LGA and AUS-DCA would be the big opportunities for AA.
Anything else would require them to start up point to point flying (BOS, SJC, etc)

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by KD5MDK
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300
Replies: 354
Views: 46841

Re: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300

Be very entertaining to see Mint on these birds.

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by KD5MDK
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will replace the EMB145 / CRJ200 ?
Replies: 99
Views: 11163

Re: What will replace the EMB145 / CRJ200 ?

The industry will run into unpleasant political trouble if they decide to abandon markets that can't support 50-seat jet aircraft. Lots of elected officials have small-city constituents over two hours drive from a mainline-jet or large-RJ served airport, and they (rightly) won't cotton to being tol...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will replace the EMB145 / CRJ200 ?
Replies: 99
Views: 11163

Re: What will replace the EMB145 / CRJ200 ?

What's the largest city with only 50 seat service? Are any of them more that 3 hours drive time from a mainline airport?

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by KD5MDK
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly takes delivery of first A380
Replies: 109
Views: 21602

Re: HiFly takes delivery of first A380

I would assume any A380 operator which has an aircraft need extensive repairs or wants to stretch their fleet would be plausible candidates for a 6-12 month lease.

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by KD5MDK
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: David Neeleman Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline
Replies: 233
Views: 25269

Re: David Neeleman Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline

If pilots are in demand, who needs flow? Just pay 80 with no bonus, and you'll spread the cost of the pilot over 2x as many passengers.
I wonder how much they'd charge for SWF-RFD.

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by KD5MDK
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?
Replies: 291
Views: 41576

Re: Leeham: VLA era is over; are 779/A35K too large?

I think the market is going to focus on the 787-9. Going bigger than that just adds lower margin seats and you're better off sticking to J + Full Y fares plus a few seats for flexibility.

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by KD5MDK
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Boeing build its new mid-market aircraft in Washington?
Replies: 119
Views: 9831

Re: Will Boeing build its new mid-market aircraft in Washington?

I am thinking of another southern state that has would help reduce costs. I am thinking definitely a "Right to Work State" like tennessee Alabama or Mississippi! You guys are going to go crazy saying there is no engineering talent in those states. (Look what Airbus did in Alabama) Ding di...

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by KD5MDK
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New NYC airport
Replies: 92
Views: 11602

Re: New NYC airport

There's no technical reason NJT can't run trains from Trenton to Jamaica right now. (Yes, there's different electrification standards but that's a relatively simple fix.)

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by KD5MDK
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA BNA-LHR load factors
Replies: 17
Views: 4830

Re: BA BNA-LHR load factors

Just looked at expert flyer which isn't 100% accurate for loadings but gives you a rough idea. For this coming fridays LHR-BNA there's at least 60 in economy, at least 13 in Premium economy and maybe 6 free seats in club world. I believe that EF’s seat map is unreliable because if people don’t pay ...

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by KD5MDK
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 120 Million Pounds Raised to Return One Concorde to Service
Replies: 71
Views: 12717

Re: 120 Million Pounds Raised to Return One Concorde to Service

Do DC-8 operators buy their parts from Boeing or elsewhere?

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by KD5MDK
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential 4th Commercial Airport — Washington, DC area
Replies: 56
Views: 4211

Re: Potential 4th Commercial Airport — Washington, DC area

Which airport would be the best comparison: GGG, BLI, ACT, RFD?

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by KD5MDK
Sun May 27, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?
Replies: 87
Views: 7675

Re: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?

I think that comparing air travel today to air travel in 1970 is missing the point. What if we compared it to air travel in 2005? Halfway between the 2001 shock and the global financial crisis of 2008. There are entire industries that have formed since that point that are mature now. To look back fr...

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by KD5MDK
Sun May 20, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Economy of Scales not applying to airports?
Replies: 25
Views: 2849

Re: Economy of Scales not applying to airports?

However it's a tricky situation as the small airport can't raise the fees too much. If they did, the airlines serving them might move to another airport leaving them with nothing. And at the end of the day why would an airline leave if fees go up in this situation? Because they can't raise fares en...

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by KD5MDK
Thu May 10, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Eagle's plan for the future.
Replies: 317
Views: 57638

Re: American Eagle's plan for the future.

I believe most of the E145s are owned so their capital cost is basically nothing.

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by KD5MDK
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 587
Views: 48752

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

Just to point out, Airports are bad ridership locations compared to downtowns and where people live. The first rail transit expansions need to focus on going where the jobs are, not somewhere most people only go occasionally. The statistics are very clear in every city that has a rail line to their ...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian
Replies: 327
Views: 47867

Re: IAG considering placing a bid for Norwegian

I'm really puzzled why people think Norwegian would be replaced or rebranded as Level when you could just abandon Level and have Norwegian operate in any of these markets you thought needed long haul LCCs.

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by KD5MDK
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines and Texas
Replies: 87
Views: 11169

Re: Delta Air Lines and Texas

The fact a loyal DL Medallion has to go SEA-SLC-DFW/IAH or BOS-DTW/ATL-DFW/IAH seems like a huge inconvenience, especially since these are markets most business travelers probably visit monthly. I find it hard to imagine most business travelers visit either Houston or Dallas monthly. For every regi...

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by KD5MDK
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possibility of L-1011 or MD-11 NextGen?
Replies: 38
Views: 5147

Re: Possibility of L-1011 or MD-11 NextGen?

The ideal number of engines on an aircraft is zero. The passengers unfortunately insist on one, and the government on another. If you can roll back either the passengers or the government, you can make progress towards ultimate efficiency.

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by KD5MDK
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How to Revive Airline Competition
Replies: 81
Views: 6019

Re: How to Revive Airline Competition

I agree with the methodology, however, I disagree that net margins of between 4.5% and 8.7% are low or that they represent the profitability for or return to shareholders. From a shareholder perspective, big airlines are asset management businesses given the very high asset investments airlines mus...

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by KD5MDK
Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 285
Views: 32234

Re: American Airlines Network Thread 2018

Also, could LAX-DCA possibly see a 32T one day to go after some more premium traffic? I've been on the flight twice since I've lived in the DC area, both times packed to the gills with business travelers and always a long upgrade list. That seems like a poor fit for a 102 seat aircraft unless the m...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Jacksonville Ever see TransAtlantic Flights?
Replies: 148
Views: 11582

Re: Will Jacksonville Ever see TransAtlantic Flights?

I would expect DUB would always have the willingness of Americans to go visit Guinessland as a backstop to the connection opportunities all over the continent.

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by KD5MDK
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about Rural and Suburbia Airport Potential
Replies: 14
Views: 2565

Re: Question about Rural and Suburbia Airport Potential

Noise and curfews will kill any significant increase of airline traffic at small local airports. I can imagine the protests from all the NIMBY's. A huge percentage of traffic at most hubs are short domestic routes, most of which aren't connecting to an international flight. Once electric propulsion...

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by KD5MDK
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing laid off too many engineers and technicians
Replies: 107
Views: 17510

Re: Boeing laid off too many engineers and technicians

You can have an engineer first attitude or business first that is fine. But the fact is they have this past year delivered the most amount of planes ever, have a wildly successful non-commercial aviation arm and have a stock that is performing very well. Are they really doing that bad? All business...

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by KD5MDK
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 587
Views: 48752

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

It really depends on the business what kind of connectivity they desire. If you can easily get to DFW, ORD, JFK, EWR, PHL, IAD, ATL, CLT, MIA you have a whole lot of 1 stop connections to Europe, Africa and South America destinations. It is pretty easy to get to those places. Now, it is harder to g...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 587
Views: 48752

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

. (In late 2017, AUS was in the running with DEN for Amazons new HQ. Supposedly the lack of an expansive & fluid airport structure was a demerit that contributed to knocking AUS out of contention) You think it's a foregone conclusion it's DEN now? 20 city list was just released. How many more g...

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by KD5MDK
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska announces 8 destinations to be served from PAE
Replies: 167
Views: 20009

Re: Alaska announces 8 destinations to be served from PAE

I would have thought a flight to Chicago right out of the gate (har har) would have been in the cards, given that there's a number of lucrative business customers literally feet away who would likely jump at the chance to walk across the parking lot to catch a flight to HQ after their 1 o'clock pro...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: JAL considers additional A350s and int'l expansion
Replies: 90
Views: 19906

Re: Bloomberg: JAL considers additional A350s and int'l expansion

Clearly the airlines know more than we do and there's a reason they're not flying those routes. The argument that if a route is not operated it doesn't make sense means that every time a new route is opened like LHR-BNA, the airline is making an irrational decision it will regret later. Or that no ...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 587
Views: 48752

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

. (In late 2017, AUS was in the running with DEN for Amazons new HQ. Supposedly the lack of an expansive & fluid airport structure was a demerit that contributed to knocking AUS out of contention) You think it's a foregone conclusion it's DEN now? 20 city list was just released. How many more g...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to begin DFW/CLT to SBN and ECP. ORD-LGA Shuttle
Replies: 96
Views: 10377

Re: AA to begin DFW/CLT to SBN and ECP. ORD-LGA Shuttle

Interesting - I found it to be nicer than PHL at least, but that was several years ago. CLT for as busy as it is had sort of a quaint feel to it. I think I saw a rocking chair in one of the concourse connectors. There's dozens of them in the central area including on the second floor. Nice place to...

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by KD5MDK
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to begin DFW/CLT to SBN and ECP. ORD-LGA Shuttle
Replies: 96
Views: 10377

Re: AA to begin DFW/CLT to SBN and ECP. ORD-LGA Shuttle

Shame I'm going to SBN next month, might be a while before I go again.

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by KD5MDK
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could TK have 8-abreast 787's?
Replies: 38
Views: 6738

Re: Could TK have 8-abreast 787's?

Plain Y passengers will not pay for the space of 8 across. It seems wise to offer 8 across Y+ (not PY, Y+). Say with 38" pitch. I don't understand premium economy, either sell a discounted J (narrower lie flat such as US airlines), shink the J cabin, but revenue manage to profit. Lightsaber I ...

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by KD5MDK
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers
Replies: 154
Views: 19037

Re: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers

From reading the article, it sounds like first off the cabin engineering team made some design mistakes. Lavatory doors, power ports, etc are decisions made within the engineering department at the airline. There could be a number of causes. Not enough competent engineers at headquarters, Managemen...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers
Replies: 154
Views: 19037

Re: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers

If it isn't the CEO's job to know the details, it is 100% their job to know if the VP of Passenger Experience needs a raise, a transfer, or a firing. Knowing the specifics of an aircraft is not a big deal, but they do need to understand the level of performance they're receiving from that role.

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by KD5MDK
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers
Replies: 154
Views: 19037

Re: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers

As it is, to me that is valuable, as is DL and UA's unlimited domestic upgrade policy. I know it reduces the frequency of upgrades, but at least you're not laying out miles or $ for a 555 mile flight where they don't even give you a PDB or a refill in flight. Point is, I do have a choice. I will ve...

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by KD5MDK
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 30113

Re: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread

JFK is NYC's most western airport

JFK is west of LGA and EWR? I have managed to confuse myself.

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by KD5MDK
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 30113

Re: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread

According to a friend who dropped off a rental car there ORF terminal is dark and there’s no one visible inside. Hope that changes before I arrive.

Presumably Qantas offloading passengers to DTW would be more difficult to take care of without their own staff on hand. They have people to help in LAX.

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by KD5MDK
Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 30113

Re: Northeast Winter Storm 1/4 Thread

Funny enough, I called ORF to find out why they were so quiet today. They got about 10", which apparently they managed to clear fairly quickly, but the ice layer underneath was a different story. Some guy taxied out and very nearly slid off turning onto the runway, said "nope!", and ...

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by KD5MDK
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2017
Replies: 152
Views: 12824

Re: Austin Texas Thread 2017

I’m curious what moves AA will make to react to the loss of AS partnership and new competition from Delta.

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by KD5MDK
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BHX and TATL
Replies: 37
Views: 4860

Re: BHX and TATL

Well, it seems like they have.

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by KD5MDK
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Restoring the LHR - LGW Helicopter link
Replies: 60
Views: 7908

Re: Restoring the LHR - LGW Helicopter link

FWIW, if LHR-LGW was easy I'd find my AUS-RIX trips much easier than having to connect again in HEL, OSL, FRA etc.

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by KD5MDK
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NH175 LAX-NRT returning to LAX due to a passenger being onboard who shouldnt be onboard
Replies: 94
Views: 19536

Re: NH175 LAX-NRT returning to LAX due to a passenger being onboard who shouldnt be onboard

I have had the chance to meet her a few times and she's a delightful person. I followed all of her tweets and never found a single one entitled or narcissistic, just funny. Also, how can one blame her when BBC chose to call it an "ordeal"? I'm pretty sure she handled it better than a lot ...

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by KD5MDK
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA summer 2018 adds
Replies: 109
Views: 17473

Re: AA summer 2018 adds

Glad to see PWM, that's a flight I'm likely to use.

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by KD5MDK
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Westjet agree to form US-Canada JV
Replies: 153
Views: 22558

Re: Delta and Westjet agree to form US-Canada JV

AA + Porter now? As I mentioned earlier, it is, indeed intriguing. AA's and Porter's networks don't really overlap much, but then also don't really connect much, either. There could potentially be some (very) limited connectivity over YOW/YUL, but obviously Porter's absence from what is by far AA's...

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by KD5MDK
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any chance for LAX to CHC?
Replies: 30
Views: 7503

Re: LAX to CHC

It always was, and remains, a daft idea - demonstrated by the fact the route barely saw the light of day before it was canned. Granted the aircraft (744) was less than ideal for the route; but as virtually no-one would travel from the US to CHC purely because LAX-CHC exists all this route did was c...

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by KD5MDK
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2017
Replies: 152
Views: 12824

Re: Austin Texas Thread 2017

khowaga wrote:
The only market HA serves on the mainland that’s outside the west coast is NYC. It’d be hard to imagine them chosing AUS as one of their first destinations in between. I’m curious to know how many cities were on that list?

Is PHX a West Coast city for this metric?

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by KD5MDK
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which US Airport Has the Poential to Become the Next Hub?
Replies: 120
Views: 14604

Re: Which US Airport Has the Poential to Become the Next Hub?

Generally, once we've covered all the existing cities it sounds like airlines should stop expanding and set things up for their next Ch 11.

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