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by flyPIT
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

Another interesting flight, this B763 that originated in Romania and flew in via Frankfurt Hahn last night.
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/CMB300/history/20180717/1851Z/EDFH/KPIT

I believe this might have been Omni Air.

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by flyPIT
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

Volaris was doing CUN charters for one of the vacation package operators a couple years ago. They probably wanted to sell any extra seats on their own so applied for scheduled authority in order to do so. Just like F9 used to do.

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by flyPIT
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

The C-17 hangar coming along....
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by flyPIT
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

May passengers are up 8.6%; ytd up 10.4%: http://www.flypittsburgh.com/newsroom/news-releases/passenger-traffic-up-8-6-percent-in-may-at-pittsbu As usual they have failed to upload the associated statistics spreadsheet for May so no data on int'l, cargo, or operations as of yet. Assuming this growt...

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by flyPIT
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

Some things I picked up on while looking at the 2018 Operating and Capital Budget. http://www.flypittsburgh.com/getattachment/About-Us/Reports-Financials/2018-Operating-and-Capital-Budget.pdf.aspx?lang=en-US -Taxiway A will be extended in 2022 (p96), and again in 2031 (p97). This would be to accommo...

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by flyPIT
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PHL buys more land in effort to bolster shipping
Replies: 24
Views: 3505

Re: PHL buys more land in effort to bolster shipping

With tax relief and a cargo hub, it could be a boost for HQ2. Amazon wants sorting centers and a cargo hub co-located. Is the plot of land big enough? Is the road access sufficient for a flood of Amazon trucks? I would bet this land is for trying to attract Amazon... Notice I said trying. I have no...

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by flyPIT
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest prompts $60M expansion at BWI
Replies: 93
Views: 8606

Re: Southwest prompts $60M expansion at BWI

Ha, you are right. The idea behind Pier E was to be an TATL alternative to Dulles. I doubt that will ever happen now. Even low-cost TATL carriers like FI prefer operating at IAD over BWI. It's down to BA/WW. They did try though. Ghana Air and Air Greenland were my favorites in those pre-WN internat...

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by flyPIT
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT remodeling airport
Replies: 100
Views: 12608

Re: PIT remodeling airport

Did they update the air service figures in the draft (I'm guessing now final) Master Plan? Curious to see if they tell the whole story now. Only the Draft Master Plan has been released. The master plan is a different process and document than what I posted above. I'm sure the final master plan docu...

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by flyPIT
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

I think DL would have a problem moving to the odd B or even A gates. I think there is a taxiway limitation with larger aircraft on those ramps. Since DL uses the 757 and 767 (on some subs), this would not work on these gates. Someone in the know about PIT may be able to confirm. I believe you are c...

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by flyPIT
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT remodeling airport
Replies: 100
Views: 12608

Re: PIT remodeling airport

Final Environmental Assessment became available last month: http://pittransformed.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/PIT_TMP_Final_Environmental_Assessment_20180524.pdf I only skimmed over it for now, but I did notice the word "demolition" regarding the landside terminal. Initially the buildin...

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by flyPIT
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OneJet to acquire Ultimate JetCharters
Replies: 132
Views: 10753

Re: OneJet to acquire Ultimate JetCharters

A couple questions from the peanut gallery... -What happened to the $10 million OneJet recently raised? I assume a good portion of that was used to acquire Ultimate but I don't think details of that transaction were ever disclosed. -Prior to that fundraising, The ACAA (PIT airport authority) loaned ...

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by flyPIT
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Runway slope difference
Replies: 13
Views: 1119

Re: Runway slope difference

What I never understood is why do major runways have any slope at all? It isn’t that hard to grade and level, especially with GPS equipment in graders. I get that little airports might not have the sophistication or desire to spend the money, but why wouldn’t a ATL have 0 slope? Slopes are accounte...

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by flyPIT
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

"Southern Airways reports best performance month in its history" http://www.thecourierexpress.com/news/southern-airways-reports-best-performance-month-in-its-history/article_ef5a147e-4556-5703-a452-35db96cc5f49.html Pretty impressive growth at FKL, increasing 69% month over month. By comp...

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by flyPIT
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

Unable to confirm yet but it looks like AS is going to operate out of D85 next to NK. There is major work about to take place at that gate as it has been mostly walled off. D85 would seem to be the logical choice for AS to operate from. Doubtful considering the odd numbered D and even numbered C ga...

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by flyPIT
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

Speaking of Alaska, they have upgauged their SEA flight to a 737-900 two months before flights begin. Great to see.

I'm not sure if it's been mentioned but UAL's evening mainline IAD-PIT flight has also been upgauged to a 739.

PIT-SLC begins today.

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by flyPIT
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New luxury airline to offer affordable prices for first-class only aircraft
Replies: 60
Views: 11400

Re: New luxury airline to offer affordable prices for first-class only aircraft

As usual, there's a crowd here that can't wait to post that they think this will fail. I'm not aware of any other airline that tried this using the CRJ700, so there's no basis to state that they will fail. Question on the NYC end: Will it be EWR, JFK or maybe TEB? :checkmark: Some of the comparison...

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by flyPIT
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1336
Views: 80945

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018

Midwestindy wrote:
IND-SLC-(+200%)

Routes
IND-SFO (+53.9%)
IND-SEA (+51.1%)
IND-AUS (+35.1%)


Its fascinating how new or increased nonstop service can increase market demand between two cities.

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by flyPIT
Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

May passengers are up 8.6%; ytd up 10.4%:
http://www.flypittsburgh.com/newsroom/news-releases/passenger-traffic-up-8-6-percent-in-may-at-pittsbu

As usual they have failed to upload the associated statistics spreadsheet for May so no data on int'l, cargo, or operations as of yet.

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by flyPIT
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What are driving some routes ?
Replies: 32
Views: 3185

Re: What are driving some routes ?

DL CVG-CDG - P&G AA RDU-LHR - GSK Even without P&G I would think DL would still be flying CVG-CDG. CVG is a similar market to IND and PIT yet is a much larger DL station. Someone may very well be flying RDU-London even without GSK. The market is big enough to support its two flights to Euro...

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by flyPIT
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

From PIT, LAX Q1: 219 Q2: 225 Q3: 313 Q4: 313 ONT Q1: 20 Q2: 31 Q3: 29 Q4: 28 SNA Q1: 50 Q2: 52 Q3: 50 Q4: 51 LGB Q1: 3 Q2: 3 Q3: 2 Q4: 2 Looking at the LAX numbers, at first glance one might be mistaken to think the demand to the LA region varies by season. However looking at the other LA Basin ai...

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by flyPIT
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

Southwest describing the PIT-LAX reduction as "seasonal", although no further information is available: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2018/07/03/Southwest-Airlines-cuts-Los-Angeles-Pittsburgh-flights-customer-demand/stories/201807030039 A couple holding stacks going on wi...

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by flyPIT
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

On the topic of PIT-LAX, i pulled up fare and LF data from BTS and sorted them with my scripts. Here is the data for Q4. I added PIT-SFO and WN's BWI-LAX just for comparison CityPair Distance Carrier Boarded AvgFare NonStopFare ConnFare % NonStop LF AvgAsm PRASM PITLAX 2136 WN 23026 231.38 229.01 2...

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by flyPIT
Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

Average fares were almost identical, but I noticed something interesting when going back through the Origin and Destination Survey: AA was capturing higher fares flying pax PIT-XXX-LAX, rather than flying them nonstop. At that point, why would AA even fly PIT-LAX if passengers are willing to pay mo...

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by flyPIT
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

Regarding Southwest all but eliminating PIT-LAX Southwest took the hatchet really good to their trans-con and mid-con network, so its not only PIT feeling some pain. Interesting however that WN drove AA off the route and now NK drove WN off the route. I still scratch my head over AA eliminating PIT-...

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by flyPIT
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

cvgComair wrote:
I believed they removed that functionality unless you are paying for custom reports.

Ok thanks.

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by flyPIT
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

Does anyone know how to access FlightAware's airline route LF and RASM/CASM data?

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by flyPIT
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OneJet to acquire Ultimate JetCharters
Replies: 132
Views: 10753

Re: OneJet to acquire Ultimate JetCharters

If J1 is not even able to manage a basic flight schedule, I wonder what the chances of them actually following through with the purchase of another company are? I question this given that they have not discussed the acquisition since it was first reported two months ago. To be fair I think the prob...

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by flyPIT
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OneJet to acquire Ultimate JetCharters
Replies: 132
Views: 10753

Re: OneJet to acquire Ultimate JetCharters

If I was PIT airport/business community that contributed the millions to keep OneJet going, I would be pretty furious. Didn't they promise 20-30 routes from PIT and now they are down to 6? IIRC it was 15 routes and I agree I'd be pretty furious if I were PIT. If there is a silver lining the money P...

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by flyPIT
Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx to build ONT hub
Replies: 12
Views: 3365

FedEx to build ONT hub

This was rumored a couple months ago but a long term lease has now been signed. FX will be tripling their existing footprint from 18 acres to 51 acres, with an option to add 40 more and will spend $100 million. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ontario-international-airport-approves-new-long-...

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by flyPIT
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

I believe today is the first day for DE's third weekly PIT-FRA flight. Looks like a full boat:

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by flyPIT
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

Nov '17 trans-Atlantic loads:
PIT-KEF 68%
KEF-PIT 67%

Dec '17 trans-Atlantic loads:
PIT-KEF 80%
KEF-PIT 73%

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by flyPIT
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AUS to become a Delta Focus City
Replies: 426
Views: 41908

Re: AUS to become a Delta Focus City

No, but you are not comparing two comparable cities. ICN serves a vastly different function in DL's system than AUS.. The only point I made here is there is more to the equation than simply number of departures. IND/PIT are both mid-sized midwestern spokes for Delta, with very similar O&D deman...

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by flyPIT
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AUS to become a Delta Focus City
Replies: 426
Views: 41908

Re: AUS to become a Delta Focus City

1. You are thinking of CMH-SAT 2. CVG-AUS was in the exact same circumstance, and DL announced it no problem. Case in point 3. If PIT-AUS can't support the service it had, why would another carrier like DL be eager to start it 4. DL would have to physically program connections through PIT into thei...

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by flyPIT
Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AUS to become a Delta Focus City
Replies: 426
Views: 41908

Re: AUS to become a Delta Focus City

1. No airline flies IND-SAT 2. WN flies 1x weekly, F9 flies 2x weekly, G4 flies 2x-3x weekly on IND-AUS, hardly competition for DL 3. PIT does have a PIT-AUS flight, but it is being suspended due to low performance 4. DL could connect passengers from AUS-IND-CDG/LGA/e.t.c, currently DL does not all...

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by flyPIT
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AUS to become a Delta Focus City
Replies: 426
Views: 41908

Re: AUS to become a Delta Focus City

I am pretty sure IND would get flight. 3 airlines are on IND-AUS but none of them are daily Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk The same could be said for CMH-AUS, though I think it's a little more doubtful with G4 and F9 on the route in spite of being a strong DL city. 3 airlines fly IND-AUS. 1 a...

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by flyPIT
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug IL-62 Landing on a Grass Field???
Replies: 114
Views: 13899

Re: Interflug IL-62 Landing on a Grass Field???

Having the nose that high would also have made the wing act as a giant speed brake. The only reason the nose was that high is because the Captain bounced it off a small hill on initial landing, resulting in the nose gear touching down first when the aircraft returned to terra firma. The fact that t...

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by flyPIT
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Difficult Taxiways
Replies: 8
Views: 2042

Re: Difficult Taxiways

Still blows me away that JFK doesn't have lighted taxiways. Just reflective sticks. It's a pain there at night. Of course JFK has lighted taxiways. The green center line lighting is much more desirable than a sea of blue edge lighting especially with the large amount of short taxiway connectors JFK...

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by flyPIT
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS orders 3 more 767
Replies: 14
Views: 3928

Re: UPS orders 3 more 767

UPS secured two more production slots, so total UPS 767 deliveries will now total 9 new builds plus the 3 JAL conversions.

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by flyPIT
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH at YVR & SEA
Replies: 27
Views: 4695

Re: LH at YVR & SEA

flybynight wrote:
Seattle is the bigger metro area by roughly 1 million people with bigger international corporations. Not only that, YVR gets a flight from Munich as well.

Doesn't Condor fly SEA-MUC (seasonally)? As for the rest, YVR has always had greater int'l travel.

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by flyPIT
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

AF2 to visit on Saturday. Seems odd to me to have one airliine's gates on the even side of a concourse and another airline on the odd side. Wouldn't it make more sense to have for instance, SW A1-A6 and United A7-A10 or whatever? The moving escalators are so long they block passengers from moving ac...

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by flyPIT
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: David Neeleman Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline
Replies: 231
Views: 24876

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

Lets keep in mind secondary airports have their limited catchment areas or in other words market accessibility. BUR in no shape or form can serve more than a fraction of that 18million people in LA basin. It simply won't draw many outside its catchment area due to distance and time constraints alon...

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by flyPIT
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The rest of Ohio - 2018
Replies: 1188
Views: 95915

Re: The rest of Ohio - 2018

It mentions Fort Worth though, which I don't really consider a secondary market. I would think most people lump it in with Dallas. Again though, that's what a journalist said. " such as Providence, R.I.; Fort Worth, Tex.; and Burbank, Calif. " Did that come from Neeleman's mouth, or did a...

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by flyPIT
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The rest of Ohio - 2018
Replies: 1188
Views: 95915

Re: The rest of Ohio - 2018

Just announced today, the same guy that setup JetBlue is launching a new US LCC. They have ordered 60 CS300 aircraft. If the airline actually comes to fruition, I would imagine we could see this airline in some Ohio airports. http://montrealgazette.com/business/local-business/aerospace/jetblue-spin...

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by flyPIT
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: David Neeleman Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline
Replies: 231
Views: 24876

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

Guess Neeleman cant sit still and always chasing a new gig. Well, he does have a great track record. Looks like Robert Milton (former CEO of Air Canada and Chairman of United) and Henri Courpron (former ILFC CEO) are also on board. https://newsroom.aviator.aero/david-neeleman-to-launch-moxy-airways...

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by flyPIT
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

Southern Airways is reducing a frequency to BWI and adding it to PIT from AOO. This also happened at DUJ.
http://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2018/06/altoona-blair-flight-plans-expected-to-change/

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by flyPIT
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

JST is recommending Boutique Air to replace Southern: http://wjactv.com/news/local/airport-authority-recommends-switching-airlines-in-johnstown Southern Airways in talks to start LBE-PIT/BWI: http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/13752485-74/talks-resume-for-possible-latrobe-pittsburgh-flights

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by flyPIT
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 1008
Views: 97149

Re: PIT Update Discussion Thread - 2018

A cracker plant is nothing to sneeze at but it’s more like a data center. Very expensive to build, lots of construction workers, but not tons of jobs when it is fully operational. At least that’s my understanding. The job creation is about the spinoff industry crackers create (polymers, plastics, e...

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