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by blockski
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Consequences of Climate Change
Replies: 150
Views: 4588

Re: Consequences of Climate Change

And yet throughout those millennia the temperatures varied far more than they have in the last century. Literally proving my point that the problem is far more complex and the variables hardly understood. The climate has changed in the past is one of those things that's true and also irrelevant. Ov...

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by blockski
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One Scheme
Replies: 65
Views: 5569

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

Well, it could be a lot worse. But there's no reason to change from the existing, iconic livery. And depending how things shake out, I'll bet we might never see this on the actual new plane.

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by blockski
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects
Replies: 68
Views: 9598

Re: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects

Sounds like this would have a domino effect on their system. Plane holds for late passengers taking up more gate time. Now next arriving flight has to wait for their gate to clear now making that planes' next flight late. Why would it have a domino effect? They're not holding every single flight fo...

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by blockski
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects
Replies: 68
Views: 9598

Re: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects

This is much to do about nothing and is 100% marketing, props to United. They are changing nothing (accept the passenger notification part) its operating as usual and the same as United has been and all the airlines currently do operational decision making. Of course they're marketing it, and obvio...

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by blockski
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects
Replies: 68
Views: 9598

Re: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects

I wonder if this will lead to even more block time padding so they can depart late and still arrive on time? That would be the opposite of what United has been doing lately, trying to squeeze more utilization out of the domestic fleet. If anything, this just allows United to save on reaccommodation...

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by blockski
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects
Replies: 68
Views: 9598

Re: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects

*It was the last flight of the day *There was no one connecting out of PHL on that flight *Large amount of misconnects *Even with the late departure, the flight would still wind up arriving on time Everyone made the connection, and the plane left at 9:44pm instead of 9:10pm, and still managed to ar...

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by blockski
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA
Replies: 82
Views: 16400

Re: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA

The UA DC-10 diverting to DCA is one of those great stories that is told from time to time. You can google and find info on it I think it made some local newspapers. Would have gone viral in aviation circles in today's world. If I recall, did they have to remove the seats as well to ferry it out? N...

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by blockski
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Airports Stop Building for 380 sized Aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 7171

Re: Should Airports Stop Building for 380 sized Aircraft?

Depends on the costs, IMO.

If you're already building new gates, then why not plan for an aircraft of that size? However, it hardly seems worth it to bend over backwards (to great cost) to widen all the taxiways, etc. if you're an airport like SEA, for example.

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by blockski
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX vs SFO in the transpacific market
Replies: 49
Views: 6691

Re: LAX vs SFO in the transpacific market

Just because a great deal of Asian flying depends on VFR and Im a demographics nerd, Ill share some Asian demographics data below. Ill do total numbers later. In 2017, here are the number of Asian immigrants that came to each metro area. This does include all of Asia, not just East Asia: 1. NYC: 62...

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by blockski
Wed May 29, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lack of Transatlantic Service from Ohio
Replies: 86
Views: 8190

Re: Lack of Transatlantic Service from Ohio

Do Mississippi and Alabama have trans-Atlantic flights? Both have well less than 1/2 the population of Ohio...Mississippi is under 1/3. Well, why not combine them? Hell, throw in Arkansas, too. That's a big area with no TATL flights. State borders just aren't particularly relevant. Metropolitan mar...

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by blockski
Wed May 29, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 194
Views: 22814

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

I was passing by DCA today as a part of Metro's ongoing shutdown for platform reconstruction; National Airport is now the southern terminus for the Blue and Yellow lines. While waiting to enter the station, I noticed that they've started erecting structural steel for the New North Concourse. We've e...

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by blockski
Fri May 24, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA
Replies: 82
Views: 16400

Re: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA

BWI also had the same line of storms Yep. Here's a radar loop from twitter. There are reports of serious damage in Columbia, MD, not far from BWI: https://twitter.com/Radiant_Weather/status/1131659799542865921 The flight finally landed at DCA at 3:34, from looking at that radar, there was absolutel...

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by blockski
Thu May 23, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA
Replies: 82
Views: 16400

Re: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA

A United DC-10 diverted into DCA but I'm not sure if it was an international flight. Gonna go way out on a limb and say you probably didn't see a United DC-10. I don't think that was a reference to today, but to this tale from long ago: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=24325 (and no,...

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by blockski
Thu May 23, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA
Replies: 82
Views: 16400

Re: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA

Looking at flight aware, it looks like they made an approach into IAD, and were attempting to come back around when they then decided to divert into DCA...

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by blockski
Wed May 22, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1767
Views: 350238

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

I tend to view smallish, incremental changes to branding and livery as, "meh." I mean, why bother? If you're going to go to the trouble of a rebrand, then actually rebrand. I tend to look at how American went from the orange Lightning Bolt scheme to the famous baremetal scheme as an examp...

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by blockski
Wed May 22, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1767
Views: 350238

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

I tend to view smallish, incremental changes to branding and livery as, "meh." I mean, why bother? If you're going to go to the trouble of a rebrand, then actually rebrand. I tend to look at how American went from the orange Lightning Bolt scheme to the famous baremetal scheme as an examp...

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by blockski
Tue May 21, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: President Trump Using 757?
Replies: 19
Views: 5115

Re: President Trump Using 757?

You mean the C-32... Presidents use the C-32 all the time, for a variety of reasons.

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by blockski
Thu May 16, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate Change - Is aviation heading for a slump?
Replies: 96
Views: 9216

Re: Climate Change - Is aviation heading for a slump?

If you really want to massively cut CO2 emissions, the only viable strategy is nuclear power. Because people aren't going to sacrifice their quality of life. Agree 100%. It's ironic that countries are running away from nuclear power when it is the most viable solution in terms of climate. "Cle...

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by blockski
Thu May 16, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate Change - Is aviation heading for a slump?
Replies: 96
Views: 9216

Re: Climate Change - Is aviation heading for a slump?

Two big risks: First is a regulated change to the business model. Something like a carbon tax will obviously impact carbon-intensive industries like aviation, but that would probably be felt more like a large spike in oil prices. Aviation certainly wouldn't go away, but it would become more expensiv...

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by blockski
Thu May 02, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 194
Views: 22814

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

Z6 is used by AC, Z9 is used (fittingly) by F9, Sun Country uses Z10. US used to be on Z but moved to B after merger. I would agree with hub routes using these. EWR definitely as it has a couple E45 and 737. IAH not as much as it has a 757 and 767 on two of its flights. So maybe EWR and ORD at leas...

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by blockski
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United MCO hub?
Replies: 82
Views: 12002

Re: United MCO hub?

Keep in mind, especially in the state of Florida and Southeast US, UA has the smallest presence of the US3's.. Thats an uphill battle right there...Florida especially is DL and AA country along with every LCC. They would have to invest heavily in MCO over years to make it work. My 2 cents. Agreed, ...

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by blockski
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1767
Views: 350238

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

Any word on the live stream- On Twitter, they said it would be on social media, but did not get any more specific than that. Shouldn't it be starting right about now (Noon CST)??? Unfortunately when I asked where we could find said live stream there response was "We are planning to cover the r...

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by blockski
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA S19 Departures By Hub And Aircraft Type
Replies: 48
Views: 8500

Re: UA S19 Departures By Hub And Aircraft Type

just recieved word today that UA is looking to add 3 gates at IAD over at the Z concourse. Possibly up to 3 of the 4 gates over there. right now F9 and AC use them. Interesting... I'd love to hear more about how they plan to use them. Just as peak gates for the big mid-afternoon bank? Or more consi...

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by blockski
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United MCO hub?
Replies: 82
Views: 12002

Re: United MCO hub?

ericm2031 wrote:
UA857 wrote:
Could UA reinstate MCO for their Southeast hub?


Not with the huge B6/WN/NK/F9 ops there


Also, what purpose would a hub at MCO serve? It's not a great location to serve intra-southeast traffic the way that CLT or ATL do.

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by blockski
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1767
Views: 350238

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

I second this prediction and would bet money on this exact response. Yup. And approximately 93.748% of the entire traveling public won't give a shit anyhow. I don’t think I personally know anyone who would know the difference between the current and suspected new livery. It kind of confuses me why ...

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by blockski
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1767
Views: 350238

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

Here is a still from the video showing, presumably, the reference image the painters used. https://i.imgur.com/K0KeO9P.png My guess: 1) Tail stays the same, save for the removal of gold from the globe 2) Billboard titles on the fuselage (based on the Her Art Here and Star Wars schemes we've seen) 3...

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by blockski
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Cape Town the beginning of a return to Africa for UA ?
Replies: 39
Views: 5260

Re: Is Cape Town the beginning of a return to Africa for UA ?

Would love to see return to LOS on UA, but i know the Euro 3, plus QR, EK, and TK are enjoying the traffic they regained from IAH. Yes people do fly IAH - DXB - LOS it a back track, but whatever cheap, or to gain more points some people do it. Seems like ET cover almost ever major city, while SAA o...

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by blockski
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Original Architect Says PIT Terminal Redesign "Doesn't Make Sense"
Replies: 25
Views: 6616

Re: Original Architect Says PIT Terminal Redesign "Doesn't Make Sense"

You don't think his arguments have any merit? No, or at least very little. The landside building is a dog. The transit sucks money and time. Security space is wildly insufficient, and the less said about the baggage systems (plural, no less) the better. International arrivals are a kludge (a welcom...

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by blockski
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9
Replies: 202
Views: 33536

Re: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9

The Cranky Flier article is a good overview, but he didn't provide any gate totals for AA, DL, Southwest, UA, etc... Anyone know those, especially for DL and AA? And in addition to 4+5, is AA going to get any TBIT gates? Apart than gates, there is another scarce resource that is going to be tricky:...

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by blockski
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contingency planning at major international airports
Replies: 21
Views: 3602

Re: Contingency planning at major international airports

This may be somewhat of a sensitive question, so I understand we may not get into great detail, but ... How well-prepared are countries and airlines for contingencies that could put large parts of an airport out of order for a longer period of time? A few example scenarios that may not be too far-f...

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by blockski
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 194
Views: 22814

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

April's MWAA Board Meeting documents are posted: https://www.mwaa.com/about/april-17-2019-board-and-committee-meetings One cool item: MWAA is going to release a solicitation for a new lounge at Dulles, located in the base of the historic tower: https://www.mwaa.com/sites/default/files/BOD/2019-04/ta...

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by blockski
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9
Replies: 202
Views: 33536

Re: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9

dampfnudel wrote:
I can’t imagine them calling it terminal 0.


None of the documents call it “Terminal 0,” they all refer to Concourse 0, which would expand the facilities of Terminal 1. The concourse wouldn’t have any new curbside space.

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by blockski
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9
Replies: 202
Views: 33536

Re: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9

As to the money, there are capital spending limits which LAWA reported last December. Even if it decided to exceed those, a precedent was set by the Delta lease. It is pay to play. Which means that the main tenant of either terminal is going to have to finance the project upfront and it looks from ...

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by blockski
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9
Replies: 202
Views: 33536

Re: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9

Didn't LAWA masterfully eliminate the gate cap when they eliminated the project to move 6L/24R north? Something about more gates in the CTA area if they remove the west remote gates.. Can't look it up right now. Yes, the terms of the settlement eliminated the gate cap in exchange for LAWA dropping ...

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by blockski
Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9
Replies: 202
Views: 33536

Re: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9

These additions do nothing as previous posters have said to eliminate the traffic in the loop of traffic into the main terminal area, nor does it address the connecting the terminals post security. This plan just continues building additional terminals on to a very outdated design. How would any pl...

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by blockski
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9
Replies: 202
Views: 33536

Re: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9

For the love of God, just tear down LAX and rebuild it from scratch...similar to what they're doing now to LGA. The reason why they don't (aside from the enormous expense) is that tearing it all down and starting over doesn't necessarily address the challenges LAX is facing. As the busiest O&D ...

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by blockski
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9
Replies: 202
Views: 33536

Re: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9

Once these facilities come online, I could see things working out something like this: T1 (including new Concourse 0): WN (international arrivals still at TBIT?), B6, NK, F9, G4, SY T2+T3+North TBIT: DL + international partners T4+T5+South TBIT: AA + international partners T6: AS, HA T7+T8+T9: UA +...

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by blockski
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1767
Views: 350238

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

http://i64.tinypic.com/2nbavx3.jpg Here's a little something I put together. Personally, I like the white, modern look. Yes, it's on an A350, but that's the only good template I could find, being I couldn't find a good 787 template. If I'm correct, they have 45 350's on order anyway. Correct me if ...

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by blockski
Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 194
Views: 22814

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

atcsundevil, I disagree with you that Nextgen won't add capacity at DCA. The IFR acceptance rate is 28 per hour, which is what slots are based on. With Nextgen VFR becomes the new IFR with an acceptance rate of 32 per hour. In addition the short runways, which can be used by large regional jets and...

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by blockski
Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 1302
Views: 242449

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

Why will United operate from Denver to Frankfurt year-round, yet London Heathrow is only summer seasonal? Slots are easier to obtain in winter than summer, and Heathrow can rival Frankfurt for Star Alliance connectivity UA didn’t obtain any new slots for their DEN-LHR service, they moved one of the...

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by blockski
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 584
Views: 89613

Re: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2019

IMO, a major problem with this new expansion of the Int'l Terminal is the lack of a CTA subway station in proximity to T5. International arrivals have to double back to other terminals to get to the CTA station which is then another haul from the APM station. I feel like the city could have easily ...

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by blockski
Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What MLB Team Flies the Farthest
Replies: 15
Views: 2125

Re: What MLB Team Flies the Farthest

Tampa's not close to much in MLB terms.

Just look at a map of MLB teams: there's a whole lot of nothing in the area south of the Ohio River/East of the Mississippi, except for Atlanta and Florida. And of course, the two closest teams to Tampa are NL teams.

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by blockski
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How does United make money on airfares less than $100?
Replies: 41
Views: 6649

Re: How does United make money on airfares less than $100?

Are these basic economy fares? Remember that part of the strategy with basic economy (just like the ULCCs) is to make money on fees and not just fares. Fees for assigned seats, for checked bags, for larger carry-on bags, etc.

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by blockski
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1767
Views: 350238

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

I agree. The globe in a box looks awful, like a cheap afterthought slapped on! I know there are naysayers, but I believe some good creative types could create a partial globe (without using the box) that would would not look like an lemon wedge. By using color to create dimension and depth a partia...

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by blockski
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1767
Views: 350238

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

Aside from the tail, whom ever has been working with the Globe has done a great job using something which was fundamentally flawed as a “symbol”- it may have looked very new in 1991 on the tail, but when it’s in a box- I hate it . I agree. The globe in a box looks awful, like a cheap afterthought s...

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by blockski
Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's long term domestic strategy
Replies: 37
Views: 6019

Re: United's long term domestic strategy

Not all O&D as it is UA's primary TATL hub, but Scott Kirby was quoted in the following article as saying EWR will become "close to all mainline operations" at the airport. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/analysis-united-maps-future-of-newark-and-washingto-449194/ I don’t k...

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by blockski
Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's long term domestic strategy
Replies: 37
Views: 6019

Re: United's long term domestic strategy

This is a little off-topic but does anyone actually think that EWR will become practically all-mainline and all-O&D in the near future (next 3ish years)? As of now, there is still tons of RJ service, although they have been upgauging over the past couple of years. The RJ situation at EWR is bet...

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by blockski
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential UAL strategy at IAD?
Replies: 88
Views: 8642

Re: Potential UAL strategy at IAD?

"IAD is, as you note, 68.9% O&D, which is higher than I'd expect - showing how much more room there is for UA to use that O&D base to leverage connecting opportunities. \" Question: Does the 68.9% O&D figure apply only to United, or is that for all operations? I would think th...

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by blockski
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 194
Views: 22814

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

Curious question for our more techincal folks, how much would MWAA need to extend DCA's 33 to make it at least consistently useable for the plethora of E175s at the field. I know hell would freeze over for any extension to happen, but just curious. That seems to be the only way to add any more slot...

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by blockski
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential UAL strategy at IAD?
Replies: 88
Views: 8642

Re: Potential UAL strategy at IAD?

A few facts to chew on: • IAD has 68.9% O&D Source: Latest Official Statement, MWAA, p. ii https://www.mwaa.com/sites/default/files/series_2018a_mwaa_os.pdf Thanks for this - there's a lot of fun stuff here. DCA is 88.3% O&D, which is about what I'd expect. IAD is, as you note, 68.9% O&...

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