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by blockski
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The A380 and US airlines: Too late or still a chance?
Replies: 50
Views: 5656

Re: The A380 and US airlines: Too late or still a chance?

The US major carriers (international) have not bought A380 because they can't or don't want to compete for international high yield business traveller and it isn't a freight carrying aircraft like the 77W. Such travellers - I am one - chose other airlines. I avoid all US airlines because of their s...

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by blockski
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 87
Views: 6610

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Why doesn’t the IAD website map show PDX as a seasonal route? UA does not fly Dulles-Portland year round. They don't update those maps super frequently. That change to a seasonal route (and a barely seasonal one IIRC - I think they take 5-6 weeks off) was relatively recent, and likely announced aft...

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by blockski
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 87
Views: 6610

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Saw an Alaska E170 fly by for the first time just a little while ago going into DCA. Shows that it will be going to Gate 16 which I thought was a UA gate. So are UA and AS sharing Gate 16 now and who will get to use Gate 24 now that it appears to be vacated? Just looking at the arrivals board, it a...

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by blockski
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 87
Views: 6610

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Thank you for your perspectives. I did not know all this but I was solely basing my points using this yardstick: DCA: total aircraft operations in the calendar year 2017: 293,097 Total number of gates: 44 IAD: total aircraft operations in the calendar year 2017: 264,575 Total number of gates: 175 (...

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by blockski
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Port Authority awards EWR Terminal One build contract
Replies: 18
Views: 3311

Re: Port Authority awards EWR Terminal One build contract

Oh great, yet another non-airside connected terminal at EWR... I wonder, does this fit into some greater airport strategy, or is this just a way to expand into available space, without thinking too much about changing the airport's layout in the long term? Will terminal A get gates directly attache...

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by blockski
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump administration proposes selling DCA and IAD
Replies: 25
Views: 6568

Re: Trump administration proposes selling DCA and IAD

First of all, DCA cannot handle anything larger than a 757-300. There has occasionally been a rare 767-300 here, but it requires special handling and procedures according to the Reagan controllers. The runway is not long enough to utilize a full 767 on trans-continental or trans-Atlantic flights. B...

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by blockski
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump administration proposes selling DCA and IAD
Replies: 25
Views: 6568

Re: Trump administration proposes selling DCA and IAD

cheapgreek wrote:
Sounds good to me, the government does not need to be in the airport business. A private concern would be free of political interference and could make quick decisions.


The feds haven’t been in the airport business for years, ever since they issued long term leases to MWAA for both IAD and DCA.

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by blockski
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK / SFO bay development
Replies: 83
Views: 7428

Re: JFK / SFO bay development

Maybe one of the respective local residents can explain: Why is the water next to SFO / JFK so rich in wildlife compared to, for example, the waters surrounding HKG, SIN, KIX, HND, ...? Even Oakland has a runway built on reclaimed land, as are parts of SFO and JFK already. JFK and SFO are in the US...

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by blockski
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK / SFO bay development
Replies: 83
Views: 7428

Re: JFK / SFO bay development

Maybe one of the respective local residents can explain: Why is the water next to SFO / JFK so rich in wildlife compared to, for example, the waters surrounding HKG, SIN, KIX, HND, ...? Even Oakland has a runway built on reclaimed land, as are parts of SFO and JFK already. JFK and SFO are in the US...

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by blockski
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: the future of the jet bridge
Replies: 28
Views: 3914

Re: the future of the jet bridge

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/f ... /80806044/
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Here's an article from 2016 on the history of the jet bridge, and it gets into some of the issues about glass in the US:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/f ... /80806044/

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by blockski
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air Adds Washington Dulles - London Stansted Route
Replies: 12
Views: 1539

Re: Primera Air Adds Washington Dulles - London Stansted Route

Wonder why they picked Dulles over Baltimore. After all they're promoting themselves as low-cost, but Dulles is actually more of a premium airport. Baltimore handles most of the low-cost traffic for Washington. In Europe they made the right choice for an LCC to use Stansted, but in America they see...

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by blockski
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air Adds Washington Dulles - London Stansted Route
Replies: 12
Views: 1539

Re: Primera Air Adds Washington Dulles - London Stansted Route

Wonder why they picked Dulles over Baltimore. After all they're promoting themselves as low-cost, but Dulles is actually more of a premium airport. Baltimore handles most of the low-cost traffic for Washington. In Europe they made the right choice for an LCC to use Stansted, but in America they see...

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by blockski
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Plans LAX Push in Comeback Effort
Replies: 226
Views: 56428

Re: UA Plans LAX Push in Comeback Effort

United Airlines Secures Naming Rights to L.A. Coliseum in 16 year, $69mil deal. https://www.wsj.com/articles/los-angeles-memorial-coliseum-to-get-new-name-after-deal-with-united-airlines-1517248800 = Should be good free PR during Olympics. The Olympics don’t allow for corporate sponsors, at least n...

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by blockski
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 209
Views: 25113

Re: United Airlines Network Thread 2018

Like DEN, IAH only has NRT over the pacific. It’s hard to imagine a route like PVG being placed at DEN over IAH because IAH is so much larger a local market to China. That said there aren’t any free frequencies right now so it’s moot. I understand it is a moot point now but once again I'm talking a...

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by blockski
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: IAD Runway OPS
Replies: 14
Views: 1587

Re: IAD Runway OPS

FSDan wrote:
So it sounds like runway 30 is used for departures regardless of whether there is a north or south flow? Can widebodies depart off of 30, or do they have to use the 1s/19s?


Yes, It is, and yes, they do use 30 for widebodies.

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by blockski
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: IAD Runway OPS
Replies: 14
Views: 1587

Re: IAD Runway OPS

MWAA's annual noise report has some stats on runway utilization: http://www.flydulles.com/sites/default/files/2016_mwaa_annual_aircraft_noise_report_final.pdf#page=34 Runway 30 was used for 72% of all departures in 2016. Arrivals split fairly evenly between 19C/19R and 1L/1C, with a bit more time in...

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by blockski
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA return to JFK ?
Replies: 63
Views: 9820

Re: Will UA return to JFK ?

Right now it would be way too expensive to relaunch JFK. They would need some serious frequency for it to be worth it. IAD, LAX, SFO would all be excellent for star alliance partners but that ship has sailed. They made a cost saving decision, it's done now. Won't happen unless something crazy happe...

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by blockski
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2nd Amazon HQ Finalists - No SEA-CMH
Replies: 105
Views: 6887

Re: 2nd Amazon HQ Finalists - No SEA-CMH

On stop as an example. Queensboro Plaza opened in 1916. 101 years ago. 12,000 new apartments just came online in LIC. Same subway stop...since 1916. You can not “maintain” your way out of that. That is unchecked growth with no infrastructure plan. Queensboro Plaza is the 125th busiest subway statio...

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by blockski
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2nd Amazon HQ Finalists - No SEA-CMH
Replies: 105
Views: 6887

Re: 2nd Amazon HQ Finalists - No SEA-CMH

Look at numbers not growth rate. New York is so much bigger than everywhere else in the United States that the growth rate is a misnomer. Show me a city that’s added 1 million people in United States in 20 years. The infastructure(trains from 1920s, roads from 1940s/50s) simply can not handle that ...

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by blockski
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2nd Amazon HQ Finalists - No SEA-CMH
Replies: 105
Views: 6887

Re: 2nd Amazon HQ Finalists - No SEA-CMH

Look at numbers not growth rate. New York is so much bigger than everywhere else in the United States that the growth rate is a misnomer. Show me a city that’s added 1 million people in United States in 20 years. The infastructure(trains from 1920s, roads from 1940s/50s) simply can not handle that ...

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by blockski
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2nd Amazon HQ Finalists - No SEA-CMH
Replies: 105
Views: 6887

Re: 2nd Amazon HQ Finalists - No SEA-CMH

Given that Amazon's short list is nothing but a list of 'major metro areas,' I'm not sure why you think one won't be selected. I also don't know what you're calling a 'major' Metro area. Did you read the RFP closely? Amazon is explicitly looking for office space. That's the whole reason for this pr...

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by blockski
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2nd Amazon HQ Finalists - No SEA-CMH
Replies: 105
Views: 6887

Re: 2nd Amazon HQ Finalists - No SEA-CMH

I find it unlikely that the winner will be a major metro area. Cost of living is typically much higher. Traffic is bad, and good luck finding 100 acres of open space downtown. Amazon doesn't need office space. The bid requires 100 acres of land. And money..... smaller markets are likely to cough up...

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by blockski
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2nd Amazon HQ Finalists - No SEA-CMH
Replies: 105
Views: 6887

Re: 2nd Amazon HQ Finalists - No SEA-CMH

No way it's NYC. I'm shocked it even made the short list. It has simply gotten too expensive and too hard to live here...even for techies. NY is a city under siege from unchecked population growth without proper infrastructure growth. Our roads, subways, commuter rails, airports and bus system are ...

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by blockski
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 209
Views: 25113

Re: United Airlines Network Thread 2018

UA seems to have given up on DCA, which is a bit surprising to me given their struggles across town at IAD. ORD is in the same boat. UA used to offer exclusively mainline service on an hourly basis while AA offered sporadic Eagle regional jets. Now the situation is reverse: AA flies all mainline an...

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by blockski
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 87
Views: 6610

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Slightly random, but I figured everyone in here would probably know the answer. Can someone please tell me what the cargo aircraft are that I see flying around IAD on approach / departure fairly often? All I can tell from the distance is that it's a swept-wing cargo/transport, looks like C-17, A-40...

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by blockski
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 87
Views: 6610

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

The agenda and documents for MWAA's January Board of Directors meeting have been posted: http://www.mwaa.com/about/january-17-2018-board-and-committee-meetings Some fun stuff in here. The usual passenger statistics: http://www.mwaa.com/sites/default/files/BOD/2018-01/tab_3.2_executive_vice_president...

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by blockski
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair goes back to Baltimore
Replies: 63
Views: 5815

Re: Icelandair goes back to Baltimore

dcaviation wrote:
So KEF - twice daily to IAD and 4x weekly to BWI. Plus WoW daily to BWI.
That's overkill. I think WoW and Icelandair are in the piss fight.


Enrila's OAG thread showed Icelandair going 3x daily to IAD in summer 2018...

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by blockski
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Merger Style vs EU merger Style
Replies: 41
Views: 4826

Re: US Merger Style vs EU merger Style

The key difference always comes back to the fact that the US is one country, and the EU is many countries.

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by blockski
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 87
Views: 6610

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Will Congress ever enact legislation to add extra beyond-perimeter slot at DCA? Southwest could add nonstop service from DCA to DEN, LAS, OAK, PHX, SAT, and SAN and Delta could add nonstop service from DCA to SEA if Congress adds extra beyond-perimeter slot exemptions at DCA, if Southwest gets addi...

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by blockski
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which major US hub has the shortest average flight time to any point in the mainland US
Replies: 69
Views: 7794

Re: Which major US hub has the shortest average flight time to any point in the mainland US

Delta 903 is scheduled at 2 hours 30 minutes Atlanta to Boston – DL 903 Scheduled 10:25 pm 12:56 am And you'll note that I specifically talked about flying time, not block time. The plane for DL903 was flying in the air last night for 2 hours and 3 minutes. But block time is the universal calculati...

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by blockski
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which major US hub has the shortest average flight time to any point in the mainland US
Replies: 69
Views: 7794

Re: Which major US hub has the shortest average flight time to any point in the mainland US

But it takes more than 2 hours to fly a thousand miles that's the problem 750 is even pushing the 2 hour limit. It doesn't, really. Here's DL 903, ATL-BOS, in the air (takeoff to landing) for 2:03, flying 1,016 miles. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL903/history/20180103/0207Z/KATL/KBOS Anywa...

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by blockski
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 87
Views: 6610

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Two cents, indeed. Fortunately, Federal authorities have made sure DCA stayed open. Closing DCA would be bad policy because Dullles is too far out. And no, DCA should not be made more expensive by fees/ cost and anyone "forcibly" sent to IAD. The Federal government made the bad and unnece...

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by blockski
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 87
Views: 6610

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

I can't speak to how the debt load got so high in the first place, but I have no issue with sharing costs/revenues between DCA and IAD because of the history. The two airports were designed to be operated as a complementary pair. There are a whole bunch of reasons why that might've been a bad idea,...

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by blockski
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 87
Views: 6610

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

I'm not thrilled about MWAA sucking money out of DCA to support IAD and its big debt load, because this is a big project and will no doubt increase DCA's CPE. If I recall correctly, that's exactly how IAD's debt load got so high, because they offloaded debt from the DCA renovation onto IAD. So, fai...

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by blockski
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 87
Views: 6610

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

I have often wondered if El Al would ever consider flying to Washington. A year or so ago, MWAA accidentally posted one of their confidential docs on website about route development. El Al was on the list, as I gather TLV is one of the biggest unserved destinations out of IAD. https://www.flightglo...

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by blockski
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 127
Views: 11882

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

For those that missed it, IAD will receive new service next year to HKG operated by Cathay. It will be Hong Kong's longest route, and I believe should also be the longest route from the DC area. The flight will be operated by the A350, with a flight time of just under 17 hours. I've personally been...

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by blockski
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 127
Views: 11882

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

For those that missed it, IAD will receive new service next year to HKG operated by Cathay. It will be Hong Kong's longest route, and I believe should also be the longest route from the DC area. The flight will be operated by the A350, with a flight time of just under 17 hours. I've personally been...

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by blockski
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 127
Views: 11882

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

What are chances of adding say, 6-8 new slots per day at DCA? While I'd love to see it because I think the stipulation would be a new destination and would probably (finally) get OKC a DCA flight, it just doesn't seem feasible/smart. You're conflating beyond-perimeter slots with slots in general. D...

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by blockski
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 127
Views: 11882

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

The December MWAA Board of Directors meeting agenda and documents have been posted: http://www.mwaa.com/about/december-13-2017-board-and-committee-meetings Some points of note: DCA Construction Updates : http://www.mwaa.com/sites/default/files/BOD/2017-12/tab_13_ronald_reagan_washington_national_air...

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by blockski
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EWR Barack H Obama Airport
Replies: 80
Views: 5792

Re: EWR Barack H Obama Airport

As a general rule, we shouldn't name things for people who are still living. Then Houston airport should revert to being called Houston Intercontinental Airport. And all those schools and avenues and buildings named after living presidents and congressmen should have their names stripped until they...

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by blockski
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EWR Barack H Obama Airport
Replies: 80
Views: 5792

Re: EWR Barack H Obama Airport

As a general rule, we shouldn't name things for people who are still living.

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by blockski
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 127
Views: 11882

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

The full agenda and attachments have been posted for this week's MWAA Board of Directors meeting: http://www.mwaa.com/about/november-15-2017-annual-board-and-committee-meetings Some highlights. Air traffic stats: http://www.mwaa.com/sites/default/files/BOD/2017-11/tab_5.2_executive_vice_presidents_r...

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by blockski
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'
Replies: 108
Views: 15880

Re: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'

it's worth asking if the assumptions about competition from deregulation still apply in a consolidated marketplace, and what kind of measures might be needed to encourage more competition. First off, again, I'm still not really sure what the basis would be for justifying concerted public policy to ...

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by blockski
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'
Replies: 108
Views: 15880

Re: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'

It is, with respect, stunning to me that anyone could complain about an industry providing the level of national and global access, and choice, and intense competition, and reinvestment, as the U.S. airline industry, and think that such things being done at net margins of ~10% is unreasonable. Stun...

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by blockski
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'
Replies: 108
Views: 15880

Re: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'

This is an excellent article discussing the changes in the airline business in the USA over the last 40 years from deregulation to now, how it is much worse for workers and passengers: http://prospect.org/article/unfriendly-skies This is not an excellent article. This is a piece of crap article. Ma...

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by blockski
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no IAH-HKG on UA or CX?
Replies: 53
Views: 5674

Re: Why no IAH-HKG on UA or CX?

Considering United has specifically called out market softness in HKG market the last two quarters, I do not see them adding a link from IAH anytime soon. Anyhow before IAH route, UA per employee townhall wants to put more routes into LAX, and HKG was one of the markets mentioned they looked at bef...

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by blockski
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which US Airport Has the Poential to Become the Next Hub?
Replies: 120
Views: 14274

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

TPA as a UA hub or mini hub. UA does not have a SE hub now, I know TPA is bit far south, but that is the best city since it has strong O & D and connections would be icing on the cake. Birmingham would be second choice. Another one is STL as a hub come back for any airline which is interested, ...

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by blockski
Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub
Replies: 196
Views: 20715

Re: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub

I disagree, BNA would love a UA hub. Anything that would grow the airport and increase the number of passengers they are for. I don't think it would be a large hub on the scale of ATL and CLT, but a smaller niche hub (like DL at CVG) that could capture some of the southeast traffic that they are mi...

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by blockski
Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's future at Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 11562

Re: United's future at Dulles

Not that I think UA is closing the hub but actions speak louder than words: the Dulles hub can't even hold a single PDX flight year-round with no competition. So a 2300 mile flight to the 25th largest US market is the sole determiner of IAD’s hub status? Hmm. Got it. Oh please. How many stats do ha...

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by blockski
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's future at Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 11562

Re: United's future at Dulles

My one dream (that will never happen) is for AA to develop a minor O&D hublet at IAD-maybe operating IAD-SEA/LHR/MAD/NRT/DUB/CDG. I mean, with their JV partners, some of these already exist. BA flies IAD-LHR; Aer Lingus already flies DUB-IAD; they could be part of the JV soon. IB would be a str...

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