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by blockski
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Plans for Dulles
Replies: 69
Views: 6618

Re: United's Plans for Dulles

METRO will not be a game changer. No express service. So it’s 15 stops to Foggy Bottom. You’ll have around 20 stops just to get to the Mall. Whereas Amtrak or MARC from BWI has three stops or less for Union Station. Union Station is a stones throw from all the tourist/business downtown DC areas. It...

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by blockski
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Plans for Dulles
Replies: 69
Views: 6618

Re: United's Plans for Dulles

EWR will never be downsized in favor of IAD or anywhere else. United will not open up room for other carriers to grow and steal market share. This is exactly what happened during Smiseks disastrous tenure as CEO. I don’t think anyone is suggesting that EWR be downsized. Rather, UA has choices of wh...

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by blockski
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Plans for Dulles
Replies: 69
Views: 6618

Re: United's Plans for Dulles

EWR will never be downsized in favor of IAD or anywhere else. United will not open up room for other carriers to grow and steal market share. This is exactly what happened during Smiseks disastrous tenure as CEO. I don’t think anyone is suggesting that EWR be downsized. Rather, UA has choices of wh...

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by blockski
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of DET (Detroit City Airport)
Replies: 62
Views: 3880

Re: Future of DET (Detroit City Airport)

DET is only 264 acres. MDW is 650 acres. Even SNA is just over 500 acres.

There’s simply no business case here. High cost, low reward.

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by blockski
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of DET (Detroit City Airport)
Replies: 62
Views: 3880

Re: Future of DET (Detroit City Airport)

In today's times, it is very hard to build a new airport due to local opposition, high land costs, building costs, etc. A local in city airport should be preserved as is the case at DET. Chicago has Midway, Los Angeles has several nearby airports, SFO has Oakland and a city the size of Detroit shou...

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by blockski
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest flight 3461 April 15: "Passengers Cry, Scream in Southwest Airlines Landing"
Replies: 76
Views: 13227

Re: "Passengers Cry, Scream in Southwest Airlines Landing"

You people are so sensitive! Listen to you all critiquing these passengers, feeling threatened! It was surely a miserable experience. Why not admit that it must have really sucked and just move on with life? Unpleasant? sure. no question. but life threatening? not even close. I think passengers sho...

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by blockski
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 157
Views: 11539

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

MWAA's April Board of Director's meeting documents are up: http://www.mwaa.com/about/april-18-2018-board-and-committee-meetings Traffic at IAD continues to grow - up 3.6% over the last 12 months, and up 6% year-over-year in February (usually IAD's low spot for the year): http://www.mwaa.com/sites/d...

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by blockski
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 157
Views: 11539

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

MWAA's April Board of Director's meeting documents are up: http://www.mwaa.com/about/april-18-2018-board-and-committee-meetings Traffic at IAD continues to grow - up 3.6% over the last 12 months, and up 6% year-over-year in February (usually IAD's low spot for the year): http://www.mwaa.com/sites/de...

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by blockski
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What would happen at DEN if Southwest overtakes United?
Replies: 57
Views: 5771

Re: What would happen at DEN if Southwest overtakes United?

Why would you only count mainline flying?

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by blockski
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest flight 3461 April 15: "Passengers Cry, Scream in Southwest Airlines Landing"
Replies: 76
Views: 13227

Re: "Passengers Cry, Scream in Southwest Airlines Landing"

Did it land safely? Yes? No story. I’d like the hear some facts about it. Honestly, pax perception and the reality of the situation are almost always going to be very, very different. Back when I flew for commuter airline X, people would often get off saying “that was the worst turbulance I’ve ever...

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by blockski
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest flight 3461 April 15: "Passengers Cry, Scream in Southwest Airlines Landing"
Replies: 76
Views: 13227

Re: "Passengers Cry, Scream in Southwest Airlines Landing"

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/passengers-cry-scream-in-southwest-airlines-landing/ar-AAvUKsY?ocid=spartanntp Just me, or does it sound like a *slight* overreaction by the passengers? Some were even texting their loved ones good bye :roll: Doesn't seem like something that was nearly serious enou...

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by blockski
Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LA City Council Approves People Mover for LAX
Replies: 60
Views: 6946

Re: LA City Council Approves People Mover for LAX

A big part of public transit's current struggles is the rise of uber/lyft, which is obviously encouraged by public choices we make (cheap gas, free roads, little regulation, etc). Whether or not people in LA like driving, we need to be moving towards a more sustainable transportation model in the f...

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by blockski
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 513
Views: 32961

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

Where does Detroit have more international service MSP has more international options and links than Detroit. The most recent data from the FAA. DTW had 3.46 million international passengers. And that’s a 5% increase over last year. MSP had only 2.65 million international passengers, and that was a...

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by blockski
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 513
Views: 32961

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

Delta serves more international destinations from MSP than it does from Detroit. And yet DTW has more international service which means... The WCAA isn't actually colluding to create a DL monopoly; it's got competitors around, too. Where does Detroit have more international service MSP has more int...

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by blockski
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Busiest UA international routes
Replies: 24
Views: 4480

Re: Busiest UA international routes

Joint Ventures also complicate things, because those airlines are jointly planning their routes and fleet choices. Some of those hub-hub routes will have a lot of JV capacity... True. ORD-FRA has 1266 seats if you include both UA and LH. That surpasses IAH-CUN. IAD-FRA has similar capacity, dependi...

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by blockski
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Busiest UA international routes
Replies: 24
Views: 4480

Re: Busiest UA international routes

Absent any specific data about load factors, the best proxy would probably be seats.

Joint Ventures also complicate things, because those airlines are jointly planning their routes and fleet choices. Some of those hub-hub routes will have a lot of JV capacity...

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by blockski
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)
Replies: 95
Views: 13316

Re: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)

You're apparently hung-up on the mass transit connection. It's a secondary benefit. If not for the consolidated rental car facility and (projected) shuttle bus traffic elimination, they would never justify the APM construction on mass transit connectivity alone. L.A. is a massive region that is not...

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by blockski
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mirabel Airport - Montreal
Replies: 56
Views: 9152

Re: Mirabel Airport - Montreal

How does the situation between YUL and YMX compare to the situation we had in the USA between DCA and IAD? When IAD opened, basically only the long-distance flights that had been using BWI moved there, but there were very few other flights for many years. When IAD first opened, it had fewer than 10...

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by blockski
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 157
Views: 11539

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Things are going to dicey overnight it seems. Fingers crossed for anyone traveling through our airports tomorrow. MWAA has a Board Meeting scheduled for tomorrow, but it may be subject to change with the weather. The meeting agenda and supporting documents have been posted online, however: http://w...

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by blockski
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dog Dies in Overhead Bin on United Airlines Flight
Replies: 491
Views: 30817

Re: Dog killed onboard United Airlines flight (in cabin)

Gotta be more to this story, at least as far as the death of the dog. Surely those overhead bins aren't air tight or super hot. No, not really. French Bulldogs have notorious respiratory issues and are known to overheat and overexert themselves very easily. https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages...

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by blockski
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)
Replies: 95
Views: 13316

Re: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)

AFAIK, there is no international-international transit in the United States. Everyone must clear Customs and Immigration before continuing their travels, whether it is LA as their destination, another US city or an international connection. To change it would take, as they say, an act of Congress. ...

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by blockski
Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)
Replies: 95
Views: 13316

Re: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)

I doubt the APM will actually reduce congestion. Banning buses might actually help things, and the APM enables that. But new cars will expand to fill the void. Like other roads, the only way to consistently reduce congestion is to tax it with a toll. What he APM does do, however, is provide an optio...

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by blockski
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)
Replies: 95
Views: 13316

Re: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)

One question for those in the know, the future APM seems to be landside. If so, why? Wouldn't it have been faster and cheaper to simply equip these endless tunnels from T-6 to TBIT with moving walkways? I mean the escalators at T-4 are still just one way, anyone else needs to wait for an elevator o...

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by blockski
Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD $8.5B Expansion Deal - Update: City Council Approved
Replies: 359
Views: 40733

Re: ORD Expansion Deal - Update: AA Accuses City of Collusion w/ UA

Does anyone think that the City has sided with UA because they think UA will do more with the gates than AA would? The growth for AA and UA has undoubtedly been hampered by the old runway configuration and now the lack of gates...but it seems UA has done more with what they have and AA has just sta...

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by blockski
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 157
Views: 11539

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Also, JK Moving has submitted a bid to buy the western lands that MWAA is selling according to this article. https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc/news/land/jk-moving-looks-to-buy-424-acre-site-near-dulles-airport-85814#ath Getting something would be good, but that doesn't seem to be a great deal fo...

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by blockski
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 157
Views: 11539

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

I would think they'd still keep some for remote stands. I didn't even realize they still did hardstand arrivals. I thought Saudia and Qatar were using the Z gates? No, the Z gates can't accommodate widebodies. Saudia and Qatar use A/B. And yes, they still do hardstand arrivals, mostly for IRROPS.

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by blockski
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 157
Views: 11539

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

I still can't quite believe how extraordinarily expensive the original IAD APM plans are. A full twin loop? With a separate APM system for international arrivals? What I wonder is if there's a budget option out there to make use of the existing APM system for international arrivals that might help a...

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by blockski
Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 157
Views: 11539

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

]3. Would a theoretical new C/D finally eliminate the need for those godawful people movers? Perhaps a single customs/immigration checkpoint for UA/Star with all UA/Star arrivals coming into new C/D and new people movers buses (like Neoplan or Cobus) moving O&D traffic to the IAB. I don't think...

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by blockski
Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 157
Views: 11539

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? I don't think Alaska flies E170s. I beli...

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by blockski
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 157
Views: 11539

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

edit: I suppose I should ask, how did all these airports fare during the weather event? IAD: Not great. Lots of windshear. Went into the hold for about an hour and a half on Friday due to the VIP movement, which was quickly followed by the evacuation of the tower. They moved over to the ramp tower ...

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by blockski
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 157
Views: 11539

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

MWAA took gate 16 away from UAL and it’s primary user is now Alaska/Virgin. UAL will be able to utilize it during some slow times but basically UAL is down to 4 gates (14/12/11/10) with jet bridges. Gate 10 has had a couple more rj parking spots added, but those pax will be walking on the ramp, if ...

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by blockski
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is a mid-continent hub necessary for an airlines to serve the whole US
Replies: 40
Views: 3988

Re: Is a mid-continent hub necessary for an airlines to serve the whole US

I would argue that you need not only 1 "mid-continent" hub but need several: UA has 3: ORD, IAH and DEN DL has 3: MSP, DTW and SLC AA has 3: ORD, DFW and PHX I think you could be even broader than that if you wanted to. UA's recent investor presentation split their hubs into two categorie...

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by blockski
Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO flow-control and floating runways
Replies: 4
Views: 1604

Re: SFO flow-control and floating runways

This is interesting, but I don’t know that it solves any particular problem. SFO's previous expansion proposal died because of opposition to any additional bay fill. This doesn’t solve that problem. Likewise, if they could magically solve the problem of bay fill, either with additional fill or with ...

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by blockski
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD $8.5B Expansion Deal - Update: City Council Approved
Replies: 359
Views: 40733

Re: ORD Expansion Deal - Update: AA Accuses City of Collusion w/ UA

Just a pipe dream here, but maybe AA will tell the CDA to shove it where the sun don't shine, pack up their bags, head up to Milwaukee, build a new terminal and hub in MKE, all while in the process naming it Milwaukee-Chicago Mitchell Intl. Airport, kinda like BWI! Would be about time that MKE gets...

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by blockski
Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD $8.5B Expansion Deal - Update: City Council Approved
Replies: 359
Views: 40733

Re: ORD Expansion deal close

Couple of things. 1. Why don't they just demolish and rebuild the existing Concourse C to better fit into the new Concourse? Two big reasons, I would imagine. First, demolishing it and replacing it would be very expensive and wouldn't gain you any space. They're preserved the option to do so in the...

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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: 111
Views: 14155

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: 157
Views: 11539

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: 157
Views: 11539

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: 157
Views: 11539

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: 3529

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: 6689

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: 6689

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: 99
Views: 9419

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: 99
Views: 9419

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: 29
Views: 4710

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: 1664

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: 1664

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: 56648

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: 237
Views: 30378

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: 1647

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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