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by blockski
Fri May 25, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 202
Views: 15049

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Metro is reporting an 11% drop in ridership at the DCA stop from 930k in FY17 to 830k in FY18. I’m not sure what to make of that. It’s not just “safetrack” but a trend towards alternative transportation, according to the comments below. https://www.arlnow.com/2018/05/24/arlington-metro-ridership-dr...

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by blockski
Fri May 25, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 202
Views: 15049

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Here's an article discussing the proposal to build a pedestrian bridge between Crystal City and DCA, connecting the airport to the Mount Vernon trail as well as a soon-to-be re-built VRE station. ... I think this is a fantastic concept, and one that MWAA should embrace fully. It's a huge opportunit...

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by blockski
Thu May 24, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 202
Views: 15049

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Here's an article discussing the proposal to build a pedestrian bridge between Crystal City and DCA, connecting the airport to the Mount Vernon trail as well as a soon-to-be re-built VRE station. https://ggwash.org/view/67733/the-cc2dca-bridge-project-is-more-than-a-connection-to-the-airport Here's ...

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by blockski
Wed May 23, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 202
Views: 15049

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

So, I was thinking about the lack of service between SAN and DCA and how it requires "an act of congress" to free up new slots and exemptions. I wonder if any thought has been given to allowing additional slots/exemptions on Saturdays. IIRC, they do this at LGA on Saturdays. I know from e...

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by blockski
Thu May 17, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 202
Views: 15049

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Another tidbit from the MWAA board meetings, this one about MWAA's top air service development targets for IAD: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/washington-dulles-pursues-shanghai-and-tel-aviv-serv-448701/ The top long-haul targets are TLV and PVG. MWAA contends that IAD is the largest uns...

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by blockski
Wed May 16, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 202
Views: 15049

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

More from today's MWAA Board Meeting. Growth at Dulles is faster than expected, which is bringing costs down faster than expected, too. MWAA's CEO is now projecting that IAD's CPE will fall below $17 this year, the lowest for IAD since 2010. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/washington-dull...

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by blockski
Tue May 15, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no ME3 airline serve TLV?
Replies: 71
Views: 11043

Re: Why no ME3 airline serve TLV?

lightsaber wrote:
Folks. It was an honest question. I read a lot of history, but I fail to understand why 70 years later there isn't a solution. Isreal isn't North Korea.


70 years? More like 700 years. Or a couple thousand years...

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by blockski
Mon May 14, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 202
Views: 15049

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

And speaking of MWAA board meetings, blockski, to you know why it takes so long for them to post minutes from previous meetings? The most recent one on their website is from the February meeting. They usually post the minutes from last month's meetings with this month's meeting materials (presumabl...

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by blockski
Mon May 14, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 202
Views: 15049

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Lots of discussion about this in other threads, but I thought this would be worth discussing here: https://liveandletsfly.boardingarea.com/2018/05/12/united-east-coat-network-changes/ UA shifting some connecting traffic from EWR to IAD. I think this is great news for IAD; and a strong signal of UA's...

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by blockski
Mon May 14, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 283
Views: 37360

Re: United Airlines Network Thread 2018

I'm trying to understand these east coast changes announced this week http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1393953&hilit=ua+east+coast . I like them, but they don't make sense. I thought I remember hearing something from UA a few months ago about banking EWR to match AA at PHL...

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by blockski
Thu May 10, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA gate agent asks nursing mom "How many boobs do you have"
Replies: 73
Views: 9125

Re: AA gate agent asks nursing mom "How many boobs do you have"

Amsterdam wrote:
Why do so many people cry so quickly?


Should an airline’s employees ever berate customers to the point of tears? Ever?

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by blockski
Tue May 08, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 18844

Re: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

While I agree that the US had the best rail network before 1950, you contradict yourself when you blame the government for regulating rail then suggest that the rail network should have been nationalized. You can't have your cake and eat it too. Huh? Nationalization (or public control at the state ...

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by blockski
Mon May 07, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 18844

Re: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

Wow, this thread has spiraled out of control! Well, before we go any farther, let's keep in mind that the OP is a China supremacist and that this thread had drifted off into a USA Air vs Rail debate. I am actually a railfan of Chinese descent who has become an American and I have family members who...

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by blockski
Mon May 07, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 18844

Re: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

The idea that there's some kind of magical free market in transportation absent any government intervention is a fantasy. Oh, now you want to tell me that if the government stopped interfering, people would lose the interest in getting around? No, they'd be very interested! And given the complex is...

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by blockski
Mon May 07, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 18844

Re: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

SNCF made $5.5bl profit on $40bl turnover; And 13.5 billion subsidies. Listen, the investments in the railroad infrastructure are made by the tax payer. Almost everywhere. Certainly in France, certainly in Germany. Those investments are not reimbursed by the railroad companies, they are seen as an ...

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by blockski
Mon May 07, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 18844

Re: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

can't really call HSR a success when its mostly subsidized around the world.... Peoples obsession with backward outdated mediums of transport that is not self sufficient is hilarious.... The US is just fine without those trains.... You're kidding right? You know what else is subsidized? Every effin...

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by blockski
Mon May 07, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?
Replies: 89
Views: 9243

Re: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?

People in STL seem to think they got screwed, but if there were money to be made in STL, AA would still be there. They should be thrilled with the level of service they have now from WN. You can get to almost any large city direct on WN. This is true, but you still can't blame people in STL for thi...

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by blockski
Sat May 05, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 18844

Re: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

There are 2 key problems with American High Speed Rail (HSR) 1) In the vast majority of cases the existing Freight Tracks cannot be upgraded to accommodate HSR. Structurally the two are very different - especially on curves and when changing grades. The uses are incompatible with each other. 2) Con...

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by blockski
Fri May 04, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st Int'l long haul Airline out of MKE?
Replies: 81
Views: 7541

Re: 1st Int'l long haul Airline out of MKE?

I can definitely see Condor coming to Milwaukee in the future. Milwaukee is pretty much the most German town in the entire country. Like others have said, the major European airlines probably won’t come to Milwaukee, as ORD is an hour and a half south. However, the European low-costs could d very w...

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by blockski
Thu May 03, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 202
Views: 15049

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

[For whatever reason when METRO was conceived bypass trains were not envisioned. I'm guessing no one in the 1960s saw the lines going out much past places like Vienna or Greenbelt. You'd think there would have been discussion of this for the Red Line out to Shady Grove but I guess not. No change ou...

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by blockski
Wed May 02, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 202
Views: 15049

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Given WMATA's record on maintenance, do you want to bet these panels get treated every ten years? They might, but if/when they do, you can bet that they'll be single-tracking for about a year to complete it. #MetroSucks I suspect this has been discussed a million times, but I'm still mystified why ...

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by blockski
Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is ATL About To Fall Relative To Other Megahubs?
Replies: 144
Views: 15234

Re: Is ATL About To Fall Relative To Other Megahubs?

I guess I'm missing something.... so in MOST cases, the DFW setup is more convenient than other airport designs, but in the case where you arrive in a different terminal you departed from and have to take a shuttle/train to your car then it is just as convenient as other airport designs (like ATL),...

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by blockski
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is ATL About To Fall Relative To Other Megahubs?
Replies: 144
Views: 15234

Re: Is ATL About To Fall Relative To Other Megahubs?

And from a passenger perspective, DFW still excels. If you did not check bag, it doesn't matter which terminal you departed from and arrive at because you can Skylink to your car in minutes. I don't care if OCCASIONALLY your return flight arrives at a different terminal than you departed, and you j...

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by blockski
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is ATL About To Fall Relative To Other Megahubs?
Replies: 144
Views: 15234

Re: Is ATL About To Fall Relative To Other Megahubs?

The DFW design is perfect for both O&D and transfer passengers in a megahub setup. I don't understand people who think the SkyLink is hard. It's a circle. If you can read letters A-E, then you can get to your gate in a matter of 5-10 minutes from the Skylink by going the right direction. Even i...

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by blockski
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 202
Views: 15049

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

The perimeter rule is a de facto regulation of destinations. Slots also vary; some are specific for commuter aircraft. The design for the new concourse is based on E-170/175 as the maximum aircraft size. No, based on current law, you couldn't have an all-mainline operation at DCA. And the new commu...

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by blockski
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 202
Views: 15049

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

A question for the knowledgable here: DCA is slot and perimeter constrained. Is it also constrained by regulation in terms of aircraft size and destination? The perimeter rule is a de facto regulation of destinations. Slots also vary; some are specific for commuter aircraft. I have been looking eve...

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by blockski
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 202
Views: 15049

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

A question for the knowledgable here: DCA is slot and perimeter constrained. Is it also constrained by regulation in terms of aircraft size and destination? The perimeter rule is a de facto regulation of destinations. Slots also vary; some are specific for commuter aircraft. I have been looking eve...

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by blockski
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is ATL About To Fall Relative To Other Megahubs?
Replies: 144
Views: 15234

Re: Is ATL About To Fall Relative To Other Megahubs?

First of all, calm down, it's just a conversation. Second of all, consider this....... 1. ATL has 200+ gates and 100 million pax with only 5 runways and a very constrained space (only 4,700 acres of land). Somehow though, it has been able to grow to 100 million+ pax over the course of the last 20 y...

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by blockski
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN leases slots from AS at LGA/DCA
Replies: 136
Views: 12792

Re: WN leases slots from AS at LGA/DCA

I'm still very intrigued by Brad's remarks about the scenario in which some of those DCA slots might somehow become outside-perimeter slots -- mentioned a couple of times up-thread, as well as in the AS conference call yesterday. I wonder if there have been some rumors about this happening? I certa...

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by blockski
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN leases slots from AS at LGA/DCA
Replies: 136
Views: 12792

Re: WN leases slots from AS at LGA/DCA

That deal makes no sense! What was the carrot for AS? LGA and DCA slots are worth a lot of money. They could sell them to anyone...and had no need to “unload” them to WN. There would be a line if buyers Selling them would have triggered a more aggressive regulatory review in all likelihood since VX...

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by blockski
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Big cities without any airport
Replies: 83
Views: 5030

Re: Big cities without any airport

Washington DC? Washington has Reagan National Airport, no international flights though.Washington Dulles International Airport is servicing the Washington area. But neither are in the District of Columbia. DCA used to be in the District of Columbia. The border between Maryland and Virginia (as well...

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by blockski
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Plans for Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 7949

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: 72
Views: 7949

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: 72
Views: 7949

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: 77
Views: 5215

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: 77
Views: 5215

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: 13434

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: 202
Views: 15049

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: 202
Views: 15049

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: 5945

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: 13434

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: 13434

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: 7069

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: 758
Views: 47617

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: 758
Views: 47617

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: 4551

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: 4551

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: 13453

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: 9221

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: 202
Views: 15049

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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