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Announcing The New West Express Airways  
User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4106 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6496 times:

Hello!

I'm pleased to announce that West Express is restructuring in an effort to bring more simplicity and refinement to the airline. Our preliminary plan is drawn out below. After several months of trying to make the old structure work, I came to the realization that I simply don't have time with college. So, instead of just walking away, I thought it would be better to simply redesign the airline to work around my schedule. We will be offering a lot of automated services that will allow the staff to plan more fun events instead of counting hours. With that, here is the new plan:

2006 Q1
Begin Operations

Hubs
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX)

Fleet
Embraer 170 (GE)
Boeing 737-700 (CFM)
Boeing 737-800 (CFM)
Boeing 757-200 (PW)

http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/5323/fleetform1hd.jpg

Service

Our intial operations, as noted in the previous release, will be based in Los Angeles (also the location of our corporate headquarters).

We are also in primary planning stages of a regional division using Bombardier Q200s and CRJ-700s. More information will be released when it is available. Along with this would come the opening of a focus city (possibly to be developed into a full hub) in Seattle, Denver, or St. Louis. Service from this focus city would be in addition to added regional service from Los Angeles.

We have reached a deal for in-flight entertainment systems featuring XM Satellite Radio and DirecTV to be installed in our entire domestic fleet. These will feature individual AVOD devices for each passenger, with continuous live feed across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Feature films will also be available.

Our aircraft will be equipped with a First Class section featuring 41" pitch all-leather seats. Service will include complementary beverages and meals during standard meal times and/or on flights greater than 1.5 hours. We will also have an Economy Class section featuring 33" pitch all-leather seats, with complementary non-alcoholic beverages and a snack. A full meal will be offered on flights greater than 2 hours during meal times only.

Initial Routes (dep. LAX)
Albuquerque, NM (KABQ) (4x)
Calgary, Alberta (CYYC) (4x)
Chicago (O’Hare), IL (KORD) (6x)
Colorado Springs, CO (KCOS) (3x)
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX (KDFW) (6x)
Denver, CO (KDEN) (5x)
Eugene, OR (KEUG) (3x)
Fresno, CA (KFAT) (5x)
Honolulu, HI (PHNL) (5x)
Houston, TX (KIAH) (4x)
Indianapolis, IN (KIND) (3x)
Kahalui, HI (PHOG) (3x)
Kona, HI (PHKO) (3x)
Las Vegas, NV (KLAS) (6x)
Mexico City, Mexico (MMEX) (3x)
Minneapolis, MN (KMSP) (2x)
New York (Kennedy), NY (KJFK) (5x)
Oakland, CA (KOAK) (5x)
Palm Springs, CA (KPSP) (3x)
Phoenix, AZ (KPHX) (6x)
Portland, OR (KPDX) (5x)
Reno, NV (KRNO) (3x)
Sacramento, CA (KSMF) (4x)
Salt Lake City, UT (KSLC) (4x)
San Diego, CA (KSAN) (9x)
San Francisco, CA (KSFO) (16x)
San Jose, CA (KSJC) (5x)
Santa Fe, NM (KSAF) (3x)
Seattle, WA (KSEA) (10x)
Spokane, WA (KGEG) (4x)
St. Louis, MO (KSTL) (7x)
Tijuana, Mexico (MMTJ) (5x)
Toronto, Ontario (CYYZ) (4x)
Tucson, AZ (KTUS) (4x)
Vail/Eagle, CO (KEGE) (2x)
Vancouver, B.C. (CYVR) (6x)
Victoria, B.C. (CYYJ) (4x)
Washington (Dulles), D.C. (KIAD) (6x)

ExpressMiles



Along with the rebranding of the airline, we will be revamping our frequent flier program, ExpressMiles. Pilots will be able to earn ExpressPoints for each mile they fly for West Express or IAVA partners. Special promotions will also apply that will award extra ExpressPoints. These points may then be redeemed for ExpressRewards, including airline-related priveledges. We are preparing to enter negotiations for other flight simulator rewards, such as product discounts.

That's all for now! If you'd like to stay updated, please visit our website, http://www.westexpressairways.com, and sign up for the mailing list!

And of course, a restructuring wouldn't be complete without a fresh new image. We've decided to completely revamp the airline, with a new logo, a new livery, and a new website. Comments and thoughts appreciated! Welcome to the new West Express!

http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/8489/738sm7ep.jpg

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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21634 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6487 times:

That is one damn nice looking livery. However, your link is not working quite right, here's a better one: www.westexpressairways.com

-Mir



7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4106 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6480 times:

Oops, I put a comma at the end...d'oh! Thanks lol!

User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6465 times:

Oh man, that livery is fantastic (I hope you don't mind if I say its better than the old one)  Smile

I'm seriously considering joining!


Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineAmy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6453 times:

Great looking VA!

Quoting FriendlySkies (Thread starter):
Embraer 170 (GE)...CRJ-700s.

Why both? They both fall under the same catagory of 70ish seat RJs, I would choose one or the other!

Instead of Q200s and CRJ-700s and E170s maybe you could get CRJ-200s and CRJ-700s, plenty of comonality and much more flexibility in terms of crew. Savings made in maintainance too.

Of course if West Expess is one of those VAs that don't care two s**ts about realism, then CRJ-700 and E170 would make an interesting combination.



A340-300 - slow, but awesome!
User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4106 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6447 times:

We are putting 60 seats in the CRJ-700 with a first class section and 33" pitch coach, and 70 in the E170. The Dash 8 is for routes that are too low-yield for the -700 (or airports a CRJ can't operate at). Trust me, I thought the same thing at first.  Wink

I abhor the CRJ-200 and ERJ-145, so I don't plan on ever using those.


User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6430 times:

Man, I gotta hand it to you.

That is by far, one of the most professional VAs I've ever seen! Incredible livery, excellent planes, the whole works. I seriously congratulate you guys for putting up such an awesome VA for the world to see, and I wish you much great luck in getting tons of pilots!

Anthony


User currently offlineEclipseFlight7 From Somalia, joined Apr 2004, 518 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6419 times:

Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 5):
I abhor the CRJ-200 and ERJ-145, so I don't plan on ever using those.

That's really too bad, because everyone and their Grandmother's VA uses some CRJ product. I can't tell you how many VA's I've seen with "Connection" or "Express" titles that are put on a Canadair product. It's as boring as hell.

If I were you, even if you hate the ERJ-145, I'd recommend replacing the CRJ-700's with them. Dreamwings has an acceptable freeware model while FeelThere have theirs down to pat like the real one.

Either that or just do away with the entire Express concept all together. It's been done by every other virtual airline in every other part of the world. It just seems crappy by now.



Holy sh*ts and burritos.
User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6417 times:

Quoting EclipseFlight7 (Reply 7):
Either that or just do away with the entire Express concept all together. It's been done by every other virtual airline in every other part of the world. It just seems crappy by now.

Well, most airlines in the world do it that way, unfortunately, but I do agree with you. It's mainly redundant.

Anthony


User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4106 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6415 times:

Well, it's hard to be realistic if I serve smaller cities near LAX with ERJ-170s, and I have a personal affection for the CRJ-700...I know everyone's done it, but....well it's hard to balance new and exciting with realism and not do something redundant. Just got to accept certain things in this "biz" lol. I do agree with you though, and I don't plan to massively expand this regional idea, I will most likely only keep the Q200 and CR7 (with 60 seats).

Before I had 2 regionals on each side of the country, using completely different fleets...it was a mess. I'm going for simplicity this time, thus I only used the aircraft I felt I needed for a proper regional fleet.

Though I agree, the DW 145 series is excellent.  Wink


User currently offlineAmy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6406 times:

Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 5):
I abhor the CRJ-200 and ERJ-145, so I don't plan on ever using those.

Hey! My VA has 12 ERJ-145s with 30 ERJs on order!  grumpy  Can't complain with the rocket ship performance!

Quoting EclipseFlight7 (Reply 7):

That's really too bad, because everyone and their Grandmother's VA uses some CRJ product.

All too true. I'm glad avonlink uses ERJs and Fokkers instead!

Quoting EclipseFlight7 (Reply 7):

Either that or just do away with the entire Express concept all together. It's been done by every other virtual airline in every other part of the world. It just seems crappy by now.

Yes, whatever you do don't call it 'XXXXX Express' or 'Connection' or whatever. Definitely done to death.

AvonLink's RJs are flown as mainline, just like every aircraft in the fleet up to 767s.



A340-300 - slow, but awesome!
User currently offlineMattRB From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1624 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6399 times:

Is that the Dreamwings E170?


Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6390 times:

Quoting MattRB (Reply 11):
Is that the Dreamwings E170?

I think it must be yes Big grin



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4106 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6386 times:

Yes, it's the Dreamwings model (I don't think there is another one, but if there was I wouldn't use it!). As for names, I was thinking something like "West Express CitiHopper" or something. I want something to differentiate between mainline and regional.

User currently offlineMattRB From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1624 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6384 times:

Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 13):
Yes, it's the Dreamwings model (I don't think there is another one, but if there was I wouldn't use it!).

Figured as much. Are you using the default panel with it?



Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6377 times:

There is a good E170 panel on AVSIM.  Smile


Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineFlyPWM From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6332 times:

Very nice. I really like the realistic looking logo and livery. I've already signed up for updates and will be very interested when the web site is up and running. When you do proceed you should give definate consideration having AI flightplans and aircraft for your VA. keep up the good work. DougD

User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4106 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6308 times:

I plan to have AI, don't worry (I'm sort of an AI fanatic myself lol).  Wink

User currently offlineFlyPWM From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 5805 times:

What ever happened to the new "West Express"? The VA looked so promising.

User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3354 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 5801 times:

Time constraints on Scott what with college and all. WXP is currently on the backburner for the next few years. Seeing this thread at the top of the list made me think he was finally restarting everything, though.

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