Rj777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1658 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3329 times:
I just got back from picking my mom up at the airport, Eppley Airfield in Omaha, NE, and as I was driving by the cargo terminal, I saw a FED EX A310. No Joke! What is a jumbo like an a A310 doing at a puny airport like Omaha?
Serge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3290 times:
BA is correct... Nothing unusual.
Cargo aircraft will vary depending on loads.
For the x-mas season BIL got the following in one day on numerous occasions:
UPS: MD-11, (2) A300, (1) 757, (1) 727, (1) DC-8
..as well as the stuff that didn't change like Great Lakes, Fedex, Corporate Air, Alpine Aviation, Ameriflight, etc....
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4419 posts, RR: 35 Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3215 times:
Ever since FedEx got the big Postal Service contract in summer 2001, a lot more medium-size airports are seeing heavies. ROC has two daily FedEx A310's now, for instance.
And OMA is indeed not puny....it's a thriving medium-size airport, especially thanks to Southwest.
That XMas lineup at BIL is impressive. Is BIL UPS's only station in Montana? UPS has been known to choose one or two airports in a region and stiff everybody else....for instance, they've flown to BUF and SYR for years, but they don't fly to ROC. Never mind that ROC is a bigger cargo market than BUF or SYR, and that other cargo carriers thrive there, our UPS cargo gets trucked down the Thruway to our neighbors' airports.
Dash 80 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 309 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3182 times:
FedEx has been operating A310s in and out of OMA since Nov so its still kind of a new thing. In Nov and Dec it saw a A300 flight once a week, but this month they are splitting duties between 727s and A310s. It is definitely nice to see wide-bodies in OMA. They had to do some concrete reinforcement on Cargo Ramp A to allow for the extra weight.
And Omaha is hardly puny. There is always a project going on. Rwy 14L/32R was recently expanded to 7020' along with new taxiways. This allows for air carriers to use all 3 runways at the airport now. 32R is getting a CAT IIIC ILS this year. A new coporate hangar is scheduled to begin its construction soon as Garret Aviation has plans in the works for a hangar of their own capable of housing multiple 737 size aircraft. A new $3.2 million dollar Communications Center is opening next month with state-of-the-art communications and security equipment. OMA has 20 gates, yet 26 airline aircraft remain over night. While its no O'Hare, OMA is doing pretty good for medium size airport.
5280AGL From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 414 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3177 times:
FedEx flies A310s into OMA all the time, whats the mystery? As other have pointed out, 4M passengers, an airport that used to receive DC-8s, DC-10s, and L-1011s on a regular basis is no stranger to large aircraft. In fact, do a search in the photo database, there are quite a few photos of large aircraft at OMA.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8818 posts, RR: 12 Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3128 times:
Heavies are no biggie at MHT. We get a few FedEx and UPS A300s daily, with UPS sending in 757/767s and FedEx having a few A310s too. The cargo ops are the only ones pretty much with a "heavy" aircraft; United has the lone pax heavy with a daily 757 to ORD.
Serge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2 Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3085 times:
I'm not exactly sure but I think you are right about BIL getting most of the UPS traffic. It seems like each city gets something different, for example, BIL only gets those little F-27s from Fedex while Great Falls gets Fedex A310s... But I don't think Great Falls gets any UPS stuff larger then a Metro (could be wrong however).
Dash 80 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 309 posts, RR: 2 Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3032 times:
BTW, Dash 80, do you know if there are any terminal construction/expansion plans in the works for Eppley?
A plan has been in the works for a new terminal at OMA for quite some time now. The design would create a long linear concourse that would start at the current north satellite and end at the current employee parking lot. It would allow for 35-40 gates. I am unsure as to amount of increased capacity it would create. Prior to Sept 11th, it looked like it would happen within the next 5-7 years, but now with enplanements down, it'll probably be after 10 years. The Airport Authority Board doesn't want to commit to anything until they see a large increase in operations. The current management is trying to attract Alaska Airlines, AirTran, and even JetBlue to help with this increase. I personally believe that a new terminal is the crowning achievement the current director is looking for before he retires.
Besides the other things I mentioned earlier I forgot to say they are looking to expand the freight forwarding area (which may mean more FedEx widebodies ) and put another 1000' on the approach end of 14L.
5280AGL From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 414 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2991 times:
Actually, Omaha received UAL DC-10s up until 1997 (from DEN). In the 70s and 80s, UAL operated DC-10s, DC-8s, and 762s, with service to LAX, DEN, and ORD. EAL also used an L-1011 for a few years ATL-OMA-PDX. TWA (I believe) used L-1011s for awhile, at least I saw them at Eppley quite often in the mid-80s.