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FedEx A310 At OMA Right Now!?  
User currently offlineRj777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1863 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 9 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3720 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?



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3686 times:

It's nothing unusual.

Colorado Springs gets FedEx DC-10s and MD-10s sometimes.



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3681 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
Express.net: 727
..as well as the stuff that didn't change like Great Lakes, Fedex, Corporate Air, Alpine Aviation, Ameriflight, etc....

...Serge


User currently offlineSaab340 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 320 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3654 times:

OMA is not a puny airport! Midwest Express Hub, Aircraft operations: avg 394/day to name a few. Also was in About Scmidt movie!

thanks
Paul



User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3632 times:

Even at DSM I've seen UPS A300s and 767s.



User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3627 times:

I always like to see big planes in smaller airports. It makes the plane look so much bigger.


Go big or go home
User currently offlineSkymileman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3615 times:

Regarding what AA61hvy said, that is so true. Those Horizon Air DHC-8's look like mosquitos running around the ramp in seattle, but if you see one in butte, they look huge.

User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4508 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3606 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.

Jim




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User currently offlineRj777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1863 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3607 times:

I apologize, I shouldn't be knocking my home airport. I hope I see more of those A310s.



User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7507 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3592 times:

As DCA-ROC said,ROC gets one everyday (our only regular heavy) sometimes we get an A300.


'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineDash 80 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 309 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3573 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.



...where the rubber hits the runway...
User currently offline5280AGL From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 414 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3568 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.

User currently offlineRj777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1863 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 9 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3545 times:

Thank you everyone. Hoopefully, I can get out there more often with a camera and get some good shots of these big beauties.

BTW, Dash 80, do you know if there are any terminal construction/expansion plans in the works for Eppley?



User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8906 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (11 years 9 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3519 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.

Jeff


User currently offlineHaveric From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1247 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (11 years 9 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3501 times:

Maybe someone in Omaha really took advantage of free shipping on Amazon.com...

Eric


User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (11 years 9 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3476 times:

Jim,

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).

Anyone from UPS around to tell us more? (Don?  Smile)

...Serge


User currently offlineDash 80 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 309 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (11 years 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3423 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 Smile) and put another 1000' on the approach end of 14L.

steve




...where the rubber hits the runway...
User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 9 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3398 times:

I believe the 310 is there on most weekdays.

Eppley used to receive DC-10 service from Chicago as late as the mid-80's....and DC-8-61's from LAX, DEN, and ORD.

747 Husker charters to the Hula bowl were also the norm...although I image they had to make an intermediate stop somewhere....


User currently offline5280AGL From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 414 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (11 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3382 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.

User currently offlineRj777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1863 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3338 times:

Does anybody think any other big birds will come to Eppley in the future?


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