Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3777 posts, RR: 24 Posted (10 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6143 times:
With the recent annoucements from PIA beginning flights in '04' , KLM adding 2 extra flights, rumours of Egyptair eyeing Houston as well as a huge rumour that CO is planning a flight to LOS, as well as a mysterious upstart carrier from Nigeria called Trans Atlantic Airways alledgely beginning an IAH flight to Banjul and Port Harcourt later this month, it looks like if even just one of these services is commenced, 2004 may be a good year for our "Li'l ol airport".
Personally, I remain hopeful but just a little skeptical this early on.
BigB From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 593 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6031 times:
I agree, I believe 2003 was a good year. New Terminal opened, 15R/33L opened, the new runway opened, the new cargo area opened, and the new FIS building is taking shape, AN-225 making two visits (this helps show what kind of capacity the new cargo area can handle.)
SOUTHAMERICA From Colombia, joined Dec 2003, 2496 posts, RR: 11 Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5880 times:
Before everybody starts flamming me here, my following question is just RUMOUR. Just though that you people living over there, could confirm something.
Recently I heard that CO might be considering the idea of upgrading the route IAH-BOG-IAH from 737 to a 757. Really don't think so, as imagine the flight is fine as it is, but the idea kept rumbling in my head. Just wanted to ask.
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3777 posts, RR: 24 Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5863 times:
Concorde Boy and Cba,
I agree whole heartedly. Frankly there is no one more skepital than I when it comes to proposed or rumored service at IAH. IAH has been left standing at the alter one too may times, can you say SQ Cargo? Still as I stated earlier, I am cautiously optimistic that at least 1 of these carriers will be sitting at "D" before years end. If I were a betting man, I would sat that PK would be that carrier.
Sorry my misguided Dallas friend, but IAH will always outclass DFW when it comes to int'l service . We may be smaller but what's that old saying....? "good things come in small packages" BTW, where is that QF flight? Just giving you a hard time
Triley1057 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 450 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5852 times:
I think 2004 will be a good year as well for IAH. I flew out of there last night back to LAX and explored Terminal E for a bit which I am really impressed with. Now if they would only start working on Terminal C but from what I hear there are plans to do so. I don't know about Trans Atlantic Airways. Doesn't this flight begin on the 5th of December? I guess the only way to find out is to go the airport and see for yourself. I don't know if anything will ever happen with MS but I feel pretty confident that PIA will be there in 2004. I would also expect to see some new cargo service pop up. I have noticed on Flytecomm.com that every Saturday night for the past few weeks there has been either a Gemini Air Cargo DC-10 or Atlas Air 742 flight coming in from LAX. I don't know if this is a regular flight or new. It is great to see KLM adding flights as well. I expect there to be more alliance related growth. Houston as a city seems to be in the spotlight lately with all the stuff going on there. It should be interesting to be at the airports during the Superbowl.
Lear777 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 290 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5805 times:
Those Gemini and Atlas birds are flying for Lan Chile Cargo. They had an 89.1% jump in cargo from Sept 2002 to Sept 2003, and as a result we've outgrown their 767s. That's why you're seeing the DC-10s and 747s now.
Also, the Christmas rush is beginning for cargo. FedEx now has eight flights a day from 5, including DC-10s, A300s, A310, and 727s. I'd expect more growth there as we go along. UPS has added another SDF 757 flight, and upgraded Rockford to a DC-8 and the other two SDF flights to the A300.
Lots and lots of AN-124s and -225s coming in as well. There's a Volga -124 on the ground right now from Shannon.
I have very high hopes on PIA coming here, and Trans Atlantic seems to be somewhat legit...I guess we'll see in two days. I wouldn't hedge my bets on Egypt Air. That rumor has been floating for a while, along with Saudi. Personally what I look forward to is having the KLM 763s here, hopefully timed so that they're here while the 744 is still around. Now who would have thought a couple years ago that you'd be able to go to Terminal D and get a picture of 3 BA 777s, AF 777, LH A340, and KLM 763 and 744 all at the same time?
Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 22 Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5745 times:
What's this rumor about CO starting flights to LOS? I have a hard time believing it, but you never know. I know Shell and other oil companies have big operations there, but it's hard to picture CO there.
If CO did launch this service, would they be the only US airline serving an African destination? I know some US airlines used to serve CAI and maybe a few others.
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3777 posts, RR: 24 Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5716 times:
I agree, LOS does seem to be a bit of an oddball route but as what was stated in that other thread concering CO's next int'l route, CO has a history of flying to "off the beaten track" destinations. It's "Air Mike" operations spring to mind as well as it's short lived service to CNS in the 90s. Indeed if CO should start the IAH/LOS route, they will be the only US carrier currently flying to Africa.
AA7573E From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 475 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5616 times:
I could not disagree more with you on your bold assertion that IAH will always outclass DFW in terms of international service. First of all I am unsure what roll class plays in the service at all. Secondly, when the new International terminal is complete at DFW, they will have the largest and most modern facility in the state, and more broadly in the Soutwest. When that facility is complete, sit back and watch the rumors about new international service at DFW become fact. Until then, we are talking about rumors at both airports. If I were a betting man, I would bet on DFW making more of their rumors into reality, and establishing itself as the dominant international airport in Texas (which will nicely complement its status as the busiest airport in the state, and the busiest facility West of the Mississippi!).
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31714 posts, RR: 72 Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5605 times:
When that facility is complete, sit back and watch the rumors about new international service at DFW become fact. Until then, we are talking about rumors at both airports. If I were a betting man, I would bet on DFW making more of their rumors into reality, and establishing itself as the dominant international airport in Texas (which will nicely complement its status as the busiest airport in the state, and the busiest facility West of the Mississippi!).
Houston's position as the dominant international airport in Texas is not being threatened. It is based on the the simple fact that the international orgin & destination market from Houston to international markets is significantly larger than that of Dallas.
Brunswick737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 400 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5546 times:
Heck, It better be a good year for IAH. I want to see some more mixture of more airlines Instead of seeing them Continental Jets running around (I really like continental a lot though)
Will the International Terminal at DFW outclass the new Terminal E at IAH ?, This is a question, not a rhetorical question...
maybe though.... I've been through Terminal E last weekend and for me it kinda has a "domestic" feel to it.....Hopefully by the time it is opened up for International Services it will probally be better....(I am talking about Terminal E) I really like the place, looks modern than terminal A,B,C & D
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3777 posts, RR: 24 Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5506 times:
David a.ka. AA7573E,
Jay and I have been antongnizing each other in a good nature manner for years now........so relax.
A slew of new airlines huh....want to name a few that have given any hard commitments to DFW? As for your assertion that DFW will dominate the int'l traffic market in the Texas and the SW once the new int'l terminal is completed, well we will see. Experience has taught me that "if you build it does not mean that they will come". As for those numbers, well I agree they are impressive. I suspect however if CO were the size of "Ameriflot", well IAH's numbers would be on a par if not higher than DFW.
Frankly it sounds to me like you have a problem with H-town!
ContinentalFan From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 356 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5446 times:
Terminal E can't really be used as an international terminal until the new FIS bldg. is completed, which will be a couple of years after E is finished, so I think the plan is that once E is opened completely, they will be able to close of parts of C and renovate it one section at a time, with E picking up the slack.