Bnatraveler From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 380 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4641 times:
They are not using Blue Ridge or the BLR code. The new flights show up under IDE, and I wouldn't be surprised if they aren't using Independence as the callsign. I haven't listened to ATC to see if that's correct and I can't find a resource on the web to verify.
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) Real-time Status
The status information provided on this site indicates general airport conditions; it is not flight-specific. Check with your airline to determine if your flight is affected.
Delays by Destination:
Due to WEATHER, LOW CIGS/VSBY, departure traffic destined to The William B Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, GA (ATL) is currently experiencing delays averaging 51 minutes.
Due to WEATHER, TSTMS ENRTE, departure traffic destined to Newark International Airport, Newark, NJ (EWR) is currently experiencing delays averaging 1 hour and 8 minutes.
Due to WEATHER, TSTMS ENRTE, departure traffic destined to La Guardia Airport, New York, NY (GA / KLGA), USA - New York">LGA) is currently experiencing delays averaging 2 hours and 13 minutes.
Due to WEATHER, TSTMS, departure traffic destined to Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA (PHL) is currently experiencing delays averaging 43 minutes.
General Departure Delays: Due to WX/TSTMS, traffic is experiencing Gate Hold and Taxi delays between 3 hours and 1 minute and 3 hours and 15 minutes in length and increasing.
General Arrival Delays: Arrival traffic is experiencing airborne delays of 15 minutes or less.
This information was last updated: Jun 16, 2004 8:06:31 PM EDT
Nearord From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 185 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3770 times:
The three letter code is IDE for the independence flights, and the call sign is officially "independence air XXX" , but may be shortended to "independence XXX" it absolutly may not be shortened to "indy XXX" although i wouldn't be suprised to see that a lot.
Hannigan From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 327 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3729 times:
Ya I actually heard "Indy Air" on the radio once. It's a lot easier than "Independence Air" but you know how the FAA is!
Anyway I was on the IAD-EWR last night and we were 2.5 hours delayed due to weather enroute. ATC closed the SWANN gate out of IAD so there were many many aircraft out there with us parked on the ramp. Many internationals and mediums were among those included. The majority of those either went back to the gate for pax relief or cancelled.
BTW - Why is the title of this thread sound so bad? It was all weather here, that ain't our fault! lol
Nearord From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 185 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2963 times:
All the painting is being done by a company called Leading Edge in greenville, mississippi. We escentially took over the place for the summer, as all they are doing for 3 months is painting our RJ's. They were the only ones that could handle that kind of traffic. I hear rumors that they are ahead, and behind schedule, so I'm assuming they are right on. All the interior mods are being done in dulles and take a few hours per plane. It's an assembly line feeling for the summer. Every week we are adding 3-5 cities until sept 1 when SWF is added as the last one. By Sept 1, all RJ's should be done, and we will be flying all 87 planes. That is also when the first airbus comes on the property to do proving runs and interior finishing, that should be done by Nov 1 when the first Airbus should be put into revenue service. 4 busses in 2004, 19 in 2005, and 4 in 1Q 2006 as planned right now. We also have options for 50 more A319's so IF we turn a decent profit in 1Q or 2Q 2005 as forcast, Look for some of those 50 to be turned into orders. The original plan works with 33 airbusses and that is what they are targeting by 1Q 2006, so they would have to get 6 more than what is planned now to complete phase 1 of the plan. Who knows what phase 2 or 3 looks like, but i hear good rumors.
Pitrules From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2691 posts, RR: 3 Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2306 times:
Everything was going great until the weather hit, and its subsequent effect on Dulles ATC. The vast majority of us (Independence employees) think Dulles ATC will be the number one problem effecting our performance and chances of success. But at least United will never be able to take one Independence slot during an ATC delay program for their own flights. The days of United taking our slots and delaying our flights for hours and putting us at the bottom of the DOT charts will soon be over.
Potomac From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 713 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2291 times:
i'd agree PIT, the gov't - thru TSA's security screening lines and FAA's ATC - could play a big role in how Flyi gets going this summer. though i understand that they will be staffing up security lines at least to accomodate the summer rush. not too much can be done about ATC delays with weather and runway closures though.
Nearord From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 185 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2275 times:
The 41 pilots are going to training to fly whatever their seniority can hold. They will all be absorbed into the RJ program as we will need lots more pilots to hit that 11.5 Hours of utilization a day. Right now United is scheduling our airplanes at about 8-8.5 hours a day. So the number of crews per plane is going up as the utilization is going up. The FRJ pilots is the sticky situation right now. The company has already told us that DALPA will not allow us to fly the airplanes past Nov 1. Thats there decision, So we are assuming that on that day we will have to place those guys into training. Now we have started sending guys to airbus training already, and the big classes start in july, so that should eat up some of those guys. There is talk of another furlough, however, they are trying to determine if that is the cheapest way to go. it would probably be 70-80 guys, but the problem with doing that, is we are already a little fat on captains, so if you yank that many FO's, you need to displace captains back to the right seat, that costs a ton of money for training. So believe it or not, the cheaper way might be to just train everyone on whatever equipment they can hold, and just be fat for a while, Of course with 4 this year and 19 A-319's coming next year, the training bubble should be pretty big for a while. They might ask for voluntary furloughs again, and offer a lot of TOWOP (time off without pay). We shall see how it plays out, but from what I have heard, its cheaper to keep them there if they will be needed within 6-8 months, than to furlough them for that length of time. I hope nobody else is furloughed and hope to see the originals back on the line soon.