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Where Do The Planes Go?  
User currently offlineAERoc From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 311 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4149 times:

During the event like Frances where do all the aircraft go that were scheduled to make trips there? Do they add ferry flights to get everyone out of Florida or just park them in the hubs and outstations? Any insight would be appreciated.....

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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4127 times:

What's commonly done, although not necessarily at every airline, is that the aircraft gets ferried out to the aircraft's -2nd- scheduled destination for the following day. For example, take a flight that's supposed to fly into FLL and spend the night. In the morning, the aircraft is supposed to go FLL-BNA on the first flight of its day. When you get into FLL that night, you turn around and ferry to BNA that night. In the morning, the aircraft is still on its scheduled routing, just starting from BNA instead of FLL, and can fly the rest of its schedule (except for the FLL-BNA portion, which got cancelled).

User currently offlineUa777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4108 times:

I think they just leave the a/c at the gates or stands. Maybe in the hangers if they need to be there. Why do you think airlines have insurance? I would cost the airlines a lot of $$ to move all the a/c out of the way. And seeing how they aren't forecasters they don't know when to go and where to go. And if they were they would, to be on the safe side, leave before it even hit.

After it's over the airline has to tell all the passengers to wait a day so they can ferry all the a/c that were first moved back to where they were. And even in a hurricane the airlines are still paying for the gate so it would cost more to get another one at another airport.

I think the airlines will take the risk to just leave them where normal operations would have them be. And if it becomes an issue they have coverage and will get it fixed. And you have to think about it. If an a/c, this huge peace of metal, can get messed up in a hurricane I don't think cars and houses will do too well, so I think the last thing someone would do is go on their vacation or business trip. So if the people don't fly the a/c don't fly. And if the people do fly it can't be so bad.

Just a bit of mixed matt logic (not always logical). Got to get to school but have a great day AERoc!

Thanks again.

UA777222



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User currently offlineUa777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4081 times:

Ok so I was winging it but I think OPNLguy got it dead on.

Thanks!

Thanks again OPNLguy!

UA777222



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User currently offlineBA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4074 times:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1725382/


I don't think they do leave them there.... see the above thread. Sure they have insurance, but your premium would rise next year  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineNWA330Tony From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4057 times:

opnl hit it right on if you look up what WN did during the last florida hurricane you see this action in motion!

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4034 times:

The thing about insurance is that it's for the unforeseen events that crop up. Additionally, the written agreements almost always have that pesky lawyer-language that says something to the effect that you (the insured) have to take reasonable precautions in protecting your property against known threats.

In this day and age, with satellites and radar, it's pretty hard for a hurricane to sneak up on you undetected, so you can't claim that you "didn't know" the hurricane wasn't out there bearing down on your airport/aircraft. Any airline that -didn't- move an aircraft out a hurricane's path (using the logic that "Oh, insurance will pay for it") is in for a costly surprise.

Accordingly, the costs associated with ferrying an aircraft (or multiple aircraft) out of harm's way pale in comparision to what one would spend replacing those aircraft, sans insurance...

[Edited 2004-09-03 17:03:11]

User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3997 times:

I know for certain that WestJet has a 737 at DFW right now as they brought it over from MCO yesterday. Didn't get to see it land but my friends did.


Jay


User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4278 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3943 times:

Basically anything that is airworthy is moved from harm's way. I'm sure FLL (currently closed) is a ghosttown of an airport right now, at least in terms of aircraft. I'm sure MIA and PBI will be the same way.

It only makes sense, although I'm not sure why FLL closed at 10AM today. The latest predictions on Hurricane Frances are for it to hit tomorrow afternoon.



None shall pass!!!!
User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3921 times:

The trigger isn't when the eye itself comes ashore--it's when the winds ahead of the storm will create crosswinds in excess of aircraft capabilities.

That's usually about 30 knot's worth, and MIA, FLL, and PBI were all forecast to reach that by mid-day today, which is why everyone "led" the forecast by a few hours and pulled the plug on their operations early.

[Edited 2004-09-03 18:14:20]

User currently offlineGoose From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 1840 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3679 times:

I know for certain that WestJet has a 737 at DFW right now as they brought it over from MCO yesterday. Didn't get to see it land but my friends did.

It was in MCO for the LiveTV installation..... a 737-700.



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User currently offlineN276AASTT From US Virgin Islands, joined Jan 2004, 620 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3606 times:

I don't see the logic of an airline leaving their aircraft in harms way. Think about it, if your an airline exec, would you want your aircraft sitting at an airport where you have a major hurricane barreling down on it, exposed to the elements? Airports are huge, wide open spaces where the straight-line winds have a chance to pick up speed and remember also, jets are aerodynamic. The jets themselves don't have to be charging down the runway to get airborne. With the meteorologists reporting winds well above 100mph, planes can be moved or lifted easily. I've seen it first hand in St. Thomas. Owners who have left their planes at the airport during such storms have often come back to see their planes flipped, and tossed aside like toys. During heavy thunderstorms at DFW, it is highly encouraged to double chock the tires of the AA jets, just so there isn't any movement. I think the cost of flying the planes to a nearby, standby airport is far more cheaper than having it in the maintenance hangers for weeks eating up money, not making it.


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User currently offlineJAXpax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3594 times:

I know that American Eagle in Miami and in San Juan has procedures in place to fly the ATRs out of harm's way. Volunteer crews take the aircraft and get a spending allowance while waiting out the storm.

They normally take the San Juan ATRs to Aruba.


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3583 times:

We have most of American Eagles ATR fleet sitting here in Nashville.


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User currently offlineOttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3478 times:

As of right now, we have a whole fleet of Baby Boeings and Mad Dogs sitting over by the Northwest Hangar in ATL. They are over there due to the hurricane in FL and its the only open space around the airport. Any other planes have been re-scheduled for other trips that may be necessary. Any airplanes that did not have a trip or were not re-routed are just taking up empty gate space and probably getting maintenance touch-ups in the meantime.

User currently offlineChiGB1973 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1616 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3421 times:

Gulfstream moved a lot to HSV according to these pics:


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