Jetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7445 posts, RR: 50 Posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2432 times:
I flew into PHL to visit my folks for a few days, and I have a question. What is the city of Philadelphia planning on doing with the now-defunct blue monstrosity that was once the Overseas Terminal? After we emmigrated here from South Africa, we settled here in Philadelphia. We used to take BA to LHR to transit to CPT for my summer holidays. And our trip used to begin and end at the Blue Meanie(as I referred to it from the Beatles movie, Yellow Submarine). I remember in 1980, on one our flights which we were taking BA to LHR. We were supposed to fly out on a 707, but we ended up spending the night sleeping on the floor in the departure lounge due to a mechanical problem. We finally departed at around 2am for LHR missing our transfer to CPT. BA then put us on Uganda Airways through Entebbe, another 707. One of the horrors of that place.
Usairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3544 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2307 times:
It's used to park charter planes like mentioned above as well as aircraft that RON at the airport. Typical to see 3-5 planes taxi from the overseas terminal to their respective terminals in the early morning. Also where Air Force One parks when the president is in Philly.
Crownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2017 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2085 times:
What they should do is tear it down and build a modern long terminal just for WN. WN could then easily operate off 17-35 segregated from the traffic at the main terminal. Being that PHL is a huge O&D market and WN doesn't really need feed from other airlines, this would free up space at the main terminals for other airlines to use where WN really doesn't need to operate from. What do others think?
Cha747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 799 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2077 times:
From the PHL website:
The Airport's $3 million Overseas Terminal opened in April 1973. This facility handled international and charter flights until it was replaced with the new Richardson Dilworth International Terminal A in March 1991.
The spent 7 times the money to build 9/27L in the early 70's than the overseas terminal. From the sounds of this clipping, not much is going on in the old terminal. Never heard of anybody having to use it recently. I think that A-East has some areas dedicated for charter flights. I've seen plenty of a/c on the apron at the old building in addition to Air Force 1 (as mentioned above) and whichever Antonov cargo plane frequents PHL. Occasionally I've seen a few NWA DC-9's and Delta MD-80's parked in front of it.
You land a million planes safely, then you have one little mid-air and you never hear the end of it - Pushing Tin