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Odd Litttle Questions About US/HP Merger  
User currently offlineUALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3112 times:

First which two letter code are they going to use HP or US? I'd assume US.

Second, has HP switched over to US yet?

Third do HP flights still use the Cactus call sign?

Forth, if a US plane is in front of a HP plane does ATC tell the HP pilot to follow the "Company" plane?

Just a few questions that popped in my mind as I watched planes taxi around PHL yesterday.

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User currently offlineJmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3252 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3096 times:

1. US
2. In what way?
3. Yes.
4. No. USAir



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User currently offlineWhataboutme From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3064 times:

Quoting UALPHLCS (Thread starter):
First which two letter code are they going to use HP or US? I'd assume US.

I would assume US

Quoting UALPHLCS (Thread starter):
Second, has HP switched over to US yet?

It will take about 2 years for the full merger to be completed

Quoting UALPHLCS (Thread starter):
Third do HP flights still use the Cactus call sign?

For the next 2 years I would say YES

Quoting UALPHLCS (Thread starter):
Forth, if a US plane is in front of a HP plane does ATC tell the HP pilot to follow the "Company" plane?

I don't know what ATC say to a plane while in taxi

Quoting UALPHLCS (Thread starter):
Just a few questions that popped in my mind as I watched planes taxi around PHL yesterday.

Is spotting in PHL good? I spot in CLT and I love to see the A330 US has and LH a340 in CLT even thought I am not an Airbus fan. I wish the T7 and 747 still flew in here.


User currently offlineUALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3035 times:

Quoting Whataboutme (Reply 2):
Is spotting in PHL good?

Well, I was working when I was looking out the window and wondering about these questions. Is spotting good? You'd have to ask Wagz and some of the others, I haven't been aboe to go in a while, and the last time I went I was threatened by the police with the loss of my CIDA badge although UA management assured me that the police where wrong and I would have gotten it back.

We get LH 747 and UPS 747s as well as FedEX DC10s some of those FedEX planes used to fly in modified UA colors that was a sight.

Mostly we get the new US colors which I think are nice and WN has its special paint jobs in almost everyday. But for the most part its just A320s and A319s and 737s all day.

The days we get things out of the ordinary are usually days people don't go out to spot becasue the weather is bad and we are getting diversions from JFK and EWR.


User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7507 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2969 times:

Most of the usual passenger widebody action at PHL includes many US 767s & A330s, AF A330s, BA 777s & LH A340s & 747s; although from what Joe (Wagz) told me that after this month, LH will only be flying the A340s to PHL. The LH 744s must've been only a seasonal upgrade. Up until this spring, BA would use a 747 for some of its PHL flights.

On some occasions, some sports teams charters would use widebodies. Those are a nice little change of scenery from the usuals. When the Oakland Raiders were in town a few weeks ago, I saw their HA 767-300 (with Raiders decal) parked near Atlantic Aviation.

As far as spotting is concerned, within the past year police hassles are not as frequent as they had been before (I guess Paul (Runway27Right) wore them down a bit). Usually, if you park on the opposite side of the road (Hog Island Road for the 27R landings) with respect to the AOA fence; they'll usually leave you alone. The 9R side has No Parking signs erected all along the road; a passing police officer (be it Philadelphia or Tinicum Township) is usually more likely to hassle you there.



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13506 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2925 times:
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Quoting Whataboutme (Reply 2):
Quoting UALPHLCS (Thread starter):
Forth, if a US plane is in front of a HP plane does ATC tell the HP pilot to follow the "Company" plane?

I don't know what ATC say to a plane while in taxi

When ATC is directing aircraft, they'll sometimes instruct one aircraft to do something based on the position of another within their field of vision. If both aircraft are flying for the same airline, they'll say "Follow COMPANY 737," or whatever - meaning, follow YOUR company's other plane.

I don't believe they'll refer to US/HP planes as "company traffic" while still operating under two certificates and using the individual US and HP names for operations, though.



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User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2730 times:

Quoting Whataboutme (Reply 2):
Is spotting in PHL good? I spot in CLT and I love to see the A330 US has and LH a340 in CLT even thought I am not an Airbus fan. I wish the T7 and 747 still flew in here

Hey whataboutme, I live in Gastonia and will be returning home in a few weeks from NZ. E-mail me if you'd like to get together and do some spotting sometime. I have two months off of school when I get back to NC and plan on spending lots of time spotting at CLT  Smile


User currently offlineBrokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2713 times:

Best place to spot IMO if you are a pax is in terminal A, right outside the US Club. You pretty much can see the whole field.

User currently offlineWhataboutme From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2552 times:

Quoting Adam T. (Reply 6):
Hey whataboutme, I live in Gastonia and will be returning home in a few weeks from NZ. E-mail me if you'd like to get together and do some spotting sometime. I have two months off of school when I get back to NC and plan on spending lots of time spotting at CLT

Sure will. I love going to CLT and spot, but I usally hate doing it by myself. I am only 10 mintues from CLT and we get all kind of planes over my house. I love when LH a340 leaves heading south cause I can see it from work. Keep in touch
Peace Out


User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2425 times:

Quoting Whataboutme (Reply 8):
Quoting Adam T. (Reply 6):
Hey whataboutme, I live in Gastonia and will be returning home in a few weeks from NZ. E-mail me if you'd like to get together and do some spotting sometime. I have two months off of school when I get back to NC and plan on spending lots of time spotting at CLT

Sure will. I love going to CLT and spot, but I usally hate doing it by myself. I am only 10 mintues from CLT and we get all kind of planes over my house. I love when LH a340 leaves heading south cause I can see it from work. Keep in touch
Peace Out

Sure will, you'll need to e-mail me though since I can't e-mail you through your profile.  Smile I'm in the same boat as you, I love going over to CLT and spot but hate going by myself as well. Usually I have to go right by CLT in order to get to my Aunt's house or if i'm going to my Dad's office (which is right under the approach path to Runway 23). Everytime I go by there and one of my family members is with me I start making my way over to the overlook only to hear "Adam, not the airport AGAIN"....LOL.

Adam


User currently offlineWhataboutme From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2387 times:

Quoting Adam T. (Reply 9):

Hey I added my contact, because I can not pull up your profile to email you. I got to see LH A340 today heading out. It was around 17:30. It was beautiful.
Peace Out


User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2324 times:

Quoting Whataboutme (Reply 10):
Hey I added my contact, because I can not pull up your profile to email you. I got to see LH A340 today heading out. It was around 17:30. It was beautiful.
Peace Out

Cool, I e-mailed you. Not sure why my profile isn't coming up......sometimes that happens when i'm looking at others profiles as well.

Adam


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