Rdwelch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2494 times:
Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 5): Saw the Pan Am 727 taxiing down Tango to the south runway.... gahhh if I had only brought my camera
I'm with you. I was at PHX for a couple of hours yesterday and saw that along with 2 MG 722's and a 738 for a German charter airline who's name I can't recall right now. Saw that Ryan air near the cargo stands too.
AlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2321 times:
The special planes I saw last night when I arrived at the airport and then today in the area were limited to a DL 767-300 and an MG 727-200 (which was special because it's the first type of plane I ever flew on, six years ago). I'm sure there were more. The airport vehicle traffic didn't seem too heavy when I went through - however, I did see a bunch of cars in Tempe flying Florida and Ohio State flags. Why they were in Tempe I have no idea. They weren't just local boosters either - their cars had Florida and Ohio plates. Considering that the game was out in Glendale (west of Phoenix and the airport) and that Tempe is east of the airport. For the record I'm kind of glad the game wasn't at Sun Devil, because that would have made my trip to Tempe from the airport last night a really big hassle. Instead, it was very easy.
Do they really think today will be busier than back when the Super Bowl was in Tempe? Is that just because of the normal growth in air traffic since then?
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8821 posts, RR: 12 Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2302 times:
Quoting AlexPorter (Reply 13): Do they really think today will be busier than back when the Super Bowl was in Tempe? Is that just because of the normal growth in air traffic since then?
Part of it is that College Football has many more fans of the two schools, who often come in on charters. For the Super Bowl, there are a lot less fans of the various schools and instead corporate big-wigs, so there is a lot less demand for charter aircraft (I seem to remember when the Pats were in Jacksonville for the Super Bowl, DL upgraded their CRJs to mainline for a day, AirTran added a couple of 717s on BOS-JAX, and I think US Airways had a 737 go non-stop as well). 5 extra flights are nothing compared to the number of fan charters.