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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3305 posts, RR: 13
Posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3465 times:
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http://flightaware.com/live/flight/SWA8016

And there's been more like that one in the last week. There was another round trip with a similar flight number 3 or 4 days ago. Is WN running charters for someone (I thought they were usually numbered in the 9000's)? If so, why are the flights at such weird times of the day (maybe the only time they can spare an aircraft?)?

Or is this a sign that WN may be looking at flying into ABE? I looked on their website and couldn't find anything. Anybody have any clue?

TIS


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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3453 times:

They could actually be doing some aircraft mods at ABE thus why the odd time of day.....last fall I remember a crew taking a 300 from HOU to BHM (I think, maybe GSO) around midnight, the same crew came back with another jet 4 hours later and they told me they were doing the eyebrow modifications on these aircraft, so that may be what you are finding on flightaware, maybe not!


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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3305 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3437 times:
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I didn't know ABE did those kinds of modifications. I don't know where the facilities would be. I've been to ABE many times and have never seen 737's there, let alone WN ones. This week is the first time since I started school here (in August 2005) that a WN flight comes into ABE. So if they are doing eyebrow mods, which could be the case, they just got the new facilities.

Anybody confirm or deny this?

TIS



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User currently offlineIahflyr From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3400 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 2):
I didn't know ABE did those kinds of modifications

And I am not saying they do, just offered a thought!



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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3366 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Thread starter):
Or is this a sign that WN may be looking at flying into ABE? I looked on their website and couldn't find anything. Anybody have any clue?

It was a charter... We've run some from MDT and LNS as well...

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 1):
They could actually be doing some aircraft mods at ABE thus why the odd time of day.....last fall I remember a crew taking a 300 from HOU to BHM (I think, maybe GSO) around midnight, the same crew came back with another jet 4 hours later and they told me they were doing the eyebrow modifications on these aircraft, so that may be what you are finding on flightaware, maybe not!

No mods at ABE.

The flight you're referring to wasn't going HOU-BHM, but HOU-DHN to drop off an aircraft for MX work, and pick-up another one that was finished and take it back to either HOU (usually) or DAL (occasionally).

[Edited 2007-04-03 15:19:45]

User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3324 times:

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 4):
but HOU-DHN

Damn you are right again....but it was very very very late at night and I've slept since then! It sure was DHN now that you ring my head on it!  ashamed 



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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3319 times:

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 5):
Damn you are right again....but it was very very very late at night and I've slept since then! It sure was DHN now that you ring my head on it!

No problemo...  Wink


User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3305 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3089 times:
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Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 4):
It was a charter... We've run some from MDT and LNS as well...

Seems an odd time for charter. Is it purely because that's the only time they could find an unused aircraft?

Who was the charter for? Private, or a team, or something else?

Thanks.

TIS



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User currently offlineGregarious119 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3028 times:

Would the 8000 number indicate a military charter? I seem to recall a few of those at RDG a while back too.

G


User currently offlineN702ML From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3022 times:

Quoting Gregarious119 (Reply 8):
Would the 8000 number indicate a military charter? I seem to recall a few of those at RDG a while back too.

8000 flight numbers at WN indicate any charter flights...not specifically military charters.

I worked several charters in December/January, all 8000-flight numbers, and they were all College Bowl game-related....alumni groups, marching bands, etc....

The Dallas-Durango ski charters also operate with 8000-flight numbers.

[Edited 2007-04-03 19:56:51]

User currently offlineR311music From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2901 times:

I actually worked that flight today. It was a sports team charter for some baseball team. Well over 200 bags. Not a fun way to start your morning.


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User currently offlineFalcon flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2815 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 2):
I've been to ABE many times and have never seen 737's there

737s at ABE were quite common during the Hooters Air days with -200s or -300s seen on an almost daily basis operated by Pace.



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User currently offlineB757capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2718 times:

Quoting Falcon flyer (Reply 11):
737s at ABE were quite common during the Hooters Air days with -200s or -300s seen on an almost daily basis operated by Pace.

At one point we were overnighting the 737-200 and 737-300 and the 757-200 all at ABE.



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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3305 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2654 times:
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Quoting R311music (Reply 10):
I actually worked that flight today. It was a sports team charter for some baseball team. Well over 200 bags. Not a fun way to start your morning.

Do you mean the WN flight into ABE or were you referring to another poster?

Quoting Falcon flyer (Reply 11):
737s at ABE were quite common during the Hooters Air days with -200s or -300s seen on an almost daily basis operated by Pace.

Right. I should have clarified. I've never seen WN 737's there. The Hooters Air 732's were gorgeous.

TIS



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User currently offlineR311music From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2635 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 13):
Do you mean the WN flight into ABE or were you referring to another poster?


I was referring to that exact flight today. ABE-MCO 8016.



confusing use of time
User currently offlineFalcon flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1744 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 13):
The Hooters Air 732's were gorgeous

Absolutely. That was one of the better schemes out there. Too bad it's gone.



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User currently offlineSwatpamike From United States of America, joined May 2004, 581 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1700 times:

Hello All

Quoting R311music (Reply 14):
I was referring to that exact flight today. ABE-MCO 8016.

This flight was a ferry back from a charter going up.

It was a high school that chartered the aircraft for their band. Don't know the name of the school and if I did I would not post it.

The aircraft did it thing all day yesterday, flying here and there, and was to RON at MCO.

Dispatch guys assigned it as the charter going up and ferried back. Got in about 3am.

The great thing about this charter was someone from the school was very smart. All their band equipment was trucked down and back so they decided to put there luggage in the truck instead of the plane. This flight was the only time in my 6 years with WN that I had a plane go out full of paxs but with no bags.

Hope this helps.

Cheers

swatpamike


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