AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2986 times:
Nothing in the press negative about the operations at Sky Harbor and the other valley airports. North American flew a 757 into IWA and stayed overnight and right after the game it actually left early for JFK. Meanwhile I don't think I would want to be on this flight: Look at the departure time, especially after your team lost.
DAL9805 B763 Boston Logan Intl (KBOS) Mon 04:00AM MST Mon 09:59AM EST
AirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2762 times:
Does anyone know why there would be more charter flights after the Super Bowl than before? For example, before the game, UA had 1 A320 and 1 744 fly JFK-PHX. Today though, they have 1 A320, 1 744, and 2 763's. AA also has 2 757's to JFK today as opposed to 1 before the game. DL even has more planes to JFK today than came in last week.
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2748 times:
Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 5): Does anyone know why there would be more charter flights after the Super Bowl than before?
There may not be as big a difference as you think.....while everyone is pretty much in a hurry to get out after the game, the inbounds are more spread out. ie for the Sugar Bowl and BCS title game here MSY saw inbound fans charter into town for three or four days prior to the game, while the outbound charters started leaving within a couple hours of the end of the game, and were consistent into and through the next day.
Tom at MSY
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2702 times:
Looks like the Giants are just getting ready to leave from the Valley of the Sun oops Rain.
04-Feb-2008 B763/J Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl (KPHX) Newark Liberty Intl (KEWR) 12:00PM MST 05:51PM EST Scheduled
RobertS975 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 966 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2230 times:
I flew on DL special section 9736 PHX-BOS on Monday, departed ontime at 10 AM. It was a B767-400, international version. There were at least 9 DL special section or charter flights on Monday. Here is something unusual... the Super Bowl program books, which had some fancy holographic cover, could not be placed in checked luggage, and had to be screened separately and apart like a laptop.
DL had just about every employee in PHX on duty that day. They all wore red tee shirts emblazoned with "Team PHX" and the date of "2/4/08".
There were literally hundreds of private jets spread around the various airports in the Valley... mostly related to the Super Bowl, but also due to PGA golf tournament in Scottsdale as well. Our DL jet took a 20 minute takeoff delay simply because of the private jets ahead of it.
There were weather issues in Denver and ORD/MDW that complicated departures to those hubs.
ArcrftLvr From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 826 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2189 times:
Quoting SkyTeamTriStar (Thread starter): Does anyone have personal testimonies or other news worthy info how the airlines and/or PHX handled so many people for the Bowl Game.....any comments are welcomed.
I was on WN #1832, departing at 10:10pm on Sunday.
For the most part, PHX ran well. I didn't have any issues with checking baggage. However, as I was approaching the D Gate Security, they were starting to close the gate as people were running to get into security. Why wouldn't they have extended the D Gate Security hours a little longer on Sunday? On any ordinary day, I understand why they close it at 9:30pm. But, with larger amounts of people, it would seem that they would extend the operating hours to ensure they are able to accommodate the larger quantities of people flying out on a Sunday night.
We pushed from the gate right on time, but then sat on the apron for almost an hour before we took off, due to the inordinate amounts of GA traffic taking off. My question is, do airlines push back on time, only to wait off the gate so that the on-time performance record isn't affected?
I shouldn't complain, though. I was only delayed an hour. There was a flight to ONT delayed until 1:30am and another flight to SLC delayed until 3:30am!! Thumbs up to WN for not cancelling these flights. I'm sure that would've only compounded the busy Monday that followed.
In general though, the City of Scottsdale was very very unprepared to handle this many people. Glad to see the City of Phoenix handled it relatively well with respect to the airport....
AlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2121 times:
A few notes and observations:
- Thank you for getting a pic of the 747, even if it is just a camera phone pic. But too bad nobody sent in any 777s - they are really the only Boeing series plane to never use PHX (707 - the ANG stratotankers, 717 - Midwest winter seasonal extra flight, 727 - FedEx and Champion come through a good amount, 737 - everywhere, 747 - BA, 757 - everywhere, 767 - Hawaiian and seasonal Delta) so that would have been nice to see.
- This winter is the rainest I've seen in my three winters here. Two winters ago was the drought that lasted from October through March, and quite frankly I didn't mind it. Last winter had a few showers here and there. But this winter has had a few days where it poured all day long, which makes my roof leak.
- I dropped some friends of at T3 at 9:15 Monday morning. T4 was backed up all the way into the main road. They really need to make more drop off lanes at that building. T3 on the other hand was a real pleasure to drop people off at. It's not too busy most of the time.
- There was frost on my car this morning.
- It is finally supposed to warm up later this week!
- And, as an aside, anyone who registered to vote between 1/1 and 1/7 (the deadline) at my Tempe polling place had to vote on a provisional ballot, because their system is clearly not working.
Maverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5956 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1986 times:
Quoting AlexPorter (Reply 20): This winter is the rainest I've seen in my three winters here. Two winters ago was the drought that lasted from October through March, and quite frankly I didn't mind it. Last winter had a few showers here and there. But this winter has had a few days where it poured all day long, which makes my roof leak.
This year is nothing compared to 04/05's winter. The Salt River actually looked like a normal river.... and remember I'm originally from New York so that's saying something. They deflated the dams at Tempe Town Lake and the water level stayed the same.