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Untitled 727 At BFI This Morning (5/10)  
User currently offlineThreeIfByAir From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 674 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2830 times:

Perhaps someone can solve this mystery for me.

I saw an untitled 727 on final approach to BFI this morning when I was at Home Depot. Checking FlightAware, I found this:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N342PA

The strangest part about the routing is how often it is in the air. Just today it is flying IWA-BFI-SAN-IWA with less than 2 hours on the ground at BFI and just more than an hour at SAN.

The photo database has several entries for N342PA, but all in PanAm/Boston-Maine colors. FlightAware claims the aircraft is now operated by "Cybergate-Nevada LLC" of Pleasanton, CA, which sounds like an ambiguous holding company.

I can't figure out what kind of charter it would be. Sports doesn't make sense (Chicago White Sox were already in town), prisoners would be odd as there isn't a big federal prison near Seattle, and it isn't a cargo aircraft.

Any idea what sort of business this plane is in?

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User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5025 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2766 times:



Quoting ThreeIfByAir (Thread starter):
I can't figure out what kind of charter it would be. Sports doesn't make sense (Chicago White Sox were already in town), prisoners would be odd as there isn't a big federal prison near Seattle, and it isn't a cargo aircraft.

Any idea what sort of business this plane is in?

That was likely a prisoner flight. They fly it about 3 times per week or more to pick up illegals.



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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2756 times:



Quoting ThreeIfByAir (Thread starter):
IWA

IWA has a US Marshals facility or is it OKC?. As F9 animal said, it was most likely prisoner transport.



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User currently offlineAAH732UAL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2609 times:

JPATS. Miami Air and Xtra Airways also are contracted the BFI-SAN-IWA route. This goes like every Saturday. Looks like JPATS put its own metal on the flight this week.

User currently offlineThreeIfByAir From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 674 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2536 times:



Quoting AAH732UAL (Reply 3):
JPATS. Miami Air and Xtra Airways also are contracted the BFI-SAN-IWA route. This goes like every Saturday. Looks like JPATS put its own metal on the flight this week.



Quoting F9Animal (Reply 1):
That was likely a prisoner flight. They fly it about 3 times per week or more to pick up illegals.

Thank you both, that does make sense. I didn't realize BFI was a "hub" for this traffic. The federal detention center near SEA must have a flight's worth of illegals every week, or close enough. More than I ever imagined, at least.

Some airlines could learn a thing or to from JPATS. According to the official JPATS website it offers complimentary ground transportation to your accomodations. Low fares too. And I'm going to go out on a limb and guess it has a low rate of customer complaints. Not sure about FF miles though.  Wink


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