Looks like Prince George finally got its first major customer, obviously not a major carrier but some very big news for the area none the less.
Congratulations to the team at YXS for landing their first major customer. Northwestern BC is a growing area; the port is finished in Prince Rupert and there is the railway infrastructure now in place to connect the port to Prince George and onto the US.
I wonder if ANC is looking at this with much concern?
Steex From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1435 posts, RR: 9 Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1979 times:
Quoting 413X3 (Reply 1): Considering most carriers stop at ANC to transfer cargo and crew not only take on more fuel, I would say ANC is not too worried
Exactly right. FX and 5X, the two that would probably be of most concern to ANC, operate transfer facilities there that would not be feasible to relocate. Additionally, they can perform full US customs clearance for inbound freight at ANC prior to being sent onward within the states - that would be more difficult to accomplish at a Canadian airport.
The Boeing 747 Aircraft operated by Southern Air Inc. is scheduled to land Monday, November 16, 2009 at 1130 hrs. This aircraft will be arriving from Seoul, South Korea and onto Miami and then Caracaras, Venezuela.
Jetset From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 349 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1711 times:
Why any airline would leave Anchorage where you have everything from mechanics, spare parts, great ground servicing, a small army of runway snow removal equiptment and in general good weather to go to Prince George where you have none of this is beyond me. The weather in Prince George sucks most of the time with snow, fog and freezing rain very frequent in winter
and just plain fog almost daily in spring and fall. Summers are for the most part ok but fog is still an issue late evening to early mornings. Snow removal on the runways at Prince George is far from ideal and I'm sure it don't even come close to Anchorage. We operate CRJ aircraft into YXS and it's one of our most diverted locations. Looking at the weather right now :
Here is the YXS runway condition report:
000000 NOTAMJ CYXS PRINCE GEORGE
CYXS RSC 15/33 60 PERCENT SLUSH TRACE 40 PERCENT BARE AND WET
CYXS RSC 01/19 100 PERCENT SLUSH TRACE 0911162326
CYXS RSC 06/24 100 PERCENT WET SN 4 INS 0911162326
I ask you, if you got to stop a 747 for a gas and go which location would you choose?
The extending of the runway at YXS to over 11,000 feet is the biggest waste of money that there ever was, and is just typical of the way the local Airport Authorities spend all the improvement fees they collect here in Canada all trying to out do each other.
Some may disagree with me, but the facts are there. YXS can in no way compete for heavy
tech stop traffic against SEA / YVR / ANC.
UTAH744 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 170 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1669 times:
Not to mention all of the amenities that Jetset mentioned having that great crosswind runway makes it pretty obvious where you'd want to land a B747 that is usually at max landing weight. Nice post Jetset.