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Hubs With Lots Of RON's?  
User currently offlinewedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5950 posts, RR: 6
Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6130 times:
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I travel from SEA in the mornings fairly frequently and noticed that AS occupies the majority of the gates there as RON's. Obviously, there are a couple of open gates to receive flights from ANC and FAI in the early morning.

On the other hand, DFW is almost dead in the early mornings, with the majority of the RON's at out-stations.

Are there other airline hubs that have a lot of RON's? ORD? ATL?

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User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5858 times:

Quoting wedgetail737 (Thread starter):
Are there other airline hubs that have a lot of RON's? ORD? ATL?

By design (most of the time) large single airline hubs will not have a lot of RON a/c. I mentioned this in the AGS/A319. ATL does not host a lot of RON a/c.

As a matter of fact, the opotunity for more mainline RON gates ha risen in the past month in Atlanta for ATL. Delta recently added lead-in lines on quite a few gates on C that can take DC9s up to the 738 on most and 319s on a few. And not it's not just for IROP. C30 got RIC's evening 738 and today, there are 5 mainline inbounds into C.

[Edited 2011-02-20 13:35:45]


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User currently offlineMattRB From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1624 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5759 times:

We (AC) typically have a fair number of gates occupied during the night (depending on the day of the week) here in YYZ. Hangar bays and infield cargo usually have their fair share of overnighters as well.

[Edited 2011-02-20 14:52:06]


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User currently offlineSANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5557 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5693 times:

Quoting MattRB (Reply 2):
We typically have a fair number of gates occupied during the night (depending on the day of the week). Hangar bays and infield cargo usually have their fair share of overnighters as well


Sorry, where is "we"? (What city are you referring to?)

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User currently offlineMakeMinesLAX From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5675 times:

The last time I took an early morning flight out of EWR it seemed every conceivable space was occupied by an aircraft.

User currently offlineSANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5557 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5531 times:

Quoting MattRB (Reply 2):
[Edited 2011-02-20 14:52:06

Thanks for that Matt.

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User currently offlineco777dal From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5518 times:

Quoting MakeMinesLAX (Reply 4):
The last time I took an early morning flight out of EWR it seemed every conceivable space was occupied by an aircraft.

I have noticed that too with Continental at both EWR and IAH. There are many planes RON each night and Saturday Morning is crazy at IAH. There are planes parked everywhere!!! I counted over 15 RJs once in a line parked out by Terminal D. Planes parked where ever they could find space as CO runs a limited schedule on Saturday.



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User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1994 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5477 times:

Hubs with more RONs probably have a combination of high O&D and/or occupy a geographical position on or a near an "edge" (like an ocean). Basically the less connectivity a hub has, the more need for that RON aircraft to stay there.

User currently offlineDeltaFFinDFW From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1447 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5212 times:

When I was in DTW last week, I noticed a lot of RON at the lower A Concourse. I checked into my room at the Westin around 6pm, and most of them were still there when I left around 8am.

User currently offlineTUSAA From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5191 times:

Quoting wedgetail737 (Thread starter):
On the other hand, DFW is almost dead in the early mornings, with the majority of the RON's at out-stations.

At DFW, AA can have up to 60-70 RON's a night. Many of them parked at the hangars.


User currently offlineusairways787 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 290 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5123 times:

Quoting wedgetail737 (Thread starter):

Don't know how DFW is dead with rotation after rotation at about 0515. We push out our first EMO at 0625 Meanwhile Delta, USAirways, AA, and others have already been pushing and taking off.


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User currently offlinewedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5950 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5070 times:
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Quoting usairways787 (Reply 10):
Don't know how DFW is dead with rotation after rotation at about 0515.

For DFW, I was referring to AA. Doesn't the majority of the AA morning departures out of both DFW and ORD consist of inbound redeyes?


User currently offlinecommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11840 posts, RR: 62
Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5001 times:

Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 11):
For DFW, I was referring to AA.

Maybe that's your experience/perception, but not mine. AA has tons of RONs at DFW each night - many at the gate, and many also over at the hangars. Sure, with one airline holding 80+ gates, it stands to reason that even with lots of RONs a lot of those gates won't be full every night, but that is true of just about every "hub" I've ever seen in my life.

In fact, the only "hub" I've ever seen that truly looks packed - relatively speaking - overnight is Hawaiian in HNL, where the 717s pretty much all RON at HNL each night.

Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 11):
Doesn't the majority of the AA morning departures out of both DFW and ORD consist of inbound redeyes?

Not even close. There are only a handful of redeyes into each hub each morning - more to DFW, but even there it's less than 20. Contrast that with the probably 100 AA departures out of DFW before 9am.


User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7711 posts, RR: 27
Reply 13, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4871 times:

Quoting DeltaFFinDFW (Reply 8):
When I was in DTW last week, I noticed a lot of RON at the lower A Concourse. I checked into my room at the Westin around 6pm, and most of them were still there when I left around 8am.

DTW does have a fair number of mainline RONs. Mostly due to how the departure banks are structured. The 7pm departure bank has the last big push of mainline west/southbound flights, meanwhile there are a decent number of mainline arrivals between 7pm-11pm. The 9:30-10pm departure bank mostly goes to the northeast/mid-Atlantic/intra-Michigan is mostly RJ / 76 seaters. The 7am departure bank is primarily for O&D.


User currently offlinesxf24 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 1262 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4794 times:

SEA is unique in that every AS gate is occupied by a RON.

User currently offlinejfklganyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3599 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4128 times:

True middle of the country hubs don't have a lot of RONs

A hub is designed to bring people in and spit people out. To start that process in the morning you have to "prime the pump" by having very early morning departures from out stations that connect to an early bank of flights at the hub.


Then there are the "fake" hubs as I like to call them. These are usually in LARGE cities that an airline calls a hub because their focus on the city has become so large that it naturally defers to the "hub" word.

For instance, when I used to work at Eagle, DFW, ORD, LAX, BOS, LGA, MIA, and SJU were all hubs. They were all crew bases for flight and cabin crew. They all had base admins. Virtually every flight in the system started or ended at these bases (exceptions of JFK, RDU, DCA).

But the true hubs were DFW and ORD and they didn't have many RONs in proportion to the size of the operation. When you looked at a base like LGA or BOS, every gate was occupied at night because there were 6 am departures to XNA, DCA, RDU, etc.

The focus of the coastal "hubs" in major cities was really O and D oriented with some connecting pax as opposed to middle of the country hubs with huge volumes of connecting pax in proportion to O and D.


So hubs with lot's of RONs relative to the size of the operation:

JFK
LGA
BOS
EWR
DCA
LAX
SEA
SFO


Hubs that have a much smaller number of RONs relative to the size of the operation

ATL, CVG, MEM, DFW, CLT, SLC


User currently offlinedwcontroller From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3711 times:

Landed at 4:30am in ATL on a red eye from the west coast a few weeks and ago and the airport is eerily dead. A large majority of aircraft at outstations working early am flight to Atlanta to then to depart to everywhere else in the world. But wait and hour or two and arrivals start pouring in from everywhere and the place is back to being a mad house.


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User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7711 posts, RR: 27
Reply 17, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3056 times:

I should at at DTW, you'll see about 10-15 mainline / Compass RONs on the A concourse, however the B/C concourse is virtually empty overnight, almost no 50 seat RJs spend the night in DTW.

User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3518 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2966 times:
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Excuse my ignorance, but what is RON's?


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User currently offlineAlasizon From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2927 times:

Quoting sxf24 (Reply 14):
SEA is unique in that every AS gate is occupied by a RON.

Not always, there usually is a couple open gates on D or on N from the late night SEA-California push that usually aren't filled by the incoming California-SEA groupings. A couple of them end up taking the early AM flights from ANC, FAI and JNU.



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User currently offlineAlasizon From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 18):
Excuse my ignorance, but what is RON's?

Remain OverNight (or Remain Over Night, depending on how you break up the words). They are aircraft that aren't flying during the night and are parked at the airport. Usually, most aircraft have a light maintenance check performed on them after their last flight.



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User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3518 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2898 times:
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Quoting Alasizon (Reply 20):
Remain OverNight (or Remain Over Night, depending on how you break up the words).

Thank you.



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User currently offlineas739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6187 posts, RR: 24
Reply 22, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2779 times:

Quoting co777dal (Reply 6):

I'm curious of how many of those planes at IAH were some of the red-eye's from the West coast. I say that cause I commuted on the SFO-IAH flight that arrived at midnight for almost a year and IAH seemed empty to me around midnight. One other consideration is a.c being towed from the hangar overnight to the gate.

Quoting sxf24 (Reply 14):

So much so that back in '06-'07 they started stacking RON's at other station since SEA has no room. There were a few very late running flights just to accomplish this. At SFO we had 5 RONs at onc point (with 3 gates) and SEA management was exploring a 6th. LAX in '07 had 9, not including the Mexico red-eyes, with 6 over night gates.

Quoting Alasizon (Reply 19):
Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 15):

Good point. Does an a.c that is towed from the hangar overnight count as a RON? UA doesn't have a lot of planes on the gate at SFO overnight, but planes trickle over from the MOC between midnight and 6a. Add in the 4 Hawaii red-eyes and now you have pretty full terminal at 6-7am.



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User currently offlineAlasizon From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2761 times:

Quoting as739x (Reply 22):
Does an a.c that is towed from the hangar overnight count as a RON?

AFAIK, if it had completed a revenue flight the day before and was towed to free up gate space yes. If it is coming from MX or some other area of operations, no.

[Edited 2011-02-21 10:19:29]

[Edited 2011-02-21 10:19:55]


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User currently offlineas739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6187 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2741 times:

Quoting Alasizon (Reply 23):

So then I believe unless you hang out all night in the airport, it's hard to tell how many planes are RONing. I've seen UA planes towed of and then back before the morning flight. Is this an RON?



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25 cschleic : Is SEA kind of both a hub and O&D location, at least for AS? Yes there is hub activity from Horizon and flights from ANC and other state of Alask
26 Alasizon : I would say yes, considering that it is most likely just getting a quick look around check by MX to see if anything occurred during the prior day. A
27 Post contains images N737AA : It may seem that way considering we operate 80+ gates at DFW but in reality the total number of RON's (overnights) or terminator's for the latest sch
28 as739x : Well then you kind of contradicted yourself from reply 23. But really it's a matter of opinion in what RON means. I'm not trying to argue the point,
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