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SNA New Commuter Terminal Opens (with Pics)  
User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24847 posts, RR: 46
Posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 8355 times:

On Thursday John Wayne Airport (SNA) celebrated the opening of a new permanent commuter facility.

Known as the North Commuter Terminal, or more aptly a large hold room area featuring three gates with direct ramp access is part of the airports larger $543 million modernization program.

The commuter facility connected to Terminal-A will initially have two tenants - United Express and Delta Connection. The first flight out of the North Commuter Terminal was a Delta flight to Salt Lake City (ironically operated on an A319, however come 2012 Delta plans to utilize RJs)

News Story:
http://www.ocregister.com/news/terminal-316324-new-commuter.html

Some images




Photos Courtesy of the Airport.

[Edited 2011-09-10 10:18:23]


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User currently offlinesan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4941 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 8053 times:

Wow, very nice! Things are a lot different compared to when I worked there from '07-08.


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User currently offlinechrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2072 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7658 times:

Quoting san747 (Reply 1):
Things are a lot different compared to when I worked there from '07-08

Hell, things are a lot different than they were back in 1987 when I started flying out of SNA! Still a great airport.


User currently offlinegmcc From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7555 times:

Now if QX can get slots those gate that could really be fun. SAN-SNA-STS or SJC -SEA anyone? Please. Good to see the new stuff starting to open. I think they are planning to have a tour of the new terminal c on November 13, the day before it open.

User currently onlineusflyer msp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7531 times:

I really don't see the point of this building. The era of RJ's is coming to a close, especially in slot- restricted airports like SNA. I think SNA would have been better served by building three additional mainline gates (that could be used by RJ's if needed).

User currently onlineairbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8210 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7520 times:

Quoting usflyer msp (Reply 4):
I really don't see the point of this building. The era of RJ's is coming to a close, especially in slot- restricted airports like SNA. I think SNA would have been better served by building three additional mainline gates (that could be used by RJ's if needed).

So why can;t mainline jets use these gates? As stated by the OP, the first flight out of these gates was an A319. Is that not mainline?


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24847 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7463 times:

Quoting gmcc (Reply 3):
Now if QX can get slots those gate that could really be fun. SAN-SNA-STS or SJC -SEA anyone?

The 2012 slot award is around the corner, and Horizon which was on the waiting list passed again this year.

There should be a new entrant - a regional carrier flying in behalf of Delta if the documents get signed.

Quoting usflyer msp (Reply 4):
I really don't see the point of this building. The era of RJ's is coming to a close, especially in slot- restricted airports like SNA. I think SNA would have been better served by building three additional mainline gates

Well they are getting 6 air-carrier gates also when the new Terminal C opens in November.

The commuter gates are actually quite worthwhile, as they will also provide the critical parking space for overnight aircraft. Besides slots, SNA has a parking restriction with overnight demand exceeding parking spots available.

Lastly keep in mind, potential commuter activity is not the same as larger jet service for slots, so one could operate a dozen commuter flights potentially without impacting mainline slots much if at all.



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User currently offlineFedExFlyerPHL From United States of America, joined May 2008, 191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 6963 times:

I missed it!!! I flew in on Thursday and had no idea. If I would have know, I would have headed down the other end to check it out.

Jeff



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User currently offline7673mech From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6681 times:
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Quoting airbazar (Reply 5):
So why can;t mainline jets use these gates? As stated by the OP, the first flight out of these gates was an A319. Is that not mainline?

They can, there are not Jetway's attached. The passengers walk through a door and up loading stairs.


User currently offlinewedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5890 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5739 times:
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Quoting gmcc (Reply 3):
Now if QX can get slots those gate that could really be fun. SAN-SNA-STS or SJC -SEA anyone? Please. Good to see the new stuff starting to open. I think they are planning to have a tour of the new terminal c on November 13, the day before it open.

Any QX service to SNA would be cool! Maybe even some QX service on the SJC-SNA run.


User currently onlineusflyer msp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5283 times:

Quoting airbazar (Reply 5):
So why can;t mainline jets use these gates? As stated by the OP, the first flight out of these gates was an A319. Is that not mainline?

I suppose they can but that causes certain inefficiencies. Ground loading requires extra staff to marshall passengers and special equipment in order for disabled pax to enplane/deplane. Passengers hate it during inclement weather. (admittedly, not a huge problem in SoCal) They should have built three jetway gates with RJ compatible jetways. That would have been a more efficient of their funds IMHO.


User currently offlinegmcc From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5273 times:

Quoting wedgetail737 (Reply 9):
Any QX service to SNA would be cool!

It would be especially fun to watch the Newport/Costa Mesa NIMBY's heads go pop at the thought of a "old" prop plane disturbing them.


User currently offlinewedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5890 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5222 times:
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Quoting gmcc (Reply 11):
It would be especially fun to watch the Newport/Costa Mesa NIMBY's heads go pop at the thought of a "old" prop plane disturbing them.

The Q400 is no ordinary prop. But I think it's well-suited for intrastate service.


User currently offlineghifty From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 891 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4940 times:

Quoting gmcc (Reply 11):

"The planes flying above us must be worth more than $27m."

I kid... after all it's such people that are to "blame" for the exhilarating take-offs from SNA, gotta love those charged t/o's.



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User currently offlineandyinpit From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks ago) and read 3451 times:

Quoting ghifty (Reply 13):
I kid... after all it's such people that are to "blame" for the exhilarating take-offs from SNA, gotta love those charged t/o's.

I'll be taking a flight from there next month from the jumpseat. I'm quite excited...


User currently offlineas739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6096 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3235 times:

Quoting gmcc (Reply 11):

QX should sell it to them that this will provide non-stop service to STS, so they can go wine tasting  

Not that I think STS will be served!



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User currently offlineFedExFlyerPHL From United States of America, joined May 2008, 191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3144 times:

Quoting ghifty (Reply 13):
I kid... after all it's such people that are to "blame" for the exhilarating take-offs from SNA, gotta love those charged t/o's.

Those takeoffs must not neccessarily be mandatory anymore because my flight from SNA-MSP was pretty normal. No steep climb and no power cut back. I was kind of looking forward to the famous SNA takeoff.

Jeff



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User currently offlinewnflyguy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2011, 506 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

Terminal c will be 5 gates for WN and 1 gate for F9...


my post are my opinion only and not those of southwest airlines and or airtran airlines.
User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8894 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2758 times:

Quoting FedExFlyerPHL (Reply 16):
Those takeoffs must not neccessarily be mandatory anymore because my flight from SNA-MSP was pretty normal. No steep climb and no power cut back. I was kind of looking forward to the famous SNA takeoff.

I had the steep takeoff then the cutback on throttle on my US Airways 737 flight from SNA to PHX this evening...


User currently offlinegmcc From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2612 times:

Quoting wnflyguy (Reply 17):
Terminal c will be 5 gates for WN and 1 gate for F9

Technically all gate in the new terminal with be CUTE, however, I am sure that WN will use 5 gates and F9 will use one


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