AirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 25 Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 11136 times:
If you look at Seattle's schedule, they play in Japan starting on the 24th of March with the season openers on the 28th and 29th of March. So, this has got to be one of the team's charters, either Oakland's or Seattle's or they all took one airplane together to keep costs down.
Quote: The Mariners, the first team to arrive at spring training Feb. 11 — a week before everyone else, nearly two weeks before some teams — will join the Oakland Athletics today as the first teams to depart Arizona.
ERJ From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 245 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 11009 times:
JAL usually brings in a couple charters for Japanese baseball teams during spring training to play the MLB teams. It is a big event on the T4 Parking Garage roof every year with spotters and fans alike. I was there a few years ago when they brought in 2 744's simultaneously.
Atlas Air had a 744 ferry in from IAH last night, saw it as I was driving into work at about 9:30pm. Departed to NRT shortly before the JAL this afternoon. No doubt these two are operating for the A's and Mariners.
Actually US has expressed its intent to serve PHX-NRT when it takes delivery of the A350. I think it's a stupid idea and that they would be better off serving FRA. ANA could probably pull the route off with a 787, but I'm not sure why they'd bother.
I agree about FRA. I feel stronger about any US Phx Europe connection than a Phx anywhere Asia connection. The feed might be there for US but I stand firm that any asain carrier starting service is a pipe dream.... Lax is close and too convienent
Nice to see a triple 7 in phx however, remind me of the days of BA sending one here ( prior to the 747 swap)
atcsundevil From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 794 posts, RR: 2 Reply 24, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 9654 times:
Quoting 93Sierra (Reply 23): I agree about FRA. I feel stronger about any US Phx Europe connection than a Phx anywhere Asia connection. The feed might be there for US but I stand firm that any asain carrier starting service is a pipe dream.... Lax is close and too convienent
I agree about Asia -- I was just saying what US "plans" to do, just like they planned on getting A340s and planned to start flights to PEK from PHL. I think it's completely idiotic that they haven't added a single long haul route from PHX since the merger. I'm not trying to say PHX could be any kind of major int'l hub (as you say, proximity to LAX and even LAS doesn't help), but I think it could eventually support a half-dozen long haul routes, in particular FRA. I guess they can't figure out their contracts to make that happen though. Honestly, I think PHX is more likely to see LH return than an Asian carrier start service despite the 787 coming on-line. Emirates expressed interest a few years ago, but that would be stupid and I don't think they'll ever bother with it. I'm not even sure if KL/AF could make PHX work. It really is a strange city in that it has a population of over 5 million and one of the busiest airports in the world, yet can't support much int'l service...which is why people here get excited to see a 77W or really anything that isn't American, Canadian, Mexican, or British.
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25 AeroSafari: The heavies in PHX are always such a treat. Lovely shots. Its a shame JL didn't take delivery of the 787 already then have the team charter on that Ru
26 AirframeAS: Here is another picture inside of that JL 773 charter flight, supplied by the Seattle Mariners. http://mlb.socialhub.awarenessnetwor...tnerId=aw-69439
27 PHX787: I've heard that once more of the A330s are delivered to US that they'll start the route. I know from somewhere that they actually do have the slot, i
28 atcsundevil: One could hope.. It seems almost laughable that they train their pilots here but don't actually fly them here. Yeah they ran FRA-PHX for a few years
29 warden145: Based on pics in the database, it looks like they ran A340's...I'm seeing some -200's, but mostly -300's. Again, based on the pics, it looks like the
30 kgrb: As others have mentioned, LH flew here between 2001 and 2004. If you're ever at B23, look closely... There are still 'A340' markings on the ground. Th
31 ha763: US is not holding a slot at NRT. At NRT, you need to use it or it goes back to the airport. Now, US could be holding an old route authority, but that
32 93Sierra: What about ether another UK flight or South American?
33 aztrainer: Thanks for the pictures. I thought that they pulled out due to low yield. I agree about Asia as it seems most of that traffic will go to SFO or LAX.
34 PHX787: Just saw yet another one take off from PHX about 5 minutes ago http://flightaware.com/live/flight/JAL8007[Edited 2012-03-30 12:20:41]
35 AirframeAS: The Mariners are back from Japan, this could be JL's repositioning flight back to Tokyo.
36 treebeard787: It flew in as JL8808 from NRT this morning, it landed at 10AM. It was B777-200ER JA705J.
37 PHX787: Did you get any photos again, Treebeard?
38 RWA380: What if NH did a tag from their already announced SJC service to PHX? I miss the HP 747's they used to HNL & NGO, I still have a full paged ad fr
39 93Sierra: The killer of the HP 747s was the fact that they were running those beasts ( they were in piss poor condition and went Mx delayed way too often ) on P
40 treebeard787: I remember reading about one of their PHX-HNL-NGO flights going out with only two passengers on board, Two on a B747! It's no wonder it failed. HP's
41 PHX787: IMO HP should've used a smaller aircraft (but I don't think the 330 was around at that time?) for this flight, as well as possibly having some sort o
42 RWA380: The flights between LAS & PHX were just positioning for the Hawaii flights, they ran at less than optimal times, late or early so I think the wea