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by drdisque
Thu May 24, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UAL resume mideast flights after ME3 agreement?
Replies: 7
Views: 815

Re: Will UAL resume mideast flights after ME3 agreement?

KWI was very dependent on military contractor traffic. There just isn't enough of that going there for the route to be viable anymore. DXB again, there were a lot of offline transfers to Yemen, Djibouti, Iraq, and Afghanistan. That would be a bit more stable, also because there is also business traf...

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by drdisque
Wed May 23, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA Polaris Lounge at ORD
Replies: 6
Views: 739

Re: UA Polaris Lounge at ORD

The Lounge probably did just close at 9. The last UA metal international longhaul departures are 2115 to LHR and 2105 to GRU and 2105 to DUB. That flight to FRA is literally the only longhaul flight out of T1 after 2120 (when the LH flight to MUC leaves), so it makes sense to close the lounge then.

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by drdisque
Tue May 22, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: US Airspace Reallocation
Replies: 8
Views: 1196

Re: US Airspace Reallocation

MDW is class C because the ORD class B covers the most important sectors that need to be protected anyway. The South side of MDW really only needs to be protected by Class C because there's not much else down there. It's also to reinforce that the needs of the ORD Class B are more important than the...

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by drdisque
Mon May 21, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Taking a trip just to fly on a specific type of plane
Replies: 92
Views: 3743

Re: Taking a trip just to fly on a specific type of plane

long ago when I worked for NW I flew MSP-FSD-MSP on a Saturday just because I knew I'd get F on the way out on the DC-9 (I'd been on DC-9's a ton before but had never sat in F) and the SF340 on the way back (which was a new type for me). I don't think I'd ever pay for it though. The main thing I reg...

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by drdisque
Mon May 21, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta opens pop-up lounge for middle-seat passengers in Boston
Replies: 43
Views: 9385

Re: Delta opens pop-up lounge for middle-seat passengers in Boston

gaystudpilot wrote:
Does Delta have all of Terminal A now?


No, Southwest and Westjet also use Terminal A. Westjet is a DL partner so that one makes sense.

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by drdisque
Sat May 19, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do Charter Airlines Use 737's rather than A320's
Replies: 34
Views: 7726

Re: Why do Charter Airlines Use 737's rather than A320's

EvanWSFO wrote:
USA 3000 operated 320's. Aside from them I can't think of any US charter carrier that did.


Ryan International had a few A320's for awhile. It was what the operated as a wet least for AirTran for about a year before they got their 737-700's.

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by drdisque
Fri May 18, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage
Replies: 142
Views: 23573

Re: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage

You guys don't really understand how an airline (or any large company for that matter) is run. This is how it likely happened: CFO based on board feedback says airline needs across the board operating budget cuts. Each department has to come up with how that will happen. Catering goes to their team...

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by drdisque
Fri May 18, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV
Replies: 390
Views: 59710

Re: Plane down near HAV

FR24 has live data from AAL1334 to MIA in the air North off the coast of HAV. So that's almost assuredly not it.

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by drdisque
Fri May 18, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage
Replies: 142
Views: 23573

Re: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage

You guys don't really understand how an airline (or any large company for that matter) is run. This is how it likely happened: CFO based on board feedback says airline needs across the board operating budget cuts. Each department has to come up with how that will happen. Catering goes to their teams...

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by drdisque
Thu May 17, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers
Replies: 79
Views: 5550

Re: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers

I think you're forgetting that NW actually didn't have a very big domestic network prior to its merger with Republic and Republic had basically no international rights (maybe had a few routes out of MEM to the Caribbean/Mexico). The merger didn't eliminate a ton of competition between NW and Republ...

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by drdisque
Thu May 17, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers
Replies: 79
Views: 5550

Re: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers

I think you're forgetting that NW actually didn't have a very big domestic network prior to its merger with Republic and Republic had basically no international rights (maybe had a few routes out of MEM to the Caribbean/Mexico). The merger didn't eliminate a ton of competition between NW and Republi...

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by drdisque
Thu May 17, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What if? – United keeps the "Guppy" (2008)
Replies: 6
Views: 656

Re: What if? – United keeps the "Guppy" (2008)

I think I should also mention that NW/DL retired all the DC-9-30/40 fleet during 2008 as well as the bulk of the SF340's (not mainline capacity - but it was capacity that was backfilled by CRJ's so that's one reason they didn't have a bunch of CRJ's needing to go on routes that had been traditionall...

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by drdisque
Thu May 17, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What if? – United keeps the "Guppy" (2008)
Replies: 6
Views: 656

Re: What if? – United keeps the "Guppy" (2008)

Facts as UA saw them at the time: *Ted is dead, those aircraft need to return to mainline configuration and capacity to Ted markets is getting slashed or eliminated altogether. In 2008 stations like RSW, FLL, and PBI were losing gobs of money. The western Ted markets such as LAS and PHX were OK, but...

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by drdisque
Wed May 16, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Global 7000 as CRJ-700 replacement?
Replies: 11
Views: 3474

Re: Global 7000 as CRJ-700 replacement?

A CRJ-700/900 NEO with a variant of the GE Passport engine makes a lot more sense from a practical standpoint. Perhaps they would build a single optimized version for 76 seats in a 2-class arrangement (the scope limit of most North American regionals) and call it the CRJ-800.

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by drdisque
Thu May 10, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Air Koryo to launch a weekly FNJ-CTU charter service starting from June 28
Replies: 22
Views: 3784

Re: Rumor: Air Koryo to launch a weekly FNJ-CTU charter service starting from June 28

I wonder if North Korea will open a consulate in Chengdu. They have ones in Shenyang and Vladivostok to facilitate travel to North Korea.

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by drdisque
Thu May 10, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United adjust Mexico network - ends service to HUX, MZT, & VSA
Replies: 56
Views: 6688

Re: United adjust Mexico network - ends service to HUX, MZT, & VSA

ORD-MZT was subsidized by the resorts there and had a terrible LF, so likely they pulled the subsidy. IAH-MZT probably has very little high yield traffic. I'm surprised at VSA being cut. I'm not surprised at HUX. It was just 2x weekly E-175 this winter, what's the point? ORD-BJX will be interesting....

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by drdisque
Wed May 09, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OneJet to acquire Ultimate JetCharters
Replies: 73
Views: 5963

Re: OneJet to acquire Ultimate JetCharters

Actually OneJet only has to file a charter prospectus for their ERJ flights. Their Beechjet flights count as Commuter flights since they have 9 seats or fewer and they can fly them as much as they want. Ultimate Jet Charters also has the same authorities as Contour on their certificate, which is why...

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by drdisque
Wed May 09, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are UA’s premium 757s also some of their oldest?
Replies: 2
Views: 1044

Re: Why are UA’s premium 757s also some of their oldest?

Also, they are the only sUA 757's left in the fleet. The sUA 757's were just older than the sCO ones. All other sUA 757's have been retured, so that's why there's the big gap. The oldest sCO 757 was delivered in late 1994.

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by drdisque
Wed May 09, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F9 announces yet more new routes
Replies: 66
Views: 7123

Re: F9 announces yet more new routes

I'm guessing that msp-isp was worse than dtw just because it's longer. Msp and dtw are both really weird stations for F9 because in both they only serve DEN year-round but have a ton of seasonals. This year they're even changing the summer seasonals in the middle! I didn't even know they were flying...

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by drdisque
Tue May 08, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F9 announces yet more new routes
Replies: 66
Views: 7123

Re: F9 announces yet more new routes

I can see JAX-LAS/MSP/STL working. BUF/MCI/MKE I really don't see where the pax are going to come from.

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by drdisque
Tue May 08, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Issues Emergency Order of Suspension for Island Airlines
Replies: 6
Views: 3235

Re: FAA Issues Emergency Order of Suspension for Island Airlines

This airline doesn't even have a working website. My guess is the long process is because the FAA didn't want to send an inspector all the way out to St. Croix to inspect one tiny airline's records and they had an excuse the first time. It's when they got refused a second time is when proceedings st...

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by drdisque
Tue May 08, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to Initially Base 787-10 at EWR
Replies: 51
Views: 8965

Re: UA to Initially Base 787-10 at EWR

Is there a seat map for the 787-10? If it ends up being less premium than the Polaris 777-200ER then it may make sense to put it on routes like EWR-MXP/FCO if it's more premium heavy I can see it doing LHR and BRU.

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by drdisque
Tue May 08, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OneJet to acquire Ultimate JetCharters
Replies: 73
Views: 5963

Re: OneJet to acquire Ultimate JetCharters

The E-145s are flying PIT-MCI, PIT-PBI, and ALB-BUF.

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by drdisque
Mon May 07, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the story behind N96SW's Canyon Blue livery?
Replies: 9
Views: 2621

Re: What's the story behind N96SW's Canyon Blue livery?

From what I can tell from the database, it was painted in late 2000 or early 2001 and flew until January 2005. So they certainly got some use out of it. Enough that the Blue behind the engines was dingy from the exhaust.

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by drdisque
Sat May 05, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787 Engine Swap Possible?
Replies: 11
Views: 2731

Re: 787 Engine Swap Possible?

The idea is that an airline trying to supplement an existing fleet with used aircraft won't be restricted to looking only at frames originally delivered with a single engine.

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by drdisque
Fri May 04, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787 Engine Swap Possible?
Replies: 11
Views: 2731

Re: 787 Engine Swap Possible?

Wouldn’t he value be more so when the plane is sold to a new operator they could change the engines to the rest of their fleet? Still have to have engines to swap onto the plane. Anyway Boeing wasn't able to create a true universal pylon for the 787. However, when the aircraft hit the used market e...

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by drdisque
Thu May 03, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OneJet to acquire Ultimate JetCharters
Replies: 73
Views: 5963

Re: OneJet to acquire Ultimate JetCharters

Perhaps the schedule didn't work for the same aircraft to operate both routes, due to the time change going to Columbus. If the aircraft went to Columbus first, then perhaps the return from Omaha ended up leaving too late. If it went to Omaha first then definitely the morning return from Columbus to...

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by drdisque
Wed May 02, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OneJet to acquire Ultimate JetCharters
Replies: 73
Views: 5963

Re: OneJet to acquire Ultimate JetCharters

ViaAir operates their flights as a normal scheduled Part 121, not a public charter. MKE-OMA was scrapped by OneJet for a number of reasons, the biggest of which was the desire to eliminate the MKE crew/aircraft base. One of the reasons MKE-OMA was considered initially was that it was flown by both Y...

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by drdisque
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion 738 off the runway at Gorontalo
Replies: 21
Views: 4272

Re: Lion 738 off the runway at Gorontalo

What? A 737 off a runway at a secondary airport in Indonesia? That NEVER happens.

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by drdisque
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Private Charter Question
Replies: 7
Views: 761

Re: Private Charter Question

Yeah, your only option is that Ameristar VIP 737 or one of the two VIP 737-400's. OR you could do an Elite Airways CRJ-200 and every person gets two seats. This would also require a fuel stop. The Ameristar 737 would almost definitely also require a fuel stop and the 737-400's would possibly require...

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by drdisque
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier/Trans State Flow Through Program
Replies: 8
Views: 1022

Re: Frontier/Trans State Flow Through Program

And Commutair has it to UA and Endeavor and with DL.

This is however, the first flow-through in the US that I'm aware of that involves airlines that don't have any other relationship (other than both Trans States and Frontier have a DEN crew base).

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by drdisque
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do airlines move equipment to new cities?
Replies: 29
Views: 5312

Re: How do airlines movie equipment to new cities?

On the back of a flatbed truck owned and operated by a road freight company.

Basically the same way any other company would move medium sized equipment around the country.

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by drdisque
Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What type of 747-200 did NW use on ORD-NRT route
Replies: 27
Views: 3065

Re: What type of 747-200 did NW use on ORD-NRT route

To add some hard facts, here are these timetables: In December 1992, the only non-hub routes from ORD were NRT (on the 747-200) and BOS (on an MD-80). The routing of NW5/6 was BOS-ORD-NRT-MNL. http://www.departedflights.com/NW121592p17.html This September 1987 timetable shows 2x service to BOS on DC...

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by drdisque
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier to Puerto Rico
Replies: 15
Views: 1477

Re: Frontier to Puerto Rico

UA and B6 also operate very early morning arrivals that turn right around and head back to the mainland. I think the current difficulty in RONing crews there but wanting to continue to offer capacity is resulting in these overnight flights with a turn in the middle of the night.

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by drdisque
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What type of 747-200 did NW use on ORD-NRT route
Replies: 27
Views: 3065

Re: What type of 747-200 did NW use on ORD-NRT route

Never a real hub. They held a number of trans-con authorities from ORD during the CAB. After that they held the rights to fly Chicago-Tokyo. They fed it with a few additional flights from a few major markets. However, after the Republic merger they refocused on their hubs at DTW, MSP, and MEM and Ai...

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by drdisque
Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World Atlantic MD80 in emr landing Alexandria, LA
Replies: 2
Views: 1030

Re: World Atlantic MD80 in emr landing Alexandria, LA

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/WAL ... /KMIA/KAEX
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Rescue aircraft ferried in from Miami this morning and is leaving with its first load of repatriates to BRO shortly - https://flightaware.com/live/flight/WAL ... /KMIA/KAEX

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by drdisque
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World Atlantic Airways MD-83 MLG collapse at AEX
Replies: 2
Views: 612

Re: World Atlantic Airways MD-83 MLG collapse at AEX

Having that aircraft out of service will definitely put a crimp into their operation. Luckily most of the passengers aren't in any hurry to get where they're going.

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by drdisque
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier to Puerto Rico
Replies: 15
Views: 1477

Re: Frontier to Puerto Rico

Life rafts are not standard on the A320. Some of the DL ones don't have them (or at least didn't have them when they were operated by NW). NW operated separate overwater and non-overwater A320 fleets.

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by drdisque
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What type of 747-200 did NW use on ORD-NRT route
Replies: 27
Views: 3065

Re: What type of 747-200 did NW use on ORD-NRT route

The last scheduled pax 742 flight was SPN-NRT I believe. All of the last NW 742s in scheduled pax service operated NRT-GUM/HNL/SPN. The last -200 pax flight overall was indeed a military charter and occurred at about the same time as the last 742 dedicated freighter flight, allowing NW/DL to finally...

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by drdisque
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A comparative look at PEK—GRU services featuring One-stop, Same-carrier option in terms of routing/aircraft type
Replies: 4
Views: 987

Re: A comparative look at PEK—GRU services featuring One-stop, Same-carrier option in terms of routing/aircraft type

If someone else is paying for me to sit in the premium cabin? EK probably.

If I'm paying to sit in Coach? LX or CA

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by drdisque
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France resumes Taipei-Paris route after 20-year hiatus
Replies: 9
Views: 3130

Re: Air France resumes Taipei-Paris route after 20-year hiatus

For LH Group, what about going from ZRH or BRU? How are those bilaterals? The SN product might actually be the most appropriate for this route but I don't think the A332 has the legs for it, right?

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by drdisque
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: All FLL / Fort Lauderdale Terminals To Be Linked With Post-Security Passageways
Replies: 36
Views: 3381

Re: All FLL / Fort Lauderdale Terminals To Be Linked With Post-Security Passageways

This really became necessary when B6 and Silver started codesharing.

Other than that, there really aren't that many interline transfers that require going between T3/4 and T1 or 2.

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by drdisque
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The rest of Michigan thread - 2018
Replies: 39
Views: 1970

Re: The rest of Michigan thread - 2018

OO already holds the EAS contracts for IMT and ESC and operates them under the DL code. I don't see any compelling reason why they'd change them over to the UA code. ESC has strong links to the Detroit area. Switching to the UA code would prohibit IMT from realistically having multi-hub EAS service ...

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by drdisque
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/15/2018: WS Drops YYC-DFW/ORD, BOS-YUL; UA Adds IAD-PBG; AS Trims More Transcons
Replies: 104
Views: 10998

Re: OAG Changes 4/15/2018: WS Drops YYC-DFW/ORD, BOS-YUL; UA Adds IAD-PBG; AS Trims More Transcons

4x daily Moscow-New York, odd timing for an increase, especially being Russia Have they ever been that high before? Those are extra sections during World Cup in Russia... nothing more. Why would there be extra flights for the World Cup, given the U.S. did not qualify? Lots of ways for qualifying na...

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by drdisque
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kirby: 3 UA Mid-Continent Hubs are Where the Growth Is
Replies: 29
Views: 6201

Re: Kirby: 3 UA Mid-Continent Hubs are Where the Growth Is

possible UAX adds at ORD would be: TOL, DBQ, MQT, BMI, TRI, MHK, YXU (resumption) or YKF. Those are pretty slim pickings. Everything else within 800 miles is either EAS or have very entrenched other carriers and and are far away (DHN, VLD, SBY, LYH, OAJ, ABY, AGS, FAY, EWN, FLO) or are much better s...

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by drdisque
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hot (Pink) off the press! 3M's new ATR shows herself
Replies: 41
Views: 6591

Re: Hot (Pink) off the press! 3M's new ATR shows herself

DeltaRules wrote:
It reminds me of Northwest Airlink's 1990s livery (did they have ATRs or just Dash 8s?).

Their current color scheme is better, but that might age well.


The only aircraft that saw the All-Red Airlink livery were the Dash-8, Saab 340, Dornier 228, Fokker F27, Jetstream 31, and Fairchild Metro.

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by drdisque
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TN 787 Update
Replies: 4
Views: 1219

Re: TN 787 Update

Yes, the 5th A340 is just rotated as a spare. An A340 is sitting at PPT at all times unless the spare needs to go rescue a flight when an aircraft goes out of service at an outstation. The spare obviously also allows the operation to recover faster if there's a long delay

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by drdisque
Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest style airline with RJs
Replies: 61
Views: 5777

Re: Southwest style airline with RJs

You CAN make money flying RJ's standalone, but a few things must happen. 1. You have to earn good RASM. You can't go head to head with someone flying mainline and matching your fares. 2. You have to keep the stage lengths short-ish (probably nothing over 1000 nm). 3. You have to keep your load facto...

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by drdisque
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Air Lines Caribbean Blue
Replies: 19
Views: 2618

Re: Eastern Air Lines Caribbean Blue

UA had one 727-200 where they didn't paint below the cheatline to actually test to see if it saved any money.

News flash: It didn't.

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by drdisque
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The DTW Charter and Cargo Thread
Replies: 4
Views: 416

Re: The DTW Charter and Cargo Thread

My mom was a travel agent in the Detroit Area in the 70's through the late 90's. In 1993 we flew a Key Tours L1011 on a charter operated by ATA to LAS. There was a 727 also operated by ATA that operated just 30 minutes after (and turned from MBJ at DTW - I think the routing was MBJ-DTW-LAS-DTW-MBJ)....

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