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by dbo861
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Envoy Reactivating ERJ-140
Replies: 46
Views: 8182

Re: Envoy Reactivating ERJ-140

Do they have pilots to fly those aircraft?

AA must see growth opportunity with the strong economy and this is a quick way to add to their fleet. That’s a lot of jets to add back, granted small RJs, but I’m curious where they’ll send them.

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by dbo861
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Abandoned midwest-US cargo hubs
Replies: 40
Views: 5840

Re: Abandoned midwest-US cargo hubs

DSM was a mini UPS hub until recently. I think it was a 2 day sort facility. For a while the airport was planning on building a parallel runway to support the cargo ops, but those plans subsided when the hub died.

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by dbo861
Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 744 Sports Charters thru 02Jan18
Replies: 124
Views: 13006

Re: DL 744 Sports Charters thru 02Jan18

Are they doing any more Military charters? I saw several DL 744s doing Military charters over the last several months. I’m flying home from my deployment soon and it’d be a treat to get to ride one of these one more time before they’re gone. On my way out here I got to ride a UA 744 and I was one of...

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by dbo861
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Plans LAX Push in Comeback Effort
Replies: 207
Views: 52221

Re: UA Plans LAX Push in Comeback Effort

Maybe it’s time they restart LAX-DSM. The last time UA tried this route was summer 2008 with CR7s. At that time fuel prices were through the roof and the economy was tanking. Des Moines has been growing like crazy, emplacements at the airport are at record highs and growing, LA is the biggest destin...

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by dbo861
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargolux considers adding more 747 freighters
Replies: 44
Views: 9731

Re: Cargolux considers adding more 747 freighters

Are there many used 747 freighters available right now?

Hopefully this ends up being another order for 748s.

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by dbo861
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar A321 destroyed by fire at DOH
Replies: 99
Views: 35376

Re: Qatar A321 destroyed by fire at DOH

RalXWB wrote:
Destroyed by fire? The title is a bit misleading...

Well...it’s definitely never going to fly again. Sure the engines several parts are probably recoverable, but I don’t think it’s too misleading to say this aircraft was destroyed.

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by dbo861
Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Next UA mid-con from SFO. Any guesses?
Replies: 30
Views: 3699

Re: Next UA mid-con from SFO. Any guesses?

I would guess DSM. Especially since F9 just announced seasonal DSM-SFO... I agree. F9 is seasonal and I think 3x per week. If UA came in with a well timed daily flight they could make this work on an E175 and either coexist with F9 or knock them off the route. It’s 1,550nm which is about 200 fewer ...

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by dbo861
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA accelerates 747-400 retirement
Replies: 423
Views: 88984

Re: UA accelerates 747-400 retirement

Did anyone else see N175UA do the wing wave this moring on its way to VCV? And N174UA wasnt long behind it Such a shame. N174UA was the last one I flew on this past summer. Hard to believe its gone for good now. Amen! I was lucky enough to ride in N174UA a month ago on a Military charter to Kuwait....

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by dbo861
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 2577 HHN-AUS??
Replies: 7
Views: 1199

Re: UA 2577 HHN-AUS??

I got to ride a United 744 Military charter thru HHN a few weeks ago. I was lucky enough to ride in the upper deck. I didn’t think I’d ever ride a 744 again, or ride in the upper deck ever. Definitely an unforgettable experience..on my way to a 6 month deployment.

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by dbo861
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 839
Views: 160529

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

I wonder how much will Boeing sold each aircraft at, compare to the price of regular 788 and compare to the price of 767 they sold a few years ago due to delay in 787 program. And is it really that undesirable to make more 788 instead? I fully expect the 767s will be cheaper than the 787s, but as I...

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by dbo861
Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Air Force will recall 1k retired pilots: impact on airlines?
Replies: 38
Views: 10268

Re: US Air Force will recall 1k retired pilots: impact on airlines?

The real question is why isn't the air force training new pilots? People would sign up in droves to become pilots paid for by the government. We are. The problem is we can’t train new pilots fast enough. And pilots are separating at the end of their 10 year commitment to go to airlines instead of s...

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by dbo861
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Schedule Extension 11/02/17
Replies: 333
Views: 30341

Re: Southwest Schedule Extension 11/02/17

I know WN has added lots of flights from my home airport of OMA the last few years. New flights to LAX, MCO, TPA, HOU, DCA. Some seasonal, some year round. The only obvious missing link in my mind is BNA. BNA currently has no nonstop service from OMA and it a pretty big WN station. I think this wou...

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by dbo861
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to issue RFP for up to 150 Narrowbodies
Replies: 399
Views: 88926

Re: Delta to issue RFP for up to 150 Narrowbodies?

I’m too lazy to read through the already 600+ posts in the C-Series/Airbus thread..so I’ll ask here. How soon (do we know yet?) can Airbus start selling C-series aircraft? Delta already has commitments for 125 aircraft with all their options. They might want to wait until they’ve operated them to se...

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by dbo861
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Announces PHL-SAT/DSM/MSN/OMA
Replies: 27
Views: 5333

Re: AA Announces PHL-SAT/DSM/MSN/OMA

Would have been nice to see OKC get a flight or two to PHL. With UA making their EWR flight seasonal, might've been an opportunity for AA to pick up some international connections. Guess the good people of OKC will continue to have to go through DFW and CLT and wait for F9 to try OKC-PHL. OKC defin...

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by dbo861
Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant enters hotel business - to build Florida resort
Replies: 44
Views: 4695

Re: Allegiant enters hotel business - to build Florida resort

The majority of this property is condos, only one building is a hotel, and it doesn't look very big. The website does mention a fully-managed Resident Rental Program. I'm assuming they're planning on many condos being second homes and those homeowners participating in the Resident Rental Program. Al...

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by dbo861
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN schedule extension 8/28/17
Replies: 365
Views: 37712

Re: WN schedule extension 8/28/17

Midwestindy wrote:
Isn't WN getting 4 aircraft earlier than expected later this year? Which could possibly mean more new routes then one would expect.


This is the first I've heard of this. If true, that's awesome. It's nice when WN surprises us with new routes between schedule releases.

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by dbo861
Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CommutAir to add 21 add'l E145s for United; accelerate Dash-8 retirement
Replies: 31
Views: 4505

Re: CommutAir to add 21 add'l E145s for United; accelerate Dash-8 retirement

Will they be able to hire enough pilots to fly all of these new aircraft?

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by dbo861
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN July 27 schedule extension for Easter holiday 3/7-4/6. 2018.
Replies: 126
Views: 14045

Re: WN July 27 schedule extension for Easter holiday 3/7-4/6. 2018.

Although it was just added on the last schedule, what are the chances WN takes DSM-PHX from weekend only to daily on this schedule extension? Phoenix is a popular destination from DSM, especially for the spring travel season, and I think the route would be a slam dunk for WN.

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by dbo861
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA will park 66 a/c in next 3 months--another record
Replies: 133
Views: 32374

Re: SWA will park 66 a/c in next 3 months--another record

United_fan wrote:
United retired around 75 737-200's and 727-200's the end of October 2001.


Was this planned, or part of the 9/11 downturn?

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by dbo861
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest schedule extension June 22, 2017
Replies: 202
Views: 24599

Re: Southwest schedule extension June 22, 2017

Yay... DSM shows a non-stop to PHX on the route map. F9 has flown it seasonally. There seem to be bugs in the booking system, so it could still be an error. It looks like it's weekend only. PHX is a popular destination from Iowa this time of year so I could see it switch to daily in the next schedu...

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by dbo861
Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The future of 50 seat RJs
Replies: 104
Views: 8567

Re: The Future of the CRJ

I wonder if bean counters at AA/UA/DL have run the numbers on using the CRJ1000 as a mainline aircraft? Here on a.net is sounds like mainline pilots earn 10 times more than regional pilots, but if pilot pay is the main obstacle while everything else is nearly the same cost as connection carriers, w...

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by dbo861
Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest schedule extension June 22, 2017
Replies: 202
Views: 24599

Re: Southwest schedule extension June 22, 2017

Does WN have any LGA slots they're working on picking up? It was mentioned by an executive in a story about WN's 25th anniversary at CMH last week that they want to add CMH-LGA and the lack of slots is the only thing stopping them. LGA slots are difficult to come by, airlines hoard them like treasu...

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by dbo861
Sun May 07, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Schedule Release 5/18/17 Predictions
Replies: 178
Views: 25068

Re: WN Schedule Release 5/18/17 Predictions

Airline market share YTD in DSM is interesting: AA 31.0% UA 23.7 DL 23.0 WN 10.0 G4 9.8 F9 1.9 I did not expect AA to be #1 and I did not expect G4 to be doing so well with so few flights. Also it looks like DSM has never embraced WN, nor has WN embraced DSM. With just 3 flights WN doesn't have the...

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by dbo861
Sat May 06, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Schedule Release 5/18/17 Predictions
Replies: 178
Views: 25068

Re: WN Schedule Release 5/18/17 Predictions

WN at DSM did get new competition from F9 on the LAS route. That's three carriers on the route including G4. At DSM, I think they will have to make a decision to add flights, or watch their passengers flock to cheaper and better flight options. With only three daily flights, that's likely a death s...

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by dbo861
Fri May 05, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F9 Opens LAS Crew Base and Adds Routes
Replies: 25
Views: 5243

Re: F9 Opens LAS Crew Base and Adds Routes

They're going head to head with G4 on a lot of these routes. I wonder who will blink first..or if they can coexist. Both are ULCCs going after the same customers who probably have very little brand loyalty. Southwest operates some of these routes as well but has a hub at LAS so I think they'll weath...

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by dbo861
Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Remaining AA MD-80 Routes
Replies: 107
Views: 19477

Re: Remaining AA MD-80 Routes

DSM-DFW increases to 3 daily MD-80s this summer making that route all mainline. That's the first time DSM-DFW has been all mainline since the 90s, if even then.

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by dbo861
Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to Keep DAL
Replies: 100
Views: 13559

Re: Alaska to Keep DAL

So no one believes that AA will put pressure on AS to "abandon" DAL in favour of DFW? I always thought that AA and the city of DFW wanted no one at DAL not just WN. Which is worse for AA: VX/AS keeping a minimal presence at DAL, or risk WN getting two more gates making their DAL hub even ...

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by dbo861
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA vacates LGB slots; WN wins slots
Replies: 32
Views: 8310

Re: AA vacates LGB slots; WN wins slots

Yeah, I'm surprised that they didn't add LGB-DEN instead. They were running it on weekends this month and last. It's says 2 daily week day flights. Leaves me guessing it will be 1 daily LGB-SMF on Saturday & Sunday. Using the the other slot to Add 1 LGB-DEN flight on Saturday and Sunday only ye...

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by dbo861
Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CSeries Milestone: LCY-JFK Nonstop
Replies: 54
Views: 10056

Re: CSeries Milestone: LCY-JFK Nonstop

I don't understand why stopping in SNN for pre-clearence is better than a nonstop. Does stopping in SNN, deplaning, processing customs, and then re-boarding save any time over just having a non-stop flight and processing customs in JFK? Customs in JFK isn't fun, but I'd rather do that than have an e...

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by dbo861
Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta future routes from Seattle
Replies: 107
Views: 18828

Re: Delta future routes from Seattle

wedgetail737 wrote:
The addition of 3X SEA-ORD, DL will use as much gate resources it can. There could be some minor expansion...but nothing too significant.


This got me to thinking, isn't SEA very gate limited? With DL and AS continually adding routes at SEA, how much more room is there to grow?

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by dbo861
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines new destinations
Replies: 30
Views: 5621

Re: Alaska Airlines new destinations

I think it's a matter of time before SEA-DSM gets announced on an E175.

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by dbo861
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Schedule Release 3/16/17 Predictions
Replies: 126
Views: 14198

Re: WN Schedule Release 3/16/17 Predictions

The schedule has been posted, and CRP, AMA, FNT, GSP, DSM, PNS, ECP, LBB, and ROC are still alive. I can't remember what other stations have been thrown around as being on the bubble so those are the only ones I checked, All 3 Cuba destinations remain as well. 737-8 MAX is definitely there as well....

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by dbo861
Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Schedule Release 3/16/17 Predictions
Replies: 126
Views: 14198

Re: WN Schedule Release 3/16/17 Predictions

I don't think CVG will see any additions at this time I disagree with you. WN has plenty of room to grow, and will need to offer more direct offerings to capture more of the CVG market. I feel that they will add some new destinations after the summer. I am not sure it will have to do with room to g...

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by dbo861
Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NK announces Pittsburgh
Replies: 33
Views: 5222

Re: NK announces Pittsburgh

People keep talking about G4, but almost all of these are WN routes. I'm curious how much this will effect WN's operation at PIT, or if they'll be able to cohabitate.

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by dbo861
Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Schedule Release 2/23/17 Predictions
Replies: 152
Views: 14849

Re: WN Schedule Release 2/23/17 Predictions

Definitely think Des Moines is on the chopping block. Every WN schedule release people predict the same handful of stations are about to close and it never seems to happen. Last release DAY and CAK got cut, but in exchange for CVG and more routes at CLE. DSM is my hometown airport so I'm that's the...

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by dbo861
Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Random 737 at GEG
Replies: 7
Views: 1983

Re: Random 737 at GEG

Probably a new build on a test flight from BFI. It's common to see these at MWH and GEG.

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by dbo861
Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN livery repaints
Replies: 142
Views: 28939

Re: WN livery repaints

^I believe it to be desert gold, and maybe there is no need for 3 of them, as long as they keep one? I'm guessing they will keep one Spirit (canyon blue) also, and then the rest will be the Heart (bold blue) paint scheme except for the special states and triple crown. I enjoy retro liveries, but I ...

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by dbo861
Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most AA MD-80s 2001 delivery.
Replies: 14
Views: 3914

Re: Most AA MD-80s 2001 delivery.

commavia wrote:
TWA772LR wrote:
I think it's funny how some of AAs youngest MD80s are newer than some of their oldest 738s


True, but by mere months.


And 738 spare parts are plentiful. MD80 spare parts, not so much.

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by dbo861
Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN December 6 schedule extension for 5/2-6/2/2017
Replies: 86
Views: 10928

Re: WN December 6 schedule extension for 5/2-6/2/2017

So something Big is being announced at the NY wings club other than a new destination. Top 2 rumors are International code share or revamp carry on policy. For the carry on policy sounding like Wana get a way fares may require you to check one bag for free and limited to one small personal carry on...

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by dbo861
Sun Nov 13, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Delta fly the A321 to other hubs?
Replies: 67
Views: 17278

Re: When will Delta fly the A321 to other hubs?

It seems pretty odd the DL would get 321s w/o a center tank. Not sure I buy it. I can't speak for the frames from Europe but I can tell you with 100% certainty the Delta A321s from the Mobile FAL do not have ACTs installed. Unless you are actually talking about the center fuel tank that is part of ...

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by dbo861
Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When does the new southwest schedule get released?
Replies: 50
Views: 7157

Re: When does the new southwest schedule get released?

During the last conference call they said May and June flying will be annoucned in January. WN is currently reviewing under performing markets or cities. And will be making a adjustments for the January release. I predict you will see FNT,CAK and GSP axed. With freed up aircraft to grow FLL service...

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by dbo861
Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Candidate Mike Pence (USA) EA 737 Skids Off LGA Runway
Replies: 61
Views: 12891

Re: Candidate Mike Pence (USA) EA 737 Skids Off LGA Runway

Bad national headlines for NewEastern....sad :( Actually... this might in a strange way be good, in that it will make a lot of people aware that there IS a new Eastern airlines. Well considering the current iteration of Eastern is charter only, and has no imminent plans of offering regularly schedu...

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by dbo861
Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian ends summer flights to Las Vegas
Replies: 47
Views: 8007

Re: Norwegian ends summer flights to Las Vegas

I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it, but I've been wondering if the strong Dollar and weak Euro has been hurting tourism to the US from Europe. It's great for us if we want to go abroad, but makes it more expensive for Europeans to make their Vegas vacation.

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by dbo861
Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 10/21/2016: AA Drops PHL-EWR, DL Adds JFK-YHZ, WN Drops LAS-EWR/IAD,MKE-SEA,SNA-MEX, Suspends PHX-RDU
Replies: 74
Views: 11155

Re: OAG Changes 10/21/2016: AA Drops PHL-EWR, DL Adds JFK-YHZ, WN Drops LAS-EWR/IAD,MKE-SEA,SNA-MEX, Suspends PHX-RDU

HOU-MEX 40% IND-LGA 40% CMH-DCA 41% BOI-GEG 44% ICT-MDW 45% BOS-IND 45% IND-BOS 45% MKE-MSP 45% IND-BWI 46% IND-MDW 47% IND doesn't seem to be doing so well. IND-MDW/BWI/BOS/LGA all less than 50% LF. You'd think they could find a better use for that LGA slot. Also, I'm surprised BOI-GEG has hung on...

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by dbo861
Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 10/21/2016: AA Drops PHL-EWR, DL Adds JFK-YHZ, WN Drops LAS-EWR/IAD,MKE-SEA,SNA-MEX, Suspends PHX-RDU
Replies: 74
Views: 11155

Re: OAG Changes 10/21/2016: AA Drops PHL-EWR, DL Adds JFK-YHZ, WN Drops LAS-EWR/IAD,MKE-SEA,SNA-MEX, Suspends PHX-RDU

HOU-MEX 40% IND-LGA 40% CMH-DCA 41% BOI-GEG 44% ICT-MDW 45% BOS-IND 45% IND-BOS 45% MKE-MSP 45% IND-BWI 46% IND-MDW 47% IND doesn't seem to be doing so well. IND-MDW/BWI/BOS/LGA all less than 50% LF. You'd think they could find a better use for that LGA slot. Also, I'm surprised BOI-GEG has hung on...

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by dbo861
Wed Sep 07, 2016 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FORBES: WN No Longer LCC w/New Pilot Deal
Replies: 44
Views: 6588

Re: FORBES: WN No Longer LCC w/New Pilot Deal

Nothing to really panic about Southwest's finances until the day they change their free bag policy. Of course, would not be surprised to see new/more gimmicks to get folks to open their wallets more in the future. The no bag fees is nice, but I really like their no change fees. I mainly book on Sou...

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by dbo861
Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which WN stations close next?
Replies: 37
Views: 5866

Re: Which WN stations close next?

LGB? They just opened that station a few months ago. And, they temporarily added 3x LGB-LAS this fall. LGB is going to be around for awhile, and if anything, they'll grab up any additional slots they can get their hands on. I don't understand the obsession certain members on this forum have with WN ...

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by dbo861
Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Alaska expand in Austin?
Replies: 8
Views: 1880

Re: Alaska expanding in Austin

Misleading title.

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by dbo861
Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest schedules last 737-500 service in early-Sep 2016
Replies: 69
Views: 8517

Re: Southwest schedules last 737-500 service in early-Sep 2016

I'm scheduled to fly on a 735 from MSY-DAL Sept 5. I had no idea this was going to be its last day of operation.

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