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by khowaga
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

And that's the question really, is if a carrier decides to do a hub or if we are simply expecting an increasing number of new carrier additions along with current carrier route additions? How much of an additional expansion are they considering once this one is complete and how the new timeline wil...

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by khowaga
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian's next long-haul targets
Replies: 47
Views: 7331

Re: Norwegian's next long-haul targets

ADrum23 wrote:
Still nothing on DFW or IAH? That is surprising


I doubt any Europe-based LCCs will look at DFW until the FI/WW bloodbath has settled itself out. IAH, on the other hand, would be worth a shot. It's a premium-heavy market for sure, but surely it's big enough for at least one LCC, right?

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by khowaga
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

The 44 million number (capacity of the two existing runways) came from a port insider on another forum. I suppose this is all for long-term growth, but it seems like the urgency would be terminal space rather than runway - but if we're planning for 50 years out having a plan is better than not (*cou...

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by khowaga
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

Oh, sorry, I didn’t mean to put you on the defensive. The sarcasm comes natural with me, I’m afraid. It can be hard to tell with writing! I wish they’d develop a “don’t take this seriously” font, y’know?

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by khowaga
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

Just from my observation, I’d be scratching my head as to why DL is putting an awfully nice SkyClub into AUS if it were to remain a mere spoke (with only flights to other hubs/focus cities). They continuously tout themselves as becoming the airline of choice of young professionals, which would make...

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by khowaga
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

7 of the 10 AA hubs have 250 or more flights, and 5 of the 7 domestic UA hubs have 250+ flights, so the 250-300 range is pretty average by US3 standards. It may be large for DL because they don’t spread out their capacity like AA and UA do and are bent on routing as much through ATL as possible. Gr...

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by khowaga
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

Two A380 compatible gates? That’s surprising. I just don’t see any carrier using the A380 into AUS anytime soon, expect for diversions from either IAH or DFW. The only scernario I see where A380s fly into AUS regularly is if DL builds a hub and as a result, their foreign partner carriers such as Ai...

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by khowaga
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

Interesting. Hensel Phelps will be the firm constructing the new Concourse D at BNA, which should begin construction here pretty soon. Are they really putting A380-compatible gates in the new addition? Does AUS anticipate that it could get A380 service sometime in the near future? I guess they are ...

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by khowaga
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

Enliria’s weekly OAG analysis thread shows that Volaris is pulling out of AUS in March. No big surprise there, the LF was below 50% on AUS-GDL. Not surprising. AUS has always struggled to maintain Mexico service, a problem which nearby SAT doesn't have. It really is interesting how different the SA...

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by khowaga
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 2/4/2018: Primera Drops BOS-BHX, Adds IAD-STN
Replies: 53
Views: 8081

Re: OAG Changes 2/4/2018: Primera Drops BOS-BHX, Adds IAD-STN

The city supplied subsidiary for AUS-GDL has finally run out. That was the only thing keeping that route going. Any detail or scope of subsidy? Many (most?) US airports have incentives for new routes and/or new carriers for things like waived initial rent and fees, perhaps some relatively nominal m...

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by khowaga
Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

Enliria’s weekly OAG analysis thread shows that Volaris is pulling out of AUS in March. No big surprise there, the LF was below 50% on AUS-GDL.

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by khowaga
Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 2/4/2018: Primera Drops BOS-BHX, Adds IAD-STN
Replies: 53
Views: 8081

Re: OAG Changes 2/4/2018: Primera Drops BOS-BHX, Adds IAD-STN

Thanks as always, enilria! *Y4 AUS-GDL APR 0.3>0 MAY 0.3>0 JUN 0.3>0 JUL 0.3>0 AUG 0.3>0 SEP 0.3>0 OCT 0.3>0 Guadalajara to Texas has been on the weak side for them. For the first seven months of 2017 (round trip) 48.9% AUS The city supplied subsidiary for AUS-GDL has finally run out. That was the ...

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by khowaga
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

SWA pulled back at ATL vs Delta. I do think Delta is under no illusion the same will happen at AUS. SWA has been the dominant carrier for some time and will remain so. Delta can still grow just by the simple fact 150 people a day move to the Austin area (just let that sink in). So AUS will continue...

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by khowaga
Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

I'm curious as to why tphuang is so adamant about Delta not planning anything significant at AUS? Lets look at the facts as they stand. We know that Delta has spent a good amount of money for a very nice Skylounge and skydeck. Why would they do this if they were not planning to expand routes or inc...

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by khowaga
Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

SAS is adding 2 round trip flights from Oslo to AUS non stop with an A330 for an event happening in AUS this spring....that would be a sight to see, SAS in AUS.... Stockholm, not Oslo :) it’s for South by Southwest, which is a huge music/media festival and there’s usually a pretty decent sized “new...

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by khowaga
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

Regarding Amazon coming here, I'll put my money where my mouth is for them not moving here. I TOTALLY hope they would but I've lived here 21 years and even with all of the recent feverish construction near the airport at the Levander Loop Hwy spaghetti bowl in addition to huge work at the Hwy 71/18...

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by khowaga
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

I posted this in a different thread but word is the Austin Chamber of Commerce will have a big Delta announcement on Feb 6th. Let the speculation begin. The airport hasn’t put out a press release about the SkyClub, or about the resumption of CVG, so those will probably be folded into a bigger annou...

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by khowaga
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

I posted this in a different thread but word is the Austin Chamber of Commerce will have a big Delta announcement on Feb 6th. Let the speculation begin. The airport hasn’t put out a press release about the SkyClub, or about the resumption of CVG, so those will probably be folded into a bigger annou...

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by khowaga
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines In Communist Albania
Replies: 19
Views: 5309

Re: Airlines In Communist Albania

I was yesterday in Albania thinking exactly about the same thing. No official airline? Who dared to fly to Albania in the communist times? I bet Alitalia did. Never heard anything about SU flying there. Maybe JU? Maybe OA? Maybe TK or even ME? It is a weird country, and the airport (Rinas) had a sm...

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by khowaga
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Meal Service on Inter-Island Hawaiian Flights
Replies: 4
Views: 1062

Re: Meal Service on Inter-Island Hawaiian Flights

The longest inter island flight is LIH-KOA, which is about 40 minutes of air time. By the time you include climbing to altitude and “please prepare the cabin for arrival,” that’s about 15 minutes for some kind of service. (Also, that’s a once a day flight).

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by khowaga
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Economy Meal Service on AA between DFW and HNL
Replies: 3
Views: 1388

Re: Economy Meal Service on AA between DFW and HNL

I took the route two years ago and it was still BOB (not only that but they only made one pass with the option to buy, about an hour after takeoff). It was pretty awful. I hope for your sake that they’ve reintroduced actual food — it was pathetic. That flight is nearly 9 hours long.

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by khowaga
Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

How close is AUS to woo AV to fly SAL-AUS? Grant that AV hasn't taken former TACA SAL-MSY yet but SAL hub could generate some AUS and MSY traffic as of now. IMHO, if AV is to fly to AUS, SAT passengers would fly AV from AUS. Seriously doubtful. There's very little business or VFR traffic between AU...

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by khowaga
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

Population growth, tech growth, e.t.c. The city grew +19.93% from 2010-2016.... I agree the passenger growth at AUS comes mostly from population and job growth, however (and this is just my opinion looking from a distance, I don't have any numbers), I have to think there are a fair amount of people...

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by khowaga
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

Just to clarify, the city does not choose which carriers use the South Terminal. It's privately operated so airlines can choose on their own whether or not to move there. Frontier Airlines was initially planning to move, but it did not in the end. It’s still rumored that they may yet do so. While p...

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by khowaga
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

BA's load factor may be slightly down YOY, but their fares surely have not lessened. In most cases, J fares are 2-3X a 1-stop through DFW. The other unknown is cargo. Given where that aircraft is, there's no way to see it from the terminal, only a ramp rat would likely know how much cargo goes in t...

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by khowaga
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

The lack of connectivity to the smaller Texas destinations not served by DL to the destinations in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mountain West, the Upper Midwest, and the Southeast that are served by DL but not by AA, UA, or WN needs to be addressed. My question here is why this needs to be ad...

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by khowaga
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

While LHR has many advantages indeed, there’s one it definitely doesn’t have: AMS is better and more conveniently connected to almost any place in Europe, even the UK. Okay, but that's not much of an advantage for AMS since LHR does offer ample connectivity to just about every market that counts. D...

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by khowaga
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

AMA, LBB, MAF, and CRP are all served by AA, UA, and WN but not by DL. In addition, there are many smaller Texas markets are not served by DL or WN, including ABI, BPT, CLL, BRO, LRD, GGG, MFE, TYR, ACT, and SPS. On the other hand, DL does have seasonal nonstop service to HRL from its MSP hub, but ...

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by khowaga
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 260
Views: 18827

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

Regarding AUS-AMS, DL has already applied a permanent destination feed (red line on DL Global Destination Map) between the two cities, with CDG highlighted in red as the next theoretical TATL add, maybe 9-12 months after AMS. Beside BAs 3 yr long successful service of full 789s (ie 744 up-gauge sta...

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by khowaga
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about unpainted MS A332 SU-GCG
Replies: 9
Views: 1562

Re: Question about unpainted MS A332 SU-GCG

The really weird thing is that Palestinian Airlines, when they existed along with the short-lived Yasir Arafat International Airport in Gaza, flew from Gaza to several destinations in countries that didn’t recognize Israel or accept Israeli passports. I always wondered how that worked.

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by khowaga
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about unpainted MS A332 SU-GCG
Replies: 9
Views: 1562

Re: Question about unpainted MS A332 SU-GCG

Royal Jordanian flies to Tel Aviv and they fly the route with there own aircraft in there own livery. Why does EgyptAir need to use Air Sinai? They can operate an aircraft in the EgyptAir livery to and from Tel Aviv and there not gonna be banned from serving other muslim countries. RJ and MS serve ...

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by khowaga
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about unpainted MS A332 SU-GCG
Replies: 9
Views: 1562

Re: Question about unpainted MS A332 SU-GCG

Does it get used on the TLV route? That is highly likely! I just checked out the Air Sinai Wikipedia page and found this: "Other types, including larger aircraft are also used based on operational requirements, with EgyptAir markings removed." IIRC LY no longer serves CAI, so MS (erm, sor...

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by khowaga
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2017
Replies: 152
Views: 12257

Re: Austin Texas Thread 2017

Maybe because AMS is the largest airport of continental Europe and ARN the 16th largest? Also because AUS makes a lot more sense as 41th transatlantic destination than the 11th. Well, yeah. If you’re going to introduce facts and logic, that makes total sense :lol: I was having a wee bit of a laugh ...

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by khowaga
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about unpainted MS A332 SU-GCG
Replies: 9
Views: 1562

Re: Question about unpainted MS A332 SU-GCG

Does it get used on the TLV route?

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by khowaga
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2017
Replies: 152
Views: 12257

Re: Austin Texas Thread 2017

I guess what I'm trying to say here is that there is evidence, albeit not official and should probably be taken with a grain of salt, that Delta is investing into AUS, that's something to get excited about, I am curious to see what the future holds for Delta at AUS. As of yet, there is not evidence...

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by khowaga
Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2017
Replies: 152
Views: 12257

Re: Austin Texas Thread 2017

I guess what I'm trying to say here is that there is evidence, albeit not official and should probably be taken with a grain of salt, that Delta is investing into AUS, that's something to get excited about, I am curious to see what the future holds for Delta at AUS. As of yet, there is not evidence...

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by khowaga
Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2017
Replies: 152
Views: 12257

Re: Austin Texas Thread 2017

I think the real answer to confirm the rumors is the AMS flight year round, which was rumored to be announced by the end of this year but fell through. Delta is likely thinking what you are thinking in that it will have to compete with AA/BA on the transatlantic route, as many people have said the ...

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by khowaga
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is there not a single US airport with a transit area?
Replies: 23
Views: 3176

Re: Why is there not a single US airport with a transit area?

DFW terminal D appears to have a whole floor set up to eventually function as an international transfer area between the main floor and the clubs, if it's ever allowed. Really? I have never heard of this before. I've seen it, too - it's in the sterile area when heading between the gates and customs.

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by khowaga
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why is there not a single US airport with a transit area?
Replies: 23
Views: 3176

Re: Why is there not a single US airport with a transit area?

Very few airports are set up for such a scenario (if any). Most airports in the US mix domestic and international flight departures; the issue being that someone coming off of an international flight could, if left unattended in the departure area, simply exit the secure area of the terminal as if t...

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by khowaga
Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2017
Replies: 152
Views: 12257

Re: Austin Texas Thread 2017

Can someone remind me when BA upgauges LHR to a 744 at AUS? I recall it was early 2018 (March?). I'm trying to figure out if I should be at the gate when the first 744 arrives. What I struggle with is the ongoing (and much needed) expansion of the east pier. My AUS-MEX roundtrip last month on AM ma...

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by khowaga
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromar to Become Avianca Mexico
Replies: 17
Views: 3903

Re: Aeromar to Become Avianca Mexico

I really hope this is materialized. Aeromexico needs heavy competition. Interjet has not been able to keep up with the pace as its business model is pretty different. Long gone are the days when I would prefer a Mexican carrier over an American one. Today, I rather get to YUL vía YYZ on AC or UA ví...

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by khowaga
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Jordanian turnaround plans & new Washington DC route
Replies: 20
Views: 4403

Re: Royal Jordanian turnaround plans & new Washington DC route

Clipper101 wrote:
khowaga wrote:
RJ used to have a bunch of routes to the US in the 1980s, serving JFK, ORD, LAX, MIA (for a bit)


Don't forget Houston


Yes! I knew I forgot one. (Jeez, don't let the IAH fan club know ... ) :o

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by khowaga
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Jordanian turnaround plans & new Washington DC route
Replies: 20
Views: 4403

Re: Royal Jordanian turnaround plans & new Washington DC route

United787 wrote:
So ORD was stopped for a while? When did it restart?


LAX and MIA were nixed in 1989. RJ might have stopped flying to the US during the second Gulf War (1990-91), but they were definitely back at JFK and ORD by 1994.

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by khowaga
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Jordanian turnaround plans & new Washington DC route
Replies: 20
Views: 4403

Re: Royal Jordanian turnaround plans & new Washington DC route

How is their AMM-ORD flight doing? I was wondering how long they have been flying the route, it seems like forever... wikipedia alludes to the 1980s, is that right? They were the first Middle Eastern airline to ORD, long before TK, EY, EK and QR, nice to see them still hanging on. I am sure they ge...

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by khowaga
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Jordanian turnaround plans & new Washington DC route
Replies: 20
Views: 4403

Re: Royal Jordanian turnaround plans & new Washington DC route

Either way, having stronger air links will help. Right now the only way in and out is via Amman which just cements Amman's dominant role in the economy. Amman having over 4,000,000 inhabitants to Aqaba’s 200,000 cements Amman’s dominant role in the economy. The SEZ might help slightly, but there’s ...

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by khowaga
Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 12/3/2017: B6 Adds EWR-SDQ; DL Moves to DSS
Replies: 45
Views: 10101

Re: OAG Changes 12/3/2017: B6 Adds EWR-SDQ; DL Moves to DSS

Is DKR shutting down in favor of DSS? I see it’s scheduled to open on the 7th Dec.

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by khowaga
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Norwegian come into DFW and IAH?
Replies: 175
Views: 13802

Re: When will Norwegian come into DFW and IAH?

Just because Iceland Air and WOW have started DFW doesn't mean DY is coming. FI and WW run their operations like a smaller version of DXB (Emirates). Rock bottom fares for budget travelers between the U.S. and Europe that have to connect at their hubs. DY is different. KL is a good example, if DFW-...

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by khowaga
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no United to Africa?
Replies: 52
Views: 10443

Re: Why no United to Africa?

UA pulled out because of double whammy at that time, temporary trouble with repatriation of funds and lack of accepting payment in the local currency, and oil price drop. But now with the oil prices stabilizing, and now the repatriation issue going away, UA may look at IAH-LOS again. Generally UA h...

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by khowaga
Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta leaving GRK
Replies: 27
Views: 6115

Re: Delta leaving GRK

Fort Hood being a Army Base town I'm guessing the majority of passengers were US Army servicemen/women - or do they fly out of Austin? AUS is about 75-90 minutes in optimal traffic from Killeen (AUS being on the opposite end of the Austin metro area, which is heavily congested at peak, and increasi...

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by khowaga
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't TWA choose MD-11
Replies: 70
Views: 15550

Re: Why didn't TWA choose MD-11

He sold off London Heathrow. In the mid 90s long after Icahn left they were operating 25 or 26 destinations in Europe from JFK. He saddled them with a bad ticket agreement, However he did not dismantle the European network beyond London Heathrow. As a matter of fact TWA was the largest ever was out...

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