Midwestindy wrote:reggiet wrote:(In late 2017, AUS was in the running with DEN for Amazons new HQ. Supposedly the lack of an expansive & fluid airport structure was a demerit that contributed to knocking AUS out of contention)
***Seattle upgrades to twice daily in March with a commensurate upgauge in aircraft (mentioned on Deltas news webpage). I’m thinking A321 but can be 739 just as well. Currently 738
***RDU upgauges from RJ900 to 717 in Spring
***In a two year span, there’s been a total transition of austin equip from M90s and regionals to nearly all airbus products with the new IFEs, larger bin space and updated lighting (i.e: Atl - Aus is all A321 now)
Not trying to be rude, but is the information you are presenting accurate?
1. AUS is still in the running for Amazon HQ2, in fact out of the 20 they are probably a top 10 contender https://www.amazon.com/b?node=17044620011
2. AUS-SEA is 1x daily and is scheduled to be 1x daily for the rest of the year
3. The upgrade on RDU-AUS was cancelled a while ago, it will still run on a CR9 at least for now
4. AUS-ATL is a mix of A320s and A321s it isn't all A321s, although most of the flights run on the A321s
Always sketchy when the sentence starts out with 'Not trying to be.......'
Regarding AUS-ATL 321s, kind of splitting hairs there a little bit bro. Current daily schedule has 12/14 aircraft being 321s. With 2 being 320s and a variable week or two in February with four 320s. Back to 12/14 321s in March. The gist is the upgrade in the equipment that's used most often. I'm just putting out broad information for the average aviation layman. I'm not plugging in Nav information for an ILS landing with zero visibility.
I'm amused at your statement that SEA is 1x daily for the rest of the year. Locally, we knew late last fall that SEA was going twice daily this spring. It was originally slated for the summer then it got moved up to the Spring period. And the RDU equipment information just the same was recently spoken of but with far less chatter possibly because it's not a hub or sister city so to speak like SEA is. My Delta information has always been from conversations with the local ACS personnel and the AUS Delta Ops folks, both good friends of mine, whom generally know whats coming for their planning, short and long term. But you are living in the Austin area and regularly working at the Austin airport to have a finger on the pulse for your data yes? No biggie. Just kind of a chuckle there.
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 71/183 interchange, they're still woefully behind. I'm painfully familiar as a local resident/driver of the lack of fluid infrastructure regarding our highway system and the general stifling congestion on an LA level starting around 2pm weekdays and all hours on special events. Only one interstate going through the city, IH35. ONE. One wreck? Instant parking lot. Also, there's no consistent loop/double loop system like the other 3 texas metropolis have. (Hwy 130 Toll Rd kind of doesn't count. Too far out of city center) Let alone the abject lack of gates at ABIA for the short term future. Especially with a similarly attractive and hot city like DEN that DOES have around 39 gates ready and available, if I'm not mistaken. Or Atlanta, or Nashville, or Dallas, or Boston. I just don't see it.
Nonetheless, as good practice, I'm not one to get into a pissing match on this site since it's always about as fruitful as a prostitute in a convent. But Thanks for the "corrections.'' These are theories and rumors and really nothing more until the Fat Lady Sings. As always time will tell what actually happens.