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AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 1:56 am

Finally we'll see a couple of 757's back in SJC from AA!

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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 2:36 am

Damn! you guys have left your buddies up in AMA with these lousy...ERJ145s! LOL ,Great news for AUS  Big grin
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 2:52 am

God bless The Nerd Bird!  Silly
 
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:11 am

Could this possibly open the door for other equipment upgrades on routes like AUS-DFW or ORD?

It seems to me that one of the ideas behind AA's operation at Austin was to consolidate AA's mainline fleet to all MD-80s. Now with this upgrade, could it be more likely we see more 757s in here on a regular basis?

This is great news, I'm very excited!

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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:14 am

Didn't at one point when things were really booming AA fly even a 767 on the route?
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:16 am

How is a 757 an upgrade? It's certainly not a comfort upgrade. Or do you simply mean an aircraft with more seats?
 
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:22 am

Quoting Mikesairways (Reply 5):
Didn't at one point when things were really booming AA fly even a 767 on the route?

I really don't think so. I flew on it back in...1997 and it was an MD-80. I don't recall it ever being anything other than an MD-80, but I could be wrong. It wold have been, at the very most, a 757. I don't think AUS has had anything larger than a 757 scheduled in here in the last 15 years or so, and those went away about 5 years ago. A long time ago we had DC-10 scheduled service. We've had the occasional 767 or MD-11 sub, but rarely anything more than that. We'll get a very occasional 777 on a diversion from IAH or DFW, but thats very very rare.

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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:23 am

Quoting H53Epilot (Reply 6):
How is a 757 an upgrade? It's certainly not a comfort upgrade. Or do you simply mean an aircraft with more seats?

To each their own; I don't find the 757 any less comfortable than an MD-80. But yes, I did mean from a seating capacity standpoint.

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Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:25 am

looking at the schedule, will one plane run this, or are their other 757 routes into sjc or aus?
 
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:28 am

As an AA passenger, I'd prefer the M80. The 757 is a much less comfortable aircraft (old seats, less legroom), however they do have IFE which will be a bonus.
 
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:37 am

Wow, an official press release for an equipment upgrade? Unbelieveable!
 
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 3:51 am

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 11):
Wow, an official press release for an equipment upgrade? Unbelieveable!

I'm guessing that this is one of the more well-known flights in the business. How many flights do you know that get their own nickname? There may be some, and I'd wager that if something like this were to happen to one of them, we'd know about it. This is probably one of AA's more profitable domestic routes, too, and any upgrade will allow for more people and more cargo, which will probably be important. Somebody more seasoned on this sort of thing can probably explain better than I can what makes a profitable route, but I can only venture that this is one of the important domestic routes for AA, especially because there's no competition (aside from a UA AUS-SFO flight).

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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 4:51 am

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 6):

I really don't think so. I flew on it back in...1997 and it was an MD-80. I don't recall it ever being anything other than an MD-80, but I could be wrong.

It was a 757 for the very late 90s and early 00s on all three daily flights.
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:04 am

On a side note, which obviously won't get a PR, DTW will be getting two 757 ORD flights in Sept. and Oct.
 
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:08 am

Quoting Mikesairways (Thread starter):
Finally we'll see a couple of 757's back in SJC from AA!

AA was flying 757's at SJC even as of last year...don't know what route it was though...


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Quoting RwSEA (Reply 9):
As an AA passenger, I'd prefer the M80.

Me too..and that's what I like at SJC, besides some of the Jungle Jets, basically, the only other majour AA plane out of SJC is the MD-80 (once the SJC-NRT 777 flight ends...)..

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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:15 am

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 3):
Could this possibly open the door for other equipment upgrades on routes like AUS-DFW or ORD?

I doubt it. I can remember when AA flew MD80s, 757s, and F100s on these routes, and the mix of aircraft types was really hurting their costs, particularly in a market with a big WN presence. AA went all-MD80 on these routes to save money, and given that they are primarily hub feeders, you'll see them add frequencies with MD80s before they add other aircraft types.

For that reason, I'm a bit surprised that they've upgraded the AUS-SJC route. And, I agree that the MD80 is much more comfortable than the 757.

I continually wonder if AA will ever bring the AUS-BOS route back, but that seems unlikely.

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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 6:21 am

I recall being part of the boarding process for a totally full, first of the day DC10 flight from AUS-Mueller to DFW from a gate space that was waaaay too small. Not a pretty sight. If I recall, there were as many as 3 DC10's a day on the route at one time.
 
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 6:33 am

Quoting Bnamaxx (Reply 16):
I recall being part of the boarding process for a totally full, first of the day DC10 flight from AUS-Mueller to DFW from a gate space that was waaaay too small. Not a pretty sight. If I recall, there were as many as 3 DC10's a day on the route at one time.

Yep, American really packs 'em in on the AUS-DFW route. I fly this route 15-20 times per year, and I have seen many first-time travelers on the route arrive at the gate area (considerably larger and nicer than at the old Mueller, by the way) and look shocked at how packed these flights go out. AUS-DFW is always a busy route, because AA carries so many people out of AUS to points throughout the U.S. and the world via DFW. American also has an enormous presence in the AUS market, being the second largest carrier after Southwest.
 
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Fri Jul 28, 2006 6:43 am

Quoting Commavia (Reply 17):
American also has an enormous presence in the AUS market, being the second largest carrier after Southwest.

I've always been impressed with AA's presence at AUS -- they have a surprisingly loyal FF base there, probably due to the availability of the premium cabin.

Anyone have the hard numbers on how much of a lead WN has over AA on AUS traffic?
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:45 am

Does this really warrant a press release? Equipment upgrades happen all of the time.
 
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Fri Jul 28, 2006 12:19 pm

Quoting Ssides (Reply 18):
Anyone have the hard numbers on how much of a lead WN has over AA on AUS traffic?

All the stats are here.
 
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Fri Jul 28, 2006 1:46 pm

Quoting Commavia (Reply 17):
American also has an enormous presence in the AUS market, being the second largest carrier after Southwest.

Given that Austin is the state capitol of Texas, small wonder why AA has a large presence there. This is like Sacramento in California, where there are a lot more flights in and out of SMF due to the fact Sacramento is the state capitol.
 
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 2:19 pm

Quoting Tpac (Reply 19):
Does this really warrant a press release? Equipment upgrades happen all of the time.

It is one of their "flagship" domestic routes, and highly frequented by business travelers. It is cheap PR. Airlines should do it more often.
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Fri Jul 28, 2006 8:35 pm

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 21):
This is like Sacramento in California, where there are a lot more flights in and out of SMF due to the fact Sacramento is the state capitol.

The reason AUS gets a lot more capacity than other cities its size really has virtually nothing to do with it being the state capital. Certainly, being the capital of the country's second largest state doesn't hurt, but AUS' huge capacity is tied much more to the city's enormous technology and research industries, driven by huge tech names like IBM, Samsung, and Dell, all of whom employ thousands in the greater Austin area. The 48,000-strong population of the University of Texas also doesn't hurt, and nor does the relative wealth and affluence of a large swath of Austin's population.
 
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Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:17 pm

On a side note, AA will once again use 757 equipment on a few of their flts between LGA and DFW/ORD in the upcoming months.
 
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:51 pm

Well it has yet to be seen the Amadeus and Sabre systems still show MD80 equipment on the route..



AN2SEPAUSSJC
** AMADEUS AVAILABILITY - AN ** SJC SAN JOSE.USCA 36 SA 02SEP 0000
1 AA 579 F7 A7 P7 Y7 B7 H7 K7 /AUS SJC A 740A 908A E0.M80 9 3:28
M7 L7 W7 V7 G7 S7 N7 Q7 O6
2 AA1703 F7 A7 P7 Y7 B7 H7 K7 /AUS SJC A 530P 658P E0.M80 6 3:28
M7 L7 W7 V7 G7 S7 N7 Q7 O7

AN2DECAUSSJC
** AMADEUS AVAILABILITY - AN ** SJC SAN JOSE.USCA 127 SA 02DEC 0000
1 AA 579 F7 A7 P7 Y7 B7 H7 K7 /AUS SJC A 730A 915A E0.M83 9 3:45
M7 L7 W7 V7 G7 S7 N7 Q7 O7
2 AA1023 F7 A7 P7 Y7 B7 H7 K7 /AUS SJC A 305P 450P E0.M80 7 3:45
M7 L7 W7 V7 G7 S7 N7 Q7 O7

AN2MARSJCAUS
** AMADEUS AVAILABILITY - AN ** AUS AUSTIN.USTX 217 FR 02MAR 0000
1 AA1810 F7 A7 P7 Y7 B7 H7 K7 /SJC A AUS 910A 232P E0.M80 8 3:22
M7 L7 W7 V7 G7 S7 N7 Q0 O0
2 AA1172 F7 A7 P7 Y7 B7 H7 K7 /SJC A AUS 1210P 532P E0.M80 N 3:22
M7 L7 W7 V7 G7 S7 N7 Q0 O0
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:01 am

Quoting Commavia (Reply 23):
The reason AUS gets a lot more capacity than other cities its size really has virtually nothing to do with it being the state capital.

Then explain why there are so many flights out of SMF on WN, UA, DL, AA and even B6. Because Sacramento is the capitol of the most populous state in the USA, many of these flights out of SMF support people who go to Sacramento on state government business. And you wonder why downtown Sacramento has gotten a lot more new hotels lately.
 
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Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:15 am

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 26):
Then explain why there are so many flights out of SMF on WN, UA, DL, AA and even B6. Because Sacramento is the capitol of the most populous state in the USA, many of these flights out of SMF support people who go to Sacramento on state government business. And you wonder why downtown Sacramento has gotten a lot more new hotels lately.

The more prudent question would be as to why ALB and TLH, the capitals of the third and fourth most populous states, respectively, don't receive more traffic than they do. There's no doubt that state business drives some of the traffic at AUS and SMF, but the fact is that these cities have seen tremendous growth in their business sectors in the past decade or so. Government travel is not a big money-maker for airlines; it requires discounted fares and rarely fills the front cabin.

And, despite their status as state capitals, AUS and SMF don't get near the traffic as some similar-sized cities, such as CVG, MEM, PDX, MCI, MCO, LAS, CLT, SLC, etc.
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Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:29 am

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 26):
And you wonder why downtown Sacramento has gotten a lot more new hotels lately

Intercontinental is builidng within the new 53 storey twin towers complex. In addition there is strong talk that the Hyatt Regency, and the Sheraton Grand Hotel are looking to expand. The new Marriott property is doing well as far as reservations go. The Embassy Suites Hotel is constantly sold out midweek, and has recently been sold out on weekends. The Holiday Inn Capitol Park is rumored to be trading over to a Marriott Hotel as well. Of additional mention is that one of the older building surrounding the park may become a Westin property or a Kimpton Group property.
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Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:34 am

Quoting Ssides (Reply 27):
The more prudent question would be as to why ALB and TLH, the capitals of the third and fourth most populous states, respectively, don't receive more traffic than they do.

The reason is simple: Albany is close enough that people can either drive or take the train up there from New York City, and Tallahassee has not much else besides the state government and Florida State University, not to mention the out-of-way location!

Sacramento, on the other hand, has all the huge state agencies based there, and Sacramento is also a major transportation hub for the state with many truck firms operating transfer hubs within an hour's drive of downtown Sacramento and Union Pacific with its huge Roseville Yard, the largest railroad yard on the US West Coast besides BNSF Railway's Barstow Yard.
 
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Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:40 am

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 26):
Then explain why there are so many flights out of SMF on WN, UA, DL, AA and even B6.

Well, since I've never lived in Sacramento, and since I thought we were talking about Austin, not Sacramento, I cannot answer your question or explain what you describe. However, I do live in Austin, and I do know that market quite well, which is why I can say, with fairly some confidence, that Austin generates most of its traffic from technology and commerce, not from government. Government traffic is definitely a component, no doubt, but tech traffic -- like the kind that supports the route in question here -- dwarfs it in importance in driving traffic and demand in the market.
 
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Sat Jul 29, 2006 1:18 am

Quoting Ssides (Reply 27):
And, despite their status as state capitals, AUS and SMF don't get near the traffic as some similar-sized cities, such as CVG, MEM, PDX, MCI, MCO, LAS, CLT, SLC, etc.

I believe that SMF had more passengers in 05 than MCI. So I am not so sure you can include MCI on that list. Although MCI is really bustling in terms of passengers lately with over 1 million in June, despite only 212 flights a day.
 
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Sat Jul 29, 2006 1:29 am

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 29):
Albany is close enough that people can either drive or take the train up there from New York City, and Tallahassee has not much else besides the state government and Florida State University, not to mention the out-of-way location!

Well, you just proved our point -- you were arguing that the primary driver behind SMF and AUS's large aviation markets was their status as state capitals. We refuted that by saying that business and industry, not government, were the primary engines behind this phenomenon. This is proven by ALB and TLH -- aside from government, there is not much industry in these cities. As such, their air service is more than proportionally reduced when compared to diversified cities such as SMF and AUS.
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Sat Jul 29, 2006 2:30 am

Flights start again the 14 Dec.  bouncy 

Just got off the phone with my uncle and he said he remembers back in the good ole days he'd fly the AUS-SJC on a 752 spend the night in SJC and do the SJC-CDG on 763 and return on the same routes and a/c. Two three days trips filled up his month!

Will be nice to see the 757 in AA metal back at AUS!
 
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Sat Jul 29, 2006 2:50 am

The Austin American-Statesman has picked it up...




Airline to add bigger jets on Austin-San Jose route
American says it will use Boeing 757s on two of its three daily 'Nerd Bird' flights.

By Lori Hawkins
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Friday, July 28, 2006

Road warriors, take note: The Nerd Bird is getting bigger.

Citing customer demand, American Airlines will use 188-seat Boeing 757s on two of its three daily Austin-San Jose flights, upgrading from the 136-seat jets it flies now. When the new jets are added Dec. 14, first class will expand from 16 seats to 22.

"Six more seats in first class might not sound like a lot, but it can make the difference between getting an upgrade and not," said American spokesman Tim Smith.

American launched the 1,470-mile nonstop flight in 1992. The flight earned the nickname the Nerd Bird because the seats were packed with tech workers traveling between Silicon Valley and Austin.

For engineers, sales people and marketers, the flight is more than a convenient way to get to Silicon Valley; it is an extended workplace. Deals get done, contracts are signed and gossip is exchanged.

Empty seats are rare.

"It's almost always a full flight, and when you throw in all the roller bags and the suit bags, it gets real crowded," said Steve Taylor, spokesman for Applied Materials Inc., which shuttles hundreds of employees between Austin and its Santa Clara, Calif., headquarters on the Nerd Bird each month. "It's great there will be more seats. The bigger the plane, the better."

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Sat Jul 29, 2006 3:54 am

So not all news about AA's operations at SJC are bad!  Smile
 
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:03 am

Quoting BigGSFO (Reply 35):
So not all news about AA's operations at SJC are bad!

True, although if I was a loyal, frequent AA flyer on this route used to comfortable MD80s with 2-3 seating and one of the quietest, most comfortable First Class cabins in the air (IMO), I don't know how much I'd welcome a change to the 757s with among the most uncomfortable First Class cabins flying. From a capacity and upgrade standpoint, however, this is certainly a win, and I'm sure the extra cargo capacity won't hurt either.
 
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Sun Jul 30, 2006 3:24 am

Wow I feel stupid I didn't find this thread this is great news!! I'm glad to see some AA 757s at AUS and more back at SJC for when I go spotting.  Smile
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Sun Jul 30, 2006 3:28 am

Quoting Ssides (Reply 27):
And, despite their status as state capitals, AUS and SMF don't get near the traffic as some similar-sized cities, such as CVG, MEM, PDX, MCI, MCO, LAS, CLT, SLC, etc.

And all those cities are either hubs, vacation hot spots, or significant regional gateways (with no other large airports nearby), whereareas both AUS and SMF are in densey populated areas, not far from other major airports: SFO and SAT.
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Sun Jul 30, 2006 3:42 am

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 38):
And all those cities are either hubs, vacation hot spots, or significant regional gateways (with no other large airports nearby), whereareas both AUS and SMF are in densey populated areas, not far from other major airports: SFO and SAT.

Last I checked Sacramento was gateway to the Central Valley, which is key to the income to the largest economy within the United States...

Quoting Blhp68 (Reply 31):
I believe that SMF had more passengers in 05 than MCI.

By over 2 million passengers...
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Mon Jul 31, 2006 11:38 am

Quoting MalpensaSFO (Reply 39):
By over 2 million passengers...

Well not quite, this data was taken from the ACI-NA website for the past year(2005).


41 SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA SMF 10,203,066 6.50
42 CALGARY YYC 10,148,718 10.62
43 KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI MCI 9,991,681 -0.51


A difference of about 211,000 passengers.
 
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:12 am

Oh wow a big 757...Come on JetBlue, connect the dots
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:23 am

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 14):
AA was flying 757's at SJC even as of last year...don't know what route it was though...

They use to fly them to JFK when they still operated that flight. That flight dosen't exist anymore.
 
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RE: AA Upgrades SJC-AUS To 757

Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:39 am

Another reason AUS is so popular is people going to watch UT games.






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Sat Aug 05, 2006 6:18 am

Quoting Mnik101 (Reply 42):

They use to fly them to JFK when they still operated that flight. That flight dosen't exist anymore.

i don't think they were flying SJC-JFK at the time I took my photo...but maybe I'm wrong.......I know by July/August 2005, they weren't flying SJC-JFK because I had to fly to LHR out of JFK and I wound up flying a bit in an off way since AA didn't fly SJC-JFK.....
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Sat Aug 05, 2006 10:26 am

Quoting Bpat777 (Reply 24):
On a side note, AA will once again use 757 equipment on a few of their flts between LGA and DFW/ORD in the upcoming months.

Yup EWR-DFW gets a 1x 757 too! I'm stoked!
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Sat Aug 05, 2006 12:39 pm

Speaking of Austin...

July 27, 2006
Record passenger traffic at Austin-Bergstrom
June 2006 Passenger & Air Cargo traffic

ACTIVITY OVERVIEW

June 2006

Passenger Activity: June 2006 marked the highest number of passengers traveling through Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in a single month. At 743,459, June 2006 was up 0.3% over the previous record month of March 2006. Total passenger traffic for June 2006 was 743,459 up 5.5% compared to June 2005. June 2006 enplanements totaled 383,290 up 5.5%. Southwest Airlines passengers totaled 263,598 up 11.5% compared to June 2005; American Airlines passengers totaled 195,805, up 2.5%; Continental Airlines passengers totaled 89,066, up 11%; Delta Air Lines (including SkyWest Airlines, Shuttle America and Mesa) passengers totaled 50,040 down 22.5%; United Airlines (including SkyWest and Mesa) passengers totaled 42,431, down 8.5%; U.S. Airways / America West Airlines (including Mesa) passengers totaled 23,410, down 8%; Northwest Airlines (including Pinnacle Airlines) passengers totaled 22,948, down 29%; JetBlue Airways passengers totaled 19,682; Frontier Airlines passengers totaled 17,988, up 21.5%.

June 2006 air cargo totaled 19,774,936 lbs., down 8% compared to June 2005. International air cargo totaled 340,403 lbs., down 71%. Federal Express carried 10.2 million lbs., up 4%; United Parcel Service carried 3.4 million lbs., up 97%; Airborne Express carried 2.8 million lbs., down 27%; and UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. (formerly Menlo Worldwide) carried 80,235 lbs., down 89%.

Air Services transferred 571,810 lbs of mail, up 15%; and 1.9 million lbs. of belly freight, up 9%.

Aircraft Operations: General Aviation operations totaled 6,622, down 16%. Combined operations (including Commercial and military) totaled 17,650, down 6%.

January – June 2006 Year-to-Date

Passenger Activity: Total passenger traffic for January – June YTD was 4,057,360 up 9% compared to January – June 2005. January – June 2006 enplanements totaled 2,072,795, up 9%. Southwest Airlines passengers totaled 1,431,476, up 12%; American Airlines passengers totaled 1,092,811 up 9%; Continental Airlines passengers totaled 496,230, up 12%; Delta Air Lines (including SkyWest Airlines, Shuttle America and Mesa) passengers 283,150, down 15%; United Airlines (including SkyWest, Mesa, and Air Wisconsin Airlines) passengers totaled 240,000 up 2%; U.S. Airways / America West Airlines (including Mesa) passengers totaled 131,457, down 0.4%; Northwest Airlines (including Pinnacle Airlines) passengers totaled 116,759, down 27%; JetBlue Airways passengers totaled 106,297; Frontier Airlines passengers totaled 87,379, up 7.5%.

June YTD (January – June 2006) air cargo totaled 112,832,728 lbs., down 9.5%. International air cargo totaled 2,174,888 lbs., down 64%. Federal Express carried 59.8 million lbs., up 3%; Airborne Express carried 17.2 million lbs., down 21%; United Parcel Service carried 14.3 million lbs., up 38%, and UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. (formerly Menlo Worldwide) carried 2.9 million lbs., down 25%.

Air Services transferred 3.9 million lbs of mail, down 1%; and 10.8 million lbs. of belly freight, up 6%.

Aircraft Operations: General Aviation operations totaled 39,741 for January – June YTD, down 2%. Combined operations (including Commercial and military) totaled 103,203, down 1%.

Link to Press Release

Every time we've set an all-time record in June it's been followed in July by another new all-time record and I expect July 2006 will be no different. (July is traditionally Austin's busiest month and it doesn't hurt that there are 31 days in July vs. 30 in June.)

Last year's total passenger count was 7,683,545 and was a new all-time record for the year..

If we keep growing at our current rate, we should wind up at the end of the year with 8.2 - 8.3 million passengers and that will be a new yearly record.

Back in May, Austin hosted the WCIT (World Congress of Information Technoogy) and that is expected to bring new business to the city. Our Convention center was expanded a couple of years ago from 440,000 square feet to 880,000 sqare feet and we opened an 800 room Hilton at the Convention Center about a year and a half ago.

A 447 room combination Courtyard/Residence Inn downtown is on the verge of openening and Marriott recently announced plans to build a three hotel 1000 room property -- also downtown.

We currently have about 5,400 residents living in the dowtown area and the mayor's goal is to have 25,000 residents living downtown by 2015.

We have a 22 story condo, a 44 story condo, a 29 story apartment building and another 18 story apartment building currently under construction. Construction on another 36 story apartment tower is expected to begin sometime this month.

There are several other properties approved, proposed, or in other stages of development. More info (and artist's renderings) can be found here

All these properties are in the downtown core and I recently read that these types of properties appeal to people who travel a lot, so hopefully these hotel and residential developments will help to increase our air traffic.

We are also getting a lot of new residents from California moving here.

All things considered, it's an exciting time to be living in Austin.

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