Thanks for the clairification- I knew AA left in the morning and came back at night, but I didn't know what happened during the day (I'm usually asleep then). The terminal expansion has been a huge pain in the arse as far as ground ops go. As you may have seen, the end of the terminal building is now an open pit. The MD-80 and the two Eagle Saabs that used to park there have been moved to the west side of the terminal. Parking space is now at a premium. No one is happy with the situation. For example, Eagle parks their planes one behind the other immediately to the left of us (Mesa). Their first flight leaves shortly after 6am. Typically, we will bring in a plane from the hangar shortly before 6 for its 6:40 departure. Usually, the rearmost Saab is the early plane out. Even with us on our gate, they can easily taxi out. However, they have twice now attempted to make the forward plane first out. This is almost impossible with our RJ at the gate. They asked us if we could push back both times and we refused (crew was already doing pre-flight and fuel was on the way). So they had to push back (they have a tug) once and actually managed to taxi out the second time. Needless to say, they have no love for us. Sorry this was rambling and off the original topic, but it's been bothering me for a while. They can't get done with the terminal soon enough to suit me.
Thou shalt mind thine altitude,lest the ground reach up and smite thee.