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by drdisque
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ZERO EV Flights right now.
Replies: 8
Views: 1583

Re: ZERO EV Flights right now.

Expressjet never really lost any flying before the merger. After the UA/CO merger Expressjet and ASA merged, which didn't go so well as the ASA operation was becoming a bit of a mess and the two cultures did not mesh well. At the same time, CO management both got scope relief from the new combined U...

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by drdisque
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 or 737-8 right size post covid?
Replies: 16
Views: 1194

Re: A321 or 737-8 right size post covid?

Also, at least in this immediate post COVID period, all the short-haul (intra-continental) traffic is leisure/VFR and there's little to no business demand. In that environment, the aircraft with the lowest CASM is almost always the best too for the job, which usually means that one with the most sea...

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by drdisque
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ZERO EV Flights right now.
Replies: 8
Views: 1583

Re: ZERO EV Flights right now.

At least as of the last schedule their only flying from ORD was TYS and CHA. I don't know about the post holiday schedule. Nearly all their current flying is from IAH.

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by drdisque
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 788
Views: 103475

Re: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020

In normal operations go arounds happen roughly daily. In weather situations you can have several in an hour. With the pandemic they have been happening less often although on Friday the afternoon UAX ATL-ORD had a go around in good weather..

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by drdisque
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 788
Views: 103475

Re: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020

Yes, there would be a better airport in Michigan than PLN too, MGN. However, the issue with MGN and SUE is that they have no TSA and Boutique will be operating from a secure part of the terminal at ORD and not the FBO. So an MGN or SUE flight would either have to operate to and from the FBO or arri...

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 788
Views: 103475

Re: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020

I also saw someone post that Boutique Air... code shares with United and American. Do you think such a small airline would consider flying from Rockford and/or Gary to O'Hare? Or, do Boutique and Air Choice One only fly to airports with Essential Air Service funds? Boutique and Air Choice One only ...

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 788
Views: 103475

Re: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020

Hello all. Its been a while since I surfaced and looked at this thread again. Thanks for the pictures with the updates to 9C/27C. I took that and updated an idea I had to create (or move) a 4L/22R near the oil tanks. I posted something similar a couple of years ago, but I can provide an updated pic...

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by drdisque
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Expansion B6 at EWR and JFK
Replies: 275
Views: 33345

Re: Major Expansion B6 at EWR and JFK

Flying ORD-PBI Local to Local is going to be a disaster. Yes, UA isn't flying it right now and WN only flies it seasonally, but there's a reason, there isn't much demand and what demand there is depends on having some feed.

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 788
Views: 103475

Re: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020

For north complex west flow arrivals, Zulu will take arrivals to Uniform to the terminal core. Remember that ATL does have arrivals cross the active when using 10/28 In West flow south complex arrivals will use Zulu to Lima East flow is tricky (and always has been with 9L) My understanding is that 9...

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which AA/DL/UA Fleets Are Definitely Not Flying Again?
Replies: 58
Views: 8011

Re: Which AA/DL/UA Fleets Are Definitely Not Flying Again?

The 764's are competitive CASM-wise.

However, being an oddball smallish fleet is never good for surviving a fleet downsizing.

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by drdisque
Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA monetizing frequent flyer program for $5B liquidity
Replies: 37
Views: 6017

Re: UA monetizing frequent flyer program for $5B liquidity

United miles never expire. They aren't held on the balance sheet as normal liabilities, which enabled carriers to make them not expire.

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by drdisque
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Air Wisconsin to get CRJ-550/700s?
Replies: 30
Views: 4193

Re: Rumor: Air Wisconsin to get CRJ-550/700s?

I think the most likely scenario is to 1. Prepare for if G7 collapses and all CRJ-550s are transferred to ZW or 2. Mesa's CR7's are converted to CR5's, and replace CR2's at ZW on a rolling basis.

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by drdisque
Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta fleet 1999
Replies: 32
Views: 6044

Re: Delta fleet 1999

The ACA 328J operation lasted only like a year. It was clear that it was a poor use of LGA slots with so few seats and DL was in the process of consolidating their Northeast presence to eliminate point to point flying. Eagle actually bought BEX and that's how it became exclusively AA. After the end ...

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by drdisque
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country to start MSP-Honduras flights Dec 18
Replies: 8
Views: 1682

Re: Sun Country to start MSP-Honduras flights Dec 18

I expect this to do well, especially if traditional Caribbean destinations like CUN, MBJ, and PUJ are down this winter compared to last and/or SJO/LIR still have closed borders.

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by drdisque
Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest wins lawsuit against Elite, continues comeback plans
Replies: 23
Views: 4106

Re: Midwest wins lawsuit against Elite, continues comeback plans

I'm guessing they'll end up a creditor in Elite's impending bankruptcy. It's hard to know if Elite can survive the downtown by parking everything and trying to weather the storm. It depends if demand for RJ charters pick up any time soon (basically if there's going to be a 2020-2021 NCAA Basketball ...

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by drdisque
Thu May 28, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Signs of airports normalizing.
Replies: 30
Views: 5338

Re: Signs of airports normalizing.

ORD gets busy in mid afternoon between like 3:30 and 4:30 as that's their main arrival bank. Their other bank is between 7:30 and 8:30 AM. During those banks they frequently have to run triple parallel approaches. Nearly every destination still served from ORD has an arrival in that later bank. So ...

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by drdisque
Thu May 28, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Signs of airports normalizing.
Replies: 30
Views: 5338

Re: Signs of airports normalizing.

ORD gets busy in mid afternoon between like 3:30 and 4:30 as that's their main arrival bank. Their other bank is between 7:30 and 8:30 AM. During those banks they frequently have to run triple parallel approaches. Nearly every destination still served from ORD has an arrival in that later bank. So r...

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by drdisque
Wed May 27, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 788
Views: 103475

Re: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020

DC-10's were occasionally scheduled on MSP-ORD and DTW-ORD in the summer to counter UA's DC-10's on the same routes in the mid-late 90's, in the later days of NW's DC-10-40's, after they'd received the -30's for their TATL flights.

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by drdisque
Tue May 26, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swift Air loses part of vertical stabilizer in flight.
Replies: 41
Views: 10007

Re: Swift Air loses part of vertical stabilizer in flight.

Even if this part is not critical during flight, I wonder if the decreased aerodynamics could have made enough of a difference in fuel burn to exhaust reserves on a sufficiently long flight. Probably. The crew probably didn't notice in this circumstance because of the short stage length (41 minutes...

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by drdisque
Wed May 20, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago River Flooding Causes Willis Tower (United Airlines HQ) to lose power.
Replies: 45
Views: 7928

Re: Chicago River Flooding Causes Willis Tower (United Airlines HQ) to lose power.

Jay must have worked in the North Building in Elk Grove, because it was much newer. The rest of the complex (South Building and Training Center) was indeed a dump and falling apart. It was costing UA as much to maintain the building as the rent at Willis cost. Especially when you considered that UA ...

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by drdisque
Tue May 19, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US sanctions Iran's Mahan Air
Replies: 15
Views: 5735

Re: Mahan Air and Iran's sanctions

Hey guys, sorry if this has been discussed, I have done searches for it, as well as other searches, but cannot seem to find the answers. So my question and intrigue in part is how did Mahan Air manage to procure ex-Lufthansa and ex-Virgin Atlantic A340's while Iran had sanctions placed on it, or wh...

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by drdisque
Tue May 19, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 788
Views: 103475

Re: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020

4B could easily have their check-in in T2 where there is plenty of space but then the question of where their gate space will be. They obviously would like to be close to their codeshare partner UA. However I'm not sure there are any ground board parking stations so they would have to block a jetway...

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by drdisque
Tue May 19, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami Air seeks Ch 11 bankruptcy protection
Replies: 70
Views: 15453

Re: Miami Air seeks Ch 11 bankruptcy protection

Swift Air has government contracts but probably has 3x the number of frames they need. The advantage that their fleet is all relatively cheap to own/lease 733's and 734's. World Atlantic is a very lean operation and I believe all their frames are occupied with government contracts and again, are ext...

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by drdisque
Fri May 15, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of Tecnam P2012 Traveller?
Replies: 65
Views: 11426

Re: Status of Tecnam P2012 Traveller?

I don't see the urgency to permit higher pax number allowed with single pilot operation. The pilot shortage is gone. Pilot wages will go down, thus 19pax flights with standard duo pilot operation will become more profitable. Besides fuel cost are low. But max pax in a Tecnam P2012 is 11 but 9 is mo...

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by drdisque
Thu May 14, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS Signs 5 Year Lease To Add Gary Airport To Its Cargo Network
Replies: 15
Views: 3307

Re: UPS Signs 5 Year Lease To Add Gary Airport To Its Cargo Network

getting cans to and from ORD is probably a nightmare during the morning and evening due to traffic. This addition to GYY also surprises me because of the short distance to another UPS hub - RFD. Even at night it's a solid 2-2.5 hour drive from GYY to RFD. It probably means that there's enough cargo...

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by drdisque
Thu May 14, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 725
Views: 110082

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

Couldn't a handful of the A350's on order be converted to A350ULR's to make JNB-ATL and LAX-SYD (which really isn't THAT long) no problem? No need to add a separate fleet type for those routes, after all SQ flew those things on SFO/LAX-SIN (albeit with only 161 seats). I imagine an A350ULR in someth...

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by drdisque
Thu May 14, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 788
Views: 103475

Re: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020

UPS is adding flights into GYY later this year. Per the press release they plan on using an A300 for the flights. https://www.pressroom.ups.com/pressroom/ContentDetailsViewer.page?ConceptType=PressReleases&id=1589388817917-286 Good news for Gary. They anticipate 60 jobs associated with this new...

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by drdisque
Wed May 13, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 788
Views: 103475

Re: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020

Some extra MDW/DL fun facts 1. For a time before the ORD-LGA shuttle on DL existed, DL tried the shuttle from MDW with slightly less frequency, something like 5-6x daily. I believe this lasted a little over a year before being moved to ORD and upped to the 9-12x it takes to be competitive with UA an...

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by drdisque
Wed May 13, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA have a monopoly at EWR?
Replies: 80
Views: 10059

Re: Why did UA have a monopoly at EWR?

Add in the fact that WN and before them FL tried EWR and flat out couldn't make it work and left. AA has at many times dropped various hub routes to regional from EWR. Same with DL.

For point-to-point domestic, EWR is sort of a dud unless you are UA/CO.

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by drdisque
Wed May 13, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 788
Views: 103475

Re: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020

NW flew DTW-MDW on DC-9's since at least the late 80's to counter Midway I and later WN on MDW-DTW and MDW-DET (in WN's case). They were frequently "stubbies" DC9-10's and I don't recall DTW ever getting anything bigger than a DC-9. Mainline disappeared on DTW-MDW as the CR9's came online ...

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by drdisque
Wed May 06, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is RAVN Alaska's Capacity Needed
Replies: 19
Views: 1525

Re: Is RAVN Alaska's Capacity Needed

The problem with "All you need is a DHC8-100/200 from CDB-DUT" is that there is no operational US airline with such an aircraft currently on their certificate. good luck finding investors for a tiny airline that still needs to hold a Part 121 certificate that is planning on operating a 30-...

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by drdisque
Mon May 04, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United exercises options for 8 787-10s
Replies: 140
Views: 24989

Re: United orders 7 787-10s

I expect 777-200 retirement to be accelerated intensely. Many 777-200ER's configured for long-haul may never come back at all. The 777A's may be parked and operated only when there is demand. The 773's may be sold/negotiated return.

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by drdisque
Mon May 04, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26698

Re: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft

It amazes me how carriers quickly wanted to dump the E190. Despite the current demand environment. Maybe it is the cheapest thing to dump (write down the least amount of scarce money). Rule of thumb - E190s have approximately the trip cost of an A319 with many fewer seats. Yes, that's not good. I f...

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by drdisque
Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT allows reduced EAS flying due Covid-19
Replies: 8
Views: 2353

Re: DOT allows reduced EAS flying due Covid-19

I meant PRC not PGA

Yeah, good point about AEAS. AEAS actually can run 1x - for example MBL runs 1x, so it's just up to the community to determine the frequency.

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by drdisque
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT allows reduced EAS flying due Covid-19
Replies: 8
Views: 2353

Re: DOT allows reduced EAS flying due Covid-19

The 160 number includes Alaska, which accounts for 46 of the airports by my count. This is huge for Contour, but also significant for Cape Air and Boutique as well. It's still problematic for the "low bid" Skywest cities (like CMX, ESC, and DDC) but being able to essentially cut unnecessar...

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by drdisque
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 455
Views: 53742

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

On any flight with a significant amount of main cabin cargo a loadmaster probably flies with to help with W&B.

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by drdisque
Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 455
Views: 53742

Re: F/As on cargo-only flights?

No, if there are no passengers there is no requirement for Flight Attendants.

Same as a ferry flight.

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by drdisque
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Furloughed pilots question
Replies: 7
Views: 2463

Re: Furloughed pilots question

During the last downtown my friend got furloughed from ZK and gladly picked up any charter King Air flying that came his way, but he also knew he wasn't going back to ZK if he was ever recalled.

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by drdisque
Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 2372
Views: 407327

Re: United plans tag routes

The only Northeast destination they applied to drop is ITH. There's really nowhere that they can tag ITH to that's closer than IAD so it appears they'll keep just flying ITH-IAD 1x. Note that most of the UA Northeast EAS destinations are on the border with Canada (PBG, PQI, OGS) so it would be hard ...

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by drdisque
Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boutique Air PC-12 Down at Mesquite KHQZ
Replies: 31
Views: 8661

Re: Boutique Air PC-12 Down at Mesquite KHQZ

The PC12 is an amazing plane in its capability to fly relatively fast and relatively slow.

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by drdisque
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines in this crisis
Replies: 57
Views: 14656

Re: Spirit Airlines in this crisis

People will want to visit their relatives who live in other cities. This type of discretionary flying will come back first. This supports their now primary strategy of "near daily flights between big cities".

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by drdisque
Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Info on 4 Hour Rule at NW
Replies: 30
Views: 5492

Re: Info on 4 Hour Rule at NW

Very interesting. Thank you for the explanations. It was always fun when doing training or other programs alongside our partner airlines. (I've always worked at international outstations rather than big domestic hubs) They'd usually be surprised that one person knows operations, ramp, ticketing, sa...

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by drdisque
Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 121
Views: 10237

Re: The Rest of Michigan Aviation Thread - 2020

I think that UA would argue that they can temporarily reaccom any AZO pax at SBN, LAN, or GRR. It only has 1 flight/day currently scheduled from AZO, a RON ERJ-145 with a very early departure (similar schedule to what they are running at LAN, FNT, TVC, and MBS, although LAN get an E-175 for some rea...

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by drdisque
Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: National airlines were just passing through one way.
Replies: 16
Views: 4028

Re: National airlines were just passing through one way.

Do you have the full schedule? For example, did inbound flights to MIA connect to the MIA-MLB segment? Particularly a TPA nonstop? The schedulers were working with paper strips back then, but they weren't stupid. Chances are there were a fair amount of flights that fed the MIA-MLB-TPA flight that re...

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by drdisque
Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of Michigan Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 121
Views: 10237

Re: The Rest of Michigan Aviation Thread - 2020

I find it a little ironic that UAX's one remaining LAN flight on LAN-ORD (which is a RON with a very early morning departure from LAN), is an E-175, an aircraft LAN had craved to have consistently in their schedule for years.

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by drdisque
Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR feeling the effects of Covid-19
Replies: 49
Views: 7543

Re: EWR feeling the effects of Covid-19

EW returning to EWR on the backside of this would be easy because: they could piggyback on any LH contracts. If EWR expansion moves forward there will be more FIS gates at attractive times. If EW becomes a larger consolidated carrier it reasons to believe that they'd develop a codeshare with UA.

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by drdisque
Mon Apr 13, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Seat Assignments and COVID19
Replies: 12
Views: 1968

Re: Seat Assignments and COVID19

I've noticed that on some aircraft, airlines are blocking either the front row (that directly faces the jumpseat) or the back row or aisle seat in the rear row (that's directly next to the lav).

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by drdisque
Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights
Replies: 61
Views: 8661

Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Ishrion wrote:
djack wrote:
Delta 3340 & 3342, two 772's following each other across the Atlantic from ORD - FRA


Don't think these are one-offs. Delta has been operating ORD-FRA cargo-only flights for a few weeks now.


I don't recall Delta sending two flights on the same evening before.

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by drdisque
Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights
Replies: 61
Views: 8661

Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Not heavy metal, but on Monday a McNeely Charter Services (a small cargo carrier based in Arkansas) Swearingen Metro flew ANB (Anniston, Alabama) - ORD - YKF (Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario). Not only an odd routing, but I doubt a Metro has landed at ORD in decades. I can't imagine what the flight was ...

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by drdisque
Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Compass Airlines Shutting Down
Replies: 59
Views: 12571

Re: Compass Airlines Last Revenue Flight

I worked for NW on Compass' first day of E-175 ops and remember what an exciting time it was.

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