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by mcg
Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL retiring MD-80s quickly
Replies: 59
Views: 10905

Re: DL retiring MD-80s quickly

It still confuses me as to why they are retiring the MD-90 so early! Some A320s in their fleet are still older than the MD-90s, with some 717s in the fleet equally as old and not being retired until 2030... oh well. If I were starting an airline and were looking for some cheap A/C, I’d gladly take ...

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by mcg
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2019 College Football Charters Thread
Replies: 71
Views: 5759

Re: 2019 College Football Charters Thread

does anyone know the flight that Idaho is taking to play Penn State? will they charter a plane or flight from SEA to PHL to UNV? I couldn't find any charters out of PUW (which would apparently be the closest airport to the University of Idaho campus in Moscow) or Lewiston (LWS). If they were to fly...

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by mcg
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2019
Replies: 846
Views: 114263

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2019

How much investment is required to acquire a converted 767 freighter? I think there must be three components: acquisition of the airframe; significant heavy maintenance; and, conversion to a freighter. I suspect that in many cases acquisition of the airframe is the cheapest of the three steps, but ...

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by mcg
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaii Airports and Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 183
Views: 25595

Re: Hawaii Airports and Aviation Thread - 2019

Not only OGG and LIH, but KOA (no air bridges) and HNL ("wiki" buses... but "wiki" means quick, which they are not) would benefit from being managed by an Airport Authority. The bill to create an Airport Authority died in the 2019 Hawaii Legislature... for the FOURTH year in a r...

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by mcg
Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 2316
Views: 411697

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

And yes, while it's definitely not ideal on segments like ORD-HNL/OGG they do enjoy virtually no non-stop competition for now. On HNL in particular though, how long do you think that advantage will last? Not to say that they present a huge threat at the moment, but AA is extending their seasonal fl...

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by mcg
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2019
Replies: 846
Views: 114263

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2019

How much investment is required to acquire a converted 767 freighter? I think there must be three components: acquisition of the airframe; significant heavy maintenance; and, conversion to a freighter. I suspect that in many cases acquisition of the airframe is the cheapest of the three steps, but t...

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by mcg
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 204
Views: 31825

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

As evidenced by the fact that we increased the seating capacity in the 300/700 from 137 to 143. It's. Not. Happening. Even the article repeatedly states it, yet somehow manages to come to the opposite conclusion. When they replaced the original seats with slimline seats on their existing 737's. The...

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by mcg
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 204
Views: 31825

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

Financially, as I stated, it makes sense to have one fleet, agreed. I also mentionned large companies, where having a split fleet doesn't tickle their finances. The problem is to internalize risk when bad luck strikes, when the plague sweeps all the company's fleet to the ground. Has happened, what...

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by mcg
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: City of Denver threatens to pull Ferrovial-led contract to redevelop DEN terminal
Replies: 104
Views: 13305

Re: City of Denver threatens to pull Ferrovial-led contract to redevelop DEN terminal

I think there is a fair amount of over reaction here. Security capacity is the same today as it was 1, 2, 5, or 10 years ago, it's constrained by TSA staffing, not the physical location. Overcrowded bathrooms, worn floors, lack of food options on the concourses; not a result of the Great Hall projec...

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by mcg
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 267
Views: 36343

Re: Allegiant DIscussion Thread - 2019

Allegiant Airbus A320-200 N263NV has been de-registered by the FAA and re-registered as Kuwait Airways 9K-ALE, leased from ALAFCO, and ferried SAW-KWI 22 May 2019 for delivery to Kuwait Airways. Of the 13 original Saudia A320 aircraft obtained by Allegiant, five have been placed into service; 258, ...

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by mcg
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 267
Views: 36343

Re: Allegiant DIscussion Thread - 2019

Allegiant Airbus A320-200 N263NV has been de-registered by the FAA and re-registered as Kuwait Airways 9K-ALE, leased from ALAFCO, and ferried SAW-KWI 22 May 2019 for delivery to Kuwait Airways. Of the 13 original Saudia A320 aircraft obtained by Allegiant, five have been placed into service; 258, ...

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by mcg
Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to Reactivate Q400s due to MAX Delays
Replies: 30
Views: 8707

Re: AS to Reactivate Q400s due to MAX Delays

WN is returning the sub-fleet acquired from AirTran that was leased from GECAS (there is also a sub-fleet from FL that is owned and those stay). These are all going to UA. The returns are spaced out over 12 months+ from industry speculation. Should the MAX continue to be grounded well into 2020, th...

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by mcg
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 142
Views: 19053

Re: Denver Aviation Thread - 2019

https://www.denverpost.com/2019/08/09/d ... ferrovial/
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And the Great Hall project doesn't seem to be going well: https://www.denverpost.com/2019/08/09/d ... ferrovial/

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by mcg
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 274165

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Stitch wrote:
mcg wrote:
Slightly off topic but, is the 789 uses PER - LHR a standard 789, or has it been modified in some way to increase range? Thanks in advance.


Standard 787-9. It trades payload weight for fuel weight.



Thanks for the info.

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by mcg
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest's (WN) Impact on Intra-Hawaii Fares
Replies: 46
Views: 5852

Re: Southwest's (WN) Impact on Intra-Hawaii Fares

The 737 should be fine for interisland but is a horrible, uncofortable aircraft IMO for a 4 + hour flight from the mainland. I will take a widebody aircraft every time I can. You're perfectly welcome to make the choices that work best for you, but I would choose a 737 any day over the 10-across 777...

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by mcg
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWISS Announces Zurich To Washington D.C. and Osaka
Replies: 87
Views: 14225

Re: SWISS Announces Zurich To Washington D.C. and Osaka

Why did LX choose IAD when IAD is already served by Star Alliance partner UA? My guess is that LX is aiming for Swiss originating O/D traffic (perhaps government officials) that prefer LX over UA but I don't really know and am curious. I don't think the westbound timing is particularly good for con...

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by mcg
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 274165

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Slightly off topic but, is the 789 uses PER - LHR a standard 789, or has it been modified in some way to increase range? Thanks in advance.

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by mcg
Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWISS Announces Zurich To Washington D.C. and Osaka
Replies: 87
Views: 14225

Re: SWISS Announces Zurich To Washington D.C. and Osaka

Why did LX choose IAD when IAD is already served by Star Alliance partner UA? My guess is that LX is aiming for Swiss originating O/D traffic (perhaps government officials) that prefer LX over UA but I don't really know and am curious. I don't think the westbound timing is particularly good for conn...

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by mcg
Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest's (WN) Impact on Intra-Hawaii Fares
Replies: 46
Views: 5852

Re: Southwest's (WN) Impact on Intra-Hawaii Fares

funny how go! was such a horrible, evil, mean venture-- but when Southwest does it..... (WN picked up one or two HA execs recently) go! at least had only a few seats at $39, then $49.. with the bulk being $59 - $89 each. There were multiple issues with go! that were operational and had nothing to d...

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by mcg
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWISS Announces Zurich To Washington D.C. and Osaka
Replies: 87
Views: 14225

Re: SWISS Announces Zurich To Washington D.C. and Osaka

What will be the departure times on the IAD flight? thanks in advance Zurich – Washington, D.C. LX 70 13:45 – 17:00 Daily Washington, D.C. – Zurich LX 71 20:35 – 10:40 Daily All in local times Thanks, the eastbound flight is schedule nicely (for me), I wonder how the eastbound flight will work in t...

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by mcg
Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWISS Announces Zurich To Washington D.C. and Osaka
Replies: 87
Views: 14225

Re: SWISS Announces Zurich To Washington D.C. and Osaka

What will be the departure times on the IAD flight? thanks in advance

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by mcg
Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Commences A321LR Transatlantic Flights
Replies: 87
Views: 19408

Re: Aer Lingus Commences A321LR Transatlantic Flights

peterinlisbon wrote:
A quick checked showed you can get this flight for just £239 one-way. Not bad! I think with the A320neo and 737Max eventually we could have direct flights from Europe to every state in the USA.


Wyoming? Mississippi?

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by mcg
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: City of Denver threatens to pull Ferrovial-led contract to redevelop DEN terminal
Replies: 104
Views: 13305

Re: City of Denver threatens to pull Ferrovial-led contract to redevelop DEN terminal

A few comments. The most notable is that the Main Terminal was designed with the concept that Denver would be dominated by connecting traffic, not O&D traffic (60-40 connecting). In fact, the ratio has been the opposite - 65% O&D, 35% connecting. Since day one, the terminal has been undersi...

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by mcg
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: City of Denver threatens to pull Ferrovial-led contract to redevelop DEN terminal
Replies: 104
Views: 13305

Re: City of Denver threatens to pull Ferrovial-led contract to redevelop DEN terminal

globalflyer wrote:
Off topic, but we indeed have the worst roads I have ever driven on in Colorado. The tire companies are likely raking in millions. Pot hole capital! I have seen the artist renderings but I still cannot picture how the Great Hall will work and the new security?


You've never been to Idaho

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by mcg
Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Little Cargo Revenue Really Matters For DL And UA
Replies: 89
Views: 10570

Re: How Little Cargo Revenue Really Matters.

I suspect for some areas of the USA and elsewhere, postal mail and private express package services make up a significant amount of the 'belly freight' and helps airlines make money on some flights. The transport of postal mail is why some routes are subsidized under 'essential service' programs li...

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by mcg
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United beats on 2Q earnings, adding used 737
Replies: 89
Views: 18034

Re: United beats on 2Q earnings, adding used 737

When will the 737-700's enter service? Thanks in advance.

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by mcg
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former Southwest 737-300 en route to Tampa
Replies: 22
Views: 6200

Re: Southwest 737-300 en route to Tampa

And N638SW flew today from VCV to Iceland with a fuel stop in Portland Maine. Glad to see these 1997 builds find new homes I'm curious as to how the flight from Portland to KEF was navigated. If you look at the flightaware it seems obvious that the aircraft flew a more northerly route over Labrador...

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by mcg
Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2019
Replies: 846
Views: 114263

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2019

Acey559 wrote:
Another bit of info is that the normal ATI hot spare in SMF will transition to become a PHX hot spare sometime soon. Our bids made note of the change but didn’t give an exact date.


Isn't every spare (and everything else) in PHX 'hot'?

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by mcg
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 648
Views: 115486

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

So how are the pilots of A-320 retirement to the desert flights going to get home?

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by mcg
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta saves the day with free charter
Replies: 113
Views: 19954

Re: Delta saves the day with free charter

A couple of points to include: #1) if we are mentioning Eastern Airlines, then we are going back to the 80's, and one must remember that even in that first generation after deregulation, airplanes were NOT always flying full. There was something on one of the big three "Evening News", bac...

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by mcg
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta saves the day with free charter
Replies: 113
Views: 19954

Re: Delta saves the day with free charter

I'm curious as to how high up the DL management chain was this decision made? Was the airplane used a 'spare' in the network on standby for some unforeseen circumstance or was it simply a slow day with an unused aircraft parked? How long did it take to organize the whole operation? Sorry for slightl...

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by mcg
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 274165

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

enzo011 wrote:
How do you get 300 seats in the 778 in 4 classes? What layout will you see that will make this possible, for those flights other than LHR that the aircraft will be used on as well.


12 across in Y

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by mcg
Fri May 31, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 274165

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Zeke's map of the route of SYD - LHR on the previous page is sort of breathtaking. The distance covered is astounding to me. I recall that in the 60's my Dad had to travel to Australia and his route was ORD - LAX - HNL - NAN - SYD. He actually thought that was pretty miraculous as just a few years p...

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by mcg
Fri May 31, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft
Replies: 1494
Views: 274165

Re: Updated: Qantas saying it is almost ready to select Project Sunrise aircraft

Pretty much everyone has a price. Dao is a misnomer as the most that United's policy allowed the gate staff to offer was $500 travel credit, and for that there were no takers. Had they been able to offer $1000 cash then I can pretty much guarantee that they would have had at least one volunteer and...

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by mcg
Wed May 29, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA
Replies: 82
Views: 16735

Re: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA

UA167 from Lisbon to IAD just attempted to divert to DCA. After going around once it landed at DCA just before a line of severe storms ripped through. Weather is the obvious reason, but has there been an international diversion like this before? Can CBP process these folks or do they have to get to...

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by mcg
Mon May 27, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Denver hub 1990s?
Replies: 89
Views: 12313

Re: United Denver hub 1990s?

It eventually just didn’t make sense for CO to play second fiddle in a city the size of Denver. UA put up a tough fight to say the least, and CO was also interested in building up its highly profitable and winning CALite strategy back east. CALite was neither profitable nor a winning strategy. http...

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by mcg
Sun May 26, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL launches TPA-AMS, its 21st service to AMS
Replies: 99
Views: 16486

Re: DL launches TPA-AMS today, its 21st service to AMS

I find it amazing that three daily flights from DTW works. Seems like a lot of capacity to me, but both DTW and AMS are connection machines (in my opinion).

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by mcg
Sat May 25, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport outdoor observation areas
Replies: 69
Views: 4759

Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Dock E at ZRH has a wonderful outdoor observation deck. It's a great place to get some fresh air before a long flight and watch some airplanes. I've actually planned an extra hour at the airport to ensure I'd be able to enjoy this location.

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by mcg
Fri May 24, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy
Replies: 112
Views: 19689

Re: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy

I think many people forget that the issue of these ULLC long haul carriers has been around for decades. Laker Airways and People Express were the pioneers of transatlantic LCC travel. AND THEY FAILED. $99 fares to Europe are unsustainable and unprofitable. This has been proven time over time, yet t...

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by mcg
Fri May 24, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy
Replies: 112
Views: 19689

Re: Bloomberg: Wow Air Collapse is Crashing the Icelandic Economy

I am astonished about the views of several posters in regards to KEF. Today there is one airline with their hub in KEF that is Icelandair. They have competition both from Europe and the USA, on most of their routes. KEF is a smallish airport compared to many, but still with a wide variety of routes...

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by mcg
Fri May 17, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seatac and Mt St Helens 1980
Replies: 11
Views: 2982

Re: Seatac and Mt St Helens 1980

The airport in Missoula was closed for several days, as I recall. I think there was concern the ash would be abrasive to jet engines and other systems. I was in college and finals had to be delayed a few days as the university was closed for a few days.

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by mcg
Fri May 17, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2019
Replies: 846
Views: 114263

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2019

I actually AM interested. Remarkable that somebody would see fit to convert a -200 these days. Hard to know what they're thinking. Two options as to thinking (I think): 1. Purchase cost, conversion cost, operating costs, payload and mission capability all combine to justify a unique solution; or 2....

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by mcg
Fri May 17, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport outdoor observation areas
Replies: 69
Views: 4759

Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

MSO has a wonderful deck outside of Gate 3. Great view of the runway and the gates. Now MSO isn't exactly 'busy', but it's a great spot and there is sometimes some interesting traffic. Watched a KC-135 arrive once, and on another visit watched two F-18 depart. At certain times of the year Neptune Av...

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by mcg
Thu May 16, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport outdoor observation areas
Replies: 69
Views: 4759

Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Last time I flew through MSP was at least 25 years ago, and there was an observation deck then, by the C and D gate intersection. Still there and a mandatory stop whenever I pass thru MSP. Can someone tell me more about the outdoor viewing park? It’s not really accessible from the terminal. It targ...

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by mcg
Thu May 16, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airport outdoor observation areas
Replies: 69
Views: 4759

Re: Airport outdoor observation areas

Agreed - have lived here for 25 years and just found out about it last year. It's amazing. I think it's only been there about 3 years MKE has two viewing areas around its perimeter and the top level of the parking garage is decent as well. I've been to the one on Layton Ave...where's the other one?...

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by mcg
Tue May 07, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s
Replies: 189
Views: 66428

Re: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s

I believe SQ leased each of these frames at approx. $1.6M per month for 10 years for a total return of $192M per plane. It was rumored that Dr Peters paid just over $200 per plane, so as long as they recover $8M or so for the scrap parts per plane they'd break even. I'm sure their vision was to tur...

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by mcg
Mon May 06, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s
Replies: 189
Views: 66428

Re: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s

I believe SQ leased each of these frames at approx. $1.6M per month for 10 years for a total return of $192M per plane. It was rumored that Dr Peters paid just over $200 per plane, so as long as they recover $8M or so for the scrap parts per plane they'd break even. I'm sure their vision was to tur...

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by mcg
Mon May 06, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fiji Airways orders 2 A350s
Replies: 76
Views: 15347

Re: Fiji Airways orders 2 A350s

First, it's pretty amazing that just a few years ago FJ's long haul fleet was two third-hand 744's and a shopworn 767. Soon it will be 3 A330 and 2 A350, pretty significant change. Second, FJ must be planning on a pretty significant uptick in Fiji tourism as they are substantially increasing the num...

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