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by PacificWest
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would A321XLR open the door for non-stops between US west coast and CTS?
Replies: 51
Views: 7531

Re: Would A321XLR open the door for non-stops between US west coast and CTS?

The XLR could make it to Tokyo from SEA and PDX... but SFO and LAX are a no-go. SEA NRT - 4,144 nm PDX NRT - 4,191 nm SFO NRT - 4,453 nm LAX NRT - 4,737 nm NRT probably deserves a wide-body, since it's already a highly popular O&D. For CTS, A321XLR makes much more sense than a wide-body. CTS SE...

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by PacificWest
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would A321XLR open the door for non-stops between US west coast and CTS?
Replies: 51
Views: 7531

Re: Would A321XLR open the door for non-stops between US west coast and CTS?

The XLR could make it to Tokyo from SEA and PDX... but SFO and LAX are a no-go.

SEA NRT - 4,144 nm
PDX NRT - 4,191 nm
SFO NRT - 4,453 nm
LAX NRT - 4,737 nm

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by PacificWest
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 682
Views: 86561

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019

Noticed that UA has been flying some mainline 737's and A320's over the past few days between DEN-MFR

Screenshot I took a few days ago... 737-9 inb from DEN and an A320 inb from SFO

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by PacificWest
Fri May 24, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's Munoz: Will be on first 737 MAX flight, willing to change flights for customers
Replies: 116
Views: 16299

Re: UA's Munoz: Will be on first 737 MAX flight, willing to change flights for customers

Well, there was the Barclay's survey, and right after that there was the Reuters/Ipsos survey that suggested plane model mattered little among top consumer purchase decision criteria. In the public opinion poll released May 15, only about half of U.S. adults say they are familiar with the airplane ...

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by PacificWest
Mon May 20, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AS trying to get B6
Replies: 302
Views: 41759

Re: Rumor: AS trying to get B6

Maybe try and focus on running the airline they have rather than wind up more financially upside down than they already are. Right now they are one bad recession from becoming nobody’s airline. AS is not in financial peril. If you spent some time with the financial statements (start with the balanc...

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by PacificWest
Fri May 17, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seattle is Vancouver's greatest threat to Trans-Pacific airport hub supremacy
Replies: 84
Views: 11839

Re: Seattle is Vancouver's greatest threat to Trans-Pacific airport hub supremacy

- From my YVR I got to choose between a A380/787/A340 stopping in the UK/Germany. - From SEA, the choices (from what I remember) were basically an A330 to AMS/CDG/FRA -- or a 737+767/A330 connecting on the East Coast. - From PDX, the choice was an A330 to AMS -- or a 737+767/A330 connecting on the ...

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by PacificWest
Thu May 16, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seattle is Vancouver's greatest threat to Trans-Pacific airport hub supremacy
Replies: 84
Views: 11839

Re: Seattle is Vancouver's greatest threat to Trans-Pacific airport hub supremacy

I lol at the PDX-YVR in 4 hours. You can barely do southwest Portland to downtown Seattle in that. Saving $100/hr to drive 12 hours and cross a border is fine if that’s your thing. I don’t think any of the airlines cater to or advertise to that passenger. They’ll take your money, no doubt, but most...

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by PacificWest
Wed May 15, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seattle is Vancouver's greatest threat to Trans-Pacific airport hub supremacy
Replies: 84
Views: 11839

Re: Seattle is Vancouver's greatest threat to Trans-Pacific airport hub supremacy

PDX resident here. For the second time in two years, my wife and I will be driving to YVR to fly to Europe. Because of the fare difference, I swung for Biz Class this time. Here are the 'ballpark' fares I remember when I booked the tix a few weeks ago: Criteria - 6/30-7/14 - Max Stops: 1-stop - Max ...

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by PacificWest
Thu May 09, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 question
Replies: 64
Views: 11851

Re: A220 question

I'm really excited about the A220 and I think over time the orders will catch up with it's capabilities. There's a few things that come to mind when I think about this bird.. 1) Holding everything else constant: The extra capacity of an 319/320 or 737-700 is ONLY advantageous if that additional capa...

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by PacificWest
Tue May 07, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2019 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program Grants
Replies: 10
Views: 1866

Re: 2019 Small Community Air Svc Development (SCASD) Program Grants

No offense to my East Coast brethren, but I think it's kind of ridiculous that any airport East of the Mississippi (besides maybe Maine, or the Michigan UP) would get EAS or SCASD money. Compared to the West, the Eastern US is relatively flat and there's cities everywhere. The idea that there's peop...

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by PacificWest
Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 682
Views: 86561

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019

United appears to have upgauged MFR-LAX from a CRJ2 to an E175 for the majority of recent and upcoming flights -- which they fly 2x per day. Not sure if this is a temporary, seasonal, permanent, or what... Regardless, with AA flying this route daily, and Allegiant flying it 3-4x per week -- looks l...

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by PacificWest
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 682
Views: 86561

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019

United appears to have upgauged MFR-LAX from a CRJ2 to an E175 for the majority of recent and upcoming flights -- which they fly 2x per day. Not sure if this is a temporary, seasonal, permanent, or what... Regardless, with AA flying this route daily, and Allegiant flying it 3-4x per week -- looks li...

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by PacificWest
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS’s Airbus network post VX
Replies: 85
Views: 10814

Re: AS’s Airbus network post VX

Alaska'a market share in Seattle (which is a pretty lucrative market) has basically flat-lined / nudged slightly down over the past few years. Wrong, AS has increased a bit, and all of DL's growth in SEA has come solely at the expense of two airlines; WN and UA. Check the T-100 data and see for you...

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by PacificWest
Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS’s Airbus network post VX
Replies: 85
Views: 10814

Re: AS’s Airbus network post VX

Let's get real about lie-flats. There are only two domestic markets in the US that can comfortably support them: NYC-LAX and NYC-SFO. Other transcon markets (including anywhere from WAS, BOS, SEA, or SAN) are marginal with lie-flats and much better suited to a traditional domestic F product. And AS...

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by PacificWest
Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS’s Airbus network post VX
Replies: 85
Views: 10814

Re: AS’s Airbus network post VX

I just flew a brand new (it's second flight ever with pax) Alaska 737-9 on Friday -- Transcon. To my shock, this brand new plane with the new interior and seats DID NOT have tablet holders. Ironically, in their magazine they tout the tablet holders in their retrofitted Airbus fleet (which I've flow...

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by PacificWest
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS’s Airbus network post VX
Replies: 85
Views: 10814

Re: AS’s Airbus network post VX

What the OP stated is exactly what Alaska has said they were planning. This isn't new information. I don't think hard product competitiveness is coming into consideration since they're getting rid of the VX hard product. Although, I would say that the 739ERs should get the new product sooner than l...

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by PacificWest
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1337
Views: 171455

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

Wondering if any BOS locals can provide some insight into the (very limited) service to PDX... Right now there's only one daily n/s between PDX and BOS on Alaska. My coworkers and I take have started taking this flight a lot over the past two months -- and it seems like it's always packed. I've hear...

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by PacificWest
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SEA congestion INTL arrivals
Replies: 60
Views: 9609

Re: SEA congestion INTL arrivals

Still, the #1 International Route out of SEA is YVR. Way better International Service than SEA - for now. b) If you don't support the nonstops we have (at PDX).... it's hard to expect more of them. Some of my co-workers drive from Portland to Sea-Tax to catch European flights. To me, that is crazy,...

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by PacificWest
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 682
Views: 86561

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019

MFR (along with LMT) get 500k each to expand air service... https://www.kdrv.com/content/news/Local-airports-receive-500000-grant-to-expand-air-services-508620621.html MFR Airport Director: "We're looking at bigger cities like Dallas and Chicago that on paper make a lot of sense for us but it's...

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by PacificWest
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not Medford to SFO on UA?
Replies: 7
Views: 856

Re: For KMFR..............

Just to add to the case for flying East... "We're looking at bigger cities like Dallas and Chicago that on paper make a lot of sense for us but it's still a little difficult for the airlines to pull the plug because they have other major cities that they could be putting this equipment in,"...

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by PacificWest
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SEA congestion INTL arrivals
Replies: 60
Views: 9609

Re: SEA congestion INTL arrivals

Still, the #1 International Route out of SEA is YVR. Way better International Service than SEA - for now. 100% agree. The last two times I've flown to Europe, I made the drive from Portland to YVR because they have way better options and the fares were significantly lower. Flying to Europe out of P...

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by PacificWest
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 714019

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

The NYT article also says: Yet at least part of the test pilot community knew MCAS in detail and knew the pitch rate was increasing, so I'm not sure of the significance of one test pilot saying the documents he had access to did not provide a "full briefing" on "the rate of movement ...

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by PacificWest
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 716591

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Since getting to the bottom of whether AUTO-PILOT STAB TRIM CUTOFF disables STS on a 737 NG seems to be harder than expected Peter Lemme said that on pre-MAX 737s, the AUTOPILOT STAB TRIM CUTOFF would disable STS: The cutout switch function was changed with the 737MAX from all prior 737 models. The...

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by PacificWest
Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines 787 New Business Class Seats
Replies: 27
Views: 6823

Re: Hawaiian Airlines 787 New Business Class Seats

But HA's WB J seat is the worst of the majors... driven by 2-2-2 and the weird triangular legrest. My guess is you haven't flown on their new 321's yet. Typical domestic "barely-reclines" business class, with no PTV's... Hawaiian's spreadsheets are hoping they can continue to command a pr...

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by PacificWest
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 716591

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

"The pilots on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 initially reacted to the emergency by shutting off power to electric motors driven by the automated system, these people said, but then appear to have re-engaged the system to cope with a persistent steep nose-down angle. It wasn’t immediately clear...

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by PacificWest
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines 787 New Business Class Seats
Replies: 27
Views: 6823

Re: Hawaiian Airlines 787 New Business Class Seats

But HA's WB J seat is the worst of the majors... driven by 2-2-2 and the weird triangular legrest. My guess is you haven't flown on their new 321's yet. Typical domestic "barely-reclines" business class, with no PTV's... Hawaiian's spreadsheets are hoping they can continue to command a pr...

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by PacificWest
Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 714019

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Wondering if anyone else can provide some insight on this... My understanding was MCAS was required to get the MAX certified under the same type rating; meaning didn't just Boeing just design, create, and add it to the MAX just for sh/ts and giggles. If this is indeed the case, I'm wondering if Boei...

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by PacificWest
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 716591

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

NYTimes: In Test of Boeing Jet, Pilots Had 40 Seconds to Fix Error They had just moments to override an automated system and avert disaster in simulations of problems with the Lion Air plane that crashed last fall. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/25/business/boeing-simulation-error.html Damn. If th...

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by PacificWest
Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 682
Views: 86561

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL ... /KSFO/KPDX
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UA 757-200 just landed at PDX (#1875 SFO-PDX)

Can't remember the last time I saw one at PDX.... only 737's these days

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL ... /KSFO/KPDX

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by PacificWest
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American A321NEO Cabin Shots
Replies: 106
Views: 17823

Re: American A321NEO Cabin Shots

Missing IFE. Can't wait for the Doug Parker era to end. I agree... I can't get excited about these interiors that have these thin seats and no seatback TV's anymore -- no matter how cool the mood lighting is. Serious question: If everyone starts bringing their iPad & chargers specifically for t...

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by PacificWest
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 714019

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Just saw this: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-airplane/stakes-rise-for-boeing-as-eu-canada-step-up-scrutiny-of-737-max-after-crashes-idUSKCN1R0183 It sounds like both the EU and Canada will independently certify the 737 Max themselves before letting them fly again in their airspace. Am ...

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by PacificWest
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump to nominate former DL exec as FAA Administrator
Replies: 97
Views: 15498

Re: Trump to nominate former DL exec as FAA Administrator

Does he have any personal affiliation with Trump or is this Trump's first independent nominee for a public office? If it's the latter that speaks for Mr. Dickson. Why was the job vacant for so long anyway? Trump will try to market this, and the order to ground the MAX, as his win but he's been in o...

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by PacificWest
Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines New Motto?
Replies: 45
Views: 5156

Re: Alaska Airlines New Motto?

Alaska: The Airline your Parents love

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by PacificWest
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Low cost long haul for Greece
Replies: 93
Views: 13759

Re: Low cost long haul for Greece

I would like to at least see a seasonal nonstop to Athens from the US West Coast, as I make the journey every 2-3 years... I don't care if it's Norwegian or Emirates or whatever. The reason is because I try to avoid the East Coast or Midwest at all costs for connecting flight, because of probabilit...

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by PacificWest
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS new interior
Replies: 140
Views: 27504

Re: AS new interior

I grew up in the Northwest and flew 20k miles with Alaka last year, and as much as I want to love them -- they're just so mediocre in every way. This is like a mirror image of the Alaska experience for me, right down to the wife. I like Alaska, but my wife (who is not an airplane person and not ori...

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by PacificWest
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS new interior
Replies: 140
Views: 27504

Re: AS new interior

I grew up in the Northwest and flew 20k miles with Alaka last year, and as much as I want to love them -- they're just so mediocre in every way. Besides their limited network, and that I'm so tired of flying cramped 737s — their onboard product doesn't match the premium fares they charge. - They inf...

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by PacificWest
Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Low cost long haul for Greece
Replies: 93
Views: 13759

Re: Low cost long haul for Greece

I would like to at least see a seasonal nonstop to Athens from the US West Coast, as I make the journey every 2-3 years... I don't care if it's Norwegian or Emirates or whatever. The reason is because I try to avoid the East Coast or Midwest at all costs for connecting flight, because of probability...

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by PacificWest
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 97
Views: 12257

Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread - 2019

I think the saddest part of AS being forced to go all-in on SEA, is that they will end up cannibalizing the genuine loyalty of Pacific Northwest travelers in the long run -- and I mean real loyalty, not that kind that's bought with generous (expensive) mileage programs & status. For those of you...

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by PacificWest
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 682
Views: 86561

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019

I find MFR to be a really interesting airport from growth perspective. -Geographically Isolated (PDX and SMF are both 4.5-5 hour drives through mountain passes) -Draws population within a 1-hour drive radius (Grants Pass, Ashland, Yreka, Klamath Falls) -- and a 2-hour drive to the small towns to the...

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by PacificWest
Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the 737 MAX go one step too far?
Replies: 232
Views: 33277

Re: Did the 737 MAX go one step too far?

Exactly! Boeing shouldn’t sell customers what they are asking for and willing to pay for. It makes no sense. Now and then it would be nice if a company did the right thing and said no thats to tight for passenger comfort & safety. Someone needs to set a moral judgement. That would be the passen...

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by PacificWest
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the 737 MAX go one step too far?
Replies: 232
Views: 33277

Re: Did the 737 MAX go one step too far?

From an operational and technology standpoint, I think the MAX is fine. That said, I think the the MAX program just says a lot about the kind of company Boeing has become. Boeing has made my favorite commercial airliners ever and has an enviable amounts of talent, but sadly it's just not the company...

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by PacificWest
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1408
Views: 131326

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018

AA LAX-MFR DEC 1.0>1.4[1.0]
AA LAX-RDM DEC 1.0>1.4[1.0]

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by PacificWest
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest CRJ2 routes
Replies: 91
Views: 9964

Re: Longest CRJ2 routes

United
DEN-MRY = 959 sm
DEN-MFR = 964 sm (though they also fly A320's in here too)
DEN-STS = 977 sm

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by PacificWest
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Equips 600th Aircraft With Seatback Entertainment
Replies: 73
Views: 7084

Re: More Screens, More Choices: Delta Equips 600th Aircraft With Seatback Entertainment

I always choose Delta on flights over 2.5+ hours because of the IFE. I'll pay up to 10% more to fly them, because it's always a much more enjoyable flight and I don't dread it. I love Alaska's service, but I'm disappointed they went the Wall Street route and repeat the "everyone has an ipad&quo...

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by PacificWest
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Q400: the underrated aircraft type?
Replies: 107
Views: 14332

Re: Q400: the underrated aircraft type?

I love the Q400. Have been on 6 of them so far this year between PDX and MFR on Horizon. I've even flown them from MFR-LAX a few times before the Horizon pilot shortage, and two hours was no problem. Great views with the high wing. Lots of power. I'm gonna be sad when they're gone - the Q400 is the ...

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by PacificWest
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1408
Views: 131326

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018

Medford's on pace to break 1-Million this year. Looks like more mainline/narrowbody jets trickling in, and more E175's than CRJ2's these days. Here's a snapshot for June... SUN-FRI DAILY BREAKDOWN BY AIRLINE & DESTINATION (excluding Allegiant) UNITED - (10) SFO (5) 2x E175 1x 737-9 1x A319 1x CR...

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by PacificWest
Sat May 26, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1408
Views: 131326

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018

Couldn't find this mentioned yet...

1) Delta now 2x daily SEA-MFR with E175s

2) Alaska (4x daily SEA-MFR) beginning July 18th, has upgraded the morning flight to MFR from a Q400 to an E175. The other three daily flights will still be on Q400s.

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by PacificWest
Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Would Anyone Invest In An Airline
Replies: 26
Views: 9970

RE: Why Would Anyone Invest In An Airline

Actually, as far as long-term investments go -- the airline industry looks pretty good to me. Failures and consolidation have reduced competition significantly, and the industry is becoming more of an oligopoly like it once was. Flights have been reduced by 10% over the past six years, while demand ...

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by PacificWest
Sun Dec 02, 2007 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Horizon Air Q200's
Replies: 7
Views: 3579

Horizon Air Q200's

First I have to say that I absolutely love this Airline. Love their fleet, the interiors are always clean, and their employees seem like they could be your next door neighbor. But does anyone know why they are completely phasing out the Q200? The Q400 (76pax?) seems a little big for cities like Klam...

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by PacificWest
Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Up With Alaska Airlines?
Replies: 153
Views: 14563

RE: What's Up With Alaska Airlines?

It's funny that people find Alaska so awful, because I love Horizon!

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