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by nws2002
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there an airline worldwide that’s not losing money ?
Replies: 49
Views: 10622

Re: Is there an airline worldwide that’s not losing money ?

https://thepointsguy.com/news/ceo-chat- ... -plateaus/
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SY maybe, although they are private so don't release financials. Their CEO said they are building cash. I'm sure the Amazon flying is propping up their pax service though.
https://thepointsguy.com/news/ceo-chat- ... -plateaus/

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by nws2002
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Single pilot jets with enough range to Hawaii
Replies: 39
Views: 6856

Re: Single pilot jets with enough range to Hawaii

Just barely making it is not a plan.. Understand but this one looks like it does not have winglets and if it did perhaps another 100 plus nm could be achieved. Medivac Learjet 36a have 2800 nm range and I heard they do California to Hawaii runs sometimes A Lear 36 will barely (just barely and highl...

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by nws2002
Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The status of Ultra low-cost carriers
Replies: 55
Views: 7286

Re: The status of Ultra low-cost carriers

I honestly believe NK and G4 are in better shape than F9. All of F9's fleet is leased...G4's fleet is more than 90 percent owned (most secondhand and uneucumbered) with other real property in the fold as well, and NK's fleet is 67 percent owned. NK and G4 can get loans against unencumbered assets, ...

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by nws2002
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does airline fly at a lower than break-even load factor
Replies: 27
Views: 4658

Re: Why does airline fly at a lower than break-even load factor

In the case of Delta, they don't really have a choice at the moment. In order to receive the CARES act funds they have to maintain minimum service levels. In general though, sometimes it is better to bring in some revenue than nothing. Let's use nice round numbers for this example. Let's say my cost...

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by nws2002
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New LGA Terminal Opens
Replies: 16
Views: 5033

Re: New LGA Terminal Opens

Looks amazing, beautiful. Looking at the photos - Can I ask though, why American carriers don’t use automated bag drops? They seem to have an odd two step process of checkin looks then head to a counter with an agent? Would be a labour saving not to mention normal in a state of the art terminal Spi...

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by nws2002
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami Air seeks Ch 11 bankruptcy protection
Replies: 70
Views: 15576

Re: Miami Air seeks Ch 11 bankruptcy protection

danipawa wrote:
what are those assets ? Miami Air did not own the 737 fleet..

The 121 certificate and its associated systems, manuals, and approvals.

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by nws2002
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United announces Voluntary Separation Program
Replies: 55
Views: 14130

Re: United announces Voluntary Separation Program

Pass travel is great. I nonreved every weekend for awhile. You have to be flexible, with both dates and destinations. Also be willing to just go to the airport and see if you get on. I know many of my coworkers will just look at loads and not even go to the airport. I've gotten on many flights that ...

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by nws2002
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 977
Views: 113659

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Just noticed today that Amazon had a small run of AKE containers manufactured back in March. Prior to this, they had been using all DQFs (a mix of AMZ-owned and leased cans from ACL Airshop) for belly loading. Will have to keep an eye out to see if they get more. Pretty sure the AKEs are for the af...

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by nws2002
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Amazon Airlines ever use the 757?
Replies: 19
Views: 2130

Re: Will Amazon Airlines ever use the 757?

All of it. There is no Amazon Air. Pretty sure Amazon owns (or leases) the majority of the aircraft though and then subleases them out to the carriers. Sure, they may own the airplanes or own the leases, but there is no Amazon Prime Air, as an airline You're absolutely right. Amazon does not have t...

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by nws2002
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are airport stores/eateries still closed?
Replies: 13
Views: 2233

Re: Why are airport stores/eateries still closed?

Remember also, that in most cases a single company runs all of the concessions for the entire airport. HMSHost is one common company that does this. So, as long as they can serve the required volume, they are being more efficient by only opening the stores/restaurants they need to meet demand. So, i...

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by nws2002
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Amazon Airlines ever use the 757?
Replies: 19
Views: 2130

Re: Will Amazon Airlines ever use the 757?

DiamondFlyer wrote:
rjsampson wrote:
Haven't a lot of the "Prime Air" flights actually been contracted out re-badged to other cargo carriers (e.g. Atlas Airlines)?


All of it. There is no Amazon Air.


Pretty sure Amazon owns (or leases) the majority of the aircraft though and then subleases them out to the carriers.

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by nws2002
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest wins lawsuit against Elite, continues comeback plans
Replies: 23
Views: 4149

Re: Midwest wins lawsuit against Elite, continues comeback plans

Another airline going down before it gets off the ground. Wasn't the last airline in the United States to start up with a fleet of CRJ's Independence Air? Wasn’t a start up. They were Atlantic Coast Airlines before. When they lost the UA contract they changed their name and became a regular airline...

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by nws2002
Sat May 30, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Crew Duty Limits During Covid19-flights
Replies: 9
Views: 2965

Re: Flight Crew Duty Limits During Covid19-flights

There may have been two flight crews onboard for destinations that have mandatory 14 day quarantines. At least one airline I'm familiar with are flying to and from Hawaii with two full and complete flight crews and flight attendants to and from the lower 48 states. One crew does the flight to Hawai...

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by nws2002
Sat May 30, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Back up ops centers
Replies: 11
Views: 3227

Re: Back up ops centers

SY's main SOC is at their HQ at MSP airport. They have a backup facility in Mendota Heights as well. I believe during COVID-19 they've actually been running both facilities with the SOC staff split between the two just in case the virus spreads through the staff at one location.

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by nws2002
Fri May 22, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines planning on squeezing competitors in weaker positions
Replies: 236
Views: 38906

Re: Southwest Airlines planning on squeezing competitors in weaker positions

DDR wrote:
WN is not a LCC


Their CASM is lower than AA/DL/UA/B6/HA, at least as of 2018 which are the latest numbers I could find quickly. While they are higher than the ULCC (NK/F9/G4) they are nowhere near the big 3.

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by nws2002
Fri May 22, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: High altitude balloons
Replies: 15
Views: 3483

Re: High altitude balloons

https://stratocat.com.ar/stratospheric_report07-e.htm
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SELMER40 wrote:
There are three new High Balloons up today.showing on Flightradar24 and Flightaware. HBAL 111,170 & 176. Please and thank you, what is their purpose?.


Those are all Loon balloons. Here's a good website with details: https://stratocat.com.ar/stratospheric_report07-e.htm

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by nws2002
Tue May 19, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways cabin crew to wear hazmat suits
Replies: 58
Views: 11356

Re: Qatar Airways cabin crew to wear hazmat suits

It is a bit excessive, but likely mostly to create comfort among crew and passengers. A mask/face covering and gloves would likely be just as effective.

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by nws2002
Mon May 11, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?
Replies: 58
Views: 5350

Re: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?

Aviation is a risky business and trying to derisk it is often a good move, besides the market signal of pricing works just fine regardless of hedges because someone is still eating that lose or making the profit when an airline hedges its not all that different from insurance essentially. The funct...

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by nws2002
Mon May 04, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant News and Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 250
Views: 35130

Re: Allegiant News and Discussion Thread - 2020

The Saudi aircraft were terrible at first, but they eventually worked themselves out.

218NV was always my personal nemesis, "make a wish it leaves" we always said. Even on my last day working there I had a 4 hour mx delay because of that one.

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by nws2002
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft A/C Filtering Capabilities
Replies: 15
Views: 1213

Re: Aircraft A/C Filtering Capabilities

The WaPo released an article 7 hours ago (!) on this very issue: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/scientists-think-they-know-ways-to-combat-viruses-on-airplanes-theyre-too-late-for-this-pandemic/2020/04/20/83279318-76ab-11ea-87da-77a8136c1a6d_story.html Plus here’s some addi...

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by nws2002
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Info on 4 Hour Rule at NW
Replies: 30
Views: 5500

Re: Info on 4 Hour Rule at NW

Most G4 outstations have cross utilized agents. Many will have the ticket counter agent close the counter at 45 mins prior to departure and then pickup the final bags from the bag room and go to the ramp to assist with loading the aircraft.

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by nws2002
Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which aircraft types have best advantage for social distancing?
Replies: 27
Views: 2150

Re: Which aircraft types have best advantage for social distancing?

Wacker1000 wrote:
A pressurized tube with recycled air - I have my doubts about the effectiveness of empty seats.


Only about half the air at any given time is recycled and that air is passed through HEPA filters. The bigger risk is being close to someone onboard who sneezes or coughs before the air is recirculated.

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by nws2002
Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is Frontier and Spirit doing?
Replies: 95
Views: 19050

Re: How is Frontier and Spirit doing?

Just kind of curious, how does it work when you use a mostly outsourced frontline workforce? Do those vendor companies get paid for each flight worked or is it just a set amount for the contract? Having much a smaller payroll is probably a benefit in these times. Most ground handling contracts are ...

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by nws2002
Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.
Replies: 207
Views: 28189

Re: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.

SY was the first to do this, and it was at the request of the FAs to limit contact between passengers and crew.

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by nws2002
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Compass Airlines Shutting Down
Replies: 59
Views: 12636

Re: Compass Airlines Shutting Down

Might be a silly question, but would this be a quick and easy way for Breeze to obtain their operating certificate or has Neeleman done the startup thing enough times that they don't need the 'easy' route? The certificate started as Atlantic Coast Airlines which morphed into Independence Air and wa...

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by nws2002
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 108
Views: 11501

Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020

Delta is set to cancel all fight in between MSP-AMS, MSP-CDG, and FI from MSP-KEF until I’m guessing around April because of the coronavirus. Does anyone know why MSP isn’t classified as one of the U.S airports that can allow flights from Europe to come in at this time? I know it might seem like a ...

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by nws2002
Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Mesa historically so bad?
Replies: 31
Views: 6016

Re: Why is Mesa historically so bad?

Mesa has always been just good enough to win contracts. Their goal was to be the low cost option, not the highest quality.

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by nws2002
Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: You're Sick ... DENIED boarding
Replies: 8
Views: 1282

Re: You're Sick ... DENIED boarding

FWIW, the agents will call MedLink (or a similar service) and a nurse or doctor will make the determination on if it is safe for the passenger to travel. In my experience, a fever or vomiting will prompt MedLink to say the passenger cannot travel.

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by nws2002
Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When did airlines start offering employees free/reduced fare travel?
Replies: 18
Views: 1758

Re: When did airlines start offering employees free/reduced fare travel?

I think it's a perk that needs to be abolished. Employees need to fork up the cash like the rest of us. Them getting free or next to free traveling dilutes the experience. Then expect ticket prices to go up because employees will want to be paid more. The largest benefit of working for an airline i...

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by nws2002
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit system outage
Replies: 3
Views: 893

Re: Spirit system outage

Not a Navitaire outage, must be Spirit specific.

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by nws2002
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US DoT Proposes ban on Emotional Support Animals other than trained dogs
Replies: 103
Views: 12143

Re: US DoT bans all Emotional Support Animals other than trained dogs

stl07 wrote:
So while this is great news, what happens to those who actually need one of these like a veteran


IME, most veterans actually have a psychiatric service animal, which has always been a separate category from an emotional support animal because they are trained to provide a service.

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by nws2002
Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Accusation: FAA acted improperly in approving WN Hawaii flying
Replies: 87
Views: 14597

Re: Report: FAA acted improperly in approving WN Hawaii flying

JAAlbert wrote:
I'm surprised to hear allegations that the FAA rushed the approval, since it seemed to take Southwest years to get its Hawaii routes up and running!


I was thinking the same thing. Southwest's ETOPS approvals dragged out forever. Maybe it was the Pacific OpSpecs not the ETOPS approvals?

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by nws2002
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SCX Crew Bases
Replies: 3
Views: 1076

Re: SCX Crew Bases

Pilots: MSP
Flight Attendants: MSP, PDX, LAS, DFW, GPT, and IFP

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by nws2002
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Psychological testing and review of commercial pilot license applicants
Replies: 30
Views: 1897

Re: Psychological testing and review of commercial pilot license applicants

Airlines should be given access to all medical history including mental health. Privacy laws have gone too far. When you are responsible for the welfare of the public then your privacy should not be a priority. That is not necessary in the US at least. We have designated medical examiners that issu...

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by nws2002
Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant News and Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 250
Views: 35130

Re: Allegiant News and Discussion Thread - 2020

I would loved to see G4 offer more west coast services from PIE. TZ used to fly to LAX/LAS with thru service to Hawaii. Southeast Airlines, and Sunjet International flew to LAS from PIE, im not sure how successful they were, given not many people ever heard of those airlines before. G4 did PIE/IWA ...

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by nws2002
Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: PC-12 Crash in Chamberlain NTSB Preliminary released
Replies: 117
Views: 4457

Re: Updated: PC-12 Crash in Chamberlain NTSB Preliminary released

Is there such a thing as self-serve deicing with glycol? I did several google searches and came up with nothing. Yes, but it is generally carried in the aircraft itself. Think of something like a pump garden sprayer. It works ok on light frost, but wouldn't do much for the snow like they had to dea...

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by nws2002
Thu Dec 19, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Happens to the Plane of a Cancelled Flight?
Replies: 16
Views: 4349

Re: What Happens to a Cancelled Plane?

Everything gets reshuffled. They might have a spare at SFO that can pickup the remainder of the planned flights for the day or they might have to swap around several flights onto aircraft that had longer turns scheduled. Just depends on what is available that day and how SOC/OCC staff can work it ou...

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by nws2002
Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why the passion for the MD80's and 90's?
Replies: 80
Views: 9005

Re: Why the passion for the MD80's and 90's?

I always wondered why Gordon Bethune hated the MD-80 so much. He retired them very early at Continental while older 733s were allowed to stay. How many of the ex-Continental MD-80s are still flying today? Is Bethune simply biased towards Boeing? He came to CO from Boeing. So I imagine he had connec...

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by nws2002
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where are the Avianca's A318 going?
Replies: 39
Views: 7662

Re: Where are the Avianca's A318 going?

Maybe Allegiant? In the Allegiant thread someone said an internal memo announced that G4 was picking up an additional 12 Airbuses. G4 favors the A320 and will usually only take the A319 if it is a great deal. I cannot imagine these are a good enough deal to make it worthwhile to add the A318 to the...

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by nws2002
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why the passion for the MD80's and 90's?
Replies: 80
Views: 9005

Re: Why the passion for the MD80's and 90's?

I worked in ground handling for G4 when all we had were MD-80s and then slowly transitioned over to the Airbus. I left in December after the last MD-80 flight in November. I know they were unreliable at the end but they built the airline. The biggest issues on the ground were the APU unable to keep ...

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by nws2002
Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The private Jet pilot?
Replies: 19
Views: 3648

Re: The private Jet pilot?

Totally depends, on the trip, the aircraft owner, the management company, if it is a charter or owner flight, the actual event, and I'm sure lots of other stuff. Generally, the crew is given a hotel room. Sometimes they also get a rental car, depending on the city and length of stay. If it is a supe...

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by nws2002
Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country Enters Canada With MSP-YVR
Replies: 26
Views: 3713

Re: Sun Country Enters Canada With MSP-YVR

ghYHZ wrote:
Not scheduled service to Canada .....but Sun Country did a regular tech stop a few years ago in Gander YQX on their route from MSP to London.


They operate casino charters to YEG and YQT too.

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by nws2002
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew overnighting in hotels question.
Replies: 16
Views: 2279

Re: Crew overnighting in hotels question.

I've only had to share a room once, and that was in JAC on an unplanned overnight. Crew scheduled tried for over an hour to find rooms and finally was able to get us 2 rooms. Two pilots and myself in one room, the other 3 flight attendants in the other room. Otherwise, there was nothing within a 3 h...

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by nws2002
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Winglets - Why aren't others following United?
Replies: 66
Views: 11045

Re: Winglets - Why aren't others following United?

All AS 737s minus a few ancient 739 non-ERs have split scimitars and have had them since like 2015 Are you sure about that. At LAS I saw an AS 787 land (looked like an -800) in the older livery with no winglets at all and the cockpit eyebrows still there. Also, Sun Country has some raw 73G (no wing...

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by nws2002
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant to open DSM base
Replies: 42
Views: 4663

Re: Allegiant to open DSM base

They already run a decent amount of routes - opening the base is more about cost savings than it is announcing additional routes. How much cost savings would opening a new base be for them? Their flights are all out and backs, so this wouldn't save them hotel costs. They'll have to relocate mainten...

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by nws2002
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Most Commercially Active U.S. Airports With 100 Ft Wide Runways?
Replies: 16
Views: 1388

Re: Most Commercially Active U.S. Airports With 100 Ft Wide Runways?

USA/KJQF has a 100' wide runway with a few flights per day by G4. They also see airline charter flights in 737s occasionally.

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by nws2002
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: NK Announces Upcoming Order of 100 Airbus A320neo Family Aircraft plus Purchase Options for a further 50
Replies: 217
Views: 56368

Re: Updated: NK Announces Upcoming Order of 100 Airbus A320neo Family Aircraft plus Purchase Options for a further 50

Looks like you need to start working in the FAA to change the certification requirements then if you want airlines to even begin to start thinking about something like this. If its a fixed table (for that flight), its clearly not a seat. The requirement linked earlier by JoseSalazar (recreated belo...

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by nws2002
Fri Oct 25, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 229
Views: 33835

Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2019

Looks like another positive month for passenger traffic and YTD is up too. https://metroairports.org/sites/default/files/opreports/September%202019.xlsx Interesting how Sun Country and Southwest are joined together in the "other" category. Especially since they account for more passengers...

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by nws2002
Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Downgraded by Stifle based on aquisition speculation
Replies: 157
Views: 30537

Re: WN Downgraded by Stifle based on aquisition speculation

Just take a shopping cart to Mojave and bring back some 737-300s. Btw, looking like in retrospect a terrible decision to mass retire the 737-300 a year ago. Except they can't, per the FAA. They can't have classics, NG's, and MAX's all in their fleets simultaneously...with pilots rated to all three....

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by nws2002
Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Breath Analyser testing for Airside personnell
Replies: 28
Views: 10816

Re: Breath Analyser testing for Airside personnell

In the US this has been the norm for a long time. We're all subject drug/alchohol testing.

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