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by nws2002
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB files criminal charges against Mesa Airlines for noise violations
Replies: 167
Views: 14043

Re: LGB files criminal charges against Mesa Airlines for noise violations

When I worked air ambulance, I remember the company fighting with LGB over the curfew as well. They wanted the patient's chart and a bunch of other information that we were unable and unwilling to provide due to privacy laws. Most airports just have you sign a form attesting that it was an air medic...

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by nws2002
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 757 hard landing this morning at Azores PDL
Replies: 111
Views: 32562

Re: Delta 757 hard landing this morning at Azores PDL

What will happen to the pilots in this situation? I presume delta will investigate to see if there is any blame? I'm sure DL will investigate. Also, the pilots probably filed an ASAP report and assuming no intentional disregard for safety, should be protected under that program from any company or ...

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by nws2002
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ramp agent killed at JFK
Replies: 30
Views: 10840

Re: Delta ramp agent killed at JFK

There's no shift interlock that requires you to depress the brake on any bag tug that I've ever seen. Some of the newer pushbacks have it, but the tugs are just forward, reverse, and neutral. The parking brakes usually adjust by spinning the end of the handle, so it is easy for them to be adjusted w...

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by nws2002
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When does the Pilot of an inbound flight receive the gate/stand information
Replies: 24
Views: 4188

Re: When does the Pilot of an inbound flight receive the gate/stand information

In my experience, depending on the airlines, it is usually sent via ACARS or done via in range radio call. The crew usually will call in range about 20 minutes out from the airport and notify the local station of inbound SSR passengers (wheelchairs, etc), confirm the arrival gate, and confirm if any...

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by nws2002
Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do any FBOs use jetways?
Replies: 25
Views: 5368

Re: Do any FBOs use jetways?

TTailedTiger wrote:
No taller than most business jets are, you would think FBOs would offer covered area for loading and unloading. I can't imagine people paying that kind of money for privacy enjoy walking out in the elements.


Both FBOs at PHX have large shade structures to park aircraft under for loading/unloading.

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by nws2002
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Defunct airlines flight 1
Replies: 8
Views: 959

Re: Defunct airlines flight 1

Independence Air was IAD-TPA

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by nws2002
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO
Replies: 151
Views: 23167

Re: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

Probably would've been better to say nothing or if asked about the order just say that historically Boeing and IAG have been strong partners and will continue to be so moving forward.

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by nws2002
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022
Replies: 102
Views: 13303

Re: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022

ssteve wrote:
Allegiant should snap these up. :duck:


I know its a joke, but honestly if they had continued to operate MD-80s and didn't have all the bad press from inflight shutdowns and other incidents they very well might have been interested.

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by nws2002
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: United 738 Designations
Replies: 15
Views: 2716

Re: United 738 Designations

How many of the -800s have the sky interior? I believe UA switched their MAX order from the -8 to the -9 right? I’d imagine most of the -800s have a good decade before a replacement is due? Not sure how many have sky interior but it’s very few. UA 737s are badly in need of a refresh with Boeing Spa...

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by nws2002
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Disptach Software
Replies: 4
Views: 1283

Re: Disptach Software

Flight Explorer, Flight View, and WSI Fusion are all used for tracking enroute. For planning and creation of a release, NavTech is a common solution.

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by nws2002
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hot towel service logistics
Replies: 17
Views: 2697

Re: Hot towel service logistics

They come all rolled up on a tray and you pour hot water from the aircraft over them.

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by nws2002
Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country post record Q1 -- new biz model working?
Replies: 46
Views: 8319

Re: Sun Country post record Q1 -- new biz model working?

flyoregon wrote:
When does the Portland pilot base open?


Reading on a pilot forum, it sounds like it isn't happening. The company and union were unable to come to an agreement.

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by nws2002
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Bars Cruise Ships From Visiting Cuba
Replies: 63
Views: 3471

Re: Trump Bars Cruise Ships From Visiting Cuba

Thats pretty decent compensation from RCI. Recently when they announced they were redeploying Independence of the Seas from the UK back to Florida for 2020 they were only offering a refund and 25% off a future cruise. Getting a cruise plus 50% back is very good. I think it is decent. However, Cuba ...

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by nws2002
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: New Sun Country Website
Replies: 4
Views: 1408

Re: New Sun Country Website

Mid-June was the planned transition date to Navitaire, same res system used by F9 and NK. I assume the new website goes along with that.

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by nws2002
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Bars Cruise Ships From Visiting Cuba
Replies: 63
Views: 3471

Re: Trump Bars Cruise Ships From Visiting Cuba

Glad I went on Royal to Cuba last month and last year. Amazing cruises and the ports were way more interesting than the other usual Bahamas and Caribbean stops.

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by nws2002
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Delta - Automated Flight Boarding Announcements
Replies: 26
Views: 3302

Re: Delta - Automated Flight Boarding Announcements

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRmEMPhmY0I

This video has some automated announcements. Lots of background noise though.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRmEMPhmY0I

This video has some automated announcements. Lots of background noise though.

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by nws2002
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam
Replies: 116
Views: 14122

Re: Air Canada imposes 'no fly' ban, demands repayment from woman after ticket scam

She's dumb and I don't believe AC should provide any sort of reimbursement. However, I don't see how she is responsible to AC for repayment either.

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by nws2002
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Tried To 'Trap' Its Own Flight Attendants
Replies: 95
Views: 19359

Re: Delta Tried To 'Trap' Its Own Flight Attendants

I hate when OCC tries to cause disagreements between crews and station agents like this. If ops told me to close the door to trap the crew, I'd hang up with them and turn to the crew and ask they are ready to close the door because ops wants it closed. If they say no, I'm not closing it. We are all ...

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by nws2002
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 226
Views: 30810

Re: Allegiant DIscussion Thread - 2019

fsafsx wrote:
Do you think allegiant could add service to Minneapolis in the future? I think msp is a great market for them to enter.



They have service to STC. It would be interesting to see them compete with SY though.

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by nws2002
Mon May 20, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Special assistance and charges?
Replies: 12
Views: 1517

Re: Special assistance and charges?

Special service passengers do not generally pay a fee. However, it is not uncommon to charge a fee for unaccompanied minors. Many LCC will not even transport UMs because of the hassle and issues involved.

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by nws2002
Tue May 14, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended
Replies: 107
Views: 22324

Re: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended

steeler83 wrote:
sunking737 wrote:
Another airline trying to make money flying small jets..

Another airline??? You mean other airlines have tried this -- and failed??? Like who??? ;) ;) ;)


Haha, someone should forward them the history of Independence Air and Express Jet.

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by nws2002
Tue May 14, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New United Safety Video - Spiderman Theme
Replies: 49
Views: 5247

Re: New United Safety Video

So unprofessional. Started when co came on board. Before that they were to the point and none of this" childish try to make fun" of a serious situation. You want to have the passenger take it serious, not laugh and ignore the FA commands when an evacuation process has begun . Just another...

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by nws2002
Sat May 11, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Closing and Opening of Aircraft Doors
Replies: 14
Views: 3330

Re: Closing and Opening of Aircraft Doors

I've never done exactly that as a gate agent, but our process is to run our hand from aft to forward across the handle. This confirms the door is flush on both sides and the handle is flush with the door.

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by nws2002
Sun May 05, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Size of fans on hypothetical A340neo
Replies: 33
Views: 3018

Re: Size of fans on hypothetical A340neo

Wasn't ETOPS just Boeing lobbying the FAA? If airlines and aviation really cared about safety, if they really put safety first, I don't think we would have ETOPS. Either way nobody would buy it over the A330neo. 8 abreast on a 4 engine aircraft just isn't profitable anymore, and it also isn't suite...

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by nws2002
Sat May 04, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 226
Views: 30810

Re: Allegiant DIscussion Thread - 2019

Anybody know why G4 would have sent two planes to SYR and then onto Des Moines (DSM)? https://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAY8098/history/20190504/1515Z/KSYR/KDSM https://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAY8095/history/20190504/1500Z/KSYR/KDSM The only things I can think of are Military Charters, which...

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by nws2002
Sat May 04, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Transfer Checked Baggage Allowance?
Replies: 2
Views: 683

Re: Transfer Checked Baggage Allowance?

Depends on the airline and the agent. I've never seen agents allow it unless the two passengers are traveling together. They don't always require them on the same reservation number, but at least be friends or family that are traveling together. I've also never seen an airline publicly publish a pol...

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by nws2002
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska IT problems this morning ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1274

Re: Alaska IT problems this morning ?

There was a Sabre outage earlier.

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by nws2002
Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Air China station manager in America pleads guilty to act as agent of the Chinese government.
Replies: 14
Views: 3530

Re: Air China station manager in America pleads guilty to act as agent of the Chinese government.

Love the term station manager, very old school 60s. Seems like something from a Cold War spy movie. Umm...this is what they're called in the airline industry. The local airport management in charge of the ground (aka station) operations is the station manager. It does sound like an old spy thing th...

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by nws2002
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hangar queens, still a thing ?
Replies: 34
Views: 5682

Re: Hangar queens, still a thing ?

The previous airline I worked for had an aircraft painted in a scheme for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The joke was always "make a wish it leaves" because of the mechanical issues with that one tail number. Independence Air (well I guess it was ACJet at that point still) had a Dornier 328JE...

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by nws2002
Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific cracking down on crews taking pax goodies, leftovers
Replies: 54
Views: 9236

Re: Cathay Pacific cracking down on crews taking pax goodies, leftovers

As a former CSA ive taken tons of snacks and drinks from airplanes. Never booze though, thats a big no no. That's pretty much what we were also told when I was a gate agent as well. Help yourself to one soda or a snack but don't take 8 boxes of peanut M&Ms and a snack pack along with bottles of...

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by nws2002
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: U.S. Airline F/A Bases
Replies: 24
Views: 4286

Re: U.S. Airline F/A Bases

G4 has AVL, GRR, IND, PIT, BLI, MYR, LAX, OAK, VPS, and TYS as well.

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by nws2002
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When did Southwest begin NYC service?
Replies: 23
Views: 2724

Re: When did Southwest begin NYC service?

And why are they not in JFK? I could’ve sworn that I saw a WN 737 parked near T4 when my HA flight was taking off from 22R on October 19th. Is there another airline with a similar looking livery to WN (all blue) operating out of JFK? Probably was Sun Country, although as of a few days ago they've m...

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by nws2002
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta looking into accelerating MD-90 retirement
Replies: 203
Views: 29722

Re: Delta looking into accelerating MD-90 retirement

I work at G4, and it was truly sad to see them go. They were the backbone of our fleet for a while, so it was pretty emotional for us. Few things compare to the sound of those engines starting up, especially the distinctive "pop"! Agreed, I actually left G4 just about a month after the la...

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by nws2002
Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are 6 abreast MD80s certified by the FAA?
Replies: 18
Views: 5650

Re: Are 6 abreast MD80s certified by the FAA?

A couple years back I flew on an Iran Air Tours MD80. Now, my memory could be shoddy, but I am fairly certain that it was 6 abreast. Would this have been legal? Are you sure it wasn't a 727? I can't think of any way to squeeze a sixth seat in an MD-80. Not so much a matter of legal as it is practic...

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by nws2002
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Obscure airlines chartered for 737 Max grounding
Replies: 53
Views: 11505

Re: Obscure airlines chartered for 737 Max grounding

Veigar wrote:
First off... is SY even a charter airline anymore? I thought they finished that phase looong ago.

SY is the largest carrier for NCAA basketball charters this year.

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by nws2002
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Sun Country part ways with Air-Fi?
Replies: 3
Views: 1120

Re: Did Sun Country part ways with Air-Fi?

The system is still installed onboard the aircraft. I know AirFi staff were onboard several weeks ago tweaking the system and are supposed to be issuing a firmware update. Maybe they are waiting to advertise it until the update is completed and the service is more reliable?

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by nws2002
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "International Airport" with NO international service
Replies: 58
Views: 7169

Re: "International Airport" with NO international service

In the US, customs requires advance notice of flights through both APIS and at least for GA flights a notification before departing the international origin for the US. Many of the airports with customs are on-call and some are user fee and/or landing rights airports. Landing rights airports often r...

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by nws2002
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is a Swing-Tail Possible?
Replies: 25
Views: 2481

Re: Is a Swing-Tail Possible?

It is possible, I mean the 747 Large Cargo Freighter has a swing tail.

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by nws2002
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does Southwest have the best boarding process?
Replies: 33
Views: 2179

Re: Why does Southwest have the best boarding process?

afcjets wrote:
Does Southwest not let families with small children pre-board?


No, they let them board after the A group and before the B group. That way they can grab seats together. I've also seen one parent purchase a business select upgrade and go on ahead to "reserve" seats for the family.

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by nws2002
Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What did the 1 in the Southwest heart mean?
Replies: 12
Views: 2531

Re: What did the 1 in the Southwest heart mean?

Yup. It was an award that we invented and gave it to ourselves. And no other airline has eve come close. To be completely honest Southwest won the on time award when they weren’t using ACARS. However, once the automated system of ACARS was put in place they plummeted in on time. So was it the ACARS...

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by nws2002
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lifejackets on commercial planes
Replies: 38
Views: 4910

Re: Lifejackets on commercial planes

Is it compulsory? Do they sit you down and lock the doors? (like on an aircraft!) Take a roll call to see if you missed it by hiding in your cabin? Yes it is mandatory. They close all the pools, bars, restaurants, entertainment, etc and crewmembers direct you to the muster location indicated on you...

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by nws2002
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lifejackets on commercial planes
Replies: 38
Views: 4910

Re: Lifejackets on commercial planes

I'm betting one or two FAs will take me to task for that suggestion, but having travelled on one or two boats in my time, I don't recall being subjected to any briefing as to the use or location of lifejackets. I guess they figured that in any emergency, a) we would listen very carefully to a last ...

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by nws2002
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 166
Views: 20270

Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2019

FWIW, SY is starting construction soon ( next few weeks, if not days) on the "new" HQ at the old XJ hanger they now lease. Commissary has moved in after 20 some years in Mendota Heights. I am very interested to see how this year works out for SY at MSP. They are implementing a lot of new ...

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by nws2002
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fully Automated Jetbridge
Replies: 41
Views: 6189

Re: Fully Automated Jetbridge

Didn't DEN have an automated jet bridge damage the wing of a UA 757?

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by nws2002
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines adds CLT
Replies: 47
Views: 5140

Re: Spirit Airlines adds CLT

Surprised they went with CLT instead of setting up shop at Concord, NC / JQF. USA has no real room for NK unless they somehow coordinated schedules with G4. Many times G4 is using both of the available gates. Not to mention how often they run out of parking space for passengers in the parking garag...

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by nws2002
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Big Bang actress rants about United
Replies: 62
Views: 15910

Re: Big Bang actress rants about United

She was on a connecting flight; meaning she was already on United or a Star Alliance member; they allowed her bag on the previous flight, why can it NOT be accommodated on that flight? She has a seat reserved on 1st class, which usually have more then enough bin space for all pax seating there; wha...

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by nws2002
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Airlines at LAX
Replies: 14
Views: 2687

Re: Allegiant Airlines at LAX

Problem with LA is that a secondary airport like ONT won't ever stand-in for LAX based on its geography. Its one thing to serve ONT as another airport in the basin, but to make it your sole airport for LA would lock you out of the bulk of passengers and be too far away from where people want to vis...

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by nws2002
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Airlines at LAX
Replies: 14
Views: 2687

Re: Allegiant Airlines at LAX

They tried various options like LGB and LAX had the best success. I've read before that ONT is expensive to operate out of. Why expensive? Because they built a terminal no one asked for? Higher landing fees and lease costs. I'm not sure why. I believe they are run by the same organization that runs...

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by nws2002
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Airlines at LAX
Replies: 14
Views: 2687

Re: Allegiant Airlines at LAX

They tried various options like LGB and LAX had the best success. I've read before that ONT is expensive to operate out of.

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