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by airfrnt
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx to park 35 planes on weaker demand
Replies: 49
Views: 13315

Re: FedEx to park 35 planes on weaker demand

By headwinds, i assume the loss of the Amazon contract being the biggest factor in this.

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by airfrnt
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Growth in Denver
Replies: 54
Views: 7832

Re: United Growth in Denver

It will be interesting, I've heard from some of the higher ups here at UA DEN that they eventually want to take over most of the A Concourse, I would assume, pushing F9 out, which in my mind, the plan is to send them to the C concourse expansion gates, I guess time will tell. I don’t see how this c...

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by airfrnt
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:08 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 love this picture: https://wp-cpr.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2019/08/cpr-bmarkus_dia-great-hall-construction_08132019-1024x683.jpg The contractors have a huge conference room with three rows of tables, but passengers are squished into a narrow corridor behind construction walls. This sums up every ...

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by airfrnt
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:17 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

On the other hand, just today Southwest is looking to increase by another 100 flights a day. From the Denver Post today: While Denver International Airport officials were addressing the fallout of firing the contractor tasked with renovating the airport’s main terminal building Tuesday, Southwest Ai...

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by airfrnt
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:33 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

Wow what a mess. The airlines didn’t want this project at all. The only people who did were Kim Day and company. That money should have gone to Concourse remodels to address the limited food options and overcrowded and disgusting restrooms. This is happening as well. There are new contracts for the...

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by airfrnt
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:29 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

I fly in and out of Denver every week and am completely disgusted by the entire cluster foxtrot. I've got TSA-Pre as well as Clear and have found Clear much easier and friendly to deal with. Post-security the entire airport is an embarrassment. Escalators and moving walkways are always broken, the ...

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by airfrnt
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:21 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

Cue lawsuit in 3-2-1... The city has a pretty ironclad termination for convience clause. I think they've made the decision to forego a long and expensive lawsuit and simply pay Ferrovial off, knowing that Ferrovial is very unlikely to get any future work in the United States on Airports given how t...

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by airfrnt
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:58 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

Good riddance. Ferrovial was clearly in over their head here, and didn't have a clue how to manage a process when they were working with a airport owned by the city, rather then one they themselves managed. The news that the concrete was, in fact, strong enough for the construction work, but that Fe...

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by airfrnt
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:56 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

After learning more about Rocky Mountain Arsenal, i believe the city shouldve used that land for DIA and that wouldve saved them construction on the runways that jetted in to RMA as well as not having to worry so much about water contamination as a result of RMA. The two north south runways at Stap...

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by airfrnt
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:46 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

BNAMealer wrote:
Are the existing portions of the concourses getting a renovation when they are expanded?


Yes, there is a planned refurbishment of a lot of the common spaces and bathrooms.

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by airfrnt
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:37 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 undersiz...

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by airfrnt
Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How was WN able to grow in DEN so quickly?
Replies: 62
Views: 8027

Re: How was WN able to grow in DEN so quickly?

So, let's separate this into two separate things - market factors and logistical factors. The market factors are fairly straight forward. Denver has a insane propensity to fly, because its so isolated from other major cities. In addition, the traffic in Denver was dominated by individual travelers w...

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by airfrnt
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Disney launching their own airline?
Replies: 168
Views: 24175

Re: Disney launching their own airline?

The arguments here also applied to Disney running their own Hotels and their own cruise line. These have proven to be very successful over time, and I suspect that this would be successful as well, for the exact same reasons Pan Am & InterContinental Hotels worked, the same reason why United &am...

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by airfrnt
Wed May 15, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 142
Views: 19035

Re: Denver Aviation Thread - 2019

WN to build a 100 million dollar 3 aircraft bay hanger in DEN. DEN will soon be come its Largest station with Flights and Gates. Flyguy Huge win for the Airport. It's been a open secret that both UA and WN are planning extremely aggressive expansions at the Airport, with Denver slated to easily be ...

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by airfrnt
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 879
Views: 138994

Re: Emirates is exploring switching the Airbus A380 to A350

This sounds like the Airbus leadership has decided to make a clean break with previous strategy and abandon the A380 program. Not completely surprising - the program is well within sunk cost fallacy in terms of the investment it would take to keep it alive long term...

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by airfrnt
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver International Airport Expansion Plans
Replies: 144
Views: 26737

Re: Denver International Airport Expansion Plans

Both UA and WN are hellbent on expansion at Denver. It's going to be interesting to see what they do.

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by airfrnt
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver International Airport Expansion Plans
Replies: 144
Views: 26737

Re: Denver International Airport Expansion Plans

Denver released a PDF of the gate expansions as well. A very cool detail - two outdoor patios on A & B, behind 8 foot glass. I worry a lot about foreign debris with access to the outside on a typical denver fall day, nut I am sure they have thought of that. They also confirmed the new internatio...

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by airfrnt
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Sir Tim Clark: Emirates next batches of A380s will be powered by RR
Replies: 595
Views: 93424

Re: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse

There is a line in the banking industry that applies here, and is the reason why I still think EK will pull the trigger here - even without the performance improvement that Airbus and RR promised. When you loan someone a little money, and they default - they have a problem. When you loan someone a l...

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by airfrnt
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian
Replies: 98
Views: 17445

Re: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian

A couple of things here: 1) The title here is about foreign flags into New York, not into London. BA folks, there is lift outside of Heathrow ;-) 2) The problem with DY has never been their product. They have great brand new planes, with low prices and great customer service. The question is, is thi...

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by airfrnt
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cayman Airways to Denver
Replies: 37
Views: 4302

Re: Cayman Airways to Denver

Denver has been on a absolute tear. They broke 200 daily destinations last week (the fourth largest US airport by destinations), are about to add another European non-stop courtesy United.

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by airfrnt
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Kirby: Denver Getting Another United Euro Destination Soon
Replies: 140
Views: 19527

Re: United's Kirby: Denver Getting Another United Euro Destination Soon

I take the non-stop to FRA from DEN fairly frequently, and it's always blasted. I'm surprised that LH hasn't upguaged it yet but adding a third german non-stop is not a bad choice (LH already flies to both FRA and MUC). That said, it seems like the Norwegian flights are still trucking around as well...

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by airfrnt
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frankfurt airport evacuated August 7th, 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 4891

Re: Frankfurt airport being evacuated right now

I travel through German airports fairly regularly. Frankfurt is much better than Berlin, but I’ve always been shocked at the security practices at both airports. Some of it’s lovely. you can get onto a plane without anyone ever checking your ID. But I’ve also seen people walk right around Metal dete...

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by airfrnt
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DEN Great Hall renovation begins
Replies: 7
Views: 1653

Re: DEN Great Hall renovation begins

The lounge is going into A. I have to admit, this confuses me a bit, as I would have suspected that Plaza Premium would want C (since WN as no lounges) while AMEX would prefer the international on A.

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by airfrnt
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DEN Great Hall renovation begins
Replies: 7
Views: 1653

Re: DEN Great Hall renovation begins

Amazingly, this is only one of a half of dozen major projects. It's the most visible project, but probably not the one that will make the biggest difference. Almost as large is the effort to finish building out A,B,C, which will result in 39 new gates, and all three concourses being fully "tele...

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by airfrnt
Thu May 31, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest ask mother to prove Bi-racial child is her own
Replies: 199
Views: 12605

Re: Southwest ask mother to prove Bi-racial child is her own

Until my kids were old enough to answer questions or pay full price for a seat, I was asked for a birth certificate _every single time_ we flew. On a few occassions we had to produce something else with their birthday on it.... Married, white, etc.

Kinda doubt it was a racial thing.

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by airfrnt
Wed May 30, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver International Airport Expansion Plans
Replies: 144
Views: 26737

Re: Denver International Airport Expansion Plans

I think they could simply set up the new gates on either end of B with an FIS 'segregation system' (for lack of a better phrase). Passengers get of the plane, go thru the arrival process (i.e. customs, immigration, and security) then simply reenter the main B concourse. This is what they do at IAD....

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by airfrnt
Wed May 30, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver International Airport Expansion Plans
Replies: 144
Views: 26737

Re: Denver International Airport Expansion Plans

Here are the exact new gates being built:
A- West
12 gates

B-West
4 gates

B-East
7 (narrow body gates)

C-East
16 gates

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by airfrnt
Wed May 30, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver International Airport Expansion Plans
Replies: 144
Views: 26737

Re: Denver International Airport Expansion Plans

I haven't seen this question posed anywhere, so I'll ask here. In regards to DIA's plan for the "Great Hall" and moving security to the 6th level with ticketing, how will this affect the roadways on the east and west side of the terminal as passengers being dropped off will now have half ...

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by airfrnt
Wed May 30, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver International Airport Expansion Plans
Replies: 144
Views: 26737

Re: Denver International Airport Expansion Plans

I’m not sure if this is even possible but for the *A sake I would imagine that having FIS at B would be very helpful. Especially for UA and LH which could allow for easier connections as it’s not exactly convenient to connect the way everything is set up as is. It's not bad the way it is. Incoming ...

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by airfrnt
Wed May 30, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver International Airport Expansion Plans
Replies: 144
Views: 26737

Re: Denver International Airport Expansion Plans

Concourse A West will get an additional 12 gates, B West will get 4 additional gates, B East will get 9 additional gates, and Concourse C East will get 16 gates. B concourse will not be gaining any gates. The odd B81-91 will be going away (the north side of the south UAX finger), and the UAX gates ...

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by airfrnt
Sun May 06, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?
Replies: 89
Views: 11029

Re: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?

MCI had a shot at being what DEN is today - unfortunately the design of the airport was just wrong, and rather then fixing it when TWA sued the city and the airport (which, to be fair to the CITY was the design that TWA demanded)t, they doubled down on the design. Beyond just the security constraint...

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by airfrnt
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What would happen at DEN if Southwest overtakes United?
Replies: 57
Views: 7190

Re: What would happen at DEN if Southwest overtakes United?

A few things to this discussion: 1) Both UA and WN plan aggressive international and domestic expansions of their Denver hub. 2) Denver is adding a massive amount of gates to keep up with the demand. Each concourse will be fully built out within the next 6-7 years, plus the main terminal is being ex...

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by airfrnt
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AE Centurion Lounge coming to DEN?
Replies: 10
Views: 1550

Re: AE Centurion Lounge coming to DEN?

As noted above, there are two lounges coming in. The most important may actually be the Plaza Premium going into the A concourse. this is Plaza Premium's first US lounge, and the build out is immense. International flights usually depart from A, so I think this location will be excellent. Southwest ...

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by airfrnt
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Schedule Extension 02/15/18
Replies: 226
Views: 21111

Re: Southwest Schedule Extension 02/15/18

I've heard consistently that WN plans to dramatically expand DEN - I think this still has to wait until the new gates are in, but it is worth watching and seeing what happens.

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by airfrnt
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC
Replies: 359
Views: 43226

Re: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC

False Equivalence. Local government incentives and government contracts (which actually result in separate products being delivered) do not equal programs that would otherwise be bankrupt and failed, and far below market value plane sales. How do you think the 787 program would have went if Boeing ...

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by airfrnt
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC
Replies: 359
Views: 43226

Re: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC

Just as a question, what do you think the payment from Canada to Bombardier was? Both manufacturers get government aid, as has been amply documented in this thread. A 300 percent tariff--which would have put the cost each aircraft sold far beyond the actual cost of making the aircraft--was not 'lev...

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by airfrnt
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC
Replies: 359
Views: 43226

Re: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC

BOOM! No to corporate welfare! Jim Just as a question, what do you think the payment from Canada to Bombardier was? The 300 percent wasn't warranted adn was typical Trump stupidity. But the fact still remains that this program was rescued and saved by Canadian interference. If you are going to have...

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by airfrnt
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC
Replies: 359
Views: 43226

Re: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC

Excellent news for free trade. Now Boeing please get back to the old ways of Boeing and show some innovation and courage. Forget the ways of McDonnell re hashing old designs and do something which will make you great again. Bill Allen didn’t give the go ahead for the 707 & 747 by complaining ab...

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by airfrnt
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s
Replies: 494
Views: 61551

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

It was and is a near thing. Airbus and its suppliers get and maintain production at their new minimum of 6 planes a year. EK gets a guarantee of ten years of production. Small question, might EK be pushing for at least one more PIP? And the most comfortable plane will be here for a good piece longe...

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by airfrnt
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s
Replies: 494
Views: 61551

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

Leahy’s finally manages to close the additional a380 orders he had claimed the last four year. After airbus going public with plans to shutter the line to hold EK hostage here, I suspect it will be a Pyrrhic victor, and other carriers will treat the plane with even more skepticism, but we will see. ...

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by airfrnt
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH DEN-MUC Switching to A350-900
Replies: 28
Views: 5960

Re: LH DEN-MUC Switching to A350-900

I fly the 787 from DEN to LGW all the time, even when I am going to FRA, simply because I feel much better with the higher pressurization and humidity, plus a business seat on Norwegian is typically cheaper then a premium economy seat on LH. I might have to try the A350 though, and see if I get the ...

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by airfrnt
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH DEN-MUC Switching to A350-900
Replies: 28
Views: 5960

Re: LH DEN-MUC Switching to A350-900

In terms of up-gauging, LH has asked DEN before what it would take to do dual level boarding for the A380 (not much). While I could see LH taking the 744 route and going to a 748i, I don't see them going to a A380 anytime soon. I think they will wait to see what the three additional new European fli...

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by airfrnt
Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 88873

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

One more thought - the focus here is on EK and the A380, but what does this do to absolutely anyone else ordering the A380? There is no reason that anyone would look at the A380, now that Airbus has basically said that the program is one life support to see if EK issues a do-not-recessitate or not. ...

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by airfrnt
Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 88873

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

It's a good tact by Airbus. If Airbus ends the A380 program, EK and the leasing companies take a huge hit in terms of resale value of the (insanely huge) percentage of the overall A380 family that they have a financial interest in. It's like the old saying - if you own the bank money, you are in tro...

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by airfrnt
Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will there ever be a substantial relief airport for ATL?
Replies: 49
Views: 5453

Re: Will there ever be a substantial relief airport for ATL?

short answer is no. Like it or not, ATL is going to get a lot bigger. ATL's 2016 master plan includes a new 6th runway and a brand new 'G' concourse. Also, concourse D and T will become expanded and extended. If need be, and this is way further down the line, they're plans to build a 'H' and 'I' co...

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by airfrnt
Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will there ever be a substantial relief airport for ATL?
Replies: 49
Views: 5453

Re: Will there ever be a substantial relief airport for ATL?

No. The beauty of the midfield concourse design that Atlanta (and Denver) operate is that it is extremely space efficient for expansion of the airport. As a connecting hub, this allows for more and more traffic to be concentrated at a single airport, which in turn also allows more flights that would...

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by airfrnt
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380
Replies: 948
Views: 707784

Re: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380

nothing explains it to me. I can't help wondering whether some of what went on in Dubai might be explained by Dubai attempting to persuade the US Senate not to go ahead with this: http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2017/11/16/senate-tax-bill-contains-stealth-attack-emirates-etihad-qatar/ Hones...

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by airfrnt
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Routes From Denver: What To Do With 39 New Gates
Replies: 105
Views: 15853

Re: New Routes From Denver: What To Do With 39 New Gates

Frontier uses Denver as their hub and they are going through some major expansion airports and routes wise. They could possibly use the extra gates. Given the new order fort aircraft - 134 for Frontier - I'd say so: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/11/15/frontier-boosts-fleet-size/ "Frontier wil...

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by airfrnt
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Routes From Denver: What To Do With 39 New Gates
Replies: 105
Views: 15853

Re: New Routes From Denver: What To Do With 39 New Gates

SPREE34 wrote:
39 new gates, and the terminal infrastructure is already reaching it's limits. This ought to be a real goat rope in about 2025.


Between this, and the great haul overhaul, the additional train set, and the replacement of conveyances, what are you concerned about?

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