UA did this for years until the RJ Era began. Nice to see them needing more space for mainline again with upgauging. Yup, United was using gates on E for mainline flights for most of the 1990s and even into the early 2000s before the regional jet invasion really cranked up post-9/11. I can remember...Jump to post
Why didn't Crandall order the MD-87? Same reason most airlines didn't. I remember the -87 at Midway I. They were the launch customer. Nice planes. I believe I heard much later they were pretty heavy for its size. I think it was pretty much a DC9-50 with new engines and some tail modifications.Jump to post
Would anyone in the know be able to tell us which gate the last flight will arrive at ORD? Hard to believe the end of this era. I can remember all the M80's at ORD. I recall an overview picture, taken of Concourses H&K, from the old control tower, showing most all gates with an MD-80 on it, and ...Jump to post
Not related, but something else interesting in the area. I moved to PDX last year and have been travelling SJC - PDX. When SJC departs to the northwest, we will do a 360 degree loop to the right around the SJC airport, then overfly it at an altitude and proceed north over the bay, enroute to PDX. Ne...Jump to post
I had been speculating whether the 6 new gates at SJC might have been built with one airline in mind, by request or with some kind of agreement. I assumed it might be AS, given that the sixth gate is ground boarding (no jetway) to be used for the Q400 or ERJ. Today I found my answer on the flysanjo...Jump to post
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://fox26medford.com/medford-airport-sees-increased-foot-traffic-officials-consider-new-options/&ved=0ahUKEwjPvMH9nJLjAhXqwlQKHer1D0IQxfQBCCIwAQ&usg=AOvVaw01kMKxcq7zDXkB-uqnbOh6 Inteteresting MFR news .. OMG, the airport d...Jump to post
I know I have departed C20 on Southwest and may have arrived on C22. Are these gates no longer going to be Southwest as well?
Are we looking at more RON arrivals and first flight in the AM departures from Concourse D? I do not mind the variety of this, but the restaurants are much better on C.
I was at PDX earlier today dropping somebody off, and went in for a few mins. Looks like the ticket counters for some of the "Orphan" airlines have been moved around as well. Sun Country is now over by Spirit. Frontier shares with Jet Blue. Condor, Icelandair, and a couple other internatio...Jump to post
AA2298 PDX-ORD left 3.5 hours late today. I wonder how UA, AA and AS are dealing with the loss of WN on PDX-MDW. Doesn’t look like anyone added flights to absorb the up to 350 passengers a day WN carried on that route each way. ORD had real challenging weather today. I think three to four hours lat...Jump to post
I will take the opportunity this week to thank you for publishing this!Jump to post
When did AA started building a hub at ORD, and was the timing related to their STL hub experiment?[/quote] AA had hub styled operations at ORD since the late 1970's. I think the official hub announce came around 1983. Between 1984 and 1986, they were able to acquire most of the H concourse from DL, ...Jump to post
Once I saw your post, I listened to the Live ATC feed for a few minutes while doing some paperwork. On approach, they are sending everyone to 28R. Sounds like the departures are off 28R as well. Appears 28L is not being used. Someone at PDX may have more information. It is strange hearing everything...Jump to post
[quote="jbpdx"]Starting this week Southwest has eliminated PDX-MDW for the summer. However, it’s interesting that they continue operating to Chicago Midway from SEA, OAK, SJC, SMF, SAN, SFO, ONT, BUR, RNO, SLC, PHX, TUS, ABQ and LAS. Snub . Which brings up the Concourse E expansion. There ...Jump to post
They are growing here in Portland. Seems to be mostly poised at O&D. Not too many connection opportunities, even if they made sense. This past winter, HNL was really a through flight from MSP. A lot of the plane continued through between MSP-HNL and vise versa. They have recently added STL, BNA,...Jump to post
The UA DC-10 diverting to DCA is one of those great stories that is told from time to time. You can google and find info on it I think it made some local newspapers. Would have gone viral in aviation circles in today's world. If I recall, did they have to remove the seats as well to ferry it out?Jump to post
This right here is a very haunting photo. This is a photo of the doomed AA191 flight taxiing for departure at ORD on the exact flight that it would crash. Pretty chilling. Was this photo taken by the same person who took the famous crash photos? I'm not sure. If I could figure out the exact locatio...Jump to post
It could have been a very temporary thing, given the move. I would imagine the final month or so, as they started to really shut things down, they may have done some irregular moves on the operations side. The only thing that would suggest otherwise is the United Express sign does seem somewhat perm...Jump to post
It sounds like they are considering having the western enterance to ORD traverse the 191 crash site. https://chicago.suntimes.com/metro-state/2019/5/24/18637885/ohare-airport-western-access-tollway-planned-american-airlines-flight-191-crash Hopefully, if they do this, they find a way to be respectfu...Jump to post
Lightfoot is going to be something else. I do not think the old salts in Chicago have seen a possible shake up of this level since Harold Washington tried in the 80's. Be interesting to watch. Glad to see some money for work at MDW. That facility has seen an amazing transformation over the past 20 y...Jump to post
I’m actually almost certain that UA did have its BAe146 ops out of C at the very end of the Stapleton days, after the the CO hub was shuttered, and just before DIA opened. I believe that they were towards the end of the concourse, maybe gates 26, 27. Can anyone else recall this?[/quote] Okay, it too...Jump to post
At the end of the Stapleton days, UA began a bit of a ramp up, with the reductions of the CO hub. Towards the end of Stapleton, UA was using gates in the C and E concourses, as well as their long home in A and B. Some of the additional gates probably allowed them to bank more flights at peak transf...Jump to post
At the end of the Stapleton days, UA began a bit of a ramp up, with the reductions of the CO hub. Towards the end of Stapleton, UA was using gates in the C and E concourses, as well as their long home in A and B. Some of the additional gates probably allowed them to bank more flights at peak transfe...Jump to post
Regarding Sun Country, I heard earlier this year they were looking to bring in a station manager once again. My understanding was the position was eliminated last year in a downsizing? Also, earlier this year, the company asked their unions if they could locate a crew base at PDX. Have not heard any...Jump to post
The short lived small hub at MCO corresponded with United's move from Gates 30-34 to Gates 40-49 at the time. This resulted from Delta opening up the 60-99 sattelite. They spent some money fixing up the concourse, put in the club, and gave it a short try. I remember the last departure bank of the ni...Jump to post
An WN blows the doors off of PDX after AS drops it. Love it. The STL nonstops are real popular for those of us in PDX going eastbound and back. Flight is always full and a lot of connections beyond STL. Especially with the departure time from PDX at 9:30AM. The flight to MDW is at 1:00PM and not as...Jump to post
The CLE hub peaked under Continental, which upped the number of departures in 2007 to around 250 daily. By the time UA announced it was de-hubbing CLE, the number of daily departures was around 125. A few fun facts: -United de-hubbed Cleveland once before, in 1989, and shifted planes and assets to ...Jump to post
DEN moving everyone from A to the C gates to free up space for Frontier growth at DEN. WN getting only getting 4 gates. The remaining 12 going to AlaskaAir 2, Spirit 7 JetBlue 1,Allegiant 1 and Sun Country 1. Flyguy[/quote] Kind of an unwinding of what they did previously, by trying to move everyone...Jump to post
I am surprised WN is so successful at DEN despite competing against a huge UA hub that could be to CLT levels in a few years time.[/quote] A lot of the growth in DEN has to due with their local economy exploding, creating much more O&D traffic than even a decade ago. With the UA downsizing and F...Jump to post
There was another thread recently about widebodies at MDW in the past. Some swore they'd seen them on random occasions. I've never seen anything bigger than ATA's 753s back in the early 2000's.[/quote] I believe the only documented widebody operation at MDW was an Eastern A300 that did a demo flight...Jump to post
Runway 28L was already there in the mid 1980's. This was before the US 767's started flying at PIT. I think in the heyday, US had about seven to eight 767 flights a day. At one point, they were flying to LGW, CDG, and FRA. There were some domestic ones to places like CLT, PHL, BWI, MCO, LAX, SFO. Th...Jump to post
All things considered, a 757-200 at MDW really isn't noteworthy... When they first brought them in, I thought it was going to be something to see. However, they have so much thrust on the engines, many would just take off and climb out steeply with little to note. The older 727's and DC9/MD80's wer...Jump to post
The AB3 was a demonstration flight by Eastern Airlines, when they were touring this new aircraft around the country. If you google around a bit, there is a picture taken on board it departing from 31C (31L at the time).
UA had a DC8 fly in at one point as well.
I may be wrong, but I think the new terminal at PIT had them look at changing the livery in the late 80's. I know they wanted to ditch the old rust belt image and likely get rid of the remaining images transferred from Allegheney a decade earlier. It seems a lot of the image rebranding and new marke...Jump to post
Will Joe Patroni be there to help dig it out? No but he’ll drive it out and save it from being pushed off the runway by snowplows. Time for a remake of the old classic. Joe can drive out the 737-900ER, start chewing on his unlit cigar butt, and then the famous line "That is one thing I like ab...Jump to post
I do not ever remember scheduled TZ service ever at ORD. The flights I took to Vegas were charter. In the 90's, they did some charters on the L10's to Vegas and Hawaii. I believe the Hawaii charters were called "Pleasant Hawaii Vacations" or something like that. They used a NW gate at the ...Jump to post
Hopefully SW picks up PDX to BNA. It would have good connections at BNA for points east and southeast.....
Remind me - is PDX to MCI coming back on anyone. With the loss of the nonstops, fares have really shot up. Was looking in May, and had to choose STL instead.
Charters would use the terminal. I did have an opportunity to try this. In March 1993, just as T-5 was about completed, my grandparents took me on an ATA junket to Las Vegas. We arrived and departed from T-4, using the hardstand right by the soon to be new T-5. Was a TZ 72S with an arrival and tran...Jump to post
I believe for some time, in the early 2000's, STL actually had a gate built out for B6, with NY ads and all. Some type of welcoming stunt. This was one of the new E gates, along the former D gates, that has since been taken by Southwest.Jump to post
Great video archive. Thanks for posting. What served as the "International Terminal" at ORD from March, 1985 until the present International Terminal opened in 1993? Thanks again. Just a little more detail. T-4 has ticketing and baggage claim located in the first floor of the terminal par...Jump to post
[quote="TW870"]Great video! Loved seeing the Republic DC-9-30 rolling out on landing, and the double-Herman the duck signage on the gate shared with Jet America. What was terminal 4? Was it basically Republic/Britt/Delta where present day concourse L is? I believe that was one of the H gat...Jump to post
When I last went through MDW (Last September) there were signs regarding modernization and I believe expansion plans. If I'm wrong on the expansion program at MDW please let me know. One great thing re: MDW, Giordano's (Chicago Pizza) is a hotel shuttle bus ride away and they deliver if you wait ou...Jump to post