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by Murdoughnut
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Raleigh/Durham Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 525
Views: 67054

Re: Raleigh/Durham Aviation Thread - 2019

I'm curious, does anyone have visibility to the load factors on DL's RDU-AUS route? I've flown it several times recently and it was a full flight each time. I'd love to see it upguaged to a non-RJ. Three hours means meal service, which is kind of bizarre in an RJ, not to mention painful for flight ...

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by Murdoughnut
Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian leaving EWR in a few weeks
Replies: 25
Views: 2973

Re: (Rumour) Norwegian dropping EWR

Dieuwer wrote:
Norwegian may not even be around summer 2020.


Except we thought that last summer too.

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by Murdoughnut
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Raleigh/Durham Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 525
Views: 67054

Re: Raleigh/Durham Aviation Thread - 2019

jetpixx wrote:
With AUS landing KLM 3x per week, I wonder if RDU was at least in the discussion for similar service. AUS and RDU are similar as DL focus cities...and they're up to 5 TATL flights now.


With existing CDG service, I'm not sure if adding another SkyTeam European hub would make much sense.

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by Murdoughnut
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is VFR?
Replies: 40
Views: 4849

Re: VFR

Visual flight rules. There's also IFR which means "instrument flight rules". You need only a private pilot license to fly VFR (ceilings as low as 1000 feet and 3 miles visibility in controlled airspace), but need to possess an instrument rating to fly IFR. You can still fly in conditions ...

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by Murdoughnut
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PILOT GROUNDED EasyJet banned pilot from flying after he told friends ‘I’m suicidal’ and ‘my life is s**t’
Replies: 37
Views: 9113

Re: PILOT GROUNDED EasyJet banned pilot from flying after he told friends ‘I’m suicidal’ and ‘my life is s**t’

Mental health is still ignored by so many. Airline industry especially is still rooted in the old style of therapy being a sign of trouble. Should encourage people to seek help before people get to this point. We all need a positive release of emotion I don't know how it is with ICAO, but with the ...

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by Murdoughnut
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is next for Icelandair?
Replies: 80
Views: 12423

Re: What is next for Icelandair?

holeham wrote:
Does the TPA flight return when the MAX issue is resolved?


No, Norwegian cut too deeply into their connecting LON traffic.

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by Murdoughnut
Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ten dead after King Air crashes shortly after takeoff
Replies: 71
Views: 18373

Re: Ten dead after King Air crashes shortly after takeoff

Rangers were playing the Rays about a mile away from SPG. Given the scheduled arrival time, it’s possible they were coming in to see the game.

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by Murdoughnut
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SDF to change its name to Muhammad Ali International Airport
Replies: 81
Views: 10508

Re: SDF to change its name to Muhammad Ali International Airport

I'm generally of the rule of thumb that you never name an airport after a person, because you never know if you're going to find out one day that that person engaged in some inappropriate conduct that would make them unworthy of the recognition - such as statutory rape. Except in the case of Ali, i...

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by Murdoughnut
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SDF to change its name to Muhammad Ali International Airport
Replies: 81
Views: 10508

Re: SDF to change its name to Muhammad Ali International Airport

I'm generally of the rule of thumb that you never name an airport after a person, because you never know if you're going to find out one day that that person engaged in some inappropriate conduct that would make them unworthy of the recognition - such as statutory rape. Except in the case of Ali, it...

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by Murdoughnut
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 6/2/2019:3M Drops DAB-FLL;AA Adds DCA-AGS/ECP;DL Adds LGB-LAS;ET Suspends Routes?;WN Update
Replies: 56
Views: 8841

Re: OAG Changes 6/2/2019:3M Drops DAB-FLL;AA Adds DCA-AGS/ECP;DL Adds LGB-LAS;ET Suspends Routes?;WN Update

This is definitely slot-sitting **DL LAS-LGB OCT 0>0.3[0] NOV 0>2[0] DEC 0>2[0] JAN 0>2[0] FEB 0>2[0] MAR 0>2[0] WN has 10x BUR-LAS, 4x ONT-LAS and 9x LAX-LAS on Friday but you're sure DL is slot-sitting? Delta is America's business airline. I don't see that route being useful at getting more contr...

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by Murdoughnut
Thu May 23, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL launches TPA-AMS, its 21st service to AMS
Replies: 99
Views: 16545

Re: DL launches TPA-AMS today, its 21st service to AMS

Oilman wrote:
Will the AMS-TPA aircraft arrive into Concourse F and then be towed over to Concourse E for departure?

Have a good flight!


Yes - and thanks!

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by Murdoughnut
Thu May 23, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL launches TPA-AMS, its 21st service to AMS
Replies: 99
Views: 16545

Re: DL launches TPA-AMS today, its 21st service to AMS

atlflyer wrote:
Are you going to be on the flight?


I am.

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by Murdoughnut
Mon May 20, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon to open a air hub in Lakeland Florida
Replies: 32
Views: 4712

Re: Amazon to open a air hub in Lakeland Florida

For clarification, it's essentially moving it's Ops from TPA to LAL, of which TPA already has pretty substantial Amazon Air Ops and can't support the growth (space) wise going forward. And if you're familiar with geography, LAL is literally smack in the middle of Orlando and Tampa metro's and their...

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by Murdoughnut
Mon May 20, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon to open a air hub in Lakeland Florida
Replies: 32
Views: 4712

Re: Amazon to open a air hub in Lakeland Florida

For clarification, it's essentially moving it's Ops from TPA to LAL, of which TPA already has pretty substantial Amazon Air Ops and can't support the growth (space) wise going forward. And if you're familiar with geography, LAL is literally smack in the middle of Orlando and Tampa metro's and their...

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by Murdoughnut
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 142
Views: 31685

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

DY doesn't need any help, they are destroying themselves,so rather than going after them, BA could better invest into growing their main markets such as MIA or MCO. You do realise that by eliminating FLL but adding a 3rd daily flight to MIA, BA has increased frequency by 4 services per week and add...

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by Murdoughnut
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 142
Views: 31685

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

Word on the street is that FLL management asked some carriers to either move or temporarily cease international operations for a period of time to accommodate construction. Strangely enough, being told "we'd prefer you not operate here" doesn't work out so well as an air service strategy. ...

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by Murdoughnut
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Q1 - Net loss 1.489B NOK ($172million)
Replies: 43
Views: 8368

Re: Norwegian Q1 - Net loss 1.489B NOK ($172million)

Given that the MAX will probably not fly again until at least August will surely impact on Q2 and Q3. How long can they hold on. If what's said above is true then it might actually helped by forcing them increase their aircraft utilization Disagree on their premium economy - it’s the best premium e...

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by Murdoughnut
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TPA-AMS on DL Already Cancelled?
Replies: 44
Views: 8802

Re: TPA-AMS on DL Already Cancelled?

AMS has less slots available in winter than summer and it wouldn’t surprise if this applies to DL as well. Could be (part of) the reason for seasonality of this route. If the route was living up to it's expectations they would find a slot but the truth probably is they can't compete with FI and DY ...

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by Murdoughnut
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TPA-AMS on DL Already Cancelled?
Replies: 44
Views: 8802

Re: TPA-AMS on DL Already Cancelled?

Seasonal for year one, not cancelled.

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by Murdoughnut
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contingency planning at major international airports
Replies: 21
Views: 3692

Re: Contingency planning at major international airports

My Florida airport has a dedicated emergency department that develops plans each year for hurricane type events - plans that were carried out a few years ago during Hurricane Irma. We ended up closed for about three days - but this was an event that at least could be forecast several days in advance...

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by Murdoughnut
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does WN Avoid Redeye Flights
Replies: 55
Views: 11008

Re: Why Does WN Avoid Redeye Flights

Mboyle is correct. Actually, he's not. If he is not, then perhaps you can tell us why? Clearly you know... The WN reservation system can't currently handle a pax that departs on one day and connects on another. So they could technically do O&D red eye flying, but they can't handle connections. ...

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by Murdoughnut
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Intl LFs for Oct 2017 to Sep 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 3197

Re: WN Intl LFs for Oct 2017 to Sep 2018

TPA-Cuba is also served by several weekly charters. WN has increased their service to 8w, above the initial award. Not sure why people consistently mischaracterize this market. It's gotten lumped in with Boyd Group's (and other's) generally disparaging take on the US-Cuba market, but TPA-HAV has re...

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by Murdoughnut
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BREXIT: Norwegian banned from UK-USA?
Replies: 24
Views: 6366

Re: BREXIT: Norwegian banned from UK-USA?

Most of Norwegian's transatlantic fleet is G (UK) registered, so there wouldn't be any sort of impact.

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by Murdoughnut
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EI TO CLE?
Replies: 27
Views: 3893

Re: EI TO CLE?

EI's recent RFP was targeting revenue guarantees - so theoretically, they won't care how viable the route is if they can guarantee minimal performance. It's a pretty big risk for the CLE community.

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by Murdoughnut
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US To Restrict Use of EU Wet-Leases On TATL Traffic
Replies: 41
Views: 13347

Re: US To Restrict Use of EU Wet-Leases On TATL Traffic

Polot wrote:
fraT wrote:
Since LH will end the so called JUMP project and bring back the Lufthansa Cityline A343s to mainline, it won't be affected.

Well the LH brand won’t be affected. Eurowings is another story.


They're not ending it before March 30th - this would impact existing JUMP markets such as TPA.

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by Murdoughnut
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1730
Views: 391411

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Interesting that nobody has suggested the idea that the plane may have been purposely brought down. I'm guessing you haven't read the thread? My theory is that the plane took a steep turn either because the pilots wanted to avoid clouds or because of a burst of wind. The cargo moved inside the plan...

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by Murdoughnut
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1730
Views: 391411

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Interesting that nobody has suggested the idea that the plane may have been purposely brought down - considering as how that’s been the cause of two-thirds of fatal accidents on the 767.

I certainly hope not, but if you’re speculating without anything solid to go on...

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by Murdoughnut
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Routes Americas - 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 2668

Re: Routes Americas - 2019

This event is very important in Civil Aviation, airports meet to talk about new service and even real estate options for their airports. I don't mean to be a debbie downer here, but is it? Is it important? Sure - sometimes you get some fun announcements, but the actual deals aren't hashed out at Ro...

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by Murdoughnut
Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whats Next For TPA (Route Wise)? -- 2019
Replies: 123
Views: 14167

Re: Whats Next For TPA (Route Wise)? -- 2019

axiom wrote:
Looks like LH goes 6w (x3) on April 2. A last minute increase. But the flights are also showing CL as the operator, so it seems that TPA is back to the higher capacity birds.


Temporarily until it becomes mainline permanently this summer.

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by Murdoughnut
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Top US markets without service to Canada and Top unserved US routes
Replies: 48
Views: 6070

Re: Top US markets without service to Canada and Top unserved US routes

TPA-PDX is 111.9 PDEW (YE2Q18) - not sure why it's not on the list

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by Murdoughnut
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis airport announcement 9am 01/17
Replies: 93
Views: 10953

Re: Indianapolis airport announcement 9am 01/17

When this event was in CLE recently, it got barely, barely, barely any local media attention, let alone a governor showing up. CLE didn't host this, the only two U.S. cities to host Routes Americas are Denver in 2015 and Las Vegas in 2017 The Governor lives in Indianapolis, so its a 15 minute drive...

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by Murdoughnut
Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT Skewered By Local Media Over Incentives
Replies: 50
Views: 6347

Re: PIT Skewered By Local Media Over Incentives

It's the Trib. Their circulation numbers must be off again. :-) I don't know who this person is who is being quoted, and I refuse to click on a Trib link, but it sounds like a free-market pseudo-purist, someone who doesn't realize that the private sector does the same thing all the time. Except the...

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by Murdoughnut
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Cuba a big fail for airlines?
Replies: 21
Views: 4148

Re: Is ‘Cuba’ a BIG FAIL?

WN's TPA-HAV route has been incredibly successful. The Cuban market is principally driven by VFR traffic - particularly following Trump's reversal of Obama's loosening of travel restrictions and increased diplomatic ties. There are really only three major population concentrations of Cubans living i...

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by Murdoughnut
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?
Replies: 111
Views: 18782

Re: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?

Read Joe Sutter's biographical piece about the 747 - lots of good info on the 707 program he worked on as well, including the competitive marketplace.

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by Murdoughnut
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Next For TPA (Route Wise)?--2018
Replies: 327
Views: 29767

Re: What's Next For TPA (Route Wise)?--2018

Per TPA's latest e-mail newsletter, F9 is moving to Airside E on 11/14. Interesting. The airport has been shifting a lot of capacity to Airside E as of late. I've seen American there at multiple gates and Icelandair. But this seems to be the first permanent relocation of an airline to Airside E. I ...

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by Murdoughnut
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are Sully and Skiles doing now? (2018)
Replies: 77
Views: 20409

Re: What are Sully and Skiles doing now? (2018)

Sully is getting something like $60k per speaking engagement these days. I’m on th board of a group that was going to engage him for a speech. That $60K number is wildly inflated. The price quote they gave us was substantially less. How long ago? I'm actually also on a Board that engaged his people...

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by Murdoughnut
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are Sully and Skiles doing now? (2018)
Replies: 77
Views: 20409

Re: What are Sully and Skiles doing now? (2018)

Sully is getting something like $60k per speaking engagement these days.

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by Murdoughnut
Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Next For TPA (Route Wise)?--2018
Replies: 327
Views: 29767

Re: What's Next For TPA (Route Wise)?--2018

^^ Yeah that was my second guess. Makes sense. Murdoughnut - Didn't think of that, not sure if anymore 'boutique' airlines will come to TPA, but if more do could maybe see them trying a 'boutique' area where Signature is, but not sure if it would make sense to staff TSA checkpoint there or not. The...

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by Murdoughnut
Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Next For TPA (Route Wise)?--2018
Replies: 327
Views: 29767

Re: What's Next For TPA (Route Wise)?--2018

CLETPA wrote:
Was at the airport the other day and when you take the monorail to A and they say the airlines they say Contour so assuming they'll be where Silver is operating from


They're operating from a gate - not A1. Will be near Silver, though.

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by Murdoughnut
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mexico city's new airport to be canceled
Replies: 97
Views: 23911

Re: Mexico city's new airport to be canceled

I did a tour of the site about six months ago - quite a bit of infrastructure and foundation already there then.

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by Murdoughnut
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Has AA hit the limit for passenger discomfort?
Replies: 40
Views: 5935

Re: Has AA hit the limit for passenger discomfort?

I'm Platinum on United, but had to fly AA for a meeting at their HQ a few weeks ago. I was actually pretty impressed with their in-flight entertainment system and options back in economy.

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by Murdoughnut
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Louisville International (SDF) announces LAX on AA
Replies: 84
Views: 11055

Re: Louisville International (SDF) to announce new destination today

Good win for the new SDF leadership and air service team - that community suffered under a bureaucratic regime for too long. Goes to show what fresh blood can accomplish. Fresh blood or $2million to $3million in revenue guarantee funds? Do you really believe this was AA's next best opportunity to d...

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by Murdoughnut
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Louisville International (SDF) announces LAX on AA
Replies: 84
Views: 11055

Re: Louisville International (SDF) to announce new destination today

Good win for the new SDF leadership and air service team - that community suffered under a bureaucratic regime for too long. Goes to show what fresh blood can accomplish.

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by Murdoughnut
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Next For TPA (Route Wise)?--2018
Replies: 327
Views: 29767

Re: What's Next For TPA (Route Wise)?--2018

With Southern launching from the GA side of the airport, I wouldn't be too surprised to see maybe Contour over there too? Septembers numbers are out and they are massive: September total PAX saw 279,452 increase from 2017. Last year was Hurricane Irma so played a small role in that increase, but no...

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by Murdoughnut
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TPA Announcing New INTL Route - 8/22/2018
Replies: 144
Views: 15559

Re: TPA Announcing New INTL Route - 8/22/2018

I thought KL would be the one to operate this, but it makes sense that DL would operate it as part of the DL/KL JV. The "Holy Trinity" of historical transatlantic flights from TPA is now complete (LGW, FRA, and AMS). I'd assume it'll rotate out of AMS and be a same a/c turn in TPA. Happy ...

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by Murdoughnut
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TPA Announcing New INTL Route - 8/22/2018
Replies: 144
Views: 15559

Re: TPA Announcing New INTL Route - 8/22/2018

727LOVER wrote:
I'm thinking Edelweiss....aren't they down to 1 flight a week?


Two in high season. You can think of it as Edelweiss dropping service, or as the Lufthansa group supplementing the days LH doesn't fly.

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by Murdoughnut
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TPA Announcing New INTL Route - 8/22/2018
Replies: 144
Views: 15559

Re: TPA Announcing New INTL Route - 8/22/2018

Yes - if I were a betting man, I'd say Norwegian is the first of TPA's international carriers to drop out. Sure, there's untapped demand for holiday UK-Florida traffic (always), but at what yield? Feels like they are putting a plane here which they otherwise don't know what to do with. I only hope ...

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by Murdoughnut
Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TPA Announcing New INTL Route - 8/22/2018
Replies: 144
Views: 15559

Re: TPA Announcing New INTL Route - 8/22/2018

So Delta to Amsterdam on a 767-300 starting May 22, 2019. What a good announcement! Does anyone have numbers they could provide for the current demand between TPA and AMS? AMS is mainly a transfer point. There are throngs of peeps flying from TPA-ATL/JFK daily only to take onwards flights to Europe...

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