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by msp747
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 47
Views: 7805

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

Do you have a link for the preliminary design of a replacement C/D? I have seen sketches before, but I didn't have any luck finding them on Google. Anything that was out there is probably 20 years old by now, so I'm sure United's vision for the facility is different than it was back then. If you go...

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by msp747
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 47
Views: 7805

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

NiMar wrote:
Do you have a link for the preliminary design of a replacement C/D?

I have seen sketches before, but I didn't have any luck finding them on Google. Anything that was out there is probably 20 years old by now, so I'm sure United's vision for the facility is different than it was back then.

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by msp747
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 47
Views: 7805

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

That said, the C/D concourses are a royal dump, even with all of the refurbishments that have been made. The facility is embarrassing and I can’t quite understand why MWAA/UA are dragging their feet. I have seen the preliminary renderings for the permanent C/D Concourse and UA FIS area, and they lo...

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by msp747
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Stapleton Airport question - how bad was it, really?
Replies: 27
Views: 4987

Re: Stapleton Airport question - how bad was it, really?

I live on what was Runway 35L now. Of course no trace of Stapleton now except the control tower. I never flew into or our out Stapleton but would love to know what it looked like on the inside. Is the control tower accessible or used for anything? The structure is now a Punch Bowl Social. They've d...

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by msp747
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to close EWR
Replies: 270
Views: 33665

Re: WN to close EWR

Um... what? I know plenty of people in the Twin Cities that prefer using T2 (Humphrey) over T1. Why is it the "kiddie table" and Lindbergh so much better? Unless you are making connections, T2 is so much easier to deal with. What is WN missing out on by being where they are? It just feels...

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by msp747
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 307
Views: 35016

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

Yes, all of them are doing well from small bases. CHO in particular was pretty underserved, and now that it's taking longer and longer to drive from Charlottesville itself to IAD, the airport is seeing some benefit from that. It's great to see the growth there and in Richmond. Yeah, the 'growing fa...

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by msp747
Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: City of Denver threatens to pull Ferrovial-led contract to redevelop DEN terminal
Replies: 105
Views: 12933

Re: City of Denver threatens to pull Ferrovial-led contract to redevelop DEN terminal

I personally would like to see the train fixed. I think they can go to 4 car trains, but I haven't heard anything. Any idea what is stopping them? Do they not have enough rail cars to make them all 4 car trains? The train stations would have to be rebuilt to allow for longer platforms. I guess I mu...

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by msp747
Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 307
Views: 35016

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

I'm also curious how this line will operate in the winter. Western Fairfax and Loudoun Counties get significantly more snow and ice in the winter compared to locations inside the Beltway (and even locations like Shady Grove). How will they make the call operate it to Dulles and beyond? There's a th...

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by msp747
Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: City of Denver threatens to pull Ferrovial-led contract to redevelop DEN terminal
Replies: 105
Views: 12933

Re: City of Denver threatens to pull Ferrovial-led contract to redevelop DEN terminal

ADent wrote:
I personally would like to see the train fixed. I think they can go to 4 car trains, but I haven't heard anything.

Any idea what is stopping them? Do they not have enough rail cars to make them all 4 car trains?

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by msp747
Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 307
Views: 35016

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

I'm also curious how this line will operate in the winter. Western Fairfax and Loudoun Counties get significantly more snow and ice in the winter compared to locations inside the Beltway (and even locations like Shady Grove). How will they make the call operate it to Dulles and beyond? There's a th...

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by msp747
Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: City of Denver threatens to pull Ferrovial-led contract to redevelop DEN terminal
Replies: 105
Views: 12933

Re: City of Denver threatens to pull Ferrovial-led contract to redevelop DEN terminal

DEN is a mess right now! Horrible atmosphere and It took 3 rounds to get on a train from B. The lyft/Uber area moved to level 5 and was chaos as well. Not enough room at all. Baggage claim was disorganized. It is sad how awful DIA is now and is going to be for many years of construction. I would re...

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by msp747
Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to close EWR
Replies: 270
Views: 33665

Re: WN to close EWR

I fear this is what WN will eventually do in MSP. They don't grow any here at all. What I do not know is how profitable MSP is for WN. It doesn't help WN that they're at the "kiddie table" at MSP (Terminal 2/Humphrey) with SY while all of the other carriers are at Terminal 1/Lindbergh (th...

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by msp747
Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How was WN able to grow in DEN so quickly?
Replies: 62
Views: 7896

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

Well, it was a boondoggle in several ways. It went massively ($2 billion) over budget and it is arguable that the high costs at DEN contributed to Continental's decision to exit the market. The prediction of 50 million annual passengers by year 2000 was only reached in 2008, thanks in part to WN en...

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by msp747
Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Virgin America Failed
Replies: 51
Views: 9192

Re: Why Virgin America Failed

Richard Branson is still getting a royalty just as he would have been with independent VX. What royalty is Branson getting? The Virgin America name has been retired and the entire fleet repainted. Even the small logos on the "More to Love" planes have been removed. I don't see what AS wou...

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by msp747
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 371
Views: 104562

Re: Boeing 737MAX Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

No halt to production, but perhaps not far from seeking Government assistance similar to those provided to the vehicle industry almost a decade ago. Why would Boeing need any government assistance? I mean they are wildly profitable company, I do not see any need for that at the present moment. In Q...

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by msp747
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022
Replies: 102
Views: 13270

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

It's still safe to put money down that the MD-90s will be gone sooner than 2022 (as we've seen before, DL plays it hush-hush about things less than flattering to investors). Already today it's an expensive subfleet. Dragging it out makes no sense economically. We saw that with the WN Classics. I th...

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by msp747
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 307
Views: 35016

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

As far as the effect on IAD goes, I doubt it will be a huge boon, but it will certainly be a benefit. It's going to be far superior to the existing options, particularly for people in Arlington and Tysons. The other thing to remember is the importance of frequent service, opposed to the less freque...

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by msp747
Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 to move from HOU (Hobby) to IAH on Oct. 27th
Replies: 55
Views: 8230

Re: B6 to move from HOU(Hobby) to IAH on Oct. 27th

B6 has no problem competing with WN in many other routes and WN doesn't even fly from NYC so I don't think your assumption is correct. My suspicion is that IAH attracts higher yields and it's also where their BOS/JFK based customers want to go, and that's why they want to fly there. WN does fly HOU...

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by msp747
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 307
Views: 35016

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

A few things from this past week's MWAA Board Meeting: They're re-organizing the rental car companies at Dulles: https://www.mwaa.com/sites/default/files/BOD/2019-06/tab_2_recommendaton_to_award_rental_car_concession_contracts_at_washington_dulles_international_airport.pdf For air traffic: United's...

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by msp747
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines California Strategy
Replies: 37
Views: 6109

Re: Alaska Airlines California Strategy

But at the same time AS / QX is connecting passengers to more Mountain West, including small markets like Missoula, Boise, & Bozeman AS doesn't have nonstop service to LAS from MSO, BOI, or BZN. AS also only serves its SEA and PDX hubs nonstop from MSO and BZN. I think that is basically what he...

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by msp747
Mon May 20, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AS trying to get B6
Replies: 302
Views: 42062

Re: Rumor: AS trying to get B6

Detroit313 wrote:
The only way Alaska can survive against global airlines like Delta, United and American is to become part of a legacy airline.

Otherwise they will never make money with so much competition by Delta in Seattle.


I've been hearing this tired argument for more than 20 years, yet AS remains.

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by msp747
Thu May 16, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MIA preparing plans for expansion and renovations
Replies: 43
Views: 6637

Re: MIA preparing plans for expansion and renovations

I've never been to MIA, so I ask this as an outsider: Doesn't MIA already have some of the highest landing fees in the country? Any idea on how much those fees will climb with this work? Are the airlines onboard with this? More curiosity on my part, since crushing debt loads and high landing fees se...

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by msp747
Wed May 15, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 139
Views: 18412

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 msp747
Tue May 14, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Fleet Repaint Thread
Replies: 786
Views: 174984

Re: Alaska Airlines repaints Airbus fleet

So... a one-year-old aircraft with a brand-new interior and paint job looked immaculate? Shocking, if true. So... on a site for aviation enthusiasts, someone is enthusiastic... shocking, if true. effoff... His comment was over the top, but I'd argue your post makes it sound like the AS 737 fleet is...

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by msp747
Tue May 14, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't Delta fly International out of DFW?
Replies: 69
Views: 8902

Re: Why didn't Delta fly International out of DFW?

"Operation Clockwork" as it was called happened on January 31, 2005. 250 flights to 21... Very sad day at Terminal E... The last time I flew into DL's DFW hub was in OCT/NOV of 2004 and it was a sad sight then. I was flying IAH-TUS on an award ticket and all the flights were ERJ/CRJ. The ...

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by msp747
Fri May 10, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 Bruins Jet
Replies: 46
Views: 6318

Re: B6 Bruins Jet

Sorry, is this something they are planning to do? Or has the jet already been painted? Any pics yet?

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by msp747
Fri May 10, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is Delta truly a one hub airline?
Replies: 71
Views: 10320

Re: Is Delta truly a one hub airline.

I am far from a road warrior, but I have easily flown more than 100,000 miles on DL over the past 20 years. I have used nearly all of their hubs, including the former DFW and CVG. I have NEVER once connected at ATL. Obviously it is a monster hub for them, but it's out of the way for large parts of t...

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by msp747
Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 307
Views: 35016

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

DCA has potential for expansion due to the FAA's Nextgen program . It also has the real estate to accommodate this growth between the banjo gates and the B connector. Virginia will make the call. and I think in the end they will make the right capi as the cost of fully redeveloping Terminal A at DC...

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by msp747
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn't Alaska Airlines ordered more A320NEOs and A321NEOS?
Replies: 46
Views: 8776

Re: Why hasn't Alaska Airlines ordered more A320NEOs and A321NEOS?

Alaska Airlines has come a long way from having an all Boeing fleet and surely they must feel the sweet profits which the versatile and modern A3210NEOs are bringing. So how come they haven't ordered more in order to secure production slots? Also, it may sound like a wild idea, but it might make se...

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by msp747
Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA and LAS Terminal
Replies: 15
Views: 2923

Re: SWA and LAS Terminal

LAS will be at capacity in just a matter of a few years, I don't see why a renovation should be done if there will be a new airport soon in the Las Vegas Valley? Why would Las Vegas shut down the airport that is minutes away from the casinos, the one thing that draws most people to that city, in fa...

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by msp747
Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737Max Impact on 797 Launch
Replies: 133
Views: 20158

Re: 737Max Impact on 797 Launch

I never believed Boeing would launch the 797 (because it would not have been a smart business decision) but in view of the MAX developments I absolutely do not see them going ahead with it in the near to medium term future at all. Boeing's focus and cash will be entirely consumed by the MAX events....

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by msp747
Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1792
Views: 363005

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

Aside: I find it interesting that such a nice new big United Club is at DFW, (AA territory) yet there are none at other major competition’s hubs (Eg; Miami). From an image standpoint, just having a UC in an enemy territory is a strong statement! I'm a little confused by this. UA has clubs all over,...

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by msp747
Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5474
Views: 718408

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

That's a fair point you make. Regardless, if 2 people died after drinking the beer (regardless of the actual reasons they died) and it would be sensible to give that beer a miss until the matter is cleared up. It's also likely supermarkets would take it off their shelves very quickly. Food safety a...

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by msp747
Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1792
Views: 363005

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

2. This, should have been considered since the beginning of the merger but Smisek was way too arrogant to do so. AA/US and DL/NW both did this on the tail to represent the carrier that doesn't exist anymore. Yet many viewed not keeping the "U" was some sort of a hostile corporate takeover...

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by msp747
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 307
Views: 35016

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

Not surprised about the 30 million number. As dumpy as the C/D concourse is, right now there's simply not enough passengers flowing through it to justify the rebuild. I agree that waiting until reaching 30 million is a smart move. They obviously are learning from their mistakes in the past and want...

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by msp747
Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 307
Views: 35016

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

Not surprised about the 30 million number. As dumpy as the C/D concourse is, right now there's simply not enough passengers flowing through it to justify the rebuild. I agree that waiting until reaching 30 million is a smart move. They obviously are learning from their mistakes in the past and want...

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by msp747
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1792
Views: 363005

Re: United Globe Livery "Evolution" coming in "April-ish"

The article says it’ll introduce the new livery as it takes delivery of new aircraft. Does that mean it’ll show up on a Max 9 or a 78J, or is there a new aircraft type due in April that I’m forgetting about? They are also adding several used planes to the fleet this year, including some ex-HA 767s ...

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by msp747
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 2070
Views: 362757

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

Evolution: First off, this means not a new logo, but it is possible it could be changed. Possibly removing the Gold, possibly making more 3D like AT&T did with their logo last decade. I would guess that the Gold will stay on the logo, but not on the fuselage. Also, I'm thinking the blue on the ...

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by msp747
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Horizon Air (QX) to Reveal Retro Livery on Q400
Replies: 34
Views: 8032

Re: Horizon Air (QX) to Reveal Retro Livery on Q400

https://twitter.com/theavgeek_net/status/1102739224413917184?s=21 Just landed in Portland. Not my photo. Damn it, Alaska! The planes said "Horizon" for decades. We can't just let this one plane say "Horizon"? I understand wanting a "seamless product", but the passenger...

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by msp747
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS new interior
Replies: 140
Views: 27546

Re: AS new interior

I think Delta will win the next decade long battle of Seattle and Alaska will eventually get bought out by AA or DL. I think this is an overblown argument and that there is room in Seattle for both DL and AS. All the doomsday for AS people overlook the fact that it's the other carriers who have ret...

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by msp747
Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Fleet Repaint Thread
Replies: 786
Views: 174984

Re: Alaska Airlines repaints Airbus fleet

I get that it would be silly to add First Class to the Q fleet, but do they plan to add Premium Class seating with the new interiors? I'm guessing such a move would cost them 4 seats, but I would think it would be beneficial, especially since I still see these planes on routes where AS competes wit...

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by msp747
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Fleet Repaint Thread
Replies: 786
Views: 174984

Re: Alaska Airlines repaints Airbus fleet

Anyone have info on Q400 interior rehabs? Some of those have been shabby for years. Latest 10-K had the projected end of 2020 Q fleet down to 23 planes. Given that, I would guess not much will happen to the shabby ones unless they have to replace something that breaks before the frame gets retired....

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by msp747
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American livery. Dated?
Replies: 52
Views: 4849

Re: American livery. Dated?

Honestly, I just wish it had a little splash of color outside of the tail. If they had painted the engine nacelles in the same blue they put on the Dash 8 engine nacelles, I think it would have broken up all of the gray nicely.

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by msp747
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 307
Views: 35016

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

MWAA Board meeting agenda and documents are up. Some interesting stuff here: Year-end traffic numbers for IAD and DCA. IAD is the busier airport again, growing traffic 5.1% over last year: https://www.mwaa.com/sites/default/files/BOD/2019-02/tab_5.2_executive_vice_presidents_report.pdf Construction...

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by msp747
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former Continental Airlines Headquarters at LAX to be torn down
Replies: 41
Views: 6568

Re: Former Continental Airlines Headquarters at LAX to be torn down

Did CO use this facility for anything else after 1982? Or did LAX use it for something? I can't imagine the airport would just let it sit vacant since 1982.

Any plans for the site once the building is torn down?

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by msp747
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can’t UAL close the revenue/ profit gap with DAL ?
Replies: 169
Views: 20267

Re: Why can’t UAL close the revenue/ profit gap with DAL ?

UA at IAD is tenuous in that the currently low CPE depends upon subsidies that MWAA takes from DCA. When that stops, and the Virginia state subsidy expires, CPE will probably go from $16 back up to $26 or higher. That's a significant risk for UA's plans at IAD. MWAA just sold a large parcel of its ...

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by msp747
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 307
Views: 35016

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

Agenda and documents for this week’s MWAA Board Meeting are up: http://www.mwaa.com/about/january-16-2019-board-and-committee-meetings The air traffic stats are interesting, as the Dulles growth continued through November, well above previous years. Dulles traffic is up 5.1% YTD, and creeping back ...

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by msp747
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 371
Views: 104562

Re: Boeing 737MAX Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

In one of the last pictures from the 2018 thread, there's a AS 739 in there. When do they take their first MAX? How many NGs do they have left?

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by msp747
Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN-DL lawsuit takes turn, other airlines could enter DAL
Replies: 85
Views: 11435

Re: WN-DL lawsuit takes turn, other airlines could enter DAL

It sounds like the solution is to repeal the 20-gate cap on DAL, then. Right? DAL will never be big enough to have gates for all new entrants. The best solution is to bulldoze the terminal, leave it to GA only and expand DFW. Agree entirely. This Circus has gone on long enough and there is plenty o...

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by msp747
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's going on at RDU - 2018
Replies: 415
Views: 42683

Re: What's going on at RDU - 2018

Terminal 1 was the old blue box... Terminal 2 is where the old AA hub terminal was located So is that section of Terminal 1 that had its jetways removed where all the other carriers used to be based? Can it be used again? Or is it space that is just not functional anymore? Looking at it from Google...

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