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by msp747
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Growth in Denver
Replies: 54
Views: 7752

Re: United Growth in Denver

Agreed, IAH is located in a much denser location with a more centralized location. I personally would much rather connect through IAH than DEN for transcon. Absolutely not true. IAH is further south than 99% of the contential USA's landmass, while DEN is right in the middle. The only transcon route...

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by msp747
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS expands Pacific Northwest to California with 8 new routes & adds frequencies on others
Replies: 154
Views: 19452

Re: AS expands Pacific Northwest to California with 8 new routes & adds frequencies on others

It is 114 miles from Bakersfield to Fresno, and Bakersfield has a population of 380,000. You’d think there would be more of a market for flights there. It is also only about 100 miles from Bakersfield to BUR, 115 miles Bakersfield to LAX. BFL has a lot of competition within a 90 minute to 2 hour dr...

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by msp747
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16032

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

SMF is a major city with I expect significant travel demand to DC that doesn't appear to have direct DCA service I can find. It appears WN has 1 direct between SMF and BWI. UA also has a daily flight between SMF and IAD, but it is a redeye. I don't know if that's enough demand for an airline to use...

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by msp747
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16032

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

It is not a ridiculous statement. Remove the perimeter rule and see what happens. Premium domestic traffic will shift in the same way that HND is changing routes for NRT. Next, remove the ban on international flights and you likely will see NB intl traffic as well. DCA cannot replace IAD entirely d...

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by msp747
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16032

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

During my years living in the DMV area, I always preferred flying out of BWI just because everything is connected. If I was 2 hours early for an AA flight, I could go to the main terminal, eat, and slowly make my way over to the gate area. DCA didn't provide me the same luxury: once you were inside...

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by msp747
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16032

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

Probably because there are reasons for it. People dont wake up in the morning thinking about which airport to hate. But it's easier to act like theres a bunch of agenda malcontents and that is why IAD has been a historical failure. The first message you posted in this thread is that Dulles is only ...

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by msp747
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16032

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

IAD is the airport people love to hate and nothing the airport ever does will change that. Probably because there are reasons for it. People dont wake up in the morning thinking about which airport to hate. But it's easier to act like theres a bunch of agenda malcontents and that is why IAD has bee...

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by msp747
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16032

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

My only fear with the Silver Line is that ridership past Wiehle-Reston East will be so poor that Metro will eventually adopt a different type of frequency for the Silver Line or perhaps run every other Silver Line train to Reston or some other terminus. Outside of rush-hour, I can’t imagine Ashburn...

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by msp747
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16032

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

Will IAD end up being a shorter or longer train trip from downtown DC than BWI? Metro doesn't run to BWI. The Silver Line will go right up to the terminal at IAD. You can take Amtrak or MARC to BWI, but you need to hop on a shuttle from the train station to the terminal. If you were starting both j...

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by msp747
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16032

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

Im not sure how the outcome of IAD in any way overlaps with the others. ORD, IAH, DFW are hugely successful airports. DFW is busting at its seams and planning a new terminal, ORD is a fight for more gates etc. YMX is an extreme case, but only because the government finally stopped pushing a bad ide...

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by msp747
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16032

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

True, but in all 3 cases, they were slot/space restricted which led to a Greenfield airport. The problem with IAD, NRT or YMX isn't the concept of building a new airport. It was how it was done. There are plenty of examples of greenfield airports that arent in the above category The problem here is...

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by msp747
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16032

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

The Dulles slandering on this site makes it seem like every passenger who uses IAD views it as a burden. First, IAD is not THAT far from D.C. and is closer (and usually quicker) than BWI. Secondly, the DMV is quite decentralized, with a large amount of economic activity occurring in Northern Virgin...

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by msp747
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16032

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: 114
Views: 16032

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: 114
Views: 16032

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: 28
Views: 5386

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: 272
Views: 35218

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: 319
Views: 36823

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: 104
Views: 13271

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: 319
Views: 36823

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: 104
Views: 13271

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: 319
Views: 36823

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: 104
Views: 13271

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: 272
Views: 35218

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: 7997

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: 9313

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: 400
Views: 114079

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: 111
Views: 15615

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: 319
Views: 36823

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: 8261

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: 319
Views: 36823

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: 59
Views: 10029

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: 42398

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: 6666

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: 142
Views: 19011

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: 790
Views: 175815

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: 8935

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: 6342

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: 10387

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: 319
Views: 36823

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: 8787

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: 2933

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: 20194

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: 1797
Views: 366269

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: 5479
Views: 719792

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: 1797
Views: 366269

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: 319
Views: 36823

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: 319
Views: 36823

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: 1797
Views: 366269

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: 2263
Views: 399762

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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