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by Wingtips56
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Name change for John Wayne Airport (SNA) ?
Replies: 79
Views: 2745

Re: Proposal to rename John Wayne Airport (SNA)

Naming the building (terminal) is one thing, but the airport name should identify it's location. Having worked early on for "OC "Air California/AirCal, SNA will always be Orange County Airport to me, and I still called it only that after they put the John Wayne name on it. On one of my fur...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Airport Outsourcing
Replies: 59
Views: 16710

Re: JetBlue Airport Outsourcing

I can't speak for jetBlue but at least at other airlines, seniority, station and system protection for ground staff does exist without being unionized. But in a cull like this, the cascade effect of bumping juniors in to other stations is going to be a mess and bottom out quickly with such a high pe...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia DC-9 question
Replies: 11
Views: 1802

Re: Alitalia DC-9 question

D9S was published in the OAG as the equipment type for the DC-9-30 series, across all carriers. D94 for the Series 40, D95 for the series 50 and eventually D98 for the Super 80, before that was changed to M80 (MD80). OAG showed 73S for the 737-200. 73M for the -200 combi. D8S for the stretch DC8... ...

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by Wingtips56
Sat May 30, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United announces Voluntary Separation Program
Replies: 55
Views: 13974

Re: United announces Voluntary Separation Program

I had one of those "sure things" once, the later of the two AA LGW-DFW departures; 60+ open seats the day before. Got to the airport and it turned out NW had blown an engine on departure the day before, and those folks slopped over to next available. Another time, again the second flight,...

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by Wingtips56
Sat May 30, 2020 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United announces Voluntary Separation Program
Replies: 55
Views: 13974

Re: United announces Voluntary Separation Program

I had one of those "sure things" once, the later of the two AA LGW-DFW departures; 60+ open seats the day before. Got to the airport and it turned out NW had blown an engine on departure the day before, and those folks slopped over to next available. Another time, again the second flight, ...

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by Wingtips56
Thu May 28, 2020 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 934
Views: 157684

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2020

AA was also trying to connect with independent French carriers at ORY; something AF moved against. As to the 77W on RDU-LHR, could it just be a place-holder in the schedules while final adjustments for retired fleets are settled? See if it's still there Sunday morning after weekly Schedule Change ru...

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by Wingtips56
Thu May 28, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Signs of airports normalizing.
Replies: 30
Views: 5337

Re: Signs of airports normalizing.

There may be more aircraft operations, but there may not be many passengers aboard.

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by Wingtips56
Wed May 27, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AA is allowed to give hand sanitizer
Replies: 39
Views: 6116

Re: AA is not (yet) allowed to give hand sanitizer

Why is hand sanitizer a hazard and booze isn't? (OK, 55-60% vs 40% but still...) I bought a bottle of 80% alcohol sanitizer a couple of weeks ago, made by a SFO-area distillery. That would be considered flammable, being over 75%. I remember from when I was a station trainer for AirCal, and the hazm...

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by Wingtips56
Thu May 21, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 934
Views: 157684

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2020

DBV is loaded and available for booking and the XLRs won’t be on the property till 2023. From March 28, 2021? Not seeing it available on aa.com AA opens sales 330 days out. I don't know if this still applies, but it was a function of the Sabre booking engine. No bookings with the same day/month ove...

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by Wingtips56
Sat May 16, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAE/Paine Field 10-week suspension
Replies: 11
Views: 2698

PAE/Paine Field 10-week suspension

Apologies if this is already posted, but I didn't find it. It appears that airline flights will be suspended at PAE/Paine Field, Everett, Washington, for 10 weeks: 22 May through 31 July for maintenance and repairs. Rather than work around the COVID-19 reduced schedules, the operator decided to just...

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by Wingtips56
Fri May 15, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 725
Views: 110082

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

They should trade with American. Delta 777's for American's A330 fleet. Actually a good idea, I remember back in the early 80s, AA swapped their 747s for Pan Am DC10s. But give the likely hood of an AA liquidation I doubt any bank holding the liens on the DL 77L would take that deal. Those DC10s ha...

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by Wingtips56
Thu May 14, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 934
Views: 157684

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2020

Any chance AA is entertaining the idea of reconfiguring some 321s as two-cabin J/Y, with the lie flat Business seats that are on the 321T for these international flights? Yes, it would be an undesirable third subfleet for the 321, but might make sense.

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by Wingtips56
Tue May 12, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Corail new proposed French Pacific based airline
Replies: 29
Views: 4771

Re: Air Corail new proposed French Pacific based airline

It is French for coral, which is in their logo.

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by Wingtips56
Sun May 10, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Permanent" Aircraft Retirement
Replies: 26
Views: 4584

Re: "Permanent" Aircraft Retirement

Other than that, I'm not aware of it on a fleetwide basis, but it's certainly happened with individual frames - VS unretired an A346 a couple years ago to cover 787 issues, and it stayed until the end. AA also brought a 767 back from the dead for a year or so to cover for the loss of the 767 at ORD...

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by Wingtips56
Sat May 09, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United DC-10's
Replies: 110
Views: 13992

Re: United DC-10's

The DC-10s were pretty common in domestic use. One sample market I am familiar with was SMF-DEN. The first morning flight upgauged from the short DC-8s to the stretch -8, and then to the DC-10, which was on the run for several years through the late 70's and early 80's. Then it reduced to the 762, w...

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by Wingtips56
Fri May 08, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread
Replies: 240
Views: 82096

Re: [rumor] CX Group brand consolidation

I'm surprised. "Dragon" seems like a classier brand than the usually looked down on "Express". Unless that really would be a new turboprop/RJ feeder, and the Dragon Airbus flying would all become mainline.

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by Wingtips56
Sun May 03, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Air Canada anticipates return of worldwide air travel by Christmas" (CBC)
Replies: 52
Views: 8135

Re: "Air Canada anticipates return of worldwide air travel by Christmas" (CBC)

[ That's nice projection, but other questions such as how many people and how quickly will they be able to pay for such trips once it's possible to enter other countries again? I'm sure that in order to sell more seats, airlines won't price their tickets as high as they usually do during Christmas....

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by Wingtips56
Sat May 02, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can MCO ever become a legacy hub?
Replies: 46
Views: 5100

Re: Can MCO ever become a legacy hub?

Ionosphere wrote:
Didn't DL briefly fly GRU-MCO?

I know Trans Brasil did, as I took that flight once. 763. The staff even called it the Mickey Mouse flight, with all the families. Kids pressing the call button constantly and the poor flight attendants having to respond to each one.

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by Wingtips56
Sat May 02, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How are forward bookings looking?
Replies: 19
Views: 3506

Re: How are forward bookings looking?

I imagine that a number of the (northern) summer and later bookings could have been made before the outbreak, and folks just haven't cancelled yet. And others, as suggested above, could be more speculative bookings with the freedom to cancel without penalty. See how it goes. Bookings could go up or ...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do so many international terminals have arrivals corridors above the departures level?
Replies: 70
Views: 11144

Re: Why do so many international terminals have arrivals corridors above the departures level?

A big difference centers on the countries where one goes through Passport Control to leave the country. Arrivals and departures can then be mixed, with arriving passengers staying in bond, changing gates and shopping between flights. Departing passengers mix in the same shops and go to the gates. To...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American Airlines raises baggage fees
Replies: 7
Views: 1238

Re: American Airlines raises baggage fees

airzona11 wrote:
And it’s still not taxed.

It is taxed, as revenue income to the airline. If tax was to be added to the fee, the customer would pay it directly. And the airline would still pay income tax on the revenue portion.

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by Wingtips56
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max
Replies: 365
Views: 63102

Re: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max

Is there any market for the used 717s? I don't see a value in an exchange if they would just be junked. Are they less-used than HA's current fleet on 717s, that could at least extend 717 flying those short hops in Hawaii?

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by Wingtips56
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2020
Replies: 1067
Views: 169601

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2020

And, as someone pointed out, ROW doesn't have TUL's hail storm and tornado risk. Because ROW has never seen hail? https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/storm-brings-hail-funnel-clouds-flooding-across-new-mexico/5374991/ OK. Well if ROW gets golf ball to soft ball sized hail too, then I stand correct...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2020
Replies: 1067
Views: 169601

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2020

And, as someone pointed out, ROW doesn't have TUL's hail storm and tornado risk.

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by Wingtips56
Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 968
Views: 144247

Re: JetBlue Network Thread - 2020

It's the old National Airlines Sun King logo.

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by Wingtips56
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation Terms
Replies: 13
Views: 1013

Re: Aviation Terms

Sometimes a certified MGTOW is an artificial limit, controlled not by the actual capability of the aircraft but by paperwork to fit into a certain classification. For example, back in my day, there was a cut-off point with commuter aircraft classification at 12,500 lbs gross. One of the airlines I ...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation Terms
Replies: 13
Views: 1013

Re: Aviation Terms

Sometimes a certified MGTOW is an artificial limit, controlled not by the actual capability of the aircraft but by paperwork to fit into a certain classification. For example, back in my day, there was a cut-off point with commuter aircraft classification at 12,500 lbs gross. One of the airlines I w...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation Terms
Replies: 13
Views: 1013

Re: Aviation Terms

Oh yeah, length of the runway is a big factor too. A short runway can add a significant MTOW reduction and weight restriction, which means reduced capacity and blocking seats. That affects the profitability of a route. And the choice of an aircraft for the route....a 739 runway hog might have the de...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation Terms
Replies: 13
Views: 1013

Re: Aviation Terms

Those involved in flight operations will trump whatever I say, but from my background as an airport ops agent, these terms came into play at my level. MTOW/MGTOW (maximum gross takeoff weight) has a fixed limit according to the aircraft certification. That's the allowed grand total of the aircraft, ...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 3/22/2020
Replies: 87
Views: 14822

Re: OAG Changes 3/22/2020

What I haven't seen in the OAG report are the announced and apparent cuts that Contour/LF has made in the West (I don't know their Eastern system to recognize what's missing..anybody?). LF is only maintaining the two AEAS/EAS markets: CEC-OAK and PGA-PHX/LAS. I did see a notice of them suspending S...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 3/22/2020
Replies: 87
Views: 14822

Re: OAG Changes 3/22/2020

What I haven't seen in the OAG report are the announced and apparent cuts that Contour/LF has made in the West (I don't know their Eastern system to recognize what's missing..anybody?). LF is only maintaining the two AEAS/EAS markets: CEC-OAK and PGA-PHX/LAS. I did see a notice of them suspending SM...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 934
Views: 157684

Re: American Airlines Network Thread - 2020

Any clue when the 767s will come out of the schedule? The word was they will be retired in May. AA runs schedule changes in the wee hours of Sunday mornings, so that may show up tomorrow, along with more flight reductions due to the virus situation. Because of the international restrictions applyin...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 335396

Re: Trans States Airlines closing down earlier Covid-19

Are they the only carrier at any airports that will now be without any service?

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by Wingtips56
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stobart Air in trouble
Replies: 36
Views: 11005

Re: Stobart Air in trouble

Laker, Lauda, Braniff, Hughes Airwest and (gag!) Trump Shuttle all spring to mind. Aer Lingus is just a translation of air lines, so what's in a name?

But on topic, does Stobart have a plan to restore it's Flybe flying under it's own name or marketing/franchise partner?

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by Wingtips56
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Complicated Livery?
Replies: 36
Views: 3678

Re: Most Complicated Livery?

This discussion could be divided into (1) special/one-off liveries, and (2) complex standard liveries ....i.e. fleet-wide.

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by Wingtips56
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sacramento (SMF) Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 170
Views: 16313

Re: Sacramento (SMF) Aviation Thread - 2020

To the above post: Contour does have an interline ticketing and baggage agreement with AA, though I don't see it being used too much out west (not with AA dropping OAK-DFW again (!), which might have been fed by LF CEC-OAK). CEC and PGA are the two western LF cities that don't have AA service from t...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 410
Views: 50449

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2020

I guess the dropped MFR-LAX flight is to fund the second summer seasonal MFR-PHX flight posted last time. There really should be enough market for 2x PHX and still keep the 1X (or more) LAX.

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by Wingtips56
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 172
Views: 22716

Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2020

Just seeing in CNN Business that SXSW is cancelled.

Edit: and now reported in USA Today as well.

Huge immediate impact, or had bookings already been falling off?

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by Wingtips56
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Francisco Bay Area Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 98
Views: 10991

Re: San Francisco Bay Area Aviation Thread - 2020

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/ ... its-sonoma
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STS: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported today that Sun Country will not be returning to STS/Sonoma County this summer, dropping STS-MSP/LAS.
https://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/ ... its-sonoma

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by Wingtips56
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 410
Views: 50449

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2020

The Sun Country flights are the gambling junkets. I've seen them show up from time to time at MFR and EUG on Flight Aware, as well as SMF (well before they started scheduled SMF-MSP) and other airports they don't normally serve. Not sure why one would want to go to Bullhead City, Laughlin or Elko (v...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airline fleets are getting older
Replies: 30
Views: 5101

Re: airline fleets are getting older

AA was probably the worst offender for bad fleet decisions. They dumped new MD-90's, 737 Classics, and 717's while keeping around fuel guzzling and three-man 727's. Hardly. AA's structure didn't/doesn't work with a variety of mini sub fleets, and all of these were small numbers from mergers. 731/73...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sacramento (SMF) Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 170
Views: 16313

Re: Sacramento (SMF) Aviation Thread - 2020

OK. Admittedly I think I remember my former colleagues mentioned the new terminal, but I forgot, and haven't been to SMF since the Big Build started. (I worked in all three of the original terminals over time from 1979-2003. 2003 is when AA returned my office space to the County during cutbacks, so ...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sacramento (SMF) Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 170
Views: 16313

Re: Sacramento (SMF) Aviation Thread - 2020

Well only for arrivals, really. They could tow back to A for departures. AA stayed in the original Terminal B when the nicer A opened because of the lease cost. (They had recently spent a chunk on swapping terminals with NW, moving in with AirCal and rebuilding the facility, so higher rent was off t...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 59662

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2020

Seriously? Contour enters a market with 30-seat E-135s, and suddenly WN can fill multiple 737s? Then why wasn't WN already flying it?

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by Wingtips56
Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO landing Rwy 01R today
Replies: 59
Views: 9656

Re: SFO landing Rwy 01R today

Of course OO/UA Express took it in the shorts today. Lots of big delays and cancellations.

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by Wingtips56
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 502
Views: 48170

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2020

https://i.postimg.cc/Yh51mqcP/T2.jpg Just in case anyone out there hasn't ever seen or dealt with the ridiculous layout of T2E, here's a map. Picture 450+ people waiting around in gates 28/30/32 trying to claim one of the barely 100 seats. I think the original design on T2E was intended for passeng...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 410
Views: 50449

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2020

RWA380, it seemed you and the other regulars were all off last week, as the whole thread was unusually quiet. The MFR-ORD add was in Enilria's report last Sunday, but then dropped in this week's report. When nobody commented by midweek, I went ahead and posted it.
Was this you Ireland trip?

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by Wingtips56
Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020
Replies: 284
Views: 40277

Re: Alaska Airlines Network Thread 2020

I agree on several of those, at least seasonally, although didn't AM try MEX without a lot of success? How strong are the PDX O/D markets (plus EUG/MFR/etc. feed) for these markets? Or do they really need a trans-Pacific partner growing at PDX to fill up the cabins?

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by Wingtips56
Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Hubs at LAX
Replies: 34
Views: 7467

Re: Airline Hubs at LAX

Western had a hub at LAX. Right. It may not have been a huge Hub (with a capital H) by today's standards, but it definitely was a substantial on-line connecting point for WA. I worked for them in SMF in the winter of '82/'83 (during my furlough from OC), handling the flights to LAX and SLC (SMF-ONT...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bare metal or silver belly on 747-400
Replies: 20
Views: 3736

Re: Bare metal or silver belly on 747-400

An of course the AA 747s were bare metal all over.

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