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by Wingtips56
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Little Cargo Revenue Really Matters For DL And UA
Replies: 67
Views: 6128

Re: How Little Cargo Revenue Really Matters.

For US airlines only. Korean Air's cargo revenue is 23% of the total. Cathay Pacific's cargo revenue is 25% of the total. However in perspective, US passenger carriers other than Alaska don't operate dedicated cargo fleets. It's all belly cargo in passenger liners. In a recent Air Cargo New posting...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing website updated to match FR's Boeing 737MAX200 rename
Replies: 105
Views: 2466

Re: 737-8200?

It's one way of dropping the tainted-"Max" name from public-facing fleet information. Expect more, unless Boeing comes up with a new name.

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by Wingtips56
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...
Replies: 134
Views: 18842

Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Did anyone notice the Canadian North charter at McClellan today? Firefighters returning from Edmonton. Returned as "Empress" 5T9061, B733. I didn't know MCC had passenger handling services for a Boeing. I would have thought Mather would be more likely if not SMF itself. Does MCC get much ...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...
Replies: 134
Views: 18842

Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

I do work for LF, but I'm not sure what you mean by quote. Did you click on the link to the OAG report? I think SBAer was referring to the text about the bleed valves and all. It sounds like a good company line, with the question being: are those your own words, or a quote from the Company or media...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...
Replies: 134
Views: 18842

Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

I've enjoyed having the Contour at SBA, but man, my last trip to LAS. I had almost 4 hours of delays on 2 one-hour flights. Really hoping they do add SBA-SAN before too long. SBA-SAN is needed. But Contour’s reliability seems to be getting worse as they grow. They should fix their problems before t...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...
Replies: 134
Views: 18842

Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Did anyone notice the Canadian North charter at McClellan today? Firefighters returning from Edmonton. Returned as "Empress" 5T9061, B733. I didn't know MCC had passenger handling services for a Boeing. I would have thought Mather would be more likely if not SMF itself. Does MCC get much t...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contour Announces SBP-LAS Begins Oct 17
Replies: 7
Views: 895

Re: Contour Announces SBP-LAS Begins Oct 17

I just hope they don't over expand and get into trouble.

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by Wingtips56
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest ditching ticket jackets
Replies: 35
Views: 4378

Re: Southwest ditching ticket jackets

Ticket jackets were relatively expensive with the multi color printing, the extra slots, slits and pockets. They hit the station's budget, so we were supposed to use them judiciously. We of course would substitute a competitor's jacket for one of ours. but with help of paid advertisements on the ba...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest ditching ticket jackets
Replies: 35
Views: 4378

Re: Southwest ditching ticket jackets

One of the purposes of the ticket jacket was to provide the mandated overbooking notices, conditions of contract notice, etc. Many were used as a boarding pass to mark the seat assignments, especially before we had boarding pass printers. For a while when AA stopped providing ticket jackets, we were...

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by Wingtips56
Fri May 31, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest ditching ticket jackets
Replies: 35
Views: 4378

Re: Southwest ditching ticket jackets

Since few, if any carriers still issue paper tickets, there is nothing to put in a jacket.

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by Wingtips56
Wed May 29, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 682
Views: 86523

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019

I did a quick check on a Friday in June and a Friday in April; both show four AS* flights. For some time, AS/QX have run fewer flights on Saturdays and sometimes on Tuesdays, so it's clearly a response to travel demands.

Edit: forgot to say I was checking on SMF-PDX.

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by Wingtips56
Mon May 27, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contour possible EAT-OAK
Replies: 60
Views: 4974

Re: Contour possible EAT-OAK

Yes...I agree that any EAT-OAK would definitely have to heavily subsidized. However, I don't think LF will go to ACV because of the proximity of CEC. I think there is some traffic that CEC is seeing is coming from ACV, since it's only an hour or so away. I still think it would be natural to see LF ...

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by Wingtips56
Mon May 27, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contour possible EAT-OAK
Replies: 60
Views: 4974

Re: Contour possible EAT-OAK

LF was drawn to OAK-CEC for the subsidy. And later to PGA for that subsidy. But the rest of the flying they are doing in the West is at risk, and that seems to be going well. They are now running a second SBA-OAK-CEC return 4 days a week with no subsidy, plus adding SBA-SMF and I think a second SBA-...

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by Wingtips56
Mon May 27, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could TWA have been able to save the 717 or A318?
Replies: 15
Views: 2079

Re: Could TWA have been able to save the 717 or A318?

TWA wasn't going to make payroll at the time of the acquisition announcement, according to one of their accounts I shared a shuttle with. AA paid the employees that week, and, obviously thereafter. So I think it unlikely TWA could have saved anything. Not with Icahn bleeding them.

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by Wingtips56
Sun May 26, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel Hacking question
Replies: 5
Views: 1561

Re: Travel Hacking question

And it may go over as a cash advance against your credit card, may have no grace period meaning interest charges begin immediately, does have fees and usually won't accrue mileage points.

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by Wingtips56
Fri May 24, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline routes and colonial legacies
Replies: 35
Views: 3558

Re: Airline routes and colonial legacies

Some of the markets mentioned above are certainly now more economic/tourism focused than they are as simply legacy colonial markets. Some connection with roots, the motherland, sure, but not filling up the flights on that alone. It's not like today's Aussies are returning home after serving their Tr...

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by Wingtips56
Fri May 24, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 682
Views: 86523

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019

Total flights at PDX for the month of April dropped to 14,094 from 14,874 in April 2018. Hard to believe with the population growth and a relatively booming economy. The port has a lot of work to do to reverse this. Is it really the Port, or is it that the population isn't supporting the flights th...

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by Wingtips56
Tue May 21, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many 737 MAXs would have been delivered by now?
Replies: 6
Views: 1592

Re: How many 737 MAXs would have been delivered by now?

Are test flights banned too, or can Boeing test completed new builds, and then park them awaiting delivery?

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by Wingtips56
Fri May 17, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...
Replies: 134
Views: 18842

Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

On a side-bar note, there is a report in the Sacramento Business Journal (16MAY) on Luxe Air wanting to fly Silicon Valley (I dislike that term) commuters from the Sacramento area. The article is behind a paywall, but essentially, Luxe Air out of McClellan (MCC) is proposing scheduled charter commut...

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by Wingtips56
Fri May 17, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...
Replies: 134
Views: 18842

Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

MCE is subsidized. RDD and ACV would not be. And CEC currently is AEAS to Contour. So the Boutique flying would be at-risk. Do they do much of that? Meanwhile, I'm trying to figure out how to get my sister-in-law from SMF to CEC for her annual visit this fall. Boutique picking it up would be nice!

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by Wingtips56
Thu May 16, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended
Replies: 107
Views: 22223

Re: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended

Anyway ..... back to topic. Is Via done?

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by Wingtips56
Thu May 16, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines pilot arrested for murder.
Replies: 18
Views: 3418

Re: American Airlines pilot arrested for murder.

In any event, the murder was not on an airplane or airline property, so the accused's employer is completely irrelevant. If he worked for Kmart, would it be so sensationalized?

But yes, this is an unnecessary duplicate thread.

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by Wingtips56
Wed May 15, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Cancellations
Replies: 1
Views: 934

Southwest Cancellations

I noticed a lot of cancelled Southwest flights today and into tomorrow. SMF,/SJC <-> SAN/BUR taking big hits out West for example., but all over the country. FlightAware shows 138 cancellations currently for WN alone (AA is next at 39.) Is something going on, or are these flights affected by the Max...

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by Wingtips56
Sun May 12, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 5/12/2019:AA New Routes;AS Cuts SNA-PVR/SJD;DL Adds BOS-MIA/PUJ/SRQ,LAX-OMA;G4;HU Delays CTU-ORD;OZ Cuts ORD
Replies: 71
Views: 13279

Re: OAG Changes 5/12/2019:AA New Routes;AS Cuts SNA-PVR/SJD;DL Adds BOS-MIA/PUJ/SRQ,LAX-OMA;G4;HU Delays CTU-ORD;OZ Cuts

SteveXC500 wrote:
Just looked up AA PHX-RAP and it’s a CRJ priced in October at $4,700+ RT

Schedule change runs on Sunday (the wee hours). Frequently prices aren't loaded until the Revenue Management folks come in on Monday.

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by Wingtips56
Sat May 11, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Closing and Opening of Aircraft Doors
Replies: 14
Views: 3299

Re: Closing and Opening of Aircraft Doors

Well, I never closed a door from the inside, and I never as a passenger saw a flight attendant do the outline thing either. As an agent, I closed a lot of doors from the outside (HP Jetstream, Cessna 402, Piper Navajo, 707, 737, DC-9-80, 757, BAe-146), but not the kind of door in the videos. I have ...

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by Wingtips56
Sat May 04, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami Air 737 runway overrun into river at NAS Jacksonville
Replies: 247
Views: 41735

Re: Plane crash in Jacksonville

FlyingElvii wrote:
Oh Christ, CNN has Schiavo pontificating already...

She does nothing to improve CNN's trustworthiness. I stopped listening to her years ago. She came from NTSB as I recall, but she's full of crap.

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by Wingtips56
Fri May 03, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest starts Interisland service
Replies: 86
Views: 15376

Re: Southwest starts Interisland service

Question: does WN need to maintain the relatively long turn times with every flight? Or are they good as long as they get the occasional breather, so that if a plane is running late, they can do a quick turn to get back to schedule?

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by Wingtips56
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska IT problems this morning ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1265

Re: Alaska IT problems this morning ?

News reports said AA, B6 and AS affected.

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by Wingtips56
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest domestic flights
Replies: 38
Views: 4195

Re: Shortest domestic flights

Try a list without the island hoppers: those are more justifiable in their short lengths because you can't get there by road. Some, like the Poncé/PSE to San Juan/SJU are connected by road, but not very direct or quick. STS-SFO is a straight shot down Hwy 101 over the Golden Gate Bridge but in heav...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest domestic flights
Replies: 38
Views: 4195

Re: Shortest domestic flights

Try a list without the island hoppers: those are more justifiable in their short lengths because you can't get there by road. Some, like the Poncé/PSE to San Juan/SJU are connected by road, but not very direct or quick. STS-SFO is a straight shot down Hwy 101 over the Golden Gate Bridge but in heavy...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Southwest Airlines equipment type in 1977/78
Replies: 10
Views: 727

Re: Pacific Southwest Airlines equipment type in 1977/78

PSA also took on a couple of DC-9-30s in the early 1980's. I flew on one SMF-PDX for a wedding around 1986 or so. I think they were ex-AC machines. As to the BAe-146-200. - PSA did have customer issues with the tight space at 100 seats. We heard that tall-ish people couldn't sit fully upright in the...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: USA - Majors/Legacies & Minors/ULCC & Regionals & Boutique/SmallCarriers
Replies: 44
Views: 2692

Re: USA - Majors/Legacies & Minors/ULCC & Regionals & Boutique/SmallCarriers

some small items United is UA, not UL Horizon also operates E175 in addition to Q400 Hawaiian ceased operating the 767 in January Under charter you may want to add SwiftAir HA essentially replaced the 767 with the 321N. Contour/LF is phasing out the J31 this month, I believe, if it isn't parked alr...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest customers unhappy about growing cancellations
Replies: 78
Views: 13127

Re: Southwest customers unhappy about growing cancellations

Is WN not cancelling flights well out in advance, like AA is? Better to be reaccomodating advance bookings versus day of departure plus 1 or 2. Especially without interline as a back up. Some might argue AA is being overly cautious, but then if the Max is back in the air sooner, they can just start ...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...
Replies: 134
Views: 18842

Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Terminal A was built with the intent to expand it fairly easily. The ex-HP, now AA concourse was built shorter than the other concourse, but with the long-term expectation of lengthening it. Also, the ticketing area was built for an easy addition, beyond what was the original WN counter. (I worked a...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest get final authorization from FAA to begin Hawaii service
Replies: 341
Views: 43032

Re: Southwest get final authorization from FAA to begin Hawaii service

With regard to the lack of eastbound connections, California is a big market, and can fill these flights without connections. So not to worry. Eventually, I assume their work rules and infrastructure will allow red-eyes or more early departures that will be able to connect over California to points ...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1781
Views: 356536

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

The globe should be in a box when it's on a wall, stationery, website, engine nacelle, etc., to frame it. Otherwise an incomplete globe would just look like a splot. But not boxed on the tail. I do think that all of the latest iterations of the globe have it tilted too far over, like it's fallen and...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American A330s paint scheme
Replies: 16
Views: 3955

Re: American A330s paint scheme

From my experience with automobile paint, the metallic paints oxidize faster than regular paint. I could guess the metallics are also heavier. The NW silvered finish wasn't around long enough to tell how it would have held up. That said, the current AA grey actually has a bit of pearlescent sparkle ...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly To Acquire Bankrupt Germania?
Replies: 5
Views: 1775

Re: HiFly To Acquire Bankrupt Germania?

I would think much of the value would be in the airport slots, but only if HiFly wanted to go into the scheduled business under their own brand (or a new division which could have it's own name). Otherwise, what assets and debts did Germania leave behind? (I'm asking because I don't know. Fleet leas...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 682
Views: 86523

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019

Yes, as part of the AS-VX transaction concessions, AS and AA had to back off a great deal of their partnership, differing from the AS-DL divorce. As to AA's HND statements, I don't see that AA's and oneworld's strengths at PDX are really at issue, since they aren't applying for a PNW gateway. I see ...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 682
Views: 86523

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2019

DL wouldn't forfeit the PDX-NRT route if they don't get HND, would they? Couldn't they just continue it as today?

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by Wingtips56
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STN runway closed after runway incident
Replies: 8
Views: 4189

Re: STN runway closed after runway incident

Pics in the BBC website.

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by Wingtips56
Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Adria Airways (JP) cancels LOI for 15 Superjets
Replies: 55
Views: 12511

Re: Adria Airways (JP) signs LOI for 15 Superjets

I find the original post interesting, in that it seems to report that the SSJ would be used for Adria branded flights, freeing up the CRJ and Airbus equipment for ACMI flying. From reports on issues here and elsewhere about SSJ dispatch reliability, does that imply that they are OK for Adria's expos...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe aircraft evacuated in Exeter
Replies: 6
Views: 2050

Re: Flybe aircraft evacuated in Exeter

Incredible. If I'm ever told to evacuate a plane, I'll be getting out as quickly as I can and getting as far away from the airplane as I can. They can send me my luggage later.

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by Wingtips56
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contour expanding in California, New terminal at CEC
Replies: 25
Views: 3010

Re: Contour expanding in California, New terminal at CEC

There are a lot of markets where the Jetstream is the right size, but apparently not economical anymore. (LF CEC said he couldn't wait to be rid of them.) G4 did MFR-OAK for a while but dropped it. Granted, the random and occasional flight schedules G4 is known for is probably not a good guide, comp...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contour expanding in California, New terminal at CEC
Replies: 25
Views: 3010

Re: Contour expanding in California, New terminal at CEC

I think ACV had a "me too" interest, particularly at getting SMF and PDX service back, but LF came out specifically for the EAS opening at CEC. PenAir started the same way (to PDX), but lost it when they over expanded with the at risk PDX-LMT/ACV/RDD/OTH flying, coupled with poor execution...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contour expanding in California, New terminal at CEC
Replies: 25
Views: 3010

Re: Contour expanding in California, New terminal at CEC

LF is probably getting Del Norte/Curry passengers back from ACV that had been driving there for the SFO flights, but I doubt they pick up anybody from Humboldt. PenAir did with the CEC-PDX flights, even after KS started flying at ACV due to the lower subsidized fares ex-CEC. With LF's on-time perfor...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contour expanding in California, New terminal at CEC
Replies: 25
Views: 3010

Re: Contour expanding in California, New terminal at CEC

LF WAS only a part 135 carrier at the time they took over EAS at CEC and TUP. They now hold a 121 and the newer routes like MCN and PGA have always operated under part 121. But yes, the reason why most of the communities in AEAS are in AEAS is so that they can have service from Part 135 aircraft wi...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contour expanding in California, New terminal at CEC
Replies: 25
Views: 3010

Re: Contour expanding in California, New terminal at CEC

There will also be a 2nd OAK-SBA and I think another SBA-LAS flight starting in May. Right, it's all part of the same expansion, and I think it's also 4x weekly. The flights route CEC-OAK-SBA-LAS and return, as it does now. Contour's website is selling CEC-SMF (which got people excited here), but i...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Contour expanding in California, New terminal at CEC
Replies: 25
Views: 3010

Re: Contour expanding in California, New terminal at CEC

CEC is in rhe AEAS, where the airport/town negotiate contract with airline directly. A few places do that. My understanding during the bidding process is that Contour wouldn't qualify for EAS as a public charter, so the AEAS (A=Alternate) subsidy does go to the airport authority, who in turn then s...

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