I should have included New York LaGuardiaJump to post
I should have included New York LaGuardiaJump to post
I like to see efficient use of capital resources. These days airports are sadly underutilized, but before the current crisis, I wonder which airports squeezed the most use out of their gates? My guesses would include airports with physical or regulatory limits on their size, close-in locations, and ...Jump to post
I understand the relative comparisons, but it seems funny to me given how dominant SFO is in the Bay Area. It is constrained in several ways, but that doesn't really stop airlines from concentrating as much service as they can there. WN is big at OAK and SJC, but AS at SJC is really the only airlin...Jump to post
My first flight was on Western in 1959, MSP to LAX with a stop in SLC, on a DC 6B. Western served a number of smaller cities in South Dakota, including Sioux Falls, Huron, and Pierre, and Wyoming, including Cheyenne, Casper, and Jackson, as I recall. They did a fair amount of TV advertising featurin...Jump to post
I remember that back in the early 1960s, there was a sign in the lobby listing all Departing flights, with rotating airline names, letters and numbers that changed as old flights departed and new ones were added. This was before electronic displays were developed. ORD also had such displays, but if ...Jump to post
I saw and listened to NWA 377s on the approach to landing at MSP as a kid. I recall that the sound of their engines was low and loud from the ground, quite distinctive. I am guessing the forward cabin was quite noisy. I wonder if the 377 had the same engines as the B 29, upon which it was based, if...Jump to post
I saw and listened to NWA 377s on the approach to landing at MSP as a kid. I recall that the sound of their engines was low and loud from the ground, quite distinctive. I am guessing the forward cabin was quite noisy. I wonder if the 377 had the same engines as the B 29, upon which it was based, if ...Jump to post
I flew United’s Caravelles quite a few times when I was young and had the cards issued to college students, allowing half fare flying on standby. They were all first class, if I recall. I don’t recall, but I suspect I paid half of coach fare on those flights. I never flew the United “Executive Fligh...Jump to post
Thank-you for a superb trip report. Now, I want to visit Uzbekistan. That's a high compliment to you.
I look forward to your report when you complete your full set of trips on the airlines of the 4 Stans.
Wonderful report. Thanks.Jump to post
FTL, TIA, SWA, Capitol, and World all few the DC8's in MAC configurations. Not sure the time periods were in the 1967 era though. I was flying the 707-321C in and out of Vietnam, but my memory is slipping regarding regarding who else was on the ramps during that period. You can bet that it was not ...Jump to post
Thank-you! I began using JFK around 1965 and was always struck by the inefficiency and inconvenience of the separate terminals and the separate ticketing lobbies of the foreign carriers in the IAB. ORD’s setup was much more practical. Changing terminals at JFK could be a nightmare in bad weather. Re...Jump to post
I'm headed to Tulsa tomorrow just the weekend (wife needed another round trip flight for A-list). Are there any events or recommendations for places to check out? Basically have saturday afternoon and sunday til about 3. The Gathering place looks like it is worth checking out and the art museum. Op...Jump to post
I still remember a transcontinental trip on a Piedmont 767. It was PHL or BWI to LAX, if memory serves. The front cabin was a 2 - 1 - 2 configuration, and I loved the middle seat with no neighbor. Service and food were great. It’s a shame it didn’t acquire other airlines instead of being absorbed.Jump to post
The geographical logic for a transpacific route from Sapporo is obvious, since connections in Narita or Haneda involve so much backtracking. But Hokkaido is not very rich. Even as a northern hub for a Japanese carrier, there isn't that much potential, as northeast Japan (Tohoku) is not that populous...Jump to post
AA has border state hubs in LAX, PHX, and DFW, with strong ethnic and business ties to Mexico. Part of the reason is that back in the early days of transcontal air travel, the CAB awarded the southern transcontinental route to AA. TWA's route was north of that, and UA further north still. AA flew to...Jump to post
Very interesting in many ways. Thanks for such attention to detail.
Is Westjet offering well-priced front cabin fares from SFO via Calgary to Gatwick?
L-1011-500 for Pan Am, if I am not mistaken. Or did Delta fly them, too?Jump to post
In the 1980s, before the USAir hub, I traveled frequently from BOS to PHL and was shocked at the huge and visible difference in the size of international terminals and number of foreign carriers at the two airports. The PHL international terminal was a converted hangar far away from the domestic ter...Jump to post
I am very interested in the description of the niche, and how profits could be realized with really low fares and simple pricing. Those ancillary fees seem to be the key to ULCC profitability.
But Levy presumably knows what he is doing.
I don't know this publication and can't vouch for it, but it claims to have done local reporting on problems with the new airport, starting with an inappropriate site. Perhaps more knowledgeable Anetters can provide perspective: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/03/turkey-erdogan-third...Jump to post
Thank-you, CARST and other posters who have helped me better understand a fascinating monumental screw-up and its ongoing aftermath. The phenomenal growth of air traffic in Berlin, beyond the planned capacity of BER, seems to me to be a clue that two airports can be easily supported, and the map pos...Jump to post
Chubu International Airport (aka, Centrair) has a Japanese ofuro bath with a view and massage available. https://www.centrair.jp/en/shop_dine/shop/massage.htmlJump to post
I was lucky as a teen to fly on a DC-7 (UA) and DC-6Bs (Western, Delta, UA). I was shocked to watch the 7s retired much quicker. But I think I recall being surprised that the 7 was noisier. However, noise on prop airliners depended a lot on where you sat, so my comparison may be meaningless. Does an...Jump to post
Just for the record: El Al did fly the CAI-TLV route after the two countries opened relations. I took that flight around 20 years ago. El Al had its own security people at CAI and they gave me by far the most rigorous security examination I have ever encountered, up to and including calling up my ho...Jump to post
What are the forecasts for traffic at the new Istanbul airport? Isn't it opening fairly soon? With both a mega-city and a mega-hub, it would seem to be a likely candidate for nine figures.Jump to post
Thank-you for a very informative report, the first I have seen on Air Macau.Jump to post
A second U.K. Hub at MAN is an intriguing thought. I would guess that while the catchment population is a healthy fraction (1/3?) of LON, the front cabin market is far, far smaller.
But I would suspect that operational costs would be lower, and slots not an issue at MAN.
My guess is that Delta management wants to avoid reinforcing the old identities of employees who joined the company from other carriers. The last thing they want is for people to remember how they did it at Northwest. Delta has pulled off its mergers better than other carriers have, in general. Mana...Jump to post
Don't forget that Cabo is a renowned fishing destination, as well as a beach resort. That could attract customers into flying such a great distance.Jump to post
I recall AA advertising its New York -LA flights as the first domestic jet flights, so I suspect earlier delivery had a lot to do with it.Jump to post
I admire the runway layout of IAD, and expect it will continue to grow, as the DC metro continues to expand in Northern Virginia. But I fear that it shares the fate of Malpensa Airport: too far from the city it serves to capture lucrative traffic, which favors the close-in single runway airport (DCA...Jump to post
The first Twitter video is labeled in Japanese as at Haneda Airport. The second one is labeled as at Narita, as is the YouTube videoJump to post
When Donald Nyrop built a headquarters building at MSP, it was windowless, so employees wouldn’t waste time looking at the airplanes, and the stalls in the bathrooms had no doors, so people wouldn’t waste time on the throne.
That building was demolished when theHQ was moved to Eagan, long after Nyrop.
I am curious about why MEL, not SYD, is LATAM's gateway. Business ties?Jump to post
I flew CI's 747 SP several times from SFO to TPE, which was at the time the only nonstop from the mainland US to Taiwan.
The SP flew higher than other passenger aircraft - if I recall, 40,000 feet. At that altitude you could see the curvature of the earth. Do any airliners today fly that high?
So far as I know, JAC is the only airport of its size in the US that relies exclusively on hard stands. I have seen 10 or more airliners there at one time, including 757s, but no air bridges.
The terminal is nice, so it isn’t a lack of funds.
Is this arrangement because of the seasonality of demand?
Delta seems to be very financially sophisticated in its fleet decisions, analyzing total ownership and operating costs. Their refurbishing and use of older aircraft seems to me to indicate an unemotional decision making process. My guess is that Airbus has won their business with proposals that made...Jump to post