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by SFOThinker
Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airports had the most turns per gate (pre-Covid)?
Replies: 5
Views: 299

Re: What airports had the most turns per gate (pre-Covid)?

I should have included New York LaGuardia

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by SFOThinker
Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airports had the most turns per gate (pre-Covid)?
Replies: 5
Views: 299

Re: What airports had the most turns per gate (pre-Covid)?

I should have included New York LaGuardia

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by SFOThinker
Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airports had the most turns per gate (pre-Covid)?
Replies: 5
Views: 299

What airports had the most turns per gate (pre-Covid)?

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 ...

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by SFOThinker
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NorCal vs SoCal
Replies: 12
Views: 2591

Re: NorCal vs SoCal

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...

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by SFOThinker
Wed Aug 05, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Airlines questions
Replies: 72
Views: 9335

Re: Western Airlines questions

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...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue makes LAX West Coast focus city
Replies: 329
Views: 35204

Re: JetBlue makes LAX West Coast focus city

Is B6 going to be the first nonstop flight from BUF to LAX? I don't recall ever seeing one. If so, congratulations to Buffalo.

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by SFOThinker
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IMAGES: 95 years of historic firsts at CLE
Replies: 69
Views: 4966

Re: IMAGES: 95 years of historic firsts at CLE

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 ...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 377 Cabin question
Replies: 51
Views: 10266

Re: Boeing 377 Cabin question

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...

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by SFOThinker
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 377 Cabin question
Replies: 51
Views: 10266

Re: Boeing 377 Cabin question

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 ...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle Thread
Replies: 124
Views: 15166

Re: The Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle Thread

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...

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by SFOThinker
Sat May 09, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United DC-10's
Replies: 110
Views: 14922

Re: United DC-10's

I also flew them a lot, often from SFO to ORD connecting to DTW or PHL. At the time there were no nonstops between SFO and PHL, which I found shocking.
The shortest hop I ever took on a UA 10 was YVR to SEA.

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by SFOThinker
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Uzbekistan Airways: Silk Road highlights in Business Class
Replies: 19
Views: 7009

Re: Uzbekistan Airways: Silk Road highlights in Business Class

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.

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by SFOThinker
Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New York Air vs Eastern Air Lines 1981
Replies: 74
Views: 10571

Re: New York Air vs Eastern Air Lines 1981

I used to fly BOS LGA every week and loved NY Air when it started up. The bagels weren't that good but they beat Eastern. Enterprise was a terrific show on PBS, too.

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by SFOThinker
Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Largest capacity passenger plane in 1967
Replies: 27
Views: 6122

Re: Largest capacity passanger plane in 1967

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 ...

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by SFOThinker
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PHX Terminal 2 closes
Replies: 40
Views: 6801

Re: PHX Terminal 2 closes

The first time I flew into PHX in 1972 I was struck by the way T1 reflected the DC 3 era of travel and T 2 the early jet age. Almost like a museum of terminal design.

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by SFOThinker
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces Penang via Singapore
Replies: 36
Views: 7068

Re: Emirates announces Penang via Singapore

I am curious why the 777 spends 5 hours on the ground at Penang. Would an earlier departure miss the connecting banks at DXB?

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by SFOThinker
Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LYS traffic grew +6,4% in 2019
Replies: 33
Views: 2621

Re: LYS traffic grew +6,4% in 2019

I think this is an excellent topic for discussion and thank the OP.

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by SFOThinker
Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am terminal and TWA Flight Center - The early years (with images)
Replies: 37
Views: 8119

Re: Pan Am terminal and TWA Flight Center - The early years (with images)

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...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TUL - New Air Service Announcement 12/11
Replies: 22
Views: 4318

Re: TUL - New Air Service Announcement 12/11

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...

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by SFOThinker
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Piedmont..............gone 30 years
Replies: 78
Views: 10659

Re: Piedmont..............gone 30 years

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.

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by SFOThinker
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would A321XLR open the door for non-stops between US west coast and CTS?
Replies: 51
Views: 8136

Re: Would A321XLR open the door for non-stops between US west coast and CTS?

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...

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by SFOThinker
Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is AM/DL weak in Mexico vs AA
Replies: 48
Views: 6197

Re: Why is AM/DL weak in Mexico vs AA

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...

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by SFOThinker
Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest 727 routes by type
Replies: 27
Views: 4044

Re: Longest 727 routes by type

Northeast Airlines, Miami to Los Angeles, 2342 miles. 727-100. Tech stops not uncommon

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by SFOThinker
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: WestJet’s Boeing 787-9 Transatlantic Business Class Experience
Replies: 11
Views: 6624

Re: WestJet’s Boeing 787-9 Transatlantic Business Class Experience

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?

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by SFOThinker
Tue May 21, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier
Replies: 71
Views: 8552

Re: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier

L-1011-500 for Pan Am, if I am not mistaken. Or did Delta fly them, too?

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by SFOThinker
Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why so few international major carriers to Philadelphia?
Replies: 104
Views: 15210

Re: Why so few international major carriers to Philadelphia?

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...

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by SFOThinker
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Former CFO to Launch a New U.S. Budget Airline
Replies: 126
Views: 28861

Re: United Former CFO to Launch a New U.S. Budget Airline

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.

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by SFOThinker
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul new airport - latest pictures and discussion thread
Replies: 686
Views: 179759

New Istanbul Airport a fiasco?

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...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa CEO Spohr changes his stance on Berlin, wants TXL to be kept open...
Replies: 70
Views: 12416

Re: Lufthansa CEO Spohr changes his stance on Berlin, wants TXL to be kept open...

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...

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by SFOThinker
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Attractions at Airports
Replies: 44
Views: 3953

Re: Attractions at Airports

https://www.centrair.jp/en/shop_dine/shop/massage.html
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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.html

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by SFOThinker
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines announces 2018 Q4 results
Replies: 84
Views: 13376

Re: Delta Air Lines announces 2018 Q4 results

Is Delta still losing money on its refinery?

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by SFOThinker
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An unfair comparison II - DC-7 vs. CV-880 vs. A220-100
Replies: 24
Views: 4365

Re: An unfair comparison II - DC-7 vs. CV-880 vs. A220-100

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...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does El Al not serve AMM or IST, but TK and RJ serve TLV?
Replies: 28
Views: 4743

Re: Why does El Al not serve AMM or IST, but TK and RJ serve TLV?

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...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PEK on sure track to become 100M airport for 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 2316

Re: PEK on sure track to become 100M airport for 2018

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.

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by SFOThinker
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air Macau Business Class ✈ A319/A321 ✈ BKK-MFM-TPE
Replies: 2
Views: 4808

Re: Air Macau Business Class ✈ A319/A321 ✈ BKK-MFM-TPE

Thank-you for a very informative report, the first I have seen on Air Macau.

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by SFOThinker
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BE being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including VS, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital
Replies: 449
Views: 79984

Re: Sky News: Virgin Atlantic and Flybe in talks

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.

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by SFOThinker
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Special Liveries
Replies: 41
Views: 5977

Re: Delta and Special Liveries

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...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tui to offer direct flight from UK to Cabo San Lucas
Replies: 26
Views: 5106

Re: Tui to offer direct flight from UK to Cabo San Lucas

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.

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by SFOThinker
Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?
Replies: 111
Views: 19344

Re: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?

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.

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by SFOThinker
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can IAD cut it for a UA SE Hub?
Replies: 107
Views: 11923

Re: Can IAD cut it for a UA SE Hub?

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...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: New Sun Country Airlines Route
Replies: 41
Views: 8801

Re: New Sun Country Airlines Route

Seems useful for people needing to spend a day on business in the Twin Cities and return home in the evening, in addition to those connecting to sun destinations.

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by SFOThinker
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA 787 faces extreme winds on approach, goes around.
Replies: 64
Views: 14461

Re: ANA 787 faces extreme winds on approach, goes around.

The first Twitter video is labeled in Japanese as at Haneda Airport. The second one is labeled as at Narita, as is the YouTube video

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by SFOThinker
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The old Northwest Airlines - good place to work?
Replies: 59
Views: 6698

Re: The old Northwest Airlines - good place to work?

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.

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by SFOThinker
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM adds more flights to Melbourne, Australia
Replies: 46
Views: 6227

Re: LATAM adds more flights to Melbourne, Australia

I am curious about why MEL, not SYD, is LATAM's gateway. Business ties?

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by SFOThinker
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B-747SP - Was it economically viable for their operators?
Replies: 85
Views: 13673

Re: B-747SP

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?

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by SFOThinker
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wyoming Aviation Thread
Replies: 21
Views: 2573

Re: Wyoming Aviation Thread

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?

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by SFOThinker
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta vs. Boeing
Replies: 51
Views: 8568

Re: Delta vs. Boeing

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...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest prompts $60M expansion at BWI
Replies: 93
Views: 9616

Re: Southwest prompts $60M expansion at BWI

I wonder if BWI's landing fees and operational costs are significantly lower tha DCA and IAD? I suspect this is a factor in WN's expansion and competitive advantage there.

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