Is there a reason why both Northwest Arkansas Airport and Williston have airport codes beginning with X? Both are brand new commercial airports. Is it perhaps that after X there were available initials that could stand for something local? For XNA,Northwest Arkansas makes sense and for XWA, perhaps ...Jump to post
No indication yet of which West Coast hub(s) will be used for the service. Seattle would have fewer connections than LAX, SAN, or Bay Area airports. Anyone have more information?Jump to post
I was very impressed with Copa’s operations at Panama City a couple of years ago when I connected there. They follow a strategy much like Emirates but using 737s not widebodies. Because so many countries in Latin America have high tariffs, the tax free retailers were huge and everywhere— including t...Jump to post
There's a reason no one really has a hub in mid country midsize cities anymore. BNA, STL, CVG, MEM, CLE.... Bingo. In the days when 72Ss, S80s, and early 737s couldn't fly reliable transcons yearround, it made sense to have those kind of mid-country hubs. In the days where 737s, A32X, and even A220...Jump to post
I was in New Braunfels, a historic town on I 35 just north of SA, on a Saturday night a couple of months ago. Went to the Gruene historic district for dinner and was surprised at all the foreign tourists there. Maybe they are flying into AUS, but SA area is drawing European tourists.Jump to post
I have experienced Southwest employees going out of their way to get me on a plane I was late for, something that doesn’t happen elsewhere in my experience. That’s why I always check their schedule first when planning a trips and will fly them when fares are comparable. Corporate culture makes a hug...Jump to post
Airports like Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Montreal are in the top 20. Wow! That's not surprising at all when one considers the historical environment and population demographics at that time. Cleveland was the eighth largest city in the U.S. in 1960 I first visited Cleveland Hopkins airport in 1963, ...Jump to post
This is patently false. Off the top of my head... BOS = Logan Airport to the locals BDL = Bradley to the locals AUS = Bergstrom to the locals ATL = Hartsfield to the locals SNA = John Wayne Airport to the locals STL = Lambert Field to the locals I'm sure there are many more but you get the point. D...Jump to post
Surely Greater Mexico City, with a population over 20 million, can support 2 airports.Jump to post
Eastern’s poor reputation goes way back to the 1950s prop era when it held some prime monopoly routes and skimped on service. There was a WHEAL (We Hate Eastern Air Lines) group that got some publicity. I started flying them in the mid 60s and thought they were quite ok. I used the hourly Shuttle of...Jump to post
JAC, a town of 20,000, now has nonstop flights from 20 cities. That is nuts! http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=jac-sea/san/sfo/lax/sjc/rno/aza/phx/slc/den/iah/dfw/msp/ord/las/atl/clt/jfk/lga/ewr There's nothing nuts about it. Grand Teton/Yellowstone NPs, Snake River and Snow skiing. Closest airport to a...Jump to post
Sweden, country of Gretha Thunberg, green tax and flight shaming. Now promoting the development of high density air traffic in a country 10 times more populated than Sweden. To be eligible for the credit line, Vietnam will have to use 30% of the loan to purchase Swedish technologies and equipment. ...Jump to post
Enforcing rules poses challenges for cabin staff and is often unpleasant for passengers. By having fun with the mask rule, this video may take the edge off a bit. I have no opinion on the artistic merits of the video, but from the standpoint of morale and marketing, it works. Face it, most passenger...Jump to post
Landing between 2 cars at night on an urban freeway. What skill! What nerves!
https://nypost.com/2020/12/03/pilot-pul ... n-highway/
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Historically, mergers in Japan are messy and lead to years and years of rivalry between factions composed of ex-employees of the two companies merged into one. The classic example is Nissan, which merged with Prince Motors in the Late 1960s, and maintained two personnel departments, and continued to...Jump to post
On many codeshare tickets, the revenue is portioned out based on miles flown per sector - and not on the actual costs incurred. Thus, on a two-sector trip, the airline flying the shorter sector gets minimal profit while the big bucks accrue to the airline flying the long-haul sector In an EY-LY cod...Jump to post
SuperGee wrote:Did NW ever operate theirs on US routes?
The codeshare seems a little surprising - I can see a lot of people with Israel as the O&D connecting via Abu Dhabi to somewhere in Asia, but I'm not sure how many people would end up flying via Tel Aviv to travel between Abu Dhabi and Europe/N.America/Africa My guess is that El Al ends up just...Jump to post
[quote="FF630" Air travel was special in the days of this aircraft, people actually had good manners, now like moving cattle and dealing with rude passengers dressed like slobs.[/quote]
Exactly my thought, too.
There was genuine romance to air travel in the piston era.
The airport restaurant badly needs the expansion that is planned.
The drive from IDA goes through some fairly high mountains, and I would not like to attempt it in the rain.
I’m the rare American who likes turboprops for short hops. I’ll trade the vibration for the lower altitude. If anything, the illustration reminds me of the YS-11.Jump to post
I’ve always been amazed at the speed with which the DC 7s and L-1649 propeller airliners were withdrawn from service when jets came in. Did AA, UA, and TWA make any money on them? I realize they were fiercely competitive on coast to coast routes and to Europe (for TWA) but I wonder how quickly they ...Jump to post
In the 1950s, American had flights that would serve both Dallas Love Field and Fort Worth Amon Carter Field as tags on long distance flights from the East or West.Jump to post
The Roosevelt probably is best known for the clock hanging from the ceiling in its lobby. “Meet my under the clock” was a very popular phrase for people seeking a meeting place in Midtown. But this dates from half a century or more ago. I agree with others that the hotel is in need of renovations t...Jump to post
The Roosevelt probably is best known for the clock hanging from the ceiling in its lobby. “Meet my under the clock” was a very popular phrase for people seeking a meeting place in Midtown. But this dates from half a century or more ago. I agree with others that the hotel is in need of renovations to...Jump to post
I took a redeye on Western Airlines in 1959, from LAX to MSP, with a connection in Denver. Both flights were DC 6B aircraft in all-first class configuration. The fare charged was coach, which seems to have been a common Form of discounting for redeyes at the time.Jump to post
What is the per passenger cost differential between FLL and MIA? How heavily would that weigh on decisions for shifting traffic from FLL? For major markets like LGA, both airports could be served. But why would Southwest switch smaller markets to MIA?Jump to post
Like I wrote in another post, it will all depend if they can get overflight rights from Saudi Arabia. Perhaps they could work out an air corridor type arrangement for now, similar to what was used during the Cold War to West Berlin. Or Saudi Arabia will just give them overflight rights in preparati...Jump to post
How big is the market between Israel and the UAE? Are there many passengers travelling between the two countries (via another country) every day? Whatever the current figure it will surely multiply, as the countries have complementary economies. The UAE is very tech-oriented and Israel is second on...Jump to post
A huge achievement. I expect there will be a quick start to flights, albeit with low frequency and smaller aircraft until the market recovers. But the long term potential is great for Muslim tourism to Israel, and for Israeli access to the networks beyond the Gulf. There may also be rapid developmen...Jump to post
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 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