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by VetteDude
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 1025
Views: 119065

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2020

https://www.cleveland.com/cityhall/2020/09/i-x-center-closure-could-cost-cleveland-hopkins-international-airport-more-than-2m-a-year.html Here's some (possibly fake news since it is Cleveland.com) reporting on the costs to the airport to close. Either way, I am 99.99% sure that nobody in Cuyahoga Co...

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by VetteDude
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 1025
Views: 119065

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2020

Breaking news on the I-X Center closing permanently. Good timing with the master plan in progress? Hmm...

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by VetteDude
Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 1025
Views: 119065

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2020

Very happy about CLE-MKE. I've flown it probably a dozen times and selfishly hope it sticks around for good since MKE is much more convenient for my travels than MDW.

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by VetteDude
Thu May 14, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 2164
Views: 388498

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

https://twitter.com/DeItaOne/status/1260913674346205184

Delta retiring 777 fleet by end of 2020.
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https://twitter.com/DeItaOne/status/1260913674346205184

Delta retiring 777 fleet by end of 2020.

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by VetteDude
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 1025
Views: 119065

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2020

I think Kennedy gets "it" and I hope he can stick around for the master plan and beyond. Hopefully no more rumors of him packing up his office.

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by VetteDude
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 1025
Views: 119065

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2020

Frontier ought to feel threatened. Lets just hope they respond! (new routes for summer 2020 please!) ^ If we don't here from Frontier within the next week it'd probably be safe to assume CLE will be getting no love from them for their summer schedule. Frontier should feel threatened. They've never ...

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by VetteDude
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crime and Corruption (add incompetence) At Boeing
Replies: 90
Views: 13825

Re: Crime and Corruption (add incompetence) At Boeing

I work in the business world and I think the very prevalent idea (among both leaders in the business world as well as investors who constantly preach about it) that companies only exist to enrich shareholders is a very dangerous cancer. It's newer idea that has unfortunately spread very rapidly wher...

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by VetteDude
Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

Also interesting is how the passenger numbers are now similar to some hub years. CO/UA were not connecting a lot of people through CLE with all the ERJs we had. Also very glad about the LAX addition - I actually just got back from LAX a few days ago and took connections both directions because of th...

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by VetteDude
Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

No one on this forum said they want United to bring back routes to Cleveland that wouldn’t be profitable — they’re talking about markets that could be profitable for United, and certainly were in the past. Here’s some examples: United Airlines loads summer 2013 CLE-SEA 2013-06: 93% 2013-07: 91% 201...

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by VetteDude
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

avtcle wrote:

In regard to SWAs CLE-MKE route... Airlines don’t fly routes for fun. If it wasn’t making money it wouldn’t still be flying at 2x daily as it has for the past 2 years.


That was the whole point of my post. United isn't going to add routes to CLE for fun.

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by VetteDude
Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

Point being: UA is treating their CLE FF base better than AA is treating their FFs out of PIT. Then again, I suppose they do have access to the weekly BA flights. I also think the line "having only so much room to grow" mainly applies to specific city pairs out of CLE. I don't think its a...

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by VetteDude
Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Downgraded by Stifle based on aquisition speculation
Replies: 157
Views: 31427

Re: WN Downgraded by Stifle based on aquisition speculation

So many hypotheticals in this thread. People ripping on Southwest's supposedly poor culture yet their employee productivity is quite high (look at revenue per employee versus, say, AA). People saying their profitability track record is a fluke despite it being almost 50 years at this point while mos...

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by VetteDude
Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest posts 3Q2019 earnings
Replies: 47
Views: 10545

Re: Southwest posts 3Q2019 earnings

Not at all trying to insult SWA here. That said, if you’re going to cast shade on somebody, make sure you’re in the right. They said OPERATING INCOME, not REVENUE. Had they said revenue I’d agree with the statement, but there is zero chance that each jet would have provided 12 million in operating ...

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by VetteDude
Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

I don't think we need to panic about S-W. If I were a betting man I'd bet on a mid-rise off public square.

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by VetteDude
Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest posts 3Q2019 earnings
Replies: 47
Views: 10545

Re: Southwest posts 3Q2019 earnings

Well, they did report $5.6B in revenues for this quarter with just those other 717 planes. Not sure why $15.6B in an entire year is funny. Math is hard and trying to hate on Southwest is easy! Not at all trying to insult SWA here. That said, if you’re going to cast shade on somebody, make sure you’...

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by VetteDude
Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest posts 3Q2019 earnings
Replies: 47
Views: 10545

Re: Southwest posts 3Q2019 earnings

If 34 grounded MAX are good for $435 million in income over seven months of grounding, that would imply (ignoring gauge) that the other 717 active aircraft in the WN fleet should be making $15.7 Billion a year. Hah hah! Well, they did report $5.6B in revenues for this quarter with just those other ...

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by VetteDude
Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest posts 3Q2019 earnings
Replies: 47
Views: 10545

Re: Southwest posts 3Q2019 earnings

N757ST wrote:
It seems most airlines are not so rosy looking toward the 4th quarter with flat RASM trends. The 4+ percent increase in casm in the 4th quarter night hammer the stock today, though it looks like some of that is max delays.


Up 4.5% and counting. Good day for me!

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by VetteDude
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

I am of the opinion that any lake front redevelopment project that doesnt include relocating 90 to south of it's current location and removed dead mans curve would be a waste of time. I'm afraid BKL would close and we would be left with some half baked garbage park that nobody goes to instead of a ...

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by VetteDude
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

I am of the opinion that any lake front redevelopment project that doesnt include relocating 90 to south of it's current location and removed dead mans curve would be a waste of time. I'm afraid BKL would close and we would be left with some half baked garbage park that nobody goes to instead of a v...

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by VetteDude
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

Yes, 6L/24R is open. They were initially planning to open 6L/24R and subsequently close the other parallel. That plan is on hold until Spring 2020 most likely. That being said, 6R/24L is still closing on an almost daily basis for a few hours to catch up on maintenance that was put off when the othe...

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by VetteDude
Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

^WN needs more space. DL needs more space. Other than a full re-do of Concourse D, would it make sense for either WN or DL to move to BKL? Either airline would have almost the entire terminal, with the exception of Utlimate Air. When WN first came to Cleveland, they were initially planning to go to...

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by VetteDude
Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

https://www.cleveland.com/opinion/2019/07/no-to-cuyahoga-county-bed-tax-increase-for-now-yes-to-a-less-piecemeal-approach-to-local-taxation-editorial.html Nice to see the PD planting a seed regarding airport modernization. They seem to be the only ones. Best I can tell a master facility plan vendor...

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by VetteDude
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

https://www.cleveland.com/opinion/2019/07/no-to-cuyahoga-county-bed-tax-increase-for-now-yes-to-a-less-piecemeal-approach-to-local-taxation-editorial.html Nice to see the PD planting a seed regarding airport modernization. They seem to be the only ones. Best I can tell a master facility plan vendor...

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by VetteDude
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

^what are gate lice? Or is that a typo? I guess the term is mostly used among the DL flyers over at FT. People who crowd right in front of the entrance to the line before their group is boarding so that they can rush the gate as soon as their group is up. It's a feedback cycle, I'll admit to "...

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by VetteDude
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

I started flying UA occasionally, and got a chance to board at C23 (one of the "innovation gates"). My verdict is not a huge change. Much longer line to the gate, which I supposed helps with gate lice, and the furniture and extra power outlets are an improvement. I do think its a little cl...

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by VetteDude
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

Quite a few corporate connections between the two cities, especially Eaton, Rockwell Automation, and Johnson Controls. Probably one of the main reasons WN instantly picked up the route after UA dropped it. One of my friends works for Rockwell and she said that employees are ferried between the two ...

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by VetteDude
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

I'm pretty sure WN cut one of the MDW flights around the time they started MKE. They are at full capacity at MDW, so my theory has always been that the CLE-MKE flights are reliever flights to that region. Seems to be popular enough and it's a route I've flown quite a few times now, I would be sad if...

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by VetteDude
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

As much as everyone elsewhere on this site likes to talk about how Cleveland deserved to be de-hubbed and how awful of a place it is, I wonder if the new United regime is starting to see a little value in taking advantage of the focus city operations. Cleveland has proven it can grow when fares are ...

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by VetteDude
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

Some info on the Ford plants: For "producing game-changing automotive technologies...At least one of the game changing technologies is the plasma ignition system, also known as the sparkless ignition, according to a party involved with sales transaction." What's the airport impact? More f...

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by VetteDude
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest posts Q1 2019 earnings
Replies: 16
Views: 3731

Re: Southwest posts Q1 2019 earnings

the max grounding is gonna screw over a bunch of investors, me thinks. Probably not, it's already pretty priced in (which is why Southwest has lagged the other airlines slightly lately). Even Boeing's stock hasn't been beaten down too badly. As long as they come back into service, the market will l...

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by VetteDude
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

The upcoming master plan is probably our one shot for the next decade+ to actually get some real major changes. I'm not so sure they will swing for the fences with it though. I can't even imagine the push back any major (expensive) project will have from various groups.

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by VetteDude
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1568
Views: 252490

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

Some things we know: 1) A good piece of BKL is able to be built on. See the existing terminal, corporate hangar, high school and past proposals (museum, outlet mall) that tell you there is land available. The rest could be a park (see #2). 2) As ncflyer states, give it to the Metro parks. They do t...

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by VetteDude
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - 2018
Replies: 1635
Views: 166265

Re: What's Going In CLE - 2018

Just like STL you all got hosed by WW. Watch this and note the part of the 5-Sept email WW send to the airport. Then they totally change their mind in the PR release and make the airport/city look like it was them. https://www.kmov.com/news/wow-air-pulling-out-of-st-louis-saying-summer-performance/...

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by VetteDude
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Mad Dog days are up
Replies: 47
Views: 13550

Re: Allegiant Mad Dog days are up

We have been discussing the fleet changeover and MD retirement in this thread. No need for another thread. https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1371085 November 26 is the last day of scheduled MD-80 service. Nov 27 is a retirement ceramony in SFB. Nov 28 will see a special LAS-FA...

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by VetteDude
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency
Replies: 58
Views: 10235

Re: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency

I don't really like coming on this website anymore, at least partially because every week there is a "the 737 is old so it automatically must suck" thread. It's a good plane, get over it.

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by VetteDude
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How the 737 MAX 10 landing gear works
Replies: 269
Views: 22490

Re: How the 737 MAX 10 landing gear works

But what happens if the airplane attempts its takeoff on a conveyor belt? Not sure if you are asking about all aircraft, or the 730-10. Aircraft make lift based off air flow over the wings. Conveyor belt going opposite direction, plane won't fly since there would be no forward speed. Conveyor belt ...

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by VetteDude
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?
Replies: 51
Views: 9158

Re: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?

I believe, although I'm not certain, that it has to do with replacing the empty tank space (the air in the tank) with nitrogen (which is an inert gas) instead of normal air which has reactive oxygen.

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by VetteDude
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?
Replies: 81
Views: 16032

Re: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?

I do not like the a.net obsession with CASM. But in this case, I will say: 76 seaters offer so much better CASM because they offer so many more seats for marginal extra fuel burn. So for the vast majority of regional routes, a 76 seater is the way to go. For 50 seaters to make a big comeback, someon...

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by VetteDude
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who is more masterful in non-aligned (err... non-alliance) strategy?
Replies: 2
Views: 1003

Re: Who is more masterful in non-aligned (err... non-alliance) strategy?

SW doesn't really have LLC pitch at this point - their seat pitch is right in line with (or even better than, if we are comparing to AA A319) any of the majors. Also it's two free bags.

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by VetteDude
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?
Replies: 196
Views: 34828

Re: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?

What is the cause of American's large debt? Did it order too many planes? Should American have ordered fewer planes to replace the Super 80's and 757's or should it have ordered different planes? Should it have extended the life of the Super 80's and 757's? They did order a lot of planes, but it wa...

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by VetteDude
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - 2018
Replies: 1635
Views: 166265

Re: What's Going In CLE - 2018

As a 737 pilot for FI, I see quite a lot of CLE flights on my schedule. One thing that we find strange is the handling of arriving international flights: Once we clear customs, we have to re-clear security and enter the airport again and walk through the terminal to baggage claim. I understand that...

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by VetteDude
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - 2018
Replies: 1635
Views: 166265

Re: What's Going In CLE - 2018

I like hearing the two extremes on this issue. I'll take the middle ground. To NCflyers point, I think the airport is in better shape than he gives it credit for. Sure, it's not as airy and doesn't have as much natural light as contemporary airports, but it does its job. It's not a world class hub a...

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by VetteDude
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - 2018
Replies: 1635
Views: 166265

Re: What's Going In CLE - 2018

As in, the school nobody likes? ;) As in, the school that is better at football than yours (Alabama and Clemson exempted). As in the school nobody actually ever went to but cheers for anyway because they win sometimes. I mean, I'll admit that I root for them and never went there, but they are one o...

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by VetteDude
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - 2018
Replies: 1635
Views: 166265

Re: What's Going In CLE - 2018

The SwiftAir CLE-PUJ charter is still operating as a 762 or 763 - today's 762 is due at 1629. I was on a flight last weekend which took off right behind the 767. It was pretty weird seeing a passenger 767 at the airport, even weirder to be in a 737 right behind it. Really wish we got more widebodie...

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by VetteDude
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - 2018
Replies: 1635
Views: 166265

Re: What's Going In CLE - 2018

Admittedly small sample size, but Southwest CLE-MKE loads have been better in both directions on my most recent trips on it versus when it started. Fingers crossed that this route sticks around for good, I would have to have to go back to using MDW or fly AA or UA to Ohare.

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by VetteDude
Fri May 25, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could CFM International offer the B-722 a new lease on life?
Replies: 58
Views: 9166

Re: Could CFM International offer the B-722 a new lease on life?

No, and there are 2 reasons why not. 1. Being a rear engine aircraft, you cannot just bolt on much heavier engines onto an existing frame. Especially the middle engine, which would be impossible to retrofit to a high bypass fan. When the MD-80 series was developed into the MD-90 with heavier high by...

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by VetteDude
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - 2018
Replies: 1635
Views: 166265

Re: What's Going In CLE - 2018

The first month of CLE-MKE on Southwest had a 46% load factor in November, United had a 70% LF. Obviously with 2x daily mainline Southwest carried over twice as many passengers as United. But here’s the interesting thing: In November 2016 the total CLE-MKE traffic was about 2,700 passengers. In 201...

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by VetteDude
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - 2018
Replies: 1635
Views: 166265

Re: What's Going In CLE - 2018

Those numbers aren't that huge for both directions. Average of roughly 100 a day each way with a peak season of 200 per day each way. A nonstop on a good carrier would undoubtedly stimulate the market, however. With that demand it's probably best served with a once daily CS100/73G/319 since it's way...

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by VetteDude
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest orders more 737 Max 8s and defers 737 Max 7s
Replies: 105
Views: 16937

Re: Southwest orders more 737 Max 8s and defers 737 Max 7s

I just wonder what the cost difference is between the Max 7, 8, and 9. Maybe for Southwest, having a fleet of all Max 8's makes a lot of sense even if on many flights some of those extra seats are empty. The marginal revenue might offset the marginal costs of flying the bigger plane all the time.

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