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by blockski
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 28585

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

Some updates coming out of the MWAA board meeting. MWAA says despite delays, they're on track to hand over the Silver Line in time for a July 2020 start of service to Dulles - though that will obviously depend on WMATA as well: https://wtop.com/tracking-metro-24-7/2019/07/silver-line-extension-on-tr...

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by blockski
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM calls for people to fly less
Replies: 237
Views: 22948

Re: KLM calls for people to fly less

We do, in fact, have scientific evidence of what's necessary to avert catastrophe. For example, the IPCC's most recent report looked into what would be require to limit warming to 1.5 deg C; the report looked at several pathways to that goal. This is exactly what the alarmists fail to understand. W...

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by blockski
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 28585

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

the new DCA concourse is starting to get a bit more recognizable: https://www.flickr.com/photos/erussell1984/48213019651/ The MWAA Board Meeting documents are up, including updates on the DCA construction (with more pictures): https://www.mwaa.com/sites/default/files/BOD/2019-07/tab_18_ronald_reagan...

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by blockski
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM calls for people to fly less
Replies: 237
Views: 22948

Re: KLM calls for people to fly less

And everyone and everything needs to be refashioned so that less CO2 emissions are produced. You're going to find a lot of people in this forum who do not accept the science behind that position. Science has shown that anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions likely contribute to an increase in avera...

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by blockski
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL
Replies: 189
Views: 13473

Re: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL

On the other side of the coin, and not that it'll help anyone having to endure connections in the US, CPH will shortly be opening it's second outdoor smoking area past security. The demand is there, and the airport is willing to meet that demand. Customer service, you know. When the UK banned smoki...

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by blockski
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 1731
Views: 307694

Re: United in Pennsylvania

BACKGROUND United mainline has reduced operations in Pennsylvania so that it has about the same carrying capacity as Spirit and Frontier in the state. American Airlines and American Eagle carry well over 50% of Pennsylvania capacity, with Southwest a distant #2 and Delta an even more distant #3. Un...

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by blockski
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 28585

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

Regarding Metro to Dulles As a frequent user, coming from upper NW DC, I am not planning the trip being any quicker then it is currently. I give myself 2 hours, with the quickest journey haven taken about 1+25. That was with literally no longer then a minute wait at metro center, or for making the ...

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by blockski
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 28585

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

Regarding Metro to Dulles As a frequent user, coming from upper NW DC, I am not planning the trip being any quicker then it is currently. I give myself 2 hours, with the quickest journey haven taken about 1+25. That was with literally no longer then a minute wait at metro center, or for making the ...

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by blockski
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 28585

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

The Washington Metro Silver line extension to IAD is progressing quite nicely … it's about 90% done and is on schedule to open in 2020. Just a 30 minute ride to downtown DC when it's up and running. http://dullesmetro.com/silver-line-stations/ Will we see a huge boom in traffic at IAD soon ? They'v...

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by blockski
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 28585

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

Yes, probably IAD-HND confirmation from UA. Does anyone know if this would be an additional flight or would it replacement NRT?.. More options are always great but I'm not sure if the DMV can support three daily flights to TYO.[/quote] United's application said they would replace their NRT flight w...

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by blockski
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX congestion getting out of control?
Replies: 58
Views: 14644

Re: LAX congestion getting out of control?

When the train is done it will probably get much better. At least we can hope. . Sure, but like most Southern Californians I'm guessing that you and everybody else is hoping that others will take the train so that your car journey to the terminal will be faster. I lived there for 20 years growing u...

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by blockski
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX congestion getting out of control?
Replies: 58
Views: 14644

Re: LAX congestion getting out of control?

When the train is done it will probably get much better. At least we can hope. . Sure, but like most Southern Californians I'm guessing that you and everybody else is hoping that others will take the train so that your car journey to the terminal will be faster. I lived there for 20 years growing u...

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by blockski
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 28585

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

A few things from this past week's MWAA Board Meeting: They're re-organizing the rental car companies at Dulles: https://www.mwaa.com/sites/default/files/BOD/2019-06/tab_2_recommendaton_to_award_rental_car_concession_contracts_at_washington_dulles_international_airport.pdf For air traffic: United's...

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by blockski
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 28585

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

A few things from this past week's MWAA Board Meeting: They're re-organizing the rental car companies at Dulles: https://www.mwaa.com/sites/default/files/BOD/2019-06/tab_2_recommendaton_to_award_rental_car_concession_contracts_at_washington_dulles_international_airport.pdf For air traffic: United's ...

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by blockski
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Atlantic Tackles MH370 Final Conclusions
Replies: 171
Views: 26316

Re: The Atlantic Tackles MH370 Final Conclusions

But this is simply wrong. It is your belief, not a fact. I can see other scenarios which would fit as well. If I latch onto one of those and state that the evidence doesn't support any other conclusion - where does that leave you? It's not my belief at all, it is the logical conclusion I've come to...

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by blockski
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Atlantic Tackles MH370 Final Conclusions
Replies: 171
Views: 26316

Re: The Atlantic Tackles MH370 Final Conclusions

Many people mentioned "deliberate action". If there was an emergency on board, such as oxygen tank explosion or fire, the pilots will take deliberate action - divert the airplane, head to the nearest suitable airport, and land ASAP. As for the transponder turning off, it could caused by t...

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by blockski
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Atlantic Tackles MH370 Final Conclusions
Replies: 171
Views: 26316

Re: The Atlantic Tackles MH370 Final Conclusions

Many people mentioned "deliberate action". If there was an emergency on board, such as oxygen tank explosion or fire, the pilots will take deliberate action - divert the airplane, head to the nearest suitable airport, and land ASAP. As for the transponder turning off, it could caused by t...

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by blockski
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Atlantic Tackles MH370 Final Conclusions
Replies: 171
Views: 26316

Re: The Atlantic Tackles MH370 Final Conclusions

But this is simply wrong. It is your belief, not a fact. I can see other scenarios which would fit as well. If I latch onto one of those and state that the evidence doesn't support any other conclusion - where does that leave you? It's not my belief at all, it is the logical conclusion I've come to...

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by blockski
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Atlantic Tackles MH370 Final Conclusions
Replies: 171
Views: 26316

Re: The Atlantic Tackles MH370 Final Conclusions

Conjecture IS NOT EVIDENCE! I used the word "literally" for a reason... Yeah, and you're mistaking a conclusion with the evidence we do have: the satellite data, the primary radar returns, the lack of communication, the switched off transponder, etc. We know portions of the plane's flight...

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by blockski
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Atlantic Tackles MH370 Final Conclusions
Replies: 171
Views: 26316

Re: The Atlantic Tackles MH370 Final Conclusions

I've heard a fairly convincing story that the real culprit of this was not the Captain but the crew oxygen cylinder exploding. Apparently it was serviced prior to departure, perhaps overfilled or not tightened properly. An explosion of the crew oxygen cylinder would knock out various electrical bus...

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by blockski
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 94
Views: 16697

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

Yet another "expert" says the pilot did it https://www.foxnews.com/world/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-disintegrated-into-confetti-in-crash-where-captain-may-have-run-amok-report-reveals That article is citing this much longer piece in The Atlantic; it's worth a read: https://www.theatlant...

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by blockski
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Consequences of Climate Change
Replies: 151
Views: 6869

Re: Consequences of Climate Change

And yet throughout those millennia the temperatures varied far more than they have in the last century. Literally proving my point that the problem is far more complex and the variables hardly understood. The climate has changed in the past is one of those things that's true and also irrelevant. Ov...

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by blockski
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Air Force One Scheme
Replies: 107
Views: 10140

Re: New Air Force One Scheme

Well, it could be a lot worse. But there's no reason to change from the existing, iconic livery. And depending how things shake out, I'll bet we might never see this on the actual new plane.

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by blockski
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects
Replies: 68
Views: 9854

Re: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects

Sounds like this would have a domino effect on their system. Plane holds for late passengers taking up more gate time. Now next arriving flight has to wait for their gate to clear now making that planes' next flight late. Why would it have a domino effect? They're not holding every single flight fo...

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by blockski
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects
Replies: 68
Views: 9854

Re: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects

This is much to do about nothing and is 100% marketing, props to United. They are changing nothing (accept the passenger notification part) its operating as usual and the same as United has been and all the airlines currently do operational decision making. Of course they're marketing it, and obvio...

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by blockski
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects
Replies: 68
Views: 9854

Re: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects

I wonder if this will lead to even more block time padding so they can depart late and still arrive on time? That would be the opposite of what United has been doing lately, trying to squeeze more utilization out of the domestic fleet. If anything, this just allows United to save on reaccommodation...

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by blockski
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects
Replies: 68
Views: 9854

Re: UA Will Now Hold Flights for Connects

*It was the last flight of the day *There was no one connecting out of PHL on that flight *Large amount of misconnects *Even with the late departure, the flight would still wind up arriving on time Everyone made the connection, and the plane left at 9:44pm instead of 9:10pm, and still managed to ar...

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by blockski
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA
Replies: 82
Views: 16606

Re: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA

The UA DC-10 diverting to DCA is one of those great stories that is told from time to time. You can google and find info on it I think it made some local newspapers. Would have gone viral in aviation circles in today's world. If I recall, did they have to remove the seats as well to ferry it out? N...

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by blockski
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Airports Stop Building for 380 sized Aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 7334

Re: Should Airports Stop Building for 380 sized Aircraft?

Depends on the costs, IMO.

If you're already building new gates, then why not plan for an aircraft of that size? However, it hardly seems worth it to bend over backwards (to great cost) to widen all the taxiways, etc. if you're an airport like SEA, for example.

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by blockski
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX vs SFO in the transpacific market
Replies: 49
Views: 6814

Re: LAX vs SFO in the transpacific market

Just because a great deal of Asian flying depends on VFR and Im a demographics nerd, Ill share some Asian demographics data below. Ill do total numbers later. In 2017, here are the number of Asian immigrants that came to each metro area. This does include all of Asia, not just East Asia: 1. NYC: 62...

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by blockski
Wed May 29, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lack of Transatlantic Service from Ohio
Replies: 88
Views: 8756

Re: Lack of Transatlantic Service from Ohio

Do Mississippi and Alabama have trans-Atlantic flights? Both have well less than 1/2 the population of Ohio...Mississippi is under 1/3. Well, why not combine them? Hell, throw in Arkansas, too. That's a big area with no TATL flights. State borders just aren't particularly relevant. Metropolitan mar...

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by blockski
Wed May 29, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 28585

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

I was passing by DCA today as a part of Metro's ongoing shutdown for platform reconstruction; National Airport is now the southern terminus for the Blue and Yellow lines. While waiting to enter the station, I noticed that they've started erecting structural steel for the New North Concourse. We've e...

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by blockski
Fri May 24, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA
Replies: 82
Views: 16606

Re: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA

BWI also had the same line of storms Yep. Here's a radar loop from twitter. There are reports of serious damage in Columbia, MD, not far from BWI: https://twitter.com/Radiant_Weather/status/1131659799542865921 The flight finally landed at DCA at 3:34, from looking at that radar, there was absolutel...

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by blockski
Thu May 23, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA
Replies: 82
Views: 16606

Re: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA

A United DC-10 diverted into DCA but I'm not sure if it was an international flight. Gonna go way out on a limb and say you probably didn't see a United DC-10. I don't think that was a reference to today, but to this tale from long ago: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=24325 (and no,...

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by blockski
Thu May 23, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA
Replies: 82
Views: 16606

Re: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA

Looking at flight aware, it looks like they made an approach into IAD, and were attempting to come back around when they then decided to divert into DCA...

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by blockski
Wed May 22, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1781
Views: 356461

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

I tend to view smallish, incremental changes to branding and livery as, "meh." I mean, why bother? If you're going to go to the trouble of a rebrand, then actually rebrand. I tend to look at how American went from the orange Lightning Bolt scheme to the famous baremetal scheme as an examp...

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by blockski
Wed May 22, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1781
Views: 356461

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

I tend to view smallish, incremental changes to branding and livery as, "meh." I mean, why bother? If you're going to go to the trouble of a rebrand, then actually rebrand. I tend to look at how American went from the orange Lightning Bolt scheme to the famous baremetal scheme as an examp...

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by blockski
Tue May 21, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: President Trump Using 757?
Replies: 19
Views: 5326

Re: President Trump Using 757?

You mean the C-32... Presidents use the C-32 all the time, for a variety of reasons.

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by blockski
Thu May 16, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate Change - Is aviation heading for a slump?
Replies: 96
Views: 9393

Re: Climate Change - Is aviation heading for a slump?

If you really want to massively cut CO2 emissions, the only viable strategy is nuclear power. Because people aren't going to sacrifice their quality of life. Agree 100%. It's ironic that countries are running away from nuclear power when it is the most viable solution in terms of climate. "Cle...

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by blockski
Thu May 16, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate Change - Is aviation heading for a slump?
Replies: 96
Views: 9393

Re: Climate Change - Is aviation heading for a slump?

Two big risks: First is a regulated change to the business model. Something like a carbon tax will obviously impact carbon-intensive industries like aviation, but that would probably be felt more like a large spike in oil prices. Aviation certainly wouldn't go away, but it would become more expensiv...

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by blockski
Thu May 02, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 249
Views: 28585

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

Z6 is used by AC, Z9 is used (fittingly) by F9, Sun Country uses Z10. US used to be on Z but moved to B after merger. I would agree with hub routes using these. EWR definitely as it has a couple E45 and 737. IAH not as much as it has a 757 and 767 on two of its flights. So maybe EWR and ORD at leas...

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by blockski
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United MCO hub?
Replies: 82
Views: 12112

Re: United MCO hub?

Keep in mind, especially in the state of Florida and Southeast US, UA has the smallest presence of the US3's.. Thats an uphill battle right there...Florida especially is DL and AA country along with every LCC. They would have to invest heavily in MCO over years to make it work. My 2 cents. Agreed, ...

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by blockski
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1781
Views: 356461

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

Any word on the live stream- On Twitter, they said it would be on social media, but did not get any more specific than that. Shouldn't it be starting right about now (Noon CST)??? Unfortunately when I asked where we could find said live stream there response was "We are planning to cover the r...

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by blockski
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA S19 Departures By Hub And Aircraft Type
Replies: 48
Views: 8683

Re: UA S19 Departures By Hub And Aircraft Type

just recieved word today that UA is looking to add 3 gates at IAD over at the Z concourse. Possibly up to 3 of the 4 gates over there. right now F9 and AC use them. Interesting... I'd love to hear more about how they plan to use them. Just as peak gates for the big mid-afternoon bank? Or more consi...

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by blockski
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United MCO hub?
Replies: 82
Views: 12112

Re: United MCO hub?

ericm2031 wrote:
UA857 wrote:
Could UA reinstate MCO for their Southeast hub?


Not with the huge B6/WN/NK/F9 ops there


Also, what purpose would a hub at MCO serve? It's not a great location to serve intra-southeast traffic the way that CLT or ATL do.

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by blockski
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1781
Views: 356461

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

I second this prediction and would bet money on this exact response. Yup. And approximately 93.748% of the entire traveling public won't give a shit anyhow. I don’t think I personally know anyone who would know the difference between the current and suspected new livery. It kind of confuses me why ...

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by blockski
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1781
Views: 356461

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

Here is a still from the video showing, presumably, the reference image the painters used. https://i.imgur.com/K0KeO9P.png My guess: 1) Tail stays the same, save for the removal of gold from the globe 2) Billboard titles on the fuselage (based on the Her Art Here and Star Wars schemes we've seen) 3...

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by blockski
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Cape Town the beginning of a return to Africa for UA ?
Replies: 39
Views: 5306

Re: Is Cape Town the beginning of a return to Africa for UA ?

Would love to see return to LOS on UA, but i know the Euro 3, plus QR, EK, and TK are enjoying the traffic they regained from IAH. Yes people do fly IAH - DXB - LOS it a back track, but whatever cheap, or to gain more points some people do it. Seems like ET cover almost ever major city, while SAA o...

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by blockski
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Original Architect Says PIT Terminal Redesign "Doesn't Make Sense"
Replies: 25
Views: 6669

Re: Original Architect Says PIT Terminal Redesign "Doesn't Make Sense"

You don't think his arguments have any merit? No, or at least very little. The landside building is a dog. The transit sucks money and time. Security space is wildly insufficient, and the less said about the baggage systems (plural, no less) the better. International arrivals are a kludge (a welcom...

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by blockski
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9
Replies: 202
Views: 34063

Re: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9

The Cranky Flier article is a good overview, but he didn't provide any gate totals for AA, DL, Southwest, UA, etc... Anyone know those, especially for DL and AA? And in addition to 4+5, is AA going to get any TBIT gates? Apart than gates, there is another scarce resource that is going to be tricky:...

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