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by blockski
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 322
Views: 37512

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

MWAA had a board meeting today. Some items of note: https://www.mwaa.com/about/september-18-2019-board-and-committee-meetings 1. June and July travel statistics: https://www.mwaa.com/sites/default/files/BOD/2019-09/tab_3.2_executive_vice_presidents_report.pdf Dulles continues to grow, up more than 4...

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by blockski
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AA ending sponsorship rights to Miami Heat Arena
Replies: 36
Views: 4349

Re: AA ending sponsorship rights to Miami Heat Arena

Is it me or are legacy carriers pulling out of stadium name rights deals left and right? Only one I can think of left is American Airlines Center in Dallas. It used to be everywhere. Continental Airlines Arena, US Airways Center etc. Remember 2006 NBA Finals? American Airlines Series. United re-upp...

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by blockski
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AA ending sponsorship rights to Miami Heat Arena
Replies: 36
Views: 4349

Re: AA ending sponsorship rights to Miami Heat Arena

Well, this will help resolve the confusion of the American Airlines Arena in Miami and the American Airlines Center in Dallas...

They timed the end of the US Airways sponsorship of the arena in Phoenix to just barely avoid having three arenas in the same league with the same sponsor...

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by blockski
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane hunters
Replies: 8
Views: 1705

Re: Hurricane hunters

When a NOAA aircraft flies into (or over) a hurricane for the purposes of data collection, is it still under the control of an enroute center? Presumably, there wouldn't be a lot of traffic around, and I'm not sure how precisely each flight is planned. So I guess I'm asking if turns and changes in ...

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by blockski
Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted
Replies: 204
Views: 27834

Re: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted

Dubai isn't that much hotter than Orlando. What? It absolutely is. In June through September, the average high temp in Dubai is above 100 degrees F. In June through August, the average high temp is hotter than Orlando's record high temp. During the summer, the average highs and lows in Orlando are ...

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by blockski
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted
Replies: 204
Views: 27834

Re: Dubai World Central (DWC) expansion officially halted

See what can be done to expand Dubailand. The region would benefit from a Disneyland, but Disney would have to be incentivised like never seen before. Due to the demand for alcohol, some would be in Dubai. Due to the need for money, most would be in Abu Dhabi. Disney world demand premium land, so h...

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by blockski
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Brainstorming : What does it take for Urban Air Mobility to take off?
Replies: 37
Views: 2005

Re: Brainstorming : What does it take for Urban Air Mobility to take off?

There are no next steps because it's an absurd idea that will never go anywhere. It doesn't make any geometric sense for cities. As it stands, for a city of any kind of density, cars are extremely pernicious. They are spatially inefficient ways to move around. We already have the technological innov...

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by blockski
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16107

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

HP69 wrote:
AA should really add DCA-DEN service to compete with UA and F9.


They can't; DEN is beyond the DCA perimeter (unless AA wants to move their LAX flight to DEN).

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by blockski
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16107

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

Probably because there are reasons for it. People dont wake up in the morning thinking about which airport to hate. But it's easier to act like theres a bunch of agenda malcontents and that is why IAD has been a historical failure. The first message you posted in this thread is that Dulles is only ...

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by blockski
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16107

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

The problem here is the category - YMX doesn't fit. NRT isn't a great example, either. The better comparisons to IAD are already here in the US: ORD, IAH, DFW... All airports planned for the Jet Age, meant to succeed small and hard-to-expand older airports (MDW, HOU, DAL, and DCA) with larger sites...

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by blockski
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16107

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

True, but in all 3 cases, they were slot/space restricted which led to a Greenfield airport. The problem with IAD, NRT or YMX isn't the concept of building a new airport. It was how it was done. There are plenty of examples of greenfield airports that arent in the above category The problem here is...

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by blockski
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: UA Announcing CUR, NCE and PMO and expanding some existing routes
Replies: 245
Views: 28474

Re: UA Network Planning Event 8/22/2019

the press release doesnt say where the second AMS flight is from, it doesnt say where Palermo is from, and where Curacao is from. UA only flies to secondary Europe from EWR so I don't know why you would think it would be from any other airport. I'm not sure how you're defining 'secondary Europe,' a...

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by blockski
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16107

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

It is the Montreal Mirabel or Tokyo Narita of the US. It is used because it is forced to be used. The market doesnt care for it, otherwise 24 million at a massive airport that is also a hub for a large airline wouldnt be news. The silver line is also a miss as it is going to be slow as molasses. Bo...

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by blockski
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16107

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

Who cares if DCA had more passengers than IAD? At the end money goes to the very same pocket, MWAA. It's a 3 way 33% 33% 33% pie that goes to BWI DCA IAD. It always will be. No matter how you look at it. You can see slight shift 34% - 31% etc. But it's not going to change. It's an airport, not a sl...

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by blockski
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Open Skies" in a World of Slot-Controlled Airports
Replies: 24
Views: 2404

Re: "Open Skies" in a World of Slot-Controlled Airports

"Open Skies" sound great: Any airline can start any route between two countries, federation, or unions. For instance, between the US and Europe. In practice, this is obviously complete nonsense as several (many?) airports in e.g. Europe are slot-controlled, and have no spare slots availab...

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by blockski
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16107

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

Do you have a link for the preliminary design of a replacement C/D? I have seen sketches before, but I didn't have any luck finding them on Google. Anything that was out there is probably 20 years old by now, so I'm sure United's vision for the facility is different than it was back then. If you go...

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by blockski
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16107

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

Again, MWAA knew all of this, and they in fact predicted it. The dynamic still holds true today (B6 isn't coming back to IAD anytime soon), the key difference has been UA's decision-making. IAD is still weaker than DCA on local domestic traffic. It seems to me that WN and B6 entered DCA limited. Un...

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by blockski
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16107

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

And all of this, yes, had a big impact on IAD. None of what you discuss is relevant. Seat capacity at DCA is. WN and B6 operations at IAD were not hub operations like UA. Were IAD a stronger domestic market, their opening not-gigantic operations at DCA shouldn't have moved them to cut back so much ...

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by blockski
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16107

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

[I mean, the data doesn't lie. The new beyond perimeter slots at DCA included a direct and immediate reduction of service at IAD from the same airlines to the same destinations. Likewise, the slot swap and AA divestitures didn't add lots of DCA capacity, exactly, but dramatically opened DCA up to m...

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by blockski
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16107

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

The article gets some things right, and misses others. The author relied heavily upon MWAA and MCOG people for information, got their party line, and essentially wound up writing an MWAA apology piece. The Washington Post should do better than that. Nevertheless, IAD is growing again, for reasons r...

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by blockski
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16107

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

That said, the C/D concourses are a royal dump, even with all of the refurbishments that have been made. The facility is embarrassing and I can’t quite understand why MWAA/UA are dragging their feet. I have seen the preliminary renderings for the permanent C/D Concourse and UA FIS area, and they lo...

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by blockski
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAD Airport finally bounces back
Replies: 114
Views: 16107

Re: IAD Airport finally bounces back

Regarding concourse C/D redevelopment, why not include all the International carriers and UA into that facility. Build a new concourse that includes a FIS and locate all the International carriers and UA international flights to that facility. A single concourse wouldn't be big enough to handle IAD...

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by blockski
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 322
Views: 37512

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

I saw that SAA will increase their flights to Accra to daily and will drop their 2x weekly flights to Dakar. Effective September 5th. https://www.eturbonews.com/260098/south-african-airways-strengthens-service-to-accra-ghana-with-daily-nonstop-flights-from-u-s/ Also, I had a question about gate spa...

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by blockski
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 35049

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

You know, LAXintl, you assert that, but contract terms are found unenforceable by U.S. and state courts every day. The fact that a term is in the contract doesn't, itself, mean it's enforceable. That's why I'd LOVE to see this go to court (and UA lose) - even better than an FTC ruling (which carrie...

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by blockski
Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 322
Views: 37512

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

In the DC region, I've long thought that the surface parking lot in front of the Dulles terminal is precisely the kind of space that would be suitable for this kind of development once the Metro station opens. The space is certainly large enough; and the proximity to Metro opens the door to all sor...

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by blockski
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 322
Views: 37512

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

Here's a bit of my own personal speculation... The PANYNJ released a request for information for the 'JFK Central Hub' as a part of their airport redevelopment. The concept is to seek out a developer to add a public space and other uses (office, retail, hotel, etc) on top of the new ground transport...

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by blockski
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 322
Views: 37512

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

WN's continued growth at BWI is also impressive; their particular policies on interlining probably limit BWI's ambitions to grow international traffic, but that's always a factor to watch as well. While WN already has nonstop service out of BWI to most of the domestic destinations that it will ever...

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by blockski
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 322
Views: 37512

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

Yes, all of them are doing well from small bases. CHO in particular was pretty underserved, and now that it's taking longer and longer to drive from Charlottesville itself to IAD, the airport is seeing some benefit from that. It's great to see the growth there and in Richmond. Yeah, the 'growing fa...

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by blockski
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 322
Views: 37512

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

Eight smaller Virginia airports to get FAA grants of a total of $13 million to improve infrastructure. Charlottesville and Danville get about $3.6-3.7 million each. https://wtop.com/virginia/2019/07/charlottesville-danville-airports-among-8-grant-recipients/ I noticed in the FAA data set that I pos...

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by blockski
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 322
Views: 37512

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

The 'increasingly snowy area' is specious. As is the length, which is irrelevant to operations. WMATA's stated policy is simple and won't change. You don't have to wait for anything. It won't change because there is no reason for it to change. They run regular service until accumulations top 8 inch...

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by blockski
Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 322
Views: 37512

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

The 'increasingly snowy area' is specious. As is the length, which is irrelevant to operations. WMATA's stated policy is simple and won't change. You don't have to wait for anything. It won't change because there is no reason for it to change. They run regular service until accumulations top 8 inche...

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by blockski
Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to close EWR
Replies: 272
Views: 35497

Re: WN to close EWR

Why would Southwest have any DCA slots 'available' to them if United drops DCA-CLE? United controls those slots, they can do with them what they choose. If United drops DCA-CLE, they certainly aren't going to give their valuable DCA slots to a competitor. There are airlines other than WN such as DL...

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by blockski
Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 322
Views: 37512

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

That's entirely consistent with the WTOP reporting. By the way, they're not saying handover by July, they're saying start of operations - meaning handover to WMATA would be before then. Nobody's suggesting that it would open sooner than that, but there's also no good reason it would open much later...

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by blockski
Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 322
Views: 37512

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-t...

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by blockski
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN to close EWR
Replies: 272
Views: 35497

Re: WN to close EWR

Lot's of intriguing theories about what might be going on with WN vis a vis UA. UA flies 5x DCA-CLE. If UA wanted to cut CLE all together from DCA, that would be 5 slot pairs available for WN. 5x to BOS would be a nice opening salvo to join the BOS shuttle skirmish... Or they could add IND, DTW, SD...

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by blockski
Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 322
Views: 37512

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

I'll bet you could expect some additional growth via modest up-gauging once the new concourse opens, but that's not going to be huge (50 seaters to 76 seaters at most). On that last point, how are they building out the gates on the new North concourse? Will they be half height and so only accommoda...

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by blockski
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 322
Views: 37512

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

FAA reports that IAD passed DCA in enplanements in 2018. https://www.insidenova.com/news/transportation/n-va-transportation-notes-edition/article_5e58bc5c-ad6f-11e9-bff4-734817f711de.html I don't think DCA capacity is restrained by construction, so this seems to be actual good news for IAD. I would...

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by blockski
Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: aircraft losses in natural disasters
Replies: 48
Views: 6662

Re: aircraft losses in natural disasters

What about the roof that collapsed on the hanger in Washington from heavy snow - was it that? It was @ KIAD Dulles Jet Center. The roof collapse destroyed several biz jets including 3 Global Express jets, a Hawker and others. The lawsuits went on for years. I have pics during a visit a few days lat...

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by blockski
Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM/Air France Eyeing Delta focus cities
Replies: 60
Views: 10694

Re: KML/Air France Eyeing Delta focus cities

If he knows that he's just trying to create drama, not to inform. That's a good clue he's unworthy of your time. Unfortunately, he may be swinging too far to the TPG way of writing instead of being a reputable reporter (which he is/was/is capable of). Y'all, I realize it is fashionable to demean th...

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by blockski
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Little Cargo Revenue Really Matters For DL And UA
Replies: 89
Views: 10568

Re: How Little Cargo Revenue Really Matters For DL And UA

It's still a $1.2b revenue stream for UA; fairly consistent through the year but ticks higher in the winter, especially 4Q. 65% of United's passenger revenue is domestic, and there's very little freight in the domestic market (much more economical to ship overland via truck/rail). OTOH, it's more i...

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by blockski
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 322
Views: 37512

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: 23458

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: 322
Views: 37512

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: 23458

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: 188
Views: 14048

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: 2305
Views: 409220

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: 322
Views: 37512

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: 322
Views: 37512

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: 322
Views: 37512

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: 322
Views: 37512

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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