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by gunsontheroof
Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA SEA Long-Haul Ops
Replies: 85
Views: 19319

Re: AA SEA Long-Haul Ops

No the Port of Seattle allocates gates based on a very specific system related to seats flown. AS is only entitled to a certain number of gates (27 for the year). Once the other section of N opens and they take those gates back, they MUST vacate the others. They would have access to all of the comm...

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by gunsontheroof
Mon Mar 29, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA SEA Long-Haul Ops
Replies: 85
Views: 19319

Re: AA SEA Long-Haul Ops

Also, I had heard somewhere that AA may start SEA-ICN? That really would be folly, going up against both KE/DL and OZ/UA. Why would it be folly when they have all the AS feed? Okay, no Oneworld carrier in Korea, but soon there will be no Star Alliance carrier in Korea either if things proceed as ex...

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by gunsontheroof
Mon Mar 29, 2021 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA SEA Long-Haul Ops
Replies: 85
Views: 19319

Re: AA SEA Long-Haul Ops

The limited size of SeaTec (even with new terminal) limited the growth for 3 main airline in SEA and they have to consider to build a new airport Huh? AA's re-entry into the SEA long haul market doesn't warrant a new airport. You may want to refresh yourself on chunhimlai's previous work: https://w...

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by gunsontheroof
Wed Mar 24, 2021 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS fleet
Replies: 109
Views: 26573

Re: UPS fleet

The article states : " It’s all part of new Chief Executive Officer Carol Tome’s strategy to “sweat the assets” by increasing efficiency while reducing investment." AFAIK the decision to upgrade the A306 flight decks was made by the former CEO ! Yes, Wall Street loves the new CEO, but she...

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by gunsontheroof
Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 111
Views: 1671

Re: Why isn't MSP a busier airport (in normal times)?

I'd almost compare it to DEN instead. The markets are of similar size but DEN has really exploded in recent years and is a triple hub, while MSP is still basically just Delta-land with some SY thrown in. Technically the MSP metro area is larger than DEN's, but MSP has pretty consistently remained i...

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by gunsontheroof
Tue Mar 02, 2021 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 792
Views: 89439

Re: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

Alaska has pulled out of several routes from their 2nd tier hubs like SJC-BUR. Is SWA competition too fierce in situations like this? It was probably four or so years ago, but I flew BUR-SJC-SEA as a non-rev standby and the BUR-SJC segment probably had a load factor of 60% or so. I don't think it l...

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by gunsontheroof
Mon Mar 01, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 792
Views: 89439

Re: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

Today is the day that Alaska starts using the 737-MAX9! SEA-SAN is the inaugural flight. Now airborne, N913AK operating the first flight https://www.flightradar24.com/ASA482/26f4062d Wow, it looks like AS was running proving flights across the entire system for the last month. I'm sure that's only ...

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by gunsontheroof
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta vs. Alaska During Seattle Snow
Replies: 62
Views: 8599

Re: Delta vs. Alaska During Seattle Snow

It does sound like they have some issues to look at with response time though...I think the only time I've been on hold for 8+ hours was with WA unemployment when I got laid off last year. I wouldn't expect that kind of wait from an airline with a good reputation for customer service right now. Tha...

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by gunsontheroof
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta vs. Alaska During Seattle Snow
Replies: 62
Views: 8599

Re: Delta vs. Alaska During Seattle Snow

Seattle just melts down when it snows. The region invests as little as it can in dealing with snow. They figure that it happens rarely, and can just eat the disaster when it does happen rather than spend money to deal with it. As such, assets such as snow plows are thinly spread. Come down here to ...

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by gunsontheroof
Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 Years ago- Last MD-11 delivered to Lufthansa Cargo
Replies: 36
Views: 5990

Re: 20 Years ago- Last MD-11 delivered to Lufthansa Cargo

Does anyone know if this bird was delivered to LH by Boeing from PAE? I believe AY's final frame(s) were post-Boeing/MD merger.

Still love seeing the 11 from my deck. FX (and sometimes, 5X) still send them my way often enough, but they're sadly a species in decline these days.

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by gunsontheroof
Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA328 engine explosion at DEN
Replies: 600
Views: 107479

Re: UA328 engine explosion at DEN

INFINITI329 wrote:
Would this be an NTSB or FAA investigation?


NTSB with FAA assistance.

Probably goes without saying to folks around here, but if you value your sanity, stay away from anything about this on social media...

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by gunsontheroof
Sat Feb 20, 2021 12:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What happened to ATA Airlines?
Replies: 39
Views: 5305

Re: What happened to ATA Airlines?

Was their L-1011 just used for troop transports? I can't imagine it being able to use MDW. I think the last L-1011 I ever saw was an ATA bird landing at SEA...I think inbound as a troop charter from DNA, but it was probably '05/'06, so the memory is a bit fuzzy. Those were cool looking planes. I en...

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by gunsontheroof
Sat Feb 06, 2021 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington State Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 4915

Re: Washington State Aviation Thread - 2021

I don't really see the logic in investing in a new airport anywhere south of Olympia. Once you're south of the capital, it's a pretty clean shot to PDX on most days and with Puget Sound traffic, PDX is probably a quicker trip than SEA much of the time. I still maintain that regional authorities are...

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by gunsontheroof
Sat Feb 06, 2021 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington State Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 4915

Re: Washington State Aviation Thread - 2021

I don't really see the logic in investing in a new airport anywhere south of Olympia. Once you're south of the capital, it's a pretty clean shot to PDX on most days and with Puget Sound traffic, PDX is probably a quicker trip than SEA much of the time. I still maintain that regional authorities are ...

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by gunsontheroof
Fri Jan 29, 2021 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington State Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 4915

Re: Washington State Aviation Thread - 2021

Duplicate. Please delete.

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by gunsontheroof
Fri Jan 29, 2021 6:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington State Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 4915

Re: Washington State Aviation Thread - 2021

"Paine Field makes short list of airports that could grow," Everett Herald, 1/25: OLYMPIA — Paine Field in Everett is on an early list of airports that Washington officials are eyeing for future expansion to meet air travel demand as the state’s commercial aviation industry recovers from ...

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by gunsontheroof
Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no second commercial airport for Atlanta?
Replies: 186
Views: 22031

Re: Why no second commercial airport for Atlanta?

Question if Atlanta had the tight gate situation like Seattle would Atlanta have a small reliever airport like SEA has? Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk I would guess that the difference is that ATL has room to build new infrastructure where any new facilities at SEA going forward are going to ...

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by gunsontheroof
Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA Group News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 533
Views: 17788

Re: Any update on Singapore adding Seattle

Anyone have information on how the route was performing for SQ pre-pandemic?

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by gunsontheroof
Sat Dec 19, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How to defeat my bourgeois attitude?
Replies: 25
Views: 1877

Re: How to defeat my bourgeois attitude?

This is probably outside of my ballpark, but is the dining table in an area of your home where you entertain guests? Unless your son is an absolutely avid table tennis player, I'd probably stick with the dining room table. Every tennis table I've ever seen purchased/gifted has gotten maybe a month o...

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by gunsontheroof
Fri Dec 18, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Search For D. B. Cooper (video)
Replies: 61
Views: 7389

Re: The Search For D. B. Cooper (video)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sasquatch_(novel)
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Seabear wrote:
DB is hangin' with Sasquatch and the Roswell aliens down in Area 51, right next to the soundstage where they faked the moon landing.

/s


In a way, two of those things have met in fiction before...I read this on a SEA-ATL flight in 2003:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sasquatch_(novel)

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by gunsontheroof
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interesting Alaska Air diversion this evening
Replies: 7
Views: 1554

Re: Interesting Alaska Air diversion this evening

FO avionics failure as well as anti-ice inop warning is what was relayed to us, they landed without incident. My guess is they didn’t want to be anywhere near the precip over the PNW. That adds up, it was pretty nasty in the Seattle area this afternoon and it got worse this evening. Still, that's a...

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by gunsontheroof
Thu Dec 17, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Search For D. B. Cooper (video)
Replies: 61
Views: 7389

Re: The Search For D. B. Cooper (video)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CbUjuwhQPKs Also he asked the pilots to put the gear down and use flap 15. Why would he be so specific? Why would he know there was a flap 15? Why not just say, fly as slow as possible etc? Did he have some aviation knowledge? Enough to know about the 727 and launching...

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by gunsontheroof
Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person jumps fence at LAS, jumps on AS 737
Replies: 86
Views: 14682

Re: Person jumps fence at LAS, jumps on AS 737

Was it wise to have 3 unsecured LEOs physically walking on the wing to try and apprehend the guy? They could have fallen off the wing themselves. I have to imagine that they were given a quick rundown on walking the wing/avoiding no-step areas by the crew. It's unlikely that this is the most danger...

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by gunsontheroof
Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person jumps fence at LAS, jumps on AS 737
Replies: 86
Views: 14682

Re: Person jumps fence at LAS, jumps on AS 737

I see a ladder on the ground right at the beginning of the video .. He probably brought that with him and used it to climb up. He really wanted to hump that winglet! Talk about taking airplane porn to the next level ! Not likely if the aircraft was taxiing. Even unincumbered, catching up to a 737 w...

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by gunsontheroof
Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person jumps fence at LAS, jumps on AS 737
Replies: 86
Views: 14682

Re: Person jumps fence at LAS, jumps on AS 737

I see a ladder on the ground right at the beginning of the video .. He probably brought that with him and used it to climb up. He really wanted to hump that winglet! Talk about taking airplane porn to the next level ! Not likely if the aircraft was taxiing. Even unincumbered, catching up to a 737 w...

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by gunsontheroof
Thu Dec 10, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do you think I did anything wrong with this or was unprofessional?
Replies: 24
Views: 2129

Re: Do you think I did anything wrong with this or was unprofessional?

I don't see how this is unprofessional at all, but I'm curious as to how any other passenger was aware that it was your son unless he did something untoward, which I don't get the impression he did. I was fortunate enough to fly non-rev standby once through the generosity of a friend who's wife is a...

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by gunsontheroof
Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Leases 13 New Boeing 737-9 MAXs, Sells 10 A320s
Replies: 73
Views: 14218

Re: Alaska Leases 13 New Boeing 737-9 MAXs, Sells 10 A320s

Alaska is building up to something. are they going nationwide? I think so with the size of airplanes they're moving to. the question is? Do they have the crews to get there? They're getting the airplanes to go transcon and possibly even go to Europe from the east coast once they establish a real hu...

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by gunsontheroof
Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: List of Paint Shop USA & ASIA
Replies: 6
Views: 1506

Re: List of Paint Shop USA & ASIA

Boeing has paint shops at PAE, RNT and PDX for sure. Not sure if there's a shop at BFI, but I believe there was at some point.

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by gunsontheroof
Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planespotters.net struggling to keep up with DL fleet retirements?
Replies: 9
Views: 2306

Re: Planespotters.net struggling to keep up with DL fleet retirements?

You know you can always send in updates yourself if you find out data is incorrect? It's an enthusiasts website, which AFAIK is run by volunteers only. They have more airline lists to manage then just DL, and there are crazy numbers of developments going on lately. You seem overly critical! IMO it ...

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by gunsontheroof
Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 vs. 748 revisited
Replies: 112
Views: 11194

Re: A380 vs. 748 revisited

Am I alone in that I never really saw A380/B748 as a competition at all? By the time the B748 was available, the A380 had already snapped up most of the dwindling VLA market and two of the largest pax B748 customers ordered the A380 earlier in the 2000s. I recognize that they're comparable airframes...

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by gunsontheroof
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What’s the most famous airport in the world?
Replies: 41
Views: 3876

Re: What’s the most famous airport in the world?

JFK and LAX, just with the great ammount of movies there. LHR isn't that famous, yes it's the biggest, but the general public won't know it as it has no cultural link to it. Important to choose between most famous on avgeek sites and most famous for general public. You can tell a non-avgeek that yo...

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by gunsontheroof
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When Did US Airlines Stop Flying 747's For Routes Within The US?
Replies: 26
Views: 1871

Re: When Did US Airlines Stop Flying 747's For Routes Within The US?

I remember seeing NW 742s on MSP/DTW-SEA quite regularly during the '90s, but outside of very occasional substitutions (DL from DTW, UA from DEN), I can't recall seeing a domestic pax 747 come through since the early 2000s.

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by gunsontheroof
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS 737 hits a bear in YAK
Replies: 65
Views: 11773

Re: AS 737 hits a bear in YAK

iamlucky13 wrote:
bennett123 wrote:
So what will they do with the cub?.


Teach it to play the flute for the circus. He will become a piper cub.


The lack of a "like" button here has this site showing its age...

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by gunsontheroof
Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volga-Dnepr AN124-100 emergency landing and overrun
Replies: 58
Views: 13163

Re: Volga-Dnepr AN124-100 emergency landing and overrun

This thread is 3.5 hours old and nobody has asked the obvious question yet. What about all that fish it was hauling? Only Boeing 757-200s are designed to haul fish - no other aircraft. '902 Not a lot of people know this, but the phrase "packed-in like sardines" is not a reference to sardi...

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by gunsontheroof
Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So far, which year is worst?
Replies: 54
Views: 3974

Re: So far, which year is worst?

Personally? 2020 by a pretty clean margin (only 36), but for all its horseshit I'd take it over pretty much any year say, pre-1950. That's kind of a cop-out answer, but being alive prior to that was a much harsher existence than we're currently dealing with.

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by gunsontheroof
Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines gets new CEO
Replies: 22
Views: 6030

Re: Alaska Airlines gets new CEO

Brad Tilden will be very missed by everyone at Alaska. His leadership style encouraged others to always do the right thing and give caring, personal service to Alaska's customers. God knows how he did it, but he can remember the name of probably thousands of employees...always greeting me by name o...

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by gunsontheroof
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S7 A319 at BFI: 11/8
Replies: 6
Views: 2057

Re: S7 A319 at BFI: 11/8

gdavis003 wrote:
Looks like it was wfu end of September. Probably being sold to someone else and is receiving a new paint job at BFI


Most likely. Looks like it flew GDX-BFI on Thursday and has been there since...

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by gunsontheroof
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S7 A319 at BFI: 11/8
Replies: 6
Views: 2057

S7 A319 at BFI: 11/8

https://fr24.com/VQBQW/25fecb9c
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I was looking around FR24 and found an S7 A319 (VQ-BQW) at BFI. Certainly an unusual visitor...perhaps a stopover in delivery flight yo/from Russia?

https://fr24.com/VQBQW/25fecb9c

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by gunsontheroof
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is Going on in Alexandria, Louisiana?
Replies: 11
Views: 3348

Re: What is Going on in Alexandria, Louisiana?

SEA-AEX-ATL. HNL-AEX-HNL. I can understand transporting troops between Wheeler Army Airfield and Fort Polk. But what's in Seattle? Wouldn't they just go to Fort Lewis-McChord instead of SeaTac? SEA has fielded.military charters as.long as I've been paying attention to operations (30 years or so). S...

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by gunsontheroof
Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rock Legend Gene Simmons Kisses His California Estate And High Taxes Goodbye
Replies: 117
Views: 5485

Re: Rock Legend Gene Simmons Kisses His California Estate And High Taxes Goodbye

Meh, they spend a lot of time at their place in Whistler, so now its just a quick drive for them. Metro Seattle to Whistler is at least a six hour drive on a good day...if he's shacking up in Pierce or Lewis County (based on what we've heard), you're potentially looking at a ten hour trip. It's not...

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by gunsontheroof
Sat Nov 07, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 101496

Re: Official Election thread

bennett123 wrote:
Why would the SCOTUS reverse the outcome?.


Unless Trump's legal team can offer compelling evidence of electoral fraud, it's not getting that far up the ladder. That shrieking tangerine's time is up. Good riddance.

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by gunsontheroof
Sun Nov 01, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta 767-200 routes?
Replies: 31
Views: 3305

Re: Delta 767-200 routes?

I think they were flown on pretty much any route in the DL network if the numbers were right. My only 762 flight was SLC-SEA in February 2003. Didn't get the reg, but I still have the safety card.

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by gunsontheroof
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue's first A220 rolls out/entry into service
Replies: 212
Views: 46111

Re: Jetblue's first A220 rolls out

Looks fantastic! I notice that it's registered C-GPJH...what's the reason for the Canadian reg on a U.S.-built jet? Built in the US but the regulatory authority for it is Transport Canada, thus the Canadian registration. Figured it came down to something like that, but I can't recall seeing anythin...

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by gunsontheroof
Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue's first A220 rolls out/entry into service
Replies: 212
Views: 46111

Re: Jetblue's first A220 rolls out

Looks fantastic! I notice that it's registered C-GPJH...what's the reason for the Canadian reg on a U.S.-built jet?

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by gunsontheroof
Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus corporate shuttle to BFM?
Replies: 35
Views: 5578

Re: Airbus corporate shuttle to BFM?

Not sure if it's a daily thing, but Boeing runs a C208 (N208BA) between BFI/PAE and MWH regularly. I'd guess it's some kind of employee shuttle, but if anyone knows better, I'd be curious to know more.

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by gunsontheroof
Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Celebrity Sightings on Flights
Replies: 23
Views: 1632

Re: Celebrity Sightings on Flights

Former NBA sixth man of the year Detlef Schrempf was on my SEA-AMS flight with NW back in 2005. I'd met him before at an autograph signing as a kid, but had a chance to chat with him briefly during boarding (I was a huge Seattle Supersonics fan and watched him play many times) and he couldn't have b...

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by gunsontheroof
Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAE (Everett) Commercial Passenger Service News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 275
Views: 46550

Re: PAE (Everett) Commercial Passenger Service News and Discussion Thread

I am hoping to see this airport get back to “normal” in a year or so if AS keeps using smaller a/c... if 737s, it could take a while but AS is best positioned to make it work I've only flown out of PAE once, but I have to wonder about how that (very nice) terminal would handle 737s vs E175s. I know...

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by gunsontheroof
Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread 2020
Replies: 1019
Views: 89739

Re: AS Airlines and flying Airbus planes to Alaska

The Airbus fleet seems to be making its way into more lower-48 transcons, but the impression I've gotten is that the A319/320s have largely been kept in ex-VA routes from California. All 319s are parked and will be leaving Unfortunately, I went and dug into this after commenting. My bad! I figured ...

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by gunsontheroof
Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread 2020
Replies: 1019
Views: 89739

Re: AS Airlines and flying Airbus planes to Alaska

The Airbus fleet seems to be making its way into more lower-48 transcons, but the impression I've gotten is that the A319/320s have largely been kept in ex-VA routes from California.

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by gunsontheroof
Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why did Emirates retire the A310-300?
Replies: 5
Views: 3520

Re: Why did Emirates retire the A310-300?

It looks like most (but not all) of the A310s EK operated were at least twenty years old by the time the type was removed from the fleet for good, but what's more interesting to me is that of the fourteen that they operated over the years, only three made it to ten years of service with EK. Four ser...

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