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by DesertAir
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Yes/No Poll: Do You Like American Airlines?
Replies: 30
Views: 780

Re: Yes/No Poll: Do You Like American Airlines?

Yes. I have flown them on a lot of international routes over the years and have always had a positive experience.

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by DesertAir
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you were to start an airline, what would be your business strategy/plan?
Replies: 17
Views: 1202

Re: If you were to start an airline, what would be your business strategy/plan?

Target: underserved communities> Stockton, Modesto, Red Bluff, Chico, CA, Calexico, El Centro... Goal> low cost air service and allow retired airline workers to continue to participate in the industry Employees> retired airline pilots, FAs, ground and administrative Everyone> minimum wage from the C...

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by DesertAir
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mexico's president suggests his government may resucitate Mexicana de Aviacion
Replies: 40
Views: 6477

Re: Mexico's president suggests his government may resucitate Mexicana de Aviacion

There have been a number of financial decisions that have been questioned: cancellation of the new airport, the proposed dual airport system for Mexico City, the Train Maya and and an upsurge in violence. Grow predictions have been reduced and there is less foreign investment on the horizon. Mexican...

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by DesertAir
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 248
Views: 35838

Re: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List

So far 2019 has been a solid Southwest year

Roundtrips from SAN to SMF:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July: 3 roundtrips: July 7-9
July 15-17
July 25-29
SAN to SJD: August 4-8

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by DesertAir
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Interjet Pricing Structure Question
Replies: 3
Views: 495

Re: Interjet Pricing Structure Question

I have flown Interjet many times and have always purchased Optima. I brought onboard my backpack and roller bag that fits I the overhead bins.

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by DesertAir
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airliners with air stairs
Replies: 44
Views: 4272

Re: Airliners with air stairs

In the early 70s United flew the Central Valley milk run with a stop in Stockton, CA. My dad and I used to like to watch the 737-200 come in and the air stairs descend for deplaning. Sometimes they did not work correctly so the service crew would bring in the portable stairs on wheels. With most air...

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by DesertAir
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Possible new routes for Volaris or VivaAerobus within Mexico
Replies: 8
Views: 909

Re: Possible new routes for Volaris or VivaAerobus within Mexico

I think Volaris should try out TIJ-LAS. I can't believe this has never been tried before. Maybe this would be more up VivaAerobus's alley. I have been thinking this for a long time. Many of the people I know go to LAS driving or on chartered buses. I think some TIJ to some northern markets should b...

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by DesertAir
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico reports loss; cancels PVG, suspends 5 other international routes
Replies: 44
Views: 9931

Re: Aeromexico reports loss; cancels PVG, suspends 5 other international routes

The new airport...it will be a long time. The Peña Nieto project was cancelled by the new president AMLO and the AMLO project is under court injunction (correct term?) has come to a standstill. AM announced a while back, it would not operate from two airports, under the AMLO proposal since their ope...

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by DesertAir
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 808
Views: 98486

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019

A while back there were rumores floating around the COPA would start service to TJ but all has been quiet lately. Volaris tried SAN-GDL and MEX service without much success. AM had service to Los Cabos but also discontinued it. Crossing the international boarder adds alot of tax to the flights so it...

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by DesertAir
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is AM/DL weak in Mexico vs AA
Replies: 48
Views: 5686

Re: Why is AM/DL weak in Mexico vs AA

California has alot of AM presence. For example, SMF has almost daily, night service to Guadalajara. I have tried to book AA to Guadalajara from SMF and I have to go to DFW. US, before the merger, had a great early morning departure SMF with a change in PHX. DL presence in SMF is limited to LAX, ATL...

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by DesertAir
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...
Replies: 149
Views: 21096

Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

This is good news. I was in SMF yesterday afternoon and noticed the afternoon Countour flight to Santa Barbara. It had a decent amount of passengers in the boarding area. I also noticed that Boutique has a late night, around midnight flight to Merced. Maybe one of these two airlines will add the Pal...

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by DesertAir
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines California Strategy
Replies: 59
Views: 10014

Re: Alaska Airlines California Strategy

I am a monthly flyer between SAN and SMF. WN runs about 11-13 flights a day. AS has three flights. This amount of flights probably serve their locals and gives another option when the WN flights are full, which is almost always. A note, Allegiant has twice weekly service from SAN to SCK (Stockton) a...

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by DesertAir
Tue May 21, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended
Replies: 107
Views: 22368

Re: Via Air in trouble: majority of flights suspended

This is always the problem with start-ups with limited route structures. When something goes wrong they have very little ability or will in some cases. Allegiant has had the same difficulty in some of their stations. It would be better to begin small but reliable and then expand to larger and reliab...

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by DesertAir
Wed May 08, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye BAC 1-11!
Replies: 85
Views: 11002

Re: Goodbye BAC 1-11!

I flew them a couple of times in the 80s on Pacific Express:
Monterey to LAX
LAX to Stockton

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by DesertAir
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...
Replies: 149
Views: 21096

Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

There are two gates dedicated to international service in Terminal B. Could these not be used for domestic departures and arrivals? Most of the international service is in the late evening or close to midnight. The gate that Frontier uses for their evening LAS flight is empty during most of the day....

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by DesertAir
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...
Replies: 149
Views: 21096

Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

There are two gates dedicated to international service in Terminal B. Could these not be used for domestic departures and arrivals? Most of the international service is in the late evening or close to midnight. The gate that Frontier uses for their evening LAS flight is empty during most of the day....

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by DesertAir
Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many US states have you visited?
Replies: 91
Views: 6185

Re: How many US states have you visited?

States where I have never left the airport-connection only
Tennesse (Northwest)
Georgia (Delta)
Ohio (US Airways)
Utah (Delta)
Florida (American, PanAM)
Missouri (TWA)

States I have visited
California
Oregon
Washington
Arizona
New Mexico
Texas
New York
Illinois
Maryland
Massachusetts

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by DesertAir
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many countries have you visited?
Replies: 36
Views: 1507

Re: How many countries have you visited?

North America USA (Home country) Canada Mexico (actual residence) Central America[u] Belize Guatemala El Salvador Honduras Nicaragua Costa Rica Panamá [u]Caribbean[u][u][/ Puerto Rico Dominican Republic US Virgin Islands Curazao Martinique [u]South America Bolivia Peru Equador Colombia Venezuela (3...

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by DesertAir
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Announces SMF
Replies: 54
Views: 5328

Re: Spirit Announces SMF

The one Frontier flight to LAS does not pose much challenge to WN but 3 on Spirit is going to be interesting.

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by DesertAir
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What if a domestic flight diverts to a foreign airport?
Replies: 67
Views: 10053

Re: What if a domestic flight diverts to a foreign airport?

This could be a possibility in the San Diego area where the San Diego y Tijuana Airports are about 25 miles apart. Actually when there are Santa Ana conditions (winds from the desert east) planes landing at the Tijuana International Airport fly over US air space on approach.

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by DesertAir
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "International Airport" with NO international service
Replies: 64
Views: 7187

Re: "International Airport" with NO international service

Tucson International Airport-just domestic.
Years ago they had daily service on AMX to Hermosillo.

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by DesertAir
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western Airlines DC-10 "Spaceship"
Replies: 32
Views: 5152

Re: Western Airlines DC-10 "Spaceship"

I flew one of Western's DC-10s from LAX to MEX in 1986.

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by DesertAir
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your FF programs: past and present
Replies: 30
Views: 2057

Re: Your FF programs: past and present

Past FF Programs: My first was the PSA program...I cashed in miles for Cabo San Lucas. My PSA miles became the US Air plan...I took a roundtrips from LAX to New Orleans and from Burbank to La Guardia. In those days an award included a free hotel night. I briefly participated in the Northwest FF prog...

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by DesertAir
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Airlines at LAX
Replies: 14
Views: 2691

Re: Allegiant Airlines at LAX

I was hoping that Allegiant would begin SCK service, Stockton, CA with a least a daily roundtrip. They have been very successful in Stockton with LAS, SAN and PPX-mesa service. UA has announced 2 daily roundtrips to begin later this year.

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by DesertAir
Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...
Replies: 149
Views: 21096

Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

I fly monthly, usually arriving on Saturday afternoons at SMF in Terminal 2. The car-rental shuttle service is irregular. Sometimes the wait is very long. For a while they used the system, one shuttle arrived and the other took off. I, too, hope for improvement.

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by DesertAir
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 245
Views: 33420

Re: Allegiant DIscussion Thread - 2019

Will Allegiant move to Terminal 1 at SAN?

Terminal 1 is maxed out buy Southwest. They are using a gate in the AS/Frontier part of the terminal.

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by DesertAir
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What happen to Southwest website.
Replies: 61
Views: 6400

Re: What happen to Southwest website.

I had this problem years ago. I could not access the WN site from Tijuana, Baja California. The access was being blocked by the local provider Infinitum. The WHY was never answered but a company tec unblocked access.

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by DesertAir
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mexico fuel crisis - airports at risk?
Replies: 8
Views: 1928

Re: Mexico fuel crisis - airports at risk?

The difficulty is not a lack of fuel but lack of distribution capacity. The robbing of fuel is a major problem and needs to be addressed. The error seems to be in the planning...how to cover the fuel needs of certain populations. The fuel crisis is not in all of the states but a number of states con...

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by DesertAir
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2018 statistics
Replies: 51
Views: 2949

Re: Your 2018 statistics

My year was not too exciting, but interesting enough.
11 roundtrips between SAN and SMF on WN
1 one-way SAN-SMF on WN
1 one way SMF-LAX on WN
1 one way LAX-GDL on AS
1 roundtrip between TIJ and MEX on Interjet
1 one way between GDL and TIJ on Interjet.

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by DesertAir
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United starting Stockton-LAX service in 2019?
Replies: 53
Views: 7712

Re: United starting Stockton-LAX service in 2019?

I was going to say, many, but I don't really remember, so let's say, a few airlines used the Stockton airport to practice landings and touch and goes. As a teenager I use to drive out there and park on the frontage road at the end of the runway and watch. Jets of all sizes came and went. IIRC, it i...

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by DesertAir
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx returns Cuba frequencies to DOT
Replies: 21
Views: 5552

Re: FedEx returns Cuba frequencies to DOT

We have to remember that Cuba is always desperate for Dollars. They levy very heavy taxes on goods coming into the country for family members.

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by DesertAir
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United starting Stockton-LAX service in 2019?
Replies: 53
Views: 7712

Re: United starting Stockton-LAX service in 2019?

I am happy that UA is returning. Stockton was my hometown airport for many years. When I was a child my father took me to the airport to see the United prop milk run flights from SFO and LAX pass through the airport. Over the years I flew: UAX, USX, Golden Gate, Air Pacific (Calif. operation) PSA an...

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by DesertAir
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Eagle's Future Discussion Thread
Replies: 547
Views: 111555

Re: American Eagle's plan for the future.

jmc1975 wrote:
DesertAir wrote:
It seems to me that AA Eagle should revive the PHX-SCK route. It was flown by American West .

What's American West?


Typing Error. America West.

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by DesertAir
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Eagle's Future Discussion Thread
Replies: 547
Views: 111555

Re: American Eagle's plan for the future.

It seems to me that AA Eagle should revive the PHX-SCK route. It was flown by American West Express and seemed to be a hit. The route should support 2 or 3 roundtrips a day to connect valley residents into the PHX hub.

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by DesertAir
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel Reward Credit Cards
Replies: 33
Views: 3886

Re: Travel Reward Credit Cards

For the last 10 years I have been flying monthly between SAN y SMF. WN has frequent daily service so the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Card is right for me. Double miles on WN and partner purchases. UA and AA have connecting service in LAX and AS has only 3 flights a day. I began with the Chase Sout...

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by DesertAir
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who flew the vintage US regional carriers?
Replies: 15
Views: 2089

Re: Who flew the vintage US regional carriers?

I flew Western Airlines from LAX to MEX in 1986. The flight to MEX was on a DC-10 and the return on a 727.

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by DesertAir
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Small airports with 24 hour commercial ops
Replies: 52
Views: 6128

Re: Small airports with 24 hour commercial ops

TIJ: Tijuana International Airport in Baja California has flights 24 hours a day and never shuts down. There is a flight to Acapulco that leaves around 1:30 am.

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by DesertAir
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Discontinued airline routes you like to see its return
Replies: 29
Views: 2507

Re: Discontinued airline routes you like to see its return

I would like to see the return of SCK-LAX and SCK-SFO in my USA hometown airport Stockton, CA on UA Express or American Eagle. Both routes were flown by UA mainline, (props and then jets), and by PSA. Hughes Airwest, Golden Gate and Air Pacific flew to SFO. Pacific Express, US Airways and then USX f...

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by DesertAir
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SMF Roaring Out of the Gate in 2018
Replies: 219
Views: 29678

Re: SMF Roaring Out of the Gate in 2018

You are all correct regarding the DFW flight.

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by DesertAir
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 331
Views: 35511

Re: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List

For the remainder of 2018
SAN-SMF 17 Nov. on WN
SMF-SAN 18 Nov. on WN
SAN-SMF 22 Dec. on WN
SMF-LAX 25 Dec. on WN
LAX-GDL 26 Dec. on Alaska 737-900
GDL-TIJ 31 Dec on Interjet

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by DesertAir
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SMF Roaring Out of the Gate in 2018
Replies: 219
Views: 29678

Re: SMF Roaring Out of the Gate in 2018

I want to update my recent post regarding Frontier Airlines: Las Vegas: 2 x a week Denver 6 x a week DFW on Wednesday Nov. 21

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by DesertAir
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SMF Roaring Out of the Gate in 2018
Replies: 219
Views: 29678

Re: SMF Roaring Out of the Gate in 2018

When in SMF last weekend I noticed that Frontier is running a daily evening flight to Las Vegas.

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by DesertAir
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SMF Roaring Out of the Gate in 2018
Replies: 219
Views: 29678

Re: SMF Roaring Out of the Gate in 2018

It looks like Frontier is running a daily evening flight to Las Vegas with an evening return.

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by DesertAir
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Emotional attachment to airlines
Replies: 40
Views: 4034

Re: Emotional attachment to airlines

For me it was PSA-Pacific Southwest Airlines and their smile liners. They gave us 500 Frequent Flyer Miles for the fun of it. They captured well the California spirit. I recall the humor of US Air trying to serve food on the short hop inter California flights after the PSA takeover.

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by DesertAir
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines that are all--Boeing or all-Airbus
Replies: 9
Views: 1214

Re: Airlines that are all--Boeing or all-Airbus

Volaris and Viva Aerobus of Mexico are all Airbus jets.

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by DesertAir
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 224
Views: 18551

Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

I loved how gracefully they took to the sky.
My 747 flights: SFO-JFK TWA 1971
JFK-SFO UA 1971
JFK-MIA PA. 1990
SFO-JFK TWA 2001. Just days before the AA buyout.

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by DesertAir
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Interjet to sell its SSJ100 to focus on its A320 fleet.
Replies: 142
Views: 31105

Re: Rumor: Interjet to sell its SSJ100 to focus on its A320 fleet, rebutted.

Following what could be denoted as a long and rough relationship lasting about seven years, Mexican hybrid carrier Interjet decided that it’s time to get rid of its Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ) 100 fleet, after major recurrent headaches with the model. Quoted from an article in AirlineGeeks. September 13th...

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by DesertAir
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Aeroflot and UAC sign agreement for 100 Superjet 100
Replies: 55
Views: 7774

Re: Aeroflot is probably preparing to purchase another 100 SSj100 aircraft

Maybe they can buy some of the used ones that Interjet of Mexico is going to sell.

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by DesertAir
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Interjet to sell its SSJ100 to focus on its A320 fleet.
Replies: 142
Views: 31105

Re: Report: Interjet to sell its SSJ100 to focus on its A320 fleet

According to a report on Mexican media Interjet will announce the sale of its SSJ100 in order to "optimize slot usage". Interjet operates 20 SSJ100 and has 2 more stored at MEX since 2015 and 2017. They also have 6 more on order. I'm not completely sure, but it appears Interjet operates i...

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by DesertAir
Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's next for Allegiant? - discussion thread
Replies: 696
Views: 89936

Re: What's next for Allegiant? - discussion thread

I would like to see a daily roundtrip between SCK/Stockton and LAX. Their Stockton service to LAS, SAN and PHXMesa has been very successful.

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