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by MNgopher
Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country post record Q1 -- new biz model working?
Replies: 48
Views: 9056

Re: Sun Country post record Q1 -- new biz model working?

They may be making money now, but time will tell... Lots of grumbling again recently about poor customer service. Several last second cancellations and paltry sums for the inconvenience. Customer service unreachable with suggestions to call at 6AM to avoid having to wait hours to talk to someone. Po...

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by MNgopher
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no LH or BA in MSP
Replies: 96
Views: 9674

Re: Why no LH or BA in MSP

And the population is predominantly of Scandanavian descent, not German or British, yet MN doesn't even have direct flights to Scandanavian capital cities. You are right on the flights, but not on the ancestry descent of the population. The highest level of ancestry claimed in Minnesota is German, ...

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by MNgopher
Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Moves to Reduce Weather Delays at US Airports
Replies: 17
Views: 5051

Re: FAA Moves to Reduce Weather Delays at US Airports

Between afternoon thunderstorms in the summer (many with hail), and strong east or west winds, DEN gets its fair share of delays. Add in some winter fun too. Not a whole lot that can be done about the weather.

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by MNgopher
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cold Weather Cancellations in the US
Replies: 90
Views: 10802

Re: Cold Weather Cancellations in the US

DL isn’t superior, the claim that they have no cancellations at DTW and MSP is totally false. As of 2PM EST, Delta mainline has 33 cancellations including 14 at MSP+DTW. Endeavor and others are performing worse. And yesterday DL has 130 mainline cancellations, including, inexplicably dozens at ATL....

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by MNgopher
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 211
Views: 24908

Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2019

Interesting to look at the airline breakdowns on passengers. Delta as a whole was up though, but not huge. Other big players all down... America, United, Southwest, Sun Country, Spirit... Woof.

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by MNgopher
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cold Weather Cancellations in the US
Replies: 90
Views: 10802

Re: Cold Weather Cancellations in the US

You might want to check the flight boards again at MSP. There are over 100 cancelations already. Curious if you've got different data than Flightaware... Flightaware shows 46 flights cancelled out of MSP today. 56 inbounds cancelled. The bulk of them are Southwest flights. Looks like Spirit and Fro...

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by MNgopher
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How does extreme cold affect flight ops?
Replies: 76
Views: 9156

Re: How does extreme cold affect flight ops?

Updating the cancellations, it appears that you can add Frontier and Spirit to the list of Airlines that have decided not to fly to MSP on Wednesday... A couple of cancellations to Chicago on United showing up as well.

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by MNgopher
Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How does extreme cold affect flight ops?
Replies: 76
Views: 9156

Re: How does extreme cold affect flight ops?

As others have noted, it is not normal cold that is expected in many locations. Not unheard of, but certainly not what a "normal" day in places like MSP is either. Ground equipment gets to be pretty fussy in the extreme cold. You will note in places like MSP its part of why they pretty muc...

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by MNgopher
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why wasn’t MSP relocated?
Replies: 83
Views: 13649

Re: Why wasn’t MSP relocated?

Total Passengers, 2001: DEN: 36,092,806 MSP: 33,733,725 Total Passengers, 2017: DEN: 61,379,396 MSP: 38,034,431 The new DEN opened in 1995 but I couldn't find any earlier data for MSP than 2001. MSP's air traffic has stayed relatively flat while DEN's has nearly doubled since DIA opened with plans ...

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by MNgopher
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why wasn’t MSP relocated?
Replies: 83
Views: 13649

Re: Why wasn’t MSP relocated?

I live in Vermillion and as far as I understand, there are still covenants on the farmland so that it can not be sold off and developed. I know people who said the runway would have gone through their yards and the town of Vermillion would have been plowed over. Any truth to these covenants? It see...

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by MNgopher
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home
Replies: 215
Views: 22210

Re: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home

Same result? United is getting her home Tuesday. SY will not be getting their passengers home at any time. Again, you're not considering that a 3-day delay is not acceptable to many people. If SY brought down a plane three days later, there would still be a story here, even though it's the same res...

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by MNgopher
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home
Replies: 215
Views: 22210

Re: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home

I think a lot of the folks who post that there is no story here are the same folks who don't understand how this airline managed to survive in the shadow of Northwest for all those years... Folks in Minnesota flew Sun Country as they knew them as the very hometown airline that was focused on the lei...

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by MNgopher
Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Sun Country in a league of its own?
Replies: 97
Views: 18968

Re: Is Sun Country in a league of its own?

A league of their own? Probably not, but they fill a nice niche in the Twin Cities. Yes, their pilots are among the lowest paid of the 737 pilots in the US. They raised their pay significantly a few years ago, but that still doesn't bring them up near the top. As others have pointed out, it brings t...

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by MNgopher
Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis air service discussion - 2016-2017
Replies: 193
Views: 25629

Re: Minneapolis Air Service Discussion

I'm also a happy WN flyer in MSP and have been pleased to see the ongoing (if slow) growth. DAL and LAS seem like logical places for some growth. On the Florida side, as you noted it is awfully competitive. Sun Country has an awfully good niche there and loyal following (and I will state I fly them ...

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by MNgopher
Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Williston ND (ISN) breaks ground on new airport
Replies: 24
Views: 2862

Re: Williston ND (ISN) breaks ground on new airport

Williston, ND is ground zero for the oil-extraction from sand. I believe this is the same activity that is occurring Ft. McMurray, Alberta. Actually, no. The oil being extracted in North Dakota is shale oil. It is removed from the ground using advanced drilling techniques commonly known as "fr...

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