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by symphonicpoet
Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1494
Views: 195898

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

^If nothing else I think that tidily explains why the idea crashed. Southwest alone probably would have killed it to prevent consolidation to T1. Honestly, I think it's an idea with merit: there's plenty of capacity there and it would be more efficient and should bring down fees for everyone. But it...

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by symphonicpoet
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1494
Views: 195898

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

^Mom was going to come back from London Sunday but couldn't get a ticket at all, so she pushed it back until Monday. (I tried to talk her into waiting until Tuesday, but . . . there's no winning with your Mother.)

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by symphonicpoet
Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Saigon Long Weekend on VN A321 and A350 Economy
Replies: 10
Views: 4678

Re: Saigon Long Weekend on VN A321 and A350 Economy

Glad you had a good time. I fly to Tan Sohn Nhat somewhat frequently for someone who lives nine thousand miles away, but I've not flown Vietnam Airlines before. (Most frequently it's worked out to be China Eastern, but also Korean, JAL, or even United.) Will be taking my first trip aboard the nation...

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by symphonicpoet
Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: American Airlines Phoenix - New York with multiple delays & cancellations
Replies: 18
Views: 4713

Re: American Airlines Phoenix - New York with multiple delays & cancellations

That's a wild trip! Glad it all came out okay in the end.

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by symphonicpoet
Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1494
Views: 195898

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

As to why to expand in STL, I have to assume it's because you can do so here without negatively affecting CPE. No need to build anything new at all, just lightly update what's here. You need a crew base? No problem. There's plenty of space. There are crew lounges in both C and D. There's a vacant op...

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by symphonicpoet
Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: STL to LHR 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 3785

Re: STL to LHR 2019

Neat, I was on N801NW in August, DTL-AMS. :) Oh, and the A340 you couldn't make out is a Virgin plane, you can just make out the top of the V, and the red nacelles as well. Saw it was Virgin, but never could decide which one. There were several of their 340s that might have been parked in London th...

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by symphonicpoet
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: STL to LHR 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 3785

Re: STL to LHR 2019

Thank you jrfspa. :) Duxford really was fun. (Got up to the train museum in Yorkshire, too, since planes aren't the only transportation I enjoy.) And indeed, the variety of aircraft at LHR is second to none.

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by symphonicpoet
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Boutique Business Done Right: La Compagnie A321neo ORY-EWR
Replies: 6
Views: 5837

Re: Boutique Business Done Right: La Compagnie A321neo ORY-EWR

That truly is a lovely little plane, and a very nice report. Thank you!

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by symphonicpoet
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Short Hop, Big Jet: Delta's B767-400ER ATL-JFK
Replies: 2
Views: 3098

Re: Short Hop, Big Jet: Delta's B767-400ER ATL-JFK

I love that you caught not only the WN 73 taking off in parallel, but also an RJ of some kind, looked like maybe a CRJ-100?, landing on yet another parallel runway. Nice report and neat stroke of luck that you found the video of your flight. :)

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by symphonicpoet
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: STL to LHR 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 3785

Re: STL to LHR 2019

Thank you! It's my first semi-serious attempt at a spotter's trip report. I've really only been spotting for about three or four years, but I like the challenge of identifying aircraft, so I've gotten halfway serious quickly. And I definitely saw some neat ones. Just wish I'd started sooner.

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by symphonicpoet
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: STL to LHR 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 3785

STL to LHR 2019

So over the summer and part of the fall I took a lengthy trip to the UK to deal with a complicated problem that required a lot of intervention. (There's a real chance I'll be going back, but I'm hoping it's stable for now.) Long story, but . . . plenty of planes. The first leg was DL2084 aboard a ve...

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by symphonicpoet
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1494
Views: 195898

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

I put very little stock in this quote but I am going to pass it along anyway. For the first time, business leaders in China’s commercial centers like Xi’an, Mianyang, and Kunming will have convenient access to points across the USA, and the same for Americans headed to China. Chinese carriers will ...

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by symphonicpoet
Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1494
Views: 195898

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

^To be fair, the Apple loads are part of package deals with hotel stays and possibly other services, correct? So I'd guess they're not going to use quite the same calculus as your usual airline execs. The flight could be the "loss leader" in the package. They need a plane. They took the mo...

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by symphonicpoet
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1494
Views: 195898

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

Came across a photo of the old Ambassador Lounge above C28 and C27 https://web.archive.org/web/20010611052918if_/http://www.cruisinaltitude.com:80/images/special/twb727lastflightstl/pigparty1stll.jpg Great find. That looks like it's an employee event. Was it before the lounge opened? I can't imagin...

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by symphonicpoet
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1494
Views: 195898

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

So out of curiosity, anyone know what the Omni Air 763 was up to?

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by symphonicpoet
Sun May 26, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1494
Views: 195898

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

^Geeze. Sorry to hear that. :(

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by symphonicpoet
Fri May 24, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1494
Views: 195898

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

Well, jshank, I do hope you will apply. If they're looking for someone who promotes the airport I would think you fit the bill. STL07. Trololzila, if he's on here. I'd think I'm third string at best, but I will apply. But you guys . . . I'd hope you'd make the cut. Depends on who applies, I guess. ...

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by symphonicpoet
Thu May 23, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1494
Views: 195898

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

Well, jshank, I do hope you will apply. If they're looking for someone who promotes the airport I would think you fit the bill. STL07. Trololzila, if he's on here. I'd think I'm third string at best, but I will apply. But you guys . . . I'd hope you'd make the cut. Depends on who applies, I guess. A...

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by symphonicpoet
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1494
Views: 195898

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

Eegads, the loads on that DL flight to Cincinnati look terrible. I know it's a short hop and all that, but . . . eek!

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by symphonicpoet
Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1494
Views: 195898

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

Listening to ATC and an AA jet was given 12L to land on. Asked for 12R but was denied do to broken down vehicle blocking runway :roll: Then asked for 11, due to better braking, and it is closed also. I didn't realize 12L is that much worse than the others that AA would rather use 11 over 12L It is ...

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by symphonicpoet
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1494
Views: 195898

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

We should all crowdfund a replacement for India Palace :lol: Could even be more planespotting oriented than food oriented... It could cater to the digital cabbie crowd, too. Now that they're not chained to the staging area in the same way. Would be interesting to find out what they want in rent on ...

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by symphonicpoet
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1494
Views: 195898

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

Year end noise report out. Includes Aircraft type usage, runway usage, individual airline movements. Interesting stuff. All in chart form. Also shows all the take offs/landing tracks for the busiest day of the year (June 15) Newest runway used 13% of the time. E145 was the 4th most used airplane :(...

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by symphonicpoet
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1494
Views: 195898

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

Of course Volaris will fly in while I'm out of town. Grr! I am genuinely surprised Apple is ditching Swift/Eastern, but it will be neat to see some new iron in town. Even if it is the same old routes to the same old vacation factories.

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by symphonicpoet
Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

I've seen DL's STL-ATL service on 739s a good few times now. If they're working to phase out the 752s A321s would be a logical replacement. Even if you're a Boeing fan, on paper the 321s come a little closer to matching the capabilities of the 752s. I gather they're not as leggy, but for STL to ATL ...

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by symphonicpoet
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

So that brings me to the other side of the discussion - if you're in STL and you're wanting to head down under, it appears your best bet is to fly through IAH or DFW, at least timewise. Asia - there's MSP or trekking up to ORD or over slightly to DTW. Actually, for DL there's even connections throu...

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by symphonicpoet
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

The runway was needed because STL was a poorly designed airport from the get go. Don't you think that's just a bit unfair? I'd say it's more that it's unusually old for a major airport with a site that dates to 1920 and a current configuration dating essentially to 1956. (Albeit with quite a few ex...

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by symphonicpoet
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

I think WN would just codeshare with someone if they wanted a European connection. Couldn’t name who they would be but I think that’s the route they would go. If they did it themselves, I think they would invest in 787/797 but it has to be a really small chance they would even consider it. They don...

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by symphonicpoet
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

I think WN would just codeshare with someone if they wanted a European connection. Couldn’t name who they would be but I think that’s the route they would go. If they did it themselves, I think they would invest in 787/797 but it has to be a really small chance they would even consider it. They don...

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by symphonicpoet
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

Well, if WN were going to start service to the EU maybe they might try to make KEF a focus city so that they can do connections to other destinations. Can't imagine any airline would try to stop that. It's just so . . . obvious. But marginally more seriously, if one were to dream impossible dreams, ...

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by symphonicpoet
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

I think one issue is the working group doesn't even have much information yet to share. They just started this a couple months ago. People keep wanting answers that no one has. It is easy to say give us info! But what info do they really want to know that the working group has an answer to? It seem...

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by symphonicpoet
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

Welcome to Lambert St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/krewson-rejects-need-public-vote-possible-lease-lambert-airport#stream/0 I am a little torn on the issue, I don't really trust the alderman to vote with a clear mind (as usual), but I also don't think 95% of the voting public would ha...

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by symphonicpoet
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

Really? Have you no familiarity with the Cincinnati orchestra, which might well be the finest in the US? Or the Carnegie museum? I think you need to go look at everything with a less jaundiced eye. In fairness I have no desire to start a pissing match. But let's be honest here: to someone from outsi...

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by symphonicpoet
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

I have lived in Seattle and St. Louis and can confidently say that St. Louis is not even remotely comparable to Seattle. Earlier you mentioned that St. Louis doesn’t have mountains, an ocean, or a bigger city than something like LA or NYC. Seattle is definitely a bigger city than St. Louis and is g...

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by symphonicpoet
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

[ I like the travel blogs. Neat idea. As others state, we “don’t have tourism” yet we have a ton to do here. I know we aren’t Chicago or MSP, but I think about when we have friends visit we spend 3-4 days and put a dent in the Must Dos for visitors. Pretty excited to see how this all plays out for ...

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by symphonicpoet
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

Probably just doing simple stuff. Most big events have at least some volunteers. (Working as ushers, selling concessions, that sort of thing.) Sometimes it's a way to raise money for charity. My dad helped sell concessions at a Rams game to raise money for something. We used to have the Lions as ush...

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by symphonicpoet
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

^Nice! . . . well, the airport was on record at some point in saying they didn't want to deal with the beached white elephant-whale, so . . . my money should probably be on that Sydney flight. Count me in the curious to see what comes in August, but well pleased with the way things have gone no matt...

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by symphonicpoet
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

Looks like WQ has a leased MAX from Sunwing. Strange that a brand new plane is leased out already. https://www.flightradar24.com/SWQ451/1d3be6c9 Sounds to me like Sunwing mostly does charters anyway, rather like Swift. Maybe they have some kind of agreement with Swift/Apple/Eastern, but even if the...

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by symphonicpoet
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

Looks like E29 is still used for all International arrivals and they move departures over to A15 (nor sure with the 767 though) Would like to have someone confirm that. E29 could accommodate a 767. They've reached the point where they have overlapping international arrivals. On the fourth, at least...

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by symphonicpoet
Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

I could add that there is a lot more connectivity between St. Louis and Kansas City or Chicago than St. Louis and Memphis. We just have stronger historic business ties to those two destinations. Even leisure ties, really. The ties are strong enough that even Amtrak serves that route. WN wouldn't wan...

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by symphonicpoet
Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

^I think I went back and looked at that one shortly after I posted. But it still shows a lot of vacant in E and I don't think there's anything vacant there at all right now. I arrived on one of the gates labeled "vacant." I suppose it's possible Southwest is only using them per turn, but ....

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by symphonicpoet
Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

WOW will be departing E29 as well? Hmm! I'm a little surprised at that, but I suppose it saves towing aircraft back and forth. And their market is more WN than AA. (Slightly. Maybe more Allegiant, really, but I don't believe BLV has customs.) E31 is also ATS, so that would work just as well. Or at l...

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by symphonicpoet
Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

To get back to the international arrivals gate discussion for a sec,what gate did that charter use? Did they come back Virgin or by some other means. If they needed a 747 outbound I'd be hard pressed to guess what else they could have possibly used coming back, unless the party split up and some of ...

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by symphonicpoet
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

Yes, I am well aware of the strict codes. I don't know how it is specifically in St. Louis, but I believe in a lot of areas once you shut down an older structure for a period of time and then want to resume using it, you have to bring up to code. If close the building and it changes hands and needs...

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by symphonicpoet
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

Why did all of the ground transportation info on Wiki get deleted? It's on every major airport and this knowledge is definitely "encyclopedic" Some person came through and essentially erased a full third of the page unilaterally without even discussing it with anyone (me in particular, si...

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by symphonicpoet
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

I'm fairly certain WN has a significant financial stake in T2 so it'll be a cold day in hell before they move out of there and C concourse certainly isn't an upgrade. Why do you say C isn't an upgrade? The only thing that's larger in E is the hallways. Other than that C has more of everything: more...

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by symphonicpoet
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 1495
Views: 130580

Re: STL air service discussion - 2018

With WN moving down D I wonder long-term if it wouldn't make sense for WN to move to a re-opened (the end bit) C concourse but that would probably make the T-1 terminal area a cluster-fudge pre-security. Why would T-1 be more of a CF than T-2 landside? There's more space. There's a larger holding a...

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by symphonicpoet
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2017
Replies: 539
Views: 66123

Re: STL Air Service Discussion

I don't know why everyone is so cynical about this... this is coming from my pessimistic out-of-state perspective too lol. STL is going to do just fine. There's an odd cross state rivalry, as though Kansas City were Annie Oakley to St. Louis's Frank Butler with both parties angrily chanting "A...

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by symphonicpoet
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most-missed US Major
Replies: 68
Views: 6497

Re: Most-missed US Major

No great shock for someone from St. Louis, but TWA. I only took one trip on TWA, but I accompanied my grandparents or my father to the airport often, to see them off or pick them up. And I have fond memories of picking out the 727s from the DC-9s between C and D in St. Louis, or watching the occasio...

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by symphonicpoet
Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MCI thread - 2017
Replies: 100
Views: 9017

Re: MCI Thread

Glass jetways?? Finally a US airport chooses to the rest of the Western World (plus Asia for that’s matter) Does anyone know how many international gates there will be? I didn't know US airports had a "choice" on whether or not they could have glass jetways.... I am pretty sure the Nation...

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by symphonicpoet
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MCI thread - 2017
Replies: 100
Views: 9017

Re: MCI Thread

Glass jetways?? Finally a US airport chooses to the rest of the Western World (plus Asia for that’s matter) Does anyone know how many international gates there will be? Where the heck have you seen glass jetways in Asia? I won't claim to have flown through every airport that a ways, but I get over ...

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