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by sketch
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

Here are some pics I took today. Sorry for not sorting them. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WQ9rVoDn6a-rEMFG-ISg3od1jRCjb6Is All these road sign pictures are absolute gold to me. I'm a Waze map editor and would love nothing more than to have everything properly named and labeled before the termi...

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by sketch
Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

I dunno, maybe they will shuttle everyone to the North Terminal?

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by sketch
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

Just got the following notification through the NOLA Ready email notification system: The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) is seeking 100 volunteers to participate in a full-scale airport public safety exercise. This important drill will help MSY and their public safety partne...

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by sketch
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

2) Did anyone notice that the names of the streets are Boeing lane and Lockhead Dr? Is this real? I think those were the names of the roads here before the terminal was built.. not sure if they are keeping that or not Yes, those names have been there for many years. Here's a head-scratcher. All of ...

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by sketch
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

I am flying to MSY this weekend and looking forward to seeing the new terminal. So when the new terminal operns the old terminal remains for what reason? And I guess there is going to be a long bus ride to the CONRAC.? The parabola in front of Concourse C (i.e., essentially the only remaining struc...

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by sketch
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skyteam TATL 2020?
Replies: 61
Views: 7838

Re: Skyteam TATL 2020?

I personally consider it kind of a long shot, but folks from AF have had at least a couple meetings with some New Orleans business development organization, so I wouldn't be too surprised to see AF open up MSY-CDG in the next year or two. The last couple years have seen our first two TATL nonstops i...

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by sketch
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 2284
Views: 403666

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

Remarkably, I’ve never flown SOUTHWEST! I guess I could google it, but I do not know what their interiors look like. How long will it take for UA to refurbish all those 737 interiors, and get them flying paying passengers? Southwest cabin is all economy, and apparently 31" pitch on the 737-700...

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by sketch
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Will MCAS systems become adopted aviation technology for any future aircraft other than the 737 Series?
Replies: 33
Views: 4476

Re: Will MCAS systems become adopted aviation technology for any future aircraft other than the 737 Series?

The KC-46 is not re-engined. Same old tech PW4000 engines. That's fair enough, although the KC-767 had CF6 engines. At any rate, the reason the KC-46 needs its maneuvering characteristics augmented is kind of beside the point—it's not fly-by-wire, so it needs patch-type systems like MCAS to accompl...

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by sketch
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Will MCAS systems become adopted aviation technology for any future aircraft other than the 737 Series?
Replies: 33
Views: 4476

Re: Will MCAS systems become adopted aviation technology for any future aircraft other than the 737 Series?

"MCAS" in the 737 MAX exists only to make it handle similarly to the 737NG in certain regards while hand flying. So it really depends on what you mean. "MCAS" specifically serves a very limited fact scenario which is unlikely to be found on any other aircraft. The 737 is uniquely...

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by sketch
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus airliners name conventions
Replies: 27
Views: 4468

Re: Airbus airliners name conventions

My late father's BMW 316, bought in the mid-'80s, actually had a 1.8 litre engine. IIRC the early models had the 1.6 engine that the name implies but this was replaced with the 1.8. As I'm sure you know, Volkswagen name their cars after winds e.g. Golf, Passat, Jetta, Scirocco... PS As off-topic to...

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by sketch
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

Figured it was right sized was just wondering how the current one ended up with so many I'd guess checking baggage was a lot more popular when it was free on every airline. And overhead bins were smaller (and maybe just shelves) when a lot of the current airport was built. I'd also guess they didn'...

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by sketch
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

I don't check bags that often, but still, in my experience the majority of the carousels are empty whenever I go down there... I would guess it's "right-sizing" from the current overload of carousels. Plus, with the centralized nature of the new terminal you don't have the concern of peopl...

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by sketch
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus airliners name conventions
Replies: 27
Views: 4468

Re: Airbus airliners name conventions

Since when is marketing logical? Then take a look at German car naming mess. Off topic, but care to elaborate? German luxury car names (and by extension some Japanese luxury car names that have purposefully used similar naming schemes) have followed various alphanumeric systems for decades, sometim...

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by sketch
Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

The brown-grayish horizontal stuff that the number plinth is sitting on top of appears that it could be a weathered-look wood, or perhaps partially wet concrete. Hard to tell.

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by sketch
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

Waylens Horizon, it's designed for motorsport. I got it about half price in its Kickstarter days forever ago. Normally I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who isn't a motorsport enthusiast (it has special track functionality I haven't even used yet) due to the high price for a dash cam and somewhat le...

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by sketch
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

Image
Finally pulled dash cam footage this weekend—there's the rental car shuttle I saw on the spillway bridge way back in May.

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by sketch
Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?
Replies: 83
Views: 2726

Re: Multi-Airport-Cities: Which have you landed/departed at more than one airport?

New York: JFK, LGA, EWR
SF Bay Area: SFO, OAK
Houston: HOU, IAH
Washington: DCA, IAD, possibly BWI when I was younger
London: LHR, LGW

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by sketch
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

Does anyone know how vehicular traffic will be directed to one side of the terminal or the other? Taxis and shuttles on one side, private vehicles on the other? Or by airline? I can't imagine the latter would make sense given the relatively narrow landside area where the check-in counters would be. ...

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by sketch
Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 414
Views: 52594

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

The 737-700s are coming to UA not from WN but from lessor AerCap/IFLC with the first being S2-AHC (to be redesignated N13755) from Regent Airways of Bangladesh.

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by sketch
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

One of the new rental car shuttle buses was spotted. Looks great! Glad to see it's a large bus with easy access for disabled riders. https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/67251650_3469953373030831_2908369604503928832_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_oc=AQkOwMP9VUZmLB6ySEtflrxN_eh-HIbiglXjFMjgu3FZR...

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by sketch
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019
Replies: 947
Views: 178651

Re: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019

Following continued harassment and bullying from the usual suspects, I've decided to change the format of the reporting. I will now do this weekly and have more of a highlights theme rather than attempt to be 100% fully encompassing of all events happening within the widebody fleet. I know I haven'...

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by sketch
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

a huge portion of traffic coming from the west uses airline and or 310 to airline and enters that way... so thats not traffic currently exiting at wiliams or loyola Without some kind of traffic study this is all guesswork. But I would absolutely bet that most traffic from I-10 to the west and from ...

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by sketch
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

Not to keep harping on this but you are missing the part im talking about .. the new shuttles buses will use the ground level intersection with airport road and veterans.. the existing overpass isnt relevant to this discussion because it doesnt address the new traffic patterns that wil result that ...

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by sketch
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

Also driving through the intersection of vets and the airport access road yesterday Im really confused why the state and kenner and nola didnt see the need to increase the capacity and function of that intersection too? would be a big help in moving traffic there Vets and the current airport access...

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by sketch
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

Also driving through the intersection of vets and the airport access road yesterday Im really confused why the state and kenner and nola didnt see the need to increase the capacity and function of that intersection too? would be a big help in moving traffic there Vets and the current airport access...

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by sketch
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 648
Views: 115233

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

After AA retires their last MD80, there will still be opportunities to fly on MD80s. Delta will continue flying its MD88s, MD90s, and 717s for the next several years. I'd expect to stop seeing the MD88 on the schedule past this upcoming holiday season. The 90 may or may not last a little longer tha...

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by sketch
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

You can clearly see that the sterile corridor runs the length from A1-A5. I've made the corridor yellow and added the gate tags. https://i.ibb.co/DwQZ8Xk/Sterile1.png Nice. Interesting to see the "cloud," which suggests that the corridor was originally designed to reach only A1–A3 but ext...

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by sketch
Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

Yeah, mine is all second-hand information at best, so grain of salt. I've only been to three airport lounges ever and all three were SkyClubs (ATL x2 & BOS), so what do I know. It's also possible that a brand-new The Club might be better than whatever one(s) whoever told me that had been to.

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by sketch
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

Not all third-party lounges are created the same. From what I've heard, while Centurion Lounges are considered some of the best, "The Club" (which is what MSY is getting) is kinda crap relative to SkyClub or United Club.

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by sketch
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019
Replies: 947
Views: 178651

Re: Delta Widebody Thread - 2019

Wouldn't ETOPS have been certified on the delivery flight from TLS>ATL last month? "ETOPS" isn't a single certification, there are levels based on the number of minutes to an airport capable of handling that aircraft. For example, ETOPS 180 certification means an aircraft can fly any rout...

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by sketch
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 648
Views: 115233

Re: AAL MD80 Retirement Schedule?

The very last one is on September 4: AA80, DFW-ORD. Already sold out. As far as I've heard, they have a fairly normal schedule up until the night of September 3, where most of the MD80s will fly from DFW to various outstations and then onward into retirement from there. Don't know about STL specific...

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by sketch
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR
Replies: 410
Views: 46165

Re: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR

tphuang wrote:
Cool, I got one little araea wrong.

It's a pretty big small error when you're using it to make the assertion that NSA will absolutely for sure be a single-aisle.

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by sketch
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR
Replies: 410
Views: 46165

Re: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR

tphuang wrote:
you do realize NSA = New single aisle, right?

By whose rules? If "NMA" stands for "New Midsize Airplane" (and it does), then you should only need one guess as to what "NSA" would stand for, and that ain't it, chief.

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by sketch
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 2284
Views: 403666

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

Actually, it doesn’t. United could be double its current size, and, percentage-wise, you’d have a chart that still looks, more or less, the same. The fact that the bulk of the traffic is to places where lots of people fly, and that places like Bozeman, MT, see that many passengers is hardly Earth-s...

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by sketch
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One-stop or triangle flights by US carriers
Replies: 27
Views: 2509

Re: One-stop or triangle flights by US carriers

I found a handful in DL's timetables. Two particularly interesting ones: DL130/131 GSP-MUC and back via ATL, DL116/117 BHM-STR and back via ATL. The former connects BMW's SUV plant in Spartanburg with HQ in Munich, and the latter Mercedes-Benz's SUV plant in Tuscaloosa with HQ in Stuttgart. A few ot...

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by sketch
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does JAL operate WB aircraft on domestic routes?
Replies: 45
Views: 4529

Re: Why does JAL operate WB aircraft on domestic routes?

Besides China and Japan, where you see WBs being used on domestic flights, actually more than half of the hourly Air Canada flights between Vancouver and Toronto are operated by WBs, where you see a mix of 400-seat 77W, 77L, 788 and 789 operating them. They are quite full too actually. And the US3 ...

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by sketch
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR
Replies: 410
Views: 46165

Re: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR

Till then, we can contemplate the following: https://static.seekingalpha.com/uploads/2018/7/6/9932311-1530882192901148_origin.png Ref: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4185774-boeing-797-sales-potential-175-billion An infographic is worth a thousand words. Taking Airbus at their word with slightly ...

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by sketch
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR
Replies: 410
Views: 46165

Re: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR

Amiga500 wrote:
http://www.boeing.com/news/frontiers/archive/2003/march/cover.html

Boeing have been grappling with the "Middle of the Market" for nearly 20 years.

My dude. They have been selling this airplane for a decade. It's called the "787" now.

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by sketch
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2019
Replies: 777
Views: 129994

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2019

Saw on the DFW Spotters FB page that repeats what we all knew, last MadDog out of Diff-Dubya will be on 4 September. What I didn't know is that it'll be going to ORD, and according to the post it's already sold out--AA80 is the flight number, arriving from CLE as AA250. Last I'd heard before yester...

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by sketch
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is DL under serving JFK/SFO business?
Replies: 51
Views: 6912

Re: Is DL under serving JFK/SFO business?

Just tried to book again and now I see biz seats available... (13 Oct - 17 Oct) Were they just blocking them? (I searched on Delta.com and Google Flights) Always book with the carrier, never with Google. It's impossible to book with Google. Google Flights is a search engine which, once you select a...

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by sketch
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 2284
Views: 403666

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

IMO the new livery is a decent improvement from the previous, more modern, and I love the blue nacelles. This Express livery avoids the one big problem I have with the full-size livery on the 737: the billboard-style lettering does not work well with United's logotype—the letters are too far apart, ...

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by sketch
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAX simultaneous opposing direction runway ops
Replies: 22
Views: 3610

Re: LAX simultaneous opposing direction runway ops

I don't see any reason why not if winds are calm.

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by sketch
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One-stop or triangle flights by US carriers
Replies: 27
Views: 2509

Re: One-stop or triangle flights by US carriers

Southwest Airlines was well known for its one stops but have they gotten away from doing this over the years? AFAIK they still do this as a matter of course, the only carrier really to do so because it's pretty much the only point-to-point carrier. I had the option to fly direct MSY-LAX-OAK last ye...

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by sketch
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Announces Terminal F Plans & C Renovations
Replies: 83
Views: 9692

Re: DFW Announces Terminal F Plans & C Renovations

legend500 wrote:
(the major destinations not served by AA out of DFW include ADS, AFW, DAL, RBD and TKI)

DFW to DAL? On what, a helicopter?

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by sketch
Fri May 31, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A220 route additions
Replies: 344
Views: 22433

Re: Delta A220 route additions

I'm more surprised that the A220 hasn't been deployed on more routes out of LGA/JFK that has an extensive portfolio of long, thin large RJ routes like LGA-STL/OMA/MCI. I thought they planned to use cities like those to route aircraft between east and west coast hubs? Even with 11 aircraft they have...

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by sketch
Fri May 31, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

tl;dr: Proposal chosen for I-10/MSY interchange includes Louisiana's first diverging diamond interchange (awesome, I love these). I can't wrap my head around this though: "The solution would also reconfigure the proposed elevated on and off ramps from New Orleans to a single structure in the me...

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by sketch
Thu May 30, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Long Did It Take American to Retire the TWA Brand?
Replies: 53
Views: 9938

Re: How Long Did It Take American to Retire the TWA Brand?

Lastly, the vast majority of the MD-80s were kept around by AA for years. In fact, nearly all of the AA MD-80s still flying today are TWA birds, as TWA got some of the last ones off the line, including the very last MD-80 ever produced. And that last MD-80, N984TW, is still flying with AA today. I ...

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by sketch
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DAT retrojet MD-80 coming — and special flight May 3
Replies: 61
Views: 8906

Re: DAT retrojet MD-80 coming — and special flight May 3

Not really a retro paintjob though, is it? Old fashioned/classic style, but not a former DAT paintjob. Entirely invented in 2019 from scratch in a Facebook competition. That's exactly what I thought. As per Wikipedia, Danish Air Transport was founded and started operations in 1989, initially as a c...

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by sketch
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1046
Views: 124264

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

From LaDOTD about an hour ago. About to start on new signage from the Interstate. Road or Lane Status I-10 WB & EB, NEW ORLEANS AIRPORT INTERSTATE SIGNAGE, Jefferson and St. Charles Parish, H.013599 Friday, April 26, 2019 2:30 PM I-10 (Westbound & Eastbound) from Power Blvd, in Metairie, to ...

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