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by Sdmccray1984
Thu Aug 26, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connection timing at Vienna
Replies: 6
Views: 479

Connection timing at Vienna

I’d appreciate you guys’ help here: I self booked a Ryanair ATH to CPH connecting at VIE. Both segments were booked separately because Ryanair’s website wouldn’t let me book the 2 segments together. The ATH to VIE segment arrives at VIE at 10:35a and the VIE to CPH segment departs at 11:25a (50 minu...

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by Sdmccray1984
Wed Aug 04, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the greatest airport in the world?
Replies: 46
Views: 3473

What is the greatest airport in the world?

We grade airports by so many parameters; some are measured by the number of convenient connections available (ATL, DFW, IST, etc.) while others are measured by the magnificence of available amenities (ICN, PKX, DXB, etc). Still other airports are measured by the engineering feats involved in their c...

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by Sdmccray1984
Tue Jul 13, 2021 1:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why do airlines double-book their jetways?
Replies: 4
Views: 1071

Why do airlines double-book their jetways?

This past Friday I flew into FLL on NK from CLT. The scheduled arrival time into FLL was 9:00am. We arrived at 8:58am but had to wait 20 minutes for our jetway. Upon disembarking, I curiously observed that the previous NK flight at that jetway had a SCHEDULED departure time of 9:00am ON TIME (not de...

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by Sdmccray1984
Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Covid requirements for connecting EU passengers?
Replies: 0
Views: 899

Covid requirements for connecting EU passengers?

I’m booking a connecting flight from JFK-CPH via Lisbon. While Denmark currrently allows me to avoid a PCR test when entering their country (due to my fully vaccinated status), Portugal still requires US travelers to provide a rapid PCR result to enter that country. If I remain at LIS for the overni...

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by Sdmccray1984
Wed Jun 09, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lack of flight options at CLT
Replies: 9
Views: 1118

Lack of flight options at CLT

Here at Charlotte (CLT) we continuously lack multiple airlines connecting us with major cities. Case in point: NK announced a huge expansion at MIA, but left us out. So we STILL have only ONE airline connecting CLT and MIA. Many cities have 2 to 4 airlines connecting them with MIA, yet the fifth bus...

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by Sdmccray1984
Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit to Launch MIA with 30 Routes
Replies: 126
Views: 19905

Re: Spirit to Launch MIA with 30 Routes

I call foul! I live in Charlotte (CLT) and we STILL have only ONE airline connecting CLT and MIA. Look at all the cities who have 3 to 5 airlines connecting them with MIA, yet the fifth busiest airport east of the Mississippi River only has ONE? I travel the world regularly and I frequent Miami, but...

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by Sdmccray1984
Fri May 28, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest current flights using A321 or larger
Replies: 10
Views: 2402

Shortest current flights using A321 or larger

Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham are separated by a bee-line distance of only 130 miles. After experiencing a CLT-RDU flight on AA’s workhorse A321, I’m wondering if you guys know of any shorter routes utilizing an aircraft this large or larger. I mean, CLT-RDU wheels up to wheels down was 31 minutes, o...

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by Sdmccray1984
Thu May 13, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What happened to GIG(Rio de Janeiro) air traffic?!?
Replies: 1
Views: 568

What happened to GIG(Rio de Janeiro) air traffic?!?

We enjoyed an amazing trip down to Copacabana/Ipanema/Corcovado back in 2011 and GIG airport was jumping, with numerous transatlantic heavies moving around all over the apron. But now it appears that basically all of that is gone indefinitely, including the vast majority of LATAM’s domestic stuff! A...

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by Sdmccray1984
Mon May 10, 2021 12:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Impossible turnaround time scheduling?
Replies: 6
Views: 2703

Impossible turnaround time scheduling?

So I’m checking out AA’s flight schedule between MIA and MCO. The first flight from MIA to MCO departs 6:54am and arrives at MCO at a “scheduled” time of 8:07am (Flight 2537). But then that same 737 is scheduled to depart MCO for MIA at 8:15 (Flight 2537). I’m confused; is AA depending on that plane...

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by Sdmccray1984
Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Emirates to Las Vegas? When?
Replies: 13
Views: 3158

Emirates to Las Vegas? When?

It seems EK is basically grasping at straws to find destinations for using their exorbitant number of A380s, not to mention restoring financially viable service to many cities where they operate their flagship B777-300s. Years before ORD finally got EK, I was on this board lamenting why it was takin...

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by Sdmccray1984
Tue Apr 27, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier at NYC (JFK?)
Replies: 10
Views: 1773

Re: Frontier at NYC (JFK?)

As a kid I fondly recall flying NK out of JFK when I’d visit family in South Carolina. Not sure why they ever left JFK; Spirit saved tons of money by paying for SLOTS instead of leasing gates there. Think of the number of gaps between a lot of those jumbos heading to Asia(AM) and arriving from Europ...

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by Sdmccray1984
Wed Apr 21, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: From an airline’s standpoint, what is a HUB?
Replies: 2
Views: 855

From an airline’s standpoint, what is a HUB?

Obviously this appears to be a dumb question to many of you, but it seems like the definition of “hub” airport has evolved many times over the years. While it’s fairly easy to identify a “fortress” hub like ATL, DFW or CLT, I’ve seen the term “hub” being used by airlines to describe operations like:...

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by Sdmccray1984
Sun Apr 11, 2021 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did AA close their BNA hub?
Replies: 149
Views: 20428

Re: Why did AA close their BNA hub?

I think the better question is: why wasn’t BNA ever able to sustain a small focus city operation for one of the big three? Geographically, BNA would never have been a feasible place for a massive fortress hub (competing with ATL, ORD, DTW, CLT, etc). But looking at what DL has done at RDU has me won...

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by Sdmccray1984
Tue Apr 06, 2021 1:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: U.S. airports with the most widebody parking positions?
Replies: 5
Views: 976

Re: U.S. airports with the most widebody parking positions?

Nope lol; it was just purposely redundant so as not to lose the novice aviation enthusiast. In any case, which airports take the lead in this regard? Thanks friends.

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by Sdmccray1984
Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: U.S. airports with the most widebody parking positions?
Replies: 5
Views: 976

U.S. airports with the most widebody parking positions?

Which U.S airports have the most jetway gates that are capable of housing dual isle widebody aircraft (767 or larger)? I think it changes from time to time due to all the expansions, but it seems that JFK, LAX and ATL have to be up there. Also, which airports have far too much international gate cap...

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by Sdmccray1984
Tue Mar 30, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How are flight crews positioned for non-daily overseas service?
Replies: 16
Views: 4556

How are flight crews positioned for non-daily overseas service?

When an airline like Air Transat runs a twice weekly service from YUL to ATH during summer, what do they do with their flight crews? Does TS pay hotel costs for their crews all the days between return flights, or do crews return to Montreal on the same flight they had just worked (as a non rev passe...

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by Sdmccray1984
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Gate Scheduling for Widebody Int’l Flights
Replies: 3
Views: 1082

Gate Scheduling for Widebody Int’l Flights

Pre-covid I’d use JFK T1 when flying Norwegian, and it was always extremely overcrowded. What is the typical scheduled time window between the departure of, say, an AF 777W bound for CDG and the arrival of a TK A333 from IST? It seemed that even in good weather conditions (i.e. minimum delays) the I...

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by Sdmccray1984
Wed Feb 17, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAX T5 and T6 Gate Capacity
Replies: 15
Views: 3657

LAX T5 and T6 Gate Capacity

Perhaps someone with knowledge of LAX can educate me: why don’t T5 and T6 have 15 jetways apiece? Looking at the width of the current gate markings, you could easily accommodate 15 jetways at each terminal if all you did was eliminate one of the widebody gates from T5 and T6 respectively(leaving eac...

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by Sdmccray1984
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Death of the fortress hub concept?
Replies: 4
Views: 1298

Death of the fortress hub concept?

While some fortress hubs will always have tremendous importance (ATL, EWR, DFW, MIA, etc), are we reaching a point in the post-covid world where we have too many unnecessary fortress hubs? AA has like 10 airports they consider “hubs.” And if a hub airport has to go from 7 banks of flights down to 3-...

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by Sdmccray1984
Sun Feb 07, 2021 3:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United IAD vs EWR
Replies: 5
Views: 1360

Re: United IAD vs EWR

Well I’ll try to clarify: as a frequent domestic and international traveler primarily throughout the East coast and Europe, I can say IAD United Express operators like Air Wisconsin, Skywest, etc. were typically flying around 30% to 40% full based on the EYE TEST. Personal experience. MANY of those ...

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by Sdmccray1984
Fri Jan 29, 2021 11:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United IAD vs EWR
Replies: 5
Views: 1360

United IAD vs EWR

This has come up many times, but even pre-covid, it seemed like UA cannibalizes itself between hubbing IAD and EWR. I thought that by now, UA at Dulles would essentially have become AA at JFK (i.e carrying only essential TATL, limited domestic & some Carribean O&D). I don’t think “DMV“ marke...

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by Sdmccray1984
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Spirit to lease Norwegian Dreamliners for TATL?
Replies: 33
Views: 3314

Re: Spirit to lease Norwegian Dreamliners for TATL?

Yeah guys my bad I meant NK not NZ; I mixed discussions from another conversation. Nevertheless, do you guys not think there’s a market for big yellow dreamliners crossing the Atlantic out of MCO or FLL? I find that hard to believe, especially given the drop off of TATL low cost stuff out of KSFB...

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by Sdmccray1984
Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Spirit to lease Norwegian Dreamliners for TATL?
Replies: 33
Views: 3314

Spirit to lease Norwegian Dreamliners for TATL?

As someone who regularly flew Norwegian on TATL routes & having flown NZ to Florida, I think NZ would be brilliant to try TATL late night departures out of FLL or MCO. With the void left by NLH’s demise, an MCO/FLL hop to LGW/BCN/CDG/FCO would be a major success. It would have an advantage Norwe...

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by Sdmccray1984
Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Changing Times, Changing TATL Business Models?
Replies: 1
Views: 350

Changing Times, Changing TATL Business Models?

With the collapse of Norwegian Long Haul and due to a changing economic climate, is it possible we could see TATL travel completely abandon the “failed“ business models of past carriers like PanAm and TWA? For example, PanAm’s fatal flaw was arguably it’s lack of domestic/TATL connections possible a...

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by Sdmccray1984
Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Ends Plans to Fly Longhaul
Replies: 225
Views: 42562

Re: Norwegian Ends Plans to Fly Longhaul

With the collapse of Norwegian and due to a changing economic climate, is it possible we could see TATL travel completely abandon the “failed“ business models of past carriers like PanAm and TWA? For example, PanAm’s fatal flaw was arguably it’s lack of domestic/TATL connections possible at JFK, whe...

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by Sdmccray1984
Fri Dec 25, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CLT - gate D6
Replies: 23
Views: 3235

Re: CLT - gate D6

Speaking of which, what is the deal with C2? That has historically been one of the toughest gates as far as what type of aircraft can use it. Are they doing only E-175s there or are they still trying to squeeze in those A319s?

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by Sdmccray1984
Tue Dec 22, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA hub at JFK: What are we doing?
Replies: 1
Views: 438

AA hub at JFK: What are we doing?

I’m hard pressed to find any North American, Central American, or South American hubs for a major airline that LACKS service to MCO... except AA at JFK. If an airline calls a city it’s hub, it’s going to serve MCO nonstop. That AA would add FLL from JFK and still lack MCO, the largest tourist market...

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by Sdmccray1984
Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Non-hub airports as connecting points
Replies: 12
Views: 4558

Non-hub airports as connecting points

With the recent announcement of AA’s PVG service from Sea-Tac, as well as AA’s decision to route all PVG stuff through there instead of DFW, I’m wondering how common it is for airlines to run connections through non-hub cities. And can it be advantageous to plan connections in that way (LGA to PHX v...

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by Sdmccray1984
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What’s the most famous airport in the world?
Replies: 41
Views: 4099

What’s the most famous airport in the world?

I’ve always felt that when it comes to airports that have an identity of their own, LAX is the most popular by a mile. Given the celebrity profile, the clientele who regularly travel through, combined with the theme building & the light towers, I think LAX wins above even the likes of JFK, LHR, ...

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by Sdmccray1984
Sat Oct 31, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Most Underutilized Airports Relative to Capacity
Replies: 12
Views: 2494

The Most Underutilized Airports Relative to Capacity

Connecting through DTW even prior to covid, it was stunning to see the enormous amount of unused airport capacity there. Concourses B and C are strange ghost towns and likely will remain that way indefinitely. Which airports are the most eerily huge relative to the actual number of current operations?

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by Sdmccray1984
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tightest flight schedules at a gate?
Replies: 6
Views: 2064

Tightest flight schedules at a gate?

At LGA, the monitor at an A320 gate was showing a departure for 11:00am and another for 12:30pm at that gate. Ended up being 35 minutes between scheduled departure of the first flight and the next arrival. Is that common? And what is the typical separation timing between banks for TATL or TPAC wideb...

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by Sdmccray1984
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hardstands at JFK?
Replies: 12
Views: 4570

Hardstands at JFK?

Is the wide open tarmac area between T2 and T4 (DELTA) ever used to board/disembark passengers using buses? I saw many buses parked in that area near the big airbuses last time I was there. Also, are hardstands used in general at JFK? They used to commonly be utilized there. Thanks!

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by Sdmccray1984
Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Current Shortest Routes Using Widebodies
Replies: 15
Views: 2593

Current Shortest Routes Using Widebodies

Pre-covid, we saw a fair number of domestic short-haul routes within the States using wide bodies between them(ATL-JFK, ORD-DFW, CLT-MCO, etc.). But living under CLT’s flight pattern I was surprised to see 777s currently working AA’s CLT-MIA, a 1.5 hour short-haul. Are big-time heavies like 777s cur...

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by Sdmccray1984
Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hardstand gates as an advantage?
Replies: 30
Views: 3932

Hardstand gates as an advantage?

For most of us who frequently travel throughout Europe on ULCC’s, hardstand gates seem almost more convenient than jetways. Quicker deplaning/boarding for passengers(front & back aircraft doors both open) & much cheaper overhead costs for the airline(jetway rent is expensive). Why don’t ULCC...

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by Sdmccray1984
Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP Portugal News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 578
Views: 65770

Re: TAP Portugal News and Discussion Thread

This past May 2020 I booked a TAP flight scheduled for next February 1(JFK-LIS), in hopes that restrictions would be lifted(I’m an American citizen). I’m doubtful this will occur. But as of today, TAP is not willing to waive the change fee for moving the trip to later in 2021. Really, TAP?!? You’re ...

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by Sdmccray1984
Wed Sep 30, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why has B6 not tried HPN-LAX?
Replies: 30
Views: 4818

Why has B6 not tried HPN-LAX?

Given the current state of affairs with B6 expansion to many previous unserved routes, I’m a bit disappointed to see B6 not even attempt a route that would sell out every flight: HPN-LAX. Westchester County would easily fill that A320 daily; think Yonkers, White Plains, Greenwich etc. Was there a lo...

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by Sdmccray1984
Wed Sep 30, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Plans to Return to JFK in 2021
Replies: 658
Views: 118396

Re: UA Plans to Return to JFK in 2021

Why oh why doesn’t PANYNJ finally invest in an express rapid transit system SOLELY in existence to get people from JFK to Manhattan? With one stop - LGA!!! I’m not a hater, but as anyone who frequently travels to YYZ knows, the UP Express kicks NYC’s tail! Such an express rail would offset any short...

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by Sdmccray1984
Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Plans to Return to JFK in 2021
Replies: 658
Views: 118396

Re: UA Plans to Return to JFK in 2021

Does this mean UA at EWR will cut back on its LAX & SFO frequencies?

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by Sdmccray1984
Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 213
Views: 12031

Airlines too optimistic with upcoming schedules?

For the first quarter of 2021, there are a massive number of flights now available for sale on the Big 3 legacy carriers. The late-February schedules look like pre-covid, but I fear that some of my flights during that month may be canceled(especially my JFK-LIS flight on TAP Portugal, which has just...

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by Sdmccray1984
Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 2020 busiest airports if there was no pandemic
Replies: 0
Views: 816

2020 busiest airports if there was no pandemic

Looking at 2019 trends, it would have been very interesting to see what the 2020 airport rankings would have been domestically if not for covid-19. For instance, it appeared that LAX was geared to go over 90 million easily, and I think you would have seen BOS get close to 50 million as well. Which a...

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by Sdmccray1984
Wed Aug 19, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Red-eyes from DFW to East Coast?
Replies: 12
Views: 1815

Red-eyes from DFW to East Coast?

Looking at the proliferation of LCCs and their propensity for flying at all types of strange hours (like departing after 1am and arriving at 3am), I was wondering if any airline uses the late night red-eye time slot going from DFW to the East Coast. Perhaps leaving after midnight and arriving around...

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by Sdmccray1984
Tue Aug 18, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most sensible route to Southeast Asia?
Replies: 11
Views: 943

Most sensible route to Southeast Asia?

In planning my trip from JFK to BKK, I’m trying to figure which routing makes the most: Emirates through DXB(or any Kingaroo route airline like QR) or Air China through PEK(or any Far East airline such as KE). Which is the most sensible way to Thailand? Are some airlines on that route higher quality...

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by Sdmccray1984
Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Strangest aircraft parking arrangements
Replies: 5
Views: 2219

Strangest aircraft parking arrangements

Prior to the construction of DFW Terminal D(Int’l terminal), AA lacked a sufficient number of gates capable of handling wide-bodied aircraft. So it wasn’t uncommon for AA to park wide bodies at gates designed for narrow bodies. I can recall connecting there and boarding 767s where the wing was drape...

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by Sdmccray1984
Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unreasonably short layovers
Replies: 12
Views: 1444

Unreasonably short layovers

On my February itinerary from EWR to BCN (via ZRH on UA and LX) I had no idea that LX scheduled me for just a 40 minute connection, despite having to go through customs and re-enter security! Needless to say, I didn’t make it. Why do airlines do this? And what is the worst experience you have had wi...

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by Sdmccray1984
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAX Gate 39 - What happened to it?
Replies: 8
Views: 1433

LAX Gate 39 - What happened to it?

For perhaps the most capacity-constrained airport in the world, it baffles me that gate 39 at Terminal 3 was taken out of commission. There is plenty of operational space around that gate for planes to come to T3 and push back without issue. And as much as DL could use that extra gate capacity at LA...

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by Sdmccray1984
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Shortest runway airports with regular A380 service
Replies: 27
Views: 6152

Shortest runway airports with regular A380 service

Pre-covid, several airlines made grandiose plans to expand A380 flights at airports I thought were not well-suited to handle that behemoth. For instance, the longest runway at BOS is a mere 10,006’ (and only 150’ wide) yet BA, EK and LH all had or planned to have A380 service there. I thought A380 d...

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by Sdmccray1984
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could the PIT hub have been saved?
Replies: 9
Views: 1148

Could the PIT hub have been saved?

Given the massive financial resources involved in constructing the enormous satellite terminal at PIT, I’m baffled that no major airline tried to replace the presence lost when USAirways dumped PIT. Beautiful modern terminal! Did the city bite off more than it could chew by ever hubbing USAirways in...

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by Sdmccray1984
Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airports with the most challenging ground operations
Replies: 24
Views: 3384

Airports with the most challenging ground operations

Pre-covid, many airports were operating well over capacity, with unprecedented numbers of ground movements. And historically, some airports were known for high numbers of ground “incidents.” JFK has seen several ”clipping” incidents between large aircraft(partially due to narrow, single-isle alleys ...

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by Sdmccray1984
Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Most obvious way to significantly cut boarding time
Replies: 45
Views: 5981

Most obvious way to cut boarding time in half

For the big 3 airlines(AA, DL, UA) it seems a no brainer: after boarding priority/first class passengers, reverse the boarding order. “Group 1” should be the rear third of the aircraft. Group 2 the mid section, and Group 3 the area of the fuselage behind first class(or behind the comfort/2nd class) ...

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by Sdmccray1984
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?
Replies: 51
Views: 3639

Re: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?

Well... The very concept of a 500-seat aircraft is NOT flawed; the planning and execution of the A380 program, however, IS flawed. Look at the number of capacity-constrained airports in some mega cities (LAX, LHR, JFK, etc). Multiple daily frequencies would stress the slot constraints at such airpor...

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