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by SonomaFlyer
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential impacts of Hurricane Florence on East Coast ops
Replies: 75
Views: 12781

Re: Potential impacts of Hurricane Florence on East Coast ops

I just heard that the storm system is going to stall and linger for days. How bad would that be for the affected areas ? The continental shelf is shallow in the Carolinas so storm surge will be a major problem with a strong hurricane which has been strong for days by the time it reaches shore. Its ...

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by SonomaFlyer
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 100 passengers fall ill on EK203 DXB-JFK
Replies: 124
Views: 21227

Re: 100 passengers fall ill on EK203 DXB-JFK

I see the plane is already half way back to Dubai already. What kind of cleaning / disinfecting takes place onboard after an event like this? If the plane wasn't ground stopped for long, we can assume health officials ruled out things which would be really bad such as weaponized anthrax, ebola etc....

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by SonomaFlyer
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United spend $200mil on Hawaii facilities, adjust schedules
Replies: 68
Views: 10749

Re: United spend $200mil on Hawaii facilities, adjust schedules

It makes sense for them to adjust schedules to allow for connections. I never saw the wisdom of the timing of many flights restricting most traffic to o/d.

Any investments to improve facilities is a good thing.

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by SonomaFlyer
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest CRJ2 routes
Replies: 91
Views: 10794

Re: Longest CRJ2 routes

AC doesnt fly YYC-IAH and YVR-SAN with CRJ-200s. CRJ705s or CRJ900s. Delta flew to Puerto Rico on CR7s not CRJ2s They’re showing as CRJ-900 for me in October. Also I don’t see why you’re so adamant about only talking about the -200? You’ve replied to at least three people saying this, including me ...

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by SonomaFlyer
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest CRJ2 routes
Replies: 91
Views: 10794

Re: Longest CRJ2 routes

So much hate on the CR2. I've never had an issue on them. Fly them regularly. Leg room is fine. I know! I was on one for a little over an hour this morning flying MCI-CVG and I only got a mild case of CRJ neck craning out the window. Great flight. I also don't get the hate for the California to DEN...

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by SonomaFlyer
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest CRJ2 routes
Replies: 91
Views: 10794

Re: Longest CRJ2 routes

STS has worked hard to get service to SLC on DL or DEN on UA. The eastbound service isn't great for east coast connections with a 4:30 p.m. DEN arrival time and the a/c choice isn't good at all but UA is so tight on E75/70s that all they had to use is the CRJ2. I hope advance bookings convince them ...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest CRJ2 routes
Replies: 91
Views: 10794

Longest CRJ2 routes

It looks like the upcoming DEN-MRY and DEN-STS will be the world's longest CRJ2 routes....ack! West-bound to STS is blocked at 3h10m. Here's to wishing fervently for an upgauge to a E75 before long, at least out of STS :) https://flightaware.com/live/aircrafttype/CRJ2?;offset=0;sort=DESC;order=filed...

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by SonomaFlyer
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA and SFO widebodys!
Replies: 33
Views: 6562

Re: AA and SFO widebodys!

Aside from the above, the carrier squeezes more use out of that aircraft by doing a hub-spoke turn out to the coast. Its a win win for all!

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by SonomaFlyer
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon
Replies: 248
Views: 62462

Re: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon

¿Which is the real range at maximun weight for BA with the B787-10?.....¿Can do LHR-LAX within restrictions? http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=LHR-LAX&MS=wls&DU=nm It's 4,741 nm for this route. Boeing claims a 6,430 nm range. I think there could be a penalty in winter westbound but I recall AA r...

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by SonomaFlyer
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ryanair: end of free carry-on. The last straw?
Replies: 46
Views: 7397

Re: Ryanair: end of free carry-on. The last straw?

As long as folks think its a great deal, they will put up with the Spirit/RyanAir model. Folks will be pissed off but I doubt RyanAir would force women to check purses etc so are they limiting the size further to something that fits under your seat or?

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by SonomaFlyer
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA S18 Departures By Hub And Aircraft Type
Replies: 76
Views: 14380

Re: UA S18 Departures By Hub And Aircraft Type

This highlights the fact UA is short mainline aircraft and they are refusing to bring small jet flying in-house so are scope choked on E75s. The CR2s frankly are not fun to fly but UA boxed itself in so 50 seaters are here to stay until they either add another narrow body type or bring the flying in...

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by SonomaFlyer
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United updating brand with new colors
Replies: 128
Views: 27036

Re: United updating brand with new colors

ldvaviation wrote:
Atlantic Amethyst is an ugly color...
The rest of the palette is bland.


There is always someone who hates whatever is suggested.

As for the purple and UA ripping off DL...well maybe DL ripped off VS, see their palate in their cabin.

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by SonomaFlyer
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 2603
Views: 381484

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

UA is just doing what the other legacy airlines are doing, squeezing every last dime out of folks by rendering window seats as "premium." It just means we all need to look at all of the fees added up for the seat we want to see which is a better deal or simply not care and eat the extra mo...

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by SonomaFlyer
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Q400: the underrated aircraft type?
Replies: 107
Views: 15243

Re: Q400: the underrated aircraft type?

The largest domestic operator, Horizon (QX) is in the process of phasing out the type in favor of E175s. I think the increased hours between checks will be good but I don't know if that will be enough to tip the balance back in the Q's favor. It's a staple for us here at STS and really opened up tra...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is UA retreating in some markets?
Replies: 49
Views: 9367

Re: Why is UA retreating?

UA is building domestic capacity, not "retreating." They are adding used narrow bodies and new MAXs. Shutting down an express destination doesn't smell like retreating.

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by SonomaFlyer
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MRY-DEN On UAX To Return October 4
Replies: 75
Views: 4756

Re: MRY-DEN On UAX To Return October 4

UA is capped on the number of 76 seaters they can operate which in turn limits opportunities to open new markets. The CR2 isn't a lot of fun but its better than no flight if there are decent connections on the other end.

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by SonomaFlyer
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MRY-DEN On UAX To Return October 4
Replies: 75
Views: 4756

Re: MRY-DEN On UAX To Return October 4

Hehe, okay, I'll let you *not* realise that the MRY market is an affluent one and that people who can afford to would be willing to pay a premium to get access to the Denver hub to connect to all the ski areas of the Rocky Mountains for which service is offered by UA, No eye roll ;-) So these folks...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MRY-DEN On UAX To Return October 4
Replies: 75
Views: 4756

Re: MRY-DEN On UAX To Return October 4

There was some talk about whether they'd restart this flight or start STS-DEN. Bummer STS was left out.

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by SonomaFlyer
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Rolls-Royce to stockpile parts ahead of Brexit
Replies: 57
Views: 6826

Re: Airbus and Rolls-Royce to stockpile parts ahead of Brexit

Companies like Airbus have not finalized their plans regarding Brexit. Part of this is due to the fact there is so much uncertainty as to how it will unfold. Another is they have to decide if and if so, how much, to change their supply chain. Currently, supplies, parts and pieces flow between countr...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and United continue talks on 321LR/330
Replies: 76
Views: 18918

Re: Airbus and United continue talks on 321LR/330

They’re hangar queens. The reliability of the 757 and 767 fleet is not good. The 753 fleet is especially bad. 757s are having to go into lower utilization duty from everything I'm hearing. A great airframe when new. They age less gracefully than the 737NG as the NG was improved much more to help it...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 2603
Views: 381484

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

The problem UA faces with the 777HDs on our HNL-GUM-HNL route is weight restrictions caused by the increase in cargo, passengers and bags. Many days this flight has 500, 530, 600 bags and of those 500+ bags at least 200 or more are heavy, 50 or more are excessively heavy. There is no other flight i...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300
Replies: 354
Views: 51073

Re: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300

CS500 wrote:
That estimate is garbage with no actual information, its not even pretending to have inside sources...


The estimate was based on informed speculation from appraisers, suppliers etc and in-line with discounts often given to large orders. The article is what you expect at this point in the process.

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by SonomaFlyer
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta CSeries deliveries to begin this year
Replies: 195
Views: 47035

Re: Delta CSeries deliveries to begin this year

While the carrot and stick example works quite often, I disagree that this approach will work necessarily in the current pilot contractual environment. the DL and other airlines can claim they will hold off, cancel or scale back on a/c purchase plans based on contract negotiations. However, the numb...

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by SonomaFlyer
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA: Seat size not their concern
Replies: 124
Views: 14293

Re: FAA: Seat size not their concern

The consumer is all powerful, but not organised, and prefers price over everything else. Eh, irrespective, not all the options on how to approach that choice are in the hands of the consumers - it's up to the airlines with regards to how to respond to it. (Irrespective of if I think seat pitch is b...

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by SonomaFlyer
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to move STS-SFO to DEN at some point
Replies: 28
Views: 5313

Re: UA to move STS-SFO to DEN at some point

Looks as though United are decreasing frequency between SFO-STS already... Are the yields really that bad?...or could this be in anticipation of an STS-DEN route? Could be either. They've been running 3x flights per day and the two times I've taken the early flight out and late flight back, they've...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL launches LAX-Europe on B77L on June 16th
Replies: 62
Views: 14999

Re: DL launches LAX-Europe on B77L today

DL's 77Ls should be flying routes such as ... ATL-SIN, ATL-BKK, ATL-KUL And falling out of the sky or doing tech stops routinely, apparently. ATL is an IDIOTIC location for hubbing travel to SE Asia. Yet, when I flew MCI-ATL-ANC, DL had no problem flying me there. Yes, I know ANC is not SE Asia, ho...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 602
Views: 93038

Re: United Airlines Network Thread 2018

The pilots will not give UA scope relief. UA needs to introduce a new narrow body a/c type to allow additional 76 seat a/c. With the pilot shortage biting at the regionals and within five years, hitting the majors, pilots will work on bringing the 76 seat a/c in-house. This reality is the reason UA ...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could the A350 do the 789's ULH?
Replies: 56
Views: 12206

Re: Could the A350 do the 789's ULH?

I think folks forget that the 359 and 789 are different airplanes, conceived for similar missions but with different goals. The 359 is bigger and though burns a bit more fuel, can carry more passengers and cargo than the 789. Looking at LR and ULR routes, a 30 passenger difference can make a big dif...

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by SonomaFlyer
Mon May 28, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Shies Away From 78J/77X For Time Being
Replies: 61
Views: 11150

Re: AA Shies Away From 78J/77X For Time Being

Keep in mind that AA has a TON of debt. IIRC, its the highest debt amount among the big three and one of the highest of any airline in the world. Simplifying their fleet plan will cut maintenance, parts and training costs. Given we are likely coming to a point before long where there is a slow down ...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sun May 20, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European expansion in SFO
Replies: 71
Views: 11087

Re: European expansion in SFO

Don't forget that Oakland, just across the bay, also sees service to a good number of European destinations. It may not be the same airport, but it's certainly within the same catchment area and therefor these flights do compete with the flights out of San Francisco. In the opening post Barcelona, ...

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by SonomaFlyer
Fri May 18, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 767's and transpac
Replies: 19
Views: 2324

Re: UA 767's and transpac

SFO-Asia is really pushing the 767 so UA just sent 747/777s there since they had sufficient range and passenger capacity. SFO-NRT is only ~10h westbound and ~8h eastbound. DL used a 763 on SFO-NRT. If you look at the payload-range for the 763ER (page 50) (http://www.boeing.com/resources/boeingdotco...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sat May 12, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA RFQ now ongoing for 767 replacement?
Replies: 215
Views: 31659

Re: UA RFQ now ongoing for 767 replacement?

I'm not sure what the logic is to the notion UA won't take the 350 when they increased the order for the 359 only a few months ago. the logic is that the modification (30 A35J to 40 A359) was actually a stall tactic by UA while they sort out how they can cancel the RR engine order for the A350. UA ...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sat May 12, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S., UAE strike deal resolving contentious airline spat
Replies: 44
Views: 7693

Re: U.S., Emirates strike deal resolving contentious airline spat

This is a poor deal for the US3. A huge win for EK and EY. Financial reportings show nothing of the underlining subsidies such as fuel purchase cost, government-purchased travel. The US should have reduced bilateral flights to 5 per day. That is more than plenty for the small nation that is the UAE...

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by SonomaFlyer
Thu May 10, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C-Series Range Question
Replies: 27
Views: 4929

Re: C-Series Range Question

The aircraft needs to be configured by the customer (airline) for ETOPS operations and do proving flights once the manufacturer does what they need to do from the reliability standpoint.

The C Series will have no issues with ETOPS certification.

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by SonomaFlyer
Wed May 09, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA RFQ now ongoing for 767 replacement?
Replies: 215
Views: 31659

Re: UA RFQ now ongoing for 767 replacement?

Having a common type rating doesn’t mean the airline will automatically use the same crew as the A350 (DL, for example, doesn’t). Also UA doesn’t have A350s in the fleet now, they won’t be on property until 2022. So UA would still have to develop a A330 training program. And the fact that A320->A33...

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by SonomaFlyer
Wed May 09, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA RFQ now ongoing for 767 replacement?
Replies: 215
Views: 31659

Re: UA RFQ now ongoing for 767 replacement?

Airbus needs this order, they need united to test the mighty a330, i bet they will pitch it at a low price to get a deal United is not touching the A330. The only aircraft from Airbus that has a chance is the A321 I think that sentiment is a tad strong. The 787 has the inside track but in looking a...

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by SonomaFlyer
Tue May 08, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage
Replies: 142
Views: 25992

Re: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage

I sense a riot in the UA first class cabins! Seriously though, this kind of cheap skate stuff won't sit well with the folks who pay $$ or for frequent fliers who could obtain status on a competing carrier and enjoy better service on the route. I didn't realize EWR-HNL had no meal service. Its a long...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sun May 06, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How will the strategy of replacing the Boeing 747 in the fleet of Qantas be?
Replies: 4
Views: 758

Re: How will the strategy of replacing the Boeing 747 in the fleet of Qantas be?

I think we will have an order coming from them in the next year, two max. While I think the 778/779 has the inside track, the fact they now are using 789s could signal an intent to increase frequency instead of the size of the aircraft.

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by SonomaFlyer
Wed May 02, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 2603
Views: 381484

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

What does Airbus do to the A350-900 to make it ULH? And if United asked for (pretend) 6 frames to be ULH, is it then really stupid to use it on a regular long haul if the ULH route doesn’t work out? Pretty much the same thing that any other ULH aircraft does.. Add fuel. And yes, it would be a bit s...

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by SonomaFlyer
Wed May 02, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SY adds seasonal MSP-MSY/SBA, LAS-STS
Replies: 16
Views: 1622

Re: SY adds seasonal MSP-MSY/SBA, LAS-STS

STS folks have hoped for a return to LAS though year-round. If this does well enough, it might encourage AS to go back to this market assuming they can free up a/c. It looks like this will be on the a/c inbound from MSP to STS. The route then reverses to LAS-STS-MSP for the plane on Sundays.

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by SonomaFlyer
Tue May 01, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China to reduce Shanghai Pudong-San Jose frequency
Replies: 24
Views: 2942

Re: Air China to reduce Shanghai Pudong-San Jose frequency

San Jose (SJC) is not far from SFO which has a huge number of international flights and very competitive pricing. In theory, the area around SJC is loaded with $$ due to the Silicon Valley but those companies may be under contract with another carrier out of SFO for example and even rich folk love a...

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by SonomaFlyer
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Republics CSeries Order
Replies: 35
Views: 7157

Re: Republics CSeries Order

Those of you that think scope is going to be relaxed at the Big 3 have not paid attention to the contracts of late, the negotiations or the current market for pilots. There is a reason the lid is set at 76 seats/86,000 pounds, its called SCOPE CHOKE. The pilots want those planes flown at the main li...

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by SonomaFlyer
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 720
Views: 127861

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL

That's what I call an un-contained engine failure. Lets not assume its a MRO specific issue. There are a lot of reasons this could happen.

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by SonomaFlyer
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 777-300 to OGG on 4/11
Replies: 12
Views: 3904

Re: UA 777-300 to OGG on 4/11

This a/c will be roughly half loaded on departure. This beast should have no issues taking off from a 7,000 ft runway. Hopefully, the OGG blast barriers off the end of the runway are sturdy :)

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by SonomaFlyer
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines intra-CA routes
Replies: 52
Views: 7691

Re: Alaska Airlines intra-CA routes

A little news for STS that might have been covered already but this was the first I hear of it. From the Red Baron newsletter, May 20th SAN-STS goes E175 and July 18 one PDX-STS goes E175. Yes, I reported the u/g of the route to a jet a while back on a few different threads. And the hope is to see ...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 2603
Views: 381484

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N128UA


Both airports are storage yards. My guess is this plane will be scrapped at Marana. The only other thing I could think of is its a space issue at VCV.
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audidudi wrote:
Anyone know why this B744 flight took place yesterday?

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N128UA


Both airports are storage yards. My guess is this plane will be scrapped at Marana. The only other thing I could think of is its a space issue at VCV.

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by SonomaFlyer
Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final KLM B744 Flight to IAH today 23Mar
Replies: 18
Views: 4890

Re: Final KLM B744 Flight to IAH today 23Mar

TWA772LR wrote:
It's the end of an era. Seeing a KLM 744 fly over my house and elementary/middle/high school always made my day.

Gotta pour one out for the homies now.


Amen. My first 747 flight was on a KLM bird out of IAH in the late 80's. Great service and great airplane.

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by SonomaFlyer
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa needs more bigger planes?
Replies: 42
Views: 9511

Re: Lufthansa needs more bigger planes?

It will be a tough sell to lift curfews at FRA unless/until aircraft become so quiet that most folks can't hear them pass overhead. We aren't there yet. FRA has four runways and it "might" be possible to add more to the south (on the opposite side of the airport from the terminals) but giv...

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by SonomaFlyer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 4hr delays at SFO, what's up?
Replies: 53
Views: 7421

Re: 4hr delays at SFO, what's up?

Runway separation issues limit arrivals. It happens with rain storms with low clouds/fog which is the case now. Someday, technology will eliminate these issues but who knows when that will happen.

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