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by JHwk
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 292846

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Teslerati's take on the 10% (600+) redundancies.For a website that loves Spacex ( and why not) there are some pretty harsh words on the way they went about it. Yeah, sounds to me like a few senior people in HR needed to go, so they went for a pretty soulless approach. SpaceX has a lot of eyes and a...

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by JHwk
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1494
Views: 214806

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

Looks who's back! https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/stalled-international-air-cargo-facility-planned-for-lambert-back-on/article_22cbbcc2-c66c-5b4b-8bbe-bea54433ee4e.html 700 new jobs "put St. Louis on the map as an international logistics air hub." Doesn’t seem like that building i...

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by JHwk
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 96
Views: 16850

Re: LAX Aviation Thread - 2019

Fair points across the board, but what I'm really worried about is what the horseshoe, Century, and Sepulveda will look like prior to the APM opening up. You'll have the far right lane within the horseshoe taken out for DL's new headhouse in front of both T2 and T3, you'll have Century lanes shut d...

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by JHwk
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B777-9 future prospects?
Replies: 350
Views: 53678

Re: B777-9 future prospects?

Naysayers seem to have pretty short memories. The 777X offers an easy incremental growth from the 350 and 787, and the ability to significantly reduce costs from the top end. It is a 20-year program-- a long time to go before it will have proven itself.

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by JHwk
Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s
Replies: 287
Views: 95337

Re: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s

zeke wrote:
Dr. Peters Group expects an overall return of 145 to 155 per cent for investors in DS funds 129 and 130 after that.

Total return over 13 years? That is only 2.5-3% CAGR.

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by JHwk
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are airports allowed to have preferential relationships with airlines?
Replies: 26
Views: 5124

Re: Are airports allowed to have preferential relationships with airlines?

teachpdx wrote:
PG actually built USM and they are by far the dominant carrier to Koh Samui. I’d say that’s pretty preferential.

Is USM still owned by PG? I know it was up until around 2005, but I remember there was talk of public takeover. The lack of any real upgrades since the expansion make me curious.

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by JHwk
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Breeze - News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 807
Views: 147376

Re: David Neeleman Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline

What % of an airline's cost is sales and customer service? If you can keep distribution fees as margin and avoid as many expensive employees as possible, that might be a significant advantage in the marketplace if direct operating costs are similar to competitors. Looking at Delta's 10Q, the obviou...

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by JHwk
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't PHX use flat baggage carousels?
Replies: 23
Views: 4422

Re: Why doesn't PHX use flat baggage carousels?

I thought I had seen flat carousels with an indirect feed from the bagroom before-- it was more automation heavy (read $$?), but it worked pretty well. Can't for the life of me figure out where it was though. I'm actually surprised there hasn't been more innovation in bag claims though. It would see...

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by JHwk
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Newly renovated terminal 1 at LAX unveiled
Replies: 54
Views: 11766

Re: Newly renovated terminal 1 at LAX unveiled

Wow... that took a long time. I'm afraid Southwest didn't do nearly enough though to address long-term issues-- they really just built out what they should have had in 2010(?) when the project started.

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by JHwk
Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Perth get a non stop flight to the US ?
Replies: 100
Views: 12265

Re: When will Perth get a non stop flight to the US ?

I could see PER-HNL happening, but anything else is a long shot at best. Logistically, that would add a lot of US cities one-stop, without dedicating two planes to the route.

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by JHwk
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future Of Hawaiian Inter-Island Travel
Replies: 145
Views: 21428

Re: The Future Of Hawai'ian Inter-Island Travel

Wish I had a chance to do the Superferry. Oh well. Are the waters really rougher than HK-Macau though? 2m seas seems to be the normal-bad in both places, although I haven't sailed through the Pailolo channel. But, the reality is that the planes used for inter-island will do mainland legs to balance ...

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by JHwk
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future Of Hawaiian Inter-Island Travel
Replies: 145
Views: 21428

Re: The Future Of Hawai'ian Inter-Island Travel

The simple answer is more planes with more time on the ground and tag flights. More planes isn't a huge issue when you get them cheap, although logistics will be a pain.

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by JHwk
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Pax Told to Sit in Feces-Stained Seat
Replies: 113
Views: 17532

Re: DL Pax Told to Sit in Feces-Stained Seat

Makes me think of my flight yesterday HNL-LAX with the stench of urine in first...

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by JHwk
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA get rid of so many PW 757’s
Replies: 52
Views: 11144

Re: Why did UA get rid of so many PW 757’s

At the time, "capacity discipline" was in order. They took it too far, but expansion would not make sense with the macroeconomic situation.

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by JHwk
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3491
Views: 438770

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

https://thewest.com.au/news/aviation/bo ... b88994564z


Makes me think it will be a narrow 8 abreast for sure!
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mffoda wrote:
Another article to add to the discussion... :twocents:

https://thewest.com.au/news/aviation/bo ... b88994564z


Makes me think it will be a narrow 8 abreast for sure!

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by JHwk
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SeaTac TSA - any solutions?
Replies: 34
Views: 4776

Re: SeaTac TSA - any solutions?

A little off topic, but related . . . Just went through LAX T7 recently and hadn’t been through there in a while. They did a great job at reallocating space and combining 2-3 checkpoints into one. Yes, they had to sacrifice space originally used for other things, but in doing so freed up a lot of s...

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by JHwk
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Refinery Burnoff Near LAX (17 Sept 2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 4211

Re: Refinery Burnoff Near LAX (17 Sept 2018)

Some of the flare events are pretty significant-- the ones you can hear from miles away and that light up the night sky like it is daylight. Those don't happen too often, but when they do they air gets pretty bad and it is quite a spectacle. Still blows my mind that homes across Rosecrans can go for...

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by JHwk
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will supersede the Boeing 717
Replies: 78
Views: 12756

Re: What will supersede the Boeing 717

Is it ground time or cruise time that the more modern engines need to cool down? Is there any chance an electric hybrid would help the problem-- supplementing takeoff thrust (or something)?

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by JHwk
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MCI thread - 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 2957

Re: MCI thread - 2018

The above-ground corridor between concourses seems to be a limiting factor for expansion/utilization. Guess it is cheaper than a tunnel, but with the work required it doesn't seem like it would be that big of an issue.

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by JHwk
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing looks to FedEx to expand NMA business case
Replies: 85
Views: 10204

Re: Boeing looks to FedEx to expand NMA business case

I still like the idea of a single-deck, “combi” 8-abreast ovoid without a real lower cargo hold to be able to address whatever needs are required.

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by JHwk
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Airports are at Full or almost Full Capacity?
Replies: 70
Views: 8588

Re: Which Airports are at Full or almost Full Capacity?

LAX is certainly not full from operational point of view. Unless it grows dramatically in connecting traffic or a new common-use remote check-in terminal that can shuttle people via airside transport gets built, I would say the horseshoe is well beyond capacity. Hope the APM construction doesn't ma...

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by JHwk
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA-LAWA (LAX) lease agreement set for approvals
Replies: 28
Views: 5845

Re: New AA-LAWA (LAX) lease agreement set for approvals

Is the new Terminal Vertical Core going to replace the airside tunnel between 4 and 5? The tunnel access is way too limited for current fire codes, so any expansion would seem to pose a challenge. Plus, the opportunity to improve space and flow similar to T7 would seem like a shame to lose.

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by JHwk
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian airports and aviation - 2018
Replies: 61
Views: 6970

Re: Hawaiian airports and aviation - 2018

Really hate the new numbering scheme... seems so arbitrary. Get rid of letters for baggage claim, add them to gates, reverse the historical gate numbering sequence. While they were at it I would have expected them to re-designate dropoff lobbies with random petroglyphs.

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by JHwk
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?
Replies: 233
Views: 24539

Re: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?

1K with United, but fly Delta a lot. United has a better airport experience at LAX now, with the remodels nearly complete and the new Club... and the T6/7 bypass loop on the departures level drive. They need to get Polaris on a lot more planes though, and I would agree with others that feel IFE need...

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by JHwk
Thu May 31, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 256
Views: 36192

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

Anybody else break their headphones with the new Polaris seats? While it is an improvement over the old location behind the headrest, my QC20's were damaged when the seat repositioned. A couple close calls with my backup headphones with setting my arm on the armrest as well.

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by JHwk
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does Short-Haul Business/First Class have a Future?
Replies: 29
Views: 3599

Re: Does Short-Haul Business/First Class have a Future?

We generally fly domestic first class even for short runs, for a number of reasons. If an airline didn't offer it, we would stop using them for both short runs and longer (more profitable) flights. Most of our shorter flights might be complimentary upgrades, but it makes a difference in our overall ...

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by JHwk
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack
Replies: 177
Views: 22431

Re: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack

Global Entry here, and just this morning after a long flight I couldn't figure out where the check box was for declaring items. Especially painful when half the machines are broken and everyone is crammed in tight. With the paper form I always declared something as a CYA based on past experience, bu...

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by JHwk
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LA City Council Approves People Mover for LAX
Replies: 60
Views: 7737

Re: LA City Council Approves People Mover for LAX

@compensateme The point is to look at what you will be stuck spending trying to solve the problem another way. Landside access roads are out of capacity, Sepulveda tunnel as well, T0 would make it worse. There is no alternative to the APM unless you want to commercialize Pershing and dig a tunnel fo...

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by JHwk
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest style airline with RJs
Replies: 61
Views: 6138

Re: Southwest style airline with RJs

While there are many challenges, with a sharp focus I will be the contrarian and say it might work. Say "AirMidwest," connecting IND, STL, MCI,SGF, MEM, BNA, TYS, LEX, and a couple hubs and you might be able to address legs in the ~200-250nm range directly. Still amazes me there are no dir...

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by JHwk
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Better way to load freighters
Replies: 62
Views: 3704

Re: Better way to load freighters

Why not just have a step-ramp conveyor on the loader to raise and lower containers continuously?

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by JHwk
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 292846

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Wasn't there a plan to actually produce rockets at Boca Chica too, or was that something else? They really dont have much property in Boca Chica; the launch pad and hangar with required separation take up most of the site. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f0/SpaceX_private_launch_fa...

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by JHwk
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 Fired United FAs awarded $800k+ (Possibly 1.5mil) From Jury
Replies: 66
Views: 9906

Re: 2 Fired United FAs awarded $800k+ (Possibly 1.5mil) From Jury

The bigger, underlying problem is the high cost of these career cat ranchers. Sitting at the top of the payscale for 25+ years and being less productive/enthusiastic than someone fresh off the street is a problem the airline can't shake with lawyers like these. I have to say, I have had pretty good...

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by JHwk
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest is given permit for space at HNL
Replies: 89
Views: 12389

Re: Southwest is given permit for space at HNL

Can the market (hotels etc) take a 10% increase in passenger numbers? Every time I go to HI (annually) all the resorts are at 100% occupancy. Not all year round, but there is plenty of vacancy for ~40+ weeks per year. If you add in VRBO and their ilk, especially in the outlying islands, you should ...

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by JHwk
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest is given permit for space at HNL
Replies: 89
Views: 12389

Re: Southwest is given permit for space at HNL

77H wrote:
The Branch Manager made the point of saying "Mainland Bank". It was US Bank by the way, a well known banking institution throughout the country. Didn't matter to them one bit.

Irony being that the biggest and oldest bank in Hawaii is French...

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by JHwk
Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest is given permit for space at HNL
Replies: 89
Views: 12389

Re: Southwest is given permit for space at HNL

The vast majority of demand from the mainland U.S. to Hawaii originates on the West Coast. The four states on the West Coast sent more visitors to O'ahu in 2017 than all the states in the Central & Eastern time zones combined. Anecdotal, but I see Southwest opening up Hawaii for a lot more peop...

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by JHwk
Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest is given permit for space at HNL
Replies: 89
Views: 12389

Re: Southwest is given permit for space at HNL

Security is painfully slow in the Diamondhead concourse. It seems like it is because of a lack of security lanes. I wouldn’t really call it TSAs fault. The terminal was designed well before TSA. There’s literally no more room for more TSA lines. The current line is sandwiched between 2 concrete wal...

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by JHwk
Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 2083
Views: 292846

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

"Be scrappy or die" isn't really that different from any other manufacturer; I have seen cooling towers bought off eBay used at a major defense contractor. Doesn't mean they are using recycled plastic bottles for the fighter jet canopies.

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by JHwk
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD $8.5B Expansion Deal - Update: City Council Approved
Replies: 371
Views: 48815

Re: ORD Expansion Deal - Update: AA Accuses City of Collusion w/ UA

muralir wrote:
I seriously doubt they'll move the steam plant.

IIRC the central plant had a major upgrade around 1995, so it might not be that hard to write it off now given the total scope of work. There are likely some major efficiency improvements that can be made given current conditions.

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by JHwk
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 853
Views: 114366

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

1337Delta764 wrote:
One thing to wonder - Why doesn't Amazon run any ground linehaul routes between the Las Vegas area fulfillment centers and the Phoenix Sortation Center (PHX8)?

Guessing it has something to do with sea freight routes dominating their distribution network -- more east/west than north/south movement.

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by JHwk
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737-800 BCF Conversion/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 4388

Re: Boeing 737-800 BCF Conversion/Delivery Thread 2018

Stupid question I am sure, but do cargo operators use the bulk hold on the 737F's, or just main deck?

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by JHwk
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)
Replies: 95
Views: 14502

Re: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)

It will also connect to the new light rail line currently under construction, offering a true connection to LA's expanding transit network. Ah yes, the old take-a-train-to-take-a-train solution so popular at US airports. Meanwhile, the rest of the world brings rail in-terminal and provides a one-se...

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by JHwk
Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)
Replies: 95
Views: 14502

Re: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)

LAXintl - so with the decline in parking revenue any chance a few bays of the parking garages can come down on either side of the horseshoe?

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by JHwk
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)
Replies: 95
Views: 14502

Re: LAX perpetual terminal patchwork with Midfield Satellite Concourse (TBIT)

Uber and Lyft are killing SuperShuttle and their ilk, so for each blue bus you used to see, now you have 4-8 additional cars. There aren't enough lanes in the horseshoe for it to work efficiently. The only thing that will have an impact is congestion charges for the loop, and a free alternative with...

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by JHwk
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is HND Now the Main Airport in Tokyo?
Replies: 44
Views: 8300

Re: Is HND Now the Main Airport in Tokyo?

AAvgeek744 wrote:
.Too many cities have nonstops that can overfly NRT and offer the same connections.

That is my take too, from a US perspective at least. Star has also done more to split transfer traffic between NRT and Seol.

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by JHwk
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What makes the B737 an "old, outdated" design?
Replies: 143
Views: 14260

Re: What makes the B737 an "old, outdated" design?

Legacy exit doors would be another 737 hold-out.

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by JHwk
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DEN new online Passenger Traffic Report
Replies: 3
Views: 579

Re: DEN new online Passenger Traffic Report

Is there anything DEN can or will need to do to accommodate the higher percentage O&D long-term, such as with the train or baggage handling systems? It would seem to me that the structure poses long term challenges, but aside from some main terminal upgrades and concourse expansions it doesn't s...

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by JHwk
Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are 777s always this loud?
Replies: 47
Views: 10052

Re: Are 777s always this loud?

United's early 777's are terrible; the worst spot for me was always a row or two aft of the R2 door.

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by JHwk
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 89886

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

First time poster here so take it easy lol. Im curious...having seen the chaos that happened at JFK over the recent storm and all the congestion with so many planes, doesn't it demonstrate that airports are at capacity thus making the case for larger airplanes down the road. It takes much longer to...

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by JHwk
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Eastern Expansion
Replies: 7
Views: 2351

Re: LAX Eastern Expansion

Personally, I think the biggest constraints are on landside and approach. I don't believe the AirTrain will do enough to solve the problem, and any O&D at TBIT make the problem significantly worse since those cars have to run the loop. AirTrain was intended to solve the mess of the rental car sh...

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by JHwk
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Value of an all-weather hub
Replies: 44
Views: 6807

Re: Value of an all-weather hub

UA has DEN and IAH as well; I would say they are better positioned than DL, especially in diversity of hubs. IAD pre-merger was a nightmare though.

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