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by blockski
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD Global Terminal proposals released
Replies: 102
Views: 15806

Re: ORD Global Terminal proposals released

Has there ever been discussion about reorienting the access road to T1-T3 further north to allow T5 expansion to complement the parallel concourses further west? The current arrangement of the access road (I-190), CTA Blue Line, and Landside APM exist because of the former 14L-32R runway that protr...

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by blockski
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could UA have built up SEA into a hub?
Replies: 18
Views: 4228

Re: Could UA have built up SEA into a hub?

Considering delta pulls it off with SLC, I can’t imagine SFO would have been a big issue for UA. The demand was there. I think UA had poor management at the time and missed out on a big opportunity. SLC and SFO play completely different roles. SLC is a domestic hub, SFO is an international gateway....

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by blockski
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why isn't UA Replacing 77E with 77W (or similar) on ORD-HKG?
Replies: 23
Views: 3869

Re: Why isn't UA Replacing 77E with 77W (or similar) on ORD-HKG?

As of right now, all of UA’s 77W routes are either from EWR or SFO, correct? I suspect that operational element is part of the reason. Maybe as they add a few more frames, they bring it to ORD.

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by blockski
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?
Replies: 112
Views: 25384

Re: Why did UA choose the B777-300ER and ditch the A350-1000?

Nobody mentioned compatibility, and the ease for adding the 77W to UA, already one of the largest 777 operators in the world.

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by blockski
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD Global Terminal proposals released
Replies: 102
Views: 15806

Re: ORD Global Terminal proposals released

I have been waiting for this day for a long time. But it is really hard to judge these from a 60 second video. I would hope the real judges have more information like how the terminals flow and how many gates are included etc. But here goes: The passenger flow within the terminal is important, but ...

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by blockski
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD Global Terminal proposals released
Replies: 102
Views: 15806

Re: ORD Global Terminal proposals released

Never hire Calatrava. https://gizmodo.com/why-cities-need-to-stop-commissioning-calatravas-fish-1543063363 As a sucker for airport efficiency and workable traffic flow I was hoping to see aerial renderings showing the net number of usable gates and how they are located in relation to taxiways and ra...

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by blockski
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 2542
Views: 458212

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

Q4 earnings shows December 2018 new aircraft orders... 777-300 (+4) 737 MAX (+24) Interesting. I'm not the biggest fan of buying previous generation aircraft no matter the purchase price, even though the 77W is a fine airplane. Boeing must be offering some amazing deals to bridge production to the ...

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by blockski
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 337
Views: 40605

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

Agenda and documents for this week’s MWAA Board Meeting are up: http://www.mwaa.com/about/january-16-2019-board-and-committee-meetings The air traffic stats are interesting, as the Dulles growth continued through November, well above previous years. Dulles traffic is up 5.1% YTD, and creeping back a...

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by blockski
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is SQ non-stop flying to EWR and not JFK like the other flight via FRA?
Replies: 75
Views: 15535

Re: Why is SQ flying to EWR and not JFK?

I took the original A350 EWR-SIN flight back in the day and I can say that I think the issue was that since this was an ULH route, less taxi and holding time coupled with late night departure time meant that the flight didn't waste time waiting to depart. IIRC, the departure was 12:55am and we got ...

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by blockski
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Shutdown disruption on Aviation
Replies: 45
Views: 6357

Re: Shutdown disruption on Aviation

If, heaven forbid, there is some kind of air tragedy, heads will roll. Additionally, the NTSB is currently short-staffed as well and are not able to investigate lots of incidents. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/with-the-government-shut-down-ntsb-has-to-prioritize-its-inves...

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by blockski
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: United adding gates at CLT
Replies: 111
Views: 12522

Re: Rumor: United adding gates at CLT

UA’s hub at Dulles is indeed a hub, it’s been a hub for a long time and it’s likely to remain a hub into the future. The only question is how much bigger it could be.

There’s a reason why, despite every opportunity to cut IAD, the hub remains.

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by blockski
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: United adding gates at CLT
Replies: 111
Views: 12522

Re: Rumor: United adding gates at CLT

You forgot to mention the hyperloop tunnel to EXE, the new LHR. On non-facetious vein, I see UA migrating hubness from IAD to CLT. IAD has long-term expansion constraints, CLT does not. Could be UA is chasing more BoA business. How does IAD have long term expansion constraints? The problem is not t...

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by blockski
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 1098
Views: 96774

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Thread - 2019

For the same reason it was more profitable to move connecting traffic from DTW to ATL. The same argument could be made about moving flow from MSP to DTW hypothetically speaking. Don't misquote me not advocating moving MSP flights to DTW but stating an example. 1) that was part of rationalizing the ...

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by blockski
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 1098
Views: 96774

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Thread - 2019

This is a nonsensical debate in that, as I mentioned and for the reasons I mentioned, DL will never have to choose between DTW and MSP. It would cost a fortune to build up a mega(ish) hub at DTW the incorporated the profitability of MSP and you'd be putting the profits generated by MSP at risk. You...

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by blockski
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 337
Views: 40605

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

https://www.sanews.gov.za/south-africa/ ... ana-and-us


Interesting. So the IAD-JNB stopovers will now be 5x ACC and 2x DKR, instead of 4x ACC and 3x DKR.
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Interesting. So the IAD-JNB stopovers will now be 5x ACC and 2x DKR, instead of 4x ACC and 3x DKR.

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by blockski
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Salt Lake City questions
Replies: 19
Views: 2286

Re: Salt Lake City questions

It's more than location alone. Salt Lake City would not have a hub if it were not for Tourism(that boosts their O&D alot, it has solid business demand, and it's a very good/thriving economy. Most of the cities on this list, lack one of those key additional benefits. It works as a Legacy hub onl...

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by blockski
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Salt Lake City questions
Replies: 19
Views: 2286

Re: Salt Lake City questions

5, It's not the size of the city, it's the geographic location of the city. That's what hubs are all about and SLC is DL's hub in that area. It serves to consolidate passengers going west/east between cities/hubs that don't have enough traffic for direct flights. It's absolutely the size of the cit...

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by blockski
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 1098
Views: 96774

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Thread - 2019

So let me get this straight (and I am not saying this in a sarcastic/condensing way, I'm curious), you are saying consolidating midwest ops at DTW would cost a lot? How would it not be more cost effective to build one "mega(ish)hub" at DTW for the midwest in space that is far more effecti...

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by blockski
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 1098
Views: 96774

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Thread - 2019

No, Delta doesn’t “need to choose” between MSP and DTW. They just don’t. The merger was ten years ago - not to mention that MSP and DTW already coexisted for several decades before that under NW. Things have changed a lot in the 10 years since the merger, and they sure aren't the same as they were ...

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by blockski
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 1098
Views: 96774

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Thread - 2019

No, Delta doesn’t “need to choose” between MSP and DTW. They just don’t.

The merger was ten years ago - not to mention that MSP and DTW already coexisted for several decades before that under NW.

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by blockski
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA screeners calling in sick
Replies: 55
Views: 8832

Re: TSA screeners calling in sick

Separate of this "beautiful" discussion are there any federal run airports out there, and would they be affected? Not federal-run, no. The federal government owns both DCA and IAD, but they are run by the locl government entity MWAA, and thus not subject to appropriations. They’re no more...

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by blockski
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA screeners calling in sick
Replies: 55
Views: 8832

Re: TSA screeners calling in sick

Can’t blame anyone for not showing up for their job when the checks aren’t clearing.

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by blockski
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LaGuardia Perimeter Rule
Replies: 79
Views: 12861

Re: LaGuardia Perimeter Rule

The airlines need to sue the port authority. They should be able to use their slots as they see fit. Why does Chattanooga deserve LGA service but not Phoenix? Airlines did sue the Port Authority. Specifically, Western Airlines did so in 1986. They lost. https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district...

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by blockski
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LaGuardia Perimeter Rule
Replies: 79
Views: 12861

Re: LaGuardia Perimeter Rule

The airlines need to sue the port authority. They should be able to use their slots as they see fit. Why does Chattanooga deserve LGA service but not Phoenix? Airlines did sue the Port Authority. Specifically, Western Airlines did so in 1986. They lost. https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district...

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by blockski
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LaGuardia Perimeter Rule
Replies: 79
Views: 12861

Re: LaGuardia Perimeter Rule

LGA must be the largest, in terms of pax, airport in the USA that is least accessible via public transport. Sorry if "off topic", but I can't think of any other airport---maybe LAX---that can't be gotten to via a train/tram/etc. LAX doesn't have a train to the airport. It's by far the lar...

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by blockski
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 337
Views: 40605

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

If they did (for whatever reason) the slot would go back to the US DOT, who would then run a process to award it to a different operator. Correct me if I'm wrong, but there was one slot swap a few years ago, wasn't there? It was something like DL DCA slots for US LGA slots? Maybe I'm losing my mind...

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by blockski
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 337
Views: 40605

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

There's no reason for F9 to give up their DCA-DEN perimeter exemption. If they did (for whatever reason) the slot would go back to the US DOT, who would then run a process to award it to a different operator. Frontier cannot sell or lease the slots, nor could they dictate which of their competitors ...

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by blockski
Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 337
Views: 40605

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

On the airport front, the Dulles Metro Line should be finishing up most of the heavy construction, though won’t likely enter service in 2019. WMATA will still need some training and ramp up time before starting operations, not to mention their potential concession for Silver Line operations. At DCA,...

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by blockski
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are airports allowed to have preferential relationships with airlines?
Replies: 26
Views: 4991

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

I am not sure how legal it is but Atlanta City Hall and Delta have an extremely close relationship/business partnership. They work together on everything since Delta pulling out would mean an economic depression for a large part of the city and state. Rumor has it, that this relationship is what ke...

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by blockski
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP's regional air service partnership success
Replies: 62
Views: 4466

Re: MSP's regional air service partnership success

I grew up in Minneapolis. Lovely city, lovely airport. Very nice all around. As nice as it is, it's not a particularly diverse place. And while the Twin Cities are far more diverse than the rest of Minnesota, it's not nearly as diverse as other similarly sized Metro areas. The SEA region has about t...

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by blockski
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP's regional air service partnership success
Replies: 62
Views: 4466

Re: MSP's regional air service partnership success

Some of these are rather odd asks - there are what, a handful of flights from DUS to the US? Likewise, SIN has a handful of non-stop flights; to markets much larger than Minneapolis. And no one flies from the US to BLR at all - I don't think MSP is going to be the market that opens up that route. I'...

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by blockski
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta & O’Hare 21
Replies: 79
Views: 9951

Re: Delta & O’Hare 21

Even if T5 is done in 2021, United, American and their best friends will still need T5 space until the planned work with T1 and T2 is complete which is probably a good 5 years min. at best even if the shovels dropped today. So don't get too excited about Delta moving over and going real apecrazy an...

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by blockski
Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate Change And Airlines
Replies: 133
Views: 8641

Re: Climate Change And Airlines

Just as an FYI, human breathing doesn’t actually contribute anything to greenhouse gas emissions. Human breathing just recycles carbon that is already in the system.

Contrast that to burning fossil fuels, where we release carbon that’s been sequestered for millions of years.

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by blockski
Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate Change And Airlines
Replies: 133
Views: 8641

Re: Climate Change And Airlines

Climate change is obviously real. To deny the human role in changing our climate would be to deny basic chemistry. While forecasting the specific impacts is incredibly complex, the basic math is not: humans emit huge amounts of GHGs from burning fossil fuels, and this is changing the composition of ...

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by blockski
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DCA slots
Replies: 27
Views: 3039

Re: DCA slots

If you want to get into the weeds on DCA slots, have fun reading this GAO report: https://www.gao.gov/assets/650/648219.pdf The gist is this: DCA has regular slots and exemptions. The 'exemptions' are exemptions from the rules, either from the perimeter rule, the slot rule, or both. The long-term pl...

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by blockski
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces SFO-DEL/MEL/YYZ; Expands AKL/AMS/PPT/ICN.
Replies: 507
Views: 71696

Re: United Airlines CEO to Make Historic Route Announcement Tomorrow (12/12)

UA did not intend to announce this yesterday. That was a media advisory that leaked out on here. And the official announcement today doesn't highlight the "historical" element the way it was whipped up on here. Had it not leaked on here and had it stayed a complete surprise until now, the...

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by blockski
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces SFO-DEL/MEL/YYZ; Expands AKL/AMS/PPT/ICN.
Replies: 507
Views: 71696

Re: United Airlines CEO to Make Historic Route Announcement Tomorrow (12/12)

I think there is too much negativity towards UA on this. Sure, some of the routes were already announced, but UA is the only US airline with nonstops to India, and the only one to fly to MEL and PPT. They've also done expansion at SFO domestically to places like PAE, CMH, and FAI. If DL had done th...

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by blockski
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces SFO-DEL/MEL/YYZ; Expands AKL/AMS/PPT/ICN.
Replies: 507
Views: 71696

Re: United Airlines CEO to Make Historic Route Announcement Tomorrow (12/12)

Wall Street's going to love this. EWR-South Africa is an intriguing choice, though I'd have pegged IAD or IAH as marginally more practical for that purpose. Didn't SA fly IAD in the past? SA still does fly to IAD. They alternate between stopping at ACC and DKR, with fifth freedom rights for both st...

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by blockski
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn’t plane design changed much?
Replies: 150
Views: 15090

Re: Why hasn’t plane design changed much?

It's worth remembering where things stand in the history of aviation. We're looking at a mature industry today; one that has matured over the last several decades. That's the reason you don't see a lot of radical changes to the common elements. The same is true of automobiles, by the way. Just think...

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by blockski
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TP newest US Destination is IAD
Replies: 31
Views: 4720

Re: TP newest US Destination is....

What's the schedule, I thought IAD was extremely limited for good slots at the prime times to Europe? IAD is not slot restricted.... Maybe it was gate space at prime hours then. I remember some sort of capacity restriction. Gate space during the afternoon bank (with lots of European departures) is ...

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by blockski
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 32451

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Always nice to see some more tails at IAD. I gather this would be the kind of route they’d never be allowed to launch when they were part of the JV with Delta and AF/KLM. Given their current shaky finances, it might not last long. As for the other European airlines you mention, it does seem a bit o...

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by blockski
Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 32451

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

This is good stuff thank you kindly for your detailed reply, atcsundevil. I didn't realize that Andrews AFB was close enough to have an impact, I'm not all that familiar with lay of the land (or should I say the airspace?) in DC. I was going to ask you who might be a VIP, but if it's Andrews then t...

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by blockski
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon HQ and B6 in LIC
Replies: 60
Views: 5579

Re: Amazon HQ and B6 in LIC

The density is already pretty high. Those are already 12-13 story buildings. They can't go taller because of DCA. In fact, I'd guess those buildings are grandfathered and it would be really hard to build even a replacement building unless it was nearly identical...maybe wider? They can go taller on...

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by blockski
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon HQ and B6 in LIC
Replies: 60
Views: 5579

Re: Amazon HQ and B6 in LIC

Lots of Crystal City is old. Buildings will be torn down. New buildings will be constructed to greater density. The density is already pretty high. Those are already 12-13 story buildings. They can't go taller because of DCA. In fact, I'd guess those buildings are grandfathered and it would be real...

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by blockski
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon HQ and B6 in LIC
Replies: 60
Views: 5579

Re: Amazon HQ and B6 in LIC

It's great news for DCA. There will be a pedestrian walkway underwritten by the state of Virginia that will connect National Landing (the new name for Crystal City/Potomac Yards) with the Airport. Where will be exactly the Amazon HQ in Arlington? I see everything around DCA is built. I reckon it is...

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by blockski
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon's HQ2 Impact on DC's aviation?
Replies: 105
Views: 11031

Re: Amazon's HQ2 Impact on DC's aviation?

First, I guess I'd say "so"? The effect on leases is kind of small potatoes. 2) MWAA put that in there because they know this is a possible outcome. 3) Voiding a lease is a double edged sword. You are also giving an airline the ability to get out of a lease they maybe didn't want. 4) Airp...

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by blockski
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon's HQ2 Impact on DC's aviation?
Replies: 105
Views: 11031

Re: Amazon's HQ2 Impact on DC's aviation?

All true now, but that's because Amazon isn't there yet. They have a lot of money to lobby and that will be a big deal for them to have to trek out to IAD for the West. At the barest minimum there will be another liberalization, but I think with the massive Amazon lobbying influence it will go down...

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by blockski
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA applies for second daily EWR-PVG
Replies: 64
Views: 10584

Re: UA applies for second daily EWR-PVG

Of course if UA is really making EWR more O&D oriented and want IAD to be their east coast connecting hub, they should start IAD-PVG with a 787. IAD could also connect the SE USA to China, but how much traffic is there between DC and Shanghai? I don’t have any numbers, but some anecdotes: PVG i...

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by blockski
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon's HQ2 Impact on DC's aviation?
Replies: 105
Views: 11031

Re: Amazon's HQ2 Impact on DC's aviation?

Crystal City is about 100 yards from DCA. Why would that help IAD? This will create pressure to eliminate the perimeter rule IMHO. That will hurt IAD a lot and be a huge present to AA. Because it's extremely unlikely that Amazon offices will lead to the repeal of the perimeter rule. The NoVa politi...

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by blockski
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon's HQ2 Impact on DC's aviation?
Replies: 105
Views: 11031

Re: Amazon's HQ2 Impact on DC's aviation?

Maybe DL (and others too) would switch some of its DCA-SLC to DCA-SEA if it happens. I don't think they can do that. They'd have to drop their DCA-LAX flight instead. Most of the beyond-perimeter flights are tied to a specific airline and airport; only 4 of the perimeter exemptions created in 2012 ...

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