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by FATFlyer
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Santa Maria, CA (SMX) New Service Announcement Jan 10 2020
Replies: 135
Views: 18307

Re: Santa Maria, CA (SMX) New Service Announcement Jan 10 2020

More routes from Allegiant possibly? They're suppose to announce their Mexico service soon. Maybe they'll announce some domestic destinations as well for SMX and others. There is no FIS at SMX so Mexico flights seem unlikely. Santa Maria. Isn’t that the town where the pods were coming from in Invas...

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by FATFlyer
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Santa Maria, CA (SMX) New Service Announcement Jan 10 2020
Replies: 135
Views: 18307

Santa Maria, CA (SMX) New Service Announcement Jan 10 2020

Santa Maria, CA Public Airport (SMX) has called a press conference for Friday January 10, 2020. The press conference will be to announce " new routes for flights beginning later this year which will connect to great domestic and international destinations. " http://www.facebook.com/events/...

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by FATFlyer
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 160
Views: 14208

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020

I'm wondering how much of the CRJ maintenance is shifting to SBP. I don't expect all of it moving but I do suspect some is moving away from FAT. But that would open space in Fresno for E175 maintenance. 6 months ago Skywest announced it was opening a new maintenance base in San Luis Obispo. OO lease...

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by FATFlyer
Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 160
Views: 14208

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020

Having flown AS today from SJC to HNL to spend some time at our timeshare, I wish AS would simply give FAT a decent connection through SAN. That I had to drive to SJC and will fly home through SEA is a total pain. I wonder if FAT Mgt have pitched Hawaii to AS? Can’t fault AS for the fare or on-boar...

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by FATFlyer
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 160
Views: 14208

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020

It would certainly be interesting to see OGG before HNL; I would imagine HNL has higher O&D, but I really don’t know. There is very little difference between the 2 Hawaii markets from Fresno. Using tourism data from Hawaii which captures the information on the cards arriving passengers complete...

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by FATFlyer
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 160
Views: 14208

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020

I thought DC was high too...higher than NYC or Atlanta combining all three airports, but I could be wrong. I have seen several different studies. I think DC has higher in the master plan analysis but not in others. It is just like I saw a study from a 5 years ago that put FAT-DEL as a larger intern...

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by FATFlyer
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 160
Views: 14208

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020

Our EVP that oversees the department that has travel being a part of it, has already negotiated their kick backs from DL and AA in 2020. I am sure it does not hurt to drop them a line in e-mail or schedule a meeting with them (our EVP) when I am back in MSP in February. What are the other top 2 of ...

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by FATFlyer
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 160
Views: 14208

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020

I think there is still a lot of Hawaii route adjustments to happen in 2020/2021 for all airlines. The second AS SAN-OGG starting in May will faceoff against WN adding SAN-OGG/HNL in April. Lots of questions about what might happen - will it stimulate the SAN-Hawaii market; will one airline blink; et...

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by FATFlyer
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Role of in-airport ticketing counters?
Replies: 75
Views: 11702

Re: Role of in-airport ticketing counters?

Cory6188 wrote:
What's the rationale for still having these in the airport?


Filming locations for "The Amazing Race"???? :rotfl:

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by FATFlyer
Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 160
Views: 14208

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020

in Sept 2018, F9 recorded an 84% LF with mostly 321s. This year came in at 69% and that's with more far more 320's. August wasn't strong either. October is generally a decent month at FAT, but if October was a bomb, I'd be concerned. That's why I'm predicting a cut. F9 doesn't wait around on schedu...

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by FATFlyer
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 160
Views: 14208

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020

The 737 to SFO was part of an experiment UA tried where they sent mainline "terminators" from SFO to markets that were normally express only (sort of the same way DL has terminators from MSP to places like FAR and FSD). Off the top of my head, they had SFO to FAT, SMF, and SBA. None of th...

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by FATFlyer
Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 160
Views: 14208

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2020

Strictly guesses since the industry can be so volatile. ⋅  A new route announcement in the next 6 to 8 weeks with a late May/early June start ⋅  An additional new route/service announcement happening in Nov/Dec for a 2021 start ⋅  Announcement of construction of another...

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by FATFlyer
Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant News and Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 272
Views: 40697

Re: Allegiant News and Discussion Thread - 2020

Anyone have any idea when G4 could potentially announce their Mexico routes? Which cities in Mexico do you guys feel have the ability to get added first? CUN, GDL, SJD?? Some years ago Allegiant execs said they were looking at CUN, SJD and PVR in Mexico for the initial southbound routes. Allegiant ...

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by FATFlyer
Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

Allegiant on FAT to Hawaii actually was not an acute failure. Allegiant had very high loads on the 217 seat 757s during the peak season at FAT, one of their better Hawaii routes. July 2012 was the first full month of FAT-HNL and Allegiant reported a 96.8% load factor. I believe one of G4s problems w...

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by FATFlyer
Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

I'd have to go back and double check. But I believe Fresno MSA is the largest metro area in the lower 48 states with no ATL nonstop.

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by FATFlyer
Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

MSP would likely be a good add at FAT. Of course, the 100,000 people attending the Hmong New Year celebration this week in Fresno are a good reminder that the Minneapolis MSA and Fresno MSA are the 2 largest population centers of Hmong's in the US. The Hmongs are a close knit culture that maintain s...

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by FATFlyer
Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

I can't speak about Northern California, but much of VFR ties around Fresno are to the states of Jalisco (GDL), Guanajuato (BJX,), Michoacán (MLM), and Oaxaca (why the mention of OAX upthread). Those 4 have been the largest sources of migration. Also, the MEX slot situation probably drives some US-M...

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by FATFlyer
Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

The economy is part of it. So are fares, Mexicana was a high cost company. But there is another piece. I think traditionally much of the VFR traffic relied on bus companies for travel. Volaris used a strategy of encouraging VFR bus passengers to switch to flying. Operating as a ULCC keeps base fares...

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by FATFlyer
Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

I’m actually surprised SMF is so high up the list. I guess the YVR flight is what makes that possible, but I thought FAT had more pax to Mexico. I believe it definitely will with BJX increasing. I’m also super surprised CVG is so close to FAT and so low, with CDG and YYZ both being year-round from ...

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by FATFlyer
Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

Here is some overall international information. Per DOT rankings, in 2018 FAT was the 48th busiest airport for nonstop international enplanements. The next highest ranked airports in 2018 and their number of international boardings were: 40) Fort Myers 178,697 41) Newburgh/Poughkeepsie 168,846 42) C...

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by FATFlyer
Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

I’d think SJD will happen with G4. Now, whether it’s a Thur/Sunday or just a Saturday flight is the bigger question. Is staffing customs during the day an issue, given that all MX flights are now at night/early am? I have heard staffing is a question. Current arrival times basically allow for a sin...

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by FATFlyer
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

The Fresno Bee is catching up with the a.net and reddit discussions about Alaska's increased frequency and mainline.
http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article238728823.html

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by FATFlyer
Tue Dec 24, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

Allegiant seems to be getting close to launching their first Mexico routes. I wonder if they are looking at starting FAT-SJD in the next year or two.

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by FATFlyer
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

I thought it was a good night to look at the DOT enplanement numbers again. September domestic enplanements: 2019 - 70,152...........2018 - 62,358 YoY increase for Sept of about 12.5% Jan - September domestic enplanements: 2019 - 611,221.........2018 - 547,902 YoY increase for Jan - Sept of about 11...

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by FATFlyer
Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

I was just using SBA as an example of a way to use the current SMF-OGG aircraft and its times, hence the "maybe". Santa Barbara MSA like the Fresno MSA is one of the largest sources of West Coast visitors to Hawaii without a nonstop.

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by FATFlyer
Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska meltdown at SEA
Replies: 119
Views: 20467

Re: Alaska meltdown at SEA

AFAIK the City of SeaTac minimum wage does not apply to jobs at the SeaTac Airport as the airport is owned and operated by the Port of Seattle, which is an independent governmental entity of the state of Washington, roughly on the same level as the City of SeaTac. Additionally, I believe there is a...

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by FATFlyer
Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

LOL, maybe use the aircraft 2 or 3 days a week FAT-Hawaii, 2 or 3 days a week SBA-Hawaii, then maybe a 3rd city if AS thinks FAT and SBA can only support 2X weekly each.

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by FATFlyer
Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska meltdown at SEA
Replies: 119
Views: 20467

Re: Alaska meltdown at SEA

Look, if you're not directly employed by the airline itself, (i.e. look what your paycheck says) you're an outsourced non-unionized subsidiary employee. And I'm not pro-union. My understanding is that McGee is union. The media coverage says it is a IAM shop. Anyone can correct me if that is incorre...

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by FATFlyer
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

Noticed the earliest flight to SEA will now be 9am (currently around 6:40am). Another hole for another flight? LOL I'll go all conspiracy theory here. I laid out departure and arrival times for the 8 AS flights next summer (PDX, SAN, SEA). There is a 3 hour gap when no AS aircraft are departing/arr...

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by FATFlyer
Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska meltdown at SEA
Replies: 119
Views: 20467

Re: Alaska meltdown at SEA

This is a longish 2017 article about Alaska setting up the McGee division and replacing Menzies at SEA.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/alaska-airs-baggage-handlers-at-sea-tac-get-an-upgrade/

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by FATFlyer
Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 349
Views: 57031

Re: Allegiant Discussion Thread - 2019

A few years ago when discussing Mexico, G4 execs said they were considering customs stops at an intermediate airport on the returns for some cities. Not the best solution but opens up more potential cities than just those with a current FIS. In the application for international service, G4 wrote: Mo...

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by FATFlyer
Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 12/22/2019:AS Cuts LAX-FLL/SLC,SFOMSY,OGGSMF,PAEPSP,PDXPHL,SANSLC;F9 Adds Many Routes;AA Cuts JFK Again;WN
Replies: 92
Views: 15726

Re: OAG Changes 12/22/2019:AS Cuts LAX-FLL/SLC,SFOMSY,OGGSMF,PAEPSP,PDXPHL,SANSLC;F9 Adds Many Routes;AA Cuts JFK Again;

AS OAK-OGG AUG 0.8>0.6[1.0] SEP 1.0>0.6[1.0] **AS OGG-SMF MAY 1.0>0.6[1.0] JUN 1.0>0[1.0] JUL 1.0>0[1.0] AUG 1.0>0[1.0] SEP 1.0>0[1.0] what are the odds they stick around in the OAK/SMF-HI market? not good. I think shifting 2 or 3 of those weekly frequencies to Fresno-Hawaii would do well during th...

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by FATFlyer
Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

I would like to see AS reallocate at least part of the SMF-Hawaii flight cuts to Fresno-Hawaii. I think Hawaii flights would do well 2 or 3 times per week out of FAT during the summer.

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by FATFlyer
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

Frontier is also adding a 4th FAT-DEN weekly frequency on Saturdays beginning April 25, 2020. Flight time is roughly the same as current flights.

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by FATFlyer
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 203
Views: 27567

Re: AS to add mainline BIL/BZN/MSO - SEA

FAT-SEA is also gaining a mainline frequency.

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by FATFlyer
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

Alaska is adding to Fresno service for summer 2020. AS is bringing mainline aircraft to Fresno and increasing FAT-SAN frequency. The mid-day SEA-FAT-SEA will be operated on an Airbus beginning Thursday May 21, 2020. The flight will operate early afternoon. SEA-FAT AS1494 arrives FAT 1:20pm FAT-SEA A...

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by FATFlyer
Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 349
Views: 57031

Re: Allegiant Discussion Thread - 2019

Thepointsguy.com took a look at Allegiant's longest and shortest flights. The longest was CVG – LAX at 1,900 miles The shortest was FAT-LAS at 258 miles (also Allegiant's first route and the longest continuously operated route at Allegiant) The full article is at http://thepointsguy.com/news/longest...

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by FATFlyer
Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will WN Ever Consider SGF?
Replies: 18
Views: 3242

Re: Will WN Ever Consider SGF?

It seems more likely that WN will add a larger population area before SGF. The largest WN unserved metro areas by population are (airport to airport driving miles to closest current WN stations in parentheses): Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, NC CSA - 1,642,506 (81 miles to RDU; 104 miles to CL...

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by FATFlyer
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

Holiday music at the airport is in full swing. This year it has expanded to include Mariachi music for the late night international flights. A sample below. http://www.facebook.com/FresnoYosemiteInternational/posts/2519637721605204 And during the day, the rotating musicians on a grand piano have ret...

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by FATFlyer
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

Seems like the useful lives of both the rental car facility and the employee lot would have been a lot longer than what they will have (especially the employee lot which is mostly turning into the new terminal...it’s only like 2-3 years old.) The rental facility was built under the old master plan....

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by FATFlyer
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

So, 30+ million to net 615 parking spots? Down from the original 900+. That seems too conservative given the current rate of growth. I understand the placement, across from baggage claim, as it will be packed with domestic traffic from Day 1. That said, I would think that location as compared to th...

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by FATFlyer
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 349
Views: 57031

Re: Allegiant Discussion Thread - 2019

The DOT approved Allegiant's application for Mexico back in May.
http://www.regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=DOT-OST-2019-0067-0002&attachmentNumber=1&contentType=pdf

But I have heard nothing since then.

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by FATFlyer
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 349
Views: 57031

Re: Allegiant Discussion Thread - 2019

According to the latest Allegiant 8-K, published on 12 November 2019, the airline currently plans: 2019E: 30 Y177 A320, 25 Y186 A320 (total A320 fleet: 55) 2020E: 26 Y177 A320, 41 Y186 A320 (total A320 fleet: 67) 2021E: 15 Y177 A320, 62 Y186 A320 (total A320 fleet: 77) 2022E: 15 Y177 A320, 72 Y186 ...

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by FATFlyer
Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

UA's schedule at Fresno goes all CRJ in mid-February (with the exception of FAT-ORD). That is an equipment downgauge from the recent and current schedules. If March can be considered firm then it does not look good for capacity in the market in the spring. Hopefully the number of seats improves in s...

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by FATFlyer
Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

Haha I saw that too. Unless you are headed to Hawaii, driving to SJC doesn’t really make sense on AS most of the time...fares are within $50ish many days, which means gas and parking likely wipe out savings, and the time savings on the nonstop routes SJC has (again besides HI) does not usually just...

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by FATFlyer
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

So far no additional frequencies or routes that I know about. We will have to hope there are some equipment upgauges in the works for next year. I've thought in the past that traffic to the Bay Area would drive some local passengers back to FAT. But maybe it will be a lack of parking elsewhere that ...

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by FATFlyer
Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 258
Views: 29824

Re: Fresno Aviation Thread - 2019

Airport staff finally posted some 2019 statistics. The report covers January to August 2019 for both domestic and international. http://flyfresno.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Jan_Aug-2019-Master.pdf If staff used the correct Available Seat numbers, then summer load factors were eye-popping. MONTHL...

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by FATFlyer
Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 349
Views: 57031

Re: Allegiant Discussion Thread - 2019

Allegiant's Investor Day is Wednesday November 13. We'll see what information shows up in the presentations.

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by FATFlyer
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant to open DSM base
Replies: 42
Views: 4677

Re: Allegiant to open DSM base

At least recently, the $50MM investment figure has been a standard part of the announcement of a two-aircraft base. Look at the BNA and TYS announcements, for instance. I don’t know how they come up with the number but expect that there is some . . . interesting . . . accounting involved. One of th...

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by FATFlyer
Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country to announce 4 NEW destinations Nov.5
Replies: 108
Views: 17796

Re: Sun Country to announce 4 NEW destinations Nov.5

A little late to the guessing party, but I remember reading an article where Jude Bricker (CEO) said SY wanted to focus next year on family destinations not served from MSP currently. Routes where people will use the airline to visit family members. Visiting family (VFR) instead of vacation destina...

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