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by FWAERJ
Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana aviation - 2016-2017 (part 16)
Replies: 298
Views: 30323

Re: Indiana Aviation: Part 16

Could the convenience, larger choice of flights and airlines, etc. at IND eventually "kill off" FWA air traffic? This year I've found it more convenient, more affordable, etc. to fly nonstop on WN to IND than fly via connections to FWA (even though FWA is my old hometown to which I travel...

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by FWAERJ
Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Annoucement at IND 8/2
Replies: 31
Views: 5579

Re: Allegiant Annoucement at IND 8/2

Do you have a source, or did you hear by word of mouth? EDIT: Found it https://twitter.com/INDairport/status/892504836863909888 seems like a pretty big event, considering the G4 execs will be there http://mailchi.mp/iedc/advisory-state-city-to-join-global-company-to-break-ground-on-new-facility-in-...

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by FWAERJ
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana aviation - 2016-2017 (part 16)
Replies: 298
Views: 30323

Re: Indiana Aviation: Part 16

A little bit of news about DL upgauging FWA-ATL: The FWACAA is in talks with DL to do it given high loads and yields that are making the CR2 inadequate, and likely because AA upgauged FWA-CLT to the CR7. But don't hold your breath for mainline: it's a given that SkyWest would continue to operate FWA...

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by FWAERJ
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indy Area Getting a New Airport?
Replies: 43
Views: 5691

Re: Indy Area Getting a New Airport?

It could be for one of the next Tesla Gigafactories. He said more locations will be announced before the end of this year. The one in Nevada is on a 2,800 acre site (much of it still undeveloped though). I think you hit the nail on the head. Indiana is a huge auto manufacturing state (GM, Toyota, F...

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by FWAERJ
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New US Startup Rumor: SweetJet
Replies: 19
Views: 4078

Re: New US Startup Rumor: SweetJet

I believe that there is room for a GYY service entry with a bit more breadth than what's been done in the past. Unfortunately, I usually envision it as part of a larger LCC such as G4 or F9 (or a merged entity). A standalone GYY carrier might have a chance if it plays to the communities near to it ...

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by FWAERJ
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New US Startup Rumor: SweetJet
Replies: 19
Views: 4078

Re: New US Startup Rumor: SweetJet

[twoid][/twoid] If he wants to do a JetAmerica/GYY thing, I'd like to see that be executed. An outlier would be something hubbed at IND. I'm guessing that the only successful routes would be GYY-VCV and IND-GYR, but I'm all for trying someone new. With the money that the State of Indiana has given t...

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by FWAERJ
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New US Startup Rumor: SweetJet
Replies: 19
Views: 4078

Re: New US Startup Rumor: SweetJet

Pretty sure the only way you can start an airline nowadays in Europe and America is if another one closes down. That might be the thinking Surack has behind SweetJet... enough industry consolidation has happened that there's now room for new entrants. Remember that a lot of B6's growth came from TW...

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by FWAERJ
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New US Startup Rumor: SweetJet
Replies: 19
Views: 4078

New US Startup Rumor: SweetJet

Chuck Surack, the head of the massive Sweetwater music empire and owner of one of the largest helicopter fleets in northern Indiana, is considering a startup airline codenamed "SweetJet". Although Sweetwater is based in FWA, there's no word as to what the home base(s) will be or whether it...

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by FWAERJ
Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cities that could see narrowbody longhaul flights with A321neo/B737MAX
Replies: 62
Views: 10404

Re: Cities that could see narrowbody longhaul flights with A321neo/B737MAX

Norwegian has expressed interest in SBN with the A321LR now that the airport has a Customs facility and will have FIS shortly (the delays were due to USDA incineration rules). SBN-DUB has been mentioned, and given on-airport train access to Chicago via the South Shore Line, I could see Norwegian pul...

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by FWAERJ
Sat May 27, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was the 767-400ER not more successful?
Replies: 26
Views: 8859

Re: Why was the 767-400ER not more successful?

The 767-400ER was built as a result of a joint request by DL and CO to replace their L-1011 and DC-10 fleets, respectively. DL was already a large 767 operator that could take advantage of fleet commonality, while CO was simply looking for a replacement for the DC-10 fleet that they were using to Eu...

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by FWAERJ
Thu May 25, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana aviation - 2016-2017 (part 16)
Replies: 298
Views: 30323

Re: Indiana Aviation: Part 16

As far as the customs facility goes I heard it is down to the USDA. Apparently finding ways to dispose of banned food stuffs and garbage is a difficult task. How hard is that. Just put a dumpster out back and trash it. I suppose the dumpster would have to have certain specs and be ADA compliant. US...

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by FWAERJ
Wed May 24, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana aviation - 2016-2017 (part 16)
Replies: 298
Views: 30323

Re: Indiana Aviation: Part 16

No NOTAM issued either. I wonder if it's the feds, the SJCAA, or both at fault here because something like this wouldn't have happened at FWA or IND. I think both the FWACAA and the IAA are better run than the SJCAA. How else can you explain the fact that the "SBN-DFW is just around the corner...

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by FWAERJ
Wed May 24, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana aviation - 2016-2017 (part 16)
Replies: 298
Views: 30323

Re: Indiana Aviation: Part 16

SBN has a new travel agency in place at the airport. No word on when the FIS will open. As far as the customs facility goes it is very strange that the SBN GAF is allegedly open but there was no press release by the airport nor any mention of the facility being open on the CBP website. Leave it to ...

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by FWAERJ
Sat May 20, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant RFD MD80 Summer Usage and Beyond
Replies: 4
Views: 1495

Re: Allegiant RFD MD80 Summer Usage and Beyond

By the end of this year, the only G4 bases with the MD-80 will be LAS and SFB. By 2019, the last MD-80s will be retired, and LAS will be the last base - largely because of the unique way LAS calculates landing fees. Most airports calculate landing fees by aircraft weight, while LAS uses aircraft typ...

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by FWAERJ
Sat May 20, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Small cities (less than 750.000 people) with 2 or more airports
Replies: 83
Views: 8476

Re: Small cities with 2 or more airports

Fort Wayne, IN, has 250,000 population (about 400,000 MSA), and is served by 2 airports: Fort Wayne International (FWA) for airline service (G4, AA, UA, DL) and Smith Field (SMD) for GA aircraft. SmithAir747 Also in FWA's catchment area: Warsaw (ASW), population 14,280 and home to bizjets for Zimme...

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by FWAERJ
Fri May 19, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Baltia to lease 767-300ER
Replies: 67
Views: 13934

Re: Baltia to lease 767-300ER

I'll leave this here, it was posted in another Baltia/US Global thread. Interesting perspective and blunt honesty from Koulouris https://www.forbes.com/sites/tedreed/2017/05/15/can-boeing-767-flights-from-stewart-field-to-paris-and-tel-aviv-enable-a-startups-success/?c=0&s=Wanderlust Noticed th...

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by FWAERJ
Tue May 16, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FL And Pax From Other Catchment Areas
Replies: 9
Views: 1290

Re: FL And Pax From Other Catchment Areas

To your point, DAY-CVG and FNT-DTW were both big for DL during this time as they had to compete with fares to DAY and FNT...so you had people driving from CVG to fly DAY-CVG-XXX. Believe at one point DAY-CVG was a 757 and FNT-DTW may still be a 717 All of CMH/IND/DAY/LEX/SDF-CVG-XXX were mainline f...

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by FWAERJ
Tue May 16, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June
Replies: 98
Views: 18177

Re: AA to end SABRE end of June

AA uses Sabre for their PSS, and chose it over SHARES during the US merger. That isn't changing. What AA is doing is ending the option of the command line Sabre interface and requiring employees to use Qik. Qik is simply a graphical user interface for Sabre and SHARES (fun fact: the Sabre version wa...

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by FWAERJ
Mon May 15, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FL And Pax From Other Catchment Areas
Replies: 9
Views: 1290

FL And Pax From Other Catchment Areas

I had been wondering a few days ago about an airport or airline that got a very high percentage or even most of its passengers from outside its traditional home turf. I'm not talking about major metros drawing from smaller areas so much like the small amount of DFW pax that come from the OKC area: I...

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by FWAERJ
Mon May 15, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana aviation - 2016-2017 (part 16)
Replies: 298
Views: 30323

Re: Indiana Aviation: Part 16

In other SBN news, the General Aviation US Customs facility (GAF) opened last month. The FIS is just waiting final approval from the USDA and it should open shortly. what routes do you expect to open Once they get the FIS open they will be talking to airlines about twice weekly service to Cancun. A...

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by FWAERJ
Mon May 08, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx request Havana frequencies
Replies: 33
Views: 5204

Re: FedEx request Havana frequencies

FedEx has a long history of getting into markets before the competition and when the markets are young. FedEx had direct US-China route authorities five years before UPS did. As a result, FedEx positioned themselves as the leader in US-China air cargo long before everyone was doing it. I could easil...

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by FWAERJ
Mon May 08, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Increases Service Between San Francisco and 18 Destinations
Replies: 100
Views: 18153

Re: United Airlines Increases Service Between San Francisco and 18 Destinations

A second IND-SFO makes sense, even with AS entering the market, because the fast-growing tech community in Indy has embraced UA's IND-SFO service. Hopefully the second flight allows for better connections to UA's massive Asian network from SFO, which AS cannot duplicate even with their partners.

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by FWAERJ
Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL/KE -- viability of ICN in light of North Korea
Replies: 27
Views: 4772

Re: DL/KL -- viability of ICN in light of North Korea

But on a different note, I wouldn't be surprised if North Korea seizes some KE and OZ jets and repaints them in Air Koryo colors at the beginning of such a war, a la Iraqi Airways-livery KU jets. If there is a war and North Koreans are invading you will likely see KE/OZ get their jets out of Seoul ...

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by FWAERJ
Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL/KE -- viability of ICN in light of North Korea
Replies: 27
Views: 4772

Re: DL/KL -- viability of ICN in light of North Korea

If you've seen how "reliable" North Korea's missile systems have been in testing, any such war between North and South Korea will end fast and that it will be North Korea that agrees to unconditional surrender. And a DL/KE JV could be key to helping American companies and American supplier...

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by FWAERJ
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 949
Views: 75563

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread

What is their model? It looks like their routes were planned by a squirrel. I tend to think OAG will be accurate in these cases. This isn't the first time MYR has failed. SAV and VPS seem like bad route additions from IND. There are just no passenger numbers to justify those. AUS and JAX may be doa...

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by FWAERJ
Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports in desperate need of more gates
Replies: 102
Views: 15488

Re: Airports in desperate need of more gates

There's upgauging, and there's gate utilization. End gate-squating - turn them into CUTE gates. Compare passengers per day per date at LHR versus the airports mentioned by the OP. Going to CUTE is what FWA did a few years ago when there was gate gridlock and they handled 550,000 pax/year. FWA didn'...

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by FWAERJ
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Southwest Airlines ever revive service to Jackson, Mississippi?
Replies: 12
Views: 7713

Re: Will Southwest Airlines ever revive service to Jackson, Mississippi?

Will Southwest Airlines revive service at Jackson-Evers international Airport again? Southwest Airlines was at JAN between 1997 and 2014. JAN still has nonstops to Chicago (via ORD on UA), Houston (via IAH on UA), and Washington, D.C. (via DCA on AA), but no longer has nonstops to BWI or Orlando. T...

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by FWAERJ
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/16/2017: AA Adds CLT-SHV/TOL; DL Cuts SLC-GCC
Replies: 88
Views: 12377

Re: OAG Changes 4/16/2017: AA Adds CLT-SHV/TOL; DL Cuts SLC-GCC

The problem with TOL is that its airport is not necessary. Nearly the entire Toledo-area population is within 40-60 minutes drive time from DTW and the lion's share of the population will spend the extra half hour on the road in exchange for a direct flight, greater frequency & lower fares. Con...

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by FWAERJ
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/16/2017: AA Adds CLT-SHV/TOL; DL Cuts SLC-GCC
Replies: 88
Views: 12377

Re: OAG Changes 4/16/2017: AA Adds CLT-SHV/TOL; DL Cuts SLC-GCC

TOL-CLT is the ideal route for AA for a very simple reason: DL isn't in TOL per se. They serve Toledo via DTW. And as a result, there's no ATL service and TOL hasn't seen southern hub access from the Great Recession until now. And ORD is far too out of the way from the south for many to consider TO...

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by FWAERJ
Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/16/2017: AA Adds CLT-SHV/TOL; DL Cuts SLC-GCC
Replies: 88
Views: 12377

Re: OAG Changes 4/16/2017: AA Adds CLT-SHV/TOL; DL Cuts SLC-GCC

TOL-CLT is the ideal route for AA for a very simple reason: DL isn't in TOL per se. They serve Toledo via DTW. And as a result, there's no ATL service and TOL hasn't seen southern hub access from the Great Recession until now. And ORD is far too out of the way from the south for many to consider TOL...

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by FWAERJ
Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana aviation - 2016-2017 (part 16)
Replies: 298
Views: 30323

Re: Indiana Aviation: Part 16

Did SBN offer incentives for AA, because if not I think the new incentives proposed by Gov. Holcomb could be helpful in getting those flights out west, I agree the E175 would be an ideal aircraft. SBN was hoping for a SCASD grant for 2 ERJ-145s per day to DFW - $500,000 with $1.5 million in matchin...

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by FWAERJ
Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana aviation - 2016-2017 (part 16)
Replies: 298
Views: 30323

Re: Indiana Aviation: Part 16

I like the outside the box thinking, but I think it is highly unlikely, but if it were to happen it would be DAL. SBN would first need to get flights to SEA, which is unlikely unless they decide to make SEA a super-hub. Second, at least thirty other cities would get service to DAL before SBN. Third...

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by FWAERJ
Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana aviation - 2016-2017 (part 16)
Replies: 298
Views: 30323

Re: Indiana Aviation: Part 16

The needs of the various airports are interesting. IND's need, of course, is a flight to LHR and/or FRA. That's the worst-kept secret in the state's aviation industry. Unless you try to ship yourself via FedEx, you can't go to Europe nonstop from Indy. For domestic service, I could see G4 adding the...

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by FWAERJ
Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 949
Views: 75563

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread

I'm shocked that to this day, G4 hasn't started IND-AZA. If they can make it work from CVG (and if you want to throw in smaller markets, SBN and FWA), they can make it work from IND. Yes, WN is on the IND-PHX route and AA flies the route as well, but there's no ULCC flying to either Phoenix airport...

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by FWAERJ
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 949
Views: 75563

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread

I'm shocked that to this day, G4 hasn't started IND-AZA. If they can make it work from CVG (and if you want to throw in smaller markets, SBN and FWA), they can make it work from IND. Yes, WN is on the IND-PHX route and AA flies the route as well, but there's no ULCC flying to either Phoenix airport ...

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by FWAERJ
Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Flights within the USA and North America
Replies: 73
Views: 9218

Re: 747 Flights within the USA and North America

DL: ATL-HNL

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by FWAERJ
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Southwest begin service out of DFW Airport in 2025?
Replies: 21
Views: 3120

Re: Will Southwest begin service out of DFW Airport in 2025?

WN's massive TPA presence.. Indeed, it's absolutely MASSIVE! (By FWA standards. I hear Lincoln Financial has a big presence there.) WN has over 36% of the TPA market. May not seem like much on a percentage basis, but even then WN has twice the share of #2 AA. And WN has Airside C almost all to itse...

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by FWAERJ
Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Southwest begin service out of DFW Airport in 2025?
Replies: 21
Views: 3120

Re: Will Southwest begin service out of DFW Airport in 2025?

No, no, and no. First, when WN does split-airport operations, it's from airports farther away from DFW than DAL, in congested metros from a road perspective (LAX/SNA/ONT/BUR/LGB) or are in a slot-restricted market (NYC). After WN merged with FL, you'll notice that SRQ went away because they didn't w...

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by FWAERJ
Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA/DL/UA and 50-seat RJ on inappropriate missions
Replies: 69
Views: 10542

Re: AA/DL/UA and 50-seat RJ on inappropriate missions

From reinstatement in 2000 until just last year, AA's FWA-DFW was on an ER4, a 2 hour 40 minute flight. I took that lawn dart many times when it was used. Although I'm probably FWA's strongest cheerleader on here, I'll admit that the experience of this flight was enough to send the claustrophobic to...

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by FWAERJ
Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana aviation - 2016-2017 (part 16)
Replies: 298
Views: 30323

Re: Indiana Aviation: Part 16

Looks like things might come full circle in Indiana as Air Wisconsin is moving back to supporting United Express flying out of ORD with 50 CRJ2's. I wonder if they will replace Expressjet flying at SBN and FWA and if there is a possibility of SBN and FWA EWR flying to be upgraded to a Skywest CRJ70...

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by FWAERJ
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Wisconsin Signs 5-Year CPA with United
Replies: 66
Views: 15620

Re: Air Wisconsin Signs 5-Year CPA with United

I was wondering where all that ORD small city growth would come from.

Anyway, congratulations to ZW and UA for this United Express reunion of sorts.

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by FWAERJ
Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 2/26/2017: UA Adds 18 Routes!!! CHO/CMI/COU/RST/STS
Replies: 95
Views: 15647

Re: OAG Changes 2/26/2017: UA Adds 18 Routes!!! CHO/CMI/COU/RST/STS

Rdh3e wrote:
FWAERJ wrote:
toltommy wrote:
What, no ORD-TOL? C'mon....


These cities are just the beginning of UA's ORD expansion. Kirby hinted at 20 new cities from ORD in the months ahead.

When was this? Do you have a link?


It was in the link in the thread on UA and Kirby at ORD.

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by FWAERJ
Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 2/26/2017: UA Adds 18 Routes!!! CHO/CMI/COU/RST/STS
Replies: 95
Views: 15647

Re: OAG Changes 2/26/2017: UA Adds 18 Routes!!! CHO/CMI/COU/RST/STS

toltommy wrote:
What, no ORD-TOL? C'mon....


These cities are just the beginning of UA's ORD expansion. Kirby hinted at 20 new cities from ORD in the months ahead.

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by FWAERJ
Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NK At MDW
Replies: 0
Views: 586

NK At MDW

Before you do a double-take, yes, NK served MDW in the mid-1990s.

I know that MDW-MYR was one of the routes served. Were there others?

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by FWAERJ
Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana aviation - 2016-2017 (part 16)
Replies: 298
Views: 30323

Re: Indiana Aviation: Part 16

What would you do with the $5mil 2 year Gov Holcomb is proposing? Does enough demand exist for a 2x daily to IND from FWA, SBA and EVV on it’s own or as a feeder for TATL flights? IND between EVV, FWA, and SBN gets tried for a while and then dropped. After it is but a distant memory to the ancient ...

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by FWAERJ
Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana aviation - 2016-2017 (part 16)
Replies: 298
Views: 30323

Re: Indiana Aviation: Part 16

To mainline or dual class regional jets? Don't expect mainline at either SBN or FWA anytime soon. SkyWest has MX bases that can handle the CR7 and CR9 at both airports. Irregardless, Local DGS folks at SBN have been pushing for at least 1 SBN-ATL flight on a B717. For quite some time, the FWACAA ha...

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by FWAERJ
Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana aviation - 2016-2017 (part 16)
Replies: 298
Views: 30323

Re: Indiana Aviation: Part 16

jetskipper wrote:
freakyrat wrote:
Delta is upguaging SBN-ATL flights in the 3rd qtr of 2017.


To mainline or dual class regional jets?


Don't expect mainline at either SBN or FWA anytime soon. SkyWest has MX bases that can handle the CR7 and CR9 at both airports.

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by FWAERJ
Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana aviation - 2016-2017 (part 16)
Replies: 298
Views: 30323

Re: Indiana Aviation: Part 16

freakyrat wrote:
Delta is upguaging SBN-ATL flights in the 3rd qtr of 2017.


Wouldn't be surprised if they do the same with FWA then or even sooner because AA is upgauging CLT next month and DL will need to respond.

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by FWAERJ
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana aviation - 2016-2017 (part 16)
Replies: 298
Views: 30323

Re: Indiana Aviation: Part 16

Congratulations to FWA as a 16-year-old passenger record is broken, even after the end of PHL: http://fwairport.com/news/growth-continues-at-fort-wayne-international-airport-in-2016 727,896 combined pax traveled in and out of FWA in 2016. For reference purposes, there were 360,010 enplanements durin...

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by FWAERJ
Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Green" airports
Replies: 26
Views: 2784

Re: "Green" airports

IND has a LEED-certified terminal (the first one in the US) and several on-airport-property solar farms.

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