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SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:35 am
by redzeppelin
SLC hosted the local media today for a tour of the construction progress. You can see some photos and video in the links below. The first phase of concourse construction is framed up, and columns are rising for the new parking structure. It sounds like the central terminal building will start to go up very soon. We are still 3 years from the first phase opening, at which time the old terminals will be demolished and the old concourses will close in phases as the new concourses are built out....


http://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/201 ... ake-shape/
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865 ... erway.html
http://fox13now.com/2017/09/22/salt-lak ... r-sort-of/
https://www.ksl.com/?sid=45899129&nid=1 ... n-underway

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:27 pm
by WesternA318
It's coming along pretty nicely. As much as I'm going to miss the old airport, I'm a huge fan of the new build.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:30 pm
by ACCS300
Exciting to see an entire US terminal re-built, it doesn't happen very often. Interesting to see that the landside terminal looks so small, is there enough room for ticketing and TSA into the future?.. the footprint seems so tiny.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:00 pm
by toltommy
ACCS300 wrote:
Interesting to see that the landside terminal looks so small, is there enough room for ticketing and TSA into the future?.. the footprint seems so tiny.


I would say it is similar to the DL terminal in DTW. It's not as big as you would expect based on the number of pax throught the airport annually, but if you remember that the majority of traffic is connecting, it is plenty big. I'm hoping the meet and greet area at baggage claim is well sized, since families come to meet returning LDS missionaries.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:08 pm
by jubguy3
ACCS300 wrote:
Exciting to see an entire US terminal re-built, it doesn't happen very often. Interesting to see that the landside terminal looks so small, is there enough room for ticketing and TSA into the future?.. the footprint seems so tiny.


There will be enough room, I've read the SLCDA's reports on the new terminal and all standards for floor space are above industry standards (I don't know who defines this) and baggage space is in line with industry standards. Something to keep in mind is that only 55% of SLC's traffic is O/D so this puts a little less stress on the baggage claim area.

The shape of the new terminal allows for easy expansion, especially in baggage claim.

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The little "notch" in the left side of the terminal is where the terminal could be expanded. The gate pictured with the blue aircraft would be deactivated, and the baggage claim could be expanded and a terminal hotel constructed.

Also, I forgot to mention... the terminal is a split level arrivals / departures concept. The actual terminal footprint is significantly larger than before accounting for the fact that it has now been split into two levels.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:21 pm
by WesternA318
toltommy wrote:
ACCS300 wrote:
Interesting to see that the landside terminal looks so small, is there enough room for ticketing and TSA into the future?.. the footprint seems so tiny.


I would say it is similar to the DL terminal in DTW. It's not as big as you would expect based on the number of pax throught the airport annually, but if you remember that the majority of traffic is connecting, it is plenty big. I'm hoping the meet and greet area at baggage claim is well sized, since families come to meet returning LDS missionaries.



Yeah....that's my biggest gripe with SLC today is that when the families get together to meet their return missionaries...BOTH terminals get crowded FAST.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:15 am
by jubguy3
WesternA318 wrote:
toltommy wrote:
ACCS300 wrote:
Interesting to see that the landside terminal looks so small, is there enough room for ticketing and TSA into the future?.. the footprint seems so tiny.


I would say it is similar to the DL terminal in DTW. It's not as big as you would expect based on the number of pax throught the airport annually, but if you remember that the majority of traffic is connecting, it is plenty big. I'm hoping the meet and greet area at baggage claim is well sized, since families come to meet returning LDS missionaries.



Yeah....that's my biggest gripe with SLC today is that when the families get together to meet their return missionaries...BOTH terminals get crowded FAST.


There is actually a designated "meet and greet" area in the new airport. I am having trouble finding the floorplans but its a fairy spacious area in the arrivals level of the terminal between baggage claim and where you head downstairs that has been set aside specifically for the missionary greeting thing.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:52 pm
by WesternA318
Let's hope it's far and away from the actual baggage claim!

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:59 am
by jubguy3
I'll be posting the SLCDA's regular biweekly airport construction updates here. Updates can be found here: https://www.slcairport.com/thenewslc/co ... n-updates/

October 4th, 2017

  • Poured the final column for level one of the parking garage
  • Began installing cranes for Terminal steel erection
  • Poured concrete for elevator and escalator pit walls leading from South Concourse-West to the west tunnel

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Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:19 pm
by PW100
Thanks jubguy3. Keep up the good work!

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:49 pm
by jubguy3
October 18th, 2017

  • Started steel erection for central terminal
  • Assembled one of two Liebherr cranes for terminal steel erection. Each crane weighs approx. 700,000 lbs.
  • Continued concrete preparation and pours for Parking Garage and South Concourse-West

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The SLCDA also posted an email alert (pdf): https://www.slcairport.com/assets/pdfDo ... r-2017.pdf

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:36 pm
by jubguy3
November 1, 2017

  • Completed steel erection on South Concourse-West and began framing work to enclose concourse
  • Installed boilers and chillers in the Central Utility Plant
  • Completed concrete pours on second level of the parking garage
  • Surpassed 700 workers on-site

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Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:32 pm
by oosnowrat
Any updates for us?

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:17 pm
by BenflysDTW
I know that I can’t be the first one to think this but...
The airport looks very similar to DTW’s McNamera concourse!

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:26 pm
by william
BenflysDTW wrote:
I know that I can’t be the first one to think this but...
The airport looks very similar to DTW’s McNamera concourse!


True but its a very efficient layout

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:11 pm
by OA412
ACCS300 wrote:
Exciting to see an entire US terminal re-built, it doesn't happen very often. Interesting to see that the landside terminal looks so small, is there enough room for ticketing and TSA into the future?.. the footprint seems so tiny.

I thought the same looking at it, but as others have noted, half of SLCs traffic is connecting, so it should work. Also, I have to assume that in the new terminal, check in and baggage claim will be on different floors, which will allow for more efficient use of space. In the current airport, both are on the same floor adjacent to each other.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:51 pm
by Aeroflot777
oosnowrat wrote:
Any updates for us?


Agreed! I loved following this thread.

jubguy3, any news?

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:43 pm
by BenflysDTW
So, where will each airline go? I’m assuming the larger concourse will house most/all the airlines and the smaller for the regionals/more Delta?

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:54 pm
by toltommy
ACCS300 wrote:
Exciting to see an entire US terminal re-built, it doesn't happen very often. Interesting to see that the landside terminal looks so small, is there enough room for ticketing and TSA into the future?.. the footprint seems so tiny.


The SL trib article states there will be a bag drop facility on the parking deck side, before passengers close the two bridges to the terminal. This was added as an afterthought at DTW to relieve pressure on the ticket counters in the terminal. So there should be plenty of capacity. Interesting to read that 55% of the traffic is O&D. I would have thought the majority was connecting by far.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:00 pm
by MastaHanky
A virtual tour of the new airport is available too. Works with a VR headset if you have one.

http://www.cicadadesign.ca/Airport/index.html

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:59 pm
by TreyClarkPowell
Here are some recent photos from the SLC airport website.

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Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:51 am
by SurfandSnow
WOW! Thank you for sharing. What a noticeable difference in terminal size between the cramped, dingy concourses of today and the 21st century concourse(s) of tomorrow. SLC might just become a place I want to use for more than just Utah O&D travel!

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:31 am
by PSU.DTW.SCE
I’ve only paid high level attention to recent construction updates in SLC and I happen to be connecting through there again in a few weeks. I haven’t been there since 2015.

Did they have to close off any gates for construction yet or is it still status quo in the old terminal?

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:47 am
by Narfish641
Airport is looking really good so far! HUGE difference!

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:29 am
by Cubsrule
PSU.DTW.SCE wrote:
I’ve only paid high level attention to recent construction updates in SLC and I happen to be connecting through there again in a few weeks. I haven’t been there since 2015.

Did they have to close off any gates for construction yet or is it still status quo in the old terminal?


If you’re on mainline, you won’t notice a thing. A big chunk of E has been closed for a few years, but given the shrinkage of the small aircraft OO operation (E120 retirements), even that isn’t so noticeable.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:54 am
by redzeppelin
About half of the E gates were demolished and They have also closed one or two of the D concourse gates to allow for construction on the new north concourse. Operationally, the biggest change that I've seen is that I've noticed a few CR7s and CR9s departing from concourse E, which I've never seen before. There was a plan to start using buses to remote stands, but I don't know if that has been implemented.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:00 pm
by MastaHanky
This week they are installing a pedestrian bridge between the current Terminal 2 and the new terminal.

Construction crews install sections of a 560 ft. pedestrian bridge. When The New SLC is finished in 2020, passengers will access Concourses B, C and D--via the bridge--when exiting the security checkpoint in the Terminal.


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Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:24 pm
by Cactusjuba
It is awesome that they can create a completely new terminal that is basically inside the same footprint as the original without much operational disruption. LAX and LGA are going to be major headaches for years to come in comparison.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:58 pm
by redzeppelin
It looks like the new bridge will connect into the existing walkway between concourses C and D, near the current Sky Club location. The bridge of course is temporary. When the new terminal and western half of the concourses are finished, the current landside facilities will all be demolished to allow construction to start on the eastern half of the new concourses. But the current concourses B, C and D will remaining standing and accessible by this bridge while work continues on the east end. Then they all come down, together with the temporary bridge.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:40 pm
by TreyClarkPowell
These photos are about a month old, but you can see that the terminal building and elevated roadway are really taking shape now.

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560 ft. pedestrian bridge to connect the new Terminal to existing concourses has been put in place.

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The first women’s and men’s restrooms in South Concourse-West have been completed.

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Concourse B has been renamed Concourse F. When the first phase opens in 2020, the new concourses will be named A and B, so the existing concourses are being renamed in advance. Concourse A was renamed Concourse G in May.

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Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:25 pm
by oosnowrat
redzeppelin wrote:
Operationally, the biggest change that I've seen is that I've noticed a few CR7s and CR9s departing from concourse E, which I've never seen before.


OO used to handle most if not all of its planes in the E concourse until DL moved the dual-class planes to the mainline gates a few years ago. They do still handle the CR7s to SUN in the E gates, tho.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:10 pm
by redzeppelin
SLC hosted a media event yesterday, and several outlets have new photos from the construction project, including some interior spaces that are starting to take shape:
https://fox13now.com/2018/10/22/take-a- ... l-airport/
https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/20 ... ried-back/
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900 ... shape.html

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:06 pm
by TropicalSky
It's looking rather nice....is it on budget & how many gates do Delta plan on getting when all is said and done?

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:35 pm
by maps4ltd
I see A and B have been renamed F and G respectively.

Will C be renamed E soon?

I'm flying to SLC in December, so it will be interesting to see what it looks like then.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:42 pm
by timf
There's no reason to rename C because the new terminal only has concourses A & B. Once the new A & B open in 2020, the old D & E will close and C, F, and G will remain open until the remainder of the new concourses are complete.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:15 pm
by Deltran757
Massive terminal. When passing threw about 3 weeks ago, i was blown away how big the new terminal will be. Definitely a win win for the city, the airlines, and future tenants.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:31 pm
by dbo861
redzeppelin wrote:
About half of the E gates were demolished and They have also closed one or two of the D concourse gates to allow for construction on the new north concourse. Operationally, the biggest change that I've seen is that I've noticed a few CR7s and CR9s departing from concourse E, which I've never seen before. There was a plan to start using buses to remote stands, but I don't know if that has been implemented.


Has work on the north concourse started, or did these gates in the D concourse close preemptively?

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:09 pm
by redzeppelin
Yes, construction has started on the western half of the north concourse, which will open together with the new terminal in 2020. The D concourse will then be demolished to make room to build the eastern half.

If you check out the newest linked articles you can see pictures of the work going on for the north concourse--mostly foundation work right now. It is also visible in the first two photos posted above in reply #30 by TreyClarkPowell. The articles also explain that there is a tunnel in place to connect the western reaches of the two new concourses when they open, and another central tunnel will be built in the next phase together with the eastern reaches of each concourse. The western tunnel was built and buried in 2004 when there was a good opportunity during other ramp work -- the master plan for the new terminal has been around for a long time. Right now, the only taxiway access to the E concourse and the west side of D is over that existing tunnel. The central tunnel can't go in yet because of the existing facilities still in use.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:33 pm
by redzeppelin
There is a new article in the Salt Lake Tribune regarding the status of SLC on the 10th anniversary of the DL/NW merger. The article includes parts of an interview with Delta CFO Paul Jacobson:
https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/20 ... big-delta/

Some highlights:
SLC in 2008: 682,534 monthly seats on 290 daily flights; 3000 DL employees
SLC in 2018: 868,187 monthly seats on 275 daily flights (53% of flights are mainline today); 4400 DL employees.

I thought this quote was interesting:
While Salt Lake City is Delta’s fourth largest hub (behind Atlanta, Detroit and Minneapolis), it is the airline’s fastest-growing, adding 25 percent more seats since 2014. Salt Lake is part of a Western tri-hub structure for Delta with Los Angeles and Seattle.
Salt Lake “is more important and more valuable than it was as a stand-alone hub with a smaller West Coast presence prior to the merger," Jacobson said.


My interpretation is that the growth in LAX and SEA has boosted DL's west coast market share enough that SLC has become more valuable as a hub to serve those new western customers. So while some on this forum have argued that SLC is devalued by SEA and LAX, Jacobson is saying that growth in those gateways is creating synergy for SLC.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:25 pm
by slcguy
redzeppelin wrote:
Yes, construction has started on the western half of the north concourse, which will open together with the new terminal in 2020. The D concourse will then be demolished to make room to build the eastern half.

If you check out the newest linked articles you can see pictures of the work going on for the north concourse--mostly foundation work right now. It is also visible in the first two photos posted above in reply #30 by TreyClarkPowell. The articles also explain that there is a tunnel in place to connect the western reaches of the two new concourses when they open, and another central tunnel will be built in the next phase together with the eastern reaches of each concourse. The western tunnel was built and buried in 2004 when there was a good opportunity during other ramp work -- the master plan for the new terminal has been around for a long time. Right now, the only taxiway access to the E concourse and the west side of D is over that existing tunnel. The central tunnel can't go in yet because of the existing facilities still in use.


Yes the basic master plan for this has been in place for over 20 years and a lot of pre work such as roadways/parking areas in and out of the airport as well as the first passenger tunnel were part of that. The key ingredient was getting the 800lb gorilla (Delta) on board. SLC's mayor around 2000 had a grandiose vision of an airport Delta would not buy into, by the mid 2000's this had changed but Delta had it's own troubles by then leading to bankruptcy and eventual merger with NW followed by the recession of 2008-10. After that, Delta said build what you need to for Salt Lake but we won't pay for it. SLC said we can scale back and keep your cost per enplanement below 5 dollars (a third of what some major airports are), Delta said ok to that. Things started moving then on building the new terminal and one concourse. Then the boom in airline traffic and profit's hit, Decision was made to start work on the west north concourse as well. Delta started saying we want more, SLC said we can do it but it will cost more, Delta said fine, we will pay and here we are in late 2018 with a large scale construction project (largest in Utah's history) under way with completion dates for first phase terminal with north and south concourses (west) in 2020 and second phase (south concourse east) by 2024. More than like likely a third phase north concourse (east) will be added to project before then, guessing completion 2026.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:03 pm
by jetmatt777
Will there be a train between the future concourses A and B, or will it strictly be a walkway?

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:14 pm
by slcguy
My first post timed out on editing. I don't mean it to sound like Delta is paying for all of this. They are just one of many of the tenants (but very important one) paying user fees , the rest is federal grants, revenue bonds, pfc's and SLC (airport) cash reserves. The actual city government of Salt Lake City and it's tax payers aren't spending anything!

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:18 pm
by mcg
Passed thru SLC recently and was pleasantly surprised by how little impact the construction has had on the overall passenger experience. There are no construction 'snarls' impacting use of the airport. Well done I'd say.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:24 pm
by slcguy
jetmatt777 wrote:
Will there be a train between the future concourses A and B, or will it strictly be a walkway?


The initial west tunnel will be walk way with moving escalator/sidewalks. Not sure about the yet to be built central tunnel, guessing initially it will be the same but designed to handle a train in case future concourses are added 20 years down the road.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:34 am
by jubguy3
Delta added ~700m to the cost in improvements they asked to pay for themselves. Much of it was widening and upgrading the plans for the north concourse (which will be wider than the south concourse) including improved international facilities and a much better sky club. I believe they also asked for a second sky club in the north concourse. I think people underestimate the investment Delta is making to SLC and the future they see, especially international travel.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:40 am
by jubguy3
mcg wrote:
Passed thru SLC recently and was pleasantly surprised by how little impact the construction has had on the overall passenger experience. There are no construction 'snarls' impacting use of the airport. Well done I'd say.


Yep, the only impact is that terminal drive makes some really weird curves and lane shifts. But really it’s not a big deal. It will become a lot more confusing as the new airport opens and passengers have to navigate around the phasing of the next stage. 2020-2024 will be really confusing for passengers because gates will be opened and closed every few months to accommodate the construction. SCW will be where T1 and T2 are right now so the phasing involves building the SCW east and only activating the south gates, and demolishing the existing concourses in sections while opening a few gates of the north side of SCW-E. It’s probably going to be incredibly confusing. I would not be surprised to see the SLCDA to come out and say that they decided that it was best to go ahead and pay for the third concourse so that the airport can open at capacity with a third concourse in 2022 and they can go ahead and just demolish the entire old airport and build SCW E in one phase to simplify and reduce costs.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:27 pm
by redzeppelin
I'm at SLC this morning, and happy to see steel framing is finally starting to rise on the north concourse!

As an aside, it's also nice to see the 333 back on the HNL-SLC-ATL run. It is impressive to look out the windows and see a lovely 752 parked at D1, only to be dwarfed by the 333 parked nextdoor at D3. And I was pleasantly surprised to see the 763 on SLC-MCO. Will that continue through the winter? It's been a while since we've had wide body service outside of ATL/HNL/Europe.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:40 pm
by slcdeltarumd11
jubguy3 wrote:
Delta added ~700m to the cost in improvements they asked to pay for themselves. Much of it was widening and upgrading the plans for the north concourse (which will be wider than the south concourse) including improved international facilities and a much better sky club. I believe they also asked for a second sky club in the north concourse. I think people underestimate the investment Delta is making to SLC and the future they see, especially international travel.


This project and Deltas moves over the past years should make it obvious that they consider SLC a critical part of their future. Its been one of the most reliable hubs and a true gem for Delta over the years.

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:50 pm
by maps4ltd
redzeppelin wrote:
I'm at SLC this morning, and happy to see steel framing is finally starting to rise on the north concourse!

As an aside, it's also nice to see the 333 back on the HNL-SLC-ATL run. It is impressive to look out the windows and see a lovely 752 parked at D1, only to be dwarfed by the 333 parked nextdoor at D3. And I was pleasantly surprised to see the 763 on SLC-MCO. Will that continue through the winter? It's been a while since we've had wide body service outside of ATL/HNL/Europe.


The SLC-HNL A330 is great, but this is all the more reason to add nonstop service to Kona and Lihue. If American can serve all four Hawaiian airports from DFW, Delta most certainly can from SLC. From my home airport (STL), Delta's only western nonstop is SLC, so it needs to play to it's strengths and improve Midwest-Hawaii feed. Because right now, Delta isn't even an option for St. Louisans--and more, for that matter--if they want to go to a place like Kona.

By the way, is there any "SLC Air Service Discussion" that concerns the daily goings-on there?

Re: SLC Terminal Construction Updates

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:44 pm
by Legend757
redzeppelin wrote:
I'm at SLC this morning, and happy to see steel framing is finally starting to rise on the north concourse!

As an aside, it's also nice to see the 333 back on the HNL-SLC-ATL run. It is impressive to look out the windows and see a lovely 752 parked at D1, only to be dwarfed by the 333 parked nextdoor at D3. And I was pleasantly surprised to see the 763 on SLC-MCO. Will that continue through the winter? It's been a while since we've had wide body service outside of ATL/HNL/Europe.


DL will operate 76Ws to MCO through February 2019. They are also bringing wide-body service (76W) to BOS next April through at least August. Great to see, but something tells me that the increase is likely B6 related.