Recently I noticed that some of AA's Envoy flights between ORD and FWA are on the 2-class CRJ-700; when did they start upgauging this route? I found out when someone booked me to fly DEN-ORD-FWA roundtrip for the end of November, and both my ORD-FWA and FWA-ORD (AA 3162 both directions) are on the CR7, 2-class. This is the second 2-class route to FWA I've seen so far, after the DFW-FWA CR9. Could other carriers serving FWA follow suit eventually with 2-class aircraft?
FWA-CLT is a CR7 on both flights nowadays. Only FWA-PHL does not see two class aircraft from FWA, and 60% of AA's departures from FWA are now on two-class aircraft. I'm surprised DL hasn't responded - the afternoon ATL flight that connects to the EU bank at ATL could benefit from a CR9 or E175.
Re: Air Force One: FWA's runway can easily handle a 747. Usually the Trump Organization-owned 757 is reserved for smaller airports that cannot handle a 747/VC-25A, but the VC-25A is used when possible. FWA has an 11,981 foot runway and a secondary 8,000 foot runway that often sees 747 training flights from UPS, both the -400F and the -8F.
I saw later that Trump took the 757 into FWA for his visit that day.
I flew AA DEN-ORD-FWA on 29 November, and I got a complimentary upgrade on the ORD-FWA CR7 segment, making it the first time I ever flew into FWA in any kind of premium class. I flew back out from FWA on a CR7 on 2 December.
I like the new rental car layout at FWA, except for one thing: When I returned my car at FWA, all the parking bays in the rental area were full up, so I ended up parallel parking alongside the walkway (there were other returned cars parked that way) that leads from the car rental area to the terminal. I assume that's how it's normally done when the bays are full.
When it was announced that Trump would be flying into CGI immediately after FWA, I'm not surprised that he took The Trump Organization's 757 (though for security reasons, I'd prefer that he had taken the USAF C-32 version of the 757). CGI has a 6,500 foot runway, and I don't think the CGI runway can handle the VC-25A/747-200 Air Force One, much less the upcoming VC-25B/747-8I. A 757 can take off loaded from a 5,000 foot runway, even with SNA-type restrictions.
Apparently, FWA got new terminal signage as well. Haven't seen photos, but the old signage needed replacement (i.e.: Gates 1 through 4 being called commuter gates when Gate 4 handles G4 A32x).
B721/722/731/732/733/735/73G/738/739/742/752/753/762/763, A300/319/320, DC-9/10, MD-82/83/88/90, ERJ-140/145, CRJ-200/700, Q200, SF340, AS350