Reading all this discussion, I have a couple of questions:
- If you're adding "bus" gates at the end of Runway 14-32, where's the room to de-ice planes in the winter? I seem to recall that's where that work is done when needed.
- Is Delta counting some of its international partner airlines in that "200" count? I was stunned to see how quiet Terminal A was the Tuesday before the 4th of July around 5:30 - 6 p.m. vs. what I normally see at the JetBlue terminal at that time.
- MassPort's long term capital budget through 2025 is submitted, but could they possibly expand the airport land out over transportation way and hotel drive, especially since toll plazas are no longer needed for the Mass. Pike?
I came back to Boston last Tuesday on Delta's Heathrow flight. Several people around me were connecting at Logan Airport, including a couple to Indianapolis. They didn't realize until the flight that when they got to Boston, they'd have to switch buildings. I had suggested to them that once they cleared security, they should cut through the parking lot directly to Terminal A. They thought they'd have to trudge around all 3 terminals! That being said, the connection part of Delta's Boston strategy will be their biggest challenge -- and one JetBlue should capitalize.
The theory on the bus gates is that they would be summer only, for a number of reasons as FGITD pointed out, not really ideal in the winter for stairs and fueling (still an issue in the summer unless you extend the fuel lines over from Cargo). So they could still de-ice planes over there on the J-Pad during the winter season, you could even start out with just the eagle terminal, there are 4 striped holding slots right there assuming you use small aircraft for the purpose. But your point is well noted and would have to be managed correctly.
On the Delta counting it's partners, I am sure it is, however if you think they have (2AF, 1KLM, 2VS, 1AZ and 1KE), it's only 7 and 2 of those are not even daily. and 1 of the AF's is summer only), so it's not going to make a huge dent in the count, they would still need 193, which the math says is highly tricky to do with 21 gates, 6 of which are spoken for at various times of the day due to WS and TATL flying.
I am not sure what you think they might do with that land, but it looks exceedingly complicated to do anything with that layout, unless I am missing something and you can pinpoint where you are thinking. I think the next 2-3 years capital budget submissions are going to give us some clarity on where Massport think this is heading, by 2025, pretty much all the upgrade work will be complete. E will have 19 main gates, The expansions of B and C will be done and the re-builds complete, pax count will be headed towards 50m (barring economic crash), so in its simplest form, the question they have to pose to themselves is.. Well now what?
All the above said, I agree with you about DL, they are absolutely at a disadvantage compared to B6 in terms of international connections. Can you imagine the walk getting off DL59 at Gate E19, and having to go all the way around (if you want to stay behind security) and then through to the Satellite as your connecting flight to IND leaves from A13. Even if you scrap the security thing, and cut the parking lot, that's still a hell of a long way vs going through the C connector to the equivalent B6. We have to remember BOS wasn't really designed as a connection airport, it's O&D, the B6 piece is as close as it comes given it's proximity and now even using the E gates. Even the help guide Massport has looks scary to your average Joe Traveller https://www.massport.com/logan-airport/ ... g-flights/
All the talk of CBP in A, it makes sense given the above scenario's, I often wonder about adding another level to the Satellite to provide the Sterile area needed, that would give you the space of course, but how do you get people out of gates in a sterile fashion, when they were really design for Domestic purposes. The problem with that is that the Pike runs directly underneath the terminal, so could it take the additional weight., I wish i was an architect at this point and a structural engineer, but alas I am an accountant so this is beyond my realms of figuring out what might work practically and aesthetically.
That feeling when you sit at the end of a runway, brakes are released and the raw power takes over. Now that is a thing of beauty and it never gets old.