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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:45 pm

Pbb152 wrote:
jplatts wrote:
CMH and MKE are two of the top destinations traveled to from AUS that aren't currently served nonstop from AUS on any airline, and WN could add nonstop service to both CMH and MKE from AUS.


Could WN add nonstop service to CMH and MKE from AUS? Tell us why Rain Man.


Between those reliable bot posts and then some others' recent scorched earth posts and name-calling, this thread has become a must-read for all the quirky reading. :spin:
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:29 pm

2x E75 will be operated by Sky Regional.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:51 pm

khowaga wrote:
Jazz doesn’t operate AUS-YYZ; E-jets are operated by Air Canada mainline.

The flight is going from 1x daily E-190 to 2x E-175 for the summer.


E175s are not operated by mainline. Sky Regional will be operating those.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:42 pm

rajincajun01 wrote:
khowaga wrote:
Jazz doesn’t operate AUS-YYZ; E-jets are operated by Air Canada mainline.

The flight is going from 1x daily E-190 to 2x E-175 for the summer.


E175s are not operated by mainline. Sky Regional will be operating those.


Ah, my bad. But it’s not operating as Jazz (which is what I was responding to).


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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:52 pm

LovePrunesAnet wrote:
Pbb152 wrote:
jplatts wrote:
CMH and MKE are two of the top destinations traveled to from AUS that aren't currently served nonstop from AUS on any airline, and WN could add nonstop service to both CMH and MKE from AUS.


Could WN add nonstop service to CMH and MKE from AUS? Tell us why Rain Man.


Between those reliable bot posts and then some others' recent scorched earth posts and name-calling, this thread has become a must-read for all the quirky reading. :spin:


No thread is more of a must-read than the DTW thread. It will entertain for hours. Pop some popcorn and get in a comfy chair if you haven’t already read it.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:30 pm

While others wait for AUS to become that DL focus city, I’m just waiting to see if the thread title can land that missing comma.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:39 pm

tkoenig95 wrote:
Anymore news when the north apron of the expansion will be ready and the entire concourse will be in use?


Not that I know of, and I share your curiosity. ABIA's website offers no specific dates that I find; freerover mentioned a month ago "May", so if they have updated or more specific info I'm eager to know.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:58 pm

...and people ask why I fly into KEDC!
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:18 pm

Western727 wrote:
tkoenig95 wrote:
Anymore news when the north apron of the expansion will be ready and the entire concourse will be in use?


Not that I know of, and I share your curiosity. ABIA's website offers no specific dates that I find; freerover mentioned a month ago "May", so if they have updated or more specific info I'm eager to know.


Freerover posted an update in another forum that the remaining gates are now scheduled for June.


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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:33 pm

khowaga wrote:
Western727 wrote:
tkoenig95 wrote:
Anymore news when the north apron of the expansion will be ready and the entire concourse will be in use?


Not that I know of, and I share your curiosity. ABIA's website offers no specific dates that I find; freerover mentioned a month ago "May", so if they have updated or more specific info I'm eager to know.


Freerover posted an update in another forum that the remaining gates are now scheduled for June.


Boooo! Nonetheless, thank you for the information.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:28 pm

Looks like the new restaurants are open. Very good selection.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:14 am

DFW17L wrote:
Looks like the new restaurants are open. Very good selection.


Are you sure they are open?
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:43 am

Fargo wrote:
DFW17L wrote:
Looks like the new restaurants are open. Very good selection.


Are you sure they are open?


Flyrite, East Side Pies and Amy's Ice Cream all opened recently. Also stopped into Haymaker recently for a beer. In the new extension, it looks like there is more to come.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:21 pm

Western727 wrote:
khowaga wrote:
Western727 wrote:

Not that I know of, and I share your curiosity. ABIA's website offers no specific dates that I find; freerover mentioned a month ago "May", so if they have updated or more specific info I'm eager to know.


Freerover posted an update in another forum that the remaining gates are now scheduled for June.


Boooo! Nonetheless, thank you for the information.



Yep. Latest update to the commission is now for a June opening. My GUESS is that could slip again if we have a wet April and May. Here are some photos of the Apron work for the unopened southern gates from 4/10/19:

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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:24 pm

freerover wrote:
Western727 wrote:
khowaga wrote:

Freerover posted an update in another forum that the remaining gates are now scheduled for June.


Boooo! Nonetheless, thank you for the information.



Yep. Latest update to the commission is now for a June opening. My GUESS is that could slip again if we have a wet April and May. Here are some photos of the Apron work for the unopened southern gates from 4/10/19:

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Love the photos. Thank you for those as well as the update on the dates.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:01 pm

freerover wrote:
Yep. Latest update to the commission is now for a June opening. My GUESS is that could slip again if we have a wet April and May. Here are some photos of the Apron work for the unopened southern gates from 4/10/19:

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Looks like they finally painted the stop bar. It was very rudimentary when I saw it last month.

https://flic.kr/p/24Ugzav
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:13 pm

Western727 wrote:
freerover wrote:
Western727 wrote:

Boooo! Nonetheless, thank you for the information.



Yep. Latest update to the commission is now for a June opening. My GUESS is that could slip again if we have a wet April and May. Here are some photos of the Apron work for the unopened southern gates from 4/10/19:

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Love the photos. Thank you for those as well as the update on the dates.


No problem. You can't really see the apron work from the construction web cams. I didn't realize the work they were doing was so expansive but I guess it makes sense since they couldn't really work on that area with the stingers in the way in the last couple years.


Anyway, since construction is fluid (and rain is a problem in this part of the year) I can see Delta waiting until the gates are done and opened before announcing new flights. I don't really care if you guys call it a "focus city" or whatever but I do think it's clear Delta will be expanding the number of flights per day given the increase in gates and big investment they are making in the Delta Club. I'm sure the rent for their fancy new club is higher than the United and American clubs.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:34 am

CPS001 wrote:
freerover wrote:
Yep. Latest update to the commission is now for a June opening. My GUESS is that could slip again if we have a wet April and May. Here are some photos of the Apron work for the unopened southern gates from 4/10/19:

Image[/url]


Looks like they finally painted the stop bar. It was very rudimentary when I saw it last month.

https://flic.kr/p/24Ugzav


Two additional stop bars and stencils were added after the initial opening. Gave time to see how widebody aircraft would actually fit on the parking spot and utilize two bridges.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:06 am

llintner wrote:
CPS001 wrote:
freerover wrote:
Yep. Latest update to the commission is now for a June opening. My GUESS is that could slip again if we have a wet April and May. Here are some photos of the Apron work for the unopened southern gates from 4/10/19:

Image[/url]


Looks like they finally painted the stop bar. It was very rudimentary when I saw it last month.

https://flic.kr/p/24Ugzav


Two additional stop bars and stencils were added after the initial opening. Gave time to see how widebody aircraft would actually fit on the parking spot and utilize two bridges.


Thanks for clarifying. When I took that pic, they brought the gate 2 bridge almost into position but never actually connected it, perhaps they were just ironing out any issues.

Does anyone know when the outdoor terrace is set to open?
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:51 pm

New Census numbers put the Austin MSA +26.34% since 2010 with the 2018 estimate 2,168,000. 30th largest MSA in US.
Airlines flown: AA, AB, AC, AY, BA, CO, DL, DY, EW, F9, G4, IB, KL, LH, LX, NK, NW, NZ, OS, QF, SN, TP, UA, US, VA, VC, WN, XE
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:09 pm

New Construction Newsletter is out.
http://www.austintexas.gov/blogs/conten ... ion-update




With Level 3 of the new Blue Garage now open, the structure now adds a total of 3,000-covered parking spaces at the Austin airport. Economy parking lot lighting updates and resurfacing continues and jewelry artisan James Avery opens its first airport location. Hat Creek Burger Company and Amy’s Ice Creams openings complete the renovations of the West Food Court.



Blue Garage Level 3 Now Open, Lot G Reopens After Resurfacing, Restriping blue garage levels 1-3 open

The six-story Blue Garage, the state of the art parking garage located in walking distance to the Barbara Jordan Terminal now has three levels open. With Levels 1-3 open, the structure now has 3,000 parking spaces available. Upon completion, the Blue Garage will eventually add 6,000 total new covered parking spaces to the airport.

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Construction of the walkway pedestrian bridges that will connect the Blue Garage to the existing close-in garage with valet service is underway.

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The Park Assist parking guidance system, that utilizes smart-sensor technology and cameras to generate information for passengers about the number of available spaces on each level and identifies open parking spaces to customers, is currently in the testing phase for certification. The system will include pathway signage and an app that shows customers the number of spots available in the Blue Garage.

Installation of the new entry and exit control equipment and LED variable message signs along Presidential Blvd. is taking place and Levels 1–3 are now available in the new Blue Garage at $10 per day, during the lots resurfacing. Customers may follow the signs on Presidential Blvd. for garage parking to reach the Blue Garage or the close-in parking garage with valet service.

The Blue Garage is nearing the 95-percent completion mark. Along with updating the entry and exit plazas to the lots, and signage along Presidential Blvd., the garage is part of a $250 million dollar improvement project that includes the construction of a five-story adjacent Administrative building.admin building

The Administrative building has reached the 25-percent completion stage. The building will allow Aviation Department staff to move out of the Barbara Jordan Terminal to make space available for possible retail, common use lounge services, and concessions in the passenger terminal.

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Parking lot construction work to resurface, restripe, modernize with LED lighting and new entry and exit control systems are on-going with the reopening of Lot G. Lot G has 1,422 parking spots for economy parking. Lot E is closed, but the 533 parking lot is estimated to be complete before the end of April.

Lot C is temporarily closed and has reached the 45-percent completion mark. Lot F is now temporarily closed and once all parking customers have exited, resurfacing and lighting updates will begin on the 1,116-space economy lot.

Economy Lots B, D and G are open during the resurfacing along with the close-in garage. For real-time parking updates go to www.abiaparking.com or call (512) 530-3300.

James Avery Opens First Airport Location, Hat Creek Burger Co. and Amy’s Ice Creams Open in West Food Courtjames avery opens

Located just beyond Checkpoint 1, passengers will see the new James Avery artisan jewelry venue at the Austin airport. It opened on April 17 and is the first airport store location for the company with the 450 square foot space in the Barbara Jordan Terminal.

James Avery offers crafted jewelry designs for men and women in sterling silver, gold, gemstones as well as leather wallets, all designed by artisans in Kerrville, Texas. The retailer has 88 stores in five states. They have created ABIA, TSA and air travel themed pieces currently on display at the Austin airport and is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Located across from Gate 21, a giant paper airplane design soaring 25 feet over the new Amy’s Ice Creams location at the Austin airport marks the return of a customer favorite in the West Food Court. After renovations, the Austin based ice cream company has reopened its airport location and joins Hat Creek Burger Company, Flyrite Chicken Sandwiches, and East Side Pies in the West Food Court.amys ice cream

With the 30 foot long and 14.5 foot wide suspended plane serving as the venue’s canopy, Amy’s Ice Creams is open Sunday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 pm. and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

Hat Creek Burger Company started small as an Austin food truck and now has opened over nine locations in the Austin area including the Austin airport. Hat Creek Burger Company serves fresh never frozen beef and homemade sauces from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Million Air FBO Construction Reaches 50-percent Completion Mark

The construction of Million Air, the new general aviation fixed-base (FBO) and private jet hangar operator has reached the 50-percent completion mark on the build of the 20-acre project. The new development consists of seven private hangars and will provide fueling, tie-down, aircraft parking, rental, maintenance and flight instruction at 4801 Emma Browning Ave., on the south part of the Austin airport.

Estimated to be completed this fall, Million Air will offer seven acres of ramp space, a private club, lounge, and retail space and a large canopy for shaded aircraft parking. Million Air will join the two current FBO operators, Atlantic Aviation and Signature Flight Support, at the Austin airport.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:44 pm

axiom wrote:
While others wait for AUS to become that DL focus city, I’m just waiting to see if the thread title can land that missing comma.


Literally "lol-ing" with that comment. Brilliant! :rotfl: :lol:
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:19 pm

any word on when the Sky Club or the View Deck will open?
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:52 pm

dfwneedsqf wrote:
any word on when the Sky Club or the View Deck will open?


Was there the other day and the sign said "Coming Soon." But the signage is all in place for it. It looks like most of the rest of the construction is done.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:00 pm

WN732 wrote:
dfwneedsqf wrote:
any word on when the Sky Club or the View Deck will open?


Was there the other day and the sign said "Coming Soon." But the signage is all in place for it. It looks like most of the rest of the construction is done.


Saw the same back in March. Hoping it opens in the next month, I'm traveling in the last week of May.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:43 pm

Did anyone else see the Qatar 777 arriving into AUS around 4:30pm from LAX per FlightRadar? Charter? Weather reroute?
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:28 pm

william wrote:
Did anyone else see the Qatar 777 arriving into AUS around 4:30pm from LAX per FlightRadar? Charter? Weather reroute?

COTA charters. Have to get the cars to Sevilla, Spain for the next round of races.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:19 pm

dfwneedsqf wrote:
any word on when the Sky Club or the View Deck will open?


Both will open in May.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:48 pm

rajincajun01 wrote:
dfwneedsqf wrote:
any word on when the Sky Club or the View Deck will open?


Both will open in May.


Is this for sure? Will the club open separate from the rest of the gates?
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:18 pm

Fargo wrote:
rajincajun01 wrote:
dfwneedsqf wrote:
any word on when the Sky Club or the View Deck will open?


Both will open in May.


Is this for sure? Will the club open separate from the rest of the gates?

Yes, it is supposed to coincide with the airport’s 20th anniversary next month. The gates will be later though.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:44 pm

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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:38 pm

There is an article titled "Midland-Odessa leaders make pitch to Southwest for Austin flight" which stated that some business and political leaders in the Permian Basin were making a pitch to WN for the return of MAF-AUS nonstop service, and that article can be found at https://www.mrt.com/news/local/article/Midland-Odessa-leaders-make-pitch-to-Southwest-13796458.php.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:01 am

axiom wrote:
While others wait for AUS to become that DL focus city, I’m just waiting to see if the thread title can land that missing comma.

Route planning was at one of our employee events and put a map up of all the Hubs and Focus cities. No surprise that AUS was on there, but so was SJC.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:49 am

cessna2 wrote:
Route planning was at one of our employee events and put a map up of all the Hubs and Focus cities. No surprise that AUS was on there, but so was SJC.


Was it a map showing the target "focus city" markets for growth or actual RDU-style focus cities? How many focus cities did it show?
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:54 am

Fargo wrote:
cessna2 wrote:
Route planning was at one of our employee events and put a map up of all the Hubs and Focus cities. No surprise that AUS was on there, but so was SJC.


Was it a map showing the target "focus city" markets for growth or actual RDU-style focus cities? How many focus cities did it show?

It didn't specify "target city" it listed CVG, RDU, AUS, and SJC as focus cities. Then the hubs as hubs of course. It was interesting to say the least. AUS will grow to an RDU style focus city from the sound of it. Maybe bigger as Texas is a huge hole in our route map. Will be interesting to see how it all shapes up.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:56 am

cessna2 wrote:
Fargo wrote:
cessna2 wrote:
Route planning was at one of our employee events and put a map up of all the Hubs and Focus cities. No surprise that AUS was on there, but so was SJC.


Was it a map showing the target "focus city" markets for growth or actual RDU-style focus cities? How many focus cities did it show?

It didn't specify "target city" it listed CVG, RDU, AUS, and SJC as focus cities. Then the hubs as hubs of course. It was interesting to say the least. AUS will grow to an RDU style focus city from the sound of it. Maybe bigger as Texas is a huge hole in our route map. Will be interesting to see how it all shapes up.


What about BOS and BNA? The former is considered a focus city right, while the latter has been rumored to become one soon.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:20 am

jplatts wrote:
There is an article titled "Midland-Odessa leaders make pitch to Southwest for Austin flight" which stated that some business and political leaders in the Permian Basin were making a pitch to WN for the return of MAF-AUS nonstop service, and that article can be found at https://www.mrt.com/news/local/article/Midland-Odessa-leaders-make-pitch-to-Southwest-13796458.php.

I wonder how adventurous WN will be with route expansion in 2019 taking into consideration MAX outages. First things first is to pump frequencies into markets currently affected.

Its interesting that VC hasn't taken a shot at more intra-Texas routes yet. If they can't sustain minimal operations, maybe digging into oil men's pocket books will be the way to go for them..
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:25 pm

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flig ... 6#2056af98

Due to the storms, AA126 HKG-DFW 777-300 diverted to AUS and is now continuing to DFW.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed May 01, 2019 11:31 am

Don’t know if we have any plane spotters on here but Alaska’s More to Love Boeing and one of the Airbus are coming this afternoon.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed May 01, 2019 2:32 pm

tkoenig95 wrote:
I wonder how adventurous WN will be with route expansion in 2019 taking into consideration MAX outages. First things first is to pump frequencies into markets currently affected.

Its interesting that VC hasn't taken a shot at more intra-Texas routes yet. If they can't sustain minimal operations, maybe digging into oil men's pocket books will be the way to go for them..


Oil men probably don’t like losing money on a carrier that can’t seem to successfully operate a daily schedule without cancelling 1/2 - 2/3 of its flights. I can’t actually figure out how VC is still in business, tbh.

Given the amount of money in the Permian Basin, I was surprised that WN dropped AUS-MAF in the first place (although their timing for the one-off intra-Texas flights isn’t always the most convenient).
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri May 03, 2019 7:19 pm

LH arrives for the inaugural today. It looks like D-AIKD is being used, one of three A330s in the new livery. Viel Glück, Lufthansa!
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sat May 04, 2019 6:08 pm

Quick question: did Austin have to do anything to attract British Airways to establish service to Heathrow? I heard today that the Austin business community made financial promises so that service would start (clearly successful) and I wanted to see if that was correct. Thanks!
 
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Sat May 04, 2019 6:24 pm

lifecomm wrote:
Quick question: did Austin have to do anything to attract British Airways to establish service to Heathrow? I heard today that the Austin business community made financial promises so that service would start (clearly successful) and I wanted to see if that was correct. Thanks!

There was likely a waiver of landing fees for a year or two and marketing money set aside. That’s pretty much the most basic offer an airport can make to lure an international route like that.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sat May 04, 2019 6:35 pm

lifecomm wrote:
Quick question: did Austin have to do anything to attract British Airways to establish service to Heathrow? I heard today that the Austin business community made financial promises so that service would start (clearly successful) and I wanted to see if that was correct. Thanks!


This was sent to me off list: https://www.austinchamber.com/upload/files/027_BA_Heathrow_Press_Release.pdf
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun May 05, 2019 4:56 pm

rajincajun01 wrote:
lifecomm wrote:
Quick question: did Austin have to do anything to attract British Airways to establish service to Heathrow? I heard today that the Austin business community made financial promises so that service would start (clearly successful) and I wanted to see if that was correct. Thanks!

There was likely a waiver of landing fees for a year or two and marketing money set aside. That’s pretty much the most basic offer an airport can make to lure an international route like that.

IIRC the city had an international incentivization plan that guaranteed to keep the flight in the black for the first year of operations. This was in addition to marketing the flight heavily. They never had to pay a subsidy, as the flight was profitable from day one.

Volaris got a similar deal, which is why their nowhere near as successful AUS-GDL flight operated as long as it did with such poor load factors.


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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun May 05, 2019 4:56 pm

So what's the story with the Air New Zealand 777-200 sitting on the north cargo ramp? Looks like it was operating NZ28 AKL-IAH on Friday and diverted, presumably due to weather.

Curious what the plans are for this aircraft and crew.

Edit: Well, looks like it's off to Auckland as NZ6001. Took off about 50 minutes ago. Answered my own question haha.

That's gotta be the first ever AUS-Oceania nonstop flight, I'd imagine!
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun May 05, 2019 5:02 pm

Longhornmaniac wrote:
So what's the story with the Air New Zealand 777-200 sitting on the north cargo ramp? Looks like it was operating NZ28 AKL-IAH on Friday and diverted, presumably due to weather.

Curious what the plans are for this aircraft and crew.


I didn’t realize it was still here - it was NZ28 and it did come in due to weather in IAH, and then the storms hit here and there was a ground stop which probably cause both the primary and relief crews to time out. (I know this happened to the UA AMS-IAH flight, too, which was diverted here and ultimately cancelled).

NZ will probably have to ferry the aircraft over to IAH (or one of their other North American destinations) at some point, but they may need some time to get a crew in to operate it out.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon May 06, 2019 11:09 am

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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon May 06, 2019 11:17 am

Longhornmaniac wrote:
That's gotta be the first ever AUS-Oceania nonstop flight, I'd imagine!


Did a QF7 not divert to AUS once? With the 744ER? Or, maybe it diverted to IAH...
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon May 06, 2019 2:26 pm

777Jet wrote:
Longhornmaniac wrote:
That's gotta be the first ever AUS-Oceania nonstop flight, I'd imagine!


Did a QF7 not divert to AUS once? With the 744ER? Or, maybe it diverted to IAH...


I think so, but IIRC it went to DFW afterwards.
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