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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:32 pm

Western727 wrote:
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Austin had a ton of diversions today from DFW/DAL. Most notable were an AA 772, AA MD80 and an SQ 744.


I saw an AA 772 at, I believe, gate 2, a DL gate, yesterday (Monday) morning. DFW had storms again the evening prior. Nice eye candy, since the BA and LH jumbos don't visit AUS until the late afternoons.


LOL my comment was from two weeks ago when there was a bunch of diversions then. However, it was sort of ironic that DAL/DFW sent us a ton of diversions and then a few hours later AUS was completely shut down and everyone was going all over the place.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:34 pm

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Not sure this has been discussed here since the RFP was put out but the airport seems to be moving forward with a request for proposals for a common use lounge: http://austintexas.gov/department/you-leave-home

I would imagine the earliest the lounge could open is sometime in 2021, as that office space has to be vacated and move into the part of the blue garage that will house offices.


New Admin office is suppose to be done next March.i would imagine you wouldn’t need more than 6 months to remodel the old offices but I guess that depends on the contractor. That also assumes they can get an operator approved and a design done and permitted before April.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:05 pm

WN732 wrote:
Western727 wrote:
WN732 wrote:
Austin had a ton of diversions today from DFW/DAL. Most notable were an AA 772, AA MD80 and an SQ 744.


I saw an AA 772 at, I believe, gate 2, a DL gate, yesterday (Monday) morning. DFW had storms again the evening prior. Nice eye candy, since the BA and LH jumbos don't visit AUS until the late afternoons.


LOL my comment was from two weeks ago when there was a bunch of diversions then. However, it was sort of ironic that DAL/DFW sent us a ton of diversions and then a few hours later AUS was completely shut down and everyone was going all over the place.


I was on AA 293 from FCO to DFW when we diverted to AUS Sunday afternoon. We camped out by the cargo buildings for nearly 3 hours and were supposed to go to DFW as soon as the weather cleared. Once it became clear that the weather in Dallas wasn't improving, the captain announced that we were going to clear customs in AUS and then fly back to DFW on the same plane. That's where things got ugly...
We pulled up to gate 2 or 3, but couldn't get off the plane for another 45 min because they couldn't find anyone to operate the gate. Once we were off the plane, we weren't allowed through customs without our baggage - which wasn't unloaded until almost 11 PM! We we were finally allowed to leave the airport and discontinue the flight in Austin.

I assume the gate and luggage delays were caused by the fact that AA doesn't normally operate 772s out of AUS. Does anyone have any insight as to what was happening behind the scenes in this situation? Did they have to fly in a ground crew from DFW or maybe contract with BA?
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:39 pm

AA does not normally operate those gates, and those bridges are very different to operate from the ones they use on the West side. Sorry excuse, but possibly a factor.

AA 777s are not uncommon here. Maybe every other week we get one. The maintenance team is also trained on meeting them.

Sounds more like a communication issue between AA and Customs, a lack of Customs agents at that time, or lack of FIDS qualified crew at AA.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:15 am

Sunday was a mess in Texas overall. I was at AUS Sunday and recall seeing your 777 parked and figured it was a diversion.

The original plan was likely to wait out for storms in DFW and then continue on. Unfortunately the storms were moving south towards the AUS metro and I bet Fort Worth and Houston ARTCC’s had a hard time finding north/south routes. I bet your 777 crew timed out hence the option for the gate.

Unfortunately once the BA 747 arrives (around 5ish) I believe AUS CBP is done for the day. Likely they had to recall officers to handle your flight. Additionally, the ramp closed around 7pm when the first gust front hit and didn’t open until 8:30 once the front had passed.

Also AA operations are almost on the other side of the terminal and were likely overwhelmed with other diverts and departures that were delayed due to ramp closure.

I recall there were at least 10-15 aircraft that were hoping to beat the front that got stuck out on the ramp and taxiways for over an hour...

It was a less than ideal evening for a lot of folks...
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:38 am

I was flying out Sunday and it was a true mess. I am almost positive a microburst struck the field (I was at gate 34 - AS) and the windows shook violently and you literally could not see anything outside past the window due to wind and rain. Airport staff was yelling for everyone to get down and well away from the windows. I like to think I know a little about weather, but I initially thought the field was being hit by a tornado...complete with the "freight train" roar so commonly associated with tornadoes. After looking online at videos and trying to understand more, I tend to think it was more the microburst flavor. The episode lasted between 30-90 seconds (time telling is way off in situations like that...felt like an hour) The lightning was intense, even when my flight finally departed around 10:00 pm. I was honestly surprised they were allowed on the ramp even at that time.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:34 am

I can confirm that it was a microburst. There were sustained winds of 50 knots for a good while. After the storms passed, my coworkers tell me that the winds were literally whipping back and forth from North to South at 20 knots.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:10 pm

 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:25 pm

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Storms in IAH, I assume? Is this the first time an A380 has diverted to AUS?
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:45 pm

Ishrion wrote:
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Storms in IAH, I assume? Is this the first time an A380 has diverted to AUS?

Emirates diverted to AUS a few years ago. It's rare, but not new.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:48 pm

AA126 HKG-DFW and QR729 DOH-DFW both 77Ws have been diverted to AUS.

Looks like AUS spotters are gonna have a fun time today.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:51 pm

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AA126 HKG-DFW and QR729 DOH-DFW both 77Ws have been diverted to AUS.

Looks like AUS spotters are gonna have a fun time today.


AA126 just flew over my house (I'm about 20-25 minutes due north of DFW); I figured that it wasn't every day that you'd see a 77W on AUS-DFW until I finally realized it was probably a diversion.

Also, I thought the QR DOH-DFW flight was supposed to be covered by an A350 - at least it had been as of late. That would've been a fun sight to see at AUS.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:11 am

AA 280 (ICN-DFW; 789) also diverted to AUS. Lots of heavies at the airport right now I imagine.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:25 am

ctrabs0114 wrote:
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AA126 HKG-DFW and QR729 DOH-DFW both 77Ws have been diverted to AUS.

Looks like AUS spotters are gonna have a fun time today.


AA126 just flew over my house (I'm about 20-25 minutes due north of DFW); I figured that it wasn't every day that you'd see a 77W on AUS-DFW until I finally realized it was probably a diversion.

Also, I thought the QR DOH-DFW flight was supposed to be covered by an A350 - at least it had been as of late. That would've been a fun sight to see at AUS.


Temporary revert to the 77W. The A350 will resume next week I think.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:08 am

Saw QR729 and AA280 parked at the North Cargo when I was returning from a trip yesterday. Always great to see, but feel sorry for those who must divert and even more sorry for those who have to go through the border patrol in Austin since it's pretty small and takes forever to get baggage.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:33 pm

We had about 30 diversions yesterday with the weather in IAH and Dallas. At one point we had a A330, A380, B747, two B777, and a B787 on the ground.

That was the third A380 to visit AUS. One Emirates and now two Lufthansa from IAH.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:32 am

May passenger numbers are out, 1.5 million in May, LH finally showing up in numbers. http://www.austintexas.gov/news/may-201 ... ergstrom-0
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:57 pm

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May passenger numbers are out, 1.5 million in May, LH finally showing up in numbers. http://www.austintexas.gov/news/may-201 ... ergstrom-0

B6 is FINALLY showing some positive numbers! Though I expect a decrease for July/August since they aren't running LGB 2x daily like they did last year.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:27 pm

Had another couple of interesting visitors yesterday. LH440 made its second appearance in as many weeks, and a Singapore Cargo 747 diverted from DFW and was sitting up on the north cargo ramp when I was leaving the airport yesterday about 9 PM.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:11 am

The first of new gate openings is now in August with substantial competition prior to October 2019.

The delay was due to spring rain and procurement of substandard flowable fill.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:19 am

Are there any current or future Delta p2p flights?
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:50 am

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Are there any current or future Delta p2p flights?


There were rumors. Hard to really say if they canonize into actual routes since the rumors were for.... I forget, late summer? Now with the terminal expansion being delayed into possible October that may be why it's been quiet. Maybe it's because the rumors were just that; rumors.

Having been officially called a focus city by Delta, it would be surprising if Delta didn't announce new routes and just kept the growth to the existing routes. I have to agree that Delta had a pretty peculiar meaning of defining a focus city rather than one just by volume; young and with potential for growth (I forget the exact wording).

It might just be "big, busy Delta cities and the other two giants aren't home here!"
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:37 pm

Looks like Austin is losing an NYC option in WN pulling out of EWR. Now its UA to EWR and AA/B6/DL from JFK. Maybe NK might step in to add EWR service as they don't have MAX issues and serve EWR.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/southwest- ... grounding/
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:59 am

The jetways are attached for new east gates 6 and 8.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:15 am

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The jetways are attached for new east gates 6 and 8.
Great, any idea if they have been marked for widebodies or just code C aircraft?
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:57 pm

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Looks like Austin is losing an NYC option in WN pulling out of EWR. Now its UA to EWR and AA/B6/DL from JFK. Maybe NK might step in to add EWR service as they don't have MAX issues and serve EWR.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/southwest- ... grounding/


While LGA perimeter restrictions prevent WN from operating daily nonstop service to LGA out of AUS, WN can operate Saturday-only nonstop service to LGA from AUS.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:24 pm

AA might eventually cut AUS and then it’ll just be B6/DL/UA.

From 5 to 3 options, potentially. Spirit would be a good add, as there won’t be any “low cost” options to NYC anymore.

Bummer they had to leave; from what I’ve heard EWR is moderately accessible (unlike JFK) and it’s not La Guardia.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:53 pm

AUS from what I hear is a very good performer for JFK on AA
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:04 pm

CarlosSi wrote:
AA might eventually cut AUS and then it’ll just be B6/DL/UA.

From 5 to 3 options, potentially. Spirit would be a good add, as there won’t be any “low cost” options to NYC anymore.

Bummer they had to leave; from what I’ve heard EWR is moderately accessible (unlike JFK) and it’s not La Guardia.


AA is not going to cut AUS-JFK. They added a second frequency recently, and only cut it as a part of the MAX cancelations.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:04 pm

Longhornmaniac wrote:
CarlosSi wrote:
AA might eventually cut AUS and then it’ll just be B6/DL/UA.

From 5 to 3 options, potentially. Spirit would be a good add, as there won’t be any “low cost” options to NYC anymore.

Bummer they had to leave; from what I’ve heard EWR is moderately accessible (unlike JFK) and it’s not La Guardia.


AA is not going to cut AUS-JFK. They added a second frequency recently, and only cut it as a part of the MAX cancelations.


True. Although they’ve been cutting a lot from JFK, max or no max (SAN, SEA, etc).
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:30 pm

CarlosSi wrote:
Longhornmaniac wrote:
CarlosSi wrote:
AA might eventually cut AUS and then it’ll just be B6/DL/UA.

From 5 to 3 options, potentially. Spirit would be a good add, as there won’t be any “low cost” options to NYC anymore.

Bummer they had to leave; from what I’ve heard EWR is moderately accessible (unlike JFK) and it’s not La Guardia.


AA is not going to cut AUS-JFK. They added a second frequency recently, and only cut it as a part of the MAX cancelations.


True. Although they’ve been cutting a lot from JFK, max or no max (SAN, SEA, etc).


AA hasn't thrown in the towel completely but DL is definitely ahead of AA big time in the NYC market. I might be mistaken but I feel like in past years I saw 3x daily on certain days akin to the
AA or no AA I see this as an opening for NK as no one can operate LGA, so the NK EWR flight is comparable to JFK flights. I know the market is saturated but not any more than LA with AA/B6/DL/F9/NK/UA/WN all flying to LA area airports
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:23 pm

Longhornmaniac wrote:
CarlosSi wrote:
AA might eventually cut AUS and then it’ll just be B6/DL/UA.

From 5 to 3 options, potentially. Spirit would be a good add, as there won’t be any “low cost” options to NYC anymore.

Bummer they had to leave; from what I’ve heard EWR is moderately accessible (unlike JFK) and it’s not La Guardia.


AA is not going to cut AUS-JFK. They added a second frequency recently, and only cut it as a part of the MAX cancelations.

Why would you they not? They are definitely losing money on the route. They are the lowest yiedling airline on there.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:29 pm

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freerover wrote:
The jetways are attached for new east gates 6 and 8.
Great, any idea if they have been marked for widebodies or just code C aircraft?

Gate 6 will be another swing gate with both a wide body line (6A) and narrow body line (6). This creates the final configuration for the international gates; 6 narrow body 1,2,3,4,5,6 or 3 wide body and one narrow body 5,3A,2A,6A.

Gate 8 will be capable of up to a B757.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:47 pm

llintner wrote:
CPS001 wrote:
freerover wrote:
The jetways are attached for new east gates 6 and 8.
Great, any idea if they have been marked for widebodies or just code C aircraft?

Gate 6 will be another swing gate with both a wide body line (6A) and narrow body line (6). This creates the final configuration for the international gates; 6 narrow body 1,2,3,4,5,6 or 3 wide body and one narrow body 5,3A,2A,6A.

Gate 8 will be capable of up to a B757.
Good to know, thanks.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Jul 28, 2019 4:49 am

llintner wrote:
CPS001 wrote:
freerover wrote:
The jetways are attached for new east gates 6 and 8.
Great, any idea if they have been marked for widebodies or just code C aircraft?

Gate 6 will be another swing gate with both a wide body line (6A) and narrow body line (6). This creates the final configuration for the international gates; 6 narrow body 1,2,3,4,5,6 or 3 wide body and one narrow body 5,3A,2A,6A.

Gate 8 will be capable of up to a B757.



Thanks for the clarity Loren :thumbsup:
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Jul 28, 2019 4:44 pm

Very surprised there weren't any signs showing you how to get to the observation deck, just how to get to the SkyClub. Same stairs, same elevator, no words.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Jul 28, 2019 5:09 pm

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Very surprised there weren't any signs showing you how to get to the observation deck, just how to get to the SkyClub. Same stairs, same elevator, no words.


I thought the same thing. Weird oversight considering as you approach the elevator shaft there is a sign on the front side that directs you forward to the Observation Deck.

I think the deck was a great idea with poor execution. The fencing is grating to the eyes.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Jul 28, 2019 5:24 pm

Longhornmaniac wrote:
KD5MDK wrote:
Very surprised there weren't any signs showing you how to get to the observation deck, just how to get to the SkyClub. Same stairs, same elevator, no words.


I thought the same thing. Weird oversight considering as you approach the elevator shaft there is a sign on the front side that directs you forward to the Observation Deck.

I think the deck was a great idea with poor execution. The fencing is grating to the eyes.

Agreed but it might keep the deck from overflowing when the weather is nice this fall.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:20 pm

On the bright side it’s “replaceable”; surely (but unfortunately unlikely) with enough feedback they’d change the crosswired fence to glass, could they not?
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:13 pm

I too had a lot of difficulty finding it and finally wandered up the stairs with the expectation that I’d end up in the middle of the Delta lounge.

It was completely deserted, with the exception of an airport employee who was sweeping up. While I understand that it makes photography a bit challenging, I didn’t find the wire mesh too be an issue.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:18 pm

June passenger numbers are out. All time monthly record 1.6 million pax. DL overtook UA as #3 carrier by pax for June. Question is if DL can maintain #3 standing.

http://austintexas.gov/news/june-2019-p ... -bergstrom
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:50 pm

malev2012 wrote:
June passenger numbers are out. All time monthly record 1.6 million pax. DL overtook UA as #3 carrier by pax for June. Question is if DL can maintain #3 standing.

http://austintexas.gov/news/june-2019-p ... -bergstrom


In addition to adding some p2p routes out of AUS, DL could increase market share in AUS by increasing frequencies on its AUS-BOS, AUS-CVG, AUS-MSP, and AUS-SEA nonstop routes.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:09 pm

jplatts wrote:
malev2012 wrote:
June passenger numbers are out. All time monthly record 1.6 million pax. DL overtook UA as #3 carrier by pax for June. Question is if DL can maintain #3 standing.

http://austintexas.gov/news/june-2019-p ... -bergstrom


In addition to adding some p2p routes out of AUS, DL could increase market share in AUS by increasing frequencies on its AUS-BOS, AUS-CVG, AUS-MSP, and AUS-SEA nonstop routes.


You should learn the term price elasticity of demand in the context of changes in capacity on air routes. Thin, thin routes like AUS-CVG (with trivial connecting opportunities at CVG) won't support big increments of added capacity without crashing avg fares. DL has several options for increasing capacity above the 6x weekly CR9 that don't involve 2x CR9.
 
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Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:50 pm

MIflyer12 wrote:
You should learn the term price elasticity of demand in the context of changes in capacity on air routes. Thin, thin routes like AUS-CVG (with trivial connecting opportunities at CVG) won't support big increments of added capacity without crashing avg fares. DL has several options for increasing capacity above the 6x weekly CR9 that don't involve 2x CR9.


I agree with your point, and DL could upgauge AUS-CVG from CRJ-900's to A220, A320, or 737-800 planes if the extra capacity is needed.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:02 pm

Some Port Updates:


-Gates 6 and 8 are supposed to open this month which will allow 12 to close and the last of the stinger getaways to be removed and reconfigured. All new gates should be open by October.
-Construction starts next month on the new massive Consolidated Maintenance Complex. This is a really big project.
-Demo should start in the next couple months on 4 old airfare buildings and 6 trailers
-Master Plan still being reviewed by FAA. 6 months my ass
-Apron buildout of tenant space in new terminal expansion several weeks behind schedule
-Apron Expansion part 2 now expected to be done in December 2019
-New IT building still in design/engineering


Consolidated Maintenance Complex:
Image

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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:30 pm

freerover wrote:
Some Port Updates:


-Gates 6 and 8 are supposed to open this month which will allow 12 to close and the last of the stinger getaways to be removed and reconfigured. All new gates should be open by October.
-Construction starts next month on the new massive Consolidated Maintenance Complex. This is a really big project.
-Demo should start in the next couple months on 4 old airfare buildings and 6 trailers
-Master Plan still being reviewed by FAA. 6 months my ass
-Apron buildout of tenant space in new terminal expansion several weeks behind schedule
-Apron Expansion part 2 now expected to be done in December 2019
-New IT building still in design/engineering



Thanks for the update, freerover! I'm curious about the CMC; the photo you posted makes it seem like a "simple" office complex. Is it not supposed to be for aircraft mx?

And 6 months...my ass, too. :lol:
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:38 pm

Western727 wrote:
freerover wrote:
Some Port Updates:


-Gates 6 and 8 are supposed to open this month which will allow 12 to close and the last of the stinger getaways to be removed and reconfigured. All new gates should be open by October.
-Construction starts next month on the new massive Consolidated Maintenance Complex. This is a really big project.
-Demo should start in the next couple months on 4 old airfare buildings and 6 trailers
-Master Plan still being reviewed by FAA. 6 months my ass
-Apron buildout of tenant space in new terminal expansion several weeks behind schedule
-Apron Expansion part 2 now expected to be done in December 2019
-New IT building still in design/engineering



Thanks for the update, freerover! I'm curious about the CMC; the photo you posted makes it seem like a "simple" office complex. Is it not supposed to be for aircraft mx?

And 6 months...my ass, too. :lol:

Thanks for the update. I really hope that once approved by the FAA they can sell bonds ASAP and get the architectural and engineering started. The capacity issues at check-in are awful especially during the early morning rushes, at the current growth rate we would exceed 20 million passengers before the new central terminal would open.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:06 pm

Western727 wrote:
freerover wrote:
Some Port Updates:


-Gates 6 and 8 are supposed to open this month which will allow 12 to close and the last of the stinger getaways to be removed and reconfigured. All new gates should be open by October.
-Construction starts next month on the new massive Consolidated Maintenance Complex. This is a really big project.
-Demo should start in the next couple months on 4 old airfare buildings and 6 trailers
-Master Plan still being reviewed by FAA. 6 months my ass
-Apron buildout of tenant space in new terminal expansion several weeks behind schedule
-Apron Expansion part 2 now expected to be done in December 2019
-New IT building still in design/engineering



Thanks for the update, freerover! I'm curious about the CMC; the photo you posted makes it seem like a "simple" office complex. Is it not supposed to be for aircraft mx?

And 6 months...my ass, too. :lol:


Here is some background on the CMC

The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has plans to construct a Consolidated Maintenance Facility to provide maintenance support for airport daily operations. The new site, located off of Golf Course Road that intersects with SH 71 will serve as the headquarters for maintenance (airline, building, and field), motor pool, warehouse, trades (carpeting, mechanical, plumbing, welding, and wildlife), deicing, recycling, truck wash bay, airport police unit and police K-9 center. Located on 29.88 acres on current airport property, the single complex design supports the need for additional maintenance facilities that are currently located at various locations at the Austin airport. It will also provide covered storage of maintenance vehicles and other important and expensive assets. Six buildings, including maintenance headquarters, motor pool, warehouse, trades, and airport police units have been designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. Construction on the consolidated maintenance complex buildings totaling 133,150 square feet is estimated to begin in 2019 with an estimated completion date in 2020.

Description: Design and build new combined maintenance facility to support the functions of multiple DOA divisions: building/airline/field maintenance,
MaxAdmin, & trade shops; housing for specialized Part 139 equipment, motor pool, & APO.

Scope: To consolidate the maintenance/facility functions that consist of: Building Maintenance, Airline Maintenance, Motor Pool, Field Maintenance, Asset
Management, and Warehouse. APD support services will also be included in the complex.

Justification: The maintenance buildings at the airport were constructed in the 1960s and the Air Force did not properly maintain these facilities in the early 90's.
These buildings are beyond their useful life and determining the building values and costs for renovation and long term needs. Many facilities are
currently located at various locations among the entire airport campus and are currently not sufficient in size or conditions for a comfortable,
efficient maintenance operation. The intent of a new consolidated maintenance facility is to connect these airport maintenance functions into a
single, efficient location and contain all the conditions necessary for a working environment.


malev2012 wrote:
Thanks for the update. I really hope that once approved by the FAA they can sell bonds ASAP and get the architectural and engineering started. The capacity issues at check-in are awful especially during the early morning rushes, at the current growth rate we would exceed 20 million passengers before the new central terminal would open.


They are pretty far along in a redesign of checkpoint 1 at the East Infill that would add 2 more security lanes. There is already a design and the consultant is working on addressing feedback. TSA has agreed to purchase the equipment.
 
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:16 pm

freerover wrote:

malev2012 wrote:
Thanks for the update. I really hope that once approved by the FAA they can sell bonds ASAP and get the architectural and engineering started. The capacity issues at check-in are awful especially during the early morning rushes, at the current growth rate we would exceed 20 million passengers before the new central terminal would open.


They are pretty far along in a redesign of checkpoint 1 at the East Infill that would add 2 more security lanes. There is already a design and the consultant is working on addressing feedback. TSA has agreed to purchase the equipment.


That's good to hear for screening. As far as check-in counter space it seems we are maxed out at the moment and it would be hard to add another carrier.
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Re: Austin Texas Aviation Thread - 2019

Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:43 am

freerover wrote:
Here is some background on the CMC



Thank you, kindly!
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