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umichman
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Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020

Sat Apr 11, 2020 3:02 am

The rule was dumb to begin with. I could see seeking to assure some minimum amount of service at airports, but requiring airlines to maintain service to all airports they were servicing when there is almost no demand is just a waste of taxpayer dollars. Cranky Flier had a cogent take on this last week. One point he made is that you are putting additional airline and airport staff at risk when many of them could be staying home.
 
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Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020

Wed May 13, 2020 2:26 am

I am noticing so many things at MSP that I never used to notice, because there is so little traffic. Has anyone else felt this way? Things that stand out to me are how cool the V-8 powered Queen Airs that Bemidji Airlines flies out in the morning and in in the late evening sound. They were always buzzing along amid all the arrivals around 9pm, and now they are basically all that is up there so you can hear them more clearly. I also notice the drone of the Air Guard C-130s so much more. The 1200 RPM constant speed Allison turboprops remind me of being a kid when North Central and later on Republic Convairs were everywhere along with the Zantop Electras.

The other thing that is clearly different is that when in west flow, all the night freighters depart on the 30L and them make a steep turn to the south. Is this because 17 is shut down given staffing reductions for ground and tower due to COVID? I never used to notice freighter heavies departing west then circling south. I am talking departures to IND, MEM, SDF, CVG, RFD, etc.
 
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SteveXC500
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Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020

Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:24 pm

It appears B6 has announced MSP-JFK service to begin early August as well as the return of BOS service, recently suspended due to COVID, to resume in early July.

https://thepointsguy.com/news/jetblue-a ... -F2KSXfc4M

Link to specific Jet Blue topic: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1447789
 
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Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020

Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:22 pm

While WN dropped MSP-ATL nonstop service back in June 2019, WN re-adding MSP-ATL nonstop service might be a possibility once demand for domestic air travel returns with WN having recently announced plans to resume ATL-SDF/OKC nonstop service in December 2020 and with WN having recently added a few other nonstop routes out of ATL such as ATL-MEM/OMA.

Here were the load factors for WN ATL-MSP nonstop service in 2018 and 2019:
January 2018 - 77.24%
February 2018 - 78.33%
March 2018 - 86.81%
April 2018 - 85.61%
May 2018 - 88.69%
June 2018 - 88.77%
July 2018 - 82.42%
August 2018 - 89.39%
September 2018 - 77.33%
October 2018 - 83.85%
November 2018 - 79.65%
December 2018 - 76.43%
January 2019 - 74.36%
February 2019 - 80.06%
March 2019 - 86.72%
April 2019 - 79.43%
May 2019 - 80.45%
June 2019 - 82.76%
 
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Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020

Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:17 pm

Amazon Air (operated by SY) is doing inbound from ONT, outbound to CVG and both directions to/from AFW.
Remind me to send a thank you note to Mr. Boeing.
 
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Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020

Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:47 pm

SY is doing several Amazon runs its hard to keep track.. They are doing TPA-CVG-TPA-SUJ-TPA RIC-AFW-PDX-AFW-RIC. Besides the MSP=CVG-ONT-MSP
"Don't believe it unless its parked on the ramp, or printed in the schedule...SUBJECT TO CHANGE"

I'm a SUNDUCK......Worked for RC & SY @ MSP
 
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Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020

Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:05 am

sunking737 wrote:
SY is doing several Amazon runs its hard to keep track.. They are doing TPA-CVG-TPA-SUJ-TPA RIC-AFW-PDX-AFW-RIC. Besides the MSP=CVG-ONT-MSP


Are they still flying MSP-AFW?
 
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Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020

Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:25 am

SteveXC500 wrote:
sunking737 wrote:
SY is doing several Amazon runs its hard to keep track.. They are doing TPA-CVG-TPA-SUJ-TPA RIC-AFW-PDX-AFW-RIC. Besides the MSP=CVG-ONT-MSP


Are they still flying MSP-AFW?


Yes. Arrives daily around 8:30-8:40 am from MSP.
As of Dec 2019 I've flown 457,440 miles on 270 flights on 54 airplane types with 60 airlines traveling thru 104 airports. I've visited 60 countries.
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Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020

Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:25 pm

That should be departs daily
As of Dec 2019 I've flown 457,440 miles on 270 flights on 54 airplane types with 60 airlines traveling thru 104 airports. I've visited 60 countries.
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SteveXC500
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Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020

Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:28 pm

Was posted in the Southwest Network thread as well.
Southwest had added Saturday-only service for FLL, TPA, MCO, and RSW, as it customarily does for Spring travel. But, on October 1, they added LAS (4x weekly Nov/Dec, then Daily), MCO (same as LAS), and HOU (begins mid-March as daily), plus added an additional TPA and MCO flight on Saturdays in March. Nice adds when COVID has kept so much down. **All flying subject to schedule changes of course.**

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