For those who keep track. Aug 16-18 will be the last days of OO
CR9 ops for US out of PHX
. They will be replaced by CR2s from LAX
On another note, CP
starts service under the Eagle brand on Sept 8th with E175s. Currently the slotted gates for those flights are B9 with B2
both being the alternate gates that can handle them. No word yet on who will handle them below wing since the EN
folks are trained on the E175 for loading and servicing procedures but most are not trained on towbars, but I do believe it will be mainline above wing since the EN
folks above wing aren't trained to bring the jetway up to the actual plane, but rather just use the mobile bridge adapter (these are the blue ramps that extend from the jetways). They used to use some of the ones with sliding floors but those were phased out in favor of the MBAs as a way to increase safety and reduce damage risk.
Also, December is when the ASR replacement project will begin and some re-striping will occur at the same time as well as separate from it. Looking at the plans, this is what I can see. Every N1 & N2
gate will be able to handle an A321 except A1 & A17 which will be restricted to a CR9 or E75. For N3, everything will be A321 capable with the exception of B2
and a few restrictions (use of B3
will restrict B1 and use of B9 will restrict B7
to a 319). N4 looks mostly unchanged except for the reinstatement of B19 as a B744 and B777 "emergency" gate. All of the Express/Eagle gates will get marks for a CR7 with the exception of B15C (use of two CR7s at 15A and 15B closes 15C). Also, B22 and B21 pick up lines for E75s. Only oddity I see is what looks like a realignment of the B16/18 jetways that makes B16 an even sharper angle to the building and moves B18 over a little. Perhaps this is to correct the issue with the alignment of the jetway at B20.
For now on the Express/Eagle side, everything is about the same as last year this fall and winter except there appears to not be daily GDL
/MZT service all season long but rather it is a more seasonal swap between the 319 and the CR9. Flex this winter appears to add a late night YV DFW
service although it is not yet available for booking but does show in the plans. Also, looks like HMO
is double daily during the winter (probably since it bulks out normally every winter).
Its been rumored that PHX
will pick up express flights to AMA
and ASE. If I had to guess, I could see AMA
being 2x daily CR9 service (possibly thru service to DFW
being 3x CR2 service with an extra frequency or two during the high winter demand. ASE would probably have to be either 3x CR2 or 2x CR9 (if there were CR7s, I could see it being 3x CR7).
As a side note, Mesa's six new frames have started arriving. The first, M52 (952LR) is in service with the new 12F/64Y configuration and M53 will enter service shortly. M54 should arrive next week. I am not sure what the next tails are going to be given there is already a 956LR which is a good ole 79 seater