|Quoting RWA380 (Reply 203):|
IIRC, there was a 744 charter from Mahlon Sweet within th elast week or so, it was posted here on A.net.
Unless things have changed in the last three years, those are prestigious, but really costly. EUG
's runway lights all have to be pulled for a 747 to land there, or the outboard engines destroy them... so it takes a day or two to prep the field for the arrival, and a day to restore it. I think the only reason they were so gung-ho to have 744s come in was that one of the ya-hoos who works in airport management was a retired United 747 pilot and needed to tell EVERYONE about that constantly.
In reality, it was far smarter, far cheaper, and much easier to have 764, 763, A330, or 777 charters on that field. (All of this even without any can loading equipment on the property.)
So, yes, you can land a 744 at EUG
. But it is a colossal waste of taxpayer money, whether the U of O is paying, or the city is, or (in the case of Air Force One,) the Feds are. (And yes, I know the tired U of O sports moneys are from franchise and television fees and do not take away from state support... right... tell me again why the library is not supported by athletic monies when athletes supposedly use it???)
|Quoting flyoregon (Reply 204):|
Who knows. Airlines need to get a little more creative in working with their partners that make the whole world go round.
That works fine for Joe Vacation, but it really matters to Suzy MillionMiler that her flight is on the metal of the airline that she predominantly flies. None of the alliances has really made international upgrades transparent or pleasant. And that can make a serious difference, Suzy might pay the $3,000 M fare for her round trip Bozeman-PDX
if her 20,000 banked miles let that become a business class seat. But that's almost certainly not gonna happen if the ICN
flight is on a partner carrier. (I know, you all think it'll be NRT
, but I'm betting not. I'll explain in a minute.) Decisions like hers can spell the difference in profitability for the flight. Yes, it isn't full biz money, but its high econ, and much better than a plane full of discounts. Too, if the flight is being run on metal-neutral profit sharing ATI deal, then there is no benefit to it being the Asian carrier running the flight. This to me is the great advantage of AA
picking up a solid fleet of 788s as well as 789s.
O.k. - with regard to NRT
, I think its time to remember that while JAL has a serious hub there, the Japanese economy is not well, and the island nation is reeling from what I understood to be years of way too much rain. That was disastrous for Fukushima Daiichi, but it hasn't helped any of the country, flooding crops, flooding towns and villages and just generally making everything impossible. If that's the case, then maybe, just maybe it isn't the time to try that market. So, how about....
since we know KE
is about fed to the teeth with DL
anyway, wouldn't it be a good time to bring them into OneWorld and start PDX
instead??? Cue evil laugh...Bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha!