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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Thu Oct 29, 2015 2:24 pm

West Lafayette spotters:

United will be flying the University of Nebraska football team into LAF on October 30th on a 737-900ER, currently scheduled for tail number 819 with an arrival time of 18:45.
 
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Thu Oct 29, 2015 3:27 pm

Quoting jetskipper (Reply 50):

West Lafayette spotters:

United will be flying the University of Nebraska football team into LAF on October 30th on a 737-900ER, currently scheduled for tail number 819 with an arrival time of 18:45.

I always thought that LAF would be a good choice for an SFB route from G4, and I still do even though G4 now serves IND. Look at central Illinois for a good example - G4 serves a triangle of 3 airports that are an hour (at most) apart.
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:01 pm

My friend who works for DGS at FWA told me that UA is switching ground handlers at FWA from DGS to the new UA subsidiary United Ground Express. No job listings have appeared on the UGE website for FWA yet, but apparently the lease agreement was approved at the previous FWACAA board meeting. My gut feeling is that UGE will take over UA from DGS at the beginning of 2016, and there's rumors among rampers at FWA that UA will finally grow FWA beyond ORD with the switch to UGE, starting with DEN.

Notably, this will be the first time in over a decade that each airline at FWA will have a dedicated ground crew. AA has Envoy, DL has DGS, G4 has Trego-Dugan, and now UA will have UGE. During the Great Recession, there were only two ground handlers at FWA - Envoy and DGS, but then G4 switched from Envoy to Trego-Dugan.
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:19 am

UA is going from 3x to 2x daily on FWA-ORD for January only. Already in SHARES per my DGS contact, and also in the weekly OAG thread. UGE is supposed to start FWA ops in January, FWA's slowest month, so I'm not surprised.

However, my DGS contact will not miss working UA flights - he says that UA gives DGS a bunch of headaches at FWA, and he won't be sorry to see DGS lose UA here. Interestingly, there are no layoffs for DGS at FWA as a result of the UA loss, and DGS is currently hiring for some part-time positions at FWA. UGE has not started hiring for FWA yet, but they are hiring for a new station at AVP right now, so I expect FWA hiring to start soon.
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:14 am

Construction of SBN's FIS is about to get underway.

http://www.southbendtribune.com/news...e-88dd-11e5-9422-333f5b42b82c.html
 
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:30 am

Quoting freakyrat (Reply 54):
Construction of SBN's FIS is about to get underway.
CBP is moving their office at FWA as well. The new FWA CBP office will be near the Aero Center (the new FWACAA-owned FBO that opens in January) and the OO hangar instead of in the former Kitty Hawk complex, making it closer and more convenient for bizjets. An existing building will be repurposed for the new CBP office, much like how SBN is repurposing the old C holdroom for the FIS.

No word on if there will be a FIS as part of it, but the new facility is larger and will open around the same time as SBN's, so I wouldn't be surprised if the new building can handle one with the extra space. Space issues were cited by the DHS as a reason why the old CBP office couldn't have an FIS despite the FWACAA's wishes. Of course, it will be a ways from the FWA terminal, but Altitude Drive (aka the West Perimeter Road) opened recently, which will make a bus between the CBP office and FWA terminal feasible.

Who knows - maybe G4 will be able to start both SBN-CUN/NAS and FWA-CUN/NAS by the time early winter 2017 rolls around. I know that PIA, another highly successful G4 city, has an FIS in the works for the same timeframe, and some G4 cities like RFD already have them.

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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:23 pm

FWA's October numbers are in.
http://fwairport.com/uploads/page/ACTIVITY_10_2015.pdf

Up 7.6% over last October, with UA posting the biggest gains (12%). I can't really count AA in October because it's the month when the L-US flights converted from SHARES to Sabre, but when you combine the L-AA and L-US numbers, AA is on the verge of becoming FWA's largest carrier. G4 also posted a 7% gain despite the AZA seasonal suspension that month, thanks to a seasonal third flight per week to SFB/PIE/PGD that will continue until December.

Airport-wise, FWA is on track to break the record from 2000 if the airport has only two more months with pax counts of this level. But since AZA resumed from its seasonal suspension this month and CLT gets a second flight next month, and because October is a traditionally slow month for FWA, I suspect that there will be higher increases in November and December.
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:41 pm

For those that drive by GYY, there are currently 2 former UA Express CRJs parked there being looked after by the Sage-Popovich group, N832AS and N833AS. They are currently intact and I have to think that they are being remarketed like 2 previous ex-HK Em145s that came through earlier this year.

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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:17 pm

Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 48):
But I have to say that there isn't a war between TOL and FWA for pax anymore

There never was outside of your mind.
 
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:44 pm

Quoting A340Spotter (Reply 57):

For those that drive by GYY, there are currently 2 former UA Express CRJs parked there being looked after by the Sage-Popovich group, N832AS and N833AS. They are currently intact and I have to think that they are being remarketed like 2 previous ex-HK Em145s that came through earlier this year.

These are both EV birds that originally were Delta Connection, then United Express after pre-XE merger EV picked up some UA flying. Like many a former US-regional CR2, I could see either a conversion to a bizjet or a sale to an airline in a developing country.

Both 832 and 833 wore the Ron Allen and Colors in Motion liveries with Delta Connection (but never Onward & Upward) and the Pentagram/Rising Blue and CO globe liveries under United Express.
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:59 am

SBN traffic figures are out for September. All statistics show increases. Even with the Notre Dame football Delta mainline service in both 2014 and 2015 SBN still shows a 12% or so increase.

http://flysbn.com/wp-quotientgroup/u...15/01/Composite-Stats-Sep-2015.pdf
 
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Thu Nov 19, 2015 2:12 am

Quoting freakyrat (Reply 60):

SBN traffic figures are out for September. All statistics show increases. Even with the Notre Dame football Delta mainline service in both 2014 and 2015 SBN still shows a 12% or so increase.

Even though 2015 will probably be the first year since records were kept that FWA will pass SBN in pax numbers for airline flights, it can be quickly forgotten that airline pax numbers only tell part of the story at SBN. FWA pax are strictly airline pax, while SBN has hundreds of thousands of South Shore riders and tens of thousands of bus pax in addition to airline pax.

Chances are that after South Shore and bus service is factored in, SBN will still have a 100,000+ person boarding advantage over FWA this year. If one takes out non-air service, FWA will handily win in 2015 by a large margin.
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Thu Nov 19, 2015 6:12 am

Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 61):
Chances are that after South Shore and bus service is factored in

I don't think SBN has ever made a combined report. The only numbers I have seen are airline only. NICTD and the bus services probably may track their passengers but those numbers are not core to SBN's operations.
 
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:50 pm

Quoting atypical (Reply 62):
I don't think SBN has ever made a combined report. The only numbers I have seen are airline only. NICTD and the bus services probably may track their passengers but those numbers are not core to SBN's operations.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, SBN liked boasting their combined pax numbers in just about everything. A few years after 9/11, they liked saying that SBN served a million pax a year between air, rail, and bus service.

Today, SBN does not combine their pax numbers between air, bus, and rail - SBN only offers those numbers separately. SBN also reports movements, air cargo tonnage, aviation fuel sales, car rental revenue, concessions revenue, and parking revenue in their numbers. Quite a bit more comprehensive than FWA, which simply reports pax numbers, movements, air cargo tonnage, and airline market share (though I wish that SBN would resume posting the latter).
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:30 pm

SBN fans: Any updates on an AA return to SBN?
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:26 pm

On FWA's Facebook page, Envoy Ground Services at FWA won the AA Customer Cup for Q3 - AA dedicates this award to stations in 7 groups that deliver high or improving customer service standards. Congratulations to Envoy at FWA!

For those down in Indy, IND was awarded the Customer Cup in the past as well.
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:03 pm

Article about IND eyeing London and potentially new 2016 domestic flights.
http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/30627471/indy-eyes-london-flight

Nothing that groundbreaking about LHR but I noticed that there is now a IND-PUJ flight by Vacation Express operated by Volaris. I didn't see that announced anywhere. Also SAV sounds like a sure thing next year, assuming G4. Lists the usual suspects of AUS, SEA, SAN as possible other 2016 additions. Rodriguez sounded confident that there would be a lot of new destinations for what its worth.
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:11 pm

Quoting crazytoaster (Reply 66):
Also SAV sounds like a sure thing next year, assuming G4.

I bet we'll see an FWA-SAV flight as well, along with the return of FWA-LAS.

Speaking of FWA, the February issue of Airways will have an airport review of FWA.

Quoting crazytoaster (Reply 66):
Rodriguez sounded confident that there would be a lot of new destinations for what its worth.

I think we'll be seeing a few new destinations at FWA too. Aside from the aforementioned SAV and LAS, I could see UA adding EWR in part because of how successful AA's PHL flights have been - and maybe the long-rumored DEN as well.

But I mostly think that we'll see upgauges on existing routes from FWA - I see DFW going to Envoy E175s for sure, and I could see more DL CR7s and CR9s with a line at the OO MX base to support them.
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Sun Dec 06, 2015 11:15 pm

SBN's OO base also supports the larger OO CRJ's and we already had a CRJ9 substitute one day this month on the morning flight. Delta want's to get rid of 50 seat flying so I can see more of these in SBN's future especially next summer.

Speaking about SBN October's numbers are in and even with Delta's larger use of Airbus A320 aircraft on Notre Dame home football weekends, SBN still showed a healthy increase of over 3000 more passengers over last year.

http://flysbn.com/wp-quotientgroup/u...15/01/Composite-Stats-Oct-2015.pdf

SBN-EWR flights are going into their second year of operation and their is no letup so United must be pleased with how these have turned out.

SBN is also going to remodel all ticket counters and are uncovering all the empty ones for a remodel. They are also going after new carpet and tile in the main building to match the concourse. The airport is going to brighten up. Allegiant who had to move next to Delta because of the FIS buildout has got a real snazzy ticket counter done by the airport and will probably get another newer look one in the remodel.

On the outside, from what I heard the main terminal ramp is scheduled to be rebuilt in 2017. IMHO if they would regrade the ramp and lower it a foot they can gain about two feet of jetway sill height so it would make it less of a jetway incline for gates 5-8 for those A320's that Delta uses during football season. MD88's, B717's and E175's use gates 5-8 just fine. To get a couple of the A320's in the gates now Delta offsets them slightly between gates 5 and 6 and can park 2 of them next to each other with the addition of the one at the old Gate 3 and can stick a CRJ in the mix to.

They are still working on AA to get them back to SBN. Possibly for a flight to CLT in addition to DFW.

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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Mon Dec 07, 2015 12:52 am

Quoting freakyrat (Reply 68):
SBN is also going to remodel all ticket counters and are uncovering all the empty ones for a remodel. They are also going after new carpet and tile in the main building to match the concourse. The airport is going to brighten up. Allegiant who had to move next to Delta because of the FIS buildout has got a real snazzy ticket counter done by the airport and will probably get another newer look one in the remodel.

Sounds like what FWA did in 2013. Both landside and airside parts of the FWA terminal saw beige wallpaper that reminded me of my high school torn down and replaced with paint in shades of the FWACAA's corporate colors (green, blue, and yellow, with an emphasis on light blue and two shades of yellow). It was especially important to brighten up the landside portion of the FWA terminal because the layout, with executive offices above much of the landside area, doesn't allow for skylights to be added landside like they are airside.

In addition to the new paint, landside got a bigger welcome center and a new ATM provider (3Rivers Federal Credit Union replaced PNC Bank), and Corian replaced the carpet on the pillars. Airside got lounge seating near the gates. The FWACAA executive offices also got a matching renovation in 2013. The terrazzo flooring was replaced in 1992-1994 and matched the new terminal-wide paint/Corian, so it was not replaced. Ticket counters only saw new paint, except for UA and G4 - UA moved one space down and replaced the tulip backdrop with a globe backdrop; G4 took over UA's old counter, which got a new sign and paint. (The FWACAA is keeping open the former TZ ticket counter for any potential new carrier.)

Improvements have continued since then: the first of 4 restroom renovations to upgrade and green FWA's restrooms occurred this year, starting with the Gate 5 restrooms - FWA's most heavily used. While on the subject of green initiatives, an airport-wide recycling program also started this year. The Gate 5-8 jetways were refurbished recently to bring them up to the standards of the new Gate 4 jetway. There are plans to replace the gate seats in the near future as well with the same ARCONAS units used in the new LAX TBIT. As signs are replaced, the font Futura is being phased out in favor of FF Meta, the FWACAA's brand font.

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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:17 am

Allegiant Ticket Counter at SBN


Allegiant Ticket Counter remodel at SBN

I thought this was really a bold and fresh look but the airport thinks different and they are going to remodel all the ticket counters with something just as bold and fresh.

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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Mon Dec 07, 2015 3:38 am

Quoting freakyrat (Reply 70):
Allegiant Ticket Counter remodel at SBN

Not bad. Reminds me of FWA's new AA kiosks (also found at the renovated portions of DFW), but with dark wood instead of light.

Interestingly, there was no backdrop sign for G4 at FWA back when Envoy handled them - just stanchions saying "Allegiant Air" put out before ticketing started and an overhead sign like there is for every airline at FWA. Before Envoy when now-defunct LaBov Business Aviation handled G4 and after when Trego-Dugan took over, G4 has/had their own sign.
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:03 pm

Reference SBN's numbers for October. SBN said that they only had two ND home games Navy and USC. A 3000+ passenger increase is pretty hefty including the game traffic. I think the USC weekend had the most use of the A320 with Delta flights to ATL, DTW, MSP and a single LGA flight.
 
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:38 am

The February 2016 issue of Airways magazine has a great article on FWA.

There were a few errors (i.e.: B6 and NK were mentioned as serving IND), but overall, it was really good. The FWACAA's Scott Hinderman was interviewed by Airways. A huge amount of things were covered - history (past and present), fares, the Kitty Hawk collapse, the G4 effect, and even the potential for a network LCC at FWA (Hinderman said that "(t)hey're watching FWA very closely") - something that we don't talk about on a.net very much.

If you can't wait for the print version or don't subscribe to it, you can get it right now for iOS, Android, or Kindle for $3.99.
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:53 pm

FWA's November numbers are in:
http://fwairport.com/uploads/page/ACTIVITY_11_2015.pdf

A smaller increase (2.37%) is to be expected because the PHL flights are now firmly entrenched and doing very well. But it should be of note that if FWA has 29,891 or more enplanements this month, the airport will have broken their all-time record from 2000 of 360,117 enplanements. My gut feeling: the second CLT that just started will help break that record for FWA. DL remains the largest carrier with a 34.42% share, followed by AA with 31.39%, G4 with 23.04%, UA with 10.95%, and charters making up the rest.

Also of note: UA FWA-ORD is back to three daily flights for January - it was scheduled to go down to just two for that month, traditionally FWA's slowest. Likewise, DL is seasonally suspending FWA-MSP for January and February, which is usual for FWA.

OO is now doing RON MX at FWA for both DL and UA CR2s - it originally only handled DL ones. OO is anticipating further growth at the FWA MX base - could we see a switch of FWA-ORD Eagle flights from Envoy to OO in the near future, or the addition of a CR7/CR9 line (the hangar can handle it - ZW used to do MX on BAe 146s in it)?
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Sat Dec 26, 2015 1:42 am

Quoting freakyrat (Reply 68):
SBN-EWR flights are going into their second year of operation and their is no letup so United must be pleased with how these have turned out.

Likewise, FWA-PHL hasn't needed a penny of the revenue guarantee. Since the money from FWA's SCASD grant application for PHL could also be used for EWR, I could easily see FWA-EWR on UA once the revenue guarantee expires in October 2016 - a lot like how SBN got EWR with the money left over from F9.

Be on the lookout for news regarding FWA's FBO switch from Atlantic Aviation to the FWACAA-owned Fort Wayne Aero Center as it opens on January 1st. The FWA Facebook page has some photos, and it will be a stunning addition to FWA.

Also be on the lookout for FWA's 2016 terminal improvements to be announced soon. I'd expect that expanding the economy parking lot into the soon-to-be-vacant Atlantic property is high on the priority list given reports of parking shortages on some days this year. The dining contract also comes up for renewal in 2016 - I expect both First Class Concessions to defend and for other bidders (including some not in the 2010 RFP) to join in given how FWA's gone up in pax volume. I have to say that First Class Concessions does an excellent job at FWA - much better than Air Host ever did, and I hope they have a chance to continue.
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Wed Dec 30, 2015 2:07 am

FWA just reopened their restrooms at gates 5 through 8. This is the first of four restroom renovations at FWA: there are also renovation plans for the restrooms at gates 1-4, the ticketing area, and baggage claim. The previous restrooms were over 20 years old, so it was time for an upgrade. In addition to a more modern look, the new restrooms have new stall dividers, sinks, and faucets along with a switch from paper towels to Dyson Airblade hand dryers.

There are photos on the FWA Facebook and Twitter accounts, and I think they did an amazing job.
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:21 pm

What's up with OneJet? I can only find one IND-MKE and two MKE-PIT round trips scheduled. No more IND-MEM or IND-BNA or IND-PIT?

I knew their expansion was delayed while they looked for a new plane, but maybe things are worse than that.
 
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:54 pm

Quoting MasseyBrown (Reply 77):
What's up with OneJet? I can only find one IND-MKE and two MKE-PIT round trips scheduled. No more IND-MEM or IND-BNA or IND-PIT?

I knew their expansion was delayed while they looked for a new plane, but maybe things are worse than that.


I checked all the flights from IND yesterday. They all showed up for me. Only bookable from Jan 11th to Jan 28th.
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:02 pm

The Fort Wayne Aero Center just opened up on January 1st. One thing of note: Jet A prices (which are now posted at fwaerocenter.com) went down by about $2 per gallon with the transition - and that's cash pricing. Avfuel's corporate accounts (like airlines serving FWA and many bizjet fleets) get market or below-market pricing (when Kelley was the middleman, you couldn't get Phillips 66 account discounts even though Phillips 66 was Kelley's supplier).

Not much has been said about the future of the old Atlantic Aviation building at FWA except that the land is earmarked for terminal expansion of some sort. We should know exactly what that entails soon.

Also, FWA's full-year 2015 pax numbers will be released in 2 weeks. Will 2015 be the year when the record will be broken -and will new service start in 2016 that will help break the record again? All I know for sure is that 2015 will be the first time in years, maybe even ever, that FWA will carry more air pax than SBN.
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:31 pm

In other SBN news the Allegiant MD80 that blew the engine at SBN was repaired and was ferried back to SFB on the 6th of January.
 
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RE: Indiana Aviation: Part 15

Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:47 am

At FWA, we should know next week what the full-year 2015 traffic results were and if they broke the record for 2000.

I was, however, pleasantly surprised to see on the agenda for next Monday's FWACAA board meeting that an extension of FWA's contract with First Class Concessions is up for discussion. Personally, I think that they do an outstanding job at FWA, and that they deserve the extension (which would extend the contract to 2020).

For you SBN fans: Is there a reason why the SJCAA bans services such as Uber from operating at SBN even though IND and FWA allow them access? SBN cites the safety of pax, but having been to SBN and seen the taxis used there (all in very poor shape), I think it's because the local taxi companies lobbied the SJCAA for legal protection.
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