Philadelphia International Airport Runway 17-35 Extension Project ---
I wonder if these forecasts factor in what will happen to jet traffic at PHL if USAIR does go under? Some might say that these FAA predictions are worth as much as USAIR stock these days. Did you know that USAIR just lost its financing for new regional jets?
Maybe the 41 million (17-35 extension cost) should go to bail out the pilot pension fund instead of the U.S. tax payer?
The 17-35 pdf states that the regional and narrowbodied aircraft will make up almost 70 percent (400,000) of PHL operations by 2010 and in 2005 will total almost 65 % of PHL operations.
Coming soon to a neighborhood near you...
PHL Narrowbody operations 2005 ---182,000 "Small Narrowbody Jets"
Just so we are all on the same page --let's define what a "small narrowbody" jet really looks like. You know the old expression... a picture is worth a thousand words?
MD-80/DC-9 --Those are people standing under that smiley face. :)
How LOUD do you think this jet will be 1000 ft. over highly populated areas?
-- USAIR ordered up to 400 new Airbus A319, A320 and A321 narrowbody twin jets for delivery starting in 1998 and continuing through 2009; then within days announced its new identity as US Airways.
PHL should have hired these people....
More RJ Writing On The Runway -- As our fleet forecasts predicted four years ago, the demand bubble for RJs is deflating right on schedule. The fact is that the US airline industry already has in the sky or on order more RJs than it can absorb. The fundamental market mission was for these jets to be expansion airplanes for regional airlines, not magical machines that would bring jet service to "East Upchuck".
Starting An Airline? Even More Reasons To Use Your Ex-Wife's Money.
Also pointing to the decline in the role of RJs is the fact that the economics of the airline business don't bode well for small units of capacity. The airline industry may be glamorous, but its historical economics are strictly in the shallow end of the pool. While costs have gone up over the past 25 years (labor, fuel, airport fees, etc.) the amount of money earned per mile has consistently gone down. [guarantee they won't tell us that this evening]
Fitzgerald Urges PBGC Vigilance Concerning Possible United Airlines Pension Bailout
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In a letter to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), U.S. Senator Peter G. Fitzgerald (R-IL) today urged Executive Director Bradley Belt to answer important questions before approving a potential taxpayer bailout of the beleaguered airline's costly employee pension plans.
US Airways' Woes Reflect Industry In a Tailspin
Monday, September 20, 2004; The Washington Post Company
Pay your bills or shut your doors is the way the world is supposed to work. But airlines get special treatment everywhere. In most countries, governments simply bail them out. In the United States, the airlines benefit from a bankruptcy system that protects companies that can't make it. A taxpayer bailout of the pension promises of spendthrift airline executives, however, sounds more like socialism than "an ownership society."
FAA: Air noise not serious
State residents concerned about airport expansion
The News Journal 09/10/2004 By SEAN O'SULLIVAN
Robert Miller, a noise consultant hired by the FAA, told the crowd of more than 80 residents at the meeting that if the Philadelphia Airport is allowed to expand the north-south runway by 1,000 feet or more, airplane noise levels will drop in Delaware. This is because regional jets that currently use the two main east-west runways, and pass over the state during landings, [and take-offs] will be shifted to the north-south runway and away from the state. "Sen. Catherine L. Cloutier, R-Heatherbrooke, said while many who attended the meeting doubted the FAA's numbers and promises, one thing was clear, "People are not going away on this. They are serious."
PHL 17-35 Meeting information, you will need a pdf viewer.
80,000 more flights -17-35 Extension Project Meetings