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Old Posted Oct 16, 2014, 3:19 AM
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Anyone know what the Cargolux 748F was doing in Austin today?
Probably F1. Check this out on COTA's FB site:
http://circuitoftheamericas.com/blog...arrive-at-cota

They are coming in earlier this year; there is no race the prior 2 weeks, plus I think they are trying to test some new system to automatically limit the speed of the cars under yellow flag conditions. This is due to the horrible accident which happened to Jules Bianchi in the Japanese GP.

So anyone know when the other F1 related big cargo planes are coming in? Someone posted a comment on the FB page that there is another one coming in tomorrow. Might be time to start checking FlightAware....
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Old Posted Oct 16, 2014, 8:25 AM
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I was told by BA the swap is happening as they return all of their 787s for some re configurations. The route will likely go back to 787 at some point. Btw I took the flight 2 weeks ago. On way out business class and premium were full. Coach about 2/3 full. On way back coach was 80% full, premium full and only a few in biz class.
That's happening this coming up March. The schedule change for next winter means they are upgrading indefinitely to 777-200s. Interesting that they are downgrading the other two destinations.
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Old Posted Oct 16, 2014, 10:16 PM
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Here's probably the crappiest picture I've ever taken, featuring the flyover



And a significantly better one of the terminal expansion

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Old Posted Oct 16, 2014, 10:45 PM
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That's happening this coming up March. The schedule change for next winter means they are upgrading indefinitely to 777-200s. Interesting that they are downgrading the other two destinations.
It was posted in this forum that BA's revenue B772's could be flying into Austin as early as this January as the company begins to MOD their fleet of B788's in California.

At that time, it was perported the B772's would be replaced by BA's B789's as soon as they become available. The B789's cargo hold is slightly larger than that of the B772/772ER (5400 cu.ft. vs. 5330 cu.ft.). And the difference in number of passengers (three classes) is roughly 20 between the B789 and B772 (B772 being the larger).
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Here is a detailed article about the upcoming changes next year. Take a look at the chart in the link. Things are looking great for our first trans-Atlantic route.

http://www.routesonline.com/news/29/...n-winter-2015/

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British Airways (BA) looks set to deploy its Boeing 787 Dreamliners on its routes from London Heathrow to Montreal and Seoul Incheon, according to its draft flight schedule for the winter 2015/2016 season, although it has since emerged the changes could take effect as early as March 2015 for the summer 2015 schedule. The tentative network changes were included in the latest update of OAG Schedules Analyser and also sees the carrier’s recently launched link to Austin being upgauged from a 787-8 to a 777-200ER.

First reported by our schedules blog, Airline Route, the initial plan for summer 2015 and winter 2015/2016 shows BA switching the operational aircraft on these three routes from March 29, 2015. Its daily London Heathrow – Seoul Incheon route and six times weekly London Heathrow – Montreal link will be switched from 777-200ERs to the 787-8, while the daily London Heathrow – Austin service will see a 787-8 replaced by a 777-200ER.

The proposed aircraft switch on the London Heathrow – Austin route shows the initial success of the route. Our analysis shows that over its first six months of operation on the London Heathrow – Austin route BA was already securing loads of between 70 and 75 per cent. According to MIDT data from the launch of the route on March 3, 2014 until August 31, 2014, BA had an average of 72.7 per cent occupancy on the US bound flight and 75.8 per cent on the return service to the UK.
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Here is a detailed article about the upcoming changes next year. Take a look at the chart in the link. Things are looking great for our first trans-Atlantic route.

http://www.routesonline.com/news/29/...n-winter-2015/
Sweet. Speaking of heavy's I was doing some snooping and noticed that Matheson Flight Extenders has cleared space on the cargo ramp and brought in loading/unloading equipment. They provide services for several cargo companies and this might be a sign that DHL will soon start service. They currently have job postings for station manager and ramp agent. In the posting for ramp agent one of the responsibilites is:

■Operating ground handling equipment for the loading and unloading of a 747 international cargo aircraft.

Here's the link to the posting:

http://jobs.mathesoninc.com/ramp-age...al/job/4909814

This new cargo service is not related to the upcoming influx of F1 cargo. Those flights will begin arriving this Saturday the 25th.

Another sign that business is booming at the port......
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What's going on???

Can someone with inside knowledge tell me/us why the port has put the gate expansion off by one year (and delaying the opening of the east infill to Spring 2016)?

Furthermore, should the port grow by 6% per year (with its current number of gates), it will reach the 15 million passenger mark by the end of 2020 (not 2025 as the port's assistant director indicated).


Austin airport to add seven gates to eastern wing.
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Old Posted Oct 23, 2014, 4:24 PM
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No kidding! This is pushing the original time table out even farther than before, is the city and airport staff in charge incompetent? I would assume that we will be close if not at 10,500,000 passengers this year. Assuming growth continues at its current rate, we will hit 11 million by the end of next year and expansion won't start till the year after???. Austin loves making a mess of things that don't have to be.
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Last I heard was that the new Custom's area would be operational in time for Christmas and that the infill would be fully operational by June 2015.

I think Ben Wear might have the dates wrong in his article. I'll do some digging and find out. I thought construction on the apron expansion was to begin May 2015 with the pier expansion to follow around January 2016.
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Austin is the worst infrastructure planning and development city on the planet.
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Old Posted Oct 23, 2014, 9:28 PM
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Austin City Council Item 9

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Authorize negotiation and execution of a construction manager-at-risk contract with HENSEL PHELPS CONSTRUCTION COMPANY for the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport terminal/apron expansion and improvements project in preconstruction phase services for the amount of $1,720,000 with $86,000 contingency for a total contract amount not to exceed $1,806,000.
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Old Posted Oct 23, 2014, 9:42 PM
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Last I heard was that the new Custom's area would be operational in time for Christmas and that the infill would be fully operational by June 2015.
Today's council-approved RCA says:

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Preconstruction phase services (concurrently with design) is anticipated to extend until mid-late summer of 2015, at which time the construction manager will be expected to propose a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) proposal for the first phase of construction. It has not yet been determined the number of phases or GMP proposals for construction. Completion of all work is anticipated to be mid-2018.
So until Summer 2015, it's quite possibly all design effort. Looks like they are being cost/risk-adverse at the expense of speed.
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I bet the airport is buzzing right about now as people begin flying in for the race.
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The F1 birds are in town.


Loren Lintner. - via - Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - https://www.facebook.com/abia/photos...type=3&theater


Loren Lintner. - via - Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - https://www.facebook.com/abia/photos...type=3&theater
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