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Old Posted Feb 26, 2015, 6:54 AM
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Agreed, the city needs to start terminal expansion now!

Do you know which airlines would be using the south "Terminal"? Also are there any plans to upgrade or fix up the building?
Frontier, Allegiant, Branson Air Express and Texas Sky. They have already begun work on the inside with a mid April opening. They are going to paint the outside to match the Barbara Jordan terminal.
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Old Posted Feb 27, 2015, 12:35 AM
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Just curious, where are yáll getting this news from? It's not on Google News, lol.
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Council punted 2 airport items to council committees today. The staff from the aviation department said that a delay of weeks wouldn't be much of a problem, but a delay of months would be. The items were:
Authorize the use of the construction manager-at-risk method of contracting for construction of the new Parking Garage with Administration Offices Project at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
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Authorize award and execution of a 36-month contract with CDW GOVERNMENT, LLC., to provide electric visual display systems for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in an amount not to exceed $1,600,000, with two 12-month extension options in an amount not to exceed $200,000 per extension option, for a total contract amount not to exceed $2,000,000.

I'm really hoping they don't end up slowing down the development of the new parking garage (next to the CONRAC facility). Council Committees aren't expected to really start meeting until April.
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I'm aiming low. There will probably be a few more. North America is pretty much covered for now. Spirit Airlines is probably going to happen with service to destinations already served out of ABIA. Hawaiian Airlines could be a seasonal entrant as well and JetBlue might start service to Mexico.

You're right though, don't be surprised if you get blindsided by a huge announcement this year. With the medical and innovation district plowing ahead don't be surprised to see cities like Cincy, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Indy re-enter the market.
Could be a big announcement in April about new service. Kimchi anyone.....
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Could be a big announcement in April about new service. Kimchi anyone.....
hmmmmmm.... Kimchi but not Mochi... Well it's still exciting news either way if it's what I think your hinting at.
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By the time terminal expansion is complete we will be at capacity. Always playing catch up.
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Could be a big announcement in April about new service. Kimchi anyone.....
Let your Seoul Glo!
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Could be a big announcement in April about new service. Kimchi anyone.....
From a logistical perspective, Korean Air seems plausible, particularly given the recent AA-KE codeshare on the DFW-ICN route that they currently both fly, i.e. far too much capacity.

For AUS-ICN to work, surely there would need to be an enhancement in the AA-KE relationship to tap into the area's AA account holders, e.g. earn AA miles on the flight. I imagine that incentives would need to be reworked to accommodate ICN (versus a Tokyo n/s as I currently understand the City's program to specify), and Samsung, et. al. would need to step up with contract commitments.

Beyond that, KE's relationship with DL (and perhaps within SkyTeam in general) is waning, so perhaps there's some momentum for them to "diversify" their relationships versus going all-in with SkyTeam.

So this is certainly an interesting rumor that seems to make more sense than any Tokyo flight options, e.g. ANA or JAL 787s, and I don't see any of the US Big 3 to overfly any of its west coast hubs to cater to AUS traffic. Interesting times...
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From a logistical perspective, Korean Air seems plausible, particularly given the recent AA-KE codeshare on the DFW-ICN route that they currently both fly, i.e. far too much capacity.

For AUS-ICN to work, surely there would need to be an enhancement in the AA-KE relationship to tap into the area's AA account holders, e.g. earn AA miles on the flight. I imagine that incentives would need to be reworked to accommodate ICN (versus a Tokyo n/s as I currently understand the City's program to specify), and Samsung, et. al. would need to step up with contract commitments.

Beyond that, KE's relationship with DL (and perhaps within SkyTeam in general) is waning, so perhaps there's some momentum for them to "diversify" their relationships versus going all-in with SkyTeam.

So this is certainly an interesting rumor that seems to make more sense than any Tokyo flight options, e.g. ANA or JAL 787s, and I don't see any of the US Big 3 to overfly any of its west coast hubs to cater to AUS traffic. Interesting times...
I think so too about KA doing this route. Unfortunately, if BA is doing pretty well on this route with a load factor of.... 80% I think? That's a B. There's obviously not as much traffic into Seoul as there is to London, so a 788 (they only have 1 ordered with the rest being 789s) would not fill up as much. Their a332 can handle that route, although I've looked into it, and I'm not sure if the a330 has the minimum ETOPS to fly such a long route.
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In my opinion, Incheon airport is one of the nicest in the world. Free massage chairs, movie theater with recliners, iPads for check-out (also free), very nice and easy transit hotel inside security, and, for someone who's lived in Asia for a while and misses the luxuries of the States - Dunkin' Donuts right next to said transit hotel. And did I mention free massage chairs?

If there's ever an airport that Austin should model...
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I think so too about KA doing this route. Unfortunately, if BA is doing pretty well on this route with a load factor of.... 80% I think? That's a B. There's obviously not as much traffic into Seoul as there is to London, so a 788 (they only have 1 ordered with the rest being 789s) would not fill up as much. Their a332 can handle that route, although I've looked into it, and I'm not sure if the a330 has the minimum ETOPS to fly such a long route.
As for load factor, yes Incheon has a smaller percentage of people going there as a destination but I feel like a fairly large number of people would go from Austin to Incheon to get to Vietnam, or other parts of South and Southeast Asia similar to how I've seen people go AUS>LHR>DEL, and I could definitely see people using AUS-ICN to get to India as well. A lot of people coming in from China tend to transfer through Incheon as well especially with 22 cities in Mainland China served directly by Korean Air, and if I'm not mistaken ICN serves more Japanese airports than Narita does

As for their fleet, they've got six A330-200HGW planes on order which are specifically designed to compete with the 788, and I'm sure they'd seek a high ETOPS certification.
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74 3x weekly
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74 3x weekly
Wow... 74 huh. I thought 3x/week was likely. Houston has 4x.

I also thought about same plane stop which is frequent in other continents. A large plane will hit 2 cities and then make the long haul. So for example, piggy back on the Houston flight... my guess is this doesn't work in a competitive market - only where there is no competition (for example: New Orleans, stop in Austin, then make the continent hop)
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74 3x weekly
Forgive my limited airport abbreviations but what do you mean by 74? Are you referring to a Boeing 747? Man I would be so excited to see 747 passenger planes using ABIA!
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