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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    A friend of mine refers to NK as “the Motel 6 of the sky”.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    CLT-CDG was year-round for a couple of seasons, IIRC it ran year round from about 2009/2010 to 2012. CLT-FCO was announced as a year-round service and then was truncated to run until January, until eventually ending with all the other seasonal flights. I landed from MCO on 1 Jan one year and saw the flight to FCO boarding. CLT-MAD going year-round makes sense as it is essentially a hub-to-hub route for AA. I still wouldn't be surprised to see CLT-CDG make a return for a year-round service as well. In other unrelated news, RDU is getting a United Club, giving RDU flyers access to all US3 lounges. It stings a little, but I would much rather have a Centurion Lounge at CLT.
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    I'm sure the trains themselves are either capable of automation or already are, but I don't think a system exists today that has automated trains running with grade crossings. On an unrelated note, last night I was in LA. Went out for drinks with some friends near Hollywood. Took the Red Line (heavy rail) from the bar to Union Station at around 10pm. Had to wait around 10 minutes for a train. Transferred to the Gold Line at Union and had to wait a whopping 23 minutes to catch the next eastbound train. I know LA has a car culture but damn the headways were horrible for a city that size. That said, the Gold Line (which is a LRT system) was consistently running 3-car trains which were packed...even around 10:45pm.
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    Charlotte's Light Rail: Lynx Blue Line

    I don’t think automated trains can operate on systems that have grade crossings. The system would have to be fully grade seperated to run fully automated trains...however I could be wrong. I know that the SF Muni LRT system runs automated trains in the underground subway portions of the system before switching to a manually operated system on surface level.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    US also ran both CLT-EGE and PHL-EGE for several years with a 752-I wouldn't be surprised to see both of those return.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    The OAL terminal is still on the cards, AFAIK. Flights to Asia are possible today using a 787, especially the low-density 787s that JAL uses. The flights don’t exist because the market isn’t there, not because of runway limitations.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Just flew into B from DC for the holidays tonight, and I noticed the following: -The terrazzo flooring installed was either of low quality or its rarely cleaned as there were brown and black large streaks everywhere in the concourse, something I have never really noticed with terrazzo elsewhere. -They added updated lighted signage at the gate areas and throughout the end of the concourse, which looks much better. It doesn't really mesh well with the low ceiling but c'est la vie. -The TUS flight that was about to board a couple gates down from mine was PACKED, so I am guessing yields on CLT-TUS must have been horrible. All in all, the concourse simply looks marginally better thanks to the lighting but that's about it, and I can understand why AA would be disappointed. The crowding was still there, as was that sour smell that frequently lingers in B and C. I can't envision B and C lasting another 10-12 years in their current form.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    I am confused about the lack of renovations on Concourse E because the Destination CLT page clearly features a CGI picture of a renovated Concourse E with new ceiling tiles and renovated flooring, and the website at one point said that E would be renovated, so something must have changed. They are. IIRC, a friend of mine also said that AA is ticked at how long the renovations in B are taking as well. However, AA cannot have it both ways. If they wanted a more upscale renovation process, they could have forked over money like they are doing in LAX and they chose not to. Did L-AA pay for renovations at DFW, or was it entirely funded by DFW itself?
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    That’s interesting. One of the things that I always liked about E is that each flight has its own specific gate area and boarding door, versus other regional terminals that make you sit in a large holding room and then passing through a common gate serving multiple flights before heading to a passageway that leads you to a door where you actually board. CVG’s old Concourse C was like this, as is DL at SLC, the UA Express Terminal at IAH and Concourse A at IAD. I never knew they were going to change the gate area that drastically. Tbh, this won’t really remove congestion; it will simply push it from the gate area into the front of the holding area for the group of gates. Also, I find it odd that the signage for each gate is different than the new ones they have been adding in A and E.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    I think this makes the only city that RDU has service to that CLT does not. I guess it makes sense from an RDU perspective, especially because WN essentially has a focus-city type operation on both ends. I still find it puzzling that AA could not make this work. IIRC, the flight started off with an A319 and then was eventually upguaged to an A321/738. AA still has a decent, loyal FF-base in SJC from their old hub days, so I figured this flight would make sense. I know ATL is a larger hub that has a larger O&D base to pull from, but it's interesting that DL easily makes ATL-Secondary West coast cities work. They have SJC/TUS/ABQ/SNA and they are resuming service to ONT/BUR next year and starting PSP.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    The Buenos Aires lounge isn't a Centurion Lounge. The only true "Centurion Lounges" as of right now are in the US and in HKG. The lounges in Buenos Aires, Sydney, Melbourne, New Delhi, and Mexico are "American Express International Lounges". They usually aren't operated by American Express directly (the one in Sydney was contracted out) and don't usually offer the same amenities. For example, in the Mexico lounges, most food and drink is for purchase.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    The way finding signage that was put up in B...I know that the design of the signage is final but will they end up putting in lighted signages at the gate areas and throughout the concourse? Or will they leave up the tacky non lighted signage that was printed on foam board...
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    This is fantastic news! They are definitely going in the direction of building larger lounges, and I know AMEX has recently implemented a number of changes at some of the busier lounges to try to reduce foot traffic. I know at some they now have a policy that you can only enter the lounge no more than 3 hours prior to flight departure. I think that’s at SFO. I was at the SEA lounge (which is the smallest lounge in their system IIRC and it used to be a Centurion Studio, not a full lounge) back in April, and it was bursting at the seams. I was told by the concierge upon entering that there might not even be any seats because they were so full. One of the things that irks my nerve about the Centurion Lounges is that they always have multiple tables reserved for Centurion Cardholders, but yet I have never seen anyone occupying them. I understand the need to reserve seats for your best clients, but still. I think with the addition of CLT almost every non-DL large hub in the US has a Centurion. I’d like to see IAD get one in the future, however the Turkish Airlines lounge is just as nice. DL hubs will likely never get one because cardholders can simply access DL Skyclubs, which have made significant improvements over the years and are actually pretty nice.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Also, this article https://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2018/10/25/why-air-canada-picked-raleigh-over-charlotte-for-a.html seems to suggest that an AC CLT-YUL flight isn't that far off. It's a subscriber only article, but I managed to read most of it by continuously refreshing the page.
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    Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) Expansion

    Right. Or the scoring committee was sponsored by a consortium of staff from CLT/TPA/PHX/SLC airports. IMHO, websites such as TPG and other blogs like "One Mile at a Time with Lucky" have such an elitist vibe about them that it isn't funny. It sickens me when I go to said blogs when I see reviews where they nitpick that the nuts weren't served warm in First class or how the FA was on their cell phone when they were disembarking. Whether they like it or not we have made air travel a form of public transportation in American society. Don't get me wrong...I have flown airlines like Singapore and Qantas and Cathay and enjoyed it greatly but the level of service they provide just wouldn't be sustainable for the domestic market. Anyways, I find ratings of best airlines/airports to be highly subjective. I personally don't eat in airport restaurants, so I honestly don't care about that. I care more about cleanliness, functionality, and whether the airport has a Priority Pass or AMEX Centurion lounge. I am surprised as to how PHX scored so high, as the three times I have been there it was a dump (although on par with CLT, which I also classify as a dump). Likewise, DTW has two beautiful, clean terminals, with decent amenities, so I am perplexed as to why it scored so low. CLT doesn't have a PP pass or Centurion Lounge (I don't count those Minute Suites or whatever) so I am surprised it scored so high because bloggers seem to love those two amenities. Likewise, I love SFO, DEN, DFW, and JFK. SEA has a Centurion Lounge so I figured it would score higher. LAX is decent as well, provided your flight is departing from TBIT. My favorite airport on the East coast has to be IAD. I love it. Yes the UA "temporary" concourses are a dump and deserve to be bulldozed to the ground, Concourses A and B are clean, bright, and airy, and I love the architecture of the main terminal building. There aren't really any delays there and even though the Metro station is yet open, transit access from Downtown DC is pretty decent. There are 3 PP lounges there, one of which is the Turkish Airlines lounge is actually one of the nicest airline lounges in the US.