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On ‎2‎/‎18‎/‎2019 at 11:28 AM, shardoon said:

"These new flights come on top of direct flights begun by El Al to Las Vegas and San Francisco. El Al will receive a €750,000 grant from the Ministry of Tourism for the Las Vegas route, but no grant will be forthcoming for the route to Orlando."

A.  Who's Ministry of Tourism, Isreal's, Nevada's, California's, the U.S.'?

B.  Euro's?  Is Isreal on the Euro?

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12 minutes ago, jrs2 said:

"These new flights come on top of direct flights begun by El Al to Las Vegas and San Francisco. El Al will receive a €750,000 grant from the Ministry of Tourism for the Las Vegas route, but no grant will be forthcoming for the route to Orlando."

A.  Who's Ministry of Tourism, Isreal's, Nevada's, California's, the U.S.'?

B.  Euro's?  Is Isreal on the Euro?

I thought it was interesting that the Las Vegas route had to be subsidized, but the Orlando route will not be. 

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1 hour ago, smileguy said:

VISIT FLORIDA does have a subsidy program. I wonder if the route didn't qualify. 

Visit Florida airline grants  specifically require that only routes that are "new, not restarted " and "must operate for at least three consecutive months" qualify.

As this EL AL route is both a restarted route and will only operate once a week for two consecutive months [Jul-Aug], it would seem to be disqualified on both counts.

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I’m sure the fact that Sheldon Adelson, one of the grand high poobahs of the GOP (The Donald’s  decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem happened in no small part thanks to him) and also in Israel might have played a role. He is one of the Vegas casino titans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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57 minutes ago, spenser1058 said:

I’m sure the fact that Sheldon Adelson, one of the grand high poobahs of the GOP (The Donald’s  decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem happened in no small part thanks to him) and also in Israel might have played a role. He is one of the Vegas casino titans.

no kidding...

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On 2/19/2019 at 2:13 PM, spenser1058 said:

I’m sure the fact that Sheldon Adelson, one of the grand high poobahs of the GOP (The Donald’s  decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem happened in no small part thanks to him) and also in Israel might have played a role. He is one of the Vegas casino titans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not to get overly political, but I wouldn't call him a titan.  He owns the Venetian and Palazzo, which obviously, massive hotels, are largely standalone and highly dependent on convention traffic.  I despise him because he close to single-handedly responsible for the lack of regulated online poker in America because he thinks it will dampen his in person casino business (fun fact, studies have shown that's false)

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23 hours ago, spenser1058 said:

OIA expansion is the #2 biggest current airport project in the US (LAX is #1):

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/transportation/os-ne-orlando-airport-construction-ranking-20190304-story,amp.html

From the Sentinel 

good article.

for those that have not been by there lately, that photo does not do the breadth of the construction justice.  the concrete structures u/c are at least 7-9 stories tall in height.  

Also, at the North Terminal, on the B side oldest section where Airsides 1 & 3 are, GOAA moved the Disney Store and OPD.  They cleared out those spaces and they are in the midst of expanding the security gate area to the south of the current area.  It's impressive.  I'm not sure if they are doing the same thing on the other side of Chili's Too to the north towards A.  They would have to clear out Universal if they were.

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4 hours ago, jrs2 said:

good article.

for those that have not been by there lately, that photo does not do the breadth of the construction justice.  the concrete structures u/c are at least 7-9 stories tall in height.  

Also, at the North Terminal, on the B side oldest section where Airsides 1 & 3 are, GOAA moved the Disney Store and OPD.  They cleared out those spaces and they are in the midst of expanding the security gate area to the south of the current area.  It's impressive.  I'm not sure if they are doing the same thing on the other side of Chili's Too to the north towards A.  They would have to clear out Universal if they were.

That's a good move. They redid the check in to increase capacity, but that security checkpoint as constructed would always limit volume due to the bottle neck nature of the North Terminal design. Remember, this setup was designed in the mid to late 70s, in an era where only a fraction of the public flew, and eons before the low cost carriers became ubiquitous.

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That article...was it in the Brightline thread?  It was talking about the failure rate of "big" projects like rail systems and Airbus' A380 which has been discontinued.

How many airports had to alter their gate gantry systems to accommodate the A380 and now Airbus is scrapping the project.  And, Boeing retired the 747.  So, aside from the 777and comparable Airbus jets, is there even going to be a new jumbo jet or are they going by way of the Dodo?

I mean, this won't have much of an effect on MCO...it's just funny how a brand makes a giant jet and the entire industry responds to it with $$$ investment and then that brand dumps that giant jet.

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16 hours ago, jrs2 said:

 And, Boeing retired the 747.

So, aside from the 777and comparable Airbus jets, is there even going to be a new jumbo jet or are they going by way of the Dodo?

Nope - not yet anyway.

The 747-8 line is still open, still building unfulfilled orders, and is open for new orders.

It is true though that while the 748F line [cargo freighters] will be taking and fulfilling orders for years to come, the 748i line [passenger version] will be lucky to see many more commercial passenger orders.

But even as airlines continue to retire their 747-400s, which will still be around with British Airways and a few others until ~2026, Lufthansa, Korean Air, and Air China, etc. will still be flying their 747-8i passenger planes for the next ~20 years.

As for new jumbo jets, Boeing is investing several billion dollars to develop the new 777x line [bigger than the 777] for which they have already taken nearly 400 orders.

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Those duel Jetway bridges still have a lot of use for the large wide body jets such as the A330, A340,  A350, 777, and 787.  Of course still great for the older 747 and 767s.  

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Should Brevard be considered part of Orlando? A GOAA lawsuit challenging Orlando Melbourne International Airport’s name may help decide.

I see the point but, heck, I’d love to see Brevard’s 500,000+ people added to our MSA numbers. I’m guessing Sanford’s getting by scot-free sine they’re part of the Orlando MSA already.

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-ne-orlando-melbourne-airport-name-suit-20190320-story,amp.html

From the Sentinel 

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I flew out of MCO last Friday, going through security for gates 1-59. I have to say, this was the first time ever that I've didn't encounter a line at the pre-check area (at MCO). It's usually a 5-10 minute wait, but nothing. 

 

It looks like they still had a bit on construction on the security area going on, but whatever they changed for the precheck section is certainly working. 

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The redone security area on the original west side A & B section is making progress.  One notable thing is that the CLEAR card lanes, just to the right of TSA Pre, have opened ala direct access to the front of the security lines.  A few weeks back those sections were still under reconstruction.  So, also, when you deplane and exit the AGT station, you go right and then left and then out right through where the Disney Store and OPD etc used to be; they used all of that freed up space.  A very nice improvement over the [email protected] that was there before.  They still haven't activated all of the cancer machines yet.  And, they are still working on the A-side section where The Universal Store and/or Duty Free stores are at or were at.

I say bravo for a very much needed improvement.  What's funny though is that the TSA Pre area has I think two lanes and they are both packed with travelers.  CLEAR barely has anyone there.  Hot tip:  get a CLEAR card.  (no, I do not own stock in the company)

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