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Old April 27th, 2007, 06:30 AM   #61
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Good news. I truely believe Sea-Tac's futue lies in International travel. It is a natural fit for the metro area.

However, Alaska and Horizon are increasing service at Sea-Tac as well, and that is another "bricks and mortar" improvement that will propel Sea-Tac to greatness. Don't underestimate the regionals.
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Old April 27th, 2007, 06:30 AM   #62
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Oh wow... I don't know if it is good thing... I don't want that to attract illegal aliens to Seattle and cause problems like what they did to California.
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Old April 27th, 2007, 06:50 PM   #63
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Crazy, don't worry about Illegal Aliens coming to Seattle via air.

A. Airlines have to verify everybody's travel documents are in order before they leave their destinations, including no fly lists, proper visas, etc.

B. I don't think people who are coming to the US for a better life are sitting in Mexico city and saying, hmm...I make $800 last year, let's go and buy a plane ticket. Doesn't quite pencil out.
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Old April 27th, 2007, 08:26 PM   #64
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That's exciting. Mexico City is on my list and a direct flight makes it easier and probably cheaper.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 07:16 AM   #65
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not that it matters but Aeromexico is starting service on July 3!! haha...

Oh and also Virgin Atlantic announced on April, 24 that it placed orders for 15 boeing 787-9s... they officially said cities we intend to serve with these aircraft are Vancouver, SEATTLE!!!, Melbourne, and Bankok... Virgin Atlantic is based in London, so that means either directs to London-Gatwick, or London-Heathrow... hopefully Heathrow then BA will have some competition and lower those fairs!!!
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Old April 28th, 2007, 08:36 AM   #66
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I hope so. I have family outside London. Not only are the fares high, but the planes fill up. I'm still not sure whether our existing second London flight is year-round or seasonal, but either way a third would be great.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 09:54 AM   #67
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Oh wow... I don't know if it is good thing... I don't want that to attract illegal aliens to Seattle and cause problems like what they did to California.
Their market will be primarily based in tourism, so we don't have anything worry about. After all, illegal immigrants usually don't have the fiscal means to travel by air. It's much more convenient to reside in Spanish-speaking communities near the border.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 09:55 AM   #68
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That's good to know.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 10:52 PM   #69
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not that it matters but Aeromexico is starting service on July 3!! haha...

Oh and also Virgin Atlantic announced on April, 24 that it placed orders for 15 boeing 787-9s... they officially said cities we intend to serve with these aircraft are Vancouver, SEATTLE!!!, Melbourne, and Bankok... Virgin Atlantic is based in London, so that means either directs to London-Gatwick, or London-Heathrow... hopefully Heathrow then BA will have some competition and lower those fairs!!!
Oh man, I never heard that one. Thats GREAT news!!!
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Old April 28th, 2007, 11:09 PM   #70
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I know!! but were gonna have to wait awhile, because they dont get their first plane until 2011!!! unless they start with planes they already have... which I really hope they do.
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Old May 24th, 2007, 05:41 AM   #71
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More good news!! A couple days ago the CEO of Emirates went on a tour of the boeing 787 plant and was very impressed!! Emirates will either order the 787 or the A350. He said that they are concidering Seattle as a destination in the future!!!!
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Old May 24th, 2007, 06:24 AM   #72
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Yeah, I heard about that! The only problem is that we are behind both San Francisco and Los Angeles on their list.
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Old May 24th, 2007, 11:36 PM   #73
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YAY!!!!! FINALLY!!!
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Old May 25th, 2007, 02:52 AM   #74
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Vladivostok Air has applied for Vladivostok - Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky - Anchorage - Seattle and Vladivostok - Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk - Anchorage - Seattle with service starting on April 1st, 2008 using TU-204-300 aircraft. This is a russian far-east carrier.
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Old May 25th, 2007, 04:55 AM   #75
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thats intresting... so it wont be a direct to Russia??
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Old May 25th, 2007, 06:35 AM   #76
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thats intresting... so it wont be a direct to Russia??
Thats correct, it stops in Anchorage. Anchorage is a major cargo gateway and this flight will probably end up relying on cargo more than anything else.
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Old May 27th, 2007, 09:13 AM   #77
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Any (in-depth) news about terminal expansions at Sea-Tac?

Here in Vancouver, it seems there are always some new projects that happen continously.
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Old May 27th, 2007, 09:57 AM   #78
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Sea-Tac is in the middle of a multi-billion series of improvements. Basically always something under construction. At the moment there's another runway (involving something like 1,000,000 truckloads of dirt to add to the plateau the airport sits on), a massive baggage upgrade, and finally a light-rail connection to town. They just opened the new central departure food court and a much larger redo of one concourse. Lots more concourse upgrades are planned. Off-site, they'll also add a giant parking garage and operations center for for rental car companies costing a few hundred million.
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Old May 27th, 2007, 10:12 AM   #79
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I can tell you that the light rail construction is happening much faster than I thought. Just flew out of SeaTac the last week in April and then again this week and the progress has been amazing! It made traffic hell but then again we are used to that in these parts anyway
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Old May 27th, 2007, 06:46 PM   #80
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[QUOTE=en;13390143]Any (in-depth) news about terminal expansions at Sea-Tac?QUOTE]

Not really, the Central Terminal and Concourse A expansions are done. However, the Port is currently looking at expanding the North and South Satellites and Concourse D by 2020 I believe it is.
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