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Old April 28th, 2011, 11:11 AM   #21
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I'd love to see hometown Skidmore, Owings and Merrill design the new terminals
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Old April 28th, 2011, 01:36 PM   #22
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Suburbs still want western terminal at O'Hare
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/2...ews/703289987/

By Marni Pyke

A western terminal and its promise as a cash cow driving economic growth helped convince suburbs around O'Hare to drop resistance to airport expansion and join Chicago in its quest for more runways.

But now with uncertainty about the western terminal's future — when and if it will be built at all — local leaders are adjusting expectations.

“I think it will happen but we have some big obstacles,” DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin said.

After months of feuding, the city with United and American Airlines announced a deal March 14 that ends a lawsuit by the carriers and allows for construction of a runway at O'Hare International Airport's southern end.

Absent from the pact is the western terminal, estimated to cost about $2 billion. The airlines and Chicago agreed to kick other outstanding issues down the road to 2013. United and American opposed the terminal, expected to be used by smaller rival airlines.

“The western terminal complex will only be developed as demand dictates,” Chicago Department of Aviation officials said in an e-mail Friday, adding that “only the users of this facility will be responsible for its costs.”

That puts the future of a western terminal in the hands of United and American's competitors. But with the shaky economy affecting air travel, it's questionable when or if willing investors will step up.

The vision for the airport's western side included extending the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway east from its terminus in Itasca into O'Hare along with a terminal. That was anticipated to trigger development with restaurants, shops and industry rivaling towns to the east like Rosemont.

The expressway project is inching forward as state planners search for funding. Chicago would build parking and provide transport — likely buses — to existing terminals once the expressway reaches O'Hare.

Bensenville Village President Frank Soto in 2009 negotiated a $16 million deal with Chicago ending years of lawsuits hampering airport expansion.

Two years later, Soto still thinks western access is an economic engine for the area. But “whether it's a four-cylinder or an eight-cylinder depends on whether it's a parking garage or a terminal. A terminal's the best option because it creates many more opportunities,” Soto said.

Cronin agreed, noting that the economic “promise will not be realized without the terminal,” he said. “If you're talking about a roadway and a hole in the fence with a parking lot, it's not my vision.”

Historically, DuPage suburbs along with Elk Grove Village fought O'Hare expansion, which involved taking a chunk out of northeast Bensenville. But in 2003, former DuPage Chairman Robert Schillerstrom convinced his board to change course despite opposition from longtime Bensenville Village President John Geils.

Schillerstrom and Geils are no longer in office and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley will be succeeded by Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel in May.

“I'm anxious to sit down with Mayor-elect Emanuel and have a frank discussion,” Cronin said.

“There's a certain amount of uncertainty because of the transition. My vision of western access must include the terminal and western access — there's no doubt about it.”

As to the possibility of the terminal dropping off the radar screen, Soto doesn't blame the city.

“It's not an issue the city of Chicago had control over,” he said. But, he'd rather see the terminal built first, before the runway.

The soft economy and high fuel prices will continue to dog the western terminal for now, aviation expert and DePaul University professor Joseph Schwieterman said.

“Skeptics forget that the expressway will likely bring much development to the communities west of O'Hare regardless of whether a new terminal is built,” he said.

“A new terminal, however, would immeasurably change things.”
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Old April 28th, 2011, 02:10 PM   #23
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This video is a good one as well.
A night time landing video at the O'Hare airport take from the inside of a 737 cockpit.

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Old April 29th, 2011, 11:28 PM   #24
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City poised to seek investors for Chicago-O'Hare high-speed rail line
Chicago Business by Crains, April 12, 2011
http://www.ordexpressrail.com/newspress/city-poised-to-seek-investors-for-chicago-o'hare-high-speed-rail-line,-chicago-business-by-crains,-april-12,-2011.aspx

(AP) — Chicago is moving a step closer to a high-speed rail line running from downtown to O'Hare International Airport.
The city's aviation commissioner, Rosemarie Andolino, says the city will be posting on its Web site this week a notice called a request for information to possible investors and manufacturers.

Retiring Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says such a system is necessary if Chicago is to remain a global city.

He says such a system would be an elevated line and that it would run along one of two routes that would not require the demolition of homes.

Daley says he would expect construction on such a system would begin within a few years, but it remains unclear how realistic the plans are, given the high cost of such systems.
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Old May 1st, 2011, 11:32 PM   #25
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Some photos of Terminal One (the United Terminal):

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Old May 6th, 2011, 04:41 AM   #26
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Some photos of Terminal 3 (the American Airlines Terminal):













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Old May 6th, 2011, 06:18 PM   #27
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Earth Week Activities at Chicago's Airports -- Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station Open at O'Hare International Airport

http://www.ohare.com/PDF/News/1105206336549%5B1%5D.html

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is recognizing Earth Week (April 18- 22) by highlighting some of the many sustainability initiatives at O'Hare and Midway International Airports.

Today's featured initiative is a public electric vehicle (EV) charging station now open at O'Hare International Airport. The EV charging station is a Level 2 station, which will fully charge a vehicle in approximately four to eight hours. The EV charging station is located in Hourly Parking, on the first floor of the main Terminal Parking Garage, immediately adjacent to the parking garage entrance to/from the Bus/Shuttle Center.



The O'Hare EV charging station was installed as part of a City-wide network of 280 EV charging stations. The Citywide EV charging station project is the first and largest of its kind in the United States. The Chicago Department of Environment (DOE) and a private company, 350Green, are facilitating the implementation of this important project.

At the Citywide announcement of the EV charging station project in February 2011, Mayor Richard M. Daley said, "Chicago is on the cutting edge of national efforts to prepare for electric vehicles. When this project is completed, Chicago will have the most DC quick-charging stations of any city in the country, with only the entire State of California surpassing our station numbers."

Credit cards are accepted for the EV charging station usage fees, which average $2 for 90 minutes of charging time. You can also sign up for a monthly user subscription with 350 Green. Please visit www.350green.com for more information.

"As an industry leader for sustainability initiatives, the Chicago Department of Aviation is pleased to offer electric vehicle charging station capability to motorists visiting O'Hare International Airport," said CDA Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino. "With more than 80 million passengers each year, Chicago's airports are an important part of this Citywide initiative."
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Old May 6th, 2011, 06:41 PM   #28
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Photos of Terminal 5 (the International Terminal):

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Old May 9th, 2011, 12:26 PM   #29
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great pics!! i love it!! hope to see this airport soon!!
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Old May 12th, 2011, 03:14 AM   #30
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Aeromexico to commence non stop service to Monterrey and Leon in Mexico from Chicago O' Hare begining July 4.

http://www.aeromexico.com/us/promoti...Monterrey.html

http://www.aeromexico.com/us/promoti...cago-Leon.html
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Old May 12th, 2011, 03:55 AM   #31
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Foreign Carriers serving Chicago O' Hare (ORD) as of 2011.




















































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Old May 16th, 2011, 05:10 PM   #32
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International Destinations served directly from Chicago O' Hare (ORD):

[IMG]http://t2.************/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQGL9MKwQp0NfKu0KbE6US2bJcGwWRifZWgNNTu62zclLkMgmyqDg[/IMG]
Amsterdam
Aruba (seasonal)
Beijing-Capital
Brussels
Calgary
Cancún
Cozumel (seasonal)
Edmonton
Frankfurt
Halifax
Hong Kong
London-Heathrow
Liberia (Costa Rica) (seasonal)
Mexico City
Munich
Montego Bay (seasonal)
Montreal-Trudeau
Ottawa
Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Puerto Vallarta
Punta Cana (seasonal)
Quebec City
Regina
San José del Cabo (seasonal)
São Paulo-Guarulhos
Saskatoon
Shanghai-Pudong
Singapore
St. Maarten (seasonal)
Tokyo-Narita
Toronto-Pearson
Vancouver
Winnipeg

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Beijing-Capital
Brussels
Calgary (seasonal)
Cancun (seasonal)
Cozumel (seasonal)
Delhi
Dublin
Helsinki (seasonal)
London-Heathrow
Manchester (UK)
Mexico City
Montego Bay (seasonal)
Montreal-Trudeau
Ottawa
Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Puerto Vallarta (seasonal)
Rome-Fiumicino (seasonal)
San José del Cabo (seasonal)
Shanghai-Pudong
Tokyo-Narita
Toronto-Pearson



Cancun
Huatulco
Liberia
Montego Bay
Puerto Vallarta

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Old May 16th, 2011, 05:15 PM   #33
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Swift Air to commence flights from Chicago to Croatia`s capital Zagreb
http://www.paylessflights.com/en/art...334/index.html
04.28.2011

Swift Air has been issued with a license to commence flights from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Zagreb Pleso Airport. The service, which is being chartered by the Fly Air Plus tour operator, will commence on June 3, two weeks before the same airline commences services to Belgrade. The Chicago – Zagreb service will operate every Friday until September 14, using the Boeing 767-200ER. The airline will operate flights from Chicago with a similar departure time as the service to Belgrade, while the departure time on the return leg will differ slightly, leaving the Croatian capital on Sunday morning. Flight details will soon be available on the right hand side in the new route launches section. The Chicago – Belgrade flight times can be found here.

The “Jutarnji list” daily writes that North American Airlines was offered an array of subsidies to commence services from New York to the Croatian capital this summer, however, the airline declined, stating there would be no interest.

There have been no direct flights from Zagreb to the United States since 1991. In its golden years of the late 1980s, JAT Yugoslav Airlines operated flights from Zagreb to New York, Chicago, Toronto and Montreal. In recent years, the now defunct Skyservice offered seasonal summer flights from Toronto to Zagreb.
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Old June 14th, 2011, 03:49 AM   #34
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This is a map depicting an extension of the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway to the site of a proposed West Terminal for O'Hare Airport. It also depicts the proposed O'Hare Ring Road. Both are Interstate standard. The existing section of Elgin-O'Hare will be extended from four lanes to six or possibly eight. The Elgin-O'Hare Expressway may possibly be extended west to Elgin.

Now I see there has been no final design unveiled for the new West Terminal. I was wondering what is under construction at O'Hare currently?
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Old July 4th, 2011, 10:52 AM   #35
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Copa Airlines is set to start new direct flights to Panama City from Chicago in December.

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Copa Airlines announces new daily nonstop service between Chicago and Panama

Copa Airlines will begin daily nonstop flights to Chicago, the airline's sixth U.S. destination, on Dec.15, 2011.

By the end of 2011, Copa Holdings (Copa Airlines and Copa Colombia) will serve 57 destinations in 28 countries on the American continent.

http://www.copaair.com/sites/us/en/n...o-chicago.aspx

Panama City, Panama, June 13, 2011--Copa Airlines, subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A., {NYSE: CPA} today announced it will begin daily nonstop service between Chicago O'Hare and Panama, Republic of Panama, on Dec. 15, 2011.

Chicago will be Copa Airlines' sixth destination in the U.S. The airline announced the new service today at a news conference in New York to celebrate Copa's five years on the New York Stock Exchange and to announce the airline's expansion plans.

"Our daily nonstop service will facilitate access between Chicago and Panama, two major business and tourism centers, as well as increase Chicagoans' connectivity to destinations throughout Latin America," said Pedro Heilbron, CEO, Copa Airlines. "In Panama, passengers will be able to connect to other Latin American business and leisure markets. Our new Chicago flight, an important part of Copa's ambitious expansion plan, will offer the fastest and most direct way to fly from Chicago to Santiago, Chile; to Cali, Barranquilla, Medellin and Bogotá, Colombia; and to many other destinations in Latin America."

The flight will depart Chicago's O'Hare International Airport at 8:09 a.m., arriving at Copa's Hub of the Americas in Tocumen International Airport in Panama City at 2:28 p.m. The return flight will depart Panama at 6:34 p.m., arriving in Chicago at 11:06 p.m. Copa will operate a Boeing 737-700 Next-Generation aircraft on the flight, with seating for 12 passengers in Business Class and 112 in the main cabin.

From the Hub of the Americas, Copa Airlines offers flights to more international destinations than any other airline from any other hub in the Latin American region. Passengers can make convenient connections to destinations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, without customs/immigration waits for in-transit passengers.

Copa's on-board service includes complimentary meals and beverages, including wines and spirits; a 12-channel audio-visual entertainment system in English, Spanish and Portuguese, with new movies monthly and complimentary headsets. Flight attendants are bilingual.

The airline operates one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the industry and its on-time performance of more than 90 percent is among the best worldwide. Passengers may purchase tickets at copaair.com in U.S. dollars, as well as nine other currencies and can earn rewards through the OnePass frequent-flyer program shared with alliance partner United-Continental. Copa Airlines will join Star Alliance, the world's largest global alliance, in April 2012.

Copa expansion plans announced today include the addition of two other destinations in December (Cucuta, Colombia; and Asuncion, Paraguay), bringing the airline's total of new destinations in 2011 to seven. Copa begins service this month to Toronto, Canada, its first Canadian destination, as well as Porto Alegre and Brasilia, Brazil, and Nassau, Bahamas. In addition, the airline announced it will expand operations at its Hub of the Americas on June 15, growing from four to six connecting banks, providing passengers with more flight options during the day and bolstering the Hub of the Americas' leadership in the region in schedules and frequencies. The airline's expansion plans include the delivery of 23 new aircraft in the next two years.

"Copa Airlines is one of the most successful and fastest-growing airlines worldwide. We have a long record of steady and profitable growth, having established our position as a leader in Latin American aviation by providing the best connectivity in the region, unsurpassed operational performance, and superior customer service," said CEO Heilbron.

From the U.S., Copa Airlines currently offers nonstop service to Panama from Miami, New York City (JFK), Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. (Dulles), and Orlando.
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Old July 4th, 2011, 01:31 PM   #36
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Now I see there has been no final design unveiled for the new West Terminal. I was wondering what is under construction at O'Hare currently?
Right now they are just reconfiguring the runways. For now I think the airport has put the construction of the new terminal on hold.
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Chinese cargo airline Yangtze River Express Airlines began servicing O' Hare Airport.

YANGTZE RIVER EXPRESS AIRLINES BEGINS NEW CARGO SERVICE FROM O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Also Spirit Airlines is adding direct flights from O' Hare to Orlando, Boston, New York-LaGuardia, and Dallas-Ft. Worth.

SPIRIT AIRLINES ADDS NEW SERVICE TO FIVE U.S. CITIES FROM CHICAGO O’HARE

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Old July 4th, 2011, 09:07 PM   #38
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Here is my top 5 reasons why I really don't like O'Hare:

5. Having to pay for wifi and chronic lack of power sockets
4. Your culinary options: McDonalds, Pizza Hut or that news stand which also sells M&M's.
3. Unkind ground staff, passport control always giving me hassle because of the Arab, Chinese and Russian visa's
2. Waiting lines up to an hour for safety inspections and passport control.
1. Signage. The town's drunk must have been in charge of this one. Expect to be routed through parking garages on your way to the metro, or direction signs which just mysteriously disappear.
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Old July 5th, 2011, 07:27 AM   #40
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Here is my top 5 reasons why I really don't like O'Hare:

5. Having to pay for wifi and chronic lack of power sockets
4. Your culinary options: McDonalds, Pizza Hut or that news stand which also sells M&M's.
3. Unkind ground staff, passport control always giving me hassle because of the Arab, Chinese and Russian visa's
2. Waiting lines up to an hour for safety inspections and passport control.
1. Signage. The town's drunk must have been in charge of this one. Expect to be routed through parking garages on your way to the metro, or direction signs which just mysteriously disappear.
Most of your reasons for disliking O'Hare can be found at any large hub in the US though. Honestly from my experience Atlanta is much worse for this in my opinion regarding Immigration and Customs holdups, rude employees, etc.
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