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Old December 26th, 2008, 10:35 PM   #41
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Here's some recent ones:

Lufthansa A340 heading for Frankfurt:

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Korean Airlines Cargo heading for Seoul:

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Jetblue arriving from JFK in the Snow:

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And some others:

Hainan Airlines from Beijing:

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Virgin America A320:

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NWA A330:

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Alaska Airlines (Boeing Spirit Plane):

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Southwest:

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Old December 27th, 2008, 07:16 AM   #42
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Old December 28th, 2008, 04:02 AM   #43
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That's a small-looking terminal for 31m annual passengers.
I think it´s an general problem in the USA. All the terminals looks a little bit tablet. In Europe the standard offers more space for the passengers.

Another aspect I want comment is that they are not really enough space between the 2 runways to be independent.

I´m sorry for my english but I´m Spain.
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Old December 28th, 2008, 04:53 AM   #44
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^Independent as planes can't use both at the same time? Like Gatwick?

But in fact all 3 are used at the same time even though they are kind of close to each other.
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Old December 28th, 2008, 05:36 AM   #45
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Nice pictures of SEA-TAC airport!!
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Old December 28th, 2008, 06:50 PM   #46
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^Independent as planes can't use both at the same time? Like Gatwick?

But in fact all 3 are used at the same time even though they are kind of close to each other.
you need 1100 meters between 2 runways if you want use them at the same time.
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Old December 28th, 2008, 10:37 PM   #47
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SEA-TAC is an beautiful airport site, im surprised to see many carries flying to this airport.
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Old December 29th, 2008, 06:51 AM   #48
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Manu84, by US standards, the new third runway is the correct distance for independent use without visibility, instruments only. That's why it was built. The ohe old second runway was usable simultaneously with the first also, but only in good weather.

In the first photo, the terminal coming toward the photograph was recently rebuilt with much larger dimensions, including the small office building you can see. Also, you can see an expansion at the middle of the main terminal where there's a new food court and waiting area.

Later in 2009, a new rail line to Downtown Seattle will open. You can see the towers of Downtown in the picture, barely.

PS, I'm glad that our airport uses a fairly small amount of land. This is important.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 03:03 AM   #49
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I always thought that the airport was way too small for a metro area the size of Seattle and Tacoma.

Look at Cincinnati's airport- four runways. Look at Denver's airport- six runways.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 03:50 AM   #50
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I always thought that the airport was way too small for a metro area the size of Seattle and Tacoma.

Look at Cincinnati's airport- four runways. Look at Denver's airport- six runways.
look at Heathrow (London´s biggest airport) - 2 runways.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 04:13 AM   #51
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look at Heathrow (London´s biggest airport) - 2 runways.
I know, and it is severely congested but there are two other international airports that serve London.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 08:17 PM   #52
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I always thought that the airport was way too small for a metro area the size of Seattle and Tacoma.

Look at Cincinnati's airport- four runways. Look at Denver's airport- six runways.
Cincinnati and Denver are both hub airports (Delta, and United). Sea-Tac is a hub for much smaller Alaska Airlines.

True, Sea-Tac is quite compact, but is still pretty efficient. Some of the pictures shown are a bit deceiving by the angles they were shot.

The remodeled central terminal actually feels spacious, and the new concourse A is large and wide.

Sea-Tac was built in the 1940's, and development soon surrounded the sight so you have ended up with limited space for expansion, if any.

There are no good areas anywhere near the Seattle metro area for another airport as development and terrain make that option almost impossible. Some have suggested using Paine Field in Everett (about 40 miles north) as a commercial airport, but there is strong local opposition. Another option at one time was to build 175 miles east in Moses Lake, Washington, where there is plenty of space and use high speed trains to connect it. Pretty ambitious plan, probably won't happen.

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Moses Lake wasn't a serious proposal -- it had several fatal flaws and was studied only to placate legislators from that area. In fact it was an utterly absurd idea that made no sense on any conceivable level. But Paine Field will probably have a little bit of commercial service in the next five years, and might expand beyond that. I can see Paine having a strong commuter-flight business around the Northwest, with a few longer-distance routes to places like SF and LV.
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Moses Lake wasn't a serious proposal -- it had several fatal flaws and was studied only to placate legislators from that area. In fact it was an utterly absurd idea that made no sense on any conceivable level. But Paine Field will probably have a little bit of commercial service in the next five years, and might expand beyond that. I can see Paine having a strong commuter-flight business around the Northwest, with a few longer-distance routes to places like SF and LV.
Do you think the NIMBYS would ever give in to Paine? Of course, they eventually lost the SeaTac 3rd runway fight...
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Old December 30th, 2008, 11:44 PM   #55
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Nice airport. Greetings from Puerto Rico.
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Moses Lake wasn't a serious proposal -- it had several fatal flaws and was studied only to placate legislators from that area. In fact it was an utterly absurd idea that made no sense on any conceivable level. But Paine Field will probably have a little bit of commercial service in the next five years, and might expand beyond that. I can see Paine having a strong commuter-flight business around the Northwest, with a few longer-distance routes to places like SF and LV.
I would imagine that Paine would make a great hub/gateway for low cost airlines like Allegiant and others like Skybus that miraculously start up. I could imagine that if commercial service was allowed at Paine Allegiant would move its hub from Bellingham to the airport.
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its too small
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Old December 31st, 2008, 08:19 AM   #58
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Too small?? Too small for what?
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^Independent as planes can't use both at the same time? Like Gatwick?

But in fact all 3 are used at the same time even though they are kind of close to each other.



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Manu84, by US standards, the new third runway is the correct distance for independent use without visibility, instruments only. That's why it was built. The ohe old second runway was usable simultaneously with the first also, but only in good weather.

In the first photo, the terminal coming toward the photograph was recently rebuilt with much larger dimensions, including the small office building you can see. Also, you can see an expansion at the middle of the main terminal where there's a new food court and waiting area.

Later in 2009, a new rail line to Downtown Seattle will open. You can see the towers of Downtown in the picture, barely.

PS, I'm glad that our airport uses a fairly small amount of land. This is important.
I´m not sure if you have understand me. I want try it again:


I compare Heatrow with Tacoma, the first one has 2 runways, the second has 3. Heathrow allows that the 2 runways functions at the same time because the air revolutions of one plane doesn´t affect the function of the other runway.

At the picture I see that the diferent runways are too close to each other and I supose that it can function like this diagram:

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Do you think the NIMBYS would ever give in to Paine? Of course, they eventually lost the SeaTac 3rd runway fight...
No, but apparently it's not their call. Local governments can set some parameters and refuse to build infrastructure, but I believe it's the feds that controls whether flights are allowed or not, and who is allowed.
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