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Old July 21st, 2009, 08:02 PM   #1141
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It is so good to see this project underway again. A nice addition to the airport area.
Port of Seattle press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20 2009


Contact:
Perry Cooper
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Media Pager 206-610-9750
Lee Keller, Turner Construction
206-799-3805




Rental Car Facility Construction to Re-Start and Create 3,000 Jobs
On-Site Media Photo Opportunity, Wednesday, July 22, 10:30 a.m.

(Seattle - July 20, 2009) - With an estimated 3,000 jobs connected to the project, the Port of Seattle, the City of SeaTac, Turner Construction and representatives from the Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council and King County Labor Council will officially re-start the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Consolidated Rental Car Facility at a press conference and media photo opportunity on Wednesday, July 22 at 10:30 a.m. Media also will meet some of the laborers who lost jobs during the suspension of the project and are now back at work.

Construction on the $419 million, 23-acre site will generate more than 3,000 local, family-wage jobs and nearly $2 million in tax revenue for the City of SeaTac over the life of the project. At least 1,000 jobs are expected to be created by the end of 2009. The facility is scheduled to open in spring of 2012.

The Sea-Tac Airport Consolidated Rental Car Facility will support all airport-related rental car operations at one convenient location. It is designed to meet the current and future demands of the traveling public. The facility will be a five-story structure that will greatly improve the size, space, and efficiency of rental car operations that are currently spread out from the main terminal garage and multiple off-site locations. In addition, the facility will open up two floors of public parking, more than 3,200 spaces, in the main terminal garage.

The project was temporarily suspended in December 2008 due to the meltdown in the global credit market. The Port of Seattle Commission approved the successful sale of $317 million in revenue bonds in late June in order to re-start the project.



Sea-Tac Airport Rental Car Facility Construction
Press Conference and Photo Opportunity
When: July 22, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Rental Car Facility Construction Site, located on International Blvd, between
S. 160the Street and Highway 518, SeaTac.
Who: Scheduled to attend: Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton, Turner
Construction General Manager Jack Beaudoin, SeaTac Mayor Ralph Shape,
representatives from the Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council
and King County Labor Council and several on-site laborers will be on hand
for interviews as well.
Directions: Enter the construction site from International Blvd, just south of the Highway 518
overpass. Check-in at the gate will guide you to press conference location. Opportunity
can be made for midday news live shots, however, construction site will be closed for
evening news times.

For more information, contact Perry Cooper, Port of Seattle Media Officer at [email protected] or 206-787-4923.


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Old July 21st, 2009, 10:09 PM   #1142
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3,000 jobs?!?!?! Holy Shit! That's great news!
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 12:50 AM   #1143
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Press release for the Icelandic inaugural

From the Port of Seattle:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2009


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Media Advisory
Port of Seattle Celebrates Icelandair Inaugural Flight To Reykjavik
Washington Commerce Director Joins Gate Event Thursday, July 23rd, 3 p.m.

(Seattle) July 21, 2009 - The Port of Seattle will welcome Icelandair to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with the inaugural flight from Seattle to Reykjavik on Thursday, July 23, 3 p.m. Washington State Department of Commerce Director Rogers Weed will join Port of Seattle officials and welcome Icelandair CEO Birkir Holm Gudnason and Iceland Minister of Communication Kristjan L. Moller.

The inaugural event is scheduled at Gate S-1, South Satellite The Port of Seattle Fire Department will honor the inaugural departure with a traditional water salute.

Icelandair flies an all-Boeing fleet and will serve Sea-Tac Airport with a 183-seat Boeing 757.

Icelandair will provide four flights a week, departing on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 4:30 p.m., and arriving in Reykjavik at 6:45 a.m. Nonstop connections through the Reykjavik hub include flights to Copenhagen, Oslo, Stavanger, Stockholm, Paris, London, Manchester, Amsterdam, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Barcelona, Madrid, and more. For more information about Icelandair, fares, and packages go to www.icelandair.com. The airline has announced intentions to add a fifth flight weekly in 2010.
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WHAT: Icelandair Inaugural Seattle-Reykjavik Flight Gate Event

WHO: Speakers will include:Washington Director of Commerce Rogers Weed; Icelandair
CEO Birkir Holm Gudnason; Port of Seattle Commissioner Lloyd Hara; and Managing
Director of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Mark Reis and Iceland Minister of
Commerce, Kristjan L. Moller.

WHEN: Thursday, July 23
2:30 p.m. Latest media arrival time for escort to gate
3:00 p.m. Inaugural gate event begins
3:40 p.m. Passengers board for flight to Reykjavik
4:30 p.m. Flight departs for Reykjavik

WHERE: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Gate S-1, South Satellite
Media must check in at a guest table at the south security checkpoint for an escort
to the gate. [Note: the last escort will be at 2:30 p.m.]
All attending media must have ID and comply with TSA security requirements.

Media RSVP: Perry Cooper, Sea-Tac Airport Media Officer, [email protected] or 206-787-4923.
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 02:58 AM   #1144
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3,000 jobs!?!? That's great news for Seattle and Puget Sound!
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Old August 1st, 2009, 05:27 AM   #1145
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Does anyone have pics of the first Iceland Air flight?
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Old August 1st, 2009, 05:56 AM   #1146
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http://www.q13fox.com/news/kcpq-0723...,1600590.story

http://www.icenews.is/index.php/2009...gan-yesterday/

I can't find any whatsoever.
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Old August 1st, 2009, 06:00 AM   #1147
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/smartjunco/3747823369/
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Old August 2nd, 2009, 02:23 AM   #1148
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I really like the water arch celebrations. It is part of what still makes aviation special. It can be used as a celebration of new flights, as well as retiring of old planes, or retiring captains. Also to bring war heros home. Just a nice touch all-around.
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Old August 2nd, 2009, 03:01 AM   #1149
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Oh and yesterday was SAS's last flight.
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Old August 2nd, 2009, 06:38 AM   #1150
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Not sure if this has been posted yet but this flight is going to go 5x weekly next summer due to better than expected demand.
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Old August 3rd, 2009, 03:37 AM   #1151
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Not sure if this has been posted yet but this flight is going to go 5x weekly next summer due to better than expected demand.
Thanks, in a roundabout way, to SAS...
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Old August 4th, 2009, 04:35 AM   #1152
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New Cargo Flights to Europe

Just saw something today that Lufthansa will be starting twice-weekly cargo flights from Sea-Tac to Frankfurt with an MD-11 on August 20.

Not sure if this is of interest in this forum since it's not a passenger flight, but just thought I'd pass it along.
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Old August 4th, 2009, 04:52 AM   #1153
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Wow! That's great! I'm always happy to see nay new service and it's also a plus to see Tri-jets making a come back at SEA
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Old August 11th, 2009, 12:39 AM   #1154
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I saw this in Wikipedia under the "Sea-Tac Airport" entry. Is Northwest really starting up a Seattle to Hong Kong flight? And serving Beijing too? Or is Wiki wrong?

From Wiki: Northwest Airlines: Amsterdam, Beijing-Capital [ends August 31], Detroit, Hong Kong [begins September 1], Honolulu, Memphis [seasonal], Minneapolis/St. Paul, Tokyo-Narita
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I saw this in Wikipedia under the "Sea-Tac Airport" entry. Is Northwest really starting up a Seattle to Hong Kong flight? And serving Beijing too? Or is Wiki wrong?

From Wiki: Northwest Airlines: Amsterdam, Beijing-Capital [ends August 31], Detroit, Hong Kong [begins September 1], Honolulu, Memphis [seasonal], Minneapolis/St. Paul, Tokyo-Narita
the hong kong flight is a one stop in tokyo
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Old August 11th, 2009, 02:55 AM   #1156
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We have been told that the SEA-PEK (Beijing) flight is scheduled to begin in March, 2010. However, unless the economy turns around significantly, I wouldn't expect NW (Delta) to begin this as they've already lost a lot of revenue from unsuccessful international routes. Delta has not hesitated from cutting the fat from their operations.
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I think Delta will start the Beijing service. Seattle has been such a great market for them and they have been broadening their connections here.
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Does anyone know how the load factors have been on the current SEA-PEK flight on Hainan Airlines? Are they successful on this route so far?
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Westseaguy, I work for NW/DL for 20 years. At training where I was able to talk to the president, Ed Bastian, he said currently the odds were 50/50, and this was before the airline economies eroded faster. If you have more or better information than that, I'll be happy to hear it, as it'll benefit me to have this route start. Its just that right now the airline economies have been hammered WORSE than post 9/11. The biggest problem for international routes is that the demand for business class and first class seats is off by 1/3.

The economy section can go out full, and then upgrade FF status passengers into business class, but that won't generate the necessary revenue for profitability. Yes, it would be great to have this route operate, but unless the business class goes out consistently full and the coach seats aren't dumped onto the bucket operators, the route won't be profitable and won't operate.

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Interesting stuff, Cap Hill. Thanks for the info!

When you talked to the NW/DL president, was there any speculation of other int'l routes out of Sea-Tac in the future?
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