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Old Posted May 30, 2008, 4:27 AM
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American announced that they were cutting domestic capacity by 10-15% this fall.
However, this one specific flight was cut due to the future increase in SMF airport fee.

Riiiiiiight. That sounds so plausible....Not!
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American announced that they were cutting domestic capacity by 10-15% this fall.
However, this one specific flight was cut due to the future increase in SMF airport fee.

Riiiiiiight. That sounds so plausible....Not!
I agree - like they wouldn't pass on the extra $3 to the flyer/customer.Totally unbelieveable. I call BS.
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There's gonna be a lot of BS coming from the airlines through this whole process. Luckily, it's generally being ignored.
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There's gonna be a lot of BS coming from the airlines through this whole process. Luckily, it's generally being ignored.

AA is full of hot air..

As far as the expansion, this plane has left the gate. The bonds have been and continue to be sold...


I find it hard to believe airlines will end serivce in Sacramento, when even with fees at their highest, SMF will still be less expensive to operate than either SJC or SFO and nearly on Par with Oakland.
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Airport launches new nonstop service
Sacramento Business Journal


US Airways will launch its previously announced nonstop service to Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C. from Sacramento International Airport on Tuesday.

A ceremony to kick off the Philadelphia service will be attended by county and airline officials, along with the mascot for Drexel University, the Philadelphia-based school that hopes to build a university campus in Placer County.

The Tempe, Ariz.-based airline announced the new service in February. Philadelphia service departs each morning. Service to Charlotte is a "red eye," departing at night and arriving on the East Coast the next morning.
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On the national scene..........

Airlines move to make bad situation worse
United plans to take 70 jets out of service, cut domestic capacity 17 percent

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updated 4:22 p.m. PT, Wed., June. 4, 2008




CHICAGO - First it was soaring ticket prices and vanishing bargain fares, then new baggage fees. Now air travelers are facing dwindling choices for when they can fly and where — even to such popular tourist destinations as Las Vegas and Orlando.

The squeeze, a byproduct of record oil prices that are pushing airlines toward financial disaster, accelerated Wednesday when United Airlines announced plans to take 70 more jets out of service and cut domestic capacity by 17 to 18 percent in 2008-09. Its discount unit Ted will be shut down and 1,100 additional jobs eliminated, with more to follow.

That came two weeks after a similar move by AMR Corp.'s American Airlines, the only U.S. carrier larger than United, which said it would slash domestic capacity 11 to 12 percent after the peak summer travel season. American already has begun eliminating flights, as have No. 3 Delta Air Lines Inc. and others.

That's bad news for travelers, especially those who fly out of smaller regional airports that are losing flights and service, and it's almost certain to get worse unless oil prices drop and take the pressure off airlines to keep shrinking. "For the next year or so, it's going to be gloom and doom" in terms of fares and flight options, said air travel expert Tom Parsons.

While United didn't specify routes or flights to be trimmed, the airlines already have begun targeting less profitable flights even if they are to leisure destinations with strong demand. Several carriers have cut back on service to Las Vegas, Honolulu and elsewhere; Delta's service to and from Orlando, Fla., is down 45 percent from a year ago.

While demand for tickets to those destinations remains solid, the airlines say they have to focus on higher-priced and more profitable routes in the face of sky-high fuel prices.

A look at recent cutbacks and prospects for more among the six largest U.S. airlines:

AMERICAN — The biggest U.S. airline announced last month it would cut domestic capacity 11 to 12 percent after the peak summer travel season, but already has begun trimming flights. American will end its short-lived service from New York to London's Stansted Airport and drop a daily nonstop flight from Chicago to Honolulu. The carrier also is pulling out of Oakland, Calif. It plans to retire 45 to 50 planes, most of them gas-guzzling MD-80s, and its American Eagle sister carrier will retire 30 to 35 jets.
DELTA — More domestic capacity cuts likely to be disclosed in the future on top of the 10 percent reduction announced in March, which was 5 percent more than previously planned. Delta also said in March that it plans to use some aircraft less and park 15-20 mainline aircraft and 20-25 regional jets. Still expanding international flying — plans to increase international capacity by more than 15 percent this year.

CONTINENTAL — Still expanding its international network but plans to cut U.S. capacity 5 percent this fall because of concern about record high fuel prices and a weakening economy. Plans to drop service at Chicago's Midway Airport.

NORTHWEST — Plans to reduce domestic flying beginning in September by 5 percent more than previously planned, and has said further domestic capacity reductions are likely. However, in April it said its overall capacity would still rise 2 percent to 3 percent, although it also said that might come down because of fuel prices. Northwest has also accelerated the retirement of its old DC-9 aircraft, planning to operate 61 by the end of the year, down from 94 that it owned at the end of 2007. Northwest is also parking five to 10 Boeing 757s and Airbus A320s and A319s this year.

SOUTHWEST — Unlike the rest of the big carriers, Southwest has been adding flights. Airline said Wednesday it had nothing to add to CEO Gary Kelly's comments last month that "I would love for Southwest to grow modestly next year and in 2010, but at this point we're not making any announcements."

US AIRWAYS — Plans to trim capacity 2 to 4 percent in the second half and also will replace older aircraft, letting leases run out on 28 planes, including four Boeing 757s and 24 Boeing 737s. Those aircraft will be replaced with 14 Embraer 190s and five Airbus 321 aircraft. Morningstar analyst Brian Nelson says US Airways must make more cuts because of its financial position, which he says is "among the least attractive" of the big U.S. carriers.


Airline consultant Robert Mann said the tourism and travel industries as a whole are subject to "serious collateral damage," with a likely drop in air travelers to hotels and resorts in places that have flourished with the proliferation of low air fares.

The outlook may be grimmest of all for airlines that don't cut back enough to survive oil prices trading above $122 a barrel even after a decline from $135. That's still well more than double the $50-a-barrel price that United pegged its business plan to after emerging from bankruptcy in 2006.

"Some airlines will likely go bankrupt and cease operating," Lehman Brothers analyst Joseph Campbell said in a note to investors Wednesday.

That might help the bottom lines of those that manage to keep flying, but it would only speed up a trend of narrowing U.S. flight options that has been under way for months.

The largest airports may see only a small decline in flight options, but smaller cities such as Lancaster, Pa., and Ithaca, N.Y., already have lost all service. Experts say others in the East, Midwest and beyond are likely to see individual carriers depart or also lose service completely.

"If you're in a small city you're going to have less opportunities, and the leisure markets are going to be priced out," said Parsons, chief executive of the discount travel site Bestfares.com.

U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, chairman of the House aviation subcommittee, said he is concerned about small and rural areas losing service. He said he strongly supports the "essential air service" program, which provides federal subsidies to guarantee air routes in rural areas, but is taking a wait-and-see approach before considering further financial support for carriers.


"We are in uncharted waters here (with potential mergers and record-high fuel prices) and we need to see how everything shakes out," the Illinois Democrat said in a telephone interview. As air service to rural areas declines, he said, all options "will have to be on the table."

UAL Corp.'s United said it plans to cut an additional 900 to 1,100 salaried, contract and management employees by the end of the year, in addition to 500 previously announced job reductions. The combined reductions mean the airline is cutting nearly 3 percent of its 55,600 workers worldwide.

"With fuel at historically high levels, United and our competitors need to redefine ourselves in this marketplace," Glenn Tilton, United's chairman, president and CEO, said in a message to employees.

United said it plans to ground its entire fleet of 94 Boeing B737s as well as six of the company's 747s — its oldest and least fuel-efficient planes. It previously said it was going to mothball 30 of the jets. It is scrapping the coach-only Ted service and reconfiguring those planes to include first-class seats.

Besides the larger reduction in domestic capacity, it also is scaling back international capacity by 4 to 5 percent.

Regardless of the impact on travelers, industry analysts hail the ongoing cutbacks as necessary.

"You can't just cut 17 percent of your domestic capacity if you're not in trouble," said Brian Nelson of Morningstar. "United is definitely taking the lead here in terms of the magnitude of cuts needed. However, it's going to also require others to make those steps."

Grounding the planes quickly could be a challenge for United. That is because half of the 737s it wants to pull from service are operated under leases, not owned outright.

"I think what they'll do is wait until they get toward the end of the leases before they park them," said Mike Boyd, president of aviation consultancy The Boyd Group.

United declined to say which companies it leased the planes from, but the contracts are likely spread among a number of different companies.

John McMahon, chief executive of Genesis Lease Ltd., which leases three Airbus A320s to United, said lease contracts typically run five years or more. Lessors may be willing to renegotiate the terms of an existing deal if they can line up other customers, but contracts typically don't require them to, he said.

"It's not unlike if you're renting an apartment, and you have a contract ... and you want to get out of it," McMahon said. "It's not that straightforward."
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Old Posted Jun 5, 2008, 2:41 PM
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AMERICAN — The biggest U.S. airline announced last month it would cut domestic capacity 11 to 12 percent after the peak summer travel season, but already has begun trimming flights. American will end its short-lived service from New York to London's Stansted Airport and drop a daily nonstop flight from Chicago to Honolulu. The carrier also is pulling out of Oakland, Calif. It plans to retire 45 to 50 planes, most of them gas-guzzling MD-80s, and its American Eagle sister carrier will retire 30 to 35 jets.
DELTA — More domestic capacity cuts likely to be disclosed in the future on top of the 10 percent reduction announced in March, which was 5 percent more than previously planned. Delta also said in March that it plans to use some aircraft less and park 15-20 mainline aircraft and 20-25 regional jets. Still expanding international flying — plans to increase international capacity by more than 15 percent this year.
But American insists the reason they cut one MD-80 flight to Dallas from SMF was because of the increase in fees... riiiiiiiiiiight!
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But American insists the reason they cut one MD-80 flight to Dallas from SMF was because of the increase in fees... riiiiiiiiiiight!

I found that just a bit ironic. I wont be surpised if other airlines looking to cut their fleet, use the same kind of blame game.


It's all nonsense of course and everyone but the most simple minded (aka SacBee web commenters) can see it.
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Old Posted Jun 5, 2008, 5:39 PM
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Continental just announced that they are cutting 3000 jobs and reducing capacity by 11%.

Even with all these reductions, I feel it would have minimal impact here at SMF.
For example, Continental only flies to Houston from here. AA to Dallas and NW to Minneapolis. So its not like we'll be losing destinations...unless the airlines decide to not serve SMF. (very unlikely).

As for US's nonstop to Philly and Charlotte, I'm sure its limited to just this summer.
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the highly unlikely was my idea also BUT when I lived in So Cal I used to fly Northwest all the time out of Ontario.....they stopped flying out of Ontario a few years ago so they did drop an airport entirely. oooops talking about Northwest here.
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San Luis Obispo seeks federal grant for direct flight to Sacramento
Sacramento Business Journal
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San Luis Obispo County officials this week applied for a $425,000 federal grant that could help them establish a direct flight with a regional airline between San Luis Obispo and Sacramento.

The county Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the grant application Tuesday. If the application is successful, the county would contribute a $25,000 local match.

"The idea is to assist the airline on any kind of startup costs," said Craig Piper, assistant airports manager for the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.

Officials hope to persuade SkyWest Airlines (Nasdaq: SKYW) to provide the service since the airline already has personnel at both the regional airport and Sacramento International Airport.

"We may look to see if Horizon could be considered," he said, since Horizon could provide a link to the Pacific Northwest. Seattle is San Luis Obispo's No. 5 origin and destination market, and Portland is No. 9, Piper said.

The $475,000 would go to help the airline advertise the flights and, in the event the flights didn't have enough people on board to make the route profitable, the airport would purchase the empty seats for a specified amount of time, Piper said.

San Luis Obispo had a direct connection to Sacramento that was discontinued in 1998. Piper said a direct flight to Sacramento would be "highly desirable," since it could save roughly an hour or more in travel time, and San Luis Obispo County has a number of state agencies that regularly do business in Sacramento. Currently, the most direct route to Sacramento is through either San Francisco or Los Angeles.

San Luis Obispo officials expect to know as early as August if their grant application has been approved.
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So, there will be no regular meals, no snacks, charges of appx $25 and $15 for 1st and 2nd luggages, charges for curbside check-in, charges to select seating, plus a newly announced additional $60 surcharge on many airlines (as reported in SF Chronicle today). Sure glad I don't have much summer flying planned for the rest of this year. Gonna be brutal for airlines and travellers alike. Can't wait for them to start charging for a glass of water.
Well, we didn't have to wait long. Now they are charging for a bottle of water. And soda and tea and coffee and juice. What's next? Restroom fees? Blanket fees? Fees for magazines and newspapers?

From USA Today

US Airways to charge for beverages, adds fee to frequent-flier awards

In a move that it says "accelerates" its "business model transformation," US Airways just announced a sweeping series of changes that include charging customers for beverages and a $15 fee for a first checked bag.

US Airways says it will begin charging customers for all, non-alcoholic beverages, "including sodas, juices, bottled water and coffee" in its domestic coach cabins. The cost of alcoholic beverages will rise to $7 from $5. US Airways says more details are forthcoming, and "will include new premium beverage and hearty snack choices."

The carrier announced a number of other changes, but one significant change involves its frequent-flier program. The airline will assess a new "award redemption processing fee" for all award tickets issued on or after Aug. 6. "Free" mileage tickets for domestic flights and to Canada will now be assessed a $25 fee. Flights to Mexico and the Caribbean will now come with a $35 fee while flights to Hawaii or to international destinations outside of North America will cost $50. The change appears to mean that the airline is no longer offering completely free tickets in exchange for airline miles. Additionally, US Airways will no longer award bonus miles on paid flights flown by its elite frequent-flier members.

Despite the change, US Airways says its "frequent flyer program continues to be one of the best programs in the industry and presents the most generous upgrade opportunities. Dividend Miles Preferred members are eligible for unlimited complimentary upgrades up to seven days prior to departure versus five days, often accompanied by a fee, in other airlines' frequent flyer programs."

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Kind of reminds me of that Southwest commerical where they charged a quarter for using the overhead baggage compartment, reclining your seat and using the front tray table and the restroom.

"The restrooms are in the back of the plane for minimum of four dollars"

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Continental following American's lead is ending service from Oakland and those losses come after the loss of Aloha Airlines, ATA Airlines and Skybus Airlines, which went out of business.


SMF also lost Aloha.

The thing i find ironic is that after SFO and SJC, SMF will have the third highest airport user fees in Northern Caliofornia (at least through 2013) being higher than Oakland and yet Oakland is losing serivce.

In retrospect it was probably a good idea to cut the expansion back from 23 gates to 19, but who knows how this will play out.

I suspect SMF will lose more service or have an airline pull out altogether.


But I also think that the airport expansion will position it to bounce back and attract more flights; especially once the economy turns around. Fuel prices may never drop, but fuel prices aren't the only probelm right now. Many American's are feeling the economic pinch and curbing travel plans to save money.


Anyway let's hope SMF can weather the storm.
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BREAKING NEWS>>>>>>>>>>

Sacramento Breaks Ground On Airport ExpansionVideo: Tour Of Sac International Expansion
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ―
Sacramento County pulled out golden shovels and broke ground on the largest capital improvement project in it's history. It's a $1.27 billion project including construction of a new Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport.

The project includes construction of a new terminal that will make passenger drop off easier and cut down on waits in security. It will also add new parking lots, a hotel, restaurants and even a light rail service.

But not everyone is happy with the project. Major airlines complain the expansion will double their rent by 2013 and those increases will be passed onto the customer.

Parking rates are also expected to go up.

The old terminal B will be open during construction and project managers say they hope the interruptions and problems are minimal during the project.

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Man this is freaken awesome. Sac is going to have one of the sweetest terminals in the country.
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Man this is freaken awesome. Sac is going to have one of the sweetest terminals in the country.
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New Terminal B will be the only world class offering Sac will have.
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BREAKING NEWS>>>>>>>>>>

Sacramento Breaks Ground On Airport ExpansionVideo: Tour Of Sac International Expansion
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ―
Sacramento County pulled out golden shovels and broke ground on the largest capital improvement project in it's history. It's a $1.27 billion project including construction of a new Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport.

The project includes construction of a new terminal that will make passenger drop off easier and cut down on waits in security. It will also add new parking lots, a hotel, restaurants and even a light rail service.

But not everyone is happy with the project. Major airlines complain the expansion will double their rent by 2013 and those increases will be passed onto the customer.

Parking rates are also expected to go up.

The old terminal B will be open during construction and project managers say they hope the interruptions and problems are minimal during the project.

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Man this is freaken awesome. Sac is going to have one of the sweetest terminals in the country.










Finally..


The first impression people have of a city (when flying in) is the airport.
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Bravo, Bravo!!

Lets hope they stay on schedule and this thing really gets built as planned by 2011.
The timing couldnt be no worse regarding their start date considering fuel prices, and airline troubles.

Sactown Mag should do story on all the benefits of this expansion/renewal project for Sac citing and comparing expansions at Indianapolis and Chicago to name a few.

All the nimby, anti-growth, doom and gloom people were out in force in the comment section of todays SacBee.
Laissez les tomber. Nevermind them.

Nous mènerons ce travail à bonne fin coûte que coûte! We will see this job through at all costs!
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All the nimby, anti-growth, doom and gloom people were out in force in the comment section of todays SacBee.
Laissez les tomber. Nevermind them.

Nous mènerons ce travail à bonne fin coûte que coûte! We will see this job through at all costs!
Were they talking about the airport or Majin???
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