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Old Posted Aug 1, 2014, 3:58 AM
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AT&T announced Tuesday that it will introduce its GigaPower network to the San Antonio market — capable of downloading 25 songs in one second, a TV show in three seconds and an HD online movie in 36 seconds — though the company did not provide a timetable for the roll-out.

The service also allows customers to watch and record five simultaneous HD streams.

“AT&T's investment will deliver some of the fastest broadband Internet speeds our city has ever seen, helping spur economic growth across the city,” Mayor Ivy Taylor said in a statement. “When local governments and the private sector work together, consumers and businesses win.”

Availability and pricing of the service in the San Antonio market, will be announced later, AT&T said in a press release.
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The field of competitors in the race to provide San Antonio with faster fiber-optic networks is getting crowded, with Time Warner Cable jumping in Thursday.

The company announced it will provide its San Antonio customers — along with those in six other markets — upgraded Internet and TV services as a part of the expansion of their TWC Maxx network by the end of 2015.

Internet speeds will be up to six times faster than they are now for customers in San Antonio. DVRs will be able to record six shows at once and store about 150 hours of high-definition shows.

The provider is converting to an all-digital system, providing digital converters to customers with cable boxes and turning all remaining analog channels to digital.

TWC's announcement comes two days after AT&T announced it will roll out its high-speed GigaPower network in San Antonio.
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Old Posted Sep 29, 2014, 5:26 PM
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For San Antonio, the strong connections at Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth help explain why it has so far been overlooked by the Europeans, although neither Houston nor Dallas/Fort Worth is very close to San Antonio (at around 200 miles or more). By contrast British Airways serves the smaller Texas city of Austin, the Texan capital, which is only 70 miles from San Antonio, with a double daily 787-8 service from London Heathrow. Southwest is also the leading airline at Austin's Bergstrom airport.

American/US Airways are number two at San Antonio, with 17% of seats, suggesting that oneworld partner British Airways could have some interest in the destination in the future. Star's United (15% of seats) and SkyTeam's Delta (14%) are close behind, raising the possibility that Lufthansa and Air France-KLM may also take a look at San Antonio.

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Old Posted Sep 29, 2014, 9:19 PM
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That would be awesome to get some European routes! It would do wonders for tourism that's for sure. And hopefully entice more business travel.
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As the fourth largest city in the US, San Antonio would seem to be a prime candidate for direct flights from European airlines.
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I wonder how Houston feels about that.
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BA does not provide double daily service to AUS. They only fly in once a day and fly out once (That's not double daily). AUS also has more passenger traffic than SAT. I'd imagine by now that number is approaching 1M more passengers than SAT (2013, AUS had 900K more). With the tech industry in Austin and events such as SXSW, Formula 1, and the X Games, it's a more desirable destination than SA. Don't get me wrong, I love SA and would love nothing more than to see international service with a wide body plane, such as the beautiful 787 Dreamliner, but it'll be awhile until that happens.

As for the "fourth largest city in the US" quote. Please find a source that shows this.
NYC, LA, CHI, HOU, PHL, PHX are all bigger. Our overall metro population pushes us even further back into the 20s, behind cities such as San Francisco and Detroit. We are, however, in the fourth largest countyin the state of Texas behind Harris, Dallas, and Tarrant.

Again, I hate to be the Debbie Downer, but the article itself was full of holes. I had the same excitement when I first read it prior to seeing it here, but after further review, saw that it was incredibly flawed. The ONE thing it did have correct was the fact that we're the largest city with no direct European flights.
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BA does not provide double daily service to AUS. They only fly in once a day and fly out once (That's not double daily). AUS also has more passenger traffic than SAT. I'd imagine by now that number is approaching 1M more passengers than SAT (2013, AUS had 900K more). With the tech industry in Austin and events such as SXSW, Formula 1, and the X Games, it's a more desirable destination than SA. Don't get me wrong, I love SA and would love nothing more than to see international service with a wide body plane, such as the beautiful 787 Dreamliner, but it'll be awhile until that happens.

As for the "fourth largest city in the US" quote. Please find a source that shows this.
NYC, LA, CHI, HOU, PHL, PHX are all bigger. Our overall metro population pushes us even further back into the 20s, behind cities such as San Francisco and Detroit. We are, however, in the fourth largest countyin the state of Texas behind Harris, Dallas, and Tarrant.

Again, I hate to be the Debbie Downer, but the article itself was full of holes. I had the same excitement when I first read it prior to seeing it here, but after further review, saw that it was incredibly flawed. The ONE thing it did have correct was the fact that we're the largest city with no direct European flights.
If I'm not mistaken a lot of the AUS passenger count being higher is because Jet Blue uses them as a mini hub and the fact that it is the capitol...
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The biggest issue with SAT gaining a non-stop flight to Europe is that the airport doesn't have the runway length to accommodate the flight. The airports runways are both roughly 8500 feet long. A loaded plane flying across the Atlantic from central Texas is going to need 10,000 feet of runway length or more. Austin has a 12,500 foot runway. New Orleans has a 10,500 foot runway and has had non-stop service to London in the past. I think that the airports master plan calls for the runways to be lengthened to over 10,000 feet, but that is far into the future. Until the runways are long enough, SAT will not have non-stop service to Europe, period.
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The biggest issue with SAT gaining a non-stop flight to Europe is that the airport doesn't have the runway length to accommodate the flight. The airports runways are both roughly 8500 feet long. A loaded plane flying across the Atlantic from central Texas is going to need 10,000 feet of runway length or more. Austin has a 12,500 foot runway. New Orleans has a 10,500 foot runway and has had non-stop service to London in the past. I think that the airports master plan calls for the runways to be lengthened to over 10,000 feet, but that is far into the future. Until the runways are long enough, SAT will not have non-stop service to Europe, period.
Do you have data on a 787 or 747 to back this up? UPS and FedEX both fly wide bodies in as well. I flew on a fully loaded 757 into SAT from NY several years ago and it didn't seem to have any issues. Seeing as SA is actively seeking European routes, not sure they would be doing this without the correct runway lengths.
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Flying a wide body to Memphis or Cincinnati requires a lot less fuel than flying across the Atlantic from SAT. You need the added runway length to safely operate the takeoff with all the extra fuel weight, and for the weather variables that occur. Heat, wind and humidity all have a hand in the aircrafts' take off performance level. As far as Data to back this up, I don't have it at hand but I could look it up if you would like. I am going off from what my father had told me several years ago concerning this very issue. He was a 747 pilot for 20 years.
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For Texboy; Here is some data concerning the 747.

http://www.boeing.com/assets/pdf/com...s/7474sec3.pdf

The runway take off length requirements start on page 14.
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Again for Texboy; here is some data for the 787.

http://planes.findthebest.com/l/293/...7-8-Dreamliner

"A required take-off field length of 10,300 ft is one of the very longest of any fixed-wing aircraft, limiting use to only the largest airports."

I hope this helps.
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BA does not provide double daily service to AUS. They only fly in once a day and fly out once (That's not double daily). AUS also has more passenger traffic than SAT. I'd imagine by now that number is approaching 1M more passengers than SAT (2013, AUS had 900K more). With the tech industry in Austin and events such as SXSW, Formula 1, and the X Games, it's a more desirable destination than SA. Don't get me wrong, I love SA and would love nothing more than to see international service with a wide body plane, such as the beautiful 787 Dreamliner, but it'll be awhile until that happens.
2013 numbers: AUS=10,017,958 passengers; SAT=8,252,330

Thus, AUS had 1,765,628 more passengers travel through its airport than SAT in 2013 (almost 5,000 more per day). Furthermore, AUS had an annual growth rate of 6.23% versus 0.11% for SAT.
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As for the "fourth largest city in the US" quote. Please find a source that shows this.
NYC, LA, CHI, HOU, PHL, PHX are all bigger. Our overall metro population pushes us even further back into the 20s, behind cities such as San Francisco and Detroit. We are, however, in the fourth largest countyin the state of Texas behind Harris, Dallas, and Tarrant.
My original post was sarcastic. Should've indicated. My bad.

Laughable that we're 4th, especially when the "7th largest" claims are so intellectually dubious (however statistically accurate they are).

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2013 numbers: AUS=10,017,958 passengers; SAT=8,252,330

Thus, AUS had 1,765,628 more passengers travel through its airport than SAT in 2013 (almost 5,000 more per day). Furthermore, AUS had an annual growth rate of 6.23% versus 0.11% for SAT.
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With the recent news of Delta offering LAX non-stop flights, there is more good news.

American Airlines to offer new non-stop flights to Miami

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The San Antonio International Airport announced Thursday that American Airlines is expanding its flight service from San Antonio to Miami International Airport.

The expanded service is set to begin March 5, 2015, and will operate daily.

“This new nonstop service to Miami gives San Antonio residents more opportunities to connect to American’s vast network in Latin America,” said San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor, in a statement. “Moreover, the new flight confirms the airline’s confidence in the San Antonio market and solidifies our long partnership with American Airlines.”

The airline is planning for early morning departure times from San Antonio for the new expanded service.

Return trips to San Antonio from Miami are slotted for the late evenings in order to maximize connecting options for passengers.
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Instead of European routes, i think a good "tester route" to see if we even have a sizable international market (other than mexico) would be to bring an air canada flight to Toronto. We can see how well its utilized and how many people originate from international countries since Toronto is a major international hub. If cities like Kansas City and Indy can support a Toronto flight, we should be able to as well. just my 2 cents.
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Instead of European routes, i think a good "tester route" to see if we even have a sizable international market (other than mexico) would be to bring an air canada flight to Toronto. We can see how well its utilized and how many people originate from international countries since Toronto is a major international hub. If cities like Kansas City and Indy can support a Toronto flight, we should be able to as well. just my 2 cents.
The Brookings Institution already did that type of study about two years ago and you can see the results at the link below. There just isn't enough passenger demand to justify the service.

When you look at the numbers with Mexico, which is geographically closer, you can see why they've increased that service so much in the last few years.

I'm not sure what the industry standard really is, but the data seems to suggest you need about 25,000-35,000 passengers per year to begin to justify those longer routes. London was starting to get into that range, so maybe we can hope for seasonal service as a starter? Can anybody with more airline experience chime in?

You can change the metro by clicking on the blue text above the globe:
http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/aviation

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