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Topic: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: MSYtristar
Posted 2007-11-08 05:13:46 and read 6154 times.

Well, Saturday-only service is a start. I'd imagine it will go daily eventually. Again, I have to tip my hat to DL for expanding service from New Orleans. Just a few years ago, DL service to MSY was down to ATL/CVG/DFW only. Now, DL flies nonstop to ATL/CVG/SLC/MCO/LGA/LAX/BOS.

*DL 5076 /FAY 6 MSYBOS 1600 2010 CR9 0

*DL 5077 /FAY 6 BOSMSY 0830 1101 CR9 0

The CR9 seems like the right sized a/c for this market. Looking at the DL timetables for that period, I'm not sure where that plane will be coming from to make up the 4:00pm departure to BOS. I'm sure the schedules will be twinked some between now and then.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: ChrisNH
Posted 2007-11-08 06:03:38 and read 6091 times.

These days, I guess whining about the aircraft size takes a back seat to the fact that DL is connecting two dots on the map that really ought to be connected. Bravo for a route that should do well, seeing that it's a Saturday-only run.

Chris in NH

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: Dvincent
Posted 2007-11-08 06:06:25 and read 6081 times.

BOS to New Orleans in an RJ? I'd rather take the E-190 instead of the CR9, thanks...

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: MSYtristar
Posted 2007-11-08 06:09:39 and read 6072 times.

Quoting Dvincent (Reply 2):
BOS to New Orleans in an RJ? I'd rather take the E-190 instead of the CR9, thanks...

Yeah, I would too, but B6 hasn't taken the plunge in this market yet.

Quoting ChrisNH (Reply 1):
These days, I guess whining about the aircraft size takes a back seat to the fact that DL is connecting two dots on the map that really ought to be connected

You know a few years ago, I would have sort of been dissapointed had I seen a plane smaller than say a 737 on this route. But nowadays I guess it's pretty much par for the course. Once a week nonstop on a CR9 is better than no nonstops.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: ERJ170
Posted 2007-11-08 06:09:56 and read 6073 times.

Quoting Dvincent (Reply 2):
BOS to New Orleans in an RJ? I'd rather take the E-190 instead of the CR9, thanks...

Would you rather take a CR9 nonstop and spend 2-ish hours or connect and spend 5-ish hours? Cut the complaining and just be glad that the service is offered.. There are a LOT of other places that would gladly take a CR9.. sheesh.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: Dvincent
Posted 2007-11-08 06:16:53 and read 6052 times.

Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 4):
Would you rather take a CR9 nonstop and spend 2-ish hours or connect and spend 5-ish hours? Cut the complaining and just be glad that the service is offered.. There are a LOT of other places that would gladly take a CR9.. sheesh.

Some service is better than no service, I agree, but I would still like the E-190. I've always preferred it over the CR9. I realize DL doesn't fly it and it's just wishful thinking. Don't let my personal feelings on the aircraft let you think that I don't like the idea of the route.  Wink

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: Bobnwa
Posted 2007-11-08 06:23:57 and read 6034 times.

Quoting Dvincent (Reply 5):
Some service is better than no service, I agree, but I would still like the E-190. I've always preferred it over the CR9

How many times have you flown on either of these aircraft to be able to compare them? With which airlines?

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: B752OS
Posted 2007-11-08 06:29:38 and read 6021 times.

Quoting ChrisNH (Reply 1):
These days, I guess whining about the aircraft size takes a back seat to the fact that DL is connecting two dots on the map that really ought to be connected. Bravo for a route that should do well, seeing that it's a Saturday-only run.

I think the flight will do well not only on a Saturday only basis, but if it went daily too.


This is great news for both Boston and New Orleans. It's about time someone jumped on the route after AA left it vacant.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: MSYtristar
Posted 2007-11-08 06:35:44 and read 6004 times.

Quoting B752OS (Reply 7):
I think the flight will do well not only on a Saturday only basis, but if it went daily too.

I think it will go daily eventually. A CR9 really shouldn't be that hard to fill. The times are pretty good for cruise ship passengers taking a cruise out of N.O, as well.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: B752OS
Posted 2007-11-08 06:38:48 and read 5995 times.

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 8):
Quoting B752OS (Reply 7):
I think the flight will do well not only on a Saturday only basis, but if it went daily too.

I think it will go daily eventually. A CR9 really shouldn't be that hard to fill. The times are pretty good for cruise ship passengers taking a cruise out of N.O, as well.

It's too bad B6 didn't jump on this route, although I still think it is a good possibility, especially when you look at what JFK is going to be going through.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: Dvincent
Posted 2007-11-08 06:46:11 and read 5981 times.

Quoting Bobnwa (Reply 6):
How many times have you flown on either of these aircraft to be able to compare them? With which airlines?

I've flown on E-190s for JetBlue several times, and I've been on a CR9 twice (both US airways trips). I guess I just prefer the cabin overall on JB's E-190s. But to be fair I was on these for fairly short trips (less than two hours). And the CR9 is better than a lot of other stuff, but I just prefer the E-190.

I'm not saying the route is bad for Delta. Just that if I had my choice I'd have an E-190. :V

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: FlyASAGuy2005
Posted 2007-11-08 06:56:37 and read 5966 times.

Quoting Bobnwa (Reply 6):
How many times have you flown on either of these aircraft to be able to compare them? With which airlines?

Can't speak for him but i've ridden on both and they are comparable in my opinion...

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: ConcordeBoy
Posted 2007-11-08 08:46:30 and read 5872 times.

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
The CR9 seems like the right sized a/c for this market

I'm happy to see it. I'dve figured they'd put the CR9 into LGA and given BOS that CR7 or a CRJ.

Guessing this flight is supposed to be yearround, and not just seasonal like AA's, right?

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: MSYtristar
Posted 2007-11-08 08:53:44 and read 5855 times.

Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 12):
Guessing this flight is supposed to be yearround, and not just seasonal like AA's, right?

It looks like it's running through at least the end of April. But those schedules are far from done so if it does well they'll probably extend it.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: AirCop
Posted 2007-11-08 08:55:52 and read 5850 times.

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 8):
The times are pretty good for cruise ship passengers taking a cruise out of N.O, as well.

Hum, could they have a contract with a cruise line, or otherwise a once a week flight doesn't make any sense at all.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: B752OS
Posted 2007-11-08 09:04:56 and read 5827 times.

Quoting AirCop (Reply 14):
Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 8):
The times are pretty good for cruise ship passengers taking a cruise out of N.O, as well.


Hum, could they have a contract with a cruise line, or otherwise a once a week flight doesn't make any sense at all.



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 13):
Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 12):
Guessing this flight is supposed to be yearround, and not just seasonal like AA's, right?

It looks like it's running through at least the end of April. But those schedules are far from done so if it does well they'll probably extend it.

I doubt DL would run a seasonal, once weekly domestic route. Aside from the local demand, a cruise contract would certainly help the flight out.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: MAH4546
Posted 2007-11-08 10:28:22 and read 5765 times.

Quoting B752OS (Reply 15):

I doubt DL would run a seasonal, once weekly domestic route.

Of course they would. They run plenty of once weekly, seasonal routes to vacation destinations, although most are international. This flight is using a CR9 that is otherwise parked on Saturdays during reduced weekend flying. As of now, this flight is seasonal.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: N353SK
Posted 2007-11-08 10:34:07 and read 5748 times.

Quoting B752OS (Reply 15):
a cruise contract would certainly help the flight out.

Can a CR9 handle the mountains of baggage that cruise passengers inherently bring?

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: Rcardinale
Posted 2007-11-08 11:54:56 and read 5677 times.

wow i was not expecting this from DL! Nice to see someone on this route since AA dropped their mad dog service. I still think that B6 will jump on this route with an early morning dep from BOS and an afternoon turn from MSY

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: ConcordeBoy
Posted 2007-11-08 13:31:13 and read 5602 times.

Quoting Rcardinale (Reply 18):
wow i was not expecting this from DL!

Eh, could see if you were talking about US... as the new version of that carrier seems to have forgotten about this market from its NE and SW outposts. Pity too, seeing as it was said here (take it for what it is) by several individuals that MSY was long (old) US' most profitable non-hub non-focus station.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: MSYtristar
Posted 2007-11-08 13:42:41 and read 5589 times.

Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 19):
as the new version of that carrier seems to have forgotten about this market from its NE and SW outposts.

Well they def. need to throw in at least 1x A319/737 to PHX. I don't think they'll add LAS since WN now flies it twice daily.

US MSY ops will look something like this in January...not too bad, at least no CRJ's.

CLT: 5 (1x E75, 2x 319, 2x 734)
PHL: 3 (2x 319, 1x 733)
DCA: 3 (1x 319, 1x E70, 1x E75)

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: Evan767
Posted 2007-11-08 14:14:34 and read 5543 times.

Quoting Dvincent (Reply 2):
BOS to New Orleans in an RJ? I'd rather take the E-190 instead of the CR9, thanks...

Be grateful you're getting anything at all. Choosers can't be winners. (or something like that?) Whiners can't be choosers?


?

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: B752OS
Posted 2007-11-08 18:13:49 and read 5419 times.

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 16):
Quoting B752OS (Reply 15):

I doubt DL would run a seasonal, once weekly domestic route.

Of course they would. They run plenty of once weekly, seasonal routes to vacation destinations, although most are international. This flight is using a CR9 that is otherwise parked on Saturdays during reduced weekend flying. As of now, this flight is seasonal.

Sure DL and their BOS-CUN service makes sense for example, but MSY is not a high tourist destination for people from New England, not like CUN or AUA is for example.


My money is this flight does well and goes daily.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: ConcordeBoy
Posted 2007-11-08 19:54:06 and read 5348 times.

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 21):
Choosers can't be winners. (or something like that?) Whiners can't be choosers?

Though I have no idea why you'd attempt you use a quip you don't know/understand-- it's "Beggars can't be Choosers".

Quoting B752OS (Reply 22):
but MSY is not a high tourist destination for people from New England, not like CUN or AUA is for example.

Perhaps, but that could be augmented by the (alleged) tie-in with NOLA's cruise industry, as an alternative duplicate to what departs Florida.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: MAH4546
Posted 2007-11-08 21:45:59 and read 5298 times.

Quoting B752OS (Reply 22):
but MSY is not a high tourist destination for people from New England, not like CUN or AUA is for example.

The flight probably is operating thanks to a cruise contract. Which is also probably behind FL's new IND-MSY Saturday flights.

Quoting B752OS (Reply 22):
My money is this flight does well and goes daily.

I wouldn't bet on it if this is indeed operating with a cruise contract.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: ConcordeBoy
Posted 2007-11-08 22:04:40 and read 5284 times.

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 24):
I wouldn't bet on it if this is indeed operating with a cruise contract.

Why?

There's certainly a market between the two cities. If not enough for a daily CR9, perhaps sufficient for a CRJ at yield.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: MAH4546
Posted 2007-11-08 23:02:53 and read 5326 times.

Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 25):
Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 24):
I wouldn't bet on it if this is indeed operating with a cruise contract.

Why?

There's certainly a market between the two cities. If not enough for a daily CR9, perhaps sufficient for a CRJ at yield.

Cruise contracts eventually expire.

The market is there for a daily MSY-BOS flight, at least seasonally, but it's best handled by a mainline jet, IMO. The yield isn't going to be there, and CRJs don't do well on long, low-yielding routes. It's a good MD80 route.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: Bobnwa
Posted 2007-11-09 04:56:06 and read 5263 times.

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 24):
I wouldn't bet on it if this is indeed operating with a cruise contract.

New Orleans is not like MIA or FLL with cruise ships leaving every day. The cruise passengers would travel on the cruise days . Also cruise contracts are on the bottom of the yield barrel.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: MSYtristar
Posted 2007-11-09 05:26:26 and read 5246 times.

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 24):
The flight probably is operating thanks to a cruise contract. Which is also probably behind FL's new IND-MSY Saturday flights

Well, the timing of both flights could indicate a potential hook up with a cruise line of some sort, but looking at the cruise schedule, neither flight would be great for meeting a weekly cruise departure.

NCL's Norwegian Spirit departs every Sunday through mid April @ 5:30pm, and returns to N.O @ 8:00am the following Sunday. Not bad on the inbound for folks wanting to stay a night in N.O before the cruise (which a lot of people do), but the nonstop return some six days later would not be practical.

Carnival sails only 4/5 day itineraries currently departing on alternating Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. So the DL and FL flights would meet some of the Saturday cruises, but those Saturday cruises are certainly not weekly, since it alternates between all three days.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: ConcordeBoy
Posted 2007-11-09 07:14:44 and read 5186 times.

...is Princess still supposed to come here, or has that been put on ice?

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: MSYtristar
Posted 2007-11-09 07:31:19 and read 5175 times.

Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 29):
...is Princess still supposed to come here, or has that been put on ice?

They ran a few cruises last year, and they said they will come back offering at least seasonal cruises when the Poland Ave cruise terminal opens in a couple of years.

Carnival is supposed to be bringing in another ship to do 7-day year-round cruises sometime in 08/09.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: ConcordeBoy
Posted 2007-11-09 14:36:42 and read 5070 times.

...and Royal Caribbean has pulled out for good, no questions, right?

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: MSYtristar
Posted 2007-11-09 14:43:43 and read 5054 times.

Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 31):
...and Royal Caribbean has pulled out for good, no questions, right?

The port director said he thinks they'll be back in a couple of years. They have some new ship deliveries so I guess we'll see.

Majestic America Line (formerly Delta Queen Steamboat Co.) still cruises out of here seven months out of the year, as does River Barge Excursion Lines for about six months out of the year.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: ConcordeBoy
Posted 2007-11-09 20:27:41 and read 4952 times.

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 32):
The port director said he thinks they'll be back in a couple of years.

...sorta like the UA station manager who's been saying SFO-MSY will be back "any day now" for about the last two years?

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: MSYPI7185
Posted 2007-11-10 01:07:30 and read 4895 times.

This flight should do well and I bet will go daily and possible with larger a/c, if not an additional frequency. At US we were begging for nonstop to BOS and always got the old excuse that no aircraft were available to run this route. We have/had tons of BOS traffic. Seems that DL has the sense to do in MSY what US would not do. US just digging a larger hole in MSY for themselves, LGA & PHX not reinstated yet and do not seem none too interested either.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: MSYtristar
Posted 2007-11-10 03:10:02 and read 4883 times.

Quoting ConcordeBoy (Reply 33):
sorta like the UA station manager who's been saying SFO-MSY will be back "any day now" for about the last two years?

Well I think it's kinda different since station manager's usually don't have any inside info as to what route planning decides to do. At every airline I've been with the SM's knew very little about the chances of new flights. All they could do was let corporate know that the demand is there for new flights. But they had little to do with the process.

The director of the Port of New Orleans has a lot more pull. He talks and negotiates with the cruise lines directly. I think in this case Royal Caribbean may be back in a few years once air service and tourism continues to improve. Carnival recently said they have seen a pretty big increase in fly in guests for its cruises out of New Orleans over the past six months. I think in three years you'll see Carnival have two ships here year-round (as they did before Katrina), NCL with at least seasonal service as they have now, and either Royal Caribbean or Princess.

Remember, that stupid hurricane really damaged more than the infrastructure. It damaged the mind set of potential visitors, and that obviously included fly in cruise passengers. One year ago, why would anyone fly and cruise out of New Orleans? Now, with the city coming back strongly in the tourism sector, I see the cruise industry here gaining most of what it had before the storm over the next few years.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: Bobnwa
Posted 2007-11-10 04:50:14 and read 4871 times.

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 35):
Well I think it's kinda different since station manager's usually don't have any inside info as to what route planning decides to do. At every airline I've been with the SM's knew very little about the chances of new flights. All they could do was let corporate know that the demand is there for new flights. But they had little to do with the process

In my experience, the sales manager in a city would let corporate know about demand for new flights, not the station manager. At all airlines the station manager runs the airport and the sales manager does the marketing, selling, forecasting, corporate contracts etc. Unfortunatlely, if flights do not do well, the sales manager is the one responsible.
They are independent of each other.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: MSYtristar
Posted 2007-11-10 05:02:35 and read 4872 times.

Quoting Bobnwa (Reply 36):
In my experience, the sales manager in a city would let corporate know about demand for new flights, not the station manager

Well I was just basing my previous post on my experiences with Vanguard, Frontier, and Air Tran in New Orleans. All of those carriers had relatively small operations in the city so the station manager did most of the route promoting, if you will.

As an example, at F9, the then station manager and I made up a presentation and gave it to corporate in regards to demand for New Orleans-Cancun and Los Angeles service. We thought there was an excellent chance of F9 starting those routes from the city.

[Edited 2007-11-10 05:06:36]

[Edited 2007-11-10 05:08:36]

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: Bobnwa
Posted 2007-11-10 05:49:38 and read 4858 times.

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 37):
Well I was just basing my previous post on my experiences with Vanguard, Frontier, and Air Tran in New Orleans. All of those carriers had relatively small operations in the city so the station manager did most of the route promoting, if you will.

As an example, at F9, the then station manager and I made up a presentation and gave it to corporate in regards to demand for New Orleans-Cancun and Los Angeles service. We thought there was an excellent chance of F9 starting those routes from the city.

You are probably right about the smaller carriers. I was basing my statement on carriers like AA,DL,UA,US,HP,WN,NW,AC and the foreign carriers in the US.

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: HVNandrew
Posted 2007-11-10 09:07:30 and read 4788 times.

DL is also starting another Saturday route out of BOS: BOS-SRQ begins February 16 on a MD88. I wonder if it will be with a Shuttle aircraft?

Topic: RE: DL To Start MSY-BOS Saturday Nonstop Service
Username: MSYtristar
Posted 2007-11-10 09:09:42 and read 4785 times.

Quoting HVNandrew (Reply 39):
I wonder if it will be with a Shuttle aircraft?

You would be correct. I don't see F class for sale in the availability display. That'd be a pretty nice ride down to SRQ on a Shuttle MD88!


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