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Topic: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: bomber996
Posted 2012-01-05 22:50:57 and read 4942 times.

Just searched on the ZK flight schedule and it appears that they've added an MSP-PIR flight starting Feb. 1st. Schedule is:

MSP-PIR 1525-1700

PIR-MSP 1233-1408

Is this a link up for the aircraft at MSP doing MSP-DVL so it can get back to base at DEN? Does anyone know when ZK is supposed to start more of their MSP EAS flying? Any comments would be helpful. Thanks!

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Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: burnsie28
Posted 2012-01-06 06:17:10 and read 4705 times.

Quoting bomber996 (Thread starter):
Is this a link up for the aircraft at MSP doing MSP-DVL so it can get back to base at DEN? Does anyone know when ZK is supposed to start more of their MSP EAS flying? Any comments would be helpful. Thanks!

Interesting, since they don't have an agreement with DL I wonder how well these flights will work.

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: ridgid727
Posted 2012-01-06 16:28:51 and read 4442 times.

Quoting burnsie28 (Reply 1):
Interesting, since they don't have an agreement with DL I wonder how well these flights will work.

If Im not mistaken, they did negotiate an agreement with DL, and I believe Dl was instrumental in getting ZK to apply for the EAS ops in these cities.

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: cbphoto
Posted 2012-01-06 19:59:29 and read 4326 times.

Quoting bomber996 (Thread starter):
Just searched on the ZK flight schedule and it appears that they've added an MSP-PIR flight starting Feb. 1st. Schedule is:

MSP-PIR 1525-1700

PIR-MSP 1233-1408

Is this a link up for the aircraft at MSP doing MSP-DVL so it can get back to base at DEN? Does anyone know when ZK is supposed to start more of their MSP EAS flying? Any comments would be helpful. Thanks!

Yeah, an easy and logical one at that! ZK already has the station set up in PIR, so its a quick add on! It also is a way for the company to rotate aircraft through the DEN system without having to do HON-DVL reposition flights in the middle of the night! Word has it by March or April, expect to see at least 5 or 6 cities up and running out of MSP! We also brought back another lease returned 1900 that I guess we bought outright from Raytheon!

Quoting burnsie28 (Reply 1):
nteresting, since they don't have an agreement with DL I wonder how well these flights will work.

Not true, ZK and DL will have a full interline agreement in place! It will include accruing of DL and Sky Team miles, baggage transfers, as well as the sales of tickets on DL.com. Regional elite is currently handling ZK in MSP and DVL!

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: toltommy
Posted 2012-01-06 20:04:53 and read 4312 times.

Quoting cbphoto (Reply 3):
Not true, ZK and DL will have a full interline agreement in place

The key words are "will have". But until it has actually been signed and put in place there is no agreement. There must be a reason why this hasn't happened yet.

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: Katwspotter
Posted 2012-01-07 06:09:25 and read 4149 times.

Quoting cbphoto (Reply 3):
Not true, ZK and DL will have a full interline agreement in place! It will include accruing of DL and Sky Team miles, baggage transfers, as well as the sales of tickets on DL.com. Regional elite is currently handling ZK in MSP and DVL!

However, according to ZK's website, they are hiring FT and PT agents in MSP and Station Managers in MSP and DVL. Also JMS is starting soon or already has.

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: Trucker
Posted 2012-01-07 07:24:10 and read 4062 times.

May I suggest that when talking about small airports the name of the city be used rather than the airport code. DVL shows up as Devils Lake when scrolled over but when doing the scroll over thing for PIR, HON, and JMS nothing appears and I doubt many people know what airport those codes refer to.

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: wingnutmn
Posted 2012-01-07 08:07:02 and read 4020 times.

INL rolls over to Lakes on April 1st. That is what the station personel have said. It will be a Lakes station, so no more regional elite up there. What we hear around the crew lounge is that SUX, INL, BRD, HIB, TVF, FOD, MCW, PIR, DVL, and JMS will all be going to Lakes. If that is the case, Lakes would need to have at least 7 or 8 planes dedicated to MSP to cover these routes. Do they have that kind of availablity in their fleet?

Wingnut

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: Trucker
Posted 2012-01-07 08:26:29 and read 3990 times.

   INL, BRD, HIB, TVF, FOD, MCW, PIR. I live in Wisconsin so this thread interests me. But I'm having to work much too hard to look up all these codes.

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: treebeard787
Posted 2012-01-07 08:50:09 and read 3961 times.

Quoting Trucker (Reply 8):
INL, BRD, HIB, TVF, FOD, MCW, PIR. I live in Wisconsin so this thread interests me. But I'm having to work much too hard to look up all these codes.

INL=International Falls Minnesota, BRD=Brainerd Minnesota, HIB=Hibbing Minnesota, FOD=Fort Dodge Iowa, MCW=Mason City Iowa, and PIR is Pierre South Dakota.

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: cbphoto
Posted 2012-01-07 09:04:35 and read 3932 times.

Quoting toltommy (Reply 4):
The key words are "will have". But until it has actually been signed and put in place there is no agreement. There must be a reason why this hasn't happened yet.

My understanding is the reason it is not in place is because they are still working on making the reservation software compatible with each others airlines. Remember, ZK started MSP earlier then intended as a courtesy to the Devils Lake community. Originally they did not plan on serving MSP until April, so that is why some of the perks (interline agreements) are not quite in place yet.

Quoting wingnutmn (Reply 7):
INL rolls over to Lakes on April 1st. That is what the station personel have said. It will be a Lakes station, so no more regional elite up there. What we hear around the crew lounge is that SUX, INL, BRD, HIB, TVF, FOD, MCW, PIR, DVL, and JMS will all be going to Lakes. If that is the case, Lakes would need to have at least 7 or 8 planes dedicated to MSP to cover these routes. Do they have that kind of availablity in their fleet?

Souix Falls is a new one to me, but the rest I can see going over to ZK. Their is also mention of Rhinelander, WI and Ironwood, MI going over to ZK as well, now that Frontier (Chautauqua) wants to drop them. Strong and reliable rumors going around ZK is that we intend to receive an additional 6 EMB-120s from Skywest, which will free up 6 or so 1900s in DEN to come to MSP. ZK has also just bought outright 2 additional 1900s and they are currently up in CYS undergoing heavy maintenance. Upper management has suggested MSP could see up to 12 aircraft being based in MSP with the possibility of EMB-120s being thrown into the mix at a later date! Either way, it sounds like ZK is committing themselves to MSP for the long haul!

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: FlyASAGuy2005
Posted 2012-01-07 09:05:43 and read 3932 times.

Quoting burnsie28 (Reply 1):
Quoting cbphoto (Reply 3):
Quoting toltommy (Reply 4):

Regional Elite is ground handling the flights already and DL does all the bags for them. Something is in place...

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: cbphoto
Posted 2012-01-07 09:11:59 and read 3921 times.

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 11):
Regional Elite is ground handling the flights already and DL does all the bags for them. Something is in place...

That is true, so I think it is just the reservations/miles part of the interline agreement that are not up and running yet!

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: FlyASAGuy2005
Posted 2012-01-07 09:24:45 and read 3889 times.

Quoting cbphoto (Reply 12):

I know for a fact DL is already transferring bags for them to and from DL flights. Its most likely being done the old way all on paper since technically there's no electronic link-up but its being done somehow. All their transfer bags are stagged with where most of the other DCI stuff is staged. Down on the end of B. There is no real offload report. From what I was told, the station calls MSP and let's them know how many bags are on the a/c and if there are any local bags or not.

I also know they are hiring so the Regional Elite thing is temporary.

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: bomber996
Posted 2012-01-07 13:20:10 and read 3768 times.

Quoting cbphoto (Reply 10):
My understanding is the reason it is not in place is because they are still working on making the reservation software compatible with each others airlines. Remember, ZK started MSP earlier then intended as a courtesy to the Devils Lake community. Originally they did not plan on serving MSP until April, so that is why some of the perks (interline agreements) are not quite in place yet.

I was lucky enough to fly out of DVL the day after they started service to MSP. Everything went very smoothly with the Regional Elite people advising the newly hired ZK personnel on what to do. They hand wrote the bag tags in DVL and I had to go to a Delta Counter to receive my connecting ticket. Everything went very smoothly and everyone was extremely happy and cheery. If I had a tight connection things might worry me, but I had plenty of time.

Also, on my online Itinerary with Delta the flight does show up as being operated by ZK. What I want to know is are we going to see an agreement with DL much like UA has with ZK in DEN or are we going to see something similar to what Big Sky did for DL in BOS?

Thanks for the comments guys!


ZK B-1900D in MSP

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Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: JBo
Posted 2012-01-07 13:26:15 and read 3756 times.

Quoting bomber996 (Reply 14):
What I want to know is are we going to see an agreement with DL much like UA has with ZK in DEN or are we going to see something similar to what Big Sky did for DL in BOS?

Chances are the ZK agreement with DL is going to be a codeshare similar to their current agreement with UA rather than a full capacity-purchase agreement like DL had with Big Sky. This way ZK won't have to repaint any aircraft into DL colors so they can freely rotate aircraft throughout the system instead of keeping some aircraft dedicated to a specific hub.

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: IndyWA
Posted 2012-01-07 15:34:46 and read 3686 times.

Quoting cbphoto (Reply 10):
Souix Falls is a new one to me, but the rest I can see going over to ZK

SUX is Sioux City, IA...not FSD which is Sioux Falls, SD

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: knope2001
Posted 2012-01-07 19:04:18 and read 3592 times.

Sioux CIty (SUX) subsidized EAS contract flying was awarded to American Eagle with AA* flights SUX-ORD. If Great Lakes is to pick up MSP-SUX it will be unsubsidized flying.

Great Lakes did indeed bid for Ironwood and Rhinelander, and they were the only carrier to bid. I think that the DoT said that ZK's 3x/day bid for RHI was not adequate for traffic and may request that they fly 4x/day, but other than that I think ZK is pretty much a shoe-in for IWD and RHI flights out of the new MSP base, too.

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: toltommy
Posted 2012-01-07 19:29:03 and read 3560 times.

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 11):
Regional Elite is ground handling the flights already and DL does all the bags for them. Something is in place...

So why does the ZK website show job postings in MSP, DVL and JMS? Positions for agents and station managers are posted.

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: KaiGywer
Posted 2012-01-07 19:53:44 and read 3541 times.

Quoting toltommy (Reply 18):
So why does the ZK website show job postings in MSP, DVL and JMS? Positions for agents and station managers are posted.

RE is all temporary. RE is supporting TDY ZK employees until they get their own staff (and SIDA badges).

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: FlyASAGuy2005
Posted 2012-01-07 20:12:51 and read 3521 times.

Quoting toltommy (Reply 18):
So why does the ZK website show job postings in MSP, DVL and JMS? Positions for agents and station managers are posted.

If you read my following post

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 13):
I know for a fact DL is already transferring bags for them to and from DL flights. Its most likely being done the old way all on paper since technically there's no electronic link-up but its being done somehow. All their transfer bags are stagged with where most of the other DCI stuff is staged. Down on the end of B. There is no real offload report. From what I was told, the station calls MSP and let's them know how many bags are on the a/c and if there are any local bags or not.

I also know they are hiring so the Regional Elite thing is temporary.


Further, the OP gave a recent first hand account which pretty much verifies what I said

Quoting bomber996 (Reply 14):
They hand wrote the bag tags in DVL and I had to go to a Delta Counter to receive my connecting ticket. Everything went very smoothly and everyone was extremely happy and cheery. If I had a tight connection things might worry me, but I had plenty of time.

Also, on my online Itinerary with Delta the flight does show up as being operated by ZK.


[Edited 2012-01-07 20:15:50]

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: bomber996
Posted 2012-01-08 00:55:02 and read 3431 times.

I fly back to DVL on Monday and I will make sure to post how things are going now that they've had ~3 weeks to work out the bugs. Should be interesting to see how things go when I'm in BOS as I would be willing to bet that I'll be one of the first passengers they've had to deal with since the changeover to ZK on the MSP-DVL route. Got less than an hour in MSP, so things will go a bit quicker than DVL-MSP-BOS where I had 1:45 layover in MSP. I'll keep y'all posted!

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Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: FlyASAGuy2005
Posted 2012-01-08 03:01:25 and read 3404 times.

Quoting bomber996 (Reply 21):

Shoot me a PM. I am suppose to be in MSP on Monday and Tuesday to train some folks, ill try to give you a quick ramp tour if you have time between flights.

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: cbphoto
Posted 2012-01-08 15:47:00 and read 3230 times.

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 13):
I know for a fact DL is already transferring bags for them to and from DL flights. Its most likely being done the old way all on paper since technically there's no electronic link-up but its being done somehow. All their transfer bags are stagged with where most of the other DCI stuff is staged. Down on the end of B. There is no real offload report. From what I was told, the station calls MSP and let's them know how many bags are on the a/c and if there are any local bags or not.

I also know they are hiring so the Regional Elite thing is temporary.

I think the only thing left is the sales of tickets on DL website and through DL. Much like UA and F9 do, I believe ZK is will have a sales agreement with DL. Regional Elite is temporary and I know for a fact, Feb 1st is when DVL switches over to ZK handling. I am not sure when MSP will switch to ZK, but I can't see RE being in their past April 1st!

Quoting bomber996 (Reply 14):
I was lucky enough to fly out of DVL the day after they started service to MSP. Everything went very smoothly with the Regional Elite people advising the newly hired ZK personnel on what to do. They hand wrote the bag tags in DVL and I had to go to a Delta Counter to receive my connecting ticket. Everything went very smoothly and everyone was extremely happy and cheery. If I had a tight connection things might worry me, but I had plenty of time.

Also, on my online Itinerary with Delta the flight does show up as being operated by ZK. What I want to know is are we going to see an agreement with DL much like UA has with ZK in DEN or are we going to see something similar to what Big Sky did for DL in BOS?

Thanks for the comments guys!

Really glad everything went smooth. I know ZK put a lot into opening MSP, so I am glad to see some positive feedback from it. I hope tomorrow goes smooth for you too! I just operated my first flight out of MSP up to DVL last night!

To answer your question, expect the agreement between DL and ZK to be like UAs. ZK will continue to operate independently and in their own paint scheme, but have an interline agreement in place. You should be able to buy ZK tickets on Delta.com, as well as receive all of the perks you would get with flying on DL or their regional partners!

Quoting IndyWA (Reply 16):
SUX is Sioux City, IA...not FSD which is Sioux Falls, SD

Yeah sorry about that, I got my Sioux's mixed up! I did remember SUX getting AE, which is why I was slightly surprised to hear that rumor! But I guess you never know!

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: WA707atMSP
Posted 2012-01-22 09:25:59 and read 2891 times.

Going slightly OT: The March issue of Airways (which I received on Friday) features Great Lakes in Airways' coach flyer column.

An Airways reporter flew ZK LAS-DEN via Page, Arizona and Moab / Canyonlands, Utah. The reporter had nothing but positive things to say about the flight, especially the scenery on the LAS-PGA and PGA-CNY legs, and the friendliness of ZK's employees. The magazine will be on newsstands soon; it's definitely worth picking up if you are a ZK fan.

As a MSP resident, I'm planning to take ZK MSP-PIR-DEN sometime this spring / summer. Hopefully my trip will go as well as the Airways reporter's trip did....

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: knope2001
Posted 2012-01-22 10:13:27 and read 2892 times.

Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 24):
especially the scenery on the LAS-PGA and PGA-CNY legs,

So very JEALOUS of that author, especially of PGA-CNY. That has long been a dream segment of mine as it is amazing country. For those who have never been, just think about the landscape in the Road Runner cartoons.

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: cbphoto
Posted 2012-01-23 09:38:55 and read 2662 times.

Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 24):
Going slightly OT: The March issue of Airways (which I received on Friday) features Great Lakes in Airways' coach flyer column.

An Airways reporter flew ZK LAS-DEN via Page, Arizona and Moab / Canyonlands, Utah. The reporter had nothing but positive things to say about the flight, especially the scenery on the LAS-PGA and PGA-CNY legs, and the friendliness of ZK's employees. The magazine will be on newsstands soon; it's definitely worth picking up if you are a ZK fan.

As a MSP resident, I'm planning to take ZK MSP-PIR-DEN sometime this spring / summer. Hopefully my trip will go as well as the Airways reporter's trip did....

Thanks for the heads up, I will have to read the article and maybe even purchase a copy for myself! I hope your MSP-PIR-DEN trip goes well too! Unfortunately when operations at ZK collapse, it's often the crew (pilots) who get a lot of the crap and heat from pax!

Quoting knope2001 (Reply 25):
So very JEALOUS of that author, especially of PGA-CNY. That has long been a dream segment of mine as it is amazing country. For those who have never been, just think about the landscape in the Road Runner cartoons.

Last summer, a Captain and myself found an even prettier trip around that area. We used to fly DEN-CNY-PGA-LAS (we may still fly to LAS from PGA, not sure) and one morning PGA was closed due to a GA aircraft incident on the runway. The company decided to send us straight from LAS to CNY (that's Las Vegas to Moab, Utah for those who do not know the airport codes) and what a treat it was. We flew right over the top of Zion National park, Bryce Canyon, and along the north rim of the Grand Canyon before we flew into CNY! I wish I had brought a camera for that trip!

Non the less, I suggest a trip to from DEN-PHX via CNY and PGA! The scenery in some respects, is unmatched anywhere in the country!

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: smoot4208
Posted 2012-01-23 18:40:55 and read 2494 times.

Looks like AA is starting DFW-GCK on 4/3. I wonder if ZK will pull out on this day as well then?

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: cbphoto
Posted 2012-01-23 19:03:33 and read 2454 times.

Quoting smoot4208 (Reply 27):
Looks like AA is starting DFW-GCK on 4/3. I wonder if ZK will pull out on this day as well then?

I would imagine ZK would pull out of GCK on the day before! Wonder how long Eagle will continue the GCK service with AA bankruptcy and all?

Topic: RE: Great Lakes Aviation Loads More MSP Flights
Username: smoot4208
Posted 2012-01-23 19:11:06 and read 2429 times.

Quoting cbphoto (Reply 28):
I would imagine ZK would pull out of GCK on the day before! Wonder how long Eagle will continue the GCK service with AA bankruptcy and all?

After looking on ZK's website, you can not book a ticket after 4/2 so it does appear that 4/2 will be the last day of service at GCK for ZK


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