MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6347 posts, RR: 50 Posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2109 times:
Just a few tidbits from F9's dissapointing Fall schedule:
AUS - Loses 1 CRJ flight (total of 2 daily)
TPA - Loses 1 319 flight (total of 1 daily)
SLC - down to 4 flights a day
And the one that's most troubling to me....MSY will NOT get back the 2nd flight which we were told we would, and we are getting downgraded to a 318. Not really too smart when you consider we are averaging about 126 pax per flight with our current A319 flight....and it's usually oversold at least 3times per week. Whatever. I can't understand airline rationale anymore. All I know is that I'll now have to probably move somewhere to get full-time as of August.
DIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 29 Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2078 times:
In terms of getting "downgraded" to an A318, why I'd see that as an upgrade to bragging rights! Okay, just kidding. It is confusing, if your numbers are correct, why F9 would do this. They are still growing and learning I guess.
Other good news to add onto Tekelberry's post: Don't forget about new Orange County service too!
Ding! You are now free to keep supporting Frontier.
MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6347 posts, RR: 50 Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1916 times:
The thing that gets me about the 1 New Orleans flight is this....
This flight is currently profitable for F9. High loads and yields on this route. There is sufficient demand for two flights per day. The 2nd flight was not cancelled due to poor loads, it was cancelled becuase of gate issues here. Thus, we were told that a 2nd flight would be added as of September/October, but it wouldn't be an overnight flight, it would be an early evening turn. The flight operating now has not left with less than 100 passengers since late April. Summer is the slow season for New Orleans, yet the A319 goes out near capacity (usually around 118 seats on a slower day to oversold by up to 7 on a busy day) with both passengers and mail on an almost daily basis, outbound and inbound. Late September, the conventions and vacationers come back in droves. But for some reason, we will be getting an aircraft with 18 less seats...in one of our peak travel seasons! Forget about anyone trying to nonrev into MSY on F9 until at we get a second flight. That A318 flight will be oversold probably 5 days out of each week most likely. All I can say is that United will be licking its chops at this. It would not surprise me to see them go all-A320 on the DEN-MSY route in September, and a 757 is not unlikely.
MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6347 posts, RR: 50 Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1861 times:
The gate situation in DEN is probably playing havoc on the fall schedules overall. Looks like many western cities are down to 4 daily flights. It's just tough for me to see us doing so well in MSY and not capitalize on it...I sure as hell don't want to see United get even MORE market share on the route. The flight crews ask me all the time "why just one flight into new orleans? that makes no sense." I can not give them a straight answer, especially since I know for a fact that we are making money here.
It's just dissapointing to me personally, but I have witnessed a lot of dissapointing things during my 2 year tenure in the industry thus far, and I'm sure I'll witness a lot more down the road.