Pll-lot From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 112 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2295 times:
I was checking schedules and noticed that all IND service on AA from STL is now on ATRs or Jetstreams. There is no mainline service at all between these two cities anymore. I assume the same is happening at CVG on AA. Is the reduction in service to these cities a part of AA's downsizing at STL? Is STL quickly just becoming a small commuter hub with a few mainline nonstops? Thanks for any and all responses.
Proudtoflyaa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2018 times:
I thought that AA moved the ATRs south after 4184 crashed. I always thought they moved them out of the cold weather because of iceing problems, and STL and IND do get snow.
This isn't American. This is Trans States Airlines, doing business as American Connection.
All of the American Eagle ATRs are now operated by Executive Airlines under their own operating certificate at Miami and San Juan. This was in order to dodge some scope clause limitations that are no longer a factor... all the ATRs (too many seats to fit under scope) were shipped off to Executive and spun off from the rest of Eagle. The airline was put up for sale, but with no buyers.
All of the ATRs originally went south after the 4184 crash in Roselawn for just the first year or two. Simmons Airlines operated these ATRs and moved them to Dallas, swapping them with their Saabs. Dozens of DFW Saab crews spent the following months in Chicago during what they called the "winter of discontent." Simmons managed to carry out this swap pretty quick. As soon as the ATRs were recertified for operations in wintry conditions, they were returned to Chicago where some remained operating until ORD Eagle went all jet in 2000/2001.
LambertMan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2088 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1992 times:
Jetboy, you point out that TW once ran 752's between the two cities, they did in a way. The flight was basically a really short stop in STL(like 40 min)and a flight that continued onto SNA.
Here is the fact of the matter with STL-IND. There aren't many O/D pax on this route to justify a mainline A/C on the route anymore, and there are not enough connection opportunities available, so it beats the purpose of using anything bigger than an ATR on the route because well, they can't fill anything bigger. My friend was flying IND-STL-LAX and he said his plane was like 30% full going to STL. However he said the 752 was jam packed . Hence the fourth flight coming online!