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Do Any Small Cities Still Get Mainline Service?  
User currently offlineJohn From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4571 times:

MAINLINE jet service, not RJ or turboprop. I can't think of too many...mabe a few cities still on the NW route map? I know alot of DL's former Western routes out of SLC, have since gone to Connection service.

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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12148 posts, RR: 49
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4541 times:
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Good question tho if I might make a suggestion. The question is to vague, you need to have specific questions and not be so general, this is open to interpretation of the person reading the question. What makes a city small, one mans small is another ones large.


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User currently offlineFlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2287 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4517 times:

Well, the little town of Gypsum, Colorado has a population of 3,654 people however they see several 757-200s on a daily basis. Gypsum is home to Eagle County Airport, a wildly popular gateway to Colorado's many ski resorts. During the winter travel season, especially during the weekend, a slew of 757s from many of the nation's hubs arrive at EGE full of vacationers. The scenery does look quite spectacular, and it must be a rush flying in and out of there on a 757.


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For a town of 3,654 people, that is quite an impressive amount of mainline service, though it is for good reason.


User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3007 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4469 times:

Funny you mentioned EGE, that's the first place I thought of when I saw the subject line. Probably the most mainline service per capita! Another is KOA, which gets UA and AA widebodies.

It is indeed a rush flying in and out of EGE. I have done it lots of times on both 757s and 146s to/from LGA, DFW, and DEN. On approach, there is beautiful mountain scenery, including the ski runs at Vail and then Beaver Creek on the left side. I love walking out the door and across the tarmac in the crisp mountain air. On takeoff, they usually run up the engines with the brakes still set, then let go. After a quick takeoff run, they make a sharp turn to avoid the mountain straight ahead.



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User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4449 times:

NW flies the DC-9 between Detroit and Traverse City (pop. approx. 17,000)--of course TVC is a year-round resort destination.


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User currently offlineFlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2287 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4427 times:

That description of EGE sounds absolutely incredible. If I ever need to go to Colorado, I know which airport I'll be flying into.

[Edited 2003-12-14 19:49:55]

User currently offlineSouthwestMDW From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 303 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4377 times:

Moline, Illinois (Quad Cities International Airport- MLI) gets mainline for FL (AirTran).

User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4364 times:

Delta's unexpected cities...these are mainline/both mainline and connection:
Melborne, FL (kind of)
Ft. Walton Beach (kind of)
Birmingham
Huntsville
Columbia, SC
Grand Rapids
Dayton (kind of)
Jackson, MS
Monroe, LA
Omaha
Kailspell
Missula
Great Falls
Bozeman
Pasco (they fly to ATL via SLC, OKC, TUL!)
Palm Springs (?)
an interesting note is that they DON'T fly mainline to Reno anymore!
it says Nassau is no longer mainline.... can anyone confirm?
can anyone confirm DL service (not worldwide partners) to the following Columbian cities:
Barranquilla
Cartengena
Medellin
Pereria
Cali


User currently offlineIflyORL From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4293 times:

Daytona Beach is also served by mainline Delta, they fly MD-88's I think they are the only Mainline servies there.

User currently offlineFlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2287 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4262 times:

I'd consider most of those Delta cities listed to be quite large. Dayton, Birmingham, Omaha, and Grand Rapids all have a metropolitan population of over 1 million people. All four of those cities also receive mainline service from airlines other than Delta.

User currently offlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2603 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4222 times:

DAB is still mainline sadly due to the funeral trade. The RJ doesn't have the cargo capacity for human remains.



User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4239 times:

In Texas, WN serves LBB, MAF, AMA, CRP, and HRL; the last two may not be all that small, but WN is the only mainline they get. AA serves MFE, with 4 MD80s per day as well.

Don't forget AA's mainline to XNA. I'm not sure if ICT gets mainline service anymore. I also think that RST, still gets a few MD80s or F100s due to the Mayo Clinic being there.


[Edited 2003-12-14 20:32:54]


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User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4178 times:

BIL gets NW and UA mainline.

User currently online727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6562 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4166 times:

DAB is still mainline sadly due to the funeral trade.

EXPLANATION PLEASE.  Confused




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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33194 posts, RR: 71
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4157 times:

can anyone confirm DL service (not worldwide partners) to the following Columbian cities:
Barranquilla
Cartengena
Medellin
Pereria
Cali


All those cities are served via codeshare with Avianca via Miami; Medellin is also served via codeshare from JFK as well.

it says Nassau is no longer mainline.... can anyone confirm?

Two daily 757s to Atlanta and a daily 738 to CVG. They also fly three daily RJs to MCO and a SaSu RJ to CVG.

Kailspell
Missula
Great Falls
Bozeman
Pasco (they fly to ATL via SLC, OKC, TUL!)


Mainline no more at those cities starting soon (I think sometime in January).



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User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4127 times:

DAB is still mainline sadly due to the funeral trade.

EXPLANATION PLEASE.


Man, could you get any more obnoxious?

I'll take a stab at this. Lots of retirees down in DAB, most of which migrated from northern states. These guys eventually die (amazing isn't it?) and probably need to be buried up north, where they came from. It's a sad but true fact of life.

The CRJ's small cargo hold makes carrying a body impossible; therefore the much larger MD-88 is the only choice.

I thought it was obvious.



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User currently offlineMia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4117 times:

I'm not sure how that was obnoxious...I was left wondering the same thing with that reply which was vague and incomplete however thank you for filling us in. Interesting...


MIA777
User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3205 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4068 times:

Helena, MT
Portland, ME
Burlington, VT
Eugene, OR



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User currently offlineORD747CLE From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4032 times:

United serves GRR (Grand Rapids) with multiple daily services with 773/5 equipment.

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User currently offlineFlyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1879 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4016 times:

Zrs70:

Sadly, this time last year Eugene, OR (Here) lost its 737s, and Airbuses to SFO! up until sept 11th they had 5 mainline to SFO a day, and 2 to DEN.


User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3965 times:

Heh... at the time I opened this message, I have on the top of a stack of reference material, a list of the metro areas in our game sorted by MSA population. Of course, the bottom of the list is places like Enid, OK (57,000), Casper, WY (63k) and Pocatello, ID (73k). But we are going to be going back through and adding places like the ones that were mentioned above... Eagle, Jackson Hole, etc. for exactly the reasons mentioned. O&D traffic is not exactly proportional to population.

In our game, we have the same passenger breakdowns as the real world. The first being what they all "VFR". This is not the aviation world's "visual flight rules" but rather "visiting friends and relatives". THAT is proportional to population for obvious reasons. The other categories are business, leisure and institutional. The latter reflects things like capitals and colleges. A town with a university or a capital city will get more traffic than a town of the same size population without those factors. Of course, all of those categories have their high and low weeks depending on what we are talking about. (The different types actually even have different times of the day that they prefer/need to travel... now THAT is a pain to statistically for an airline simulation!)

Anyway, the point being... it would surprise you as to the vast disparity between city size and passenger traffic at times.



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User currently offlineAirbust From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3947 times:

NW serving GFK w/DC-9s, (population maybe 50K)
Don't forget DL mainline service to LEX, GSP, SAV...


User currently offline5280AGL From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 414 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3945 times:

Some of the cities listed (Birmingham, Omaha, Grand Rapids, and Dayton specifically) have close to or over a 1 million population, which are not small cities by any stretch of the imagination.

Here are cities that I would consider *small* that receive mainline service (some may have lost it by now):

Appleton, WI (Midwest)
LaCrosse, WI (NWA)
Rochester, MN (NWA, AA)
Cedar Rapids, IA (NWA, AA, UAL)
Duluth, MN (NWA)
Sioux Falls, SD (NWA)
Rapid City, SD (NWA)
Fargo, ND (NWA)
Grand Forks, ND (NWA)
Bismarck, ND (NWA)
Minot, ND (NWA)
Fayetteville, AR (AA)
Springfield, MO (AA)
Bloomington, IL (FL)
Traverse City, MI (NWA)
Saginaw, MI (NWA)
Kalamazoo, MI (NWA)
Great Falls, MT (NWA, DL?)
Eagle, CO (UAL, AA, DL, CO, NWA)
Burlington, VT (JBU)

I am sure there are many more...


User currently offlineMoPac From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3906 times:

In Texas, WN serves LBB, MAF, AMA, CRP, and HRL; the last two may not be all that small, but WN is the only mainline they get.

CRP is smallish (350,000 appx) but does indeed get CO mainline along with WN, currently just one CO 735 in the middle of 8 ERJs, but it seems that in the spring and summer they often put in more 737s in place of RJs.


User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3895 times:

Omaha is small? What a riot! Omaha is actually 64th on the MSA population list. Also, with all our Fortune 500 companies, we have a lot more air travel per capita than most places! We have 22 gates at Eppley... and we actually park about 25 a/c here overnight... most of which are 73s. We have direct service to:

MSP, DTW, MEM, ORD, DEN, IAH, STL, MDW, DFW, EWR, DCA, SNA, SLC, ATL, PHX, MKE, and likely a few others. Oh yeah... we DO get one prop... a B1900D from MCI. Everything else is RJs, 73s and some DC9s here and there (When is NWA going to get rid of those -9s?) Hell, UA was using 75s here for a while!

People are so silly....



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25 DLKAPA : AA seasonal to GUC, and I thought UA's service to EGE was all United Express from DEN. DLKAPA
26 Post contains links B4real : The best example, in my opinion, of this answers to this question are the EAS (Essential Air Service) cities served by Alaska airlines. The range requ
27 RamerinianAir : In general the Airports that WN services are the alternate airports because they cost less to service. WN services ISP on Long Island instead of LGA o
28 BGR1962 : "DAB is still mainline sadly do to the funeral trade" Sorry guys but as a funeral director I can tell you that no airline flies anyplace because of Hu
29 KYIPpilot : What about Hayden, CO? Or is that the one mentioned above? I remember flying into there on I think a NW 757 to go to Steamboat Springs.
30 Copaair737 : JAC gets AA, NW, UA, CO and DL mainline from DEN, ORD, DFW, SLC, ATL, MSP, EWR, and IAH.
31 Serge : BIL gets NW and UA mainline. Don't forget DL with MD-90s and sometimes 738s...
32 Jeffrey1970 : I believe Delta sometimes uses there MD-88's (I think) to Tallahassee. God bless through Jesus, Jeff
33 Garnetpalmetto : Well, despite flairport's putting CAE on a list of "unexpected" cities, I'd argue the exact opposite and question why we don't get more mainline servi
34 Startvalve : About the only mainline anything that flies into DAY is Delta with 757 and an MD80. AA sometimes runs a Fokker 100 in there but those are fast being r
35 InnocuousFox : "About the only mainline anything that flies into DAY is Delta with 757 and an MD80" You see... now THAT is odd. Dayton is the #51 MSA in the country.
36 Post contains images UN_B732 : Burlington gets jetBlue A320s. US Airways 737s and United Airbuses. But much less mainline than their used to be -UN
37 FlyCMH : Currently, the following airlines offer mainline service into DAY: Delta Air Lines: 7 mainline flights (6 MD-88s, 1 757-200) AirTran Airways: 6 mainli
38 Zrb2 : Last I checked Syracuse,NY still got mainline Delta MD-80's while the larger airports down the road at ROC and BUF were transitioned to all CRJ's (wit
39 HlywdCatft : **NW flies the DC-9 between Detroit and Traverse City (pop. approx. 17,000)--of course TVC is a year-round resort destination.** Also for a similar re
40 FlyPNS1 : Fort Walton Beach, Florida (VPS) is a relatively small market and they get mainline service from both NW and DL. NW brings in 3 DC-9's from MEM and DL
41 Ssides : It's kind of funny that DL has multiple MD88's into a place like VPS, yet a far larger market like BUF only gets RJ's from DL. This fact probably owes
42 Zrb2 : What other mainline service does BUF get? They get some larger jets from: US Airways Continental Northwest Southwest JetBlue AirTran United They get r
43 InnocuousFox : Another misconception that is rearing its head here now is that "if city X and city Y are equal size, an airline should serve them equally." That is n
44 AZO : Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport gets some mainline service (two or three) from NW (DC-9-30 or 50) about 3/4 of the year. Right now we don
45 Ssides : Right on, InnocuousFox. For example, if you think population is the only figure that should justify air traffic, look at these MSAs that are equal in
46 Post contains links Ssides : To aid in the discussion, here is the 2000 Census ranking of MSAs in the US, ranked largest to smallest: http://www.census.gov/population/cen2000/phc-
47 Post contains images Startvalve : That means considering Air Tran mainline. personally I have never seen those United 737s or those AA MD-80s in DAY. I have seen AA F-100s, CRJs and ER
48 Ssides : AirTran, ATA, Southwest, and Spirit should be considered "mainline" because they are able to fill large jets on a regularly scheduled basis. This is a
49 FunFlyer : MHT Manchester, NH f i l l e r
50 Flyingbronco05 : KAZO gets NW dc-9 i think fb05
51 Ssides : What airport is KAZO?
52 InnocuousFox : "Does Enid, OK get any service?" Yes, but not mainline. Big Sky to Denver. Trust me, that's the same list from the USCB that I used for building the p
53 TOLtommy : AZO = KalamAZOo, Michigan
54 InnocuousFox : "KAZO" Kalamazoo, Michigan. "AirTran, ATA, Southwest, and Spirit should be considered "mainline" because they are able to fill large jets on a regular
55 Ssides : Someone just made a joke to the effect that one person claimed "mainline" service at his airport because AirTran served it. I don't really know what t
56 BH346 : Wichita gets mainline service from American, Allegiant Air, and AirTran (goes to all CRJs next month). American still flies in a couple of daily MD-82
57 Aloha73g : Lanai (about 3500 people) and Molokai (about 8000 people) both receive daily service from Hawaiian Air 717s. Aloha!
58 InnocuousFox : "Wichita" Wichita is only #77 on the MSA population list. Hardly small. (And the "Scotch & Sirloin" restaurant kicks ass!)[Edited 2003-12-16 00:03:08]
59 TLHFLA : We still get Delta mainline here in Tallahassee, FL. We get five 738 flights to/from ATL and most of the time those are ex-Shuttle planes which are ve
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