Nlink From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 313 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4183 times:
We have been hearing that also about Memphis going to 30 mainline flights. Only good news we heard is that the 4th bank will be back mid summer, or when NW cuts back on mainline flights there to make up for the capicity a bit.
IndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3888 times:
Unless the fourth bank of flights returns (it won't this summer, as stated above), I can't see this happening.
Think about it:
With the new reductions, MEM has less than 200 daily departures. With the ARJ likely being phased out, that means that nearly 170 / 200 flights would be operated by aircraft with either 30 or 44 (and some 50) seats. And those 30 flights would be mostly to the West Coast, Florida, a couple Caribbean cities, MSP and DTW... that leaves very little capacity, and no premium cabin that NW has remained commited to, in places like ATL, ORD, LGA, DCA, etc.
On NW's proposed Spring 2004 schedules, mainline had been trimmed to 50 flights while CRJ and ARJ invaded most cities... but after the fourth bank was eliminated, mainline flights quickly returned (to make up for lost capacity).
There's little doubt MEM will become a regional hub for NW in the near future, the only question is when...
IndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3787 times:
Again, the majority of NW's codeshare agreements with DL and CO are pure marketing -- when you book a ticket with NW but fly DL or CO, NW receives little or no money from the ticket. MEM is an important piece of NW's network; an NW network with hubs in just DTW and MSP (excluding NRT and AMS) wouldn't be nearly as viable as one with MEM. After the fourth bank of flights was restored, MEM's total flight count & capacity nearly reached pre-9-11 levels... people in MEM shouldn't complain.
IndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3766 times:
How big as far as O&D is MEM?
MEM's often listed as having the smallest O/D traffic of any major hub airport... but for once the saying 'it's not the size that counts, it's how you use it' really is true: given the density of the southeast/heartland, MEM has an excellent location + among the lowest costs per passenger of any major hub airport thanks in large part due to the FedEx SuperHub.