Mikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1381 posts, RR: 8 Posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2396 times:
Minnesotans mull new airline to ensure regional service
Elizabeth Souder, Dow Jones Newswires
NEW YORK -- Airport managers and other community leaders in northern Minnesota are considering starting a new airline to ensure regional air service, which is jeopardized by threats of a strike among pilots that fly on behalf of Northwest Airlines.
Air service in Minnesota is dominated by Northwest Airlines, and state officials have long considered ways to increase competition and air service. But the situation could become severe if pilots that fly for Mair Holdings Inc.'s Mesaba Airlines go on strike, possibly wiping out service entirely to some Minnesota cities.
Mesaba, a regional carrier, operates flights to 112 airports on behalf of Northwest Airlines. And for 20 towns in the Midwest - including St. Cloud, Brainerd and Hibbing in Minnesota - Mesaba is the only provider of commercial air service. A pilot strike, which could begin Jan. 10, may wipe out that service, forcing travelers to drive hours to Minneapolis to board planes.
David Danielson, the airport manager for Chisholm-Hibbing Municipal Airport in northeast Minnesota, said he and other local people have a plan, and the necessary financing, to build a new airline for the region.
SprxflySWA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 597 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2207 times:
It would turn out just like in South Dakota when they had GP Express fly to Spearfish,Pierre, Sioux Falls,etc. That did not last long because demand was low. That is probably why no one flew it to begin with.
I could see MN contracting with, say Mesa, to fly BE1900s up there. It would beat starting their own state run outfit like California had discussed years ago.
So people in St. Cloud would have to drive all the way to MSP? So what, it is only 72 freeway miles. Boy, what hardship!
Serve these cities: INL BJI HIB MKT ORT TVF BRD and maybe GPZ from MSP.
With these routes:
I think three M-F,2 SaSu flights would be sufficient.
How much would each city have to pay to get service? And how would the taxpayers respond to paying for the service?
This sort of idea seems to never panout as proponents expect. Hopefully, if they do it, they will succeed. Assuming NW doesn't pullout of any location with "MinnyAirways" service.
Iflewrepublic From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 537 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2058 times:
"State officials have long considered ways to increase competition..."
Are these the same officials that encouraged Northwest to take over Republic, Minneapolis' OTHER hometown airline, in 1986? Another airline solely serving Minnesota, as well as the rest of the upper midwest, doesn't stand a chance against Northwest. Moving Big Scare, I mean Big Sky, into that area might not help much. Labor issues between Northwest, Mesaba, and Pinnacle need to be straightened out. Should anything drastic happen to cause loss of service to those outlying communities, it will definitely be a sad day for everyone.
Let's hope something good comes of all this.
Aviation is proof that, given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4419 posts, RR: 35 Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2046 times:
Moving Big Scare, I mean Big Sky, into that area might not help much. Labor issues between Northwest, Mesaba, and Pinnacle need to be straightened out.
It might not be legal, either. When Comair pilots went on strike in 2001, their collective bargaining agreement said that Delta could not put ASA, etc. on any Comair route because that would be "strikebreaking" or something like that. There were a lot of threads about this back at the time.
NW's agreement with Mesaba probably has a similar clause. Any of our NW experts know?
In any event, neither management nor unions tend to give a rip about the people their actions affect--the "Summer of Hell" mentality of contempt for the passenger.
Finally, local or state attempts to start airlines tend to fail badly. Access Air, for instance.
Wedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5758 posts, RR: 5 Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1911 times:
Wasn't there a little regional airline flying between Brainerd or Hibbing to MSP not too long ago...after GP Express? They could always ask Great Mistakes, I mean, Great Lakes, to fly the northern MN routes.
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7185 posts, RR: 29 Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1825 times:
Yeah, nice stupid new plan.....some people must not have any common sense.
NW and the State of MN are both in bed with each other. I hardly doubt this plan would ever work for these oh-so-popular destinations. I swear some airport managers live in a dream world. If they were to ever start/get/buy/dream/invent a new airline, they wouldn't be flying around in 34 seat Saab's, they'd be lucky to get 19-seat Metros, more likely 9-pax Cessna's. That will sure get the passengers. Then wait til NW and XJ strike back. Where is this airline gonna go? I'm sure they'll have a large network that will get the people in droves....sure.
Anyways, with the impending strike deadline, be forewarded.....IF and only IF XJ goes on strike, you will not see NW, Pinnacle, or any other regional provider picking up Mesaba routes. Remember, labor unions, my friends. They will not be flying struck work, as in the pilot circles, there is overwhelming support for the Mesaba group and their cause. Being a scab is a serious no-no in the world of unions.....
Asmtrd From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 69 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1776 times:
Here in Aberdeen SD we are cover by the essential air service law. If we don't have Mesaba flights then the government will have to find someone to replace them. How is NW going to protect themselves with that?
Beltwaybandit From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 495 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1747 times:
If they were serious about getting competition in to the airport, they would need to give a revenue guaranty to get the newcomer past the predation by NW. Sounds crazy, but in the end, the consumer wins.
Maiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 51 Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1697 times:
I think the entire midwest should start one new airline, not just Minnesota.
Another thought. NWA or Pinnacle may not replace the Mesaba flights, Thats probably true. Those smaller airports that are lucky enough to have Northwest Airlines service, or a Pinnacle flight or two, will see larger Northwest aircraft for those particular flights.
Azjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3631 posts, RR: 29 Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1625 times:
Actually, Maiznblu757 - increasing a/c size is also going to be a violation of the struck work clause. For example, the DC9-10 that is flown to CVG from MSP at 302pm, cannot become an airbus or a larger DC9. So, there won't be any of that going on...
Cloudy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1571 times:
What hub do they plan to connect to? Without a codeshare or at least an interlining agreement this plan simply will not work. Also, business ventures initiated by politicians with public money generally do not work. In the better cases they are allowed to fail. In worse cases (like Amtrak) they just keep sucking down money.
That being said, Ive always though Duluth was underserved becuase of the city's isolation and because of the potential tourist traffic to the boundary waters and other places...
Jrlander From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1104 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1551 times:
I'm not sure how long you've lived in the Mankato area. My grandparents used to live on Lake Washington, but now live downtown in Old Main Aparmtnets. I've driven by the airport many, many times in my multiple visits there every year. MKT used to be served by North Central, then Republic. I remember picking my dad up at the airport there when I was very small. Then, for many years, a small airline Bemidji? served MSP-MKT. My grandfather flew them once to connect to a Delta flight to meet my father and I for a trip to Alaska.
I've often wondered why Delta Connection or American Eagle haven't tried routing through CVG or ORD. The business community is so large in the Mankato area, with a couple of very, very large companies, that I would think they might just be able to make it work. But I've never seen any data to prove that.
I wonder if other cities might be able to attract such service in light of this threatened strike.
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7185 posts, RR: 29 Reply 20, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1513 times:
Since Eagle is no longer in the prop business at ORD and same for DL at CVG there is no way any of the destinations would be served by either one. These cities can't support RJ service, the props are the only thing economical and that can provide them with some frequency. These cities show how there is still a need for turboprop service in the nation's air transportation network.