A3192021 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5485 times:
Perhaps the Azores could begin developing itself as a mid-Atlantic hub?
North American flights could fly in there and then one could fly on to Portugal, the rest of Southern Europe, Middle-East etc. I know these services still exist without having to stop on an island in the middle of the Atlantic; more likely a cold island in the North-East Atlantic (ah-hum, UK?) but an Azorean hub could serve the smaller North American cities, and/or similar European cities where direct trans-Atlantic services wouldn't be practical.
PVD757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3445 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5401 times:
S4 currently offers seasonal saturday only A310-300 service between PVD and PDL. The flights are already booked full from what I've been told. There is a HUGE Portuguese/Azorean immigrant/decendant population in several towns/cities in the PVD catchment area that make this service extremely popular. The BOS service simply grabs the year round traffic that would normally use PVD as I know for a fact that most BOS passengers drive up from our catchment area. Air Luxor (LK) had previously offered duplicate service on a 370 seat A330-200 from PVD but was unable to provide the aircraft for the PVD run this year - hence S4's immediate sell-out of PVD flights. As to not let out any "unconfirmed" info - don't be surprised if S4 lengthens the June-Sep PVD schedule to year round or even more...
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5312 times:
It seems that these flights are not aimed at connecting pax from Europe - rather at pax travelling to/from the Acores only - if you sell these flights with connections to Europe, you cannot quote the fare directly - you have to quote the US-Acores as one r/t fare and the Acores-Europe as a seperate r/t, which works out very very expensive. But I guess if they can fill them up without connecting traffic, SATA won't care...
Ezycrew From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 460 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5301 times:
"Perhaps the Azores could begin developing itself as a mid-Atlantic hub?"
It would be a pitty turning a small island into an aviation hub (even for an aviation lover like myself). Like MRU, SEZ, MLE etc, islands are too fragile and need to be very careful with their emvironment. Plus, it wouldn't bring as much revenue as point-to-point flying.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5290 times:
Just to give a little bit of history on Azores and azorean aviation. In USA most of the portuguese people you see there are mainly from Azores. In the past and specially during the dictator Salazar Azores was completely neglected by Portugal, the best way for them was to emigrate to USA.... they preffered that then to go to Portugal, because they speak portuguese with accent they new that in Portugal people would make fun of them and their accent. I was on study leave during 2003 in Fresno and I saw big portuguese communities from Azores, places like Hanford, Madera or Modesto have many portuguese, and their business is cattle.
Now about SATA, this airline was formed in late 40's with 2 C-47's and 2 DH Doves to fly inter-island services. Latter they evoluted to the HS748 and also after the revolution they received a few ex: Portuguese Air Force DC-6's that were used also to fly between the islands but also to Lisbon. In 1987 during a period they used a BA146-100 with PSA basic livery to make proving flights but they never operated that plane, they opted instead for the ATP. When TAP stopped flying some routes in the North Atlantic like Boston and Toronto SATA applied and that's why we see them now making all those flights.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5001 times:
Glad to know that you're portuguese!!!! Maybe we'll meet one day in Boston, I have good friends there and actually I flew to that marvelous airport in August 1998 from London-Heathrow. We flew a BA 747-200 G-BDXG and it was great to land, lots of water almost until we touch the runway. We aproached the airport from the left, did a great a very tight right turn and a great landing. I remember that when we landed a few minutes before a Swissair 747-300 landed too. I really feel sad that TP stopped flying to BOS, they used to land there with the good old 707.
We'll keep in touch!
AirPortugal310 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3927 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4922 times:
They used to fly the Seven Oh to Boston? Thats sweet! I was doing a search the other day online here and saw their 747's they had back in the day!
I am sad that TAP left Boston, they should come back with the A340! I cannot even tell you how many people would flock through here...having to go threw EWR like I did in December was a pain in the royal arse. Plus having a direct flight to Lisboa would attract many people, because mainland Portuguese people are all about the non-stop flying!
Yeah dude...Logan is the worlds number one airport. Say what you will everybody....I know thats highly debate-able....but to me, its home
Airfrancejfk From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 481 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4907 times:
Huge Portugese/Azorean population in the Providence/Boston area as well as in Oakland. North American Airlines operates the BOS and OAK routes to the Azores in conjunction with Azores Express. Flights are always full, especially in the summer, no connecting passengers here, everyone is pretty much heading back home to visit friends and relatives in the Azores.
Mikeycpvd From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 162 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4837 times:
Air Luxor (LK) had previously offered duplicate service on a 370 seat A330-200 from PVD but was unable to provide the aircraft for the PVD run this year
Sorry to dig up a corpse, but I heard from a Yahoo member that lives in Ponta Delgada that Air Luxor will in fact be serving PVD this summer with their A330. It's apparently being advertised on Azorean television. He was also informed enough to mention that there's a good chance it could go scheduled as early as Jan 05...as soon as LK is able to provide a LIS-PDL flight that would time well enough to continue onto PVD.
Some cats think i'm 6 feet, I'm so deep; I can get d-d-down like a pessimist - Common