Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport benefits the area greatly, thanks to Wal*Mart. The airport features non-stop service to a large number of major US hubs, including Los Angeles, LaGuardia, and Newark, nearly unheard of for a city of its size and location.
CALMSP From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3662 posts, RR: 8 Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4702 times:
my buddy was the GM down there for COEX, and it has blossomed into the top COEX city in the system. Although they suffer from some of the lowest load factors, they still have one of the top two yeild stations in the COEX system. THis airport is unbelievable. What will be the next city?
okay, I'm waiting for the rich to spread the wealth around to me. Please mail your checks to my house.
Klwright69 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jan 2000, 1786 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4494 times:
Who else has been to that airport? I for one have. It is wild. You are like driving through meadows, woods, and fields on a little two lane road. You then suddenly come upon this little airport in the middle of nowhere!The airport was nice and new, but a sleepy little place! This was several years ago, and really AA Eagle was about the only one there at the time!
UnitedTristar From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1240 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4476 times:
Well I am surprised that UA didn't start IAD from there seeing as that there is no WAS service now from XNA and there is a ton to ORD on AA. If its relay the business capital of Arkansas then WAS would have been more logical. But what do I know?
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Usatoeze From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 358 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4369 times:
XNA is an unbelievably nice airport, and the area(Fayetteville, Bentonville, Springdale, and Rogers) is one of the fastest growing areas in the USA east of the Rockies. It has a two lane country road to the airport and only one gas station from the interstate to the airport...great airport though.
Scootertrash From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 569 posts, RR: 10 Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4167 times:
Back in the day, when I flew for Trans States, I used to fly into XNA all the time. It is strange, full airplanes in and out of an airport in the middle of nowhere. Actually, the airport is somewhere: Highfill, Arkansas, population 78 (circa 1999- I doubt it has changed much).
XNA is a nice facility, though. Boring overnight in Bentonville... I avoided it like the plague.
Dsuairptman From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 807 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3869 times:
Walmart and its evil overlords can burn in hell. There is no reason whatsoever that XNA deserves or can justify more flights. Tyson has nothin really to do with it, its just evil ol Wal Mart hogging airtraffic they don't need, cause maybe once every couple of weeks their executives needs a last minute trip, but the shouldn't have the joy of nonstops to places like LAX an LGA, btw, why would they need a LGA flt? Wal-mart has no outlets in NYC? I say Monoply Mart people should connect like everyone on else, and w/ fewer flts. Agian airlines shouldn't be putting frequent flts on XNA routes and fly them empty 99% of the time just cause once in a while a WM exec needs a quick trip and thinks he deserves non stop service.
Also, why should Wal-Mart need this air service, they've got a fleet of Lear Jets and King Airs to haul their greedy executives around in.
NW7E7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 532 posts, RR: 5 Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3861 times:
Frontier has beat UA on the LIT-DEN route. Service starts Oct. 10th
American has got ORD-LIT covered and the only other option for UA would be LIT-IAD.
LIT has really grown this year too. Several flights added onto existing routes and 3 new destinations this year.(MSP, EWR, DEN) and equipement upgrades(NW A319's, CR7's on almost all American Eagle flights out of LIT)
EDIT: Pre-9/11 LIT had UA "mainline" service on 737's to DEN and ORD. Post 9/11 they cut down to CRJ's and then they left.
Rjnut From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1166 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2963 times:
RE: boom at XNA
As it has been explained to me, any company that does business with Wal Mart must have an office in Arkansas, so as a result everybody and their mother has set up shop there and that is what drives so much of the flying biz. Anyone?
Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 27 Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2924 times:
Next time on your flight to XNA, walk up and down the aisle, politely ask each passenger for whom they work.
You'll find most of the passengers are salespeople that work for the vendors, one of the thousands that count Wal-Mart as their biggest and most important accounts.
You'll find maybe one is a Wal-Mart employee, maybe 2 or 3 VFR (Visiting Friends Relatives) and the rest are salespeople trying to make a buck.
Rjnut From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1166 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2869 times:
i thought it strange too, re: represnetation required in Arkansas..i dont know the details but i do know that office parks and hotels have sprung up all over the greater Wal-mart region.
I remember the old days, Scheduled Skyways at old Drake Field in southside of Fayetteville operating highly weight restricted Metroliners, arriving with very pissed off salesmen from New york without their sample bags..What a mess that all was!
25 WeAreUnited: UAXDXer: SkyWest will be operating these flights.
26 NW7e7: Ual777contrail: My mistake. UA did actually pull out of LIT in the mid 90's and then restarted service in the late 90's with CRJ service only to ORD.
27 BH346: I know American already serves Little Rock from ORD, but I think that LIT can support both airlines. I think if Wichita can support both airlines to O
28 NW7E7: Dont forget WN also flies to chicago. MDW of course.
29 Kanebear: Every vendor must have an office in Arkansas/Bentonville? *ROFLMAO* Gee, wonder how little Plastics Collective #62 in Dongxiao, China affords their of
30 NW7E7: LIT-IAD will come before XNA-IAD, for obvious reasons. But who knows!
31 Pzurita1: MAH4546: You are from long ago in my respected users list... But where in hell do you get so much information and indepth analysis from aviation all o
32 NW747400: NW7E7 is right. I think LIT-IAD will come before XNA-IAD. LIT Has grown significantly in the last year and it would just make a great year better if U