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User currently offlineN670UW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1605 posts, RR: 8
Posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4625 times:

Article:
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6092612/

Northwest Airlines could be eyeing Pittsburgh for expansion in the wake of US Airways Group Inc.'s second bankruptcy filing.

Speaking after a news conference announcing Northwest's participation in a major expansion planned at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Northwest CEO Richard Anderson cited Pittsburgh as a market where the airline could look to capture more customers.



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User currently offlinePanam330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2682 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4570 times:

Excellent. I'd love to NW pick up the slack. They're an excellent airline, with an excellent product. Look out for them -9s  Big grin.

User currently offlineJmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3283 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4529 times:

If NW moves into PIT with any significant presence, expect it to be a DC-9 haven. That is, until they are replaced with the likes of the Boeing 717, Airbus A318, EMB-190, CRJ-900, etc....................... you know how the story goes.  Smile



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User currently offlineNoise From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1788 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4494 times:

Are they talking about turning PIT into a hub???

User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23080 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4481 times:

PIT would never be a full-fledged hub for NW. It's way too close to the fortress hub at DTW. I could see a focus city a la MKE or IND perhaps, but not much more.


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User currently offlineJano From Slovakia, joined Jan 2004, 827 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4478 times:

I doubt it. I speculate they plan would be similar to MKE or IND -> start point-to-point where it makes sense and where they are pretty sure to make some $$.


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User currently offlineNwcoflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 690 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4471 times:

I could see NW adding PIT- select midwest destinations, as well as LAX, LAS, PHX. I would say PIT- FL routes could be added, soley based on logic from previous expansions from the midwest. (All have included Florida). However, we start to get into messy territory, because NW does not want to be in highly competitive markets where fares are low. (i.e. the NE US to FL). Berine Han (the CFO of NW) recently stated how pleased he was that NW was not involved in the NE-FL routes. So who knows. Where else would NW expand to from PIT?

[Edited 2004-09-25 06:06:45]


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User currently offlineRogerThat From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4413 times:

Just goes to show you, when US goes belly up, there will be plenty of others to fill the gap. It won't be long before PIT flyers say: US Who?

User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7412 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4337 times:
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If NW moves into PIT with any significant presence, expect it to be a DC-9 haven. That is, until they are replaced with the likes of the Boeing 717, Airbus A318, EMB-190, CRJ-900, etc....................... you know how the story goes.

Hrmmm, Most likely it will be with CRJ's. But I could be wrong.




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User currently offlineNWA330Tony From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4293 times:

HUB never, but focus city i could definatly see that. I hope so im tired of seeing nothing but NWA rj's, bring in the 9's!!!some westcoast service from pit would be nice too!

User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23080 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4301 times:

I could see NW adding PIT- select midwest destinations.

Which ones? I'd say there's no way they will get involved with CHI, and they already have service to DTW and MSP. I guess that MCI, IND, and MKE are all possibilities, especially since IND and MKE since they are already focus cities.

However, we start to get into messy territory, because NW does not want to be in highly competitive markets where fares are low

Are fares low to anywhere from PIT these days??? That will obviously change somewhat as US gives up gates and others move in, but for now, I think that statement applies to markets like NYC-FLL.



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User currently offlineNwcoflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 690 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4268 times:

Cubsrule,

Yes. IND, MKE, maybe MCI or OMA.

Are fares low to anywhere from PIT these days??? That will obviously change somewhat as US gives up gates and others move in, but for now, I think that statement applies to markets like NYC-FLL.

I agree, but if US collapses, the LCC's will have field day, especially on markets like PIT-MCO, PIT-TPA/FLL, where FL and the like would bring fares way down. NW will not want to jump into the blood bath of carriers competing on popular routes like that.



The New American is arriving.
User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3185 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 4138 times:

Focus city yes, full hub no, too close to DTW.



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User currently offlineJalalabad From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3981 times:

PIT-NRT ?

User currently offlineCoTXDFW777AA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3814 times:

PHL-NRT?

filler

filler



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User currently onlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7598 posts, RR: 27
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3777 times:

As much as I hate to contribute to the US-demise threads, this one I will since the quote does have some credibility and it involves NW.

PIT would fit a market that NW could turn into a focus city and it fits into their Heartland plan.

The difference with NW compared to others, is that NW could open a focus city in PIT virtually overnight, and beat the competition. They have the resources in terms of aircraft, they have an existing station there. Where that the LCC's would have to open up a brand new stations and may not have the available aircraft.

NW could theoretically fly to the usual focus city suspects:
MCO, TPA, DCA, LGA, LAS, LAX, PHX.

Otherwise it could be just as simple as providing more lift to the hubs. Upgrading MEM flights to mainline, putting larger -9's and Airbuses on the DTW and MSP flights.

Then again, we might just be looking a little to far into Richard's comments. Any airline CEO is going to make that statement. Everyone will want to capture more customers out of PIT and will act accordingly.


User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4897 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3750 times:

First of all, the replacement for the DC-9's would be the A319/A320/CRJ-200. That's been announced a long time ago. Second of all, we don't get that many RJ's. And third of all...

WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[Edited 2004-09-25 17:35:32]


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User currently offlineJAXpax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3753 times:

Northwest has a brilliant strategy.... a fortress region rather than a hub. They are building up many flights out of other markets. In Omaha they are taking a much more dominent position than before. In Lincoln, NE, they have just added 3 daily DTW flights in addition to the six daily jets to MSP, where just a couple of years ago it was just a few Saabs a day to Minneapolis.

User currently offlineAGrayson514 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 396 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3603 times:

Perhaps they could fly to places that are loosing PIT service from US right now and already have a good NW presence, such as GRR or FNT and the like. I sort of envisioned them setting up shop in PHL or CLT, but I'm sure that PIT has some potential.

~ Andrew Grayson



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User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3503 times:

"Yes. IND, MKE, maybe MCI or OMA. "

We already have NW service to MSP, DTW and MEM. They likely won't add a PIT-OMA run.



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User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3333 times:

would they start express service also or just fill in the gaps left by US... also... any chance that NW would ops PIT-ORD?


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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23080 posts, RR: 20
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3268 times:

No.





Filler



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User currently offlineFlaps From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1280 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3238 times:

I LOVE the 9's, bring me more nines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

User currently offlineNWA330Tony From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3091 times:

Second of all, we don't get that many RJ's...

your right NWADC9 I must have been imagining flights 5727, 5744, 3487, 3491, 3457, 5629, 3615, 1917, 3617


User currently offlineFlaps From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1280 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2978 times:

Is the sarcasm really necessary????

From a focus city perspective I would imagine it would be rather small especially in light of avoiding competition. LCC's will jump on the main business city pairs (those that they havent done already) and the main leisure pairs (again those that they havent done already).

Potential NW destinations out of PIT IMHO (assuming no US):

DTW - monopoly = more flights
MSP - monopoly = more flights
MEM - monopoly = possible upgrade to mainline
MKE - Skyway already increasing, maybe some NW RJ's
IND - maybe some NW RJ's
LAX - monopoly = 2 or 3 319's or 320's
LAS - 2 319's or 320's (assuming WN or HP dont jump there first)
PHX - 1 or 2 319'S (MAYBE)

Florida is kind of a crap shoot:

FL has already started moving in with 1 FLL and 2 MCO. AA is established on MIA and I could see DL quickly slipping into FLL also. That pretty much leaves only TPA and RSW uncontested. I dont think JAX could support anything other than maybe a daily WN. The USA 3000 services are generally ony 3x a week or less so that isnt much of a factor.

The big markets:

NYC - Everyone and their mother is going to look at those. CO is already entrenched at EWR and both DL and AA run feeders to their transats from JFK. That leaves LGA wide open but likely a prime LCC target.

WAS - Independence and UA already have a firm grip on IAD. DCA used to be a big NW market from PIT and could be again. If an LCC gets a big chunk of the US slots then who knows. BWI would go WN if they move in here but might not be much of a draw if they dont. Dont see any NW interest there.

CHI - If they really want to put the squeeze on TZ then maybe. There isnt that much of a market out of here to MDW though. With UA and AA already on ORD I wouldnt see NW going there. MDW just wouldnt be worth the cost just to put a squeeze on TZ.

Thats about it from my perspective.


25 Nwaflyboi : Working the line this past week.I looked at all the corporate passengers on my list.And looking at those lists.Dont be suprised if Kansas City or St L
26 AFHokie : Anyone thing that any airline will want to make PIT a hub within the next 10yrs?
27 ERJ170 : Anyone thing that any airline will want to make PIT a hub within the next 10yrs? No, unless Mesa does as they stated they may do. It would be in compe
28 InnocuousFox : PIT will have to cut some of the fees that makes them so expensive. There are a lot of airlines that could use a presence of sorts in the NE that don'
29 ATLhomeCMH : Cubsrule is right: PIT would never be a full-fledged hub b/c it's too close to DTW...it wouldn't make logistical sense to put two "hubs" that close to
30 Pilotcoex : I think PIT is one the top three airports in the US (runways, ops, etc). I just don't think there is enough demand there to be called " a hub".
31 Luv2fly : I would be real surprised at much build up out of PIT for NW, also it is right around the corner from CLE and there partner CO has a hub there........
32 Post contains images Burnsie28 : Could go the other way too, right around the corner is DTW Ahh but wait, there is gate space on A. The old Frontier gates, and who knows, maybe the US
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