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Commuting To Chicago Daily Via Eagle Or UX  
User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3533 posts, RR: 5
Posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

In dubuque, there are supposedly a fair number of people who fly the ERJ 135/45 from DBQ-ORD every single day and use it as a commute. The ops people there say there are a fair number of passengers who show up quite regularly (multiple times per week). I was wondering if this happened much at other airports within an hours flight of ORD...like BMI, MLI, IND, MSN, CID, SPI, etc..etc..

anyone have any idea?




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User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2634 times:

at Great Lakes, when we had a massive ORD operation, about 25% of all passengers were O/D to Chicago and about 15% were connecting to another Great Lakes flight. the rest wre online connections to UA.

SPI to ORD was about 60% O/D, hence why we also flew up to 8 daily flights to Meigs from SPI, and also in the early 90s LAN & TVC to Meigs.


User currently offlineTT737FO From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 472 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2600 times:

Hey Segment King, I was at Great Mistakes up until 1997. I miss flying to places like CWA, OSH, RHI in the winter.

Ever know D_ N S_ _ _ _ _ N?


User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2556 times:

Dan from ORD Ops/Ramp Supervisor?

I worked @ DEC until the shutdown, then went to CHI for college when Corporate heard I was in the area, tagged me for ORD work.

I keep in touch with Anne V and Kathy Hunter if you know any of the station people.

I miss boarding flights to "SUX" and seeing them on our papework "ORDSUX 5335" or something to that effect!

I don't miss that 625AM LAN turn with the Brasilia!



User currently offlineORDZW From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 198 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

I used to see a lot of familiar faces on the ORD-SBN flight. There was one gentleman I saw almost every day - I knew him by name. On good weather days, flying is a lot faster than driving. Of course, when the weather hits, you would probably be better of driving due to the slight(!) delays that occur in ORD!


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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23225 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2480 times:

It's worth noting that there is also some reverse commuting going on- especially on CGX/MDW/ORD-SPI. Our fine governor does it every day, although he does not fly commercial.


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User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2381 times:

I know there was at one time a group of people working for TZ who worked at MDW and lived in Indy, and they would fly on the Saab up in the morning and fly back at night (or when ever their shift ended). They have a boat load of those flights back and forth IND/MDW.

"..... On good weather days, flying is a lot faster than driving. Of course, when the weather hits, you would probably be better of driving due to the slight(!) delays that occur in ORD! "

- ORDZW, isn't there a commuter train that runs back and forth between SBN and downtown Chicago still? In bad weather I would rather take the train, less chance of being backed up by accidents on I80/I90. It used to run about every half hour in the morning and afternoons for the South Bend commuters. That to me would be a boring ride though!



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User currently offlineORDZW From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 198 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2317 times:

Tiger119 - You are correct, the South Shore Line goes from Downtown to South Bend about every half hour. However, from O'Hare, you would have to catch the Blue Line into Downtown to connect to it, which would take 45 minutes by itself. I know that when we had significant delays or cancellations, we usually gave our passengers the option to take the Coach USA/United Limo bus to South Bend. Some people became so tired of the airport that this was the best option for them!


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User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

TT737,

In terms of crew members, I keep in touch with Josh W quite a bit & have seen Julie P around HP... I've wondered if Capt Branch & his wife are still together, it was wierd doing my first ORD OPs departure and seeing the crew listed as Branch/Branch

Were you there when one of my rampers put a Brasilia tail into the terminal at F3? We also had 297UX hit a Beech (191 keeps coming to mind) while trying to get into F2... remember how UA put up that huge concrete barrier and you'd taxi along it, then do a quick 270 @ the end? :P

-n


User currently offlineTT737FO From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 472 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2090 times:

Segment,

I left Lakes in '97 and as I recall, the Brasilias were yet to be delivered! One thing, that I look back and chuckle on is the fact that Voss said that RJs would never catch on!! Hah!

I had fond memories though. The training in Spencer Iowa--difficult, harrassing, but well worth it. Plaza Hotel--hah. Was in a 1900C that broke down in Ft Dodge Iowa. Stayed overnight with the First Officer and three other Lakers who rented a double-wide there for about $100.00 per month. Four of us crammed into a rusted out 280zx back to the airport the next morning in a snowstorm.

The ORD staff were a lot of fun--good crew, but most moved on and turned over quick.

I remember the accident at Quincy too. Knew the Capt (Kate).

Don't know how they can be profitable, but as long as there are EAS routes to be had out west...it takes three in a 1900 to break even. Still no RJs!


User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3129 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2066 times:



well my dad for one flew ORD-IAD-ORD every week for 5 years, out on mon/tuesday and back thursday/friday and he said he noticed many people who he saw multiple times on his flights.....

TWA902



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User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2031 times:

TT737,

If my memory is correct, we got our first Brasilia from the old WestAir/Air Midwest UAX operation, 281UE keeps coming to mind, in 1996. I believe it flew mainly ORD/LAN/SPI turns until we were confident she could fly to FSD & FAR (which, in actuality she couldn't..).

I knew Kate as well, but not as well as most, I also knew a few of the UIN staff... very loyal employees. Kate did the DEC/MDH turns a couple times a month, although I think I saw more of Wysoki than anyone... he liked to run me over on the ramp.

I still remember the chaos at ORD with the mail & freight set-up at F1... I think our Beeches & Brasilias caused more FOD damage over there than the UA bag gorillas could ever imagine!

I'm surprised we weren't more successful at ORD. ALO, MKG, SPI, LAN were always boarding in the upper 70% LFs while cities like Sterling & Ottumwa would barely get 3 a day. I remember one guy who fell asleep in the corner at F3 and missed his flight to ESC... where we only had 2 flights a day. That was NOT a fun occurance!

Then ACA comes along, steals all of our good routes  Sad  Sad  Sad


User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1918 times:

I dont ever remember any flights from TVC-Meigs.

User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1813 times:

They were strictly trial-runs that were later moved to the failed MDW operations for Great Lakes (prior to conversion to all United Express).

-n


User currently offlineIowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4431 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1800 times:
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I'm surprised we weren't more successful at ORD. ALO, MKG, SPI, LAN were always boarding in the upper 70% LFs while cities like Sterling & Ottumwa would barely get 3 a day.

Your loss at ALO, NW has just recently added a 2nd CRJ to MSP, with either DTW service soon or another CRJ to MSP coming.


User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1694 times:

There was airline commuter service to Meigs??? When, who, how many, etc.??  Big grin


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User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1657 times:

I think that ALO was one of the last markets that Great Lakes dropped out of ORD. The reason ZK pulled out of ORD was because of the suspected closure of Meigs by Daley. SPI/CGX would get $200 each way and fill the 1900s, making it THE MOST profitable route in the network. Lakes kept a bare-bones network out of ORD after United picked its routes apart, with the idea that maybe they could grow some more at ORD, but once Daley told Voss that CGX was gonna be cut up, they announced the termination of CGX services at ATA Connection announced service to MDW a couple days later (from SPI).

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