TravisNC From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 96 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 1 month 8 hours ago) and read 2331 times:
It seems like United has cancelled their one nonstop flight between RDU and DEN (after previously dropping it from twice daily to once daily). I can't find it in the schedules after January 5, 2005.
I still don't get it. RDU has higher O&D to DEN than CLE, CMH, CVG, BNA, and MEM, but still no service. Even BHM with 79 O&D passengers/day (to RDU's 273) to DEN still has both of their United Express flights (started around same time as RDU).
BH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 15 Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 8 hours ago) and read 2266 times:
It always isn't just about loads and O&D passengers, yields factor in as well. However, with no LCC competition in the market and with RDU generally being a high-yield market(lots of business travel from RTP), I'm not really sure.
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ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6692 posts, RR: 18 Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 8 hours ago) and read 2261 times:
Well, UAL did say they were going to be cutting domesticate routes.. seems RDU was one of those routes yet again.. first the downgrade from mainline, now the cancellation of service.. UAL is not making a good name for itself in this area..
but I don't think that RDU-DEN will be gone for long.. We may see a critter tail on that route IMHO.. the question if not if, but when.. seems like a golden opportunity for F9 to make their move.. There are open gates and the route (seem profitable on 2 70 seat RJ) could probably support 2 318 flights..
RDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1377 posts, RR: 3 Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 8 hours ago) and read 2253 times:
I know UAX (Mesa) has alot of performance issues with this long distance CRJ-700 flight. I don't know if that has anything to do with it. I know from friends at RDU that the flight has a very high load factor and is often weight restricted.
Also...my information shows the flight(s) in GDS all the way through June (that's as far ahead as I looked)
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Uadc8contrail From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1782 posts, RR: 10 Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 7 hours ago) and read 2188 times:
dont count den-rdu out just yet....if it is cut it will show in apollo by the end of this month as jan uax shed should be in their by the 29th or 30th.....if the loads are that good(and the rasm is good) i can not see them cutting the flight.....but we should have a ball park idea what ual exit plan is before then as bridge&assoc are expected to deliver their report to ual,afa and the iam...could see some hub flight cuts maybe.......
Flyibaby From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1016 posts, RR: 6 Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month ago) and read 2078 times:
Weight restriction is the word. On a normal day, with the first class config. on these CR7's, out of 64 seats, usually only 55 passengers could go and about 30 bags. If the conditions are perfect in RDU, DEN and enroute, then there is the slight possibility it would be able to go full, passenger wise. There is plenty of demand, they were just giving themselves a black eye with the denied passenger issues, and Mesa's A/C reliability/on time performance to RDU. Good idea, wrong aircraft.
ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6692 posts, RR: 18 Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2037 times:
Well, I would have sent an email to F9 requesting expedited service to RDU since UA was dropping the route.. but they have no email way to contact them. Oh well, perhaps I will email RDU and suggest they contact F9!!! Couldn't help!
I wonder if a letter campaign would work like Delta was trying to get people to do for service to China?
Just a thought, would the E170 be a better a/c on the RDU-DEN run or would it carry the same weight restrictions?
ATWZW170 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 904 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2017 times:
Flyibaby is right....the CRJ700 is a terrible aircraft to fly in that market. It was always restricted. I was in RDU for a month helping and we could never take everyone. Mesa's flights were often late and passengers lost faith. I recall running up and down the C terminal looking for the Mesa crew...they were shopping and didn't really care that we were now 10 minutes late because of them. So, when you add the combination that the CRJ700 can't hold anything on long distances - due to headwinds, and very low reliability rate....it was canceled. I'd like to see a 170 in that market, nicer aircraft, still a weight issue, but it's all about the plane!
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ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6692 posts, RR: 18 Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1923 times:
Could it possibly have something to do with AA's focus-city-like presence at RDU?
Nope.. though RDU is a focus city for AA, it is largely an AE station. And the AE routes at RDU are about 97% O&D. Besides, RDU has a vast array of carriers offering multiple destinations in spite of the AA focus city status.
As far as UA mainline returning, I very seriously doubt it. With their latest announcement of decreasing domesticate travel, I would suspect that UA is giving up on RDU-DEN and probably leaving it to F9 (whenever they decide to start it).
I'm not certain that there is a whole lot of potential on a route with not even 300 passengers a day.
I think that it could be done. The best factor about RDU is that First Class is usually a good seller. With a healthy First Class load and half of coach filled, the flight would be profitable. Even Air Canada is rumored to bring mainline (E170/190) to RDU when they get them because of the good First Class yield. Include cargo and I do believe that it would work, which is why it is just a goldmine fwaiting or F9 to pick up.
Perhaps UA could get US to do a RDU-DEN. They are codeshare partners and US has a healthy mainline presence at RDU. Would be cool to see US do a 734 (since they hate to bring any Airbii to RDU).
ATWZW170 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 904 posts, RR: 3 Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1882 times:
I wouldn't want US to start service to DEN...even though they have an ok mainline presence at RDU, if I'm not mistaken....and I might be...I thought they were reducing capacity. I know they are adding larger jets on some markets out of RDU but then giving a few routes to the RJ's.
UA mainline will never come back to RDU. It would be nice to see a A319 in there once a day but it won't happen. The ERJ 170 needs to head in that direction! You are right about the First class demand....everyone wants to upgrade.
Even though capacity is being reduced by mainline, UAX is picking up routes....as more 70 seaters come on line, I'd look for more flying to happen. Who knows, maybe DEN will come back, but I doubt it.
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ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6692 posts, RR: 18 Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1843 times:
I thought they were reducing capacity
The changes for US at RDU are as follows..
RDU-LGA.. +1 RJ to 7 daily RJ
RDU-CLT.. 8 mainline to 6 mainline + 2 RJ
RDU-PHL.. 8 mainline to 9 mainline
RDU-PIT... 3 RJ, 1 Prop to 4 Prop
RDU-DCA... 7 RJ to 3 mainline, 1 E70, 3 RJ
RDU-AVL.. No change
RDU-GSP.. no Change
RDU-CHS.. no change
RDU-ORF.. no change
RDU.. 5 gates to 4 gates.. maintenance facilty to no maintenance facilty (moving to independent on-site maintenance)
The ERJ 170 needs to head in that direction! You are right about the First class demand....everyone wants to upgrade. Who knows, maybe DEN will come back, but I doubt it.
I doubt it also. RDU has a boatload of business travelers that do last minute travel and frequent travelers. An airline not offering first class in RDU is crazy! The lost of DEN is why F9 needs to move into RDU. A double duece daily to DEN on a Critter Plane would be nice. I'm sure RDUAA will be working frantically to find someone to take over that route. I would wonder if RDU would pull a gate from UAX as they did from US since they are no longer offering those flights. With the 14 flights + 3 from AC, I don't think UA needs 3 gates.. I could see RDU pulling a gate and offering it up to someone, as they have recently been ruthless about doing it.. LOL.
Womack17 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 473 posts, RR: 5 Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1647 times:
Sorry I have been away for a while so I haven't had time to look at all the posts. I flew on the CR7 on two roundtrips and each experience was worse than the one before it. Lots of angry pax at gates who got bumped because of weight restriction issues. I usually fly FC even though the FC on these flights were an absolute joke. The only real difference was the free booze and I am not a drinker. The FC meal service is not something I can discuss as there wasn't any. A cookie or a piece of fruit. People wonder why UA is doing so badly need look no further than their latest RDU-DEN fiasco. From the very beginning it became extremely obvious that some of those 735 or 72S basking in the aircraft graveyard could be brought back into service for this one routing. You would need only two aircrafts for these flights with the following information. The aircraft to be used is the 737-500 with a cruising speed of 540 mph and a turnaround time of 45 minutes
Flight 1 UA737-500 RDU 0730 DEN 0840
Flight 2 UA737-500 DEN 0925 RDU 1425
Flight 3 UA737-500 RDU 1520 DEN 1630
Flight 4 UA737-500 DEN 1715 RDU 2225
Flight 5 UA737-500 DEN 0645 RDU 1155
Flight 6 UA737-500 RDU 1240 DEN 1350
Flight 7 UA737-500 DEN 1435 RDU 1945
Flight 8 UA737-500 RDU 2030 DEN 2140
These two aircraft would satisfy one day business fliers in both cities
From DEN arrive at 1155 and return at 2030
From RDU arrive at 0840 and return at 1715
C'mon United - Shake off the cobwebs and use two 735's for RDU-DEN service
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SHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 18 Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1618 times:
For there to be no nonstop flights on a route with 336 passengers per day (not 273 as TravisNC reported), I somehow have a feeling that things aren't going to stay that way for very long.
If I had to guess, I'd anticipate Frontier (with A-318's or A-319's) to jump on this route in a hurry, and I'd anticipate that if they don't start the route, American very well could (not likely, but possible) with MD-80's (again, don't expect it, but don't dismiss it either).
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Iowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4254 posts, RR: 7 Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1602 times:
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Mesa (AW) is also a joke in DSM, they fly CR2's from PHX and it is always late and sometimes weight restricted. The Arrival screen is set in DSM to "Delayed" automatically for the 10:50 pm flight since it's late often. Luckly it will be upgraded in Feb.PHX-MSP also must be severely weight restricted.
Mikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1381 posts, RR: 8 Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1531 times:
I, too, am a bit surprised at this based on everything that has been written so far. Not to play armchair CEO here, but an F9 announcement of new N/S RDU-DEN service marketed and scheduled with, say, same-plane continuation to LAX (another thorn in the side of RDUAA once Midway closed up shop) would seem to do pretty well.
Mariner probably knows a lot more about F9 fleet availability, so perhaps he could chime into this thread. But I imagine at this point that UA is content on the money they make with people connecting via ORD(/IAD?), but in light of nonstop service offered by a competitor, they'd sure to get involved in that scrum with more than a token offering of CRJ-700's.