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Indy Air Starts A319 11/23 - PBI Begins 2/1/05!  
User currently offlineHannigan From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 327 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4032 times:

From Independence Air Press Release issued today:

Dulles, VA, (November 22, 2004) – Low-fare airline Independence Air (Nasdaq: FLYi) announced it has received final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin flight operations with its new Airbus A319 aircraft. The first two 132-passenger A319s will begin nonstop service tomorrow morning from Washington Dulles International Airport to Tampa and Orlando. Another A319 is scheduled to begin flying in December, nine more are expected go into service during the first half of 2005, and 16 others are scheduled for delivery in 2006 and 2007.

Independence Air Chairman and CEO Kerry Skeen said, “We are very proud to be able to offer these brand new Airbus aircraft to our customers. This means that low-fare service to a number of destinations in Florida—and eventually, cities all across America—will become part of the Independence Air route network.”

The schedules to Tampa and Orlando each include three low-fare non-stops from Washington Dulles. On December 21st, the Orlando schedule will be expanded to five daily non-stop flights.

NEW West Palm Beach Service

In addition, Independence Air is announcing that new Airbus service from Washington Dulles to Florida’s Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) will begin February 1st. The schedule to West Palm Beach will include three daily low-fare non-stop roundtrip flights. As a way to celebrate the new service, Independence Air is offering introductory advance purchase internet fares of just $59 non-stop to/from Washington, and $79 to/from any scheduled connecting city served by Independence Air. Travel to West Palm Beach must be booked by December 6, 2004. The simple Independence Air fare sale rules are seen below. Complete details are available at FLYi.com.

The Independence Air system currently includes low-fare service to a total of 40 destinations. The Independence Air hub at Washington Dulles is the largest low-fare hub in America in terms of total departures. The company employs approximately 4,700 aviation professionals. For more information about FLYi, Inc. and Independence Air, please visit our website at FLYi.com.

Independence Air is the low-fare airline that makes travel fast and easy for its customers with a customer-first attitude, innovative thinking and a willingness to challenge the status quo.



We got planes! We got gates! What the hell!
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User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7711 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3991 times:

Congratulations.

Hopefully things will only get better from here on out.


User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6784 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3980 times:

Congratulations to DH.

Now, where are they going to put those RJ that were removed to run the MCO/TPA routes.. seem like more P2P can occur with these birdies...



Aiming High and going far..
User currently offlineATWZW170 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 904 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3973 times:

Couldn't come at a better time....vacation traffic will hopefully fill those planes...Now it's time to put those big planes into markets that have very high yields!


Success is getting what you want...happiness is liking what you get
User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3951 times:

Good luck to IndyAir....i must say that my experience with them was great even though i flew them only once. I wrote a letter to them telling them how much i enjoyed the flight and i received a letter back with a mouse pad, pens, pictures, and stickers from Independence Air. that was kind of cool  Big grin


The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2528 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3870 times:

Excellent news for them, and I agree that this couldn't have come at a better time... PBI should give them a nice boost.

User currently offlineNearord From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3799 times:

Wow and indy thread with 5 replies and NO boo birds yet. Amazing.

For those who said we couldn't, We did.

We're used to being the underdog here, just keep doubting harder and harder and things will get better and better for us. So please continue the bashing so we can continue to be the underdogs.

Have a great day, I know i will.



User currently offlineHannigan From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 327 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3738 times:

Give it time Nearord, they will come.  Big grin


We got planes! We got gates! What the hell!
User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1943 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3703 times:

It is a big relief to see the press release and I will be on the first ever scheduled Indy-air A319 flight to Tampa tomorrow. I am so excited... I will take some pictures and will report back... but since I have a trip the day after, there will be no trip report till next week.

About PBI, I am a bit surprised that PBI is the next choice of Florida destination, instead of the more popular Ft. Lauderdale. Anyhow, it is a popular market too.

Anyway, congrats to Indy-air!

Carfield


User currently offlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6808 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3677 times:

PBI has less total traffic volume than FLL but the yields are a bit higher. Also, Ted has three daily IAD-FLL round-trips while neither United nor Ted flies from IAD to PBI. There's far more competition in general from WAS (including DCA and BWI) to FLL, with WN, FL, US, and UA all flying to FLL from the area, while only WN and US serve PBI from the Washington area.

User currently offlineRDUDDJI From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1534 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3619 times:

Wasting no time...Indy's first revenue flights will be this afternoon (2103 IADMCO and 2112 IADTPA and their returns) which are upguages from the CRJ flights (which were downgraded at the first of the month b/c IA suspended proving runs). I think they're scheduled around 3:50pm this afternoon.


Sometimes we don't realize the good times when we're in them
User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3541 times:

I have a strange feeling that FLL/MIA or LAX will be announced soon.

User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33194 posts, RR: 71
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3545 times:

About PBI, I am a bit surprised that PBI is the next choice of Florida destination, instead of the more popular Ft. Lauderdale. Anyhow, it is a popular market too.

Apparently they are going to go to MIA before FLL, but it is still up in the air. FLL is overcrowded, has both jetBlue and Ted on FLL-IAD, and Delta will match any non-IAD routes that Indy Air starts out of FLL.

MIA is less congested, has less lowfare compieition, no lowfare service to DC, and AA will likely not respond if Indy Air decides to run secondary CRJ routes (like MIA-GSO).



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User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6784 posts, RR: 17
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3505 times:

But isn't MIA, like, WAY more expensive than PBI/FLL?


Aiming High and going far..
User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33194 posts, RR: 71
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3473 times:

But isn't MIA, like, WAY more expensive than PBI/FLL?

So? MIA is a strong yielding airport, with more business travelers than PBI/FLL and Indy Air can get away with charging higher fares to make-up for the higher landing fees. Just compare ATA fares out of MIA and FLL...they are almost always more expensive out of MIA by a significant amount, but ATA can get away with it, because many passengers who use MIA are usually willing to pay a premium (needless to say, that premium is shrinking as fares at FLL go down even more).



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User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6784 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3462 times:

Ahh.. interesting.. should be interesting to see if/when DH & B6 arrive at MIA.. only time will tell.. but I think AA is still testing it's bats to start taking a swing at these invaders..


Aiming High and going far..
User currently offlineHannigan From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 327 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3429 times:

Don't forget about Ft Myers. I'm no expert about south Florida but would it fit in anywhere right now?


We got planes! We got gates! What the hell!
User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3403 times:

Interesting how they can get those A319s out there THIS quick...I mean I'm assuming they got approval TODAY and they're flying TODAY!

FLIGHT 2103 DUE AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN AT 6:01pm INTO MCO...it will be the first arrival of an A319
FLIGHT 2112 DUE AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN AT 6:11pm INTO TPA...it will be the 2nd and TPA's first A319 for Indy

FLIGHT 2106 DUE AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN AT 8:52 INTO IAD...it wil lbe going, somehow, into A5...THE FIRST 319 ARRIVAL INTO IAD FOR INDY...it will be at gate A5

FLIGHT 2114 DUE AT Macedonian Airlines (Greece)">IN AT 8:55pm INTO IAD...the 2nd INDY 319 into IAD...it will be at gate A6

its not in the system, but i would not be suprised to see these A319s go out on the 9:45 flights too!

A note... they left out of B gates...is that because of room on A concourse or is that due to the emergency situation for getting them out?


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33194 posts, RR: 71
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3401 times:

Don't forget about Ft Myers. I'm no expert about south Florida but would it fit in anywhere right now?

Fort Myers is West Florida. I'm sure we will see flyI there in the future.



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User currently offlineMikester540 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3397 times:

WEST PALM BEACH!
Sweet  Smile

Lets hope those nice Indy air employees will make it through next year...

Mike



We need men who can dream of things that never were. -John F. Kennedy
User currently offlineHannigan From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 327 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3390 times:

Flairport, the A319's will operate from the B gates in IAD. To be more specific - B24 and B26.


We got planes! We got gates! What the hell!
User currently offlineJetbluefan1 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3012 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3282 times:

Flairport, the A319's will operate from the B gates in IAD. To be more specific - B24 and B26.

Uh...isn't B24 a common gate while B26 is jetBlue's designated gate that they have to themselves (b/c they operate 10 flights a day...)?

Just wondering.

JetBluefan1



Most people on a.net hate JetBlue. Get used to it.
User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1943 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

Not happy... I can't be part of history... Well too bad...  Sad especially the troubles that I went through to book the first A319 flight. However, I guess there will be no celebration of any sort...

Anyway, I will report back tomorrow.

Carfield


User currently offlineKevin82277 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3258 times:

I know the press release says it is starting tomorrow, but it flew flew its first flight with Passengers today both to MCO and TPA from IAD. They left in the early afternoon. I am so happy to see them finally flying.

User currently offlineSwadispatcher From United States of America, joined May 2004, 427 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (10 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3246 times:

TPA is on final for IAD and MCO should be back in 15 mins..
Good to see 'em flying the 319s now..



Maintain 2300 until Boiler, cleared for the VOR-A approach, report BATLE inbound..
25 ERJ170 : Okay.. Okay.. I just have one question here.... Why is it that one can get to TPA and MCO from everywhere EXCEPT BNA, CLT, and RDU???? What is the dea
26 JetMARC : They moved jetBlue at IAD, we now use B48 and B50... all the way at the very end of the concourse... it sucks!!!!!!!
27 Swadispatcher : Shorter taxi time for B6 tho..
28 JetMARC : Yeah, but its a lot of walking...B50 is 10 miles to the people mover, or 5 miles to the new underground moving walkway... where once underground, you
29 RDUDDJI : ERJ170: RDU has TPA service from both WN and DL (don't know if theirs has started yet). They also have MCO service from WN, DL, US (weekends only) and
30 ERJ170 : RDUDDJI... That still doesn't explain why there isn't any connecting service.. Norfolk has service to those are on the same airlines, and they have co
31 Jeffie813 : YES! WEST PALM BEACH! it is so great to see substantial new service added to PBI. it is very logical when you see the void in service to IAD. united o
32 Jeffie813 : speaking of jetblue and indy air....what program is running their reservation system? it's weird to see what i thought was jetblue's proprietary syste
33 Nwa747-400 : Congratulations Independence Air!!! The DC area is pulling for you.
34 RDUDDJI : Ahh, didn't know you meant conxns through IAD, ERJ. Disregard prior. Jeffie, Independence uses Navitare's OpenSkies, so does B6 and Airtran. It's abou
35 MAH4546 : But as far as connecting.. ALL airlines offer some sort of connecting service to Florida EXCEPT DH... THAT is the part that seems MOST bizarre! It not
36 ERJ170 : So it doesn't seem bizarre that an airline would cut off potential customers to an entire section of their network? That's normal? If that is the case
37 ScottB : "But as far as connecting.. ALL airlines offer some sort of connecting service to Florida EXCEPT DH... THAT is the part that seems MOST bizarre!" Back
38 ERJ170 : Well, lets see about that... AA, CO, NW, US, DL, UA, WN all offer connecting flights from RDU to MidAtlantic or Northeast hubs.. the flight time from
39 MAH4546 : the flight time from RDU/CLT/BNA to IAD is less than 40-45 minutes Since when? BNA-IAD: 1h45m RDU-IAD: 1h08m CLT-IAD: 1h29m
40 GMUAirbusA320 : "Uh...isn't B24 a common gate while B26 is jetBlue's designated gate that they have to themselves (b/c they operate 10 flights a day...)? Just wonderi
41 ERJ170 : Okay, okay.. so I was guestimating.. according to FlyI.com, from pushback to gate.. BNA has been running at about 1h30min RDU has been running at abou
42 MAH4546 : DH doesn't offer those.. I just want to know why... They don't need to be every airline to every person. There is absolutley no reason to further comp
43 Post contains images 7E72004 : When are they going to start SEA service?????
44 Jetbluefan1 : Dude, they don't OWN it...B26 and B24 are COMMON use dude. I didn't say that they own B26. I just said it's their designated gate, such as A5 being th
45 LV : Okay, so I have to eat my words....it happens everyone once in a great while.
46 SegmentKing : Airports often designate signatory users common-use gates where they are allowed to install computers & signage, but anyone is free to use the gate. F
47 ERJ170 : In regards to RDU, ever think that maybe I-Air feels that the market is already saturated enough??? Nope. It's not about saturation or there wouldn't
48 ScottB : "And DH is not offering popular destinations to 3 (AND ONLY 3) stations! To me, it just seems very odd!!!!!!!" It's not odd at all. Every other destin
49 Flyibaby : ERJ.. I don't know what airline offers RDU-JFK-FLL service unless the itinerary is booked through a troubled travel agent. In my past life as an airli
50 Jfklganyc : I deadhead on Eagle a lot and whenever we land at the LGA hub from RDU, a connecting flight is mentioned to FLL. They wouldn't mention it if a passeng
51 ERJ170 : If no one believes me, please put in RDU-FLL on AA.com.. and you will see.. through LGA, ORD, DFW, BOS..... Try continental, you will see CLE, EWR, IA
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