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New CO Connection Carrier To Launch MIA-PBI  
User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33178 posts, RR: 71
Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3818 times:

Gulfstream Air Charter, which is related to current Continental Connection carrier Gulfstream International Airlines (same owner, I believe), will begin 2x daily scheduled service between Miami and West Palm Beach later this year, using 5- and 9-seat Piper aircraft under the Continental Connection banner.

The purpose of this flight is to allow wealthy West Palm Beach residents the ease of using PBI, but being able to connect to international flights out of MIA.

A start date is pending, as they are still awaiting DOT approval to begin scheduled service, but it should come soon, and a launch date of December/January is likely.

This has been tried in the past by CO themselves with HOU-IAH, EWR-HPN, and IAH-EFD flights. Will be interesting to see how this works, though using 5- and 9-seat pipers may make it work. Cape Air has been successfully flying TPA-SRQ with 9-passenger Cessnas under CO Connection for nearly three years now.


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User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2939 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3668 times:

MIA-PBI? There is a market for this?

User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16892 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3642 times:

Quoting MAH4546 (Thread starter):
This has been tried in the past by CO themselves with HOU-IAH, EWR-HPN, and IAH-EFD flights

Don't forget the 5 daily ATR's EWR-ISP.



Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1547 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3639 times:

Mark,
Is Tri-Rail the primary means of connecting between MIA-PBI currently?



With a choice between changing one's mind & proving there's no need to do so, most everyone gets busy on the proof.
User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3633 times:

THe IAH-EFD flights were very popular IIRC, but since they were free maybe that finally led to their demise. iflew it twice and loved it.

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, A Houston tradition since 1975


User currently offlineRJNUT From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3507 times:

And I am SO certain that those Pipers can handle all the international luggage that will be checked.


What a crock!


User currently offlineN670UW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1606 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3489 times:

Quoting Lt-AWACS (Reply 4):
THe IAH-EFD flights were very popular IIRC, but since they were free maybe that finally led to their demise. iflew it twice and loved it.

I thought they were cut because of the regional jets, when CO pulled all turboprops out of the IAH hub, the RJ's were too uneconomical on such a short flight. I don't know.

Now that CO has Colgan Air running Saab 340's out of IAH, I wonder if they'd be willing to try IAH-EFD again. I always that it was a neat service -- something you don't see everyday. I remember a couple of years ago I was waiting in Terminal B at IAH for a flight to PIT, and the EFD flight was boarding from the adjacent gate, and I remember there were a good many people boarding it too. It didn't look like it was that unpopular.


N670UW


User currently offlineMIASkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3456 times:

Didnt American Eagle serve MIA-PBI in the early 90's? almost positive they did


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User currently offlineCOFreqFlyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 397 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3395 times:

Quoting N670UW (Reply 6):
and the EFD flight was boarding from the adjacent gate, and I remember there were a good many people boarding it too. It didn't look like it was that unpopular.

I flew it many times. The prices to wherever were the same regardless of whether you flew out of IAH or EFD, parking at EFD was free, you got an extra 500 OnePass miles for the extra segment, and I lived equidistant from both airports via the Sam Houston Intracity Tollway. Thus, it was a no-brainer for me. And yes, all the flights were running full, especially all the Clear Lake people not wanting to make the drive all the way up to IAH.

Doesn't matter much to me any more, I now have to do MAF-IAH-wherever now. Woo.

Acronym, anyone?  Wink



The Proud Bird with the Golden Tail
User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33178 posts, RR: 71
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3353 times:

Quoting MIASkies (Reply 7):
Didnt American Eagle serve MIA-PBI in the early 90's? almost positive they did

Until 1999 or so, when they ended Saab service from MIA.



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User currently offlineKkfla737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1033 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3248 times:

Both Eastern Express and Pan Am Express flew MIA-PBI for several years in the 80s and early 90s. The total distance between the two airports is about 63 miles.

User currently offlineGARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3150 times:

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 9):
Until 1999 or so, when they ended Saab service from MIA

I actually took that flight one time in the early 90's when a meeting ran
late and I couldnt take Trirail back to MIA for my flight. I seem to recall it
was a jetstream 41????maybe and not a SAAB



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User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3150 times:

Quoting Kkfla737 (Reply 10):
The total distance between the two airports is about 63 miles.



Quoting COFreqFlyer (Reply 8):
The prices to wherever were the same regardless of whether you flew out of IAH or EFD, parking at EFD was free, you got an extra 500 OnePass miles for the extra segment, and I lived equidistant from both airports via the Sam Houston Intracity Tollway. Thus, it was a no-brainer for me. And yes, all the flights were running full

Sounds VERY similar to PIT-MGW on US, which somehow qualifies as EAS. I used to take it all the time as MGW was about 40 miles closer to me, and typically it was only a $40 difference (gas, tolls, and parking cancelled that out... plus the time saved). I got US DM Elite qualification in '04, for flying that route so many times picking up the 500 mile segments.


User currently offlineIslipWN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3094 times:

I think CO should start their EWR-ISP again. They should offer it for a really cheap price. It would be great for people who fly into EWR and don't want to drive home to Long Island.


Joe


User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3058 times:

Quoting IslipWN (Reply 13):
I think CO should start their EWR-ISP again.

Like those "flights" we get on CO from ABE-EWR. A bus, operated by Continental Express, and given a flight number as any other flight in the system.


User currently offlineIslipWN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3054 times:

Quoting Tornado82 (Reply 14):
A bus, operated by Continental Express,

You were put on a bus??

EWR-ISP was operated by the ATR.


Joe


User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3042 times:

Quoting IslipWN (Reply 15):
You were put on a bus??

That's the regularly scheduled Continental service on the ABE-EWR route. They won't "fly" that route (except for the countless EWR diversions) because EWR is already congested airspace... and nothing smaller than the ERJ's fly there for CO, which would be VERY inefficient on a ~60 mile route. So, we get the bus. I personally have never done it, but that's what they do for ABE-EWR. It's about a 1hr 20min trip, right out US22/I-78. Runs 3x daily. The good thing about it... a bus isn't subjected to the numerous EWR ground stops!

A friend tells me they did likewise for ERI-CLE for awhile, before getting a B1900.


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