Loisencroach From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 373 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2526 times:
I dont' know...maybe because it competes with Amtrak.
I just found out the other day that Skyway once served Kokomo and Anderson, IN. Does anybody know how long those markets lasted?
I found a good book at a bookstore inside the main lobby of the terminal (across from the eateries) when I flew out of Milwaukee last August - "General Mitchell International Airport...A Record of Progress" by George A. Hardie, Jr.
Access-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1939 posts, RR: 14 Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2490 times:
To the best fo my knowledge....Skyway never served either Kokomo or Anderson (Muncie), Indiana.
Where did you see that????
A 3rd level commuter airline called Skystream might have back in the 1970's but even that I doubt because Muncie/New Castle/Anderson was a former Lake Central city and when Lake central became part of Allegheny, the city went to Vercoa Air Service as an Allegheny Commutwer replacement carrier. Vercoa then became Britt Airways.
After Britt's pull out in early 1990 American Eagle might have gone in for a short time with Shorts 360s. After they left, Direct Air based in Kokomo then later Gary Indiana started flying in Midway from Muncie. After Direct AIr changed its name to Midway Connection they pulled out of the market and Great Lakes Aviation when they still hubbed in Chicago took over.....however, since then no other airline has eve served the city.
As for Kokomo... also a Lake Central town. Then Allegheny, but this time Air Wisconsin came in and flew to Kokomo instead of Vercoa.
Eventually according to the OAG's that I have Air Wisconsin was the only airline to come into Kokomo until Direct Air started flying Piper 1040/Cheiftains into and out of Ohare. That lasted until they lost EAS subsidy, whuich unfortunately became the same story all over the midwest.
I will have to look that up someplace..I have been following skyway since they first started flying in 1989 as Mesa dba/ Skyway the Midwest Connection using Beech 1900Cs..Then when Mesa crapped out on MidExp and a new carrier called Astral started service and flew the larger Beech 1900Ds...
Dont rememebr ever seeing either OKK or MIE on the Mid Exp schedules.....
Access-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1939 posts, RR: 14 Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2472 times:
Actually Skyway did fly between Midway and MKE....but it was continuation service on to Louisville, Ky. MKE-MDW-SDF. That was in the mid 1990s.
The other reason they dont try to feed MKE out of MDW is simple...MidExp does not fly to enuff destinations especially sun destinations as C8/TZ did. When C8 flew MKE-MDW they had many destinations to connect to via ATA.....so in theory altho it sounds like a good idea...I dont know that they would ever dedicate even a Beech 1900 to the route...Im sure had it been successful they might have kept it....
Knope2001 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2661 posts, RR: 30 Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2452 times:
Skyway did serve both Kokomo and Anderson IN for roughly a year or so...from Flint. It was under contract with GM to link big facilities in those two Indiana cities with GM's big Flint division. The service was round-robin twice each weekday (FNT-AID-OKK-FNT) I suspect virtually nobody flew this route who wasn't connected with GM or a GM-related company like Delphi.
This service was back in the days when Mesa flew Skyway...I think we're talking 1992 or so. This, actually was one of the reasons that Midwest did not renew the contract with Mesa and started up their own in-house airline to fly Skyway. Mesa was too interested in flying non-Milwaukee markets that did nothing for Midwest. At their peak of non-Milwaukee flying, Mesa (as Skyway) flew these non-Milwaukee markets:
As for Miidway, Skyway did fly to MDW back in the Mesa days on a MKE-MDW-SDF routing. That market died immediately when Southwest started flying MDW-SDF. Skyway did again come back to Midway much later flying their own equipment. In fall of 1997 when Skyway picked up Escanaba, they flew Escanaba-Milwaukee-Midway, with the MKE-MDW flights being twice daily. The thought on this was that since United Express and American Eagle had both pulled out of the UP at that point, there was no service to Chicago from Escanaba or Marquette. So this could serve the local business traffic flow between the UP and Chicago. In fact the traffic on Milwaukee-Midway was very light...perhaps on average 5 or 6 pax per flight...and it was dropped in six months.
There are not very many people who fly locally between Milwaukee and Chicago -- the huge bulk flying between the two are connecting to other fliights. There's really not much of a local market to go after.
Knope2001 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2661 posts, RR: 30 Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2383 times:
Quoting N723GW (Reply 7): Kind of off-subject, but they also used to fly GRR-LGA, kind of an odd routing, I guess it was late 1999/early 2000...
Yup they did, as Skyway owned by Midwest, try several piont-to-piont routes out of Grand Rapids. They flew FRJ's to LGA and DCA, and BE1 to YYZ, CMH, plus GRR-IND-BNA briefly. These were not all at one time but over the course of several years. They also flew GRR-EWR with DC9. Grand Rapids is a market that has seemed promising but ultimately disappointing for?
N723GW From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 232 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2355 times:
Quote: They also flew GRR-EWR with DC9. Grand Rapids is a market that has seemed promising but ultimately disappointing for?
I think those routes died down becuase of COex flying to EWR with obviously a few more connections then YX would have, which may of killed the LGA flight too, but problem with GRR is they charge insane rent for carriers (excess of $85/sq ft) because they are stingy in knowing that they do have a potential to have markets to virtually anywhere, so they are saying well, let's make some money off of it! That is why USX doesn't fly there anymore. A few years ago, they had US flying I think 319's and F100's to PIT, then when US had problems, they went from B4 gate to B5, sharing with C8, then with C8 leaving, US was forced to pay all of the ramp rent, not only half because they were sharing, so one day, a head honcho from BWI flew in and said sorry guys, closing down...
Access-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1939 posts, RR: 14 Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2278 times:
Thanks, I guess I never paid attention to that service for the GM flights....It makes sense tho...I stand corrected...I guess they did do service in those two cities.....
Thanks for setting the record straight on that. I think Ill go hide my face in shame for a while....LOL.
All the other stuff I said the in the previous threads was correct tho...
AirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3662 posts, RR: 12 Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2252 times:
Quoting Knope2001 (Reply 8): Yup they did, as Skyway owned by Midwest, try several piont-to-piont routes out of Grand Rapids. They flew FRJ's to LGA and DCA, and BE1 to YYZ, CMH, plus GRR-IND-BNA briefly. These were not all at one time but over the course of several years. They also flew GRR-EWR with DC9. Grand Rapids is a market that has seemed promising but ultimately disappointing for?
When I was a ramper in GRR Skyway flew to the following cities, MKE, FNT, DAY, CMH, YYZ, LGA, and DCA. They were acutally considering making GRR a crew base for the 328, but then 9/11 happened and it all went to hell.
Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
Knope2001 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2661 posts, RR: 30 Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2250 times:
Quoting Access-Air (Reply 11): Thanks, I guess I never paid attention to that service for the GM flights....It makes sense tho...I stand corrected...I guess they did do service in those two cities.....
Thanks for setting the record straight on that. I think Ill go hide my face in shame for a while....LOL.
Oh please! You know a ton of stuff and have a good memory for it too.
Access-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1939 posts, RR: 14 Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2061 times:
I guess Imust have not paid attention to those flights because they werent things I was booking thru our travel agency then. I do remember after Astral became the Skyway Airlines partner that America West Express started flying Rockford Nonstop to Detroit right along side Skyway. Also at one point the maintenance base for Skyway used to be at Rockford. I still wish Rockford was on their route map. Altho Rockford isnt that far from Milwaukee, maybe an hour 20 mins by car...Itd still be nice to just fly up there in 30 mins....
Matter factly one year when Midwest Express was having a Travel Agent sales promo I booked so many business travelers on the Rockford Detroit flights that I earned my self a free rouind trip ticket on Midwest And Skyway, but that was in 1993 when it was still Mesa doing the Skyway.
And now that I think about it, I think the Skyway maintenace base in Rockford was for Mesa, not Astral.
JBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2296 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1933 times:
Midway737...a bit of refinement on your grammar there, bud,
But to answer the questions posed by quoting my own posts...
The Embraer order, from what I've heard, is pretty much dead. We simply don't have the financing for it and don't expect to have it anytime soon. While no official announcement has been made, I think it's more or less been canceled.
As far as the ex-ACA 328Jets ... last I knew we were still talking with DL and Mesa about leasing them for our own use ... but I know nothing further than that.
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
Mke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2380 posts, RR: 5 Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1881 times:
Quoting JBo (Reply 21): The Embraer order, from what I've heard, is pretty much dead. We simply don't have the financing for it and don't expect to have it anytime soon. While no official announcement has been made, I think it's more or less been canceled.
last time i checked....the embraer order book still had 20 erj's for skyway that were to be delivered in 2006
Will you watch the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions on Sunday? Only if coach Eric Mangini resigned after a loss.