Adam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 6 Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1208 times:
They serve Paris and Frankfurt,Germany.And I remember seeing on the news here in Charlotte about them starting service to London Gatwick on U.S. Airways and not British Airways. Out of Charlotte they also fly to carribean destinations like Jamaica,etc. And they also fly to Cancun,Mexico. As far as future plans, I don't know. United has said something about what they would like to do at Charlotte if the merger between U.S.Airways and United goes through, they would extend European service and offer service to South America as well. And one-stop flights to Asia and Australia. At least thats what they said on the news . But who knows?
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 7708 posts, RR: 55 Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1185 times:
The London flight has been going (except for a brief, BA-inspired hiccup) for fifteen years, having been opened by Piedmont. It will be A330s soon. Other than that I think US will keep expanding there, it's a great hub and a very important business destination (IBM, First National Bank are all headquartered at Charlotte, among others) and US have it all to themselves. Great airline.
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DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7673 posts, RR: 18 Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1172 times:
The Charlotte Hub was picked up by USAir with the Piedmont merger and they have been developing it ever since.
In the UA/US merger news release they outline what they plan to do with CLT after the merger. It will become a major mainline hub with one-stop service to pretty much anywhere. I assume that the international routes would remain. CDG makes a lot of sense b/c United has been expanding service from US gateways to Paris. And I would imagine the Frankfurt service would remain... seeing as all East Coast United gateways have service to Frankfurt either on UA or a Lufthansa codeshare. United claims to want to make Charlotte a real competitor to Delta's Atlanta operation.
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Drerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 4906 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1172 times:
I don't think that the acquired US hubs ould receive the one-stop Asian destinations literally. I believe they will jst carry the same flight numbers. It makes no sense to go CLT-ORD-NRT with a 744. I think that you will see the flight carry the same flight number all the way through with a scheduled change of aircraft.
D L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 10561 posts, RR: 53 Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1143 times:
I think the one-stops to Asia and Oz would in fact be the same plane. UA has a lot of widebodies flying domestically, especially between hub airports. If the merger goes through (doubtful) expect to see these domestic widebody flight continue, especially to PHL and CLT. (IMO, PIT will be hurt a little if the merger occurs, however, it won't be closed. That would be really poor management.)
Lear777 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 290 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1131 times:
A 747-400 from CLT to anywhere? I don't see it happening. The one stop service will indeed be same flight number but with a change of plane. Airlines have really stretched the definition of one stop service to make it seem like you don't have to get off then plane, but that isn't the case here.
RyeFly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1383 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1109 times:
I remember seeing Lufthansa 747-400's in Charlotte several years ago to compete against US Air. It has been done before so it could happen again.
I cant see much more international service until they expand the terminal D. If the merger goes through, there will be a lot more flights internationaly, if it doesn't flights abroad will still grow but not at a drastic level.
Lear777 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 290 posts, RR: 5 Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1089 times:
I have no concrete facts to back me up, but I think I'm just being realistic. I asked a friend that works for UA about this, and when I mentioned 744s flying to CLT, PHL, or PIT he laughed. He said that PHL is likely to be the only hub to see new UA widebodies. But he's no high up at UA, so he can't be considered concrete info.
Well, whatever happens, my opinion is simply that the one stop service will be same flight number, change of plane, and that CLT won't be seeing any UA 777s or 744s any time soon.
D L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 10561 posts, RR: 53 Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1087 times:
Well, let's see. CLT currently has 330 service, has supported 747 service, and then 777 service before. (US, LH, BA) CLT is a large metropolitan area with a LOT of money. (Bank central.) Comparing CLT to other airports with 747/777/330/340 service:
As you can see, CLT is quite a viable city/airport for widebody ops. It has the facilities, the population, and the industry to support it. Most importantly, it is a LARGE hub city. UA flies widebodies between ALL of its hubs. 767s, 777s, and 747s are flown regularly between IAD,SFO,ORD,LAX,DEN, and even MIA. If CLT becomes the Latin focus that UA wants it for, you bet your butt you'll see a great widebody presense there, and onestop service to Asia and Australia is a given.
RyeFly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1383 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1087 times:
I failed to mention that if United wants to compete againt Delta in ATL, with out a doubt CLT will be greatly expanded in the future and offer plenty of widebodies. I don't buy that CLT would be a bad market for very large planes and long international flights. As several people have said before Charlotte is a huge banking capital. But what people failed to mention is that Charlotte residents are not the only ones to originate in Charlotte. Winston Salem, Greensboro and even Raleigh residents not to mention smaller cites in both NC and SC currently drive to Chrarlotte to catch a flight. If international service is expanded, this traffic would also increase dramatically. if all this does happen and thats a big if, I am betting American will increase international service from RDU to get a piece of the pie. I am really surprised they already havn't. Their London flight has an increadable load figures. One of their most profitable international flights.
Lear777 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 290 posts, RR: 5 Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1077 times:
Yes, maybe in the long run we'll see UA widebodies at CLT. However in the immediate future- I'm thinking along the lines of the one stop routes UA touted in their press releases- those flights will be change of plane, same flight number. There's no way, merger or otherwise, that the CLT market can just explode exponentially overnight in that it would warrant 747s and 777s right off the bat. There will have to be a lot of route growth before that happens...keep in mind that between CLT and UA's five hubs, UA and US only have a combined 29 flights, 12 of which go to ORD. More frequencies will come before larger aircraft.
It all depends on what UA does with CLT. There's a lot of talk, but who's to say what will happen if things do go their way. Airlines are one group that I would trust as far as I could throw them....past experience shows that what they say is not necessarily what they will do. I personally hope they build CLT into one hell of a hub- I don't particularly like Atlanta.
Travelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3312 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1078 times:
Just because United may make CLT a hub doesn't mean you'll be seeing 747-400s cruising off to Sydney in the near future. There probably will be an increase in wide body flights if the merger goes thru (I agree with DLX -- doubtful). However, an increase in international service? Look at poor Denver. It's a major United hub and I think the only international service Denver can boast is a couple of flights to Canada. And Denver is the home to several major corporations...
I'm not quite sure why UA would shift its Latin American operations from MIA (lots of O/D traffic) to CLT (very little Latin O/D traffic). But it's an interesting theory...
Adam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 6 Reply 19, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1073 times:
I am pretty sure as well that the One-Stop flights to Asia and Australia they were talking about is a change of aircraft. Like that UA flight that goes from Chicago to Sydney with a stop in Los Angeles. From Chicago to Los Angeles it is on a 757, and from Los Angeles to Sydney it is on a 747-400. So of course it would be a change of aircraft.
D L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 10561 posts, RR: 53 Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1062 times:
What people fail to see is that CLT is a hub. Just for a second, put away your bias that CLT is not a major city like NY and LA. Think about it as a major hub, in line with other hubs that have widebody/international service. CLT is big because it serves a HUGE market. Everyone from Miami to Birmingham to Washington, DC can find an easy connection at CLT, or its main competitor, ATL. Currently, all these people who want to go to Asia or Australia either have to catch one of the few nonstops to LA or SF in order to get a single connection to Asia/Australia. These people would instantly gain not only widebody service to the west coast (and you're nuts if you think people won't flock to that over 738 service on AA) but also the opportunity to sit on just two planes the whole trip. (These flights also show up sooner in the reservations list because of that fact.)
I'm not saying that this is a given, but it is more than just a possibility. The market absolutely can support it, and UA will do it. Why do you think UA wants to buy US? Just for kicks? It's because US has a lock on this underserved market.
UA has rather few flights to South America from MIA compared to AA there and CO at IAH. Putting the LatAm flights at a megahub would allow them to have feed from all over the country, not just one city.
Lear777 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 290 posts, RR: 5 Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1045 times:
Just a little animousity (sp?) on my part. ATL tends to get the routes that I'd like to see CO fly out of Houston. I've flown about a dozen times through Atlanta over the past ten years, and it's been just fine, except for one flight to London where they kept moving the gate around, and boy, ATL is one hell of an aiport to have that happen in. Lots of walking, let me tell you...
Anyways, in regards to Charlotte. Somewhere down the road we might see widebodies flying domestic hub routes. I can't tell the future so I won't refute your statements as being wrong. However in the immedaite future I don't care how large CLT is....for widebodies to fly hub routes right off the bat traffic would have to increase by thousands of pax that simply don't exist. Once UA develops their route network and really integrates CLT into their system...who knows? But route growth with come first, more than likely in the form of additional frequencies to UA's five hub airports.