Jfuoco From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1536 times:
NW just announced after barely half a year of service, it is dropping its DTW-MXP service, supposedly due to disappointing loads. Now this is sure awfully soon to be dropping service due to that reason...shouldn't that be
say...after 2 years of poor loads...I mean...the market was just opened, give it a chance to pick up!
I am led to believe this move was motivated perhaps at the request of KLM, who broke of an alliance with Alitalia, and it might also signal the canning of the NW/AZ alliance. Currently NW codeshares on scores of AZ flights from both MXP & FCO to other Italian cities and most European cities.
On the bright side, I don't really care for NW, and as a frequent traveler to Italy, hopefully this will prompt another carrier to take over that slot that NW is leaving behind.
Just before posting, I read another release indicating that the MXP aircraft will be used to fly increased frequencies to India---this is likely merely an excuse, as the India expansion was expanded last week.
If any of you have any other comments or speculations, please post.
Ctbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1476 times:
I don't know whether KL reqested Northwest to stop the serivice, but I do believe the divorce between KLM and Alitalia definately had something to do with it. AZ was hoping to build up its MXP hub and KLM provided them with financial support to to this. However without the backup of KLM in the alliance to support expansion, service to DTW-MXP may not get the load factors NW would have hoped for. Does this make sense? Also, does NW still have an alliance with Alitalia?
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NWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1449 times:
Wow. NW dropping MXP service seems fairly odd, primarily because they still have a rather extensive alliance with Alitalia. This may signify the end of that.
I also think that KL may have had an influence in NW dropping the route. However, another influence may have been the consistent delays at MXP. This flight never seemed to run on time, as I periodically checked the status of it on nwa.com.
TWAneedsHELP From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1394 times:
Yeah, interesting that MXP was dropped. It certainly is a very significant European dest. DL, TW, and AZ all pack flights in to JFK and I'm sure CO does the same in Jersey. Favre, whose starting MIA-AMS service with the DC10? Northwest or KLM or both?