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Announcement On New Airline To Serve RFD- Rockford  
User currently offlineTheFlyGuy2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7220 times:

Hi All,

About the new Airline to soon serve Rockford, just read an email I recieved from RFD Airport and well, you will get the picture. Any ideas on the Airline?


"Dear MilesAhead Members:


New Air Service Announcement – Please Join Us!

In two days on Thursday, March 2, a new airline will announce new air service from RFD. This service will differ dramatically from the service we have been able to develop over the past 2 1/2 years.

Several airline executives and distinguished guests will be at the Chicago/Rockford International Airport (RFD) to provide details on the destinations, pricing, and potential jobs associated with this Boeing 757 (200 seats) type service.

Please come out to the RFD Terminal at 9:45 am on Thursday to show this airline how interested - we - as a regional community are in this unique air service opportunity."

[Edited 2006-03-01 00:54:28]

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User currently offlineNopeotone From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7179 times:

I have a real good idea. More service to LAS maybe daily... Service to PHX, and an east coast destination (charlotte, nyc)
Either US Airways / America West Airlines or maybe an international carrier? Also this was already discussed..

Link: New Airline In RFD? (by Nopeotone Feb 24 2006 in Civil Aviation)


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9488 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7159 times:

I'll take a shot and say Icelandair. I'll probably be wrong, but they are a 757 airline.

The problem with US Airways / America West would be that it is unlikely that they would choose an airplane as large as a 757 to fly to RFD when they could fly smaller A319s or A320s. But we'll see.



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User currently offlineNopeotone From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7150 times:

Not a bad guess, but what destination(s) would they serve. They specifically said destination(s) and I'd think if it were international they would hint at International service. But RFD has a huge Scandinavian population in a 4 hour drive so maybe service to Scandinavia?

User currently offlineFlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2277 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7144 times:

Ryan International, maybe?

User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6752 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7136 times:

I vote AeroMexico or Mexicana to CUN, ACA, or the Caymans.. (choose 2)


Aiming High and going far..
User currently offlineNopeotone From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7136 times:

They tried this before though with Sunship1, which was RyanIntl. Not a bad idea because there is always one or two Ryan 757's sitting there.

User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9176 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7066 times:

If US Airways is the one, any possible PIT or PHL service? I am sure PHL would be in the cards though...


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User currently offlineCsturdiv From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7049 times:

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 7):
If US Airways is the one, any possible PIT or PHL service? I am sure PHL would be in the cards though...

Since my parents recently moved to the PHL area, I wouldn't mind seeing this. I'd drive to RFD vs ORD. I am flying US Airways to PHL in April for Easter and it is on a 737-300. If RFD had a 757 to PHL, it would not be a question where I would fly out of.



Posting from somewhere between KORD and KRFD
User currently offlineNopeotone From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7022 times:

I don't think its anything domestic anymore. I have a feeling its international. Could be Iceland air to RFD and RFD on to SFO or LAS or LAX. Or maybe Finnair to RFD etc.

User currently offlineCentPIT From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 990 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7010 times:

Quoting Steeler83 (Reply 7):
If US Airways is the one, any possible PIT or PHL service? I am sure PHL would be in the cards though...

That would be nice to see PIT service to RFD.



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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9176 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6948 times:

Quoting CentPIT (Reply 10):
That would be nice to see PIT service to RFD.

I know I'd like to see this kind of service. RFD would be a nice alternative to ORD and MDW. I think US already serves PIT. How far away from Chicago is RFD. I am sure it can't be far. A half hour or so, maybe...



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User currently offlineILCFII From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6844 times:

ORD & RFD are approximately a 1 hour drive from each other. This does not take into account traffic that can be expected during rush hour. During rush hour it can take double that time.

User currently offlineCsturdiv From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6768 times:

Chicago traffic is so weird, it is hard to judge times. I live 30 miles from where I work (live in NW suburbs near the I90/Randall Rd area and work out near PWK). It takes me over an hour to drive those 30 miles in the morning and at 5pm, it is an hour and a half to get home (I have to take 90, 53 to Lake Cook Rd....ugh!) That is why if I had the choice between RFD and ORD to PHL, RFD would be my first choice, especially with all of the construction going on at the Randall Rd toll plaza.


Posting from somewhere between KORD and KRFD
User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3122 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 6704 times:

I heard a stupid rumor that Icelandair was looking into RFD as its Chicago-area airport, but like i said, stupid rumor. Although 757 does match up

'902



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User currently offlineB757capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1365 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6624 times:

Well I took all this iceland air garbage up for consideration. Go look at there website they have dropped service from MCO for SFB instead. (cost cutting) So if they wanted to serve Chicago RFD would fit their model.

On the other hand- take a long at all there supension of service annoucments to the USA SFO, MSP. Any airline that suppenses service needs to be looked at.



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User currently offlineRL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4645 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6581 times:

I heard the Icelandair rumor as well


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User currently offlineNopeotone From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6506 times:

I agree with you B757Capt.. Just like Hooters Air tho. They totally cancelled all flights out of RFD but suspended service everywhere else... only to be returning....when? I couldn't help myself just because they suspended service. Icelandair is definitely a possibility, but on their site I believe I read that their 757 seat 226 or somewhere above 200. On RFD's announcement, they had 200 seats just like the 200 on Hooters' and Ryan's I believe, could be wrong. So either the person who typed up the press release at RFD didn't research enough (most likely the case) or we're totally off with the airline. Finnair is also a possibility I think because of the Scandanavian population around RFD. I definitely feel though that if there is international service that it will have another flight out of RFD out west somewhere.

User currently offlineChase From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1054 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6487 times:

Quoting Nopeotone (Reply 17):
On RFD's announcement, they had 200 seats

Could have just been estimating/rounding

Quoting Nopeotone (Reply 9):
Could be Iceland air to RFD and RFD on to SFO or LAS or LAX

Correct me if I'm wrong, but then IcelandAir wouldn't be able to sell seats on only the domestic segment, right? The people going West from RFD would have had to have come from KEF (or elsewhere outside the US)?

As much as I'd like to see IcelandAir closer to IND than NYC or Washington, I just don't think it's them. But if it is, I'll certainly be willing to drive IND-RFD in order to fly RFD-KEF n/s...


User currently offlineNopeotone From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6482 times:

Well its not an international airline. It is Festival Airlines , a new start up vacatation carrier.

User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9176 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6471 times:

Quoting Nopeotone (Reply 19):
It is Festival Airlines , a new start up vacatation carrier.

Any word on which destinations they will serve or equipment they will use?



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User currently offlineTheFlyGuy2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6420 times:

"NopeoTone,"

How do you know it is Festival Airlines? The announcement is not until Thursday morning.


User currently offlineTtango From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6395 times:

It looks like they will be flying 757s, are backed by a Chicago VC company,and have some Fedex management. Those details came from here: http://emergingairlines.blogspot.com/

User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4917 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6368 times:

Quoting B757capt (Reply 15):
Well I took all this iceland air garbage up for consideration. Go look at there website they have dropped service from MCO for SFB instead. (cost cutting) So if they wanted to serve Chicago RFD would fit their model.

And also they serve BWI for Washington.

I know its not going to be announced now but RFD could be a good Chicago area airport for Icelandair, especially if Chicago area traffic would be relatively low yielding.

[Edited 2006-03-01 23:07:03]


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User currently offlineMarkATL From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 539 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5927 times:

The only problem with RFD is that it's in Rockford.


"...left my home in Georgia, 'n headed for the "Frisco" Bay...
25 B757capt : hah hah. thats funny MarkATL Haha
26 Post contains links Ttango : It looks like they made it official today with their press conference. Some details can be found in this story: http://www.rrstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/..
27 DTWAGENT : Well, I say USAirways (but why a B757-200?) or It could be Delta or ATA if they have any B757-200 left..... That is my guess...
28 Ttango : hey DTW, Read futher in the thread. It's a startup called Festival.
29 Post contains links KarlB737 : Courtesy: WTVO-TV Festival Airlines Announces Partnership With RFD http://www.wtvo.com/news/default.asp?mode=shownews&id=2933
30 Tornado82 : Smells like "Lehigh Valley Air" which lasted about a month before Hooters started working on absorbing it. Although I doubt Hooters will ever "absorb"
31 Post contains links Pensacolaguy : According to the Festival Airlines website http://www.festivalairlines.com Pensacola, FL (PNS), will be the site for both light maintenance for the pl
32 Sunking737 : A new start up flying with 757? Oh brother, ok place your bets as to when this carrier will fold? or will they even get off the ground?
33 Post contains links FlyPNS1 : From the Pensacola News Journal: http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com/...ID=/20060303/NEWS01/603030329/1006 While it would be nice to see regular 757 s
34 Ttango : They seem clueless from the strategy perspective so far. The fares that thy are quoting (starting at $200?) are awfully high. There has been no mentio
35 Pensacolaguy : Well,Festival Airlines held a press conference today at PNS. Basically they said what we allready know. (The Chicago-based airline will build headquar
36 Sunking737 : So do these guys even have an airplane yet, or are they going the wet lease route for now? What kind of inflight service are they going to have?
37 Ttango : Some of the links in here provided info on those questions... Looks like a d/b/a arrangement to start. So Festival owns/leases the 757 and somebody f
38 United787 : Where are the 757s coming from? Is there a lot of 757s parked?
39 Steeler83 : Wasn't Hooters a vacation airline pretty much, considering that the places that were more than likely destinations rather than origins were places lik
40 Post contains images ILOVEA340 : You guys are all wrong... This is Ryanair's first north american hub which will be linked to the dublin and london hubs with leased 767's.
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