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Why Is MEM Having Continued Decline In Passengers  
User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3110 posts, RR: 10
Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3651 times:

Courtesy: Memphis Business Journal

MEM Sees Continued Decline In Passengers

http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/stories/2006/03/13/daily28.html

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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5128 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3643 times:

CRJ's vs. DC-9's and A319/320's. Alot more RJ flying down there these days.


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User currently offlineVega From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3631 times:

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User currently offlineDsuairptman From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 902 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3595 times:

Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 1):
CRJ's vs. DC-9's and A319/320's. Alot more RJ flying down there these days

That about sums it up, and NW continues to place RJs on longer range flights once run by nines and 319s. There are presently 4 757 flights, 2x DTW, 2x MSP, these are usually booked solid as people who can no longer connect directly through MEM travel to the other hubs.



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User currently offlineCoronado990 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1602 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3569 times:

But then again, the article goes on and states...

Contrary to the passengers, cargo traffic continues to grow at Memphis International. 12 million pounds were enplaned or deplaned at the airport during February, a 12.2 percent increase compared to 10.7 million pounds during the same period last year.

Maybe it's cheaper to go out of MEM by cargo.



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User currently offlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6781 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3549 times:

At this point, NWA's hub at MEM isn't a whole lot larger in terms of seat capacity than Delta's now-shuttered DFW hub was in 2004. Daily mainline departures are down to about 80, and roughly half of those are on the DC-9.

User currently offlineHNL From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 339 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3523 times:

Is MEM still operating 4 distinct banks? As I recall there are only 1 or 2 planes that RON there. They operate the only non bank flights to MSP and or DTW.


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User currently onlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23089 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3489 times:

Quoting HNL (Reply 6):
Is MEM still operating 4 distinct banks?

It's actually 3. They are roughly breakfast time (arrive 0800-0900; depart 0900-1000), lunch time (arrive 1230-1330; depart 1330-1430), and dinner time (arrive 1800-1900; depart 1900-2000).

Quoting Dsuairptman (Reply 3):
That about sums it up, and NW continues to place RJs on longer range flights once run by nines and 319s

Wow, so there's an airline in the States that is actually running CRJs in a profitable manner? What a shocker.

Quoting Dsuairptman (Reply 3):
There are presently 4 757 flights, 2x DTW, 2x MSP

At least 1 MCO flight (goes out as 958, RONs, and returns as 957, although I think it's actually a different airplane) is still a 752.

Quoting Dsuairptman (Reply 3):
these are usually booked solid as people who can no longer connect directly through MEM travel to the other hubs.

SFO and SEA are the only large destinations I can think of that would require a double connection. Are there others? Folks travelling VPS-CWA are always going to have to double-connect.



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User currently offlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6781 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3453 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 7):
Wow, so there's an airline in the States that is actually running CRJs in a profitable manner? What a shocker.

Judging by NWACQ's financials, it's not exactly clear that they're running (or paying for Pinnacle to run them) those CRJ's in a profitable manner at all.


User currently onlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23089 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3393 times:

Quoting ScottB (Reply 8):

Judging by NWACQ's financials, it's not exactly clear that they're running (or paying for Pinnacle to run them) those CRJ's in a profitable manner at all.

Would you not agree that long (i.e. >400-500) mile stage lengths are much more economical for CRJs?



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User currently offlineCIDflyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2313 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3384 times:

Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 1):
CRJ's vs. DC-9's and A319/320's. Alot more RJ flying down there these days

that's pretty much the reason behind this. There is less capacity being flown from MEM, althought the planes seem to still be fairly full. Any time I have gone thru there my flights seemed well packed. I also have to wonder if the threat of the potential pilot strike may have driven some people away from NWA? I would be curious to see NWA's overall Feb. passenger count.


User currently offlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6781 posts, RR: 32
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3329 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 9):
Would you not agree that long (i.e. >400-500) mile stage lengths are much more economical for CRJs?

Sure, just as they are for 737's, A320's, 757's, etc. Whether or not the yields and loads are there to fill the flights profitably is another question, especially given the high percentage of connecting traffic at MEM. Even with the only non-stop BOS-MEM flights, for example, NW is not the market share leader.


User currently offlineNW305 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3300 times:

Republic's flights at MEM on 10/26/80

ATL -2 JETS
BTR -1 JET
BHM - 4 JETS
CHA - 2 JETS
ORD - 4 JETS
UBS - 1 JET/2 PJETS
DTW - 1 JET
GLH - 3 JETS
GPT - 1 JET
HSV - 3 JETS
JAN - 2 JETS
MCI - 1 PJET
LRL - 1 PJET
MEI - 1 PJET
MKE - 1 JET
MSP - 2 JETS
MGM - 1 JET
MSY - 2 JETS
MCO - 1 JET
STL - 5 JETS
TUP - 2 PJETS
UOX - 2 PJETS
ICT - 2 JETS


User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3297 times:

I flew MCO-MEM-GSO 757 CRJ-200 this morning and both jets were over 90% full.


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User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7496 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3288 times:

Well,they still have a DC-10 to AMS.


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User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1137 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3251 times:

Quoting Coronado990 (Reply 4):
Maybe it's cheaper to go out of MEM by cargo.

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User currently offlineB757capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1382 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3205 times:

We had to borrow a gate from them one night at MEM. I couldn't believe how many they had open. It was dead and no other aircraft around. I think I saw one Dc-9 but thats it. about 9:30pm on a Friday


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User currently offlineCIDflyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2313 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3183 times:

Quoting B757capt (Reply 16):
We had to borrow a gate from them one night at MEM. I couldn't believe how many they had open. It was dead and no other aircraft around. I think I saw one Dc-9 but thats it. about 9:30pm on a Friday

that is pretty much the case there at MEM, during the bank times the airport is very bustling and busy like any other hub, but once the bank of flights depart the airport is pretty dead.


User currently offlineM404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3061 times:
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I believe NW is shrinking domestic capacity 8.5 percent per recent statements as explained in BK filings. Since NW is largest pax carrier at MEM would it not be reasonable to assume those boardings would go down nearly the same percentage?


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User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4568 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3030 times:

Did the establishment of focus cities have a negative impact on MEM?


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User currently offlinePensacolaguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2820 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 7):
SFO and SEA are the only large destinations I can think of that would require a double connection. Are there others?

GEG, PDX, Only other cities I can think of that would require a double connection.

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 7):
Folks travelling VPS-CWA are always going to have to double-connect.

NOT Only VPS lots of cities that don't have nonstop service to MSP, but nonstop service to MEM Only.

Quoting NW305 (Reply 12):
Republic's flights at MEM on 10/26/80

Your Point? 1980 is long gone.

Taking a look at Northwests PDF Schedule from April 3rd 2006 On....
-They're 42 cities that will be served by the CRJ.
-They're 12 cities that will be served by the ARJ.
-They're 12 cities that will be served by the SF3.
-They're 36 cities that will have Mainline Service. DC10,D9S,D95,319,320,752,753.

Long CRJ flights...
MEM-BOS
MEM-BWI
MEM-MSP
MEM-IAH
MEM-YYZ
MEM-PIT
MEM-PHL
MEM-DEN
MEM-AUS

What to avoid the CRJ? Don't connect in MEM.  Smile


User currently offlineMudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1167 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2764 times:

Quoting NW305 (Reply 12):
GLH - 3 JETS

I remember this when I was a kid. It was either a DC9 or 727!! Now all flights are by the Saab 340. I would rather drive to JAN and fly DL via ATL or AA via DFW and fly on mainline aircraft, than fly NW SF3s out of GLH and connect in MEM and fly on a CRJ. The only cool thing about flying out of MEM is getting to see all those FedEx MD11s and DC10s. On a more positive note about NW through MEM, I did get to fly a few times MEM-MSP-MEM on a DC10, and on this same route I got bumped up to first class on a 757!!!


User currently offlineCIDflyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2313 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

Quoting M404 (Reply 18):
I believe NW is shrinking domestic capacity 8.5 percent per recent statements as explained in BK filings. Since NW is largest pax carrier at MEM would it not be reasonable to assume those boardings would go down nearly the same percentage?

that also could be a very distinct possibility in regards to the numbers being down


User currently onlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23089 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2654 times:

Quoting Pensacolaguy (Reply 20):
NOT Only VPS lots of cities that don't have nonstop service to MSP, but nonstop service to MEM Only.

The point is that if you are flying small city-MEM-decent sized city, no double connection is necessary. It's only people flying between two real small markets who can't do it on a single connection, and many of them would have to double connect on most other carriers too as most of the small southern cities don't have Chicago service and most of the small northern cities don't have ATL service.



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User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2641 times:

The new fleet of efficient and relatively inexpensive to operate 51-76 seaters that NW is getting in the future will really help MEM. There are many markets that need more than a CRJ, but can't support an expensive DC-9-30. Some of those markets are covered with avros, but the avro RJ-85 has been an economic failure for NW, and is being phased out of the system.

DEN, EWR, BOS, BWI, PHL, AUS, IAH, OKC, RDU, etc., etc.,

It may also open up new routes such as MDW, JFK, IAD, ABQ, etc.

A large fleet of relatively inexpensive ~70 seaters will do nothing but help the viability of the MEM hub, if the MEM hub is indeed still in the cards in the long-term plans for the airline.



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