MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6347 posts, RR: 50 Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2446 times:
Now I know they just annouced SAT as a focus city, but things are getting sort of interesting with UA down here in New Orleans.
As of May, UA and/or UA Express will fly nonstop to: ORD, DEN, LAX, OKC, SAT, STL, and IAD. Service to SFO is expected to resume in the Fall.
UA currently has 3 gates, and has the chance to get two to three more easily, since Concourse C here is so underutilized now, now that F9/TA/B6 are either gone or, in the case of B6, moved to a different terminal.
I don't forsee a huge hub or anything, but I can easily see something along the lines of what they are doing in SAT....point-to-point nonstops to underserved markets with some connecting oppurtunities available.
It's interesting to note that UA now schedules a connection through MSY on its IAD-OKC and IAD-SAT routes.
With the somewhat strange addition of a new flight to STL in May, it would seem that UA may be seeing an oppurtunity in New Orleans.
MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6347 posts, RR: 50 Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2326 times:
Quoting N1120A (Reply 7): 320 only westbound? How do they manage to swing that? I am guessing the Sunday is a United Cruises feeder. What are they planning on flying? Also, what is with the 757 subs from DEN lately?
The LAX flight routes IAD-MSY-LAX (and vice versa). They are upgrading the IAD-MSY-LAX flight....return stays a 319.
The new Sunday-only will be a 319.
The DEN 757 operated for a period of about three weeks due to high loads...it's a 320 now.
Wouldnt any MSY focus city be operated by TransStates, who would take all the risk and use the UA brand?
The plan we have involves a lot more United/Ted mainline, as well as a mix of RJs and turboprops to feed a focus city/mini hub. At this point, the market, yields and excess traffic are all there to do it, it is just a matter of United pulling the trigger.
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