Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 20 Posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2359 times:
Midway is opening twice-daily service between San Jose and Raleigh-Durham. This indirectly expands AA's presence at SJC by adding a route on a partner airline. San Jose seems a bit too far west to me for Midway to expand. Is this their first route west of the Rockies? What destination was furthest west before this announcement? Anyway, here is the Press Release.
Midway Airlines Announces First Ever Non-Stop Jet Service to San Jose, CA
Updated 10:55 AM ET September 7, 2000RALEIGH-DURHAM, N.C.,
Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ --
Midway Airlines Corporation (NASDAQ:MDWY) today announced new jet service between San Jose, CA, and Raleigh-Durham International Airport, with introductory fares as low as $149 each way. Service begins November 7, 2000. Midway plans to offer two daily nonstop flights each way utilizing its newest Boeing 737-700 aircraft.
"The addition of the Boeing 737-700 aircraft to our fleet has allowed us to meet the growing demand for non-stop service between the Research Triangle and Silicon Valley," said Robert Ferguson, Midway Airlines president and CEO. "Midway is proud to offer the first ever non-stop service between Raleigh- Durham and San Jose and the San Francisco Bay area." As the "Capital of Silicon Valley," San Jose has strong economic ties to the Research Triangle area, and many high tech and manufacturing companies have offices in both locations. The close proximity to San Francisco also provides customers with convenient service to this exciting leisure destination.
"This nonstop service between Raleigh-Durham and San Jose will offer improved opportunities for venture capital investment and new business development," said Charles Hayes, President and CEO of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership. "This is yet another example of how Midway Airlines' presence in the Raleigh-Durham area has a tremendous economic impact on our community."
Reservations for service to San Jose and other Midway cities can be made through professional travel agents or by calling Midway directly at 1-800-44-MIDWAY. General information is available on the Company's web site at www.midwayair.com .
As a full-service carrier, Midway and its commuter partner operate 246 daily non-stop flights between their hub at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and 28 destinations in 17 states. The Company recently took delivery of its 23rd Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ), creating a fleet of 33 aircraft, including eight Fokker F100s and two Boeing 737-700s. By year-end, Midway is expected to take delivery of four more 737-700s. Midway flies one of the youngest all-jet fleets in the world, with an average age of 2.4 years. The new flights will continue to offer the same award-winning signature service found elsewhere on Midway Airlines. Midway has one of the best on- time arrival records in the industry and offers assigned seating, leather seats, gourmet coffee, friendly flight attendants, and hot towel and mint services.
The introductory fare of $149 each way requires a 14-day advance purchase and a 30-day maximum stay. Roundtrip purchase and Saturday night stay are required. Tickets are non-refundable; however, changes may be made for $75 plus any applicable fare difference. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of $3 and segment taxes as much as $2.75 per flight segment. A flight segment is defined as a takeoff and a landing. Other restrictions apply.
San Jose, CA schedule effective November 7, 2000:
Raleigh-Durham to San Jose, CA San Jose, CA to Raleigh-Durham
Flight Departs Arrives Flight Departs Arrives
200 7:25 a.m. 10:25 a.m. 205 11:15 a.m. 7:19 p.m.
204 5:55 p.m. 8:55 p.m. 209 10:30 p.m. 6:29 a.m.
Raddog2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2284 times:
Is AA going to share gate space in Terminal A, or is Midway going to be relegated to misery in ancient Terminal C? This is definitely a big plus for SJC. It's too bad I don't live there anymore -- things are really booming.
N659AA From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2257 times:
I don't believe the marketing agreement between the two carriers can apply to RDU-SJC. AA could have (and should have already) served this market just as easily as Midway. Because of this, I don't think Midway can dispense AAdvantage miles on this route.
This should be a good thing for Midway, but starting out with two roundtrips might be a little aggressive to start.
TWAneedsNOhelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2254 times:
Not only will Midway share Terminal A with AA, but all ground staff, customer service personnel, and others involved with getting Midway flights out will be American employees. This situatiuon occurs at Midway's counter at LGA also.
As for southwest, not a tremendous threat. The Midways product will be substantially different, than the low-cost leader's. Midway will be nonstop service. Midway will have a first class cabin. Midway's coach class service is already impressive with hot towels, mints, snacks, and of course drinks. On top of that Midway has the AAdvantage tie-in. What would compel John B. Traveller to fly SWA? Price? Hardly, at $149, Midway is already in the price-leader niche.
Lowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2241 times:
I am not surprised that Midway chose SJC, along w/offering a VERY early time for the departing flight. There is a lot of O/D traffic between the two cities, b/c there are two big tech companies in RDU, and SJC; IBM, and Cisco Systems(Biggest seller of routers, wouldn't be surprised if airliners.net has one.)
AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3525 posts, RR: 45
Reply 9, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2212 times:
Reread original new release. Note there is no mention of AAdvantage program or AA. Midway is not marketing AAdvantage miles on this flight and is not permitted to by its AAdvantage contract. If ground services are provided by AA, it will be because Midway contracted with AA (and is paying AA) to provide the services (as is done elsewhere).
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USAirwys4Lyfe From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2190 times:
This is not Midway's first flight west on the Mississippi. They will commence service to Steamboat Springs, CO in December and end in Aug 2001? The RDU-SJC route is indeed in direct competition with SWA as they began flying the same route via MCI earlier this summer. As terminal use, at RDU Midway will use Terminal C- the old AA hub that Midway and AA currently share. Terminal A is the main terminal with US Airways, SWA, AirTran, TWA, Delta, NW, United, etc. As for ticket agents and such (at RDU), they should be Midway's and Midway's only.
This route kind of surprises me because of the fact that Midway is (and calls themselves) a East Coast airline serving no cities west of the Miss. But the high-tech prescence in both cities in definitely a plus. Oh well, I hope Midway is successful in this and other expansions.