JerseyGuy From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1558 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5105 times:
There is a rumor floating around on Flyertalk that the poster talked to 2 deadheading pilots on different flights who say that CO Express flights will move to A-2 and that all mainline A-2 flights to move to C-2 within 6 months.
Continental has 24 gates in C-2 (where CO-Express operates) but only a possible 14 gates (if current gates were separated to A&B). They are also saying that CO will reduce Express flights once its contract with Expressjet is over but I doubt it will reduce it 10 gates worth. So that would mean that they would need B6s A2 gates to give them a total of 18 AB gates in A-2.
1. Where would B6 go if they moved?
2. Why would B6 move to accommodate CO?
Avion346 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 184 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4752 times:
CO would HAVE to implement some sort of transfer from A2 to C that doesn't involve re-clearing security. I had to do this on a DCA-EWR-DTW routing and it was definitely a pain. If they allocate those gates to flights with even higher amounts of cnx traffic they really will need a bus transfer or something.
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HOUSTON, July 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) today announced that it has selected Chautauqua Airlines to provide and operate 44 regional jets as a Continental Express carrier beginning in 2007, under a new capacity purchase agreement.
Chautauqua, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: RJET), will operate 50-seat regional jets on Continental's behalf, under the Continental Express brand. Continental will continue to schedule and market all of its Continental Express regional jet service.
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In April 2006, Continental announced that Chautauqua would operate any of the aircraft that ExpressJet Airlines elected to return to Continental under the Continental-ExpressJet capacity purchase agreement. ExpressJet's decision to retain all 69 aircraft provided Continental with the opportunity to examine options for replacing the regional capacity provided by those aircraft. Chautauqua will supply the 44 aircraft that it will operate under the new capacity purchase agreement. Continental currently has no plans to replace 25 of the 69 50-seat regional jets retained by ExpressJet.
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Star_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4749 times:
Quoting Avion346 (Reply 5): CO would HAVE to implement some sort of transfer from A2 to C that doesn't involve re-clearing security. I had to do this on a DCA-EWR-DTW routing and it was definitely a pain. If they allocate those gates to flights with even higher amounts of cnx traffic they really will need a bus transfer or something.
They already have - there's an airside bus now that goes between the two terminals, it runs every few minutes. They have had this for a few months now.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4729 times:
While the Express to A idea has been considered,the people I have spoken with say its not happening and was never a real possibility:
1. CO Express would need far more space at A than the current CO gates....CO Express uses all of the C2 gates and their are some Express flights to/from Canada that utilize C3.
2. There would be confusion.....most pax dont know whether they are on a CO or CO Express flight.....and many destinations out of EWR are served with a mix of mainline and express flights. It would be a mess.
3. To get more space, JetBlue would have to move out of A......unless the PA forces the issue, JetBlue is not moving.
4. The current set up works just fine......until the new international flights were added, the destinations out of A were primarily O&D.....the new bus service helps connecting pax although I never thought that taking the monorail was such a big deal.
I think that this is one of those idea that sounded good, until it was fully studied and analyzed.
The other big issue at EWR at the moment is international arrivals....unless CO starts revising its schedules, it will have no choice but to use International arrivals at B for some of its European arrivals that arrive EWR between 1130-1330........the C3 gates are getting maxxed out, and with more flights to be added, there is talk that certain flights from certain countries will be assigned to B on a premanent basis.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16559 posts, RR: 52 Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4703 times:
They should build a elevated enclosed walkway with moving sidwalks to connect the International arrivals hall at Terminal B with the International and Domestic check in levels at Terminal C, CO and the Port Authority was studying building such a walkway prior to 9-11. It would supplement the Airtrain, the distance is about 900ft.
I would go a step further and move DL, NWA, YX to Terminal A and CO could then take over their Terminal B gates making the transfer to Terminal C that much easier. Prior to 9-11 CO had their flights to London Gatwick depart out of Terminal B, maybe Departures from Terminal B to London, Tel Aviv etc is something CO should look into again.
COERJ From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 238 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4536 times:
For this to happen two things would need to occur-
Renovation of the A concourse, and check in facilities- which would allow more slots and gates for the large amount of Express aircraft
Mass transfer system between terminals, i.e. express bus that runs every two minutes, underground train, walk way, whatever. The A spider like concourses are very small and do not provide enough room in shops which is something CO is into after looking at C.
B6DC10 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4467 times:
B6 will only move to B1 if they are heavily compensated for the cost of moving, and reimbursed for the 6 figure renovation they did to their space in terminal A. This is not a rumor, Continental has already stated their intentions to the PANYNJ, and to the TSA. Remember, Continental is taking a lot of express flights back to mainline.
B6DC10 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4456 times:
Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 14): Where is this idea coming from? 44 of the 69 Expressjet ERJs are being replaced by Chatauqua, there is speculation over the Q400s, and the Commutair upgrade to Q200s was announced this week.
From a Continental Captain I know from his weekly commute....Even though they're bringing in Chatauqua, they are still converting a lot of ERJ flights to 737-500's
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4453 times:
Quoting B6DC10 (Reply 15): From a Continental Captain I know from his weekly commute
I dont want to give you a hard time, but crew is usually the worst source of informaton such as this. The CO 735 fleet is already rather busy, its not as if CO has an extra 25 735s sitting somewhere to replace the ERJs. While there will be some shuffling of mainline and commuter operations.....dont expect any big changes to occur. The Commutair deal announced this week is part of the solution, and more will be disclosed in the coming months.
JerseyGuy From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1558 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4429 times:
Quoting B6DC10 (Reply 13): B6 will only move to B1 if they are heavily compensated for the cost of moving, and reimbursed for the 6 figure renovation they did to their space in terminal A. This is not a rumor, Continental has already stated their intentions to the PANYNJ, and to the TSA. Remember, Continental is taking a lot of express flights back to mainline.
Why would Jetblue do Continental any favors after the climate in EWR?
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21313 posts, RR: 60 Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4413 times:
Quoting B6DC10 (Reply 15): From a Continental Captain I know from his weekly commute....Even though they're bringing in Chatauqua, they are still converting a lot of ERJ flights to 737-500's
Captains are bad sources of information.
And converting some ERJ flights to 735 means either more capacity or reduction in frequency on the route. A route that sees 4 ERJs a day could see 2 ERJS and 1 735 and gain 10 seats a day, while DECREASING needed gate space at EWR due to 3 vs. 4 flights. Because CO was already sending some ERJs to C-3 in EWR and using a 737 gate for a smaller jet, by shifting back toward more 737s, they will really be reclaiming mainline gates for mainline flights. (Same holds true for IAH and CLE. Fewer ERJs in terminal C at CLE, fewer ERJs without jetway access at Terminal B (between B and C on the North side)
Converting those 735 flights to 738s (which are arriving monthly) also means more capacity on the route or reduction of frequency. I route with many 735, 73G and 738 flights in a day would see one less 735 (to go to the ERJ route), replaced with a 738, also an increase in capacity on the route.
All CO is doing is looking at routes that can support the shift and doing so. They only need to replace about 15 ERJs worth of capacity, which is 5 738s. CO will take more than 5 738s between the time they announced the loss of the XPress flights and the actual date they lose the net 15 or so flights.
My hope is that CO sees fit to turn a 735 on the IAH-SRQ flight this winter. Not only could they fill it (at least certain days of the week), but it would make rotation easier with the EWR flight.
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4409 times:
Quoting JerseyGuy (Reply 17): Why would Jetblue do Continental any favors after the climate in EWR?
Good question - JetBlue is not going do any "favors" for CO, and likewise. CO is not going go out of its way to help JetBlue,.......BUT, it all depends on the terms of JetBlue's agreement with PANYNJ for the gate space and what provisions are included concerning moving JetBlue. THe PA may have the ""right"" to move Jetblue's location under certain conditions as set forth by the contract.....or maybe they dont? Obviously, the PA is going to do what it can to help CO at EWR (just as the PA would go out of its way to help JetBlue at JFK.....being a major tenant/operator does have its advantages) - at the minimum, I would expect that if JetBlue were to move, the costs of such a move would be covered and the new space to be occupied by JetBlue would have to be atleast as nice as what they are leaving behind.....and JetBlue would not be out of pocket for these expenses. JetBlue spend a good amount of money when it set up housekeeping at EWR...that investment must be protected.
JerseyGuy From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1558 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4325 times:
Heres another thing to consider with about whether B6 would want to move to B1, can they get another gate in 2007 if they wanted to start a EWR-Midwest Hub (Rumored: STL) to expand service to the West out of EWR while only operating 2-3 extra flights?