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Varig Continues Fade At MIA  
User currently offlineMdaddy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 37 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4320 times:

Varig's MIA station mgr leaving at end of October. The next in line just departed abruptly. Haven't flown MIA for more than a month. Remaining employees at MIA contacting airport authority to find out if they are being evicted (not yet). The profile of activity or lack thereof is all too familiar.

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User currently onlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32616 posts, RR: 72
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4217 times:

Miami service is tentatively set to resume in mid-December.


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User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2404 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4208 times:

How is RG (new) doing? Is it making in progress to make profits? Any aircraft on lease or any moves to look like its going in the right direction?


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User currently offlineMdaddy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4172 times:

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 1):
Miami service is tentatively set to resume in mid-December

Previous advisories had return of service end of September, then end of October. Does the mid-December resumption include the year?


User currently offlineHiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2167 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4148 times:

Star Alliance has pretty much given up on MIA. While loads are there costs, politics, and AMR dominance makes it far more worthwhile to spend limited dollars in other places to get a far better return. Unfortunately that means less competition, higher fares, and more and more empty gates...the exact opposite of what MIA needs while in the middle of their expansion program. Failure to attract JetBlue, Southwest, or even a larger AirTran presence are all symbols of the overall failure of the current policy.

User currently offlineMdaddy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4024 times:

Quoting Hiflyer (Reply 4):
Star Alliance has pretty much given up on MIA. While loads are there costs, politics, and AMR dominance makes it far more worthwhile to spend limited dollars in other places to get a far better return. Unfortunately that means less competition, higher fares, and more and more empty gates...the exact opposite of what MIA needs while in the middle of their expansion program. Failure to attract JetBlue, Southwest, or even a larger AirTran presence are all symbols of the overall failure of the current policy.

A rather sweeping indictment of current MIA policy. Last time I looked, MIA traffic was increasing across the board and FLL was taking a breather. JetBlue has stepped back from the level of expansion they were contemplating, period, not just at MIA. Due to the new strategy to close most of North Terminal in order to expedite completion, gates will actually be pretty much spoken for until about 2010. South Terminal has filled up nicely in spite of the collapse of United that undermined much of the Star Alliance prescence here. That and the fact that those Star carriers operating at MIA have had severe turbulence during recent years has more to do with their allotment of their "limited dollars". When 2010 roll around, we can talk again about empty gates...or not.


User currently offlineHiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2167 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3982 times:

AA at MIA is increasing...other carriers are pulling back, fading out. JetBlue is adding cities far smaller than MIA.... No one wants in there. period. Not sure LH has had severe turb by the way. ANA pulled plans to come in. The 'new' strategy to reclose North to fix is only because there is so much empty space and that is the cheapest way to fix....the money is running low. How many carriers took up the LCC deal to get low fees for 10 plus flights or whatever...none.

User currently onlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32616 posts, RR: 72
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3974 times:

Quoting Hiflyer (Reply 6):
ANA pulled plans to come in.

ANA never planned to come. Good chance you'll be seeing Korean Air passenger jets in the near future, though.

Quoting Hiflyer (Reply 4):
Star Alliance has pretty much given up on MIA. While loads are there costs, politics, and AMR dominance makes it far more worthwhile to spend limited dollars in other places to get a far better return. Unfortunately that means less competition, higher fares, and more and more empty gates...the exact opposite of what MIA needs while in the middle of their expansion program. Failure to attract JetBlue, Southwest, or even a larger AirTran presence are all symbols of the overall failure of the current policy.

Varig not flying to MIA has nothing to do with MIA. They can't fly to Miami right now, they have no aircraft to! Miami will be the first long-haul destination to be resumed. Right now, they are ONLY flying to Frankfurt long-haul.



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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1994 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3958 times:

I know this idea is really far-fetched, but in the event that FLL could expand rwy 9R (if the NIMBYs would allow it), is there any chance that airport could be turned into a *A hub? ie, have LH, RG, et al move to FLL?

It's quite far-fetched, but I guess it comes out of frustration that the new J concourse will be mostly empty considering the lack of *A's presence at MIA.

Coal

[Edited 2006-10-25 20:05:33]


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User currently onlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32616 posts, RR: 72
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3861 times:

Quoting Hiflyer (Reply 6):
How many carriers took up the LCC deal to get low fees for 10 plus flights or whatever...none.

Too bad no such deal ever existed. You are confusing MIA with DFW.

Quoting Coal (Reply 8):
I know this idea is really far-fetched, but in the event that FLL could expand rwy 9R (if the NIMBYs would allow it), is there any chance that airport could be turned into a *A hub? ie, have LH, RG, et al move to FLL?

No.

Quoting Coal (Reply 8):
It's quite far-fetched, but I guess it comes out of frustration that the new J concourse will be mostly empty considering the lack of *A's presence at MIA.

J Concourse, empty? 25 airlines are moving into the South project in March.

Also, what many people don't realize is that MIA is a full-service airport. This means MIA provides airlines with all the services nessecary to fly to the airport. There is no need to out-source gate agents, lease gates or equipment, etc., etc., because MIA provides it for you. A huge advantage for airlines with 1-2 daily flights that most airports don't provide, and helps offset the high landing fees.



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User currently offlineLawnDart From United States of America, joined May 2005, 970 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3774 times:

Quoting Hiflyer (Reply 4):
or even a larger AirTran presence are all symbols of the overall failure of the current policy.

Didn't AirTran just announce increased service out of MIA? MDW and IND come to mind...


User currently onlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32616 posts, RR: 72
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3671 times:

Quoting LawnDart (Reply 10):
Quoting Hiflyer (Reply 4):
or even a larger AirTran presence are all symbols of the overall failure of the current policy.

Didn't AirTran just announce increased service out of MIA? MDW and IND come to mind...

Yes. MIA-IND start in December, MIA-MDW in February. In addition, MIA-HPN is in the pipeline, so hopefully that will happen.

[Edited 2006-10-25 23:29:34]


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User currently onlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32616 posts, RR: 72
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3635 times:

Here is a good article on the costs of flying to MIA. It highlights how MIA's fees are not as high as people think they are because of the services the fees include with them, and it also demonstrates why this is a problem for low-fare airlines, because they don't want to use those services that are forced upon them:

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/business/15648845.htm

And it also notes that usage rates won't go up as next year as much as they were supposed to thanks to this year's healthy rise in traffic, which was more than expected.



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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1994 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3598 times:

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 9):
J Concourse, empty? 25 airlines are moving into the South project in March.

Well, I guess I was trying to say that there won't be much of a *A presence in it

Coal



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User currently offlinePRAirbus From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2005, 1129 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3421 times:

It might be too late for RG when they indeed return to the US, they have earned a bad reputation (unreliable) and lost market share and customers to other airlines...RG might survive in the US again only as a small player and/or selling cheap tickets. If RG intends to be successful in the US market they will need to revamp their service and fly nice and comfortable planes (not "old" MD11's)...in my opinion, RG lost the battle.  Sad

User currently offlineLipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11418 posts, RR: 59
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3405 times:
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As per MAH4546 comments, Varig is really looking to return to MIA. I spoke with RG staff yesterday at ABAV (Brazilian Travel Agents Fair) in Rio and it's confirmed they will return, no date given.

Quoting PRAirbus (Reply 14):
It might be too late for RG when they indeed return to the US, they have earned a bad reputation (unreliable) and lost market share and customers to other airlines...RG might survive in the US again only as a small player and/or selling cheap tickets. If RG intends to be successful in the US market they will need to revamp their service and fly nice and comfortable planes (not "old" MD11's)...in my opinion, RG lost the battle

Varig is recovering customer confidence on domestic routes, EZE and CCS markets and also on FRA. There are some actions they could take to recover their lost space: lower fares, good service, regularity... it's expensive during 30 to 90 days, but it's necessary and they know it!

Felipe



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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1994 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3336 times:

Quoting LipeGIG (Reply 15):
Varig is recovering customer confidence on domestic routes, EZE and CCS markets and also on FRA. There are some actions they could take to recover their lost space: lower fares, good service, regularity... it's expensive during 30 to 90 days, but it's necessary and they know it!

Any news on when they will return to BOG? And with that in mind, are JJ and GOL looking to add it to their network?

Coal



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User currently onlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7503 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3333 times:

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 7):
Varig not flying to MIA has nothing to do with MIA. They can't fly to Miami right now, they have no aircraft to! Miami will be the first long-haul destination to be resumed. Right now, they are ONLY flying to Frankfurt long-haul.

I think you are right. Varig is just in heaps of trouble as an airline. I know of all the airlines they have been the most notorious of schedule changes. That is a sign of instability. MIA is doing just fine, Varig I dont think is.



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User currently offlineDB777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 885 posts, RR: 44
Reply 18, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3303 times:
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Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 9):
This means MIA provides airlines with all the services nessecary to fly to the airport. There is no need to out-source gate agents, lease gates or equipment, etc., etc., because MIA provides it for you.

Mark, airlines still have to hire or outsource gate agents, bag smashers, ticket counter agents, etc. The airport doesn't provide those categories of people to work flights and if they did they'd be so expensive that no one would use them. Perhaps you saw the TV segment on the airport's gate control agents who assign the gates and control aircraft taxiing in the main terminal area but that's all they do.

Don



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User currently offlineLipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11418 posts, RR: 59
Reply 19, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3297 times:
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Quoting Coal (Reply 16):
Any news on when they will return to BOG? And with that in mind, are JJ and GOL looking to add it to their network?

Coal, they are flying to BOG daily (RG) since the first days of October. Nowadays they are flying GRU-BOG-CCS-GRU 6x weekly, and a Saturday service GRU-BOG-GRU, all with Boeing 767-300ER.

Felipe



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