MSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 3464 times:
AirTran will add a 6th daily flight on the MSY-ATL route as of 9/5/07.
Now, DL and FL will be closer than ever in the market in terms of frequency, with DL holding on to 8, and FL with 6. Historically, DL has always had, generally, double the flights of FL in the market. Perhaps it is a decrease in DL's in overall domestic capacity. But maybe some loyal DL flyers made the switch over to FL when DL cut back frequency from 12 to 8 and threw in RJ's. It's back to all mainline now of course, but for awhile there, they were running anywhere from two to three daily with CRJ's and/or ERJ's. I can tell you that all AirTran flights are full every day of the week with hardly no exceptions. When I took DL in the other day, the outbound 6:46pm flight back to ATL (MD-88) was booked to no more than 50.
Looking at the fares in the market, they are not cheap. Doing a quick check I see one-way fares in September starting at $136. The loweest I ever see them at now is $89 one way...and that's for a one hour flight. So it's not like this is a low yield, Las Vegas to Orlando route we're tallking about here. There is money to be made, and it seems like FL is doing just that. Times were very different before Katrina when DL filled up those 762's and 763's from here. The line at the DL counter was almost neverending. But the playing field has been leveled somewhat. What, if anything, will DL do to respond?
CitrusCritter From Pitcairn Islands, joined May 2007, 1151 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 13 hours ago) and read 3169 times:
What I want to know is if FL will expand MSY beyond just flights to ATL. And I will tell you that everyone including FL is getting a premium to MSY....I paid over $800 for J-class between DCA and MSY, while most roundtrips on FL J are in the $500-600 range.
CO777DAL From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 648 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 11 hours ago) and read 3021 times:
It looks like FL is doing well in MSY. I have no idea how CO is doing there, but my last flight was on a 757-300 and there were less than 60 people on the plane! OUCH!!! There were only three people in my part of the cabin. It was so empty they served us drinks at the gate in COACH!!!
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Flighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 10044 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 10 hours ago) and read 2973 times:
Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter): Looking at the fares in the market, they are not cheap. Doing a quick check I see one-way fares in September starting at $136. The loweest I ever see them at now is $89 one way...and that's for a one hour flight. So it's not like this is a low yield, Las Vegas to Orlando route we're tallking about here. There is money to be made, and it seems like FL is doing just that.
With all due respect, that sounds pretty low yield.
MSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 6 hours ago) and read 2762 times:
Quoting CO777DAL (Reply 6): my last flight was on a 757-300 and there were less than 60 people on the plane! OUCH
Ah, you must have been on that 7:00am-ish flight. That one is hit or miss depending on the day of the week. The 753 has generally done better in the market when it was on the 1:00pm IAH-MSY and the 3:00pm return. I guess scheduling has its reasons for putting it on the early morning turn. Cargo, perhaps?
Overall, CO is doing exceedingly well from here. They are running 13x daily on IAH-MSY now, more than they had pre-K, and they are once again all mainline to EWR.