Ewrw4co From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 48 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2035 times:
Support CO’s application for Department of Transportation authority to operate nonstop between EWR and Shanghai, China (SHA), with through service from CLE: Go to continental.com and sign an electronic petition. The direct link to the Web page is www.continental.com/web/en-US/content/company/shanghai.aspx.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2016 times:
The CO gang will support the CO application (I signed), the DL gang will support the DL application, and the NW, AA, US and UA supporters will sign up for their airlines. Lots of signatures, lots of PR, and an additional level of drama in the applicaiton process......does the DOT really care? I think not.
I would have to agree with you on that. In my opinion this petition is really just a publicity stunt to make CO's customers aware of the possible new service. Also, this petition triggers topics like this on a.net which is free marketing for CO.
You're probably right. The first route case I know of wherein the DOT acknowledged a public clamor may have been TWA's DCA-LAX in the late 1990's. In that case I always felt DOT was grasping for a reason for the award to TWA and used the public support that only TWA mustered. As a result, it's happened in numerous cases since then and all it does is burden the docket.
The DOT should tell all the airlines "We are aware that each of you can muster thousands of supporters, so please don't."
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