Stapleton From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 276 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2306 times:
Quoting Mariner (Reply 1): United had decided to make a stand there by going mainline (why?).
The United mainline in MSO is only seasonal. They really only added about 60 seats or so compared to last year. The difference is 2 A320 and 1 CRJ compared to 3 CR7 and 2 CRJ last year. I don't think that qualifies as a "stand." United also added seasonal mainline from BZN to both DEN and ORD as well as weekend non-stops to both LAX and SFO. But even with all the changes in BZN, United really only added about 60 seats a day there too. That's only the equivilent of another CR7 per day. It appears to me that United just sees the summer potential in Montana and added a few seats to BZN and MSO much like they added two CRJ flights to HLN, a third CRJ flight to GTF and a daily non-stop CR7 to FCA from ORD all for the summer. (They also added weekend non-stops from MSO and FCA to SFO) Billings, however, appears to have lost their weekend non-stop to SFO that they had last year.
I'm just hoping they make it to the Memorial Day weekend!
Okay, so maybe surviving to Memorial Day is a no-brainer. But in the long term, IMO it gets a little dicey with the price of oil where it's at ($123/bbl today) with regards to some of these relatively smaller and weaker carriers.