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What Is New At Great Lakes?  
User currently offlineVw From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 252 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 7 months 10 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

What is new at the Greatest Little Airline? (GLA) By the looks of their newest route map they are stretched out form California to Wisconsin. Any ideas on what the future holds in terms of the fleet. GLA and Gulfstream are the only two in the U.S. aside from a few 121/135 ops in Alaska that operate them. The Beech 1900 line ended in 2002. Any chances of Beech re-opening the line?

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User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2428 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 8 hours ago) and read 2241 times:
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Quoting Vw (Thread starter):
GLA and Gulfstream are the only two in the U.S. aside from a few 121/135 ops in Alaska that operate them. The Beech 1900 line ended in 2002. Any chances of Beech re-opening the line?

Well Ameriflight operates quite a few. But I am assuming you meant passenger operations. I just wish that they would get with it start the other EAS towns or give it up to anyone that is able to start it. Not that there is a line of carriers wanting to, though.



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User currently offlineRandyWaldron From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 324 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 8 hours ago) and read 2223 times:



Quoting Vw (Thread starter):
Any chances of Beech re-opening the line?

Are you serious?



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User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5790 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 8 hours ago) and read 2216 times:

I understand they had a good start with the Merced-Visalia-Ontario flights. Passenger counts were higher than Mesa had managed to LAS after taking over from Scenic.


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User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3095 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 2127 times:



Quoting Vw (Thread starter):
Any chances of Beech re-opening the line?

The question has some merit in the sense that a B1900 comes from a King Air Turboprop aircraft as its foundation as I understand it. Next it must be asked if present day airlines need and want it in their fleet. You have to admit that It certainly is economical to operate but then what is the passenger attitude on that aircraft.


User currently offlineWhatUsaid From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 660 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 5 hours ago) and read 2052 times:



Quoting FATFlyer (Reply 3):
understand they had a good start with the Merced-Visalia-Ontario flights. Passenger counts were higher than Mesa had managed to LAS after taking over from Scenic.

I wonder how many from Fresno are making the short drive to VIS for the ONT service? Granted XE had but a 50% LF on the FAT-ONT run, but the cost of a ticket from VIS-ONT is cheap compared to anything out of FAT to LAX.


User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5790 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 1996 times:

I don't know it they have numbers but the anecotal stories are there.

For example, an article in the Visalia newspaper lead with someone who lives in Orange County who flew from ONT to VIS then drove to Bass Lake to see family. Supposedly she saved money that way.



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User currently offlineTheGreatChecko From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1128 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 1984 times:

Every time I look at their route map, I just can't help but think that they are trying to takeover all the flying west of the Mississippi. It's one of the few airlines that is expanding right now, so they have to be something right.

As for their future. They still have some ex-Big Sky destinations to open and I could see them flying in and out of Billings in the near future. The only thing holding them back is finding aircraft, however, they seem to be more focused on getting a good deal on new planes instead of just opening cities. Not a bad strategy, IMO.

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User currently offlineFRNT787 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1319 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months ago) and read 1864 times:

Great Lakes is currently operating for PRC-ONT and PHX. 2 flights a day. These are subsidized, so the VERY low load factors they are having on many of the flights are not a big deal to them. I flew one way from PRC-ONT in December, the flight only had 2 customers booked to fly, both of us had checked in about an hour early. The plane arrived from Ontario about 30 min early, and we left about 30 min. early.


I hope they stay around. The connection to PHX is convenient and the flight to ONT is often better than the Horizon Air flight to LAX early in the morning.

[Edited 2008-12-31 19:56:03]


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