RJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4165 times:
A few years ago it seemed like CO had mostly 737s on DCA-EWR...These days it's mostly RJs and Dash-8s...What happened? Seems like DCA-EWR should at least require 737s in the early afternoon to feed CO's Europe flights.
Although I agree that the Q400 is an appropriate airplane for DCA EWR, how do passengers perceive it, when on all other routes to the NYC area (LGA, JFK) it is jets, and usually mainline equipment at that (ie Delta or USAirways Shuttle).
BosWashSprStar From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4024 times:
Quoting AirNovaBAe146 (Reply 3): Although I agree that the Q400 is an appropriate airplane for DCA EWR, how do passengers perceive it, when on all other routes to the NYC area (LGA, JFK) it is jets, and usually mainline equipment at that (ie Delta or USAirways Shuttle).
Delta has downsized LGA-DCA to E-175s, so it seems the market is shrinking overall.
Cory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2739 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4014 times:
Interestingly, by comparison, BOS-EWR on CO is almost exclusively 737s of all varieties. There's the occasional Q-400 or ERJ, but for the most part, the route has a 737 almost every hour from about 6 AM until 7 PM.
Is there that much more demand for NYC-BOS than NYC-DCA?
What is the shuttle I just went to LGA for the first time and saw all this shuttle branding everywhere... I know that express for airlines is like the regional carrier but what are the shuttle to their respective airlines.
CO used to have the Super shuttle, left from gates at C-2 with special gate areas where you checked your bags right at the gate and they had a more upscale boarding area with tables and lamps etc.. 23 nonstop MD-80s EWR-BOS and about 16 EWR-DCA.
Amtrak really owns New Jersey/ New York City-Washington DC, it's not just the Acela but the Regionals too. Onepass members earn miles for using Amtrak's Acela Express service from NY Penn to WAS and BOS. Also Washington DC is a three hour drive from most areas of New Jersey, so your competing with business travelers driving themselves for day trips/meetings to DC.
CO's fleet plan got out of whack because of the expedited retirement of the 737-300s and reduction of the 737-500 fleets as well as some deferrals of 737s on order from 2009-2010.[Edited 2009-03-17 18:02:02]
23 737-300s and 5 737-500s are to exit the fleet in the couple of years, during the same time CO will take delivery of 4 737-800s, 47 737-900ERs and 4 757-300s.
So for the next year or two there may be a few 737 routes being replaced by ERJs until the 737-800 and 737-900ER deliveries catch up with the vacancy left by the 737-300s and 737-500s leaving the fleet.[Edited 2009-03-17 18:06:14]
EXAAUADL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3599 times:
Quoting JBLUA320 (Reply 8): I wonder how much of it is because of a shrinking market vs how much it has to do with finally matching the jets to the needed capacity?
I think it is both. The LGA shuttle markets have been shrinking since the late 1990s. But you are also right. There are empty flights midday and full flights at peak hours. Youll notice that AA is no longer clamoring to get into the shuttle like there were 10 years ago.