Burnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7591 posts, RR: 8 Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9953 times:
Quote: WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (March 27, 2009) – Connecticut Department of Transportation and Bradley Airport officials announced today that the flight by Northwest Airlines to Amsterdam, set to resume June 3, has been suspended. Given the challenging economic climate and poor advance reservations, airline officials from Delta Air Lines decided that the flight is not financially viable at this time, but will be reconsidered as economic conditions improve
Sad its unfortunate. So much for the economy supposidly bouncing back, but I have to wonder if the poor bookings was because people were fearful the airline would just drop the flight again?
Toltommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3317 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 9450 times:
Wasn't BDL service about giving the banks and insurance companies an easier way to get to Europe? Given the current turmoil in the industry, I can see what this might not be as necessary as it once was....
Azjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4062 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8824 times:
The success of any of these p2p routes is the customer. If they don't book, the flights don't make it. No amount of subsidy can help the fact that people just either aren't traveling or are indeed willing to drive for a better price. PIT-CDG is no different.
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23445 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8749 times:
Quoting Azjubilee (Reply 12): No amount of subsidy can help the fact that people just either aren't traveling or are indeed willing to drive for a better price. PIT-CDG is no different.
The PIT subsidy is, IIRC, structured as a revenue guarantee. That makes it irrelevant to DL whether people fly or not (to the extent that it matters, DL likely actually prefers that people NOT fly, as it's somewhat cheaper to fly an empty airplane than a full one).
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PITrules From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3286 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8195 times:
Looks like PIT is now 4x weekly except for the middle of summer.
PIT's flight has subsidies start if revenue does not meet a certain level. We still don't know what that level is, and may never know.
Quoting DeltaL1011man (Reply 11):
In two years PIT-CDG will likely be gone unless they extend the contract. But it should start in time.
Lets hope in two years the global economy will allow all these flights (PIT, RDU, BDL, etc) to operate and sustain themselves.
Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 14): That makes it irrelevant to DL whether people fly or not (to the extent that it matters, DL likely actually prefers that people NOT fly, as it's somewhat cheaper to fly an empty airplane than a full one).
If that's the case I doubt Delta would have put the flight on sale.
OA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5387 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7974 times:
Quoting STT757 (Reply 16): If AA and BA ever get their anti trust immunity granted then I could see AA flying 757s from BDL to LHR, until then I don't see any other viable Trans-Atlantic routes from BDL.
I actually think that CDG would have had a chance too. Obviously LHR will be better but I think that CDG could also work.
Steeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9329 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7763 times:
Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 4): Perhaps they can buck the trend, but the news article about lowering rates to increase ridership did not sound too well. But, one can never know.. I wish them well whichever way it goes..
At first, no it did not, but all across the board airlines are slashing fares for the upcoming Summer. It's not just PIT-CDG on DL that is seeing fares slashed in half...
Quoting PITrules (Reply 15): PIT's flight has subsidies start if revenue does not meet a certain level. We still don't know what that level is, and may never know.
I am still optimistic that PIT-CDG will be a success. It's a shame that BDL-AMS and RDU-CDG were suspended...
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ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6794 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7661 times:
Quoting OA412 (Reply 20): Glaxo essentially pays for the flight by purchasing a block of seats on each flight. That is a subsidy.
Incorrect. Glaxo AND A BUNCH OF OTHER COMPANIES have an agreement with AA to offer the flight through the RTRP (Research Triangle Regional Partnership). They may purchase the seats, I'm not sure.. I don't think anyone knows except AA and RTRP. But Glaxo is just one of the players.. not the only player.. And the cargo on the flight also provides good revenue..
FuturePilot16 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7067 times:
I actually was planning to fly BDL to AMS in the near future (didn't book yet). I live in Ct and that flight was the closest I would have to drive to an airport (rather than driving 2 hrs to JFK). Really sad to see it go.
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: I'm sure that selling the flight was a condition of the subsidy...
: Exactly. Subsidies are just the bait cities use to attract airlines. Whether a flight remains or not is based on how many people actually fly it. I d
: How is that a subsidy? The service is so valuable to Glaxo and whomever that they pay for a block of seats - even if they don't use them all. If taxp
: ehh... They have other things they could do with the aircraft.
: Delta doesn't think so. If this flight is hypothetically able to support itself after two years, Delta would drop it anyway to do "other things"? Oth
: Right now DL won't do other things with this aircraft because it's at least some guaranteed revenue (pretty nice these days) and they must think that
: I agree 100%. I was just replying to the notion that Delta would want this route to intentionally tank to save operating costs flying fewer passenger
: Of course not. If they did this, it would essentially be a 2 year charter contract. The subsidies act to lower the barriers to entry. Airlines like t
: As a supporter of the BDL-AMS flight I am disappointed, but not to surprised. I kind of saw this coming. First the reduction from 5 to 4 days a week.
: So does anyone think that if the flight does come back that people won't book it because they don't have faith in the airline to keep it around?
: I doubt DL will even reconsider it....I hope they do, I can get to BDL in about 1hr and 20 mins, so that was great, its kinda my secondary airport. Le
: I don't think it was a lack of faith in the flight. It is the economy. European vacations are a low priority when your worried about getting laid off
: Wiki is saying that DL is ending ATL - AMS, this can't be right.
: Thats why I said if it does come back... seems like based off all the press releases that people are getting frusturated.
: The flight should have been booked full on its first day as a show of support. It was not even close. They say RDU-CDG is on for next year. Perhaps BD
: I absolutly believe people will book it if they bring it back. If this had been 1999 or even 2004 the flight would have been a money maker. Fuel kicke
: You'll notice that it says its being replaced by Northwest Airlines... which is indeed true.
: That isnt really the economic definition of a subsidy. That is more like a revenue guarantee or a ticket bank. The reson there is a difference as far
: The local market to CDG is probably a bit larger; perhaps CDG would work better. It's a bit farther, but either route is well within the range of the
: So it will be NW until they dissapear then will be back to DL? Is DL keeping MAN? Thanks
: Correct, these flights are DL XXX but operated by Northwest, they are being managed by the Delta (Deltamatic) system. Just like the Delta flights lik
: Which is what was said about BDL. Take your statement with a shaker of salt.