Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8 Posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2443 times:
This may have been discussed in one of the dozens of threads that have gone by but I can't find one specifically related to the topic after a quick search so...
I was pricing airfare to Rapid City, SD (RAP) today because it looks like I might be going out there to visit a client.
Every routing CO offered me involved some combination of mainline CO or ExpressJet flights that would get me to MSP (CLE-MSP, CLE-EWR-MSP, CLE-IAH-MSP, etc), then a MSP-RAP segment on a DC9-30 with a 6xxx series flight number operated by NW.
Which got me wondering... since CO doesn't serve RAP either with its own metal or via one of the Express/Connection carriers... what will happen to "CO"-coded service to these cities once CO leaves SkyTeam (and I'm assuming more or less simultaneously-- or at least in short order afterwards-- the codeshare agreements between CO and NW will be terminated)
I don't think it will affect me for this project based on how relatively far off that event is at the moment, but it doees make me wonder
(And actually, at the moment CO's website won't let me build ANY Itinerary between CLE and RAP -- no matter what dates I choose I get the message "Continental or its partners offers service between Rapid City, SD (RAP) and Cleveland, OH (CLE) on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays. Please modify your search criteria or use the chart below to select alternate dates.")
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AznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3618 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2101 times:
As Nyc2 said, If UA/UAEx serves it from ORD, or even DEN, IAD, or SFO, then look for CO to codeshare.
I remember reading in a previous thread that most, if not all, SkyTeam codeshares and commitments with CO contractually end sometime in September while CO's official last day is 24Oct09, with the last flight leaving at 11:59:59pm. If that is true, that time in September to 24Oct09, you can guarantee CO will work to ensure entrance into Star at the earliest 00:00:00 on 25Oct09 with all T's crossed and I's dotted. There is talking amongst Star members now, but within the realm of not stepping into conflict of interest or other legal issues while as a SkyTeam member.
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