VirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 831 times:
Lindy Field; RDU is in the Middle of the East coast and I think the name was fitting for them. But the airline to my knowlege looks pretty good but I've seen they're expanding to the West coast. I think they should focus on the East Coast and the Carribbean and the only midwest area should be Chicago. The westward expansion looks too risky to me.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 50 Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 811 times:
Actually, JI had 5 A320's at one point, from Fall of 1995 until Spring of 1996. The planes were too big to be profitable on the East Coast routes. So all, but one were disposed of. The remaining A320 was kept until the end of 1998 or thereabouts.
There is no corporate connection between the current Midway and the original, which folded in Fall of 1991, after a proposed sale to Northwest fell through. The only thing in common is the name.
It should also be pointed out that the reason Midway chose the "Midway" name again was that when they were launched, back in Fall of 1993, they did have aspirations to sort of 'revive' the original airline. And todays Midway was indeed originally based out of Midway Airport (MDW). Initially, the routes included DEN, DFW, PHL, DCA, LGA, and BOS.
The move to the current home of RDU took place in Fall of 1995, after heavy losses and lack of available gates at MDW.
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6097 posts, RR: 11 Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 774 times:
I dont think that Midway should concentrate to flights to the Caribbean , because this current Midway used to serve SJU (Im not sure the year though but it was around 95or 96 ) and apparently in didnt work. Midway also used to serve Cancun and it was also dropped.
CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 27 Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 757 times:
JI served both SJU and CUN with the A320's to capitlize on the leisure market to these two, but they couldn't make it work. Right around then they gave back the 320's. Instead they focused on serving the East Coast which they have done succesfully until this year. Whether or not their bad fortunes are due to their westward expansion is not really clear at this point.
As mentioned earlier, JI originally started up out of MDW as a kind of revival to the previous airline. However they were struggling, and when AA pulled out of its RDU hub, they cut a deal with Midway to have them relocate to that area, which proved to be a more succesful move. Why they completely abandoned their namesake airport of Midway is beyond me....