enilria From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 8662 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2053 times:
Quoting PITrules (Reply 2): The subsidy ends in a few months; DL will keep the route for now and even increase it to daily over the Summer
I wonder if they will really keep it in Winter. The new PIT-BOS service offers few connections other than LHR and CDG. Using it to serve the market in the Winter would be logical reason to be flying such an illogical route (PIT-BOS).
PITrules From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3408 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1887 times:
Quoting enilria (Reply 5): I wonder if they will really keep it in Winter.
I don't think it will be seasonal. It will stay in the winter, or be cut altogether. DL is going after the business traveler in Pittsburgh, and they won't win them with a seasonal service.
Quoting enilria (Reply 5): The new PIT-BOS service offers few connections other than LHR and CDG. Using it to serve the market in the Winter would be logical reason to be flying such an illogical route (PIT-BOS).
I don't think the new PIT-BOS service has much to do with connecting Pgh to Europe via BOS. If that was the case, they would only need one flight, not 3. Plus, DL is really pushing the use of the PIT-CDG flight in Pittsburgh, which includes using that flight for connections to cities beyond CDG, including London.
DL has extra CRJs, so they are making a stab at PIT-BOS. Its a key business route between two major cities, and I think DL wants a small piece of it. Nothing more than that IMHO, and I think its really not that odd of an addition.
As far as the future of PIT-CDG, this just came out today:
Delta plans to announce future of Pittsburgh-Paris flight in late spring
"In a few months, Pittsburgh’s international travelers will learn the fate of Delta’s nonstop flight to Paris, the first European connection since 2004.
“How the flight performs over the next 90 days is going to go a long way to determine what Delta does with the flight,” said Ken Zapinski, senior vice president for transportation and infrastructure with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, which signed a risk-sharing agreement with Delta to attract the flight.
“They’ll be setting their fall schedule in late spring,” Zapinski said, “and we’ll be seeing what happens.”
“The flight is doing considerably better in year ..."
Subscription required to read the rest. I think the last line is key.