AeroGlobeAir7 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 586 posts, RR: 2 Posted (11 years 12 months 21 hours ago) and read 1028 times:
Hey! I just had a quick question to ask about Vanguard. BTW-Great colors on the MD-80s! Haven't seen one at KCI yet, but hopefully I'll get an excuse to haul my parents up to the airport soon! Anyways, to the point.
If Vanguard is planning any form of expansion sometime in the next two years, what airports will the expansions be to? Will we see any Florida destinations? I'm just curious, since Southwest and Delta Express seem to have hit the jackpot on nonstop MCI-Florida flights. Well, I better go, but thanks for any help you can give me!
AirT85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (11 years 12 months 20 hours ago) and read 959 times:
I think you might see NJ continue to build up the west, possibly Seattle/ Salt Lake and maybe some eas coast service to Washington adn Boston....those might be good for biz travellers but i think MidEx already flies those routes.
Notdownnlocked From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 915 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (11 years 12 months 19 hours ago) and read 931 times:
Vanguard already flew to FL in their past with flights to TPA, RSW, MCO and MIA in 1996. It was in the days that they (nor the traveling public) knew from week to week where their schedules might take them on a regular (daily) basis.
N400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (11 years 12 months 19 hours ago) and read 911 times:
I think AirT85 is right about Seattle... SEA doesn't have too many direct flights to that region with the only current one being the TWA flight to STL which will be no more soon. I don't know what the SEA-KCI market is like though, but Vanguard does offer some good and inexpensive connections out of KCI.
Vngd4me From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 238 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (11 years 12 months 17 hours ago) and read 890 times:
As MD80s arrive I'm sure more frequency will be added to some of the existing markets as well as new cities from MCI. Sorry, I really don't know which city will be next (after RNO) but keep watching & I'm sure there will be more soon enough. As of August 12th there will be a new flight to RNO, one addt'l frequency to MDW, LAS & DEN. Still haven't seen the Burgundy tail MD87. Hoping to see it soon.
Vngd4me From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 238 posts, RR: 5 Reply 8, posted (11 years 12 months 17 hours ago) and read 881 times:
737-200s are here for a while but seem to be slowly being phased out, now 10 737s and 3 MD80s. I doubt the 737s will be gone too soon, only the newest ones are left. The MD80s are a very nice plane though; business class, even more legroom in coach & business, and they're newer and more fuel efficient.
MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6251 posts, RR: 51 Reply 9, posted (11 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 871 times:
Look for expansion to Florida down the road. We'll have an all-MD-80/87 fleet within a year or so hopefully. The 73's are work horses, but mx costs are high and they are becoming increasingly inefficient to operate. They do their job for now though.
AeroGlobeAir7 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 586 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (11 years 12 months 14 hours ago) and read 847 times:
Awesome! I can't wait until Vanguard starts getting a larger fleet of aircraft! If things go well I look forward to seeing an increasingly large MD-80 fleet for my hometown airline! What color will the next MD-80 (after the burgandy aircraft) be? Or has that been decided yet? I think we're looking at an airline that's getting better and better just as the MONTH's go by, not years. GO VANGUARD!!!!!!
Critter592 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (11 years 12 months 13 hours ago) and read 835 times:
Does Vanguard plan on getting any Boeing 717-200 aircraft in the near future... The 717 is the aircraft everyone will want to fly... I hear Vanguard MD80s are being leased. So eventually they will have to give them back. So will they order the 717 in its place..
Vngd4me From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 238 posts, RR: 5 Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 779 times:
I wouldn't count on 717s in the very near future. The MD80s are much newer and cost effective than the 737s and are a good choice from MCI. I could see 717s at some point in the future but don't count on it too soon. The MD80s are a few years old but are in great shape and should last a while.
FLL wouldn't be a bad choice, not sure where your info comes from but we haven't heard that around here yet.
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4402 posts, RR: 37 Reply 24, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 746 times:
It's good to see someone do a varied-colors livery again. Braniff a/c were always a treat to see. Vngd4me, have you heard what other colors will be offered? I'd like to see navy blue; pine green; sky blue; bright scarlet; and gold.
Judging from Vanguard's route map, I'd say that IAH and IAD would be important next additions. Southwest only has two nonstops to HOU and a slew of one-stops; there's no low-fare competition at all to IAD. Also Boston. If Vanguard can tolerate LaGuardia's congestion, they could take Logan's.
More importantly, Vanguard should be aggressively chasing market share on the routes it already flies, and get its frequencies up to at least three or four flights a day on more routes. That would give them an important marketing advantage over MidEx, which only has two flights a day on most MCI routes.
How is Vanguard doing on routes where they compete with Southwest? WN has 13-15 daily flights to MDW, and 6 to LAS. Vanguard has only two to MDW and one to LAS.
25 Vngd4me: Haven't heard the next colors after the green one. I heard a rumor of one being purple in the near future but we'll have to wait & see I guess. I woul