yegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1736 posts, RR: 3 Posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5656 times:
I flew yesterday DCA-DTW-MDW and that got me thinking....Why doesn't Delta fly that route? I know that DL has added flights to non-hub cities out of DCA (such as MIA and BDL) that weren't operated by Northwest.
And which carrier in the past has flown this route (if ever)?
SurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2977 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5340 times:
Quoting yegbey01 (Thread starter): I flew yesterday DCA-DTW-MDW and that got me thinking....Why doesn't Delta fly that route?
DCA is a weak focus city they are trying to dump in favor of LGA slots, and MDW is a spoke..
In terms of Chicago, DL is now focused on ORD rather than MDW. MDW-LGA flopped once WN started the route and MDW-SLC never even got off the ground. No reason to waste time, money, effort, and slots on a route that will soon be served by WN anyways...
Quoting yegbey01 (Thread starter): I know that DL has added flights to non-hub cities out of DCA (such as MIA and BDL) that weren't operated by Northwest.
Slotholders, just like US's infamously frequent LGA-PHL operation.
I would imagine by the winter holidays they'll be flying it.
Quoting goblin211 (Reply 4): Besides, I wonder if another airline will compete for it once WN gets it?
Nope. MDW is down to just 3 domestic carriers once this happens - WN, DL, and F9. I can absolutely assure you that F9 won't try it, nor will DL after they got creamed on MDW-LGA. WN basically owns MDW following the purchase of TZ and now FL. Other than DL's flights to ATL/DTW/MSP you just have token F9 flights to DEN and then PD to YTZ and Y4 to GDL.
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DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4578 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5245 times:
Quoting seabosdca (Reply 3): Shame no one caught the very occasional 753 trip in a photo.
I did; search the Trip Reports forum for my 2007 report on DCA-MKE on YX, and I have a picture of an ATA 753 at the gate at DCA. Camera wasn't good enough, unfortunately to upload the photo to Airliners.net database.
Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 5): DCA is a weak focus city they are trying to dump in favor of LGA slots, and MDW is a spoke..
DL is the only other carrier at DCA right now with a potential interest in the route, and they aren't interested in building up DCA.
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IADLHR From Italy, joined Apr 2005, 741 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5210 times:
What a timely subject. In early June, I have a meeting, in Chiago, in the south loop area, one block from the ornage line, on the CTA.
I think that, at one time, US flew DCA-MDW. I think I remember seeing the plane leave DCA, one time when I was arriving from BOS. However, that was a few years ago. Still, I checked the schedules and the flight is no longer offered.
So, I can, now, choose, of going to DCA-ORD on a really good UA fare and trek down to the south loop or I can trek out to IAD or BWI and fly to MDW, for a fare, which is higher than the UA fare DCA-ORD.
WN cant start DCA-MDW fast enough, for me, at least, in situations like this. Frustrating..................
WROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 1023 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5057 times:
Quoting IADLHR (Reply 7): So, I can, now, choose, of going to DCA-ORD on a really good UA fare and trek down to the south loop or I can trek out to IAD or BWI and fly to MDW, for a fare, which is higher than the UA fare DCA-ORD.
IAD is a hassle with the shuttle bus from Roselyn. I would say take DCA-ORD and hop on CTA's Blue Line, get off at LaSalle Stop and walk to your meeting or get off at Clark and Lake and transfer to Orange or Green line to where you want to go.
maxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 1332 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4822 times:
United flew DCA-MDW for many years, aqquired from the Capital Airlines merger in 1961. A United 737 from DCA to MDW crashed on approach in 1972, with many fatalities including Watergate defendant Howard Hunt's wife.
777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2545 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2821 times:
Quoting United787 (Reply 11): What about US, wouldn't this be a good route for them, they could feed off some of the huge *Alliance base in Chicago...
That Star Alliance base is already accustomed to using ORD to get to Chicago and (mostly) IAD to get to the DC area. US is by far Star A's biggest presence at DCA but as mentioned earlier, devotes a good deal of it toward holding onto LGA slots. AFAIR, US doesn't even serve MDW anymore so to restart would incur some extra cost which probably makes it that much less appealing to them given WN's inevitable presence on the route.
That sounds about right as I last recall attempting to book them for a last minute BWI-MDW flight (to no avail) about five years ago (ended up using miles to book on UA through ORD vice purchasing a full fare ticket on WN).