iowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4404 posts, RR: 6 Posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2790 times:
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Lucky for Mason City, the XJ Saab's are continuing to be retired, so while the DOT is finding a replacement, CRJ-200's are being used for the short hop to MSP on most of the flights. I've even see CR9's scheduled on flightaware, although so far it's been CR2's. Great Lakes, Sovereign Air, and Air Choice one have all applied to pick up the EAS contract. I would be very surprised if Great Lakes doesn't win.
Delta Airlines, which will stop serving Mason City as soon as a replacement airline is determined, is phasing out its SAAB fleet, the 30-seat turboprop planes that have been serving smaller regional airports like the one in Mason City.
They have replaced them with the 50-seat CRJs that will serve the airport until a new airline takes over, said Osgood.
steex From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1656 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2717 times:
Not that I fly out of Mason City, but I think I'd prefer Air Choice One over Great Lakes. They've got a very nice interior on the Grand Caravan and I have enjoyed their service. Of course, they're a much smaller operation than Great Lakes.
I'm curious if they would attempt to create a route to connect MSP or MCW to their STL/ORD-BRL/DEC network or just ferry for maintenance (I assume the latter).
iowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4404 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2565 times:
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Quoting steex (Reply 1): I'm curious if they would attempt to create a route to connect MSP or MCW to their STL/ORD-BRL/DEC network or just ferry for maintenance (I assume the latter).
That would be cool. Chicago is a very popular destination for the area, for what air travel is actually being done. It would be quite a long journey to do MCW-BRL-ORD compared to what MCW-MSP is (and has been for years).
CIDFlyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2307 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2427 times:
sorry to see DL go but I think I would actually prefer AirChoice One over Great Lakes as well. DEN would be out of the way for anyone that would want to travel east or south. ORD on AirChoice One I think would be the better alternative. They have some pretty cheap fares too. Its too bad these smaller communities are losing legacy carriers, there is still somewhat of a prestige factor to say your community has service by Delta. But the same thing happened with BRL when AA pulled out when they ditched Corporate Air.
MSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1947 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2275 times:
As far as I know, every former SF3 station will see CRJ service once the Saab is retired here in a couple weeks. Until the service is replaced by another airline, the CR2 will have to suffice. MCW briefly saw the CR2 on the RON flight back in May, so it's not surprising that the few remaining Saabs are flying to smaller stations, like FOD.
Quoting HPRamper (Reply 6): Is it possible we could see a Great Lakes minihub at MSP? It's my understanding they have bid on a number of the Minnesota-area EAS markets.