Ienjoyplanes2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1503 times:
For United Shuttle, how does a certain route become operated by the shuttle? What would qualify a city pair to be operated by the shuttle? Such as Medford-SFO or Boise-DEN...ect. Why not make them mainline services?
They dont seen to compare with the traffic of LAX-SFO, LAX-LAS, SFO-SEA ect...
SFOintern From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 770 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1461 times:
In the past, with U2's lower pay scales, it was cheaper to operate these flight as shuttle with more frequency and capacity. Now that the lower pay scales have ceased to exist for pilots, we may see some adjustment.
SFO-Spokane has already been completely axed, and I believe SFO-Eugene is being dramatically ramped down if not canned altogether.
Flights over 500 miles do not qualify for Shuttle service (please correct me if I'm wrong). Which is why LAX-SEA is still mainline.
ILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1450 times:
its flights that are over 700 miles in length do not qualify for Shuttle.
With the elimination of the Shuttle pilot pay scale, I really wonder about the future of United Shuttle on most routes. With SkyWest getting more and more regional jets, many of the smaller city pairs such as SFO-MFR, SFO-EUG, SFO-BOI, LAX-TUC, and so on could to the regional jet with a few more frequencies.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Shuttle.