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Is UA Considering Service To Cape Verde?  
User currently offlinewomenbeshoppin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

United just posted on their facebook page they were starting non stop service from IAD to SAL. They put up this map by mistake. Is Cape Verde on their radar?? Thought this was interesting. If it is a mistake, Saturday morning is not their "A" Team.







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User currently offlineAA94 From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 596 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

I saw this as well. Definitely interesting.

My bet is that the graphic was made at some previous point, and someone accidentally uploaded it to Facebook or something of the like.



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User currently offlinewomenbeshoppin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1330 times:

Quoting AA94 (Reply 1):
My bet is that the graphic was made at some previous point, and someone accidentally uploaded it to Facebook or something of the like.


Yeah that is exactly what happened but it begs to question, why was this map made up in the first place? Looking into service or someone screwing around with nothing better to do on a Saturday morning.


User currently offlinePolot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2186 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

Quoting womenbeshoppin (Reply 2):
Yeah that is exactly what happened but it begs to question, why was this map made up in the first place? Looking into service or someone screwing around with nothing better to do on a Saturday morning.

It could just be something as simple as whoever designed this for UA originally thought they meant Sal, Cape Verde, and not SAL in El Salvador, and then whoever uploaded it accidentally uploaded the wrong file. Or maybe UA is considering fly to SID.


User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4469 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1330 times:

"If" they did, I'm sure it would be with a 757!

User currently offlinecapri From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 449 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

I would like to see UA starting CMN, it's about time a USA carrier start pushing AT, we are tired of its monopoly on the route and I am surprised why no one tried to compete with them especially there is free trade between USA and Morocco and am sure that bilateral agreements allow an american carrier to fly this route, there has been so many calls and petitions from Moroccan community for a better airline for the route to CMN

User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1990 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

I don't see this one working, even if it is happening. There's a reason BOS is the only US gateway to the Cape Verdean Islands. However, UA would make life easier for anyone who wants to go there, as TACV's website is down and even before it went offline it seemed the only way to know their prices and schedules was by calling them up.


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User currently offlineJAAlbert From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1600 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

Is there much of a market for US to Cape Verde?

User currently offlineSonomaFlyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1796 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1328 times:
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Quite a few Cape Verdeans live in the US but it would not be a high yielding route. Given that and fuel costs, don't expect this route anytime soon. Besides alliance partner TAP serves this route via LIS.

User currently offlineMillwallSean From Singapore, joined Apr 2008, 1244 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

While id love for it to be true, a service to Cape Verde would surprise me.
Sure there are people from Cape Verde in the New England region of the US but the links between the US and Cape Verde are minor.

Cape Verde is heavily linked to Portugal and any service would be better of connecting through LIS.

To give an idea 80% of all Cape Verdes total trade is with the EU while 1.7% of Cape Verdes total trade is with the US. There are no oil at present either and its currency is linked to the Euro through a fixed exchange mechanism.

I believe the person saying it was meant to be San Salvador is more likely to be correct.



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User currently offlineretrolivery From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

This is definitely service to San Salvador, not Cape Verde - UA is slated to begin operating IAD-SAL on its own metal 12/19/12: http://mwaa.com/dulles/526.htm


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User currently offlinewomenbeshoppin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

Quoting retrolivery (Reply 10):
This is definitely service to San Salvador, not Cape Verde - UA is slated to begin operating IAD-SAL on its own metal 12/19/12:

Yeah we know the service to San Salvador is happening and that the map was a mistake. We are trying to figure out if this image was used by UA because they have it in their cross hairs to start service to Cape Verde. It seems really unlikely that they would draw up the map all by mistake, or that the person operating the official FB page would be that far off on a route they are announcing. FB is a major means of advertising, it is very very strange and there seems to be a consensus that although unlikely this could possibly happen in the future.


User currently offlineAA94 From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 596 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

Quoting retrolivery (Reply 10):
This is definitely service to San Salvador, not Cape Verde - UA is slated to begin operating IAD-SAL on its own metal 12/19/12: http://mwaa.com/dulles/526.htm

Gotcha. So it seems like whoever made the graphic mistook the San Salvador SAL for the Cape Verde Sal International Airport, then realized their mistake and quickly took it down.



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User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2701 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

Quoting retrolivery (Reply 10):
This is definitely service to San Salvador, not Cape Verde

The only logical reason I could think of for UA to serve Cape Verde would be a tech stop between EWR/IAD and South Africa if UA flew there.


User currently offlinequiet1 From Thailand, joined Apr 2010, 355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1327 times:

How about Cape Verde as an intermediate fuel stop on flights to deeper Africa that wouldn't support a large nonstop long-range aircraft?

User currently offlinekgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1327 times:
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Quoting N62NA (Reply 4):
"If" they did, I'm sure it would be with a 757!

Because it is already being done with a 757.
Cape Verde Airlines at BOS.


User currently offlinekgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1327 times:
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Quoting retrolivery (Reply 10):
This is definitely service to San Salvador, not Cape Verde

Besides, service from IAD would most likely be into RAI (the national capital) rather than SID (the resort capital) which are different islands in the Cape Verde archipelago.


User currently offlineTdan From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1326 times:

That's hilarious! Whoever creates the maps was likely told to add IAD-SAL to the network and they took SAL = Sal, Cape Verde!

UA will not be flying to SID anytime soon... The only way would be as a stopover which has about a



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User currently offline2travel2know2 From Panama, joined Apr 2010, 2625 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1326 times:

If BOS was a UA focus city and UA had a B757 available on weekends to fly red-eyes both ways between BOS and SID thus allowing the same crew rest on the island and fly back the aircraft to BOS, I would believe it.


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User currently offlinekgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1326 times:
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Quoting SonomaFlyer (Reply 8):
Besides alliance partner TAP serves this route via LIS.

And Royal Air Maroc starting February 2013 via Casablanca and Bissau


User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1326 times:

Didn't Delta use, or plan to use, SID as a tech-stop between Atlanta and several secondary markets in Africa


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User currently offlineFI642 From Monaco, joined Mar 2005, 1079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1326 times:

I can't imagine them doing this. No market, it's terribly expensive to do any business there, and no business demand for it. Tech stop, maybe, but no other logical reason to go. SAL is the second least favourite place I've been.


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User currently offlinekgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1326 times:
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Quoting FI642 (Reply 21):
Tech stop, maybe, but no other logical reason to go

Anyone going to Cape Verde for business goes to Mindelo (on Sao Vincente Island) or Praia (on Sao Tiago Island) where the oil platforms are. Even TACV is shifting flights to VXE on Sao Vincente and RAI on Sao Tiago.

In the past, SID was one of the designated emergency landing strips for the Space Shuttle. These days SID gets most of its business from European holiday airlines.


User currently offlinePolot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2186 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1326 times:

Quoting SHUPirate1 (Reply 20):
Didn't Delta use, or plan to use, SID as a tech-stop between Atlanta and several secondary markets in Africa

They planned to but ended up pulling the flights before they started.


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