Pgh234 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 791 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2261 times:
Well, one of the routes I noticed that was dropped after 9/11 was the two daily PIT-MEM on the CRJ's. There is obviously a market here since US Airways Express just upped the schedule to 3 flights a day on ERJ's. Think the NW flights to PIT, or anywhere else, should come back too?
Afitch7881 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 812 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2200 times:
I think NW should seriously consider adding flight from MEM into the Northeast. BDL, MHT, and PVD could easily support 2-3 daily non stops on CRJ's at least. It would be could feeder service into the deep south.
Bhmal From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 140 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2130 times:
The flights to the west coast from MEM were somewhat limited, although increasing, prior to 9/11. Now there are just a handful of flights. 1 daily each to SFO, SEA, LAS and PHX. 3 to LAX. 2 to DEN and that's it. I think MEM could increase frequencies on the SEA, SFO, LAS and PHX from 1 to 2 each daily and as Lindy Field said, add the MEM-SAN service back. I've been on the MEM-SAN runs before and they were always packed. Also, maybe SNA and SLC could probably sustain 1 daily flight from MEM. I live in BHM and can connect through MEM or DTW for a 1 stop connection for most travel. However flying all the way up to DTW and then out to SAN seems a little out of the way when I could just take a short 40 min. flight up to MEM and then direct out on to SAN.
I'm sure it's about profit and equipment availability though. NW doesn't want to put say a 319 to SAN from MEM, even though it's packed when it could put it on say between DTW and BDL where it's also packed but with a much higher yield. This is the kind of info I'm interested in. Does anyone know how to find this kind of stuff out or is it proprietary to the airlines?
Afitch7881 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 812 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2118 times:
The DOT web site has a lot of good info on it including O & D numbers between cities for each quarter and average fare and market share. I forget the site exactly, but if you go to the DOT main page and look around you will find things.
Nwa757300 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 299 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2121 times:
MEM-MDW/BWI for sure. NW is big in Canada so why not YYZ or YUL. YVR was operated on a seasonal basis last year. They should also consider more int'l. SJU and MBJ are year round and CUN is seasonal. Maybe GCM and LGW should be considered also.
FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5739 posts, RR: 16 Reply 15, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2117 times:
NWA might want to look at FAT in the west. The area around Fresno is home to the largest cotton producing counties in the country (Fresno County typically ranks 1 in the US, while Kings and Kern Counties located to the south are typically 2 and 3). With many cotton industry companies located in Memphis, the O&D business traffic combined with connecting passengers could hold possibilities.
UAX is planning to operate a one stop FAT-DEN-MEM. Many of the industry's business travellers currently drive to other airports in California or charter flights for the trip. This excerpt from a recent article talks about other alternatives used.
Fans of Elvis Presley and folks in the cotton industry will be happy to know that, starting April 7, they will be able to fly from Fresno to Memphis without changing airplanes.
The new service, which will have a stop in Denver, is being made available through the expansion of SkyWest Airlines, which is beefing up its jet fleet this year. It will make getting to Graceland, the headquarters of the National Cotton Council and to the wonderful rib joints in Memphis much easier.
"It's great for the cotton industry," said Mark Bagby, spokesman of Calcot, a Bakersfield-based cotton cooperative.
Memphis has been so hard to get to from Fresno that some in the cotton industry have flown to Little Rock, Ark., and then rented cars to drive to Memphis, he said.
Vincent32 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2065 times:
I think NWA should add 2 dailys to ALB. In ALB we only have NWA service to DTW. If your traveling from ALB on Northwest there is a good chance that you'll have to go ALB-DTW-MEM (or MSP). ALB could definatly use a little more NWA service.
Azjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3631 posts, RR: 29 Reply 18, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2043 times:
You guys have to remember a few things:
1) Northwest is a business. Businesses are out to make money and that will always drive the reasoning behind things. If there is no potential for money making, then NW isn't going to do it. Northwest is also a very conservative company especially when tied to finances.
2) Don't you think the people in route planning and marketing have a clue that more service is needed in some areas? It's not like overnight NW will announce 50 new cities etc... it takes a lot of pre planning before an airline serves a new market. Not to mention getting gates etc... for beefing up existing service.
3) 4th bank is returning to MEM on June 7, so we'll see an increase of 25% in the flying MEM already has. Hopefully we'll see the return of the lost services.
I want to see NW grow as well, especially with its regional partners MEsaba and Express. But we have to be realistic, it isn't going to happen without the resources (people, planes etc...) and the prediction of profits.