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Finally, US Airways Start New Route PHL To SNN/DUB  
User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 6 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4913 times:

US Airways Plans New Seasonal Service Linking Philadelphia and Ireland

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- US Airways today filed an
application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for route authority to
operate new nonstop roundtrip service to the Irish destinations of Dublin and
Shannon from its Philadelphia hub.
The airline is seeking approval to begin seasonal summer service in May
2003. Service on both routes will be flown using Boeing 767 aircraft,
offering seating for 199 passengers with 23 seats in Envoy Class and 176 seats
in Coach Class.
Subject to U.S. and foreign government approvals, US Airways will offer
daily nonstop roundtrip flights between Philadelphia and both Dublin and
Shannon for the summer travel season, through the end of October. US Airways
hopes to serve the routes year-round once market conditions and aircraft
availability allow.
"Dublin and Shannon will mark our ninth and tenth European destinations,
further strengthening our transatlantic gateway in Philadelphia," said Andrew
P. Nocella, US Airways vice president of planning and scheduling. "The
addition of seasonal service to Ireland is an exciting step for US Airways -
we see a great deal of potential in the routes."
US Airways, the US Airways Express carriers and US Airways Shuttle provide
service to 200 destinations worldwide, including 38 states in the U.S. In the
Caribbean, US Airways serves Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda,
Cancun, Cozumel, Grand Bahama Island, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay, Nassau,
Providenciales, San Juan, Santo Domingo, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, St. Maarten,
and St. Croix. US Airways Express also serves North Eleuthera, Governors
Harbour, Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay from select cities in Florida. In
Canada, US Airways serves Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. US Airways' European
destinations are Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Manchester, Munich,
Paris and Rome.
From Philadelphia, US Airways currently operates 384 nonstop flights
daily, serving 123 destinations.

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User currently offlinePW100 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 3104 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4767 times:

Hmmm, interesting news! Thanks for the link Scott.
I was wondering if they are allowed to launch new routes while being under Chapter 11. I mean, isn't this some form of subsidised route expansion? Under Chapter 11 they don't have to pay their depts, while they expand their route system, hurting the competition that is still strained under their own depts . . .
Or do US Airways expect to have re-emerged from Chapter 11 by the time they start the new route?

Kind regards,

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User currently offlineHaveric From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1247 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4756 times:

They expect to emerge from Ch. 11 in early spring. Whether or not that will actually occur, remains to be seen.

This route is a nice addition, as PHL has a large Irish population and Aer Lingus, in better financial times, was considering beginning the route. They shouldn't have much trouble filling a 762 in the summer.


User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4743 times:

Will they have traffic rights between DUB and SNN?


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5362 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4690 times:

two quick questions: Is it 2 flights, one to DUB and one to SNN, or one flight going to SNN then to DUB?

Also, US were looking at GLA as a new destination for next summer, has this idea been abandoned, or are we likely to see one of the above legs extended to cover GLA as well? IE PHL->DUB->GLA and back..

That'll teach you
User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2076 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4678 times:

Is that really what an almost bankrupt airline wants to do??? Start new international destinations?!?

My posts/replies are strictly my opinion and not that of any company, organization, or Southwest Airlines.
User currently offlineOuboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4676 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4596 times:

U's international routes are among the only ones bringing in cash right now. Almost bankrupt is really a stretch on wording as well. They still have over $800 million in cash to play with now and if it weren't for reorganization costs of some $60-70 million last month, they would have made money for October.

User currently offlineMfricke From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4580 times:

They can maybe model themselves on Continental, with a large East Coast hub feeding multiple trans-Atlantic flights.

ONT - Southern California's Ontario!
User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4517 times:

It's an old Irish rule that you must serve both Shannon and Dublin (to protect tourism in Western Ireland). So all flights from the US, even Aer Lingus, continue from SNN to DUB or the reverse (depending upon carrier preference). I believe carriers get SNN-DUB rights, but it's an immensely saturated market with widebodies flying between them!


User currently offlineHaveric From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1247 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (13 years 6 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4494 times:

According to the US Airways fililng to the DOT, they will be flying TWO flights each day during the summer. One PHL-SNN and another PHL-DUB. The filing makes it clear that it will not be PHL-SNN-DUB, or something similar.

User currently offlineLJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4813 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4383 times:

Do they enough B767-200s left for one or two flights to Ireland?

User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3816 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4350 times:

they will probably just take the 767's off of routes between hubs or like one of these routes CLT-MIA, CLT-SJU, CLT-PHL, PIT-PHL, just for the summer

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