Stretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2561 posts, RR: 17 Posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1233 times:
Today' Washington Post ran an a story about the smallest of the United hubs, my near and dear IAD. UA has 67 flights a dayfrom IAD, and has plans for cut backs. Four of the evening UA flights to Europe are to be axed (I am guessing places like Munich and Zurich are candidates). What carrier, U.S. or from overseas, will take up the slack?
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Usairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3234 posts, RR: 7 Reply 3, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1073 times:
A carrier may not pick up the slack, these days unless the route is extremely profitable other carriers aren't in the situation to be picking up international routes not from hubs. Especially since these intl routes probably depend somewhat on connections
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3505 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (10 years 12 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1012 times:
I think IAD will still be a hub for United but not as large as what it has been until now. They'll probably eliminate international flights except IAD-LHR and make of IAD a domestic hub on the East Coast like RDU used to be for American. They may keep, however, their direct flights from IAD to these points in the West Coast:SAN, LAX, SFO and SEA.
Yes, sure, it will still be an international gateway but mostly for foreign carriers. Other Star members such as Lufthansa and Varig will add flights or take over United's international flights to/from IAD. I see IAD as a connecting point in the Star Alliance network, not just United anymore, one would fly for example Lufthansa from FRA to IAD and then connect on United or United Express to an other domestic point on the East Coast. I don't know if Austrian flies to IAD, but as a Star Alliance member, it definitely could.
You won't see a United 747-400 anymore in IAD, the only US airports where you will still see those are LAX and SFO, and maybe ORD only if United continues to fly nonstop from ORD to the Pacific Rim.
Aio86 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 928 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (10 years 12 months 13 hours ago) and read 832 times:
They had the RTW service going again in 2000 but dropped it again last year. It went LAX-HKG-DEL-LHR-IAD-LAX.
I don't think that Varig would fly to IAD seeing as they are having financial troubles now too, and Untied just started IAD-GRU and IAD-EZE direct flights.
I guess I could see them cutting routes like IAD-AMS, IAD-BRU, IAD-MUC but it seems more likely they'd cut down on capacity on routes like IAD- FRA and IAD-LHR. They have at least two flights a day on each route, which they could possibly cut down to one. AMS seems more likely since they still serve it from ORD. MUC seems likely too because of all the codeshare opportunities. I'd say DUS also but United is like the only carrier to fly there from the US, besides that strange all biz class Lufthansa thing from New York.
It's sad to hear all this happening. I really liked the hub at Dulles, I thought it was well placed and good for transatlantic connections. I hope they'll grow back into it in the future.
MEL From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1092 posts, RR: 13 Reply 10, posted (10 years 12 months 3 hours ago) and read 693 times:
I think you'll see UA cut the departures that don't fall in a departure bank. For instance, I think IAD-LAX and IAD-SFO will drop to 4 departures a day, with timed departures at 09:00/13:00/17:45/21:15. Probably the same for IAD-BOS.