legacytravel From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1067 posts, RR: 2 Posted (5 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 5420 times:
I have a question for those in the know on this forum. Last week I had a connection in ORD, the flight was ORD-MKE and the flight was oversold. I volunteered my 3 seats and received a free R/T ticket for each member of my family as well a food vouchers, bus tickets home. The gate agent did mention that the last two flight to MKE are always overbooked and she writes up free vouchers on a constant basis. Now I am aware that her perception might not be reality.
My question is how much more would it cost to throw an E70 on that route or a CR7 or CR9? I know the cost would be on more F/A but after that I am not sure how much more it would be. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.
A346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1353 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 8 hours ago) and read 5248 times:
I can't give you any numbers but... in general the main additional cost would of course be increased fuel burn. In addition, you have to pay the pilots a bit more, insurance/financing/operational costs are higher, and landing fees may be higher. All of this is offset by the additional passengers you can carry, and by the fact that many E-jets and CR7/9s carry higher-yielding first class pax. On a purely per seat basis, an E70 is more economical than a CR2; the E70 and to some extent CR7/9 is newer technology with newer engines, and there are inherent economies of scale.
You know the gear is up and locked when it takes full throttle to taxi to the terminal.
Without knowing the exact number of "consistent" overbooked passengers, I would say United could be in a tough place. If it's just barely over a hundred revenue passengers, flying two CRJ2's at the end of the night makes the most sense (I don't think bus tickets are as expensive as the cost difference between flying the CRJ7 or E170 over the CRJ2).
And are the number of overbooked passengers consistent enough (and high enough) to fill an A319 (which holds 120) instead of the two CRJ2 flights?
Or maybe is it because of their contract with YT, that they have to fly those CRJ2's?
AndyinPIT From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4257 times:
UA has run CR7's on the route, and they too are/were oversold. I can't remember if they still do, and I'm too lazy to go look. But another problem you run in to, and this happened to me ALL the time at UA, is more times than not either Skywest, or Mesa, will downgrade to the -200. So now an oversold -700 has just become a clusterf***.
YXwatcherMkE From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1063 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4031 times:
I heard from 3 friends that do a great deal of business traveling that they have basically stopped using UA out of MKE via ORD becau se of the problem with over booking. Also they have noticed several times that the a/c was listed as as CR7 yet there is a CR2 at the gate. At that point they know they will hear a call for volunteer's to be bumped. Most of the time they will volunteer or try to, because it is a popular think to do on the route since the bus ride is less that 2 hours, and the seats are nicer on the bus. But as my friends put it they are paying for a seat on an airplane not a bus. After a while they get tried of the call for passengers to volunteer to be bumped and stopped flying UA via
I miss the 60's & 70's when you felt like a guest on the plane not cattle like today