United Shuttle Question....

Mon Aug 13, 2001 11:00 pm

For United Shuttle, how does a certain route become operated by the shuttle? What would qualify a city pair to be operated by the shuttle? Such as Medford-SFO or Boise-DEN...ect. Why not make them mainline services?
They dont seen to compare with the traffic of LAX-SFO, LAX-LAS, SFO-SEA ect...
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RE: United Shuttle Question....

Tue Aug 14, 2001 2:11 am

Usually relatively short, very packed routes with high demand where a lot of flights each day can be flown to that place on an economical aircraft like the 737.

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RE: United Shuttle Question....

Tue Aug 14, 2001 2:25 am

In the past, with U2's lower pay scales, it was cheaper to operate these flight as shuttle with more frequency and capacity. Now that the lower pay scales have ceased to exist for pilots, we may see some adjustment.

SFO-Spokane has already been completely axed, and I believe SFO-Eugene is being dramatically ramped down if not canned altogether.

Flights over 500 miles do not qualify for Shuttle service (please correct me if I'm wrong). Which is why LAX-SEA is still mainline.

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RE: United Shuttle Question....

Tue Aug 14, 2001 6:56 am


its flights that are over 700 miles in length do not qualify for Shuttle.

With the elimination of the Shuttle pilot pay scale, I really wonder about the future of United Shuttle on most routes. With SkyWest getting more and more regional jets, many of the smaller city pairs such as SFO-MFR, SFO-EUG, SFO-BOI, LAX-TUC, and so on could to the regional jet with a few more frequencies.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Shuttle.

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RE: United Shuttle Question....

Tue Aug 14, 2001 7:12 am

I think the distance limit was (is?) 750 miles-- and I guess they mean nautical miles, since LAX-PDX is Shuttle, isn't it?
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RE: United Shuttle Question....

Tue Aug 14, 2001 12:05 pm

SFO-EUG downgraded to RJs? That would be unfortunate... every time I'm on a U2 flight SFO-EUG, it's packed to the gills...

Anyone have any firm data on how that route is doing?
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RE: United Shuttle Question....

Tue Aug 14, 2001 2:47 pm

Sorry folks, I was mistaken. I thought SFO-Eugene was being dramatically ramped down, but there is no official announcement yet. Just discussion I heard from Portland PDX.

We'll see if United maintains its 5 daily SFO-EUG flights. Hopefully, yes.

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