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United Discontinuing Service To 8 US Cities

Tue Oct 02, 2001 11:37 pm

Heard from FOX News that United is dropping service to 8 US cities. Can someone confirm this?
 
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RE: United Discontinuing Service To 8 US Cities

Tue Oct 02, 2001 11:38 pm

Yup:

SOURCE: United Airlines
United Airlines Transitions to United Express in Six Cities Across the Country

CHICAGO, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (NYSE: UAL - news) announced today it will transition from United Airlines to United Express, its regional partner carrier, in six cities across the United States as of Oct. 31, 2001.

The markets are Allentown, PA; Knoxville, TN; Norfolk, VA; Portland, ME; Raleigh/Durham, NC; and Santa Barbara, CA. The United Express carriers will provide scheduled service in regional jet aircraft when they take over operation of the routes from United.

United Express carrier Atlantic Coast Airlines (Nasdaq: ACAI - news) will fly in lieu of United Airlines in all of these markets with the exception of Santa Barbara-San Francisco which will be flown by United Express carrier SkyWest (Nasdaq: SKYW - news).

Rono Dutta, United's president, said, ``We regret the need to make these decisions which are obviously driven by the terrorist attacks on our country and soft passenger demand we have been experiencing. While United Airlines will be leaving these communities later this month, we are pleased that our United Express carriers are prepared to succeed us and assure a continuity of scheduled air service in most presently served markets.''

United said several options will be available to its employees, and those options will be discussed privately with the employees.

United also announced these further changes:

United Airlines also will be ending nonstop service in two markets Oct. 31, 2001: Los Angeles-Medford, Washington Dulles-Sacramento. Service in the Denver-Hartford market was ended recently.
United Express will be ending all service in Bellingham, WA; Little Rock, AR; Lynchburg, VA; Victoria, BC; and Yakima, WA as of Oct. 31, 2001. Service to Mobile, AL ended Sept. 30, 2001.
United Express has ended or will end service Oct. 31 on these routes: Washington Dulles-Allentown, Washington Dulles-Canton/Akron, Washington Dulles-Cincinnati, Washington Dulles-Louisville; Washington Dulles-Knoxville; Portland-Eureka/Arcata; Seattle-Eugene; and Portland-Pasco.
United Express will serve Quincy, IL from Chicago via Springfield. Service to Vail, CO will be provided seasonally, ending briefly Oct. 31, 2001 and resuming Dec. 15, 2001. Chicago-Birmingham service will end Oct. 31, but new service between Birmingham and Washington Dulles will be launched the same day.
United has filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation to end United Express service in Newport News and Shenandoah/Staunton, VA. United filed previously with the Government to end service at Tri-Cities Airport which serves portions of Tennessee and Virginia.
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RE: United Discontinuing Service To 8 US Cities

Wed Oct 03, 2001 2:41 am

Figures...I was just planning on trying out the nonstop MOB-ORD route on ACA.
 
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RE: United Discontinuing Service To 8 US Cities

Wed Oct 03, 2001 2:54 am

We employees got wind of this on Sunday... that we would be getting SBA from mainline United. Several mainline CSA's told us that "the route is profitable, but not for us."

Looks like we will now be operating RJ's on two routes out of San Francisco, SFO-FAT-SFO and SFO-SBA-SFO. Wonder which gate it'll operate out of... no matter, I'll work it sooner or later.

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RE: United Discontinuing Service To 8 US Cities

Wed Oct 03, 2001 5:48 am

FlyPNS1,
Come over to GPT and use NWA to ORD. We have a departure at 6:20 A.M. to MEM that continues to ORD. I don't think this was one of the 4 flights a day that was dropped. Fares are reasonable. Or use FL to MDW, 717 service. Congratulations to PNS for getting FL. It'll be exciting to see where they go next.
 
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RE: United Discontinuing Service To 8 US Cities

Wed Oct 03, 2001 8:31 am

Didn't they also suspend ORD-FLL? (actually FLL totally)
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RE: United Discontinuing Service To 8 US Cities

Wed Oct 03, 2001 9:59 am

United_Fan, no. United is operating two daily Ft. Lauderdale-O'Hare flights (both 727s, I think), and adds a third daily shortly (with a 757). The 3rd daily is seasonal through April.
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RE: Mah4546

Wed Oct 03, 2001 10:05 am

Sorry,I read a story in USAToday about a UA ramper with 28 years being let go. BTW,when I flew there in June,there was 2 flights to ORD. 7:30a and 1 pm . The early one was a 733 which returned to PBI after our flight to ORD.
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