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More Eagle @ RDU, Midway Rip?

Tue Oct 09, 2001 1:43 am

With this morning's announcement of new Eagle RJ service from RDU to Ft. Lauderdale, Hartford, White Plains and Columbus, is a Midway comeback less likely? Even with this economic downturn, could AA possibly be contemplating a large scale return to RDU?
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RE: More Eagle @ RDU, Midway Rip?

Tue Oct 09, 2001 2:30 am

We'll we got a memo stating that the companies postion was to serve the RDU as a replacement for a majority of Midways routes. The key factor being Midway use to bring in pax for the RDU-LGW 777 flight. With them gone AMR decided that eagle should pick up the slack. So right now those flights are primarily BOS and LGA crews, and the JFK-RDU flight that was on a Saab is being made a jet route
(about damm time). As for RDU being a Eagle base, right now the company is saying no, but the rumors are flying in the crew lounge (they have been for a while now) and lets not forget one of the companies that was merged to form Eagle, Nashville Eagle, had RDU as a base. Heck all those J32's that Corperate flies are ex-Nashville Eagle plane (thet still have the NXXXAE on them).
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RE: More Eagle @ RDU, Midway Rip?

Tue Oct 09, 2001 3:06 am

Did AA try to do this in 95 before they pulled out?
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RE: More Eagle @ RDU, Midway Rip?

Tue Oct 09, 2001 5:54 am

Midway is probably finished for good. Southwest plans to grow RDU from its current 20 flights to around 80 over the next few years, and American is continuing to expand with RJ's.

Wolfpacker, AA failed at RDU with a different kind of operation than they're building now. The 1986-93 hub was run with MD-80's, planes much too big for the O & D traffic in that market to support. Now, with fleets of RJ's, AA is building a smaller, O & D based operation at RDU (other than the LGW-feeding puprose noted by Viflyer).

Midway was always a niche carrier....cost structure and fares of a Cartel-Six carrier, based at an airport that in the end is still medium-size. Maybe without 9/11 it could have survived with the trimmed-back route network it ran after bankruptcy. But in the current enviornment it's probably finished.

RDU still has a bright future though, if Southwest has that kind of confidence in it, and clearly American sees greater profit potential there too.


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RE: More Eagle @ RDU, Midway Rip?

Tue Oct 09, 2001 7:46 am

Doesn't AA still have a majority of the gate leases in Terminal C? And note the RDU Admiral's Club wasn't one of the 6 recently closed with the likes of BNA, DTW, HNL, IAH, CLE.

Btw, how successful has the RDU-LGW flight been? It it filling the 777?

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