Midwestindy wrote:Looks like WN isn't extending the IND-SAN route after this summer, so it seems like AS could likely take that route over....
The route was announced as 'seasonal' (which is ridiculous unless WN didn't have the a/c to run the flight during the winter) but I too hoped they would find an airplane to keep the route going year-round for its first year. Doesn't seem to be in the cards... so far.
I've posted your exact thoughts several times, especially since WN announced the route in January, and I still feel that AAG will jump into the market as soon as they have an available airplane; I expect it would be a 737 and not an EMJ. Hopefully, they can get it started before WN gets around to 'seasonally' starting up again, which I'm sure will be in 1H18. (There was talk that the route would have been announced as year-round except for their fleet reorganization going on later this year and I'm quite sure that WN will offer it year-round as soon as they can.)
In fact, I'm quite disappointed that AS didn't start SAN-IND right along with SEA -- the markets are very similar in O&D pax data so SAN-IND would have been profitable from the beginning. Perhaps they didn't have another 737 available at that time. One thing's for sure though, AAG would have been the first in the market, beating WN to it!
One other thing I've noticed about the WN service is that it continues thru the Labor Day weekend, operating for the last time on Monday, Sept 4, whereas some of our new seasonal routes end in mid-August. That may be due to a/c availability or that WN expects good things from the route...
I was happy to read the recent posts up-thread about expectations that there will be more service IND-SAN to come; that's got to be referring to AAG! Hope to see it soon!