Speaking of AA Barbie jets...I'll be at ROC later today to fly back to DC. I'll try to get some pictures of the construction. They've installed some framework above the apron just outside the atrium window next to the west rotunda and A2.
Southern Ontario really skews things at BUF. Canadians seem to love Florida, and BUF handles almost two million more people yearly than ROC, so a lot of FLL probably makes sense. I do wish ROC could get a B6 LAX E190 nonstop, even four or five days a week.
Yeah, BUF definitely gets a lot of help from Canadians. They love flying to Florida, Phoenix, and Vegas. I think that is why it makes things so interesting route expansion wise for Buffalo with LAX, Cancun, Punta Cana, Denver, Miami, Austin, Tx, and so on.
Buffalo could potentially keep growing .... the NFTA needs to be smart or creative.
For example, a couple years ago the Emirate rumor (Emirates accidentally had BUF as its destination on its website). If Emirates wants to grow its Canadian business / air traffic, they could easily fly to BNIA and bus those people to Toronto. (1 1/2 hour drive). I know that Canada gives Emirates restrictions on slots and flight times. Also, Currently the BNIA / NFTA already has a bus service in place to Toronto.
Anyways, maybe pitch that idea to Emirates. They do that right now with Seattle to Vancouver and the drive is about 4 hours.
ROC / SYR dont have the passenger traffic to support bigger planes or route expansion. It took BUF about 3-4 years to try and get direct service to LAX. Rarely does B6 do that from Non hub airports. Thats why it was such big news when it happened.