skymileman
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America West Express Doing Great @ BIL

Sun Jan 26, 2003 2:33 pm

America West Express began non-stop service between BIL, and PHX on the 27th of October last year. They are the only one to consistantly fill flights as far as I know. Their fares are not really that much lower. What makes them flourish?
 
flyboy80
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RE: America West Express Doing Great @ BIL

Sun Jan 26, 2003 4:27 pm

Probably the the cheap operating costs of those CRJs, they currently are doing all right here in EUG, they have 3 times daily service to PHX and are starting new service to LAS, pretty exiting
 
serge
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RE: America West Express Doing Great @ BIL

Mon Jan 27, 2003 4:28 am

I heard that they are doing so well there they are considering adding flights to LAS (nonstop) as well.

Can anyone back that up with some company info?

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OzarkD9S
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RE: America West Express Doing Great @ BIL

Mon Jan 27, 2003 5:37 am

HP has a code-share with Big Sky, which has a small "hub" at Billings, so they're getting feed from all over Montana. That could be part of the reason for the route's success.
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serge
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RE: America West Express Doing Great @ BIL

Mon Jan 27, 2003 7:22 am

Indeed. Buts its not just Montana that feeds into the BIL hub (Big Sky). They serve the following locations:

Colorado: Denver
Idaho: Boise, Idaho Falls
Montana: Billings, Glasgow, Glendive, Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, Lewistown, Miles City, Missoula, Sidney, Wolf Point
North Dakota: Bismarck, Williston
Washington: Moses Lake, Olympia, Seattle/Tacoma, Spokane
Wyoming: Casper, Gillette

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I remember even before HP express served BIL, if you looked up a fare on travelocity from say- Williston, ND to Phoenix, AZ; It would route you through ISN-SDY-BIL-DEN (Big Sky) then from DEN-PHX (HP mainline). Lol.. glad its more direct now...

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BA
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RE: America West Express Doing Great @ BIL

Mon Jan 27, 2003 8:50 am

Serge,

Big Sky stopped serving Idaho Falls earlier this month.

Regards
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serge
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RE: America West Express Doing Great @ BIL

Mon Jan 27, 2003 8:59 am

BA,

Yep, I just quickly copied and pasted from their website. Thanks for correcting it..