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NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 6:52 am

NWA will add new service between MKE - PHX and a 2nd MKE - LAS (fr-su)effective Feb. 12 - Apr. 30.

That will bring departures to 5 DTW 3 MEM 7 MSP 2 LAS(FR-SU) 1 LAS(MO-TH) 1 to BOS, LAX, LGA, MCO, & DCA
all are 319/320 or 757-200/300

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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 6:53 am

MSP-PNS?? What's that all about??
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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 6:58 am

Connecting the dots. Already fly PNS-MEM.

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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 7:04 am

Yeah, I was kind of surprised by the MSP-PNS launch. I had kind of expected we'd get DTW-PNS before MSP. I think the reasoning for launching the route is two-fold:

1) Backfill demand lost in the trimming of MEM. PNS is losing one flight to MEM as NW is chopping a few banks out of the MEM hub. However, NW runs the highest LF's of any carrier at PNS. The MSP-PNS route should bring the extra capacity to makeup for the MEM loss.

2) PNS has a lot of snowbirds who come down to escape the cold. Many of them come from the upper Midwest which is well served by MSP.

Also with the CO/DL/NW alliance, DL and CO can put their codes on this flight which should help it. It will be interesting to see how the route does.

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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 7:07 am

Northwest Airlines does not have a hub in Milwaukee. They simply offer point-to-point service, taking advantage of a large and loyal FF base in the Milwaukee area.
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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 7:11 am

Who here thinks that once Midwest Express goes out of business that most of this "much needed" service will vanish? I mean besides me............
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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 7:20 am

Since when was MKE a NW hub?
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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 7:25 am

Sun Country used to fly charter winter MSP-PNS weekends.

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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 7:28 am


I agree with you, and hope that day never comes. I have had many posts about NWA in MKE.
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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 8:10 am

PVD757 & JpetekYXMD80, I first thought that NW's move in on MKE might spell the end of YX, but now I'm not so convinced. Granted, if NW started MKE-SFO or MKE-SEA service, that would speak greater volumes for NW's intentions, but it's not like the MKE demand for those destinations will just up and vanish if YX does.

Which brings me to my point: if you're a big carrier like NW who enjoys a loyal following at a medium-sized city like MKE who is competing against a slow-and-steady company like YX, why would you want to send them to their grave only to have to inevitably fight a bigger battle the next day when someone like (just for current examples) FL, WN, or B6 shows up?

It'd be kind of killing the goose who lays the golden eggs. I hope that the both of them can operate successfully in MKE for the good of the people there. (where I grew up!  Big grin)
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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 8:15 am

What's stopping them from coming in now? Oh that's right, YX is kryptonite for LCCs. If WN wanted MKE, they would've made it happen already. Just because one airline likes a route doesn't mean that everybody does.
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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 8:28 am

NW is not trying to put YX out of business! There is something called competition. From the LA area to Vegas there many airlines including AA, UA, WN, HP, NW, and B6 just to name a few. Nobody is putting anybody out of business. NW has loyal flyers in the MKE area, and it just makes it simpler to give n/s flights to the most frequently traveled destinations. Also, if a SEA-MKE service is added, it will not be an attack on YX. SEA is just like MKE, very loyal to NW. Pairing between the two would not be illogical, in my opionion.

NW CEO Richard Anderson stated that NW would continue to increase MKE service, so I hope that there will not be a NW is attacking YX forum every time NW adds a new destination from MKE.
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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 8:40 am

NW had something between a mini-hub and hub at MKE back in the 80s and early 90s, after the NW-Republic merger but before NW shut it all down in Sept. 1992, leaving only MSP, DTW and MEM service. Hence, the WorldClub location at MKE Concourse E, probably the most visible remnant of the old hub, apart from the somewhat large number of gates (though NW did give up two to CO within the past year, leaving NW with six gates)

Now MKE seems to be turning more into a "focus city." Still a loyal FF base from the old hub days. I don't see the number of flights being added as predatory to YX, and as a born and raised MKE-an I am very loyal to Midex...

How would MKE-SEA be even possibly seen as predatory to YX when YX doesn't even fly the route?
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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 9:08 am

Mizzou, I think you may have misunderstood my post. NW flying those two routes--MKE-SFO and MKE-SEA--would speak volumes for their intentions to stay in Milwaukee a while and therefore not be even remotely construed as a move against YX's market share. It would show, at least in my mind, that there was pent-up demand on those routes that they could capitalize on.

While not every route fits every airline's business plan, a paying customer is a paying customer. The Milwaukee area seems to have enough of them for both YX and NW to make money on the same city pairs.
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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 12:58 pm

The B717 is saving YX big bucks (in fuel/maintenance). The aircraft are costing the airline very little for the first couple years as the airline purchased them with back-loaded leases... if YX can't turn it around over the next couple years, then they'll pay for them big time.

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NW has always seen a market at MKE (they tried hubbing them a decade ago)... the city has provided a huge revenue stream to NW over the years and has received DC-10 (and currently B753) service to MSP and DTW. Personally, I don't buy that NW is launching flights from MKE to key cities to "kill" YX... if the flights prove to be successful - and they are gradually developing - then they'll stay, regardless of whether YX does or not.
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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 1:30 pm

So they are not flying the DC9s out of MKE anymore? If not I will pay the extra 40 dollars to fly out of ORD to get on one again. Back in May of this year I flew out of MKE going to JAX via DTW. I really liked NW and hope to fly them again soon. We came back into MKE on a DC9-30 from DTW.
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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 11:29 pm

Also has anyone thought by NW beefing up the number of flights and cities offered might be a preemptive strike to keep other LCC's out for the time being?????? That right there might buy Midwest more time.
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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Fri Nov 07, 2003 11:39 pm

Northwest is not leveraging their size to put YX out of business. Additionally, in spite of their rather ubiquitous rebranding and division of the business silos, I feel it will have the potential to keep them competitive and bring them to profitablity.

Northwest has been throwing up very attractive billboards all around town, and is the official airline sponsor of Miller Park!

With their saver service launch, PHX, LAX, and DEN have had impressive loads. (This is in spite of F9 who, ironically enough, shares a gate with United)

Back to the topic. The MKE-SFO route was converted to a one-stop in MCI. Now, they've dropped to one flight per day, and are abandoning the route for the season anyway. They have not stated intentions to resurrect the route in the spring. With NW offering nonstop service to SFO, it will likely prosper, as LAS and LAX already have.

Additionally, Mark Travel Corp., parent company of Funjet is using YX for charters to PVR and LAS next year...no more ATA. This means higher loads, and a chance for NW to pick up the slack for LAS.

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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Sun Nov 09, 2003 5:48 pm

So they are not flying the DC9s out of MKE anymore?

Sure they are. The MKE-LGA service will be switched over to a DC-9-30 and NW still flys a few flights to DTW, MSP, and MEM that are DC-9s.
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RE: NWA MKE Hub Expands

Mon Nov 10, 2003 9:14 am

There's still plenty of -9's in and around MKE.
NW uses MKE as a focus city as it also steals traffic from the north side of Chicagoland, and NW has minimal service in that market.

NW isn't starting MKE-SFO, that was only rumored. Judging that DTW-SFO is down to 3 dailies, I highly doubt you'll see this route happen. In all likelihood these are the routes you'd see NW add out of MKE in the future: FLL, TPA, SEA.

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