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More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 1:51 pm

After toiling around on WN's website, I noticed that there is a schedule change on July 6th. The thing is, if you jot down all (14) the arrivals and departures, they no longer match up correctly. That is, they have 4 flights that sit on the ground for 1: 60 minutes, 2: 165 minutes, 3: 100 minutes, and 4: 10 minutes. These times were all previously the WN normal 25 or 30 minutes in the June schedule, which leads me to believe that they will fill these odd time slots with new, not yet announced service. I have a good airline flight scheduling background and know WN well, this has to the case here. I have never seen WN do this before and know that they will not let these aircraft sit around for those lengths of time.
 
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 2:08 pm

Hey PVD, I'm sure we'll see more than 5 PHL-PVD nonstops. I expect those to go out full from day one, $29 fare or not. It'll be interesting to see if US dumps capacity in the market, perhaps adding more A321 service. In any case, it will be good news for the people in the PVD area.  Smile

I would like to think that PHL-MSY would be a possibility....US only has three flights in the market.


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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 2:10 pm

I'm sure they will build PHL as quickly as new aircraft deliveries allow...especially if US starts to retreat, It will be like smelling blood in the water.
 
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 2:11 pm

First PVD-PHL flight of the day will be flight #1776. Very fitting if you ask me.

 
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 2:19 pm

1776, just noticed, yes very fitting...I'm more than happy with the 5 PVD's, and won't complain if we don't get more right away, I have a feeling that whatever the new flights are, will be to a new destination for WN from PHL.
 
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 3:08 pm

Well, supposedly, PHL will be more like 80 a day by summer 05, so don't be suprised to see more PHL in July. Rumor has it that PHL-CLE will come online in Sep/Oct of 04, so we'll see!

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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 11:02 pm

Several of the majors NW, CO, AA, US have had flight 1776 to Philadelphia. WN is not the first to do this.
 
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sun Feb 15, 2004 1:11 am

I hope the PVD flights do very well, because it could convince WN to add MHT in the future. Still, if you believe that WN's gain is US's loss, then I will miss the variety of A319/A320/A321 aircraft we see now between MHT-PHL. In the same way that MetroJet gave up the ship after WN started MHT-BWI service, I hope the parent company has more staying power and doesn't similarly 'give up' the routes that WN is entering.

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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sun Feb 15, 2004 1:16 am

Chris -- the last routes US gives up are in PHL. The are going to consildate their energy and do the best they can to fight off WN.
 
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sun Feb 15, 2004 1:23 am

Haveric: lets hope that. US has two ways it can fight this battle. The best way is to consolidate as much energy on PHL as possible, and the worst way is to consolidate energy on PIT and CLT where they know they can still charge high fares.

I hope they don't go for the second way or else US is doomed.
 
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sun Feb 15, 2004 6:41 am

I think they could coincide together, at least for a while. US has critical mass at PHL and WN needs time to build, perhaps enough time for US to right it's ship. The concessions will help tremendously, as will dumping PIT as a hub and getting the 170's on those short haul routes and growing the network with the freed up mainline craft. De-peak PHL and CLT, get into some mid/west markets with lower airport costs, and they could make it work. I like US a lot, but they need some good timely decisions and a bit of good luck to pull it off this time...
 
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sun Feb 15, 2004 7:40 am

The concessions will help tremendously, as will dumping PIT as a hub

It's not certain that PIT's going anywhere.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04044/272452.stm


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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sun Feb 15, 2004 8:15 am

I didn't say it was imminent, just my opinion...thanks for the link though!
 
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sun Feb 15, 2004 8:19 am

I don't know how you can undo the damage between PIT and USAirways. So much was made of the dismantling of the PIT hub, and so much acrimony on both sides during it all. Having flown from MHT to the west coast several times via PIT, I found it a wonderful terminal to grab a meal and just relax between flights...not the claustrophobic place at PHL. It's a nicely-designed terminal at PIT, and I don't really understand the carrier's desire to ditch PIT in favor of PHL. Yes, the north-south traffic probably flows better through PHL than through PIT, but is that the ONLY reason why they favored PHL over PIT?

In the end, didn't USAirways decide to only take back a handful of gates at PIT? It seemed to be a move designed to placate the city officials at PIT, who would be angry as hornets to see their 'new' terminal abandoned by the only significant tenant there.

So, with PIT hanging around as a weak sister, I suppose USAirways will have to focus on PHL...and fight the good fight despite the orange-and-red interloper.

So...the question is this: if USAirways battles WN, they will likely have to lower fares to entice traffic onto their planes. Doing that without ALSO massively overhauling their cost structure will be their downfall. That said, will the cost structure be lowered (i.e. will the unions cave) or will USAirways die after putting up a small fight? And if any of you believe that they can survive with NO cost restructuring, please enlighten us with your wisdom. I believe the unions--in the same way a ship's captain goes down with the ship--will not give back, and the carrier will cease to exist.

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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sun Feb 15, 2004 8:35 am

Chris, as you know PIT is a nice hub to the traveling public, but COSTS US a pretty penny (3X the cost to transfer a pax there vs. CLT). As you clearly stated the costs at US are the problem, hence the desire to ditch PIT or have the airport restructure it's bonds to lower US's exposure to them. I too choose PIT westbound on US, but with US, there isn't much "westbound," which is yet another problem. The PIT hub serves no marginal benefit to US as they can move the vast majority of their pax over PHL and CLT with the exception of the old PA & NY mill towns with a runway. Nothing against PIT, but the writing is on the wall and US doesn't have the time or money to wait around and hope it works out there. If they go with the pilot concessions, grab the supposed 60 mainlines and go west, then PIT will have a role, but until then it is yet another drain on US' dwindling cash.
 
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sun Feb 15, 2004 10:54 am

PVD757,
Word I've heard is that no matter what PIT is a dead duck. No O&D traffic, extreme hostility from the local press, outrageous fees....who needs that? If PIT was so great, WN would have come here ages ago. But they didn't, there is an obvious reason for it, and it's not because of US. It's because there is no money in it. So far, the talks I hear are going well, but we still are on the edge. The plan I have heard is extremely radical and will cause every workgroup to take a bite of the sandwich, if you get my drift. Dropping PIT, folding those PIT flights into PHL and the Northeast hubs, rolling PHL and maximizing aircraft/crew utility are a few of the things that will happen. I hope that it comes to pass, but I will not hold my breath untill the final vote has been cast.
 
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sun Feb 15, 2004 10:57 am

No O&D traffic

...even though PIT produces more O&D traffic than the crown jewel CLT.



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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sun Feb 15, 2004 11:39 am

N670UW,
are you sure? Show me a stat and I will believe you. CLT is a city that is exploding in population..."Charlanta". PIT is dying fast, young people leaving in droves, and only the elderly left behind. And we just love the Post Gazette and their "love" of US...LOL.
 
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sun Feb 15, 2004 11:53 am

N670UW,
are you sure? Show me a stat and I will believe you. CLT is a city that is exploding in population..."Charlanta". PIT is dying fast, young people leaving in droves, and only the elderly left behind. And we just love the Post Gazette and their "love" of US...LOL.


Pittsburgh is quite a larger O&D market than Charlotte. While Charlotte is growing and Pittsburgh isn't really a booming city these days, Pittsburgh is still significantly larger. In fact, Charlotte is not even the largest O&D market in North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham is.
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Sun Feb 15, 2004 12:13 pm

Thanks F.G., seems as though my ideas for US aren't that far off... I work for an airport, so my best interests are the success of ALL airlines, so I do hope they can pull it off!
 
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Mon Feb 16, 2004 4:13 am

6 more in July when and where....My guess 3 am and 3 pm..lgb(not)guy
 
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Mon Feb 16, 2004 5:09 am

I knew it had to be at least 4 more...if you don't mind me asking, how do you know about the 6 more?
 
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Tue Feb 17, 2004 2:09 am

This just in (atleast that's what we were told!!)...US now has a $39.10 one way fare from PHL-PVD in June, It may be eariler but thats the month I used, they also have a $88.00 o/w fare to MCO from PHL in June, also this may be avail. at an eariler date. These fares have taxes already included. I'm not sure on MSY, or LAS fares yet , I'm still searching.
 
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Tue Feb 17, 2004 3:09 am

Well it's for damn sure that US wont be able to keep up with WN to PVD at any rate. US will also have to fight for LAS and Florida destinations. Going to be interesting to see how this is all going to play out.
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Tue Feb 17, 2004 3:27 am

Freshlove1-MCO-PHL is a cash cow for US Airways, it is currently their second-most traveled route, only behind the BOS-DCA shuttle, and ahead of both BOS-LGA and DCA-LGA...the MCO-PHL O&D flights (departs MCO around 9, arrives PHL at about midnight) are one of the few O&D-based flights US Airways mainline still has in their schedule...
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Tue Feb 17, 2004 3:37 am

I actually believe that they are going to put either the 170 or the 700 on the PHL PVD routes later on, it will not be an all mainline a/c schedule like i believe it is now. The PHL MCO routes I believe that they want the new configured 757's and/or A321's to fly that route.
 
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Tue Feb 17, 2004 3:39 am

Does WN plan to add more flights to STL?
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Wed Feb 18, 2004 9:37 am

here's something interesting.... Mid may shows PVD-PHL with a record high seven daily US flights. An interesting thing to consider..... a 300 mile flight with a .11 CASM... = $33. Is it possible that US with a $10 premium could actually make money on this route too? if so, thats good news for PVD, SW and US who will all enjoy the sucess of the route.
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RE: More WN PHL Flights IN July?

Wed Feb 18, 2004 10:20 am

Hey Rick, how's things at ERAU? US must have just loaded those flights the past couple days, they wern't there Sunday a.m. This is great news, I heard US would do this... talk to you later.

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