A typical flight from CVG to SFO even with 7-days notice and a Saturday night stay is around $1,500. If you drive up to Dayton (60 miles) and connect back via CVG the price goes down to about $300. More than 3/4 the cars parked in Dayton are from Cincinnati.
I would love to see what would happen if Southwest could get into the Cincy market. Delta was able to knockout Vanguard but doubt they could do the same to Southwest.
Delta also announced that it would defer delivery of some Boeing 777 aircraft because of continued labor strains related to 777 work rules. Instead, Delta will negotiate for delivery of 4 767-ERs.
According to our sources, Delta management opened negotiations with its pilots with an offer that topped AMR's American Airlines 777 pay rate. The intent was to offer the best pay package in the industry. The union responded with an offer that was more than $100 more per hour, along with additional work rule demands. Jenson said yesterday if the airline were to agree to the package that the union had proposed, their costs of flying the 777 would double.
Bottom line? The airline decided that rather than put itself in a confrontational situation with the pilots over aircraft that the union had said would then be parked if no agreement were reached, the airline opted for the alternative aircraft.