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Nashville A New United "Mini-Hub"

Mon May 17, 2004 4:28 pm

Years after American Airlines pulled out of Nashville could United be planning a mini hub at BNA? Mesa Airlines has just announced the plan to base at least 10 regional jets in Nashville all for United flying. But why BNA? It isn't even a major city in the United system and basing 10 airplanes could potentially mean a good number of flights per day. Maybe they are still wanting that southern hub that they just can't seem to build up anywhere else or are they planning something totally new. It is also rumored that Republic will be basing some of their ERJ-170's there as well. Anyone have any other insight on these moves?
 
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RE: Nashville A New United "Mini-Hub"

Mon May 17, 2004 4:45 pm

That's surprising.

Did you get this from MESA's site?

I personally do not know about the economics of UA setting up shop in a market where they have little service. But I would imagine that some would say that this is not a good time in UA's financial situation to invest in growing their operations in "unfamiliar" territory. After all, WN I know probably has the largest market share there.

I would think it would be more practical for UA to expand in markets they are familiar with. Oh well, who am I to say though? You never know how things will turn out. Perhaps it may turn out to be an asset to UA. I wish them the best.

Travis
 
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RE: Nashville A New United "Mini-Hub"

Mon May 17, 2004 10:44 pm

or it could be the fact that BNA is an all UAX city now, with service to DEN, ORD, and IAD. 10 aircraft isn't a huge number if you consider 3 to 7 flights a day in each market.... especially if YV is going to have a maintenance facility there..

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RE: Nashville A New United "Mini-Hub"

Tue May 18, 2004 12:33 am

This could be a good move for United. Perhaps they feel that USAir will not be operating CLT as a hub in the future and they are trying to build one of there own to compensate from the loss of code share frequency with USAir to the southern cities. Just a thought....
 
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RE: Nashville A New United "Mini-Hub"

Tue May 18, 2004 1:10 am

First off, I'm not calling anyone a liar. Maybe they will be adding flights in BNA.

But, my guess would be BNA will be where maintenance will be performed on the aircraft. It doesn't necessarily mean they will all be used on flights to/from BNA. I don't even know if Mesa has a maintenance facility there. But if they don't, maybe one is on the way.

For example, All of SkyWest's CRJ-700's (United Express) are all based in SLC because of the maintenance facility there. But there is only one scheduled United Express flight a day using the CRJ-700 out of SLC. United uses the CRJ-700s on flights to and from DEN but the planes aren't based there because SkyWest doesn't have a maintenance facility in DEN.

That is just my guess.

[Edited 2004-05-17 18:15:26]
 
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RE: Nashville A New United "Mini-Hub"

Tue May 18, 2004 1:20 am

Maybe they were jealous of USAir getting all the press about going head to head with SWA and wanted to get a piece of the action.

Well, it could happen... Big grin TC
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RE: Nashville A New United "Mini-Hub"

Tue May 18, 2004 2:01 am

But, my guess would be BNA will be where maintenance will be performed on the aircraft. It doesn't necessarily mean they will all be used on flights to/from BNA. I don't even know if Mesa has a maintenance facility there. But if they don't, maybe one is on the way.

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RE: Nashville A New United "Mini-Hub"

Tue May 18, 2004 11:15 am

Remember that Frontier starts service in BNA in June, so this could be Uniteds answer.
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RE: Nashville A New United "Mini-Hub"

Tue May 18, 2004 9:01 pm

This is cool to me. Maybe Charleston, WV will see another southern flight, other than atlanta.  Smile

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