Wow - I am glad to see that this topic has really taken off.
First off - A hardy welcome to Rdu777 - RDUDDJI and RduBE90Pilot - Nice to have some pro RDU
guys around. ERJ170 is the man when talking about RDU
that's why he got my first respected user!!
ERJ170 - I don't understand one thing - What has been happening at Terminal C - The last time I was there - they had so many empty gates - Have they been tearing down C?
Steve - You said it all when you said that you miss the Midway days - Boy sure do I. I never, ever had a bad flight with those guys and I flew them over 150 separate trips. When they first started out I sent an email to Bob Ferguson and let him know that I wanted to welcome him to RDU
- I explained that RDU
was my passion and had been so for well over 30 years. We ended up chatting almost weekly on AOL of all places.
He was a super nice guy and we chatted many times about destinations that I thought would serve JI
well. He was a first class act and respected my opinions even though he knew nothing about me when we first started chatting. I gotta tell you I pushed and harrassed him for months about MSY
and finally the n/s started. Those MSY
flights were always full. I lost regular contact with Mr. Ferguson after I was displaced from my computer for a long while because I was recovering from a car accident that has left me permanently disabled. Two days before I got out of the hospital I received a nice arrangement of flowers and a pre-paid ticket voucher. When I looked at that letter and read that note, "Mark, you've earned this buddy. Thanks for everything you have done for Midway." Inside the envelope I found a first class roundtrip ticket on the inaugural flight RDU
. What a great experience. A good buddy I had made while having many discussions about the future of JI
thought enough of me - a man he had never met in person - to send me those tickets as a gift. Words can't begin to describe that trip to the West Coast and back. I did manage to get off the plane at LAX
just to say I had set foot in California and Nevada. That kind deed will never be forgotten and its instances like that which made Midway the 1ST CLASS OPERATION IT
WAS. Sadly what killed JI
was their divorce from AA
and the ending of that codeshare. I was quite upset at AA
for a while and in fact boycotted them for several months. When I read the press release that said AA
was ending their codeshare agreement I knew that was going to be lights out for JI
. They just couldn't survive without the FF
program - If an airline does not have a productive FF
program they are doomed from the beginning. JI
was able to start the codeshare with NW
late in their existence but by then they were losing millions. So as you see I have many wonderful memories of Midway and still to this day I get choked up when I go back and look at my scrapebooks. I have photos of every aircraft JI
flew and they rotate on my screen and also on my screensaver. I seriously doubt that there will ever be another carrier like JI
Now to the original topic. What type of statistics does UA
need to bring back a mainliner to RDU
. It such a slap in the face to those of us who love UA
- They are now the airline I fly with most often. BRING BACK THE MAINLINE TO RDU AND
MAKE ONE OF
FLIGHTS A MAINLINE. RESPECT US AGAIN PLEASE!!
Sorry to have rambled for so long but RDU
is a very special airport and I want to see her at her maximum.
Oh how I miss Midway Airlines. A class act right to then end.