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US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 3:40 am

The September schedule for US Airways is showing a buildup at DCA, with several currently Express-only routes receiving mainline frequencies.

Markets which will see the (re-)introduction of mainline service include:

DCA-BUF (all 3x daily will be mainline)
DCA-CMH (1x daily mainline, 4x daily RJ)
DCA-IND (3x daily mainline, 1x daily RJ)
DCA-MHT (1x daily mainline, 2x daily RJ)
DCA-SYR (1x daily mainline, 2x daily RJ, 2x daily prop)

Markets which currently see mainline service include BDA, BDL, BOS, CLT, FLL, LGA, MCO, MSY, NAS, PBI, PHL, PIT, PVD, RSW, TPA.

DCA-MSY will increase to 3x daily with the September schedule.

Markets which will see the EMB-170 from DCA with the September schedule include ALB, BNA, MCI, PHL, PIT, SYR.
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:00 am

On another note, it also appears Charlotte (CLT) will see its first service from the Embraer 170 beginning in September to Buffalo, Houston, Newark, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, and Richmond.

Service will be expanded in Pittsburgh to include Albany, Atlanta, Boston, Columbus, Kansas City, Nashville, Newark, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Philadelphia, Portland, Rochester, Syracuse, and Washington-National.

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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:06 am

Good to see that US Airways seems to be expanding mainline out of DCA...

Now if only US Airways could manage to get at least ONE beyond-perimeter slot out of DCA...

Additionally, when is US Airways going to increase their mainline presence out of LGA...the only mainline flights US Airways has out of their largest non-hub are to BOS, CLT, DCA, MSY, PHL (2 a day, with other 7 USX), PIT, and a bunch of Saturday-only flights to beyond-perimeter airports...and I'd love to get a chance to get a ride on the CR7/E70 one of these days...
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:15 am

Wow!! For the past couple years its been all about downsizing the US Airways aircraft and overall operation at CMH.. it's great to see more mainline service!! A nice 75th anniversary present for CMH!!

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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:16 am

Additionally, when is US Airways going to increase their mainline presence out of LGA...the only mainline flights US Airways has out of their largest non-hub are to BOS, CLT, DCA, MSY, PHL (2 a day, with other 7 USX), PIT, and a bunch of Saturday-only flights to beyond-perimeter airports

US Airways in fact also offers some within-perimeter Caribbean flights from LGA. US flies LGA-NAS 8x weekly, LGA-FPO 1x weekly, and LGA-BDA seasonal daily.
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:18 am

And once again Cleveland gets screwed. USAir really doesn't need the 3 gates they have, we should give one up for an airline like Frontier or JetBlue. After all, US only has 1 flight a day that needs a jetway, the rest are RJs or props.
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:22 am

Is there any chance that STL might get some Embraer 170 service in the future?  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:22 am

And once again Cleveland gets screwed.

Yeah but atleast those people will still have their jobs in September.

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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:23 am

Wow!! For the past couple years its been all about downsizing the US Airways aircraft and overall operation at CMH.. it's great to see more mainline service!! A nice 75th anniversary present for CMH!!

At CMH, US Airways will increase to 10 mainline flights from 6, and to 28 total flights from 25. As mentioned, DCA-CMH will have an RJ upgrade into a mainline flight. CLT-CMH will receive 2 additional mainline flights. PHL-CMH will receive 1 additional mainline flight. Also, PIT-CMH will have a turboprop upgrade into an EMB-170.
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:23 am

Dang.. RDU gets screwed! What's up with that?
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:24 am

A330323X-Thanks for correcting me...now you understand what I mentioned in the UA/HP merger thread about not checking my facts...
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:25 am

Sounds like an attempt to battle Independence Air if you ask me.
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:27 am

Is there any chance that STL might get some Embraer 170 service in the future?

Yes. STL also sees a large increase in US service, including EMB-170 service and the return of mainline service, with the September schedule.

CLT-STL becomes 2x 319, 2x CR7, 1x CRJ, 1x ERJ from 1x CR7, 3x CRJ, 1x ERJ.
PHL-STL becomes 2x E70, 2x CRJ from 3x CRJ.
PIT-STL remains at 4x ERJ.
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:35 am

Dang.. RDU gets screwed! What's up with that?

Unfortunately for RDU, it appears that US focused on GSO with the September schedule.

GSO-BOS gained 2 daily RJs, for 4 total. GSO-CLT became all-jet, staying at 8 frequencies. GSO-LGA gained 1 daily RJ, for 6 total. GSO-PHL gained a mainline frequency, for 5 total (3 mainline). GSO-DCA had a RJ upgrade from a prop.

RDU did receive an extra CLT mainline frequency, an extra DCA RJ frequency, and a PIT RJ upgrade from a prop. It however also lost a PHL RJ frequency.
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:35 am

Does this mean that US will actually start using some of their gates at IND?? They have that entire concourse (D)  Big thumbs up
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:56 am

Cool for GSO..

Cool for RDU.. The service at RDU is good.. all I wish is for 3 things...
1. 170 service to LGA and DCA...
2. at least 1 mainline or 2 RJ to IND
3. at least 1 mainline or 3 RJ to TPA
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 6:18 am

Good news for GSO. All of a sudden BOS-GSO goes from 2 daily RJs to 6 (with DL adding service now). However, for GSO, I did check on November 23 (when I am booked on US from GSO to BOS) that service has gone down to two daily ERJs...one would think that they would maintain this enhanced service for the holiday season...

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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 6:52 am

I thought US was makign big cutbacks at PIT. I see no evidence in their updated schedules. Or are the PIT cutbacks merely a threat at this point. Last I saw, PIT-CLE, PIT-RDU, PIT-GSO service remains through the fall, I thought surely all or some of those routes would be cut or severely downgraded.
 
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 6:59 am

I think they are supposed to go into effect in October.. I am assuming at that time, RDU would be all RJ or 170 to PIT.. at that point, I hope US upgrades or adds frequency to some of their focus cities from RDU..
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 7:00 am

From what's been said, the cutback at PIT won't happen until winter. US is still figuring out where all the PIT capacity will go...they can't simply dump it all on DCA/LGA/BOS/PHL.
 
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 7:23 am

I thought US was makign big cutbacks at PIT. I see no evidence in their updated schedules. Or are the PIT cutbacks merely a threat at this point. Last I saw, PIT-CLE, PIT-RDU, PIT-GSO service remains through the fall, I thought surely all or some of those routes would be cut or severely downgraded.

The big cutback won't happen until winter. But there are already some cutbacks happening.

Routes being discontinued from PIT this fall include TOL, EVV, BKW, BLF, MEM, RDG, LBE.

Other major cuts include PIT-ERI going from 8x to 4x, and PIT-FWA going from 4x to 1x.

That's just off the top of my head.
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 7:28 am

If anything, PIT received a few increases for the Sept. schedule, including:

BWI - 1x 319, 1x 733, 1x 734, 1x 757, 1x ER4
to 1x 734, 3x 757, 1x ER4

CMH - 3x D38, 1x ER4, 1x SF3
to 1x CRJ, 1x E70, 2x ER4, 1x SF3

FLL - 1x 319, 1x 734
to 1x 319, 1x 757

TPA - 1x 319, 2x 734
to 1x 320, 1x 734, 1x 757

...among others.


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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 8:49 am

Just called up hub/focus city schedules from RDU in November... Found the following. Don't know if there were any changes or not, but...

RDU-PIT.. 2x733, 1xCR7, 1xDH8
RDU-DCA.. 5xERJ, 1xCRJ, 1xDH8
RDU-LGA.. 6xERJ
RDU-PHL.. 6x733/4
RDU-CLT.. 6x733/4, 1xCR7, 1XERJ
RDU-BOS.. none

But just to show.. RDU currently has combined about..

PHL.. 16 daily flights
LGA.. 18 daily flights
DCA.. 15 daily flights/IAD...21 daily flights/BWI...9 daily flights

Not to bad..
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 10:16 am

Routes being discontinued from PIT this fall include TOL, EVV, BKW, BLF, MEM, RDG, LBE.

Actually, BKW and BLF are only being suspended until November. The thing that makes no sense, however, is that in between the suspension, US Airways Express will operate CMH-BKW/BLF and IAD-BKW/BLF.
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 10:34 am

Actually, BKW and BLF are only being suspended until November. The thing that makes no sense, however, is that in between the suspension, US Airways Express will operate CMH-BKW/BLF and IAD-BKW/BLF.

No, they're gone for good. The November schedules aren't right yet.

That the EAS service leaves PIT actually makes some sense, given that PIT may not have a whole lot of connectivity for much longer. And while I agree it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, the BKW/BLF service will indeed move to CMH/IAD. Colgan applied to move the EAS service to CLT, but, for reasons unknown to me, US Airways informed Colgan that they would not be allowed to operate BKW/BLF-CLT as US Airways Express. There were then applications for the service to remain at PIT, to move to IAD, and to move to IAD/CMH. For whatever (probably misguided) reason, the communities preferred the IAD/CMH option, so the DOT gave it to them.

See http://dmses.dot.gov/docimages/pdf89/284384_web.pdf.
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 10:39 am

Thanks for the update A330323x.
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 10:45 am

Good to see that US is expanding a bit & from what I've seen above, CMH is getting more mainline service than what we've seen recently. First time CMH has had mainline service from DCA since the DC-9s were retired! The CMH-BLF-BKW situation is interesting too.

Also, PIT-CMH will have a turboprop upgrade into an EMB-170.

I'll have to go out & check that out one day when it's there!  Smile

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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 11:24 am

Will CHO ever get upgraded back to at least getting some RJs or mainline?

CHO used to have a number of 737s MD80s and F28s but now it's all propjobs. I thought the yields were pretty high there... anyone know?

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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 11:32 am

Will CHO ever get upgraded back to at least getting some RJs or mainline?

As a matter of fact, CHO does receive a few RJs with the September schedule.

CHO-CLT is upgraded from 6x DH8 to 1x ERJ, 3x DH3, 2x DH8.
CHO-PIT is upgraded from 2x DH8, 3x J41 to 1x CRJ, 1x DH8, 3x J41.
CHO-PHL is upgraded from 2x DH8 to 3x DH8.
CHO-LGA remains at 3x SF3.
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 11:36 am

Dont know about CHO. I do know that CRW was pushing out F-100's, DC-9's, And even 733's before 9-11. Full ones at that.


N766UA, What you said about owning more gates than they use, or need for that matter. At least you only have 2 unused. In CRW There are 6 jetways. 2 owned by US, 1 by DL, 1 by Independence air, 1 UA , and 1 owned by CO. We have no mainline, imagine that. DL and UA' s jetways are idle all day every day and all others but US are on and off because they just use the CRJ/ERJ stairs . This is a reverse situation, because US could use another jetway here.
 
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 12:42 pm

FWA is gone Oct 2nd btw.
 
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 1:27 pm

Colgan applied to move the EAS service to CLT, but, for reasons unknown to me, US Airways informed Colgan that they would not be allowed to operate BKW/BLF-CLT as US Airways Express. There were then applications for the service to remain at PIT, to move to IAD, and to move to IAD/CMH.

That's good... because demand has been really high for these routes at CMH!!! (just kidding!) but it is an interesting situation that ends up benefiting CMH.. the news keeps getting better!

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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In S

Thu Jul 08, 2004 1:39 pm

Any idea what new routes from LGA might be coming?
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:06 pm

Why doesn't this non-competitive pansyass follower airline add some transcons fom DCA to compete with all the low-fare carriers that have invaded US's DC turf?
DCA-LAX/SAN/SFO/LAS/SEA/PHX/DEN
Instead let's add frequencies and jack up fares to places LCCs don't go!
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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Thu Jul 08, 2004 6:04 pm

Um. DCA has a perimeter and is a slot controlled airport.

Offering services to those destinations would require exemptions, which US has repeatedly applied for and repeatedly been denied.

I assure you, US would jump at the opportunity to serve those routes.

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RE: US Airways Adds Mainline Flights From DCA In Sept

Fri Jul 09, 2004 2:32 am

PVD-PIT gets one additional round-trip in September too...