kith
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NW Lands In Kith

Tue May 03, 2005 1:31 am

At approximately 11.50AM EST, a NW Airlink Saab340 landed on runway 32 at ITH. This marks the first time an airline besides US and their affiliates has landed a scheduled flight in ITH since 1997 when CO pulled out. They had a nice ribbon cutting and some light snacks along with short speeches by the airport manager/Chamber of commerce president/NW representative. The pilot sure looked happy. Do they generally tell the crew if its an inaugural flight (even to a small airport such as ITH)? -Matt in KITH

Article except from News 10 Now

"Northwest Airlines will fly its maiden voyage out of Ithaca today.

$50 million is spent on airline travel by people in Tompkins County.

But about 68% of travelers fly out of other airports, including Syracuse, Binghamton and Elmira, where they can find cheaper flights and more options.

Supporters of the new airline carrier believe Northwest Airlines will reinvigorate air travel in Ithaca."
http://www.news10now.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=41666
 
MaverickM11
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RE: NW Lands In Kith

Tue May 03, 2005 1:59 am

Did ITH give NW any money/subsidy/advertising in exchange for the flight?
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burnsie28
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RE: NW Lands In Kith

Tue May 03, 2005 2:08 am

Yes, its subsidized.

Second, the crew know its the inagural flight, either when they get to the gate, or when they bid the trip, or even when they see a press release about it  Wink
 
PSU.DTW.SCE
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RE: NW Lands In Kith

Tue May 03, 2005 2:29 am

ITH received a SCASD grant to help launch this service. There may also have been other local subsides too.

NW launched CRJ service to RFD today too, another new city to the NW network.

GRR-DCA Avro service began today too.
 
kith
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RE: NW Lands In Kith

Tue May 03, 2005 8:00 am

ITH did not ever receive a SCASD grant. Elmira, and Binghamton have. THis was the result of the Tompkins County Legislature working with Northwest airlines/Cornell Univ and its alumni connection (CEO of Mesaba) and support from the local businesses/university's in the form of a revenue guarantee. ITH was passed over every time it applied for a SCASD grant. -Matt in KITH
 
MaverickM11
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RE: NW Lands In Kith

Tue May 03, 2005 8:14 am

"Cornell Univ and its alumni connection (CEO of Mesaba)"

I forgot about that. He was in the hotel school I think.

"and support from the local businesses/university's in the form of a revenue guarantee"

That's what I figured...
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