flew to RDU
for about 35 years, but pulled out after the 9/11 attacks. They flew 4-6 737's/727's/A32x flights/day to ORD
and also hourly UAX CRJ's to IAD
just prior to 9/11.
was (and maybe still is) UAX's largest city (# of pax wise). In the Fall of 2003 (last time I saw data), it would have been UA
's 36th largest doemstic station with it's number of pax. That put RDU
ahead of many UAL stations like GSO
, and many smaller Western cities. (CLT
has since added many flights, namely DEN
in support of the UA
/US codeshare.) RDU
also had the highest percentage of premium pax of any UAX station (again from Fall '03 data)
UAX did serve DEN
CR7's for about 6 months but abandoned it. When I worked there, it had chronic weight restrictions out of RDU
due to the 4+ hours stage length. Often it had to make a fuel stop in MCI
or either leave 20 pax behind. Add to that the fact that it was always full and delayed and it did not add up to exactly what UA
was looking for.
also served DEN
n/s with 2x 737's from RDU
in 2000-2001. It was one of JI
's better yeilding routes with all the cargo they used to carry on the route.
Unfortunately I don't see UA
coming back anytime soon. They don't usually return to cities they have pulled out of. I wish they would though since I work for UA
now. Maybe when ZW
finishes up the ground handling there, UA
will come back...fingers crossed...but I doubt it.
UsAirways757 I see you are from SYR...another market I'm surprised UA ditched...
[Edited 2005-06-14 08:29:34]