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DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sat Aug 13, 2005 4:12 pm

All the flights will be operated by Mesa's Freedom Air (F8) using the ERJ-145.

MCO-AUS will be twice daily beginning 10/23.

MCO-CHA will be once daily beginning 10/24.

MCO-CHO will be once daily beginning 11/01.

MCO-FWA will be once daily beginning 10/10.

MCO-JAN will be once daily beginning 11/01.

MCO-XNA will be once daily beginning 10/10.

F8 will also be serving BHM, BNA, CAE, DAY, FLL, GPT, HSV, LIT, MIA, MOB, MSY, PNS, RDU, RIC, and TRI from MCO. F8's first scheduled flight will be CAE-MCO on 10/01.

These flights will be available for purchase later today.
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sat Aug 13, 2005 4:27 pm

Quoting DeltaMIA (Thread starter):
All the flights will be operated by Mesa's Freedom Air (F8) using the ERJ-145.

It's great news for the cities being served...but...I hope F8 does a better job with DL than they did with HP...they were ALWAYS late (not like Mesa has a stellar ontime record)...it was a nightmare.
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sat Aug 13, 2005 7:59 pm

Quoting DeltaMIA (Thread starter):
All the flights will be operated by Mesa's Freedom Air (F8) using the ERJ-145.

I thought Mesa was to operate CRJ-200s for Delta? (Not that I don't prefer ERJs over CRJs)
Anyway, time to comment on the routes:
MCO-AUS: Doesn't surprise me, as DL often has a tendency to serve AUS when they also serve AUS and vv.
MCO-CHA: Giving CHA an alternative to flying down to MCO via ATL. Plus, IIRC, CHA applied for funding for this flight.
MCO-CHO: WTF?
MCO-FWA: Surprise, though FWA isn't a too small metropolitan area.
MCO-JAN: It's the South, no surprise.
MCO-XNA: Hey, Wal*Mart employees take vacations in Florida, too .

Quoting DeltaMIA (Thread starter):
F8 will also be serving BHM, BNA, CAE, DAY, FLL, GPT, HSV, LIT, MIA, MOB, MSY, PNS, RDU, RIC, and TRI from MCO. F8's first scheduled flight will be CAE-MCO on 10/01.

Will those flights replace/supplement Comair and/or Chautauqua?

Edit to add on my first point:
http://news.delta.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=9723
30 CRJs, as per this press release. When did plans change?

[Edited 2005-08-13 13:16:29]

Edit 2: Am I correct in assuming that F8 operating on existing routes will free up more CHQ/Comair planes for additional FLL service?

[Edited 2005-08-13 13:21:11]
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sat Aug 13, 2005 8:30 pm

Quoting DAL767400ER (Reply 2):
Will those flights replace/supplement Comair and/or Chautauqua?

That's what I was wondering too...

I just wish DL would bring some of this Florida expansion up the coast a bit more. PVD/MHT/ALB/BUF/ROC/SYR all lack any DL nonstop service to Florida while just about every small/medium city south of Washington has something...
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sat Aug 13, 2005 9:27 pm

The CRJs are going to United.

The ERJs are coming from USX ops.

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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sat Aug 13, 2005 9:37 pm

Quoting PVD757 (Reply 3):
I just wish DL would bring some of this Florida expansion up the coast a bit more. PVD/MHT/ALB/BUF/ROC/SYR

I definitely think they could make it work to SYR... The only non-stop "competition" is a daily T9 charter to SFB.
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sat Aug 13, 2005 11:23 pm

Quoting DAL767400ER (Reply 2):
Will those flights replace/supplement Comair and/or Chautauqua?

These flights are in addition too. Although it also replaces RP on some routes allowing them to send their planes on other Florida routes. I believe CMH got a new flight on RP to RSW and TPA.

Quoting Newkai (Reply 5):
I definitely think they could make it work to SYR...

Its been on the table for awhile. SYR has nearly 300 daily passengers heading to the Central Florida area and DL knows this.

Quoting PVD757 (Reply 3):
PVD/MHT/ALB/BUF/ROC/SYR all lack any DL nonstop service to Florida

The problem is stage length. There is no cost advantage unless operated with a larger aircraft or with a cost incentive provided by the airport. MCO isn't exactly handing the latter out.
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sat Aug 13, 2005 11:26 pm

seems like everyones getting some service to florida these days.
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sat Aug 13, 2005 11:38 pm

Some of the frequencies to MCO are getting a little insane.

RDU-MCO goes to 8x daily
CMH-MCO goes to 6x daily

I'm not saying the demand isn't there for this type of capacity. I just think it would be more cost effective to use larger planes with a lower CASM. These predominantly leisure routes don't need super high frequency.

Most of these new routes aren't too surprising...although they are a long time to be cramped in an RJ. Thankfully, they are ERJ's which are IMO slightly more comfortable than the CRJ. I think most of these new routes will do ok except for maybe MCO-CHO...that's an awfully thin route.

Folks from CMH on this board should be happy overall. CMH gets a 6th flight to MCO, a 4th flight to LGA and two new flights to SLC.
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sun Aug 14, 2005 12:18 am

Quoting FlyPNS1 (Reply 8):
Some of the frequencies to MCO are getting a little insane.

RDU-MCO goes to 8x daily
CMH-MCO goes to 6x daily

I'm not saying the demand isn't there for this type of capacity. I just think it would be more cost effective to use larger planes with a lower CASM. These predominantly leisure routes don't need super high frequency.

I agree.. but DL will not have the right aircraft for the route much more. .I think switching some of the RJ to 732 would have been good.. do a 2 for 1 ratio.. but with the 732 leaving, the MD80 may be a bit too much for the 2 for 1.. and not enough for the 3 for 1.. plus the loss of 2 frequencies could mean a lot..

Using the E70, however, means that DL will not be able to use the 3 stand gate like they currently use.. At RDU, DL uses A15 and A16 for their mainline operations (ATL, CVG, SLC). Thse 2 gates see 14 flights a day. The other 2 gates A17 and A18 are set up so that 3 RJ can fit into each gate space and see the remaining 32 flights.. so instead of having 4 gates, DL has virtually made themselves 8. If the E70 comes into play, then it would have to use an entire gate to themselves.. it might work for 3 or 4 flights, but not too much after that.. so it is easier for DL to just add RJ than to add mainline..

Hope that makes sense..
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sun Aug 14, 2005 12:47 am

Quoting FlyPNS1 (Reply 8):
Folks from CMH on this board should be happy overall. CMH gets a 6th flight to MCO, a 4th flight to LGA and two new flights to SLC.

When do these start? At least the SLC and LGA flights?

SLC Oct 15, noticed in another thread, LGA Sep 1st

[Edited 2005-08-13 17:51:09]
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sun Aug 14, 2005 1:49 am

Quoting SegmentKing (Reply 4):
The CRJs are going to United.

The ERJs are coming from USX ops.

I see. A good deal for Delta, getting 30 ERJs instead of 30 CRJs Big grin .

Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 9):
Using the E70, however, means that DL will not be able to use the 3 stand gate like they currently use..

Apart from the lack of gate space at RDU (which I hope will change sometime soon, operating almost 50 flights out of 4 gates is getting ridiculous), don't forget that DL is still limited in the number of 70-seaters they can use, and the E70s will primarily be used from SLC.

Quoting FlyPNS1 (Reply 8):
a 4th flight to LGA

Which will use one of the slot pairs formerly used for LGA-MHT (the other is used for an additional GSO flight).
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sun Aug 14, 2005 2:21 am

Lots of changes at Delta Connection!

Operated by Delta Connection Carrier, Freedom Airlines Inc
Effective Oct 10 05:
DL6072 MCO 940am XNA 1110am D ER4 2H 30M
DL6072 XNA 1140am MCO 255pm D ER4 2H 15M

DL6076 MCO 825am FWA 955am D ER4 2H 30M
DL6076 FWA 1025am MCO 152pm D ER4 2H 27M

Effective Oct 23 05:
DL6068 MCO 1015am AUS 1154am D ER4 2H 39M
DL6082 MCO 750pm AUS 929pm D ER4 2H 39M

DL6083 AUS 845am MCO 1221pm D ER4 2H 36M
DL6068 AUS 1225pm MCO 401pm D ER4 2H 36M

Effective Oct 24 05:
DL6064 MCO 1250pm CHA 226pm D ER4 1H 36M
DL6064 CHA 255pm MCO 432pm D ER4 1H 37M

Effective Nov 1 05:
DL6077 MCO 310pm CHO 512pm D ER4 2H 02M
DL6077 CHO 540pm MCO 745pm D ER4 2H 05M

DL6080 MCO 1035am JAN 1121am D ER4 1H 46M
DL6080 JAN 1150am MCO 238pm D ER4 1H 48M

Quoting DeltaMIA (Thread starter):
F8 will also be serving BHM, BNA, CAE, DAY, FLL, GPT, HSV, LIT, MIA, MOB, MSY, PNS, RDU, RIC, and TRI from MCO.

I checked Deltas flight schedules on Dec 1 2005..
And noticed a few changes from the current schedule..

MCO-CAE Chautauqua flight changes to F8 flight.
MCO-BHM +1 Additional F8 flight.
MCO-BNA +1 Additional F8 flight
MCO-DAY Chautauqua flight changes to F8 flight.
MCO-FLL +1 Additional F8 flight.
MCO-GPT Chautauqua flight changes to F8 flight.
MCO-HSV +2 Additional F8 and Chautauqua flights.
MCO-LIT +1 Additional F8 flight.
MCO-MIA +1 Additional F8 flight.
MCO-MOB Chautauqua flight changes to F8 flight.
MCO-MSY +1 Additional F8 flight.
MCO-PNS +1 Additional F8 flight.
MCO-RDU +2 Additional F8 and Chautauqua flights.
MCO-RIC 2 Chautauqua flights change to F8 flights.
MCO-TRI Chautauqua flight changes to F8 flight.
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sun Aug 14, 2005 2:30 am

FWA is kind of a shock...would have figured TOL would get it first. Any know if anything can be expected there? Besides the upcoming JFK service though the TOL SCASD application be approved.
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sun Aug 14, 2005 2:31 am

I am quite surprised that they are doing the FWA service...they have to be happy about that up there  Smile
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sun Aug 14, 2005 2:43 am

Quoting DAL767400ER (Reply 11):
Apart from the lack of gate space at RDU (which I hope will change sometime soon, operating almost 50 flights out of 4 gates is getting ridiculous),

I have a feeling somethings will change at RDU in less than 3 months. HP will move from A14 to A20-23 with USAirways.. USAirways will probably get A24 back from RDUAA. Delta will probably take A14 (since they have been looking for another 2 gates for a couple of years now) and be able to spread out it's routes. If I were a betting man, I would bet some mainline flights would come along.. perhaps 1 or 2. US was paying ~200K monthly for 5 gates, a Club room, and maintenance facility... I"m sure DL would be paying about the same.
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sun Aug 14, 2005 3:03 am

I'm sure Chattanooga is jumping for joy. For years the airport lost traffic to ATL and BNA. Within the past few months CO Express has announced service to IAH, American Eagle to DFW and now a Delta carrier to MCO. (Airtran served the CHA-MCO route years ago.)
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sun Aug 14, 2005 5:42 am

I wish DL would stick a CRJ-200 or ERJ or whatever from MCI-MCO like they used to run with their express aircraft...from what I remember it was pretty successful...
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sun Aug 14, 2005 6:18 am

Look for jetBlue to put their 190s into service on ALB, BUF, ROC and SYR to FLL - for those people looking for Florida service from those cities. I wouldn't be surprised if they opened up MCO to those cities, as well.
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sun Aug 14, 2005 6:19 am

I have a few questions if anyone can answer them...
1, What will happen to the remaining Chautauqua Airlines aircraft?
2, What will be the call sign for Mesa's Freedom Air?
3, What will the Mesa's Freedom Air aircraft look like?

Hopefully these new routes and the addition of additional flights with Mesa's Freedom Air will provide Delta with some much needed revenue.
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sun Aug 14, 2005 6:24 am

Quoting Jetpixx (Reply 18):
Look for jetBlue to put their 190s into service on ALB, BUF, ROC and SYR to FLL

FLL-BUF is supposed to be announced very, very soon.

Quoting Pensacolaguy (Reply 19):
1, What will happen to the remaining Chautauqua Airlines aircraft?

I've heard that RP will be building up FLL a little more this winter. Possibly as many as seven new cities.
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sun Aug 14, 2005 6:33 am

Quoting Pensacolaguy (Reply 19):
3, What will the Mesa's Freedom Air aircraft look like?

They'll wear Delta Connection colors just like ASA, Comair, SkyWest and Chautauqua planes do. Of course, somewhere on the plane will be a little logo that says "operated by Freedom Air."
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sun Aug 14, 2005 1:17 pm

The MCO-CHO would probably be better as MCO-ROA.
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sun Aug 14, 2005 1:45 pm

Quoting Jerplane (Reply 22):
The MCO-CHO would probably be better as MCO-ROA.

why?
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Sun Aug 14, 2005 2:31 pm

Despite CHOs small size, it is a fairly wealthy community with a strong business base. The University of Virginia and The UVA Medical Center being two major employers. Not to mention the central VA region is growing very rapidly.

Still seems like an odd choice, but Charlottesville ain't no hick town, that's for sure.
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Mon Aug 15, 2005 1:38 am

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 24):
Despite CHOs small size, it is a fairly wealthy community with a strong business base. The University of Virginia and The UVA Medical Center being two major employers. Not to mention the central VA region is growing very rapidly.

Still seems like an odd choice, but Charlottesville ain't no hick town, that's for sure.

ive been there before. im not saying the flight wont be sucessful. i always thought theyed get orlando service, along with CHA. but i always thought that Cho would be further down the list on airports to get Mco service...like somewhere after HTS.
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Mon Aug 15, 2005 1:59 am

As a student at UVA, and a frequent traveller out of CHO I'm a bit perplexed by the move to add MCO.

On the one hand, there is a lot of solid expense account and alternately leisure travel in and out of charlottesville, as desertjets has noted.

On the other hand though, capacity at CHO has been rising fairly quickly for the past year without any noticeable reason to believe there is significantly more demand. (NW has gone from 0 to 3x daily with SF3s, and many of US's flights have actually been upgraded from DH8s to jet service). I guess a single daily doesn't really constitute much of a "surge" though.

What confuses me a bit more though is that there aren't that many great connecting opportunities out of MCO, and the only flights out of charlottesville that don't go to a central hub are the double daily Saabs to LGA on US.

Oh well, the more the merrier.
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:06 am

Quoting SJC>SFO (Reply 26):

On the one hand, there is a lot of solid expense account and alternately leisure travel in and out of charlottesville, as desertjets has noted.

On the other hand though, capacity at CHO has been rising fairly quickly for the past year without any noticeable reason to believe there is significantly more demand. (NW has gone from 0 to 3x daily with SF3s, and many of US's flights have actually been upgraded from DH8s to jet service). I guess a single daily doesn't really constitute much of a "surge" though.

What confuses me a bit more though is that there aren't that many great connecting opportunities out of MCO, and the only flights out of charlottesville that don't go to a central hub are the double daily Saabs to LGA on US.

Oh well, the more the merrier.

timeout.. you have lga !?

and Mco is generally an O&d market.

and if you want some more saabs, just let me know.
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:31 am

Quoting KcrwFlyer (Reply 23):
Quoting Jerplane (Reply 22):
The MCO-CHO would probably be better as MCO-ROA.

why?

Because it is a way bigger city with everything Charlottesville has and more.
Also ROA pulls from all of Southwest VA.
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:33 am

Quoting KcrwFlyer (Reply 27):
timeout.. you have lga !?

Yes, US Airways Express flies CHO-LGA 3x daily. CHO's service:

Atlanta - DL - 3x daily
Charlotte - US - 8x daily
Cincinnati - DL - 3x daily
LaGuardia - US - 3x daily
Philadelphia - US - 4x daily
Washington Dulles - UA - 4x daily
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Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:33 am

Quoting KcrwFlyer (Reply 27):
timeout.. you have lga !?

Actually it appears we have 3x daily to LGA. It's a busy little airport (free wireless too, if you're ever coming through!).



Quoting KcrwFlyer (Reply 27):
and if you want some more saabs, just let me know.

Obviously I'm not a huge fan of'em, but they're a hell of a lot better than the J41s UAx used to use on the short hop up to dulles (which is my staple route for connecting back home to Cali). Row 7 and further back also has boatlands of legroom.
 
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Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:41 am

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 29):
Atlanta - DL - 3x daily
Charlotte - US - 8x daily
Cincinnati - DL - 3x daily
LaGuardia - US - 3x daily
Philadelphia - US - 4x daily
Washington Dulles - UA - 4x daily

Don't forget
Detroit - NW - 3x daily
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Mon Aug 15, 2005 5:37 am

Quoting Jerplane (Reply 28):
Quoting KcrwFlyer (Reply 23):
Quoting Jerplane (Reply 22):
The MCO-CHO would probably be better as MCO-ROA.

why?

Because it is a way bigger city with everything Charlottesville has and more.
Also ROA pulls from all of Southwest VA.

oh i apologize, i read that completely wrong. i thought he was saying that MCO-CHO was better than MCO- ROA but it was the other way around... i totally agree that ROA would do better.

Quoting SJC>SFO (Reply 31):
Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 29):
Atlanta - DL - 3x daily
Charlotte - US - 8x daily
Cincinnati - DL - 3x daily
LaGuardia - US - 3x daily
Philadelphia - US - 4x daily
Washington Dulles - UA - 4x daily

Don't forget
Detroit - NW - 3x daily

didnt know CHO was that big these days. i assume this is feeding to UVA?

Quoting SJC>SFO (Reply 30):
Quoting KcrwFlyer (Reply 27):
and if you want some more saabs, just let me know.

Obviously I'm not a huge fan of'em, but they're a hell of a lot better than the J41s UAx used to use on the short hop up to dulles (which is my staple route for connecting back home to Cali). Row 7 and further back also has boatlands of legroom.

maybe for you , but here the saabs get bags thrown off all the time.. happened to a relative last night even.
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Mon Aug 15, 2005 5:41 am

Quoting KcrwFlyer (Reply 32):
didnt know CHO was that big these days. i assume this is feeding to UVA?

More than that, Charlottesville is a wealthy area. People pay the high fares. That's probably what Delta is thinking with the MCO flight.
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Mon Aug 15, 2005 5:53 am

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 33):

I've seen the statistics for the travelers from the central Virginia area and at the top of the list of most traveled to destination was Orlando, FL. So, it comes as no suprise to me that Delta is making this move to enter the MCO-CHO market.

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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Mon Aug 15, 2005 5:54 am

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 33):
Quoting KcrwFlyer (Reply 32):
didnt know CHO was that big these days. i assume this is feeding to UVA?

More than that, Charlottesville is a wealthy area. People pay the high fares. That's probably what Delta is thinking with the MCO flight.

good point. what kind of fare would it be? here, because of indy i assume , all of the airlines have lowered the fare to mco. a roundtrip is about 250$ is that a pretty low yield?
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Wed Aug 17, 2005 5:27 am

I always enjoy reading the local press articles of new routes. So for those who care...

The Daily Progress (Charlottesville):
http://www.dailyprogress.com/servlet...e&cid=1031784463118&path=!business

The Daily Record (NW Arkansas):
http://nwanews.com/story.php?paper=bcdr§ion=News&storyid=23964

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:
http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/business/12395321.htm

Chattanoogan
http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_70862.asp

No Austin or Jackson stories, but both already have MCO service thanks to Southwest.
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Wed Aug 17, 2005 6:29 am

Gotta love this quote from the FWJG:
"Delta Air Lines has finally answered the prayers of Fort Wayne travelers hungry for the sun, surf and sand."
Oh lord, thank you for making Delta launch a FWA-MCO route :lol: .
 
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RE: DL To Begin MCO-AUS/CHA/CHO/FWA/JAN/XNA

Wed Aug 17, 2005 6:48 am

Quoting DAL767400ER (Reply 2):
MCO-FWA: Surprise, though FWA isn't a too small metropolitan area.

Having just flown to FWA this weekend for a wedding... this is a huge shocker. That place is a deserted ghostland. It is a newer-looking facility, but their TSA's are woefully slow, especially for checked bags, and the place as a whole is just a vibe of a very back-woods almost as if its an EAS-station. It might be a decent sized metro area, but not a very upwardly mobile one... and with the huge glut of IND-Florida service, is FWA really necessary... nor really smart? If it's cheap enough (if so it wont be profitable on an ERJ) it might draw the FWA feed out of IND... but otherwise people will still drive to IND, MDW, etc for the horridly cheap fares there.

Hey DL, what about ABE, if you throw that kind of bone to a God-forsaken place like FWA... why not us?!?!?! There's alot more money in the local economy here than there.