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Merced To Reno Starts May 18 On Scenic

Fri May 12, 2006 1:10 pm

Scenic will expand its service at Merced next week. Merced to Reno service starts May 18. One way fares start at $89 for the five flights per week. This will be non-EAS service that Scenic has decided to take a risk on.
http://www.mercedsunstar.com/local/story/12163110p-12908805c.html

Currently Scenic operates Merced to VGT on an EAS contract. Free shuttle buses run from North Las Vegas to LAS and Strip hotels.

Passenger counts are up from when Scenic took over the EAS at Merced in 2001 from UAX/Skywest. Merced saw:
Roughly 3,500 enplaned in 1999
Roughly 8,000 enplaned in 2004
Roughly 9,000 enplaned in 2005
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RE: Merced To Reno Starts May 18 On Scenic

Fri May 12, 2006 2:04 pm

Quoting FATFlyer (Thread starter):
Roughly 9,000 enplaned in 2005

Glad to hear that the Scenic Air model is working well at places like Merced and Visalia. It was unfortunate that Palmdale/Lancaster didn't work, as there Scenic reported a measly, say 3,000 passengers enplaned for 2005! So sad!

I also hear that depending on the loads, they might also start Visalia - Reno service as well.

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RE: Merced To Reno Starts May 18 On Scenic

Fri May 12, 2006 4:47 pm

where is merced?????is it in the usa?????or mexico????
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RE: Merced To Reno Starts May 18 On Scenic

Fri May 12, 2006 4:56 pm

Merced is in Central California, USA
 
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RE: Merced To Reno Starts May 18 On Scenic

Fri May 12, 2006 5:12 pm

Quoting Uadc8contrail (Reply 2):
where is merced?????is it in the usa?????or mexico????

Well, once upon a time it was located in Mexico, but now it's located in the United States of America. Big grin Merced is located in California's San Joaquin Valley, I'd say halfway between Stockton and Fresno.


FATFlyer:

Any other cities in California that you think can support Scenic Air service with an EAS?


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RE: Merced To Reno Starts May 18 On Scenic

Fri May 12, 2006 5:23 pm

Quoting Latinplane (Reply 4):
Any other cities in California that you think can support Scenic Air service with an EAS?

I have been thinking about it... What about Barstow?

seems kinda funny to even mention it but it got me wondering.
 
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RE: Merced To Reno Starts May 18 On Scenic

Fri May 12, 2006 11:07 pm

Quoting Latinplane (Reply 1):
they might also start Visalia - Reno service as well.

That is true, VIS has been a real success for them also. I think they also currently operate Ely-Elko-Reno. So they are building a nice little operation at RNO. It would be nice to see some interline agreements come next.

Other cities? I think it depends on their business model. I don't know enough to project if Vegas flights have to operate first then grow the market to add Reno.

If they wanted to continue to build RNO I could see a few possibles such as RDD or MRY or FAT. At VGT I would have considered MOD until Allegiant announced SCK. But I think there are possibles in other states also. Remember Vision Air just started Williams Gateway in AZ to North Las Vegas.
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RE: Merced To Reno Starts May 18 On Scenic

Fri May 12, 2006 11:17 pm

Quoting ILOVEA340 (Reply 5):
I have been thinking about it... What about Barstow?

Barstow would be interesting. But it is fairly close to LAS and I don't know if that would hurt the chances of any service.

Now if they build the 2 casinos proposed for Barstow, well all bets are off then. Big grin
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RE: Merced To Reno Starts May 18 On Scenic

Fri May 12, 2006 11:26 pm

Quoting Uadc8contrail (Reply 2):
where is merced?????is it in the usa?????or mexico????

Site of UC, Merced. The first new University of California campus built in the state since 1965.
http://www.ucmerced.edu/
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