I'm a huge fan (and an employee) of MidEx, and many of the questions are still up in the air.
1. If they move their operations, OMA/MCI would probably be the likely choices of movement. Their presence at OMA would be viable, but the lack of expansion gates due to Omaha's small terminal and airfield and maintenance facilities is limiting. MCI has the room for expansion, and would be willing to add a maintenance facility, but its more costly than OMA is.
2. Their MKE ops aren't being stopped from expansion due to size. You've been to MKE, and for those who haven't, its got more gates than MEM, and is one of the most modern airports in the upper midwest...it has to be since they're #1 diversion for ORD flights. Their expansion is more in fleet upgrading. Their 328jets are extremely popular, and they're looking to purchase some 728s and 428s as well. The only problem is MKE is the only hub airport in the world that charges property tax on all facilities AND aircraft. No other airport does that. Paying property tax fees on aircraft is preventing them from the ability to size out orders and expand the way they want to. The issue will be presented again this fall when the state legislature convenes again. They've actually talked to Boeing briefly about the 717...its a viable replacement for their D93s, with only a 2 week conversion time for pilots with the same dispatch reliability as their current fleet. Expansion will not happen unless the legislature changes their ways.
3. Future routes include MSP, PDX, ABQ, CLT, IAH, and possibly MEM.
4. Overseas flights would be excellent. It probably would never happen with the way their ops are run, and if they would, it would be a 2-2-2 config. on a 767. To go 2-2 on a 757 would mean removing 33% of seats, while going 2-2-2 on a 767 would mean removing only 15% of seats. But, throwing a boeing (nice rhyme!) would throw off their fleet continuity. A 2-4-2 MD-11 would be ideal. If only.
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