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Why No BUR-ORD On AA Or UA?

Sat Oct 14, 2006 1:47 am

I continue to be surprised by the fact that neither AA nor UA has introduced BUR-ORD service. B6 has proved that direct flights to the East are in demand from Burbank, given the proximity of Disney, Warner, NBC/Universal, etc.

I am not in route planning, but (to me) it seems a lot of northern LA/Ventura/Valley residents would much prefer to be able to fly out of BUR to ORD, rather than making the trek to LAX. Anyone have any insights as to whether BUR-ORD is on any horizon?
 
AussieItaliano
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RE: Why No BUR-ORD On AA Or UA?

Sat Oct 14, 2006 8:15 am

In past years, BUR wasn't considered to be "worthy" of flights other than to or from other destinations in the West. Then these things happened.

WN came to BUR, putting it on the map. Flying to or from BUR and ONT became the cheapest way to get to LA for many in CA, NV, and AZ.

DL started a flight to ATL, allowing people travelling to or from the East, Europe, or Latin America to consider BUR as an option.

AQ came to BUR, beginning service to and from Hawaii. Although this service no longer exists, I think it was influential in getting B6 to look at BUR-JFK.

B6 came to BUR with the JFK flights.

Now BUR is more than just a regional airport.

Remember though, that both AA and UA have large operations at LAX. For all those years, they considered LAX as the airport to use when flying to or from Southern California from anywhere outside the West. As far as ORD flights are concerned, I think they'll probably happen in the next few years, but probably on UA Explus operated by a regional carrier out of ORD.
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zrs70
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RE: Why No BUR-ORD On AA Or UA?

Sat Oct 14, 2006 8:17 am

Back in the 80's, UA did have BUR-ORD service. On 767's to boot!
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RE: Why No BUR-ORD On AA Or UA?

Sat Oct 14, 2006 8:19 am

Wouldn't many flights be weight restricted out of BUR? I'd imagine that this plays a part of it...and is ORD-BUR within the range capability of an MD-80 with typical winds?
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RE: Why No BUR-ORD On AA Or UA?

Sat Oct 14, 2006 8:26 am

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 3):
Wouldn't many flights be weight restricted out of BUR? I'd imagine that this plays a part of it...and is ORD-BUR within the range capability of an MD-80 with typical winds?

Yes..indeed it is....AA sends their MadDogs to SFO,SJC, and LAX out of ORD...in fact, I'm flying on one tomorrow.. biggrin 
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AussieItaliano
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RE: Why No BUR-ORD On AA Or UA?

Sat Oct 14, 2006 10:40 am

Quoting Zrs70 (Reply 2):
Back in the 80's, UA did have BUR-ORD service. On 767's to boot!

I stand corrected! It's too bad that this route got axed.
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RE: Why No BUR-ORD On AA Or UA?

Sat Oct 14, 2006 12:05 pm

Quoting AussieItaliano (Reply 1):
Now BUR is more than just a regional airport.

Not really. I mean, BUR has a handful of other flights, but it is still predominantly a regional airport.
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