|Quoting MasseyBrown (Reply 3):|
It sounds as if the STL operation is organizationally and financially independent from the CLE operation. That's pretty fast footwork for a corporation that was already on the ropes a year ago.
Of course, you can't actually believe anything RegionsAir says, what with their recent history. After all, their entire business plan for the Saab operation was based on telling a bunch of outrageous lies to a slew of naive communities--PKB/CKB/MGW
/BLF, DUJ, LWB--and thus get selected at enough of them to achieve critical mass. Unfortunately for them, even though the lies were working, the wheels were falling off the operation even faster. Take the number of Saabs in the fleet, for example. They now state they have three birds to move, when they've been swearing to anyone who'll listen for months that they had four planes, and they promised the DOT when trying to salvage the BFD
/JHW contract that they had irrevocably committed to leasing further additional planes. The truth? Hell if I know.
And I wouldn't bet on that STL
operation lasting for long. They're screwing that up as well. Take PAH. RegionsAir posted a 43% completion factor
there in July. They cancelled 57% of their flights to PAH in July!
I've never in my life seen a number anything like that. It was so bad, and in such egregious breach of their obligations, that the DOT notes "Although we understand some situations cannot be avoided, the number of cancellations RegionsAir had during the 90-day notice period is unacceptable. In fact, had Paducah been a subsidized community, the Department would likely have withheld subsidy payments to the carrier due to its poor performance. However, Paducah’s service is not subsidized and the carrier has already vacated the community. Nonetheless, we have forwarded this matter to the Department’s General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings for fiuther investigation. In addition, when selecting air carriers to provide subsidized EAS, the program’s governing statute requires that we consider the demonstrated reliability of applicants in providing scheduled air service.
" Again, the DOT uses stronger language with RegionsAir than they've ever used with other airlines, and implicitly threatens not to reselect them at STL
EAS markets due to the PAH debacle. As I mentioned before, American Airlines had to put their reputation with the DOT on the line in sticking up for RegionsAir
. It's only a matter of time IMO before RegionsAir pisses off AA
by ruining its brand in small markets as it did to CO
's. And not just PAH--look at other STL
markets like IRK or UIN that are furious with RegionsAir's constant stream of cancellations and double-digit monthly cancellations.
Colgan will be the favorite to replace RegionsAir at the West Virginia communities, likely with US Airways Express service to a combination of PIT
), but possibly with United Express service to IAD
. I don't expect Air Midwest to bid on any additional markets in the East anytime soon, as they're rather short on planes right now. I also don't think a Mesaba bid would be competitive if they chose to make one.
Also, PKB gets more traffic than the other two communities, and has traditionally had more stand-alone flights, with CKB/MGW
generally sharing most of their flights.
Of course, historical traffic levels at all three communities have gone to hell since RegionsAir got involved. The decline at PKB in enplanements has cost it $850,000 in annual FAA grants. The decline at CKB in enplanements will likely cost it all of its scheduled air service within 6 years.
I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.