Come on now, at least Big Sky isn't offering 3x daily CVG
service, an airport they don't serve, as Delta Connection, a codeshare they don't have, on the Saab 340A, an aircraft type they don't operate. Now that would be ridiculous. Oh, wait...
|Quoting FCYTravis (Thread starter):|
Furthermore, Big Sky only codeshares with NW and AS, offering a combined five domestic destinations from BOS. (Yes, Big Sky says they have a US codeshare, but that's on their Montana flights, and my guess is that Colgan would not look favorably on Big Sky butting in on their US BOS ops.)
A few things.
flights only carry the HP
* code. They do not
carry the US* code. It remains up in the air whether US will eventually codeshare on Big Sky flights, but I'd note that US issued a special timetable update in the middle of August which removed all the GQ
flights that formerly were in there--hardly a good sign. Of course, it didn't help that GQ
discontinued service to GEG
, and HP
discontinued service to BIL
, leaving only BOI
(and single routes at DEN
) as an available gateway for connections, greatly reducing the value of the codeshare.
Whether US could place its code on the GQ
flights at BOS
even if it wanted to is another matter--and I'm not sure of the answer. It is certain that Colgan is the only independant prop carrier allowed to operate as US Airways Express at BOS
under the terms of their contract (much like the Mesa carriers having that right at CLT
). Whether US could place its code on GQ
flights, which would be operating as Big Sky Airlines and not as US Airways Express, that I couldn't tell you.
Nah, it's always been this ridiculous, you just haven't been following it for long enough.
(Talking about the GQ
proposal here; 3C
really *is* in a league of its own.)
|Quoting SHUPirate1 (Reply 1):|
If so, it doesn't seem like they would have the money to afford to make a "lowball" offer like this one.
MAIR Holdings has plenty of money, and is not in bankruptcy. Its wholly-owned subsidiary Mesaba Aviation is the one in bankruptcy. MAIR Holdings has been very careful to attempt to draw a line between the two, much to the chagrin of Mesaba creditors.
That being said, Big Sky is also not doing well at all, losing money, and I see no reason why MAIR would want to give Big Sky any more of its money than it has to.
At the same time, however, Big Sky does have a big new fleet to pay for (ironically ex-Air Midwest birds leased from Mesa Air Group), and it may find that making lowball EAS bids would be losing less money than operating non-subsidized routes of its own.
The outcome of all this, of course, will likely be as expected--the DOT will disregard what's best for the communities involved, and instead just choose Big Sky to save some money.
That will free up some planes for Air Midwest (I think it's a little more than one plane, but I'd need to check the schedules), which they could use to (re-)bid on some or all of the West Virginia service, but which I think is far more likely to just be redeployed in the Midwest or West.
I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.