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Additional Service To ASE

Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:31 am

After reading the forums for about a year now, I joined this morning. So go easy on me as this is my first time.

Does anyone know the status of the search for additional regional cities on Frontier with the Q400s? Have they made any decisions, has the city of aspen submitted any sort of proposal to them? I am sure they would have no problem filling the flights and maybe it would bring the prices down a little...1 month out to go home (MSY) for Christmas a roundtrip flight 23rd - 27th was running around 1200 bucks...I ended up using onepass miles out of EGE.

Also, the NWA ticket counter is still at the Aspen Airport despite not having had service there since the spring of 2006. Do any of NWA's regional carriers operate Dash 8s or CRJ 700s? I guess a Dash 8 from ASE to MSP or MEM is a bit of a stretch, but I am sure the 700 wouldn't be so bad. Would love to see another skyteam carrier into ASE...there are two star alliance USAIR express to PHX and of course the king of Colorado...United. Any thoughts?
 
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RE: Additional Service To ASE

Mon Dec 04, 2006 2:41 am

Quoting ASEFlyer (Thread starter):
Does anyone know the status of the search for additional regional cities on Frontier with the Q400s?

It is too early. The cut off date for responses to the RFP isn't until the end of this month, and then I would expect a couple of months while they make their decisions.

We do know that they are in discussions with one or two prime cities already, and it is possible that Aspen is one of these. When the Q400 putchase was announced, there was a report in the Aspen Daily News that the airport people were already talking to Frontier.

Here's an update of how things stand:

http://www.jacksonholestartrib.com/a...279e7376f2c73787257236008360ac.txt

"Aviation analyst Mike Boyd of the Boyd Group speculated the cities would include upscale resorts such as Aspen or Jackson, Wyo., where there would be an ample supply of passengers for service to Denver and points beyond."

I believe pilot classes for the Frontier/Lynx Q400 are starting in February

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RE: Additional Service To ASE

Mon Dec 04, 2006 3:00 am

Quoting ASEFlyer (Thread starter):
1 month out to go home (MSY) for Christmas a roundtrip flight 23rd - 27th was running around 1200 bucks...I ended up using onepass miles out of EGE.

Not surprised at the price, ASE is very high price, and you are looking to fly during the busiest week of the year out of ASE. There won't ever be a sale on that route at that time.

NW may return to ASE in the future, but suspended service due to removing the Avro's from the fleet. Right now they do not have an aircraft that can serve ASE from MSP. Their Airlink fleet only has Saab 340's and CRJ-200's currently. However, CRJ-900's and E-175's are on the way in 2007, which may be able to serve ASE. If the E-175 can fly MSP/MEM-ASE is to be determined.
 
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RE: Additional Service To ASE

Mon Dec 04, 2006 4:54 am

Thanks for the info, I know the mesaba avros with the first class configuration did very well here...the mem connection was always nice to get to smaller markets in the southeast, AEX, SHV, BTR etc (they ski too!!). Any chance DL would put a direct into LAX to connect with the new "hub" there?