flyboy80
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Skywest UX, And DLC Monopoly On The West Coast?

Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:47 am

"Skywest" The name really says it all, and brings up a few questions. Skywest seems to almost exclusively hold all of the west coast DLC, and UX markets for the respective code share partners. Additionally however, we see skywest operate a lot of routes out of the other hubs in many of the other regional's own backyards. I know skywest is a top rate provider for their service, I've deadheaded on them countless times and their inflight experience is typically superior to other regional companies, but the benefits about skywest pretty much end there. Is skywest mostly influencial in these choices to operate west coast regional routes, or is it organizational skills from the mainline carriers? Maybe it's based mainly on operational necessity such as maintenance...etc. Possibly even aircraft utilization (skywest has the ability to fly additional, supplemental frequencies on the east coast), but there has been countless times that I've seen S5 do "rescue missions" for skywest with some of there aircraft being very tied up, that howver doesn't speak for every hub, at everytime. Just looking for some opions. BTW, I know that Shuttle does some flying out of SLC, but nothing substantional, and ASA (Skywest INC) has LAX. Thanks!
 
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RE: Skywest UX, And DLC Monopoly On The West Coast?

Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:11 am

EV has to operate DCI at LAX because OO cannot due to their contract with UA (OO could fly SLC-LAX, though I don't know if they do right now). For UA, it has a lot to do with equipment. OO's 120s are just about the only props left in the UAEx system (apart from a few Dash 8s), and they are well suited to the California flying. Note that MQ uses Saabs in California as well.

Another part of it is operational. Carriers have an interest in keeping certain carriers and fleet types concentrated at certain hubs especially, as is the case with UA and DL, when geographic separation makes bridging aircraft between hubs difficult. DL has done it as they have replaced the SLC S5 flying with CR7s and CR9s (and they concentrate OH at CVG). US keeps RP out of CLT and has JIA handle their 70 seat flying. It's just a way to keep costs down.
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SkyexRamper
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RE: Skywest UX, And DLC Monopoly On The West Coast?

Mon Feb 12, 2007 11:07 am

Quoting Flyboy80 (Thread starter):
Skywest seems to almost exclusively hold all of the west coast DLC, and UX markets for the respective code share partners.

Cause that was what the contract was for....mmm...oh hey...don't forget their strong hold at ATL with the addition of ASA, move over Southeast US!
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flyboy80
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RE: Skywest UX, And DLC Monopoly On The West Coast?

Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:48 pm

Quoting SkyexRamper (Reply 2):
Cause that was what the contract was for....mmm...oh hey...don't forget their strong hold at ATL with the addition of ASA, move over Southeast US!

Please elaborate on your point. Are you implying that there are contractural stipulations that entitle skywest, inc. exclusive operating rights on the west coast forward of other contract carriers with the respective airlines? Thanks.
 
SkyexRamper
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RE: Skywest UX, And DLC Monopoly On The West Coast?

Tue Feb 13, 2007 1:48 am

Quoting Flyboy80 (Reply 3):
Please elaborate on your point. Are you implying that there are contractural stipulations that entitle skywest, inc. exclusive operating rights on the west coast forward of other contract carriers with the respective airlines?

I'm sure Delta gave them an inital contract and they liked the service/support and gave SkyWest more cities to fly to. Just seems logical.
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RE: Skywest UX, And DLC Monopoly On The West Coast?

Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:19 am

Quoting Flyboy80 (Thread starter):
but there has been countless times that I've seen S5 do "rescue missions" for skywest with some of there aircraft being very tied up, that howver doesn't speak for every hub, at everytime

Both UA and DL do this when another regional cannot complete it's mission for one reason or another. SKW has done several "rescue" missions for the Republic clan, Mesa, TSA, GoJets, ASA, Comair, and especially for Colgan when they couldn't get their act together after starting for CO.
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