Carfield
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YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:38 am

Dear all,

Nothing to report, except a full flight and Spring break is here. Airports are filled with people especially families with children.

Midwest has no celebration for the SEA flights, which is a surprise. There was no water salute, no speeches, and nothing at all. Just like a normal flight...

YX uses A9 and American Airlines as their ground agents here at SEA. The check-in counters are located next to AA's own check-in.

here are just a few pictures...
http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8QbNHDNy5btyK

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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:54 am

Yeah...Timmy doesn't really care about his passengers anymore..he didn't even make a visit to MKE for the first CRJ flights.
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:00 pm

Well its good for YX and SEA although no fanfare is not good. Their marketing department needs some work. Almost no one in Seattle has ever heard of Midwest, yet they know of Southwest which also serves SEA-MCI. YX has superior service, but no one knows anything about them. I wonder how they're going to fill their flights? Exclusively from connections and people from Kansas City? It is only 88 seats afterall.
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:05 pm

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 2):
Almost no one in Seattle has ever heard of Midwest

I dunno, I heard lots of advertisements for the new service.
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:09 pm

When I booked my flight on YX for early July, there were only a few passengers. Now, for the same flights, the airplane is practically full. So, maybe a lot of fanfare is not necessary.

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 2):
I wonder how they're going to fill their flights?

You already saw in the opening comment that the first flight inbound was full. I don't think YX will have problems filling their flights.
 
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:49 pm

Well my RT SEA-DCA flight is $299 including tax... that gets lots of attention and Spring break is in full swing. the flight went out full today, but the inbound was not that full. I wonder what my return to SEA will be tomorrow morning. I will give an update on the load. But flights are very full in Midwest these days. Good for them!

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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Mon Apr 02, 2007 1:43 pm

Quoting Carfield (Thread starter):
Midwest has no celebration for the SEA flights, which is a surprise. There was no water salute, no speeches, and nothing at all. Just like a normal flight...

Most airlines do this, with the exception of UA's BS china win.
 
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Mon Apr 02, 2007 2:14 pm

Next weeks flights from MCI are either full or oversold and advance bookings are very strong. I would not be to concerned with WN's presence on this route. YX and WN compete on many routes out of MCI and both do very, very well. I could very well see another flight to SEA (when a 717 comes available) or PDX in the near future.

P.S. The second SFO from MCI on the 717 is starting to look like a winner too.
 
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:17 pm

Quoting TSRA (Reply 7):
Next weeks flights from MCI are either full or oversold and advance bookings are very strong. I would not be to concerned with WN's presence on this route. YX and WN compete on many routes out of MCI and both do very, very well. I could very well see another flight to SEA (when a 717 comes available) or PDX in the near future.

The only reaction I could see from WN is an additional flight.
 
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:27 pm

I was on YX's first MSP-MKE flight three years ago, and there was likewise nothing unusual about it, other than the gate agent announcing "welcome to Midwest Airlines' first flight from Minneapolis" just before boarding began.

The inflight service was wonderful, as usual with YX. The highlight of the flight for me was when the flight attendant gave me ten extra cookies to take home  yummy 
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:17 pm

Well sitting here at MCI now, there are some kinds of celebration now...
Danish, cookies and coffee at the gate...

The flight is pretty full again. So good news for YX!

BTW, I don't realize the second SFO-MCI is on 717... now that is an incentive to use YX to SFO.

Also, just to let you know that I flew the MCI-SAN-MCI inaugural flights too... and there were lots of festivities... even SAN airport gave out many gifts. Now I wonder if anyone is on the x-jet inaugural today... that should be great.

I personally look forward to Virgin America and hopefully my schedule can accomodate VA... or the inaugural will be at the weekends...

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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Tue Apr 03, 2007 3:54 am

there was a press release I think on their webpage from the CEO earlier stating that the MCI-SEA has been one of their most successful route intiations in company history, so, bold comment in the first couple days of service, but he noted that bookings through first few months are above expectations greatly
 
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:01 am

Quoting Carfield (Reply 5):
Well my RT SEA-DCA flight is $299 including tax... that gets lots of attention and Spring break is in full swing. the flight went out full today, but the inbound was not that full. I wonder what my return to SEA will be tomorrow morning. I will give an update on the load. But flights are very full in Midwest these days. Good for them!

Carfield

That is an awesome price, and an awesome airline to boot. I have not flown on the 717 yet, but I would fly Midwest anyday! Let me know if you get a cookie! I heard they brought them back.

Quoting Flyboy7974 (Reply 11):
there was a press release I think on their webpage from the CEO earlier stating that the MCI-SEA has been one of their most successful route intiations in company history, so, bold comment in the first couple days of service, but he noted that bookings through first few months are above expectations greatly

This is excellent news, and I sure hope to see YX add more frequencies in the near future. There is something special about Midwest, kind of reminds me of the good old days. Like Jet America. When I heard they were starting service to SEA, I was beyond excited. It was looooooooooong overdue, and much awaited. GO YX!!! If things go well, hopefully they will get their own employees working the counter eventually. I have always enjoyed the service of Midwest employees.
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:12 am

What was up with the NW jet being towed toward the gate?
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:15 am

Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 13):
What was up with the NW jet being towed toward the gate?

The plane was most likely parked on a remote stande and being tugged to the gate, much cheaper than firing up the blowers.
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:27 am

Well just an update...

After a disappointed "inaugural" day yesterday, the festivities finally happened, but a day late. As my flight landed at SEA an hour ago, we were welcomed with speeches and festivities. Water salute first... then fruits and cakes at the gate area... stickers from AS and bag tags from Sea-tac authority...

So here is the updated album...

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8QbNHDNy5btyo

Thanks,
Carfield

PS. the loading is about 60-70% this morning. The return looked pretty full!
 
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:35 am

This wouldn't be the first time the actual "celebration" was on the first *business* day of service. You get better turnout and better media coverage if you do it on a weekenday. Smarter than having it when nobody is home.
 
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:38 am

F9Animal - a new favorite of mine, you said Jet America and that is one of my all time favorites and one airline I collect and follow anything I can get my hands on, just missing one or two of their entire timetable collection and them I'm there, but I remember watching their planes during their short stay in BUR, and thinking, wow. 20 years later and still collect their items.

With that, is there anywhere on the web that for airlines that have come and gone, that I can pull up a history of the airline, like Jet America, a historical timeline featuring start/end dates for cities they served, a/c additions, route announcements, some of the bigger airlines have their own sites, but wasn't sure if for some of the smaller carriers there was anything, I'm looking to find the exact start and end dates of the Jet America service.


Carfield, you don't fail to amaze me and I'm sure many other aviation readers that enjoy the commercial airline industry. Whenever I look on here or the other airline board, your trip reports are always a name I look for first, and every report makes me jealous usually I'm not up in the skies above, how do you do it.
 
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:40 am

Okay, but where are the pictures of the on board meals like you always do? Just last week I was asking on here about the Midwest On Board Cuisine and when I saw your name today, I thought, well there I go, there's the answer, but don't see any pictures like that
 
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:47 am

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 2):
Their marketing department needs some work. Almost no one in Seattle has ever heard of Midwest, yet they know of Southwest which also serves SEA-MCI. YX has superior service, but no one knows anything about them. I wonder how they're going to fill their flights?

Midwest is a totally different product though and it's kind of one of those companies where the customers they're looking for probably already know they're flying to SEA. They have a very loyal customer base and I don't think they'll have trouble filling seats.

As far as the no fanfare, I suppose it's nice to recognize a new route in some way, but at the same time I think too many people have gotten used to all the parties and free giveaways the airlines have done in recent years to introduce new routes, planes, etc. Sometimes the fanfare just doesn't make good business sense; maybe the YX brass figured it'd be more cost affective to save the money rather than spend a bunch on marketing. Who knows...
 
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:47 am

Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 14):
The plane was most likely parked on a remote stande and being tugged to the gate, much cheaper than firing up the blowers.

NW usually keeps a 330 by their hangar on the south end of the airport. That's probably where this came from.

Great pics Carfield, glad someone documented the first 717 arrival at SEA.
 
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:20 am

Quoting Flyboy7974 (Reply 17):
F9Animal - a new favorite of mine, you said Jet America and that is one of my all time favorites and one airline I collect and follow anything I can get my hands on, just missing one or two of their entire timetable collection and them I'm there, but I remember watching their planes during their short stay in BUR, and thinking, wow. 20 years later and still collect their items.

With that, is there anywhere on the web that for airlines that have come and gone, that I can pull up a history of the airline, like Jet America, a historical timeline featuring start/end dates for cities they served, a/c additions, route announcements, some of the bigger airlines have their own sites, but wasn't sure if for some of the smaller carriers there was anything, I'm looking to find the exact start and end dates of the Jet America service.

Back when I was an airport bum at OAK, I got to know a guy who worked for Frontier Airlines, then Jet America. I used to be a fan of seeing them and Sunworld. In any case, I have a 1/400-scale model of a Jet America MD-80.
 
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Tue Apr 03, 2007 3:21 pm

Carfield,

Thanks so much for the information and pics. I so enjoy reading your TR's and such. I look forward to seeing when you have a new posting.

How was their BOB option?

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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:42 am

Tully coffee
Tully coffee (No Starbucks or Seattle Best)

Added by Adrian L. on Apr 02, 2007

Quoting Carfield (Reply 15):
Well just an update...

After a disappointed "inaugural" day yesterday, the festivities finally happened, but a day late. As my flight landed at SEA an hour ago, we were welcomed with speeches and festivities. Water salute first... then fruits and cakes at the gate area... stickers from AS and bag tags from Sea-tac authority...

So here is the updated album...

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8QbNHDNy5btyo

Thanks,
Carfield

PS. the loading is about 60-70% this morning. The return looked pretty full!

Carfield...I just had to make a comment about one of your captions regarding the jugs of Tully's Coffee. If you're not familiar with the Pacific Northwest, naturally you probably would not know about Tully's. But regionally, they are all over the place up here.
 
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Wed Apr 04, 2007 1:39 pm

Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 13):
What was up with the NW jet being towed toward the gate?

NW still has a maint hanger in Seattle, the A330's sit overnight for routine maint. then are towed to the gate for service.
 
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:14 pm

It irritates me that YX doesn't have connections from FLL-SEA...I'd fly them in a heartbeat, even if I had to pay a little more! Oh well...
 
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RE: YX "no Fanfare" SEA Inaugural Flight

Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:08 am

Quoting Jetpixx (Reply 25):
It irritates me that YX doesn't have connections from FLL-SEA...I'd fly them in a heartbeat, even if I had to pay a little more! Oh well...

Look for something added later this year...not in stone yet, but it would not surprise me.