& US (maybe others) have had early departures for quite some time. US has a 0500-ish departure BOS
, and various other flights to hubs departing BOS
well before 0600. I'm not sure how these flights do on a load/revenue/margin performance basis, but it will give pax the opportunity to catch early AM
Overall, I think this is a wise move on United's part for operational reasons only. Even at the bright and early hour of 0600, there are often slot departure times out of the major east coast cities to ORD
(not to be confused with flow control; slot times are staggered departure times generated by downline ATC centers for purposes of traffic management). A few times on UA525, what was (is?) the 0600 BOS
flight, I've had to wait on the taxiway up to 30 minutes.
Additionally, by departing before 0600, UA
will avoid the often long lines of aircraft taxiing at 0600.
This should improve UA
's STAR (Start the Airline Right) departure performance considerably.
On the downside, earlier flight schedules will definitely impact employees' schedules, many whom already have shifts that begin at 0430, 0400, or earlier. For anyone who has not worked for an airline, you can not imagine how disruptive it is to work extremely early or late shifts, especially if you have a family. For me, it was the most negative aspect my airline career, and one of the main reasons why I ended it almost one year ago. I'm sure there will be people who say, "you knew you'd have to work odd hours when you took the job." Frankly, this is true, but for what you get in return for being an airline employee, it just isn't worth it nowadays. That's it for my commentary.
It's much more fun to be an armchair quarterback when it comes to the airline industry.