Thanks for giving me a reason to join the .net, as this is my first post.
I was VERY involved with the AA
operation in FSD
, and there are a couple of issues with your first post. First of all,
The flights to STL
never averaged anywhere close to 85% after the first round of cuts started in STL
, and that was using the E140 aircraft (E145s never went FSD
). The FSD
market was shifted to ORD
was cut to the point it is at today, in hopes that the ORD
market would perform better than STL
did. We conducted several open houses with our marketing and AAdvantage folks, even leveraged the relationship with Citibank in Sioux Falls, and although the business improved to a brisk level, it was never strong. From memory, I'd have to say that our load factors were averaging 55-65%, on a mix of E135,E140, and E145 aircraft. The CR7 never served FSD
for American. The only other aircraft that was contemplated was the MD
-80 during hunting season, but at the time, the aircraft from TWA were being modded and were unavailable- so the same mix of EMBs was carried out into the busiest season.
With a total of 10-12+ flights (AA+UA) to ORD
, the yeilds were almost always depressed, and UA
fought hard to keep their market share. In addition, NW
took a decent chunk of eastbound connectivity through MSP
, and even on to ORD
on 3 through-flights they operated. When the crunch for slots happened in ORD
was high on the "underperforming list" and breif consideration was made to moving the service to DFW
, but the airport authority had just granted subsidies to Delta (Comair to CVG
), America West (Mesa to PHX
), and Allegiant to LAS
American didnt see anything improving with yeilds in light of increased competition and left the market.
While I have been in the industry long enough to know to never say never, I would be somewhat surprised if AA
went back to FSD
any time soon. The market didnt really work the first time they tried it with F100s (91-92?), or the second time even after they inherited the TWA frequent flyer base.
As for your question about F9
, Im not sure what you mean. If you are asking if SUX
is sufficiently close to FSD
to drive, the answer is "absolutely". If you are asking if F9
for service from DEN
- I have no idea. I had experience in SUX
as well, and lets just say not much beyond a SF3 seemed to work there.