USAirALB
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Rumor:Colgan Air To Start ALB Hub?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:50 pm

I was flying on US from PHL-DCA, and while I was siting in the window seat, there was a ALB TSA agent and 2 Colgan Air off duty FA'S. Both were traveling to company headquarters in Manasses, VA. I heard this crazy talk about Colgan Air starting an ALB micro-hub. The hub would sort of be like the old CO hub. The employees kept babling about how it might or might not work. I think it is a great idea, as we need to gain back or flights to BUF,ROC as I travel their frequently.


A couple months ago Continental Ended service to BUF,SLK signaling the end of a airline hub.
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I know Colgan Air can do it!
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MAH4546
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RE: Rumor:Colgan Air To Start ALB Hub?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:52 pm

While the idea of Colgan starting a handful of intra-New York routes from Albany would not shock me, I wouldn't hold my breathe for the return of any "micro hub". It didn't work the first time, it probably won't work again.
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Tornado82
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RE: Rumor:Colgan Air To Start ALB Hub?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:15 pm

I wouldn't hold my breath for it either, though Colgan will have a few planes to spare from the PIT drawdown, and ALB is (or at least was as of a year ago) a mx base for them.

Knowing Colgan though, they'll need all the operational spares they can handle because of their dismal reliability, so the PIT drawdown is irrelevant.
 
Riddle274
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RE: Rumor:Colgan Air To Start ALB Hub?

Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:31 pm

Just a little bit off topic but I live in NY and Colgan starting a "hub" at ALB would be very nice!! Is anyone here currently working for them or recently left? I know they have very low minimums for their pilots (if any now!) and I was just wondering . . .

Ryan
 
kstateinALB
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RE: Rumor:Colgan Air To Start ALB Hub?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 3:56 am

It's a tough call, IMO. The past hub by CO Connection didn't work that well, and although service to some cities in NY from ALB is I believe drastically needed, it may not be the right time as of now. I really don't see them getting that much connecting traffic, if any, to these flights, so simply enough they would have to run on people going from city to city. No idea, it could work, or not, if this rumor is true.
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masseybrown
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RE: Rumor:Colgan Air To Start ALB Hub?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 4:15 am

CommutAir never said if they took down their ALB schedules because they lost money or because the Beech 1900's successors were too big for the routes. I suppose if they had been making a lot of money they would have kept some Beeches.

Which airline could best feed Colgan? UA from IAD and ORD?
 
USAirALB
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RE: Rumor:Colgan Air To Start ALB Hub?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 2:07 pm

The Commutair hub did work, for a couple of years.

I often flew the canadian routes and they were full.
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planeguy727
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RE: Rumor:Colgan Air To Start ALB Hub?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 2:25 pm

When I was flying in/out of SYR I used them a couple of times. The prices were reasonable for day trips. My most common was SYR-ALB-HPN and return. It would have been easier to go non-stop, but I don't think the market would support. Loads were good on my flights (though no indication if they were making money). I know people that now do SYR-PHL-HPN and it adds a good amount of time to the trip.

Give it a go - why not.

PG727

Oh - and it's Manassas (another former home for me)
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RE: Rumor:Colgan Air To Start ALB Hub?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 3:56 pm

Colgan is intresting they way they do things. In particular within the USX network of flying. They have very small crew bases all over the place and "hub" out of LGA and BOS. Major cities within the USX network will be the only place you will see "HUB" status attained for Colgan.
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Tornado82
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RE: Rumor:Colgan Air To Start ALB Hub?

Sat Oct 20, 2007 6:24 pm

Quoting Planeguy727 (Reply 7):
SYR-ALB-HPN

Connecting pax through a "hub" on nothing but Beech 1900's is a very expensive way of doing business.

The only thing worse would be connecting a Beech 1900's worth of pax through a "hub" but flying SF34's. Yeah I know Colgan has B1900's, for now, but supposedly those are heading the way of the Commutair B1900's as well.

[Edited 2007-10-20 11:31:39]

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