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Midway's Service To SJC

Wed Oct 04, 2000 9:04 am

In a few months Midway Airlines will start non stop service to San Jose from RDU. They will be using their 737-700's. Even though the plane can easily make the flight, do you all think that it is a little small to fly a trans con flight? I mean no music/TV etc...Should Midway lease a 738, or 757 that can have music and TV's for passenger comfort?
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RE: Midway's Service To SJC

Wed Oct 04, 2000 9:06 am

Why do they need a 738 or 752 when you can put ptvs and music in a 737? I doubt they will anyway.
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RE: Midway's Service To SJC

Wed Oct 04, 2000 9:14 am

Yeah...I know what you mean, but Midway isn't going to put music and PTVs on their 737's
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RE: Midway's Service To SJC

Wed Oct 04, 2000 9:15 am

SW and CO use -700s transcon without the extras, why shouldn't Midway ?
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RE: Midway's Service To SJC

Wed Oct 04, 2000 10:16 am

I think it will depend on how popular the route becomes before they invest in entertainment systems aboard their long haul fleet. The buzz around Raleigh is very good so it looks like the flight could be a big hit. If this is so and Midway adds more flights to the west I am sure they will start adding in flight entertainment aboard a few aircraft. They have already announced plans for seasonal flights to Steamboat Springs this year so Midway it looks to me its already expanding its routes farther West with every new 737-700. The 737-800 is always a possiblity as well for the future. But deciding this will really take several years in order for them to annalize how much more profitable it would be to buy them over the 700. When Midway moved into RDU they started with 5 A320's with over 160 seats. They realized they were to big for RDU and quickly replaced them with F-100's and CRJ's. This was a smart move and has proven to be successful for them. RDU is now a different airport then it was in the early 90's. It is in the top 5 fastest growing airports in the country. So in moved the 737-700 to take over the F-100. Eventually soon the 700 will get some help with the 800 if growth continues at RDU and Midway. I would think the 757 is not an option as of now since the 737NG has already started at Midway, but you never know.
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RE: Midway's Service To SJC

Wed Oct 04, 2000 3:31 pm

The 73G has better range than the 738, anyway! The 73G is the best 737 for long-haul flights...Alaska flies one from ANC-ORD, and that's 2850 miles.

Concerning entertainment, Alaska offers personal DVD players in First Class on the 73Gs. Midway could do something like that, possibly.

The cabin width is basically the same as the 757, and really I see no reason why a 752 would be any better. Midway is going to offer two flights a day, to make the service more convenient to the business traveler. I don't think there is enough demand for 757s.

JI is coming into terminal C at SJC...anyone know where?? The AS/AX area is closest to the AA terminal.

RE: Midway's Service To SJC

Thu Oct 05, 2000 12:15 am


I don't think Midway will operate the 738 or 752 in the near future. They have up to 20 737 on order (including options). I think that the 737 is the best suited aircraft for Midway on transcon routes because of its small capacity. If, in the future, the RDU-SJC route gets busier, they will probably increase the frequency instead of the a/c capacity. If it becomes a huge success, then in several years they might upgrade to the 738, or the A320 (which has a great range of operation with an increased capacity compared to the 737) but certainly not the 752 (athough I would like to see a 752 in Midway colors...). The 752 may have really good economics but I doubt Midway could fill in a 752 twice daily...
Anyways, the fact that Midway does not offer entertainment should not be a problem. like other reported, SW and CO do not offer entertainment on their 737s for transcon flights. Besides If you want to go to SJC from Raleigh on another airline, you probably won't have any entertainment either because the flights from RDU to the hub and then from the hub to SJC are then almost too short for viewing a movie (Got that with NW for example). And If I have to choose between a direct flight w/o entertainment and a 2h layover in ORD, DTW, MSP or any other bub completely out of the way, then I choose the direct flight. Most of the pax on the RDU-SJC flight will be business men anyways, and they want to get to their destination fast. If they want entertainment, they can use the DVD drive on their laptop computer!


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