I work for MQ
at MHK and I can confirm that DFW
is a resounding success. We recently began a second daily service to ORD
mid November. Our loads have dropped some but ultimately we're sending quite a few pax to ORD
. Unfortunately, the banks at ORD
aren't incredibly well timed for us. ORD
is a ways from MHK and our RON leaves at 7:00, which gets to ORD
at 9:30, just after the first bank of departures.
Interestingly, I'll check in tons of interline, primarily Star Alliance pax to ORD
and I'll get bags from LH
, US, and UA
all the time. I really hope that MQ
can get contracts to have United Express flights in and out of MHK soon. DEN
could (and would) do incredibly well for UA
, and would do better for AA
if the ORD
hub was better built for European connections, namely FRA
, where I send probably 3-4 pax a flight too.
MHK is a great destination and a wonderful market. I find it troubling that AA
are trying to emulate MHK's emergance-from-EAS successes in other EAS markets. From what I gather, JLN is doing pretty well on the ATR and they're filling aircraft, but aside from that, MHK's market is always underrated. MHK retains about 30% of its market, the rest of which bleeds to MCI
, but we get pax all the time from McPherson, Topeka, Salina, even as far West as Hays. People love the service we provide, but its only possible because of the base of service the Manhattan local market has. We sell seats by the boatload to soldiers, and the Kansas State students returning home after finals have all five flights overbooked/booked full tomorrow. Garden City (GCK) is a great town and has a healthy business community, but not near the kind of travel-inducing activity that MHK has.
I'm waiting, very patiently, for a CR7 RON to ORD
and MHK's 4daily DFW
Sorry to hijack your thread. I hope AA
finds great successes with the smaller market RJ
flying. God forbid they finally remove CRJs from ORD
and give them to us so we can fill them.