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Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:57 am

I heared from a friend who works TSA at BDL that B6 to start a red eye flight LAX-BDL is a "hot topic" around BDL... Any thoughts when and if this will happen, and what else?

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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:00 am

I'm not surprised, as BDL has been pushing pretty hard to get B6 to do this.
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:16 am

I'd love that route. America West used to fly it in the late 90s or so.

I live in SW Connecticut. I could deal with a redeye to Hartford. The redeyes to JFK are just too shocking to the system. No sane friends will pick me up then, and its a trek to get the airtrain to long term parking and then battle the Van Wyck's rush hour traffic. That's the worst part for me.

I'd love if they flew it to SWF as well.
 
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:12 am

I know a few who would love this route.

But LAX-BDL seems to be a route tried and abandoned every few years.   

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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:31 am

Quoting spinkid (Reply 2):
America West used to fly it in the late 90s or so.

I don't recall HP ever flying BDL-LAX. The only airlines that I know of that flew BDL-LAX were AA and DL. AA flew BDL-LAX in the late nineties with an 738.

HP flew BDL-PHX, and for a short time BDL-LAS.
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:38 am

Would there be enough capacity to fill a daily (nightly?) A320? I think there might be enough capacity to fill a daily E190, but I don't think B6 likes to use E190s on cross-country flights (even though they have the AR version, which has the legs to do LAX-BDL). I think they might get away with 2x-3x weekly A320. Anyone know the PDEW for the route?
 
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:10 pm

Quoting jporterfi (Reply 5):
Would there be enough capacity to fill a daily (nightly?) A320? I think there might be enough capacity to fill a daily E190, but I don't think B6 likes to use E190s on cross-country flights (even though they have the AR version, which has the legs to do LAX-BDL). I think they might get away with 2x-3x weekly A320. Anyone know the PDEW for the route?

  . B6 could really use some A319s for longer, thin routes, where the A320 struggles in the winter with head winds, and in markets where the A320 is too large and the E90s would also struggle.
 
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:15 pm

While I think the demand fro BDL-LAX is there, im not sure if B6 is the best airline for it, seing they have less than 10% market share on each end. I think a return of Delta service would be the scenario with the best chance of success.

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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:48 pm

Quoting RL757PVD (Reply 7):
While I think the demand fro BDL-LAX is there, im not sure if B6 is the best airline for it, seing they have less than 10% market share on each end. I think a return of Delta service would be the scenario with the best chance of success.

They may have 10% of the actual BDL traffic, but they have strongholds in BOS and JFK that could provide a sizeable amount of pax to migrate to BDL.

As with most B6 routes it is all about the Northeast originating passengers, as opposed to picking up traffic on the west coast.
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:58 pm

Quoting flyby519 (Reply 8):
They may have 10% of the actual BDL traffic, but they have strongholds in BOS and JFK that could provide a sizeable amount of pax to migrate to BDL.

Same was/is true for Delta. For airports like BDL, they need to make it on their own merit and not rely on diverted traffic from BOS or JFK... we saw how well that worked with AMS. The demand is there, but I think Delta is better airline for success, only downside is the 738 might be a but too much plane, if they had more 73Gs around, it would be perfect.
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:30 pm

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 4):
AA flew BDL-LAX in the late nineties with an 738.

Did AA have 738s in the late 1990s? I don't remember them ordering/operating that until the early/mid 2000s.
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:38 pm

Quoting planespotting (Reply 10):

they at least did in the early 2000's

http://www.departedflights.com/AA070201p66.html

Here's a schedule from the summer of 2001.
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:40 pm

What was the last transcon B6 added?
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:51 pm

JFK-ABQ...starts later this month. If you qualify that as a transcon...I do.

True coast to coast has been a while. Those were all initial cities out of JFK, BOS and IAD

Last true coast to coast added was likely FLL-LAX
 
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:01 pm

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 4):
I don't recall HP ever flying BDL-LAX. The only airlines that I know of that flew BDL-LAX were AA and DL. AA flew BDL-LAX in the late nineties with an 738

In 74 - 79, UA operated DC8's between LAX and BDL,

http://www.departedflights.com/BDL74p1.html

http://www.departedflights.com/LAX74p2.html

http://www.departedflights.com/BDL79p1.html

http://www.departedflights.com/LAX79p3.html
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:04 pm

Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 13):
True coast to coast has been a while. Those were all initial cities out of JFK, BOS and IAD

Yeah, I think the general trend in B6 transcons as of late is less is more.
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:27 pm

BDL serves a rough catchment area of 2.7 million people (Springfield, Hartford & New Haven MSAs) who are highly educated and relatively affluent. Economically the region is feeble in terms of job growth, but there are many companies that call the area home. There is certainly demand for LAX. However cost is a huge deciding factor and when you can save $300+ flying out of BO'S or NYC the route won't do well. BDL is attractive because of it's accessibility and convenience. You can get through security in 15 minutes most of the time and you don't suffer from the often times ungodly congestion at the majors down the road. I wish BDL did a better job if marketing these strengths because they are appealing to a lot of people. But reality shows that ticket cost is what nabs the traveler and until BDLs exorbitant costs come down, we are going to lose passengers. People don't mind paying a little more for benefits of BDL, but when a ticket costs 2x as much as the same route available two hours away, that's ludicrous.
 
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:20 pm

Too bad it isn't going through LGB, more connectivity on the west coast for B6 than LAX (not sure how the flight times would line up). LGB has flights to OAK, SMF, SEA, PDX, SFO, ANC, LAS while LAX is just a transcon station.
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:37 pm

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 17):

I agree with your argument for LGB, but the fact that B6 will make their money from BDL-area passengers who would probably like to be closer to the center of L.A. makes LAX the best choice, in my opinion. It would be a different story if the majority of passengers were LA-area passengers who needed to get to the BDL area (then LGB could work). Also, BDL-area passengers may not know that flying into LGB is an option when going to L.A.
 
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:00 pm

Quoting jporterfi (Reply 5):
Anyone know the PDEW for the route?

Q2-12 pax (high season) between Hartford and L.A. area airports show 486 pax. Q4-11 pax (low season) between Hartford and L.A. area airports show 490 pax.

I think that this is a market where a carrier has a good shot at getting a plane full of the higher paying pax on a yearly basis to make this route work.


 
 
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:11 pm

Quoting RL757PVD (Reply 7):
While I think the demand fro BDL-LAX is there, im not sure if B6 is the best airline for it, seing they have less than 10% market share on each end. I think a return of Delta service would be the scenario with the best chance of success.

Actually, I would have thought UA would have a better chance of opening this route into LAX rather than DL.

Or in the hypothetical world if AA/US do merge, as mentioned above, this would be a great A319 route when AA's new plane arrives with MCE and AVOD - not so fun on a US A319.
 
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:22 pm

Quoting jporterfi (Reply 18):
Also, BDL-area passengers may not know that flying into LGB is an option when going to L.A.

I'm pretty sure most folks from NYC and BOS areas weren't aware of it either when their service first started....
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:51 pm

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 14):
In 74 - 79, UA operated DC8's between LAX and BDL,

You win the history buff award!

That is a neat find.

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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:07 am

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 14):
Quoting USAirALB (Reply 4):
I don't recall HP ever flying BDL-LAX. The only airlines that I know of that flew BDL-LAX were AA and DL. AA flew BDL-LAX in the late nineties with an 738

In 74 - 79, UA operated DC8's between LAX and BDL,

http://www.departedflights.com/BDL74p1.html

http://www.departedflights.com/LAX74p2.html

http://www.departedflights.com/BDL79p1.html

http://www.departedflights.com/LAX79....html

AA also flew it in '69 (at least)

http://www.departedflights.com/AA033069p22.html
 
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RE: Rumor: B6 Red Eye LAX-BDL

Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:17 am

Well, the last two of these "rumor" threads turned out to be true, so hopefully this one turns out to be true as well. B6 could probably fill some holes at BDL.
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