I wonder if BOS for DL will eventually looking like DL's SEA buildup? Out of SEA they added transborder flights to YYC, YEG, YVR and YYJ. I wonder once they hit a critical mass at BOS, whether they'd add YHZ, YQB and YOW? If they added YOW, I wonder how AC would react though?
I doubt they'd add YUL or YYZ as they do codeshare with WS on those (or at least soon in the case of YUL). YHZ feeding into a BOS hub would keep DL year-round in YHZ?...who knows if YHZ-JFK is reduced to summer-seasonal or cut outight?
With AC/WS and PD in town, there is already a lot of capacity to Canada on most of those routes and those aircraft are far from full. That said, the number of folks flying to Canada through BOS has increased significantly in the last couple of years to record levels with getting close to nearly 1m flying back and forth, a lot of which has come from WS coming to town and i do believe plenty of connections on the ME2 who can't get any more frequency into Canada directly. Year over Year numbers are up 28% (March 16 to March 17) and 32% on a rolling 12 month basis.
I see MSP-BOS sooner rather than later, perhaps along with MSP-FLL. I believe MSP is now B6's largest unserved domestic market from BOS.
This would be an interesting one. MSP is a hole in the network, but there's already heavy competition on the route, not only with DL (roughly 5 daily), SY (2-3 daily) and NK in the fray... so yes it might be the largest underserved, but do they want to dive into an already crowded market?
Leaving at 7:30pm on a Sunday night is hardly losing a part of anyone's weekend. I know lots of business people that fly out on Sunday nights to work Monday morning vs. getting up at 3:30-4am for a 6am flight to get in and have a full day.
See, what I dislike totally about B6 and WN's flights is the flight back, getting you back here at 11pm at night (which is more tailored for AUS market not BOS. I actually like DL's timings here, because of the comment above, fly down Sunday night or Monday night and be there ready for the morning, then a 6.30 back up and be back for early morning here, is great. Although i much prefer B6 to fly on, i have been taking the 6am out of AUS and coming back via JFK just so i can get back before the death of night. DL now allows me the option to do that directly. So next time i go to AUS later in the year, I will seriously consider switching to DL for this trip, which is a shame, but the timings work much better overall.
I think I read that DL wants to pull their international flights back to Terminal A from E at Boston, and that the customs and immigration infrastructure with Massport's help is a sticking point (as it was in the 2000 timeframe when Terminal A was built for DL). This time around, in order to alleviate the choke points at Terminal E right now, Massport might acquiesce
I do agree that DL would like to move their International Ops back to A, as their stated aim is to basically own Terminal A (metaphorically, not actually own it) and if they can find a place to put the CBP area, I am sure they would be very happy with that. However I have to push back on the choke points at Terminal E, the timing of the DL arrivals around noon to 1, is at the quieter points of the day in E, so would be a lot less pressured than say a 5-7pm arrival time. The other issue with moving the International flights back to A as some have stated is I believe the widebodies would block other gates and thus reducing capacity during that time. That said, i have not had a detailed look at the DL widebody schedule to see what happens between the noon arrivals and the 7pm departures that are currently in place.
That feeling when you sit at the end of a runway, brakes are released and the raw power takes over. Now that is a thing of beauty and it never gets old.