I'll go ahead and knock the route part out for you, because I like guessing new routes.
Cathay Pacific to HKG
LOT to WAW
Japan Airlines to NRT
EVA Air to TPE
Iberia to MAD resumption
This is for IAD btw
I'm actually disappointed IAD doesn't have a HKG flight yet. CX and UA both have aircraft capable of making it nonstop now. I don't know how much traffic exists between the two to definitively say a flight could be supported, but I have to imagine it's in the realm of possibility. I've traveled to HKG five or six times in the past couple of years, and a nonstop would certainly be preferable. With multiple daily flights to NRT and PEK, I would assume there's room for another major Asian hub. Chicago, NYC, and Boston all have HKG flights, so I hope IAD is next on the list. Unfortunately with CX's financial woes, it may not be soon, but UA has been on a roll with ULH 787 adds. Maybe IAD is due for a little love?
I could see LOT at some point. JAL would have trouble finding its way in with the UA/NH JV, in my opinion. EVA is an interesting idea, but I could see HKG coming first. IB is a good thought too — I was disappointed when IB and AZ left. AZ returning looks a little bleak to say the least, but IB might be in a position to return at some point. It would seem as though I IAG is content with routing European connections through LHR given BA's historical strength here, but I wonder if Brexit could play a factor in changing that somewhat for the future to potentially bring IB back.
What is the viability of a regional airline based in WAS, maybe BWI? One starting out with half a dozen Q400's or ATR72's flying no further than 550-600 mi missions. The economics of those airplanes are hard to beat, so they could probably withstand a fare war and possibly not poke the WN bear.
You mean like this one?https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Air
Or this one? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preside ... (scheduled
Or more recently this one?https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Air_Express
Lol. In all seriousness though, regional carriers these days don't struggle because of DC, they struggle in general. It's hard to get out from the shadow of only four major carriers, three of which have extensive ops here. Independence was a great little airline, but they were mismanaged into a speedy death.
This made news back in May. Apparently UA and MWAA are discussing "terminal improvements." Not sure what it means, but hopefully they find a way to build the new linear concourse. Concourse B is very nice, but C/D are a mess. Obviously the money Virginia gave to the airport is helping.https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... ov-437593/
I read the news when it came out, but haven't heard a peep since. Unlike the previous two advanced discussions in recent times, UA might actually be in a position to move negotiations forward with money to spend. This is probably the best chance IAD has had/will have. There's always talk of UA dehubbing IAD, but I find that notion ridiculous. They've shown at least a basic level of commitment by building the hangar complex, but apart from that, their international network from IAD would simply be too lucrative and prestigious to cede to another carrier without a fight. Since I believe they're in it for the long haul, and since the financial performance of all major US carriers have been at record levels, they're going to have to make some kind of major improvement to their facilities and passenger experience. A new midfield concourse is the only way that can happen. That said, I wonder if the MWAA has the money on their end. After years of massively expensive projects at IAD and DCA, one has to wonder if they've got the capital to pitch in on what's likely to be a $1 billion dollar project.
Well after lurking around here for years, I finally decided to join and make my first post. As the handle suggests, I'm from OKC but moved to the DC area a couple months ago. I fly out of DCA quite a bit and really enjoy the airport, plus my office has a great view of the river visual which keeps me pleasantly distracted at work. I always enjoy reading all the discussion regarding DCA vs IAD and while I see both sides, I simply couldn't imagine having to make the trek to IAD every time I fly. Maybe once METRO is extended out that way but even then that would be a stretch.
Anyway, I'd obviously like to see OKC get a flight to DCA, even if it's once a day and preferably on AA (Yes AA is my preferred carrier but I don't think I've reached "fan boy" status yet). Every time I go back home, either through CLT or DFW, I feel like I count double digit people that I notice from my DCA flight making the OKC connection. With all the government and military operations in OK I'm really shocked the traffic isn't there to support it with a 170 or CR7/9. But like everything else, I'm sure if there was money to be made, it would have been operating already. I remember WN proposed it a few years ago when the 800's were first coming out and I believe it was going to be a tag on to a pre Wright Amendment DAL flight. Although I do get frustrated seeing some much smaller cities having multiple non-stops a day.
I'm looking forward to the new concourse getting built. I had my first experience out of 35X the other day and was not impressed. It didn't help that the flight attendant was late and they wouldn't let us off the bus until she arrived, which I understand but why even board the bus to go out there if the plane isn't ready?
Welcome to a.net! I'm glad this thread brought you out of lurker status. Also, congrats on getting out of OKC! As my username might suggest, I've spent some time there myself. I'm actually somewhat surprised OKC doesn't have a DCA flight. It's just
inside the perimeter, so the only explanation can be a lack of interest. Between WN to BWI and UAX to IAD, it's clear that a nonstop market exists, just maybe not lucrative enough to use a DCA slot. In any case, I would assume WN would be the most likely candidate to add it.
Since it sounds like you're close to DCA, I'm not sure you'd have a reason to come out to IAD unless it's international, even with the Silver Line. I live in Leesburg, so obviously IAD is very convenient for me. I've only taken the Metro into DCA a couple of times, but it's just such a long trip from Reston. The only way IAD will truly be considered as the airport of choice for people living closer to DC — high speed rail. Since the Silver Line took about four decades to plan, I don't see that happening anytime soon.