CHI2DFW wrote:Kirby is talking 17% increase at DEN, IAH, and ORD. Any speculations of new routes?
jetblastdubai wrote:CHI2DFW wrote:Kirby is talking 17% increase at DEN, IAH, and ORD. Any speculations of new routes?
A lot of any increase might come from subbing larger aircraft. This year alone, UA is picking up 14 additional widebody A/C and a handful of new MAXs. 5-6 used, ex-CZ A319s also come out of the shop fairly soon. Besides Dulles, Denver and Houston probably have the most available physical space to accommodate more flights. ORD is a bit more challenged on real estate so it will be interesting to see what they do there.
Nice to see UA catching up a bit after several years of shrinking domesticaly while everyone else was running circles around them.
jetero wrote:Kirby specifically said in the earnings call that the increased capacity will be principally as a result of fleet additions, not upgauging:
First of all, the upgauging, which has been a steady upward pace over the last few years, it does pause this year. It starts going up again in '19 and '20 based on our fleet plan. We do have a lot of flexibility with our regional jet contracts, particularly the 50-seaters, so we do have the ability to – we do have a lot of flexibility with that in the next couple of years, so I'd probably leave it at that as far as how that works. But we do have that, so our hope is that we can replace 50-seaters with bigger regional jets or in some cases, it might be what you described, maybe a small narrowbody mainline airplane in its place. So stay tuned.
I suspect what he's trying to say is that the addition of the 50-seat jets will result in a pause in the growth in the number of seats per departure.
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