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United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:22 pm

Any bias aside, looking into summer service levels revealed probably the most significant service disparity at any medium sized city in the northeast I can recall.

Take a look at the United summer service for BDL PWM BTV ALB SYR and ROC compared to PVD, which is the 2nd largest airport of the bunch, by a significant margin at that...

BDL 15x, 9 mainline - EWR (3) A320! E145 E175; IAD (4) 739 738, A319 CR7; ORD (5) 2x 73G, A320, CR7, E170, SFO 319, DEN 320

PWM 13x, 5 mainline - EWR (6) 738, E175, 4x E145; IAD (4) 319, 738, E145, CR2; ORD (3) 320, 319,E145

BTV 13x, 2 mainline - EWR (6) 738, 170, 4x E145; IAD (3) 3x CR7; ORD (4) 738, 3x CR2

ALB 12x, 4 mainline - EWR (5) 5x E145; IAD (3) E145 CR2 CR7; ORD (4) 739, 2x 738, 73G

ROC 11x 4 mainline - EWR (5) A319, E170, 3x E145; IAD (2) E145, CR2; ORD (4) 3x A320 1x E170

SYR 12x, 0 mainline EWR (4) 3x E145, E170; IAD (3) 3x E145; ORD (5) 4x E175, CR7

PVD (9x) 0 mainline EWR (3) 2x E145 E175, IAD (4) 3x CR7, E145; ORD (2) E170, CR7

All kidding aside, does someone in route planning at United have a crazy ex wife in PVD? Airports that are less than half the size have triple the levels of service.

Its not like UA has anything to protect at BOS, if someone drives to Boston, chances are they are flying B6 or DL.
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:33 pm

You didn;t mention MHT which has:

MHT 6x, 0 mainline EWR (3) 3x E145, ORD (3) 3x CR2

This leads me to belive that UA is indeed trying to siphon traffic to Boston with a more competitive schedule.

Even MHT has a mid-day ORD flight. To think when I worked for UA in PVD we had 4x 757 and 1x 722 a day to ORD and 4-5x CRJs to IAD!
 
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:34 pm

It's weird to me that UA has dropped mainline service from ORD-PVD. Sure, AA entered the market relatively recently, but only with 2x daily E75s.

UA's service to both IAD and EWR from PVD seems pretty reasonable to me, and I'm not surprised that there's no link to DEN or IAH as most of the other medium-sized airports in the Northeast don't have those links either.
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:34 pm

Yup! I tried to reach out to PVD management and United on this to no avail. The airports response they cant control where the airline flies and what they charge. For United it is the current schedule and they evaluated periodically. bah blah! I fly overseas a lot and via PVD would be more convenient, but it's cost prohibitive to connect via EWR by 500-800 more so than Boston.

So I end up flying out of BOS on Euro airlines.
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:37 pm

boeingbus wrote:
Yup! I tried to reach out to PVD management and United on this to no avail. The airports response they cant control where the airline flies and what they charge. For United it is the current schedule and they evaluated periodically. bah blah! I fly overseas a lot and via PVD would be more convenient, but it's cost prohibitive to connect via EWR by 500-800 more so than Boston.

So I end up flying out of BOS on Euro airlines.


Well I dont think they capture or target too much of the Europe bound traffic (I'd drive to BOS before connecting in EWR too)

but you can;t deny the significant disparity in lift with much smaller airports, on average those airports are 1/2 the size of PVD with double the seat capacity. AA's service levels in the NE are pretty commensurate with airport/market size, as is DL, where as expected PVD is slightly below average given BOS interest and the fact that other regional markets support NYC since PVD has the Acela, but even with DL, PVD is #2 or possibly #3 in terms of DL seat count (PWM has LGA/JFK).
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:46 pm

FSDan wrote:
It's weird to me that UA has dropped mainline service from ORD-PVD. Sure, AA entered the market relatively recently, but only with 2x daily E75s.

UA's service to both IAD and EWR from PVD seems pretty reasonable to me, and I'm not surprised that there's no link to DEN or IAH as most of the other medium-sized airports in the Northeast don't have those links either.


I agree, though in terms of overall market capacity something is off, heck even BDL has a mainline to EWR, being the only airline flying to NYC from PVD they have the potential to be a player for O&D, whereas BDL is certainly all connecting. IAD I would have agreed until i saw PWM's seat capacity. It almost appears to be a conscious decision to NOT offer mainline at PVD...
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:55 pm

RL757PVD wrote:
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Well I dont think they capture or target too much of the Europe bound traffic (I'd drive to BOS before connecting in EWR too)



It's their hub for gods sake, they should factor passenger types. The cost of flying to a hub should be the same no matter if your are flying from BOS or PVD. Otherwise, you will drop the convenience factor of an airport and open up to competition from all the airlines. I think they are missing a competitive advantage here. It takes longer to drive to BOS than flying to EWR. However, I surely will drive to BOS if I save over 1000 bucks on two tickets and I won't connect in EWR. UA's loss!

Sorry I didn't mean to hijack your very valid point of your post, just validates my gripe about UA and agree with you. I believe if they had more supply the prices would be more favorable.
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:00 pm

Keep in mind that from PVD you can take the train very easily into NYC, while from BDL you have to make a connection. They are going to start a shuttle between Springfield and New Haven, which will allow a connection to NYC and may put a serious dent in UA's EWR flights.
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:01 pm

cloudboy wrote:
Keep in mind that from PVD you can take the train very easily into NYC, while from BDL you have to make a connection. They are going to start a shuttle between Springfield and New Haven, which will allow a connection to NYC and may put a serious dent in UA's EWR flights.


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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:17 pm

Things do seem to be really disproportionate with UA at PVD. The good news is that they are actually supplying more seats most months so far in 2018 than they did in 2017.
 
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:29 pm

RL757PVD wrote:
FSDan wrote:
It's weird to me that UA has dropped mainline service from ORD-PVD. Sure, AA entered the market relatively recently, but only with 2x daily E75s.

UA's service to both IAD and EWR from PVD seems pretty reasonable to me, and I'm not surprised that there's no link to DEN or IAH as most of the other medium-sized airports in the Northeast don't have those links either.


I agree, though in terms of overall market capacity something is off, heck even BDL has a mainline to EWR, being the only airline flying to NYC from PVD they have the potential to be a player for O&D, whereas BDL is certainly all connecting. IAD I would have agreed until i saw PWM's seat capacity. It almost appears to be a conscious decision to NOT offer mainline at PVD...


To be fair, this is the first time that UA has had mainline on IAD-PWM in many, many years. I suspect PWM gets more mainline in the summer than PVD, because PWM sees a surge of summer vacationers going to Maine/Canada. PVD sees less of that type of tourist surge, though certainly some.
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:30 pm

PVDCMHOZ wrote:
You didn;t mention MHT which has:

MHT 6x, 0 mainline EWR (3) 3x E145, ORD (3) 3x CR2

This leads me to belive that UA is indeed trying to siphon traffic to Boston with a more competitive schedule.

Even MHT has a mid-day ORD flight. To think when I worked for UA in PVD we had 4x 757 and 1x 722 a day to ORD and 4-5x CRJs to IAD!


And to think I took all those 757s for granted.
 
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:01 pm

So weird to think that as recently as the 90s, we'd see only mainline jets on on these routes where we now see 50 and 70 seat RJs. And less frequency in many cases.

I remember PVD having 727s, MD80s on AA to ORD, 757s, 727s, 737s on UA to ORD .. 757s, 727s to ATL on DL

BDL even had widebodies on these same carriers/routes .... where the heck did all the people go that so much of this flying became Barbie-jets??
 
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:23 pm

F27500 wrote:
So weird to think that as recently as the 90s, we'd see only mainline jets on on these routes where we now see 50 and 70 seat RJs. And less frequency in many cases.

I remember PVD having 727s, MD80s on AA to ORD, 757s, 727s, 737s on UA to ORD .. 757s, 727s to ATL on DL

BDL even had widebodies on these same carriers/routes .... where the heck did all the people go that so much of this flying became Barbie-jets??


The bottom line is, the average 65% load factor of the '80s is no longer acceptable. The early AM ORD-BDL DC-10 rarely carried more than 50 people.
 
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:32 pm

F27500 wrote:
where the heck did all the people go that so much of this flying became Barbie-jets??

MO11 wrote:
The bottom line is, the average 65% load factor of the '80s is no longer acceptable. The early AM ORD-BDL DC-10 rarely carried more than 50 people.

In 1991 UA flew ~twice as much capacity as today. That capacity produced a whopping 46.2% load factor for the year. UA is currently carrying almost the same number of passengers but on about half the capacity.
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:32 pm

F27500 wrote:
I remember PVD having 727s, MD80s on AA to ORD, 757s, 727s, 737s on UA to ORD .. 757s, 727s to ATL on DL

BDL even had widebodies on these same carriers/routes .... where the heck did all the people go that so much of this flying became Barbie-jets??


Quite a few of them ended up on WN, B6, F9, NK, etc.

But the regional jet also wasn't a factor until the mid-1990s, and props just weren't an option for connecting PVD to airports like ORD or ATL due to the distance. If the airlines wanted to connect PVD to ORD or ATL it had to be with mainline, and quite a few of those mainline aircraft ended up being near-empty. RJs had the necessary range and were often a better match to demand.

RL757PVD wrote:
All kidding aside, does someone in route planning at United have a crazy ex wife in PVD? Airports that are less than half the size have triple the levels of service.


I think a big part of it is that of the airports to which you compare PVD, BDL and PVD have more significant LCC and ULCC presences than pretty much all the rest.
 
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:27 pm

RL757PVD wrote:
Any bias aside, looking into summer service levels revealed probably the most significant service disparity at any medium sized city in the northeast I can recall.

Take a look at the United summer service for BDL PWM BTV ALB SYR and ROC compared to PVD, which is the 2nd largest airport of the bunch, by a significant margin at that...


You're doing route planning without a word given to competitors' services at PVD or other airports. That's not the way the world works, at least not the long-deregulated U.S. domestic market.
 
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:31 pm

F27500 wrote:
So weird to think that as recently as the 90s, we'd see only mainline jets on on these routes where we now see 50 and 70 seat RJs. And less frequency in many cases.

I remember PVD having 727s, MD80s on AA to ORD, 757s, 727s, 737s on UA to ORD .. 757s, 727s to ATL on DL

BDL even had widebodies on these same carriers/routes .... where the heck did all the people go that so much of this flying became Barbie-jets??


The people didn't go anywhere the flights were not full and airlines didn't have to worry about the high cost of jet fuel. There are plenty of stations that could make the same argument ORD-DTW, for example back in the 90s UA regularly flew multiple DC-10s and 757s daily, but the load factor on most of those flights was probably never higher than 40% - 50%. The same is true for PVD yes we flew larger aircraft into PVD but our load factors on those flights was terrible. Trying to compare the airlines industry as it is today to what is was in the 90s is useless and a complete waste of time because it was a completely different time back then and what was acceptable back then would bankrupt if not liquidate an airline in today's economy. I remember working the ramp at ORD back in the late 90s and it was a treat to get a 757 or DC-10 to one of these destinations because on most days you would have no more than 50 bags on the aircraft most days is was less than 50 bags. In some cases if you had no freight or mail on a DC-10 you could fit all the bags in one LD3 container and in some cases we just threw all the bags into the bulk pit and didn't bother using the containerized compartment. It truly was a waste of an aircraft on many of these routes a 737-200/300 would have sufficed.
Perhaps in the future UA will fly a A319/20 or a 737-700 into PVD but for now it seems like UAX has the right capacity to meet our demand.
 
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:45 pm

jayunited wrote:
F27500 wrote:
So weird to think that as recently as the 90s, we'd see only mainline jets on on these routes where we now see 50 and 70 seat RJs. And less frequency in many cases.

I remember PVD having 727s, MD80s on AA to ORD, 757s, 727s, 737s on UA to ORD .. 757s, 727s to ATL on DL

BDL even had widebodies on these same carriers/routes .... where the heck did all the people go that so much of this flying became Barbie-jets??


The people didn't go anywhere the flights were not full and airlines didn't have to worry about the high cost of jet fuel. There are plenty of stations that could make the same argument ORD-DTW, for example back in the 90s UA regularly flew multiple DC-10s and 757s daily, but the load factor on most of those flights was probably never higher than 40% - 50%. The same is true for PVD yes we flew larger aircraft into PVD but our load factors on those flights was terrible. Trying to compare the airlines industry as it is today to what is was in the 90s is useless and a complete waste of time because it was a completely different time back then and what was acceptable back then would bankrupt if not liquidate an airline in today's economy. I remember working the ramp at ORD back in the late 90s and it was a treat to get a 757 or DC-10 to one of these destinations because on most days you would have no more than 50 bags on the aircraft most days is was less than 50 bags. In some cases if you had no freight or mail on a DC-10 you could fit all the bags in one LD3 container and in some cases we just threw all the bags into the bulk pit and didn't bother using the containerized compartment. It truly was a waste of an aircraft on many of these routes a 737-200/300 would have sufficed.
Perhaps in the future UA will fly a A319/20 or a 737-700 into PVD but for now it seems like UAX has the right capacity to meet our demand.


Sorry, that’s not accurate. I worked with UA in PVD from 99-04. Our average loadfactor was ~85%. We did see a massive seasonal drop off in January and February. However, the rest of the year made up the difference. Very often we would be oversold on a four 757 departures (24F/158Y) and our 722 (12/129). Our pax did go elsewhere after the big dig was completed- Boston was easier to get to and had more options. Add in the JetBlue focus city and downward pressure on fares and you get a recipe for reduced demand. PVD is only now slowly recapturing some of its catchment area. By the way, you can pull historical PVD pax numbers from the airport website pvdairport.com. Filling seats was not the problem.
 
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:16 pm

I'm surprised this thread hasn't been hijacked into a DTW thread already. All kidding aside, UA has three hubs which should work from PVD and two of them have train competition. No surprise to me they're picking their battles elsewhere.
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:06 am

RL757PVD wrote:
Any bias aside, looking into summer service levels revealed probably the most significant service disparity at any medium sized city in the northeast I can recall.

Take a look at the United summer service for BDL PWM BTV ALB SYR and ROC compared to PVD, which is the 2nd largest airport of the bunch, by a significant margin at that...

BDL 15x, 9 mainline - EWR (3) A320! E145 E175; IAD (4) 739 738, A319 CR7; ORD (5) 2x 73G, A320, CR7, E170, SFO 319, DEN 320

PWM 13x, 5 mainline - EWR (6) 738, E175, 4x E145; IAD (4) 319, 738, E145, CR2; ORD (3) 320, 319,E145

BTV 13x, 2 mainline - EWR (6) 738, 170, 4x E145; IAD (3) 3x CR7; ORD (4) 738, 3x CR2

ALB 12x, 4 mainline - EWR (5) 5x E145; IAD (3) E145 CR2 CR7; ORD (4) 739, 2x 738, 73G

ROC 11x 4 mainline - EWR (5) A319, E170, 3x E145; IAD (2) E145, CR2; ORD (4) 3x A320 1x E170

SYR 12x, 0 mainline EWR (4) 3x E145, E170; IAD (3) 3x E145; ORD (5) 4x E175, CR7

PVD (9x) 0 mainline EWR (3) 2x E145 E175, IAD (4) 3x CR7, E145; ORD (2) E170, CR7

All kidding aside, does someone in route planning at United have a crazy ex wife in PVD? Airports that are less than half the size have triple the levels of service.

Its not like UA has anything to protect at BOS, if someone drives to Boston, chances are they are flying B6 or DL.


UA’s most updated summer schedule for June has them ya 6 mainline from ROC (4X A320 ORD 2X A319 EWR) and I don’t think I’ve ever seen them close to the capacity they have now
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:54 am

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OzarkD9S wrote:
I'm surprised this thread hasn't been hijacked into a DTW thread already. All kidding aside, UA has three hubs which should work from PVD and two of them have train competition. No surprise to me they're picking their battles elsewhere.


The train is only competitive to EWR (DC is 6 hours in the Acela and that goes for over $300 each way ) yet BDL has an A320 and ALB has 40% more seats and both are closer to EWR. I would have been willing to concede the EWR case otherwise.

ORD wise BTV PWM ROC and PWM are all 50-75% smaller than PVD with 400% to 800% more capacity and it’s not like half of those don’t have the same competitive levels.
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:17 am

First, UA's schedule is spotty and changeable. Moreover, in Winter, a few flakes of snow or in Summer, the first clap of thunder and flights cancel so that does not inspire confidence in the business traveler who wants reliable connections. Lower Manhattan business trips should be a home run via EWR and the Path train but UA prices them out of the market, so what is left is the low yield low ball EWR connecting stuff. ORD timing is poor to hit the best connecting banks and IAD ebbs and flows seasonally. This is not a recipe for a successful station especially with some of the tired RJs they were operating until just recently.
 
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:58 am

i live closer to PVD than BDL or BOS, but it's gotten to the point where i don't even bother to check flights out of PVD (i'm a UA 1K). i generally fly in poor weather months, and UA's lack of frequency and mainline service at PVD is (as a flyer) just asking for trouble during IRROPS.

i actually hadn't even used PVD in almost two years, but i couldn't resist trying out F9 for a $38 roundtrip to TPA earlier this month. i would have no issue flying F9 again - for that price. F9's ground staff at PVD were a lot more pleasant than their counterparts at UA.
 
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:28 pm

cloudboy wrote:
Keep in mind that from PVD you can take the train very easily into NYC, while from BDL you have to make a connection. They are going to start a shuttle between Springfield and New Haven, which will allow a connection to NYC and may put a serious dent in UA's EWR flights.


BDL-EWR is 100% for connections, I highly doubt there is anyone other than non rev's flying from BDL-EWR without a connection. The new commuter rail from Springfield to New Haven will have zero impact on BDL's EWR flight.

Also, UA will be flying BDL-IAH again in the fall on the 175.
 
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:37 am

I was able to get a mid May round trip PVD-EWR for less then $400 which is competitive with the train believe it or not. This will be the first time in years I have flown this. I’ve seen pricing as high as $900 in the past. Maybe, someone at United realized people wouldn’t pay $900 for PVD-EWR when $1100 got you PVD-EWR-HNL. …might just be lucky
 
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:03 am

Unclear why the service disparity is surprising given PVD's proximity to both BOS and BDL. You just can't compare PVD to ALB, SYR, ROC, BTV or PWM. The latter are all significantly further from any major airport/metropolitan area than PVD is from BOS; moreover, the northern parts of PVD's catchment area are less than 30 miles from BOS.

Unless and until BOS reaches the point of saturation/slot control, PVD will forever be at a disadvantage because of is proximity to a far larger and more cost-efficient airport. It doesn't seem that UA's level of service at PVD is all that different from AA or DL, right? Seems like all three serve PVD quite similarly...
 
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Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:47 pm

I'm honestly surprised to see the large amount of mainline flying at any of these airports at all. United is the worst when it comes to regional jets. It may be upgauging again, but they still seem to lag well behind AA and DL on mainline offerings at small and medium sized stations.

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