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TYSflyer
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ViaAir adding CHS, CAE and TLH

Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:10 am

Saw that ViaAir is adding CHS, CAE and TLH all to SFB. They are now available on their website. CAE and CHS are both 4 weekly and TLH is 2 weekly. Flights start in December. They are continuing with their expansion into smaller/medium sized markets.
 
TUSDawg23
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Re: ViaAir adding CHS, CAE and TLH

Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:46 am

These guys are growing quickly and it will be interesting to see how they hold up. Interesting business model flying less than daily RJs to medium-sized markets from larger focus cities. Reminds me of the old expressjet at-risk flying. I've heard they've had several mishaps with cancelled flights and stranding pax so hopefully they get their act together.
 
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Re: ViaAir adding CHS, CAE and TLH

Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:05 am

Their route map is growing. I hope they do well. They remind me a bit of Independence Air, but with an Allegiant model.
You can even make a few fun connections such as this one.

11/16/2018 VC1191 16:00 SFB 17:10 CLT
11/16/2018 VC1173 17:51 CLT 18:39 BKW
11/16/2018 VC1173 19:00 BKW 19:36 PKB
 
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Re: ViaAir adding CHS, CAE and TLH

Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:28 am

How are they able to sustain this operation with ~15 pilots?
People are saying. Believe me.
 
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Re: ViaAir adding CHS, CAE and TLH

Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:04 am

Looks like MCI and Steamboat Springs doesn't show up anymore. Must have been cut.
 
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Re: ViaAir adding CHS, CAE and TLH

Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:55 am

TLH-SFB twice weekly? That is a very questionable allocation of resources.
 
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Re: ViaAir adding CHS, CAE and TLH

Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:58 am

axiom wrote:
TLH-SFB twice weekly? That is a very questionable allocation of resources.


I have to agree. It’s only a 4-hour drive and anyone who’s flying is doing so on business most likely and won’t be interested in flying into SFB. Though at 2x weekly it shouldn’t be hard to fill. Guess we’ll see...
 
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Re: ViaAir adding CHS, CAE and TLH

Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:07 am

TUSDawg23 wrote:
These guys are growing quickly and it will be interesting to see how they hold up. Interesting business model flying less than daily RJs to medium-sized markets from larger focus cities. Reminds me of the old expressjet at-risk flying. I've heard they've had several mishaps with cancelled flights and stranding pax so hopefully they get their act together.

My thoughts too. I enjoy watching startup airlines to see if they can develop a sustainable network. With that being said, some of the stories about their reliability are troubling so they desperately need to get that fixed. I think CAE is a great choice and CHS should do well. As others have noted, TLH remains to be seen.
 
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Re: ViaAir adding CHS, CAE and TLH

Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:24 pm

Good luck to the passengers booking these flights. If ViaAir's track record in my region, namely SHD and LWB to CLT, is any indication, these flights may or may not operate on a given day and, if they do operate, they may or may not arrive within an hour or two of the scheduled time. While they did improve their performance in fits and starts, they've shown little ability to do it in a sustainable way.
 
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Re: ViaAir adding CHS, CAE and TLH

Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:06 pm

Something I didn’t realize when I started this thread is that it appears CHS has no service to Orlando. I just assumed WN or B6 flew this route but on checking I cannot find any service. I guess it is not that bad of a drive. Via should be able to fill 4 50 seaters a week as long as service is reasonably reliable.
 
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Re: ViaAir adding CHS, CAE and TLH

Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:24 pm

Looks like the majors are matching on the CHS-MCO route at least, and you're looking at a basic economy fare of $87-$101 each way on Delta connecting in ATL. After you pay the $25 carry-on fee for ViaAir, vs. $0 for DL, there's a bit of a premium for the n/s option. And as I mentioned earlier, the chances you'll arrive on time are quite a bit higher with DL or AA even if the total travel time is longer.
 
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Re: ViaAir adding CHS, CAE and TLH

Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:20 pm

They have been very unreliable in OKC. Sometimes they have to route the aircraft to TUL to cover that flight, which is a huge inconvenience. They even flew a plane load of passengers OKC-TUL-AUS and then canceled the flight in TUL, and refused compensation for the OKC passengers.

From what I have been reading, they won’t last long.
 
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Re: ViaAir adding CHS, CAE and TLH

Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:22 pm

Instead of growing their route map they need to double down on actually operating the flights they have scheduled.
 
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Re: ViaAir adding CHS, CAE and TLH

Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:47 pm

I missed the CHS announcement.. I am guessing that TLH will be on the E-120 not the RJ... would seem to make better sense
Turn left heading 080 contact departure
 
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Re: ViaAir adding CHS, CAE and TLH

Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:00 pm

nkops wrote:
I missed the CHS announcement.. I am guessing that TLH will be on the E-120 not the RJ... would seem to make better sense

CHS has disappeared from their available booking. It was there earlier this week and then disappeared prior to official announcement. I have no idea why they would load a market and then remove it a couple days later. However, they are still a relatively new airline so I guess it could be a number of things.
 
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Re: ViaAir adding CHS, CAE and TLH

Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:17 pm

AFAIK the E-120's are no longer used for scheduled service and all flights will be on ERJ's. When the E-120's were flying the EAS flights their dispatch reliability was atrocious, even worse than the rest of the ViaAir operation.

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