awesome, but yet the naysayer traditionalists will still say it's not a hub, even when presented with this evidence.
Good for DL, it's nice to see them utilize Terminal A to its fullest.
Sitting at BOS right now awaiting my flight, flying UA775 to ORD- flight is about 75% full... security was an absolute breeze this morning.
May this announcement finally put to rest all the speculation about whether DL considers BOS a hub, focus city or neither. Excited to see how B6 will respond- I’m sure we’ll see something come from them, especially since they are the largest carrier at BOS and in a heated duel with DL!
I’m surprised by the ‘focus city’ announcement by DL, and am a little skeptical as to the role that some of those cities will play in DL’s overall network, particularly SJC. We’ve seen full service carriers attempt to hub SJC with a lack of success (most recent TW/AA).. DL runs considerable ops up the road at SFO (which DL struggles with on BOS-SFO), not to mention DL western US hubs at LAX, SEA and SLC, so I’ll be interested to see DL’s strategy for SJC. Could BOS even support a DL BOS-SJC link with all the Bay Area competition and the struggles on BOS-SFO?
Now that DL has publicly recognized BOS as a hub, I believe DL will need to add a considerable amount of routes/frequency increases/upgauges beyond its current capacity/network in order for BOS to truly be characterized as a hub for one of the largest US airlines. Also, as DL further develops its international route offerings at BOS, it will need additional domestic markets/increased frequencies and upgauges to help support the network.
Could we see any of these added?:
Missing key business markets: BAL, CLT, DFW, IAH, DEN, PHX, SAN
Missing regional markets: MEM, SDF, MSN, GSP, SBN, STL, BHM, OMA
Other potential adds:
-SAT?? (Largest unserved market from BOS, although I believe this would be better served by WN or B6)
-PDX (I don’t know if this could support a daily flight, but PDX runs decent DL ops and BOS being a hub, maybe it would make sense to connect it, at least seasonally)
-BTV (I’ve read that BTV airport authority is trying to secure a direct flight to BOS- this would help feed BOS’ network well)
-BGR (Local New England market that would help feed DL’s BOS network- start on a 50 seater or a CRJ 700)
-ROC (Also recently read that ROC is competing for another link to BOS- the new B6 service is doing extraordinarily well and AA is surviving, adding DL would funnel additional pax to its BOS hub and perhaps push AA off the route)
-SYR (help BOS further develop its DL hub and push AA off the route)
International adds: LGW, KEF, BRU?, MXP, BCN
BNA- even with the recently added 4th daily, BNA continues to hold its own.. I think we’ll see an upgauge to mainline on at least 1 daily, especially with BNA becoming a focus city
IND- has performed very well, high load factors- I think DL will evaluate how the newly added 4th daily flight will do, but I think this is another candidate to eventually have one of the dailies upgauged to mainline
MKE- right now at 2x daily (morning and late day departure from MKE), add a 3rd flight- an early afternoon departure from MKE to allow for TATL connections in BOS
JAX- has performed strongly thus far, have to see how the newly added 3rd daily does- if continues to perform well, I think one of the flights could be upgauged to mainline
MCI- this flight has performed quite well in terms of loads, I’ve taken it a number of times and the flight has been 100% full... 3rd daily coming in Sep that will allow for TATL connections in BOS, but if it continues to do well I think upgauging one of the flights to a 717 is possible.
LAS- this has performed well ever since it was launched last OCT, I can’t believe they haven’t upgauged to a 739 yet from the -800.
SEA- I think there is a business case to upgauge to an aircraft with a D1 equipped cabin.. I think it would perform well and put pressure on B6’s yields (which DL seems keen on doing)
AUA- add frequencies (4x weekly or daily)- B6 runs as many as 3-4 daily in the high season.
SJU- biggest Caribbean market from BOS, surprised they aren’t on it... this would pressure B6
With the recently added frequencies/new markets, next spring DL should be around 158 flights.. I feel like DL and Massport have a plan for squeezing additional capacity out of terminal A- I think we could see it get as high as 175-180 flights. While DL will have full access to 20 gates in A, the gate used by WS only has 3x daily to YYZ, so DL actually has access to 20.75 gates in terminal A.
I know there’s a lot here to unpack, but I’m excited to see what others think about the future of DL’s ops at BOS- there have to be more adds coming!