MIflyer12 wrote:dcaproducer wrote:mcdu wrote:
Doesn’t DL have their own international feed to their BOS operation. Add in the benefit to having DL FF miles if you live in the NE versus WN. With DL those FF miles get you to vacation destinations like Hawaii from the east coast and back. With WN not so much and getting to a vacation destination on WN from the NE can involve some pretty inconvenient itineraries. I can imagine both the IND and the BOS traffic would benefit from DL over WN for most travel needs.
BOS is a big international hub for DL with flights to Europe, so there's that feed.
JFK is much the bigger TATL hub for DL. JFK-IND actually has less capacity than BOS-IND so I don't think TATL connections is the reason for DL's success BOS-IND.Midwestindy wrote:MIflyer12 wrote:I understand IND-BOS might be a thin route but it's still surprising that 3x DL E-170s could drive them off.
WN has cut all the IND-Northeast routes in the past 1-2 years(DCA, EWR, and now BOS), plus cut back service to SAN, LAX, OAK, and MDW. Not too surprised here.....
The way you put it, WN is comprehensively giving up on IND-Northeast/MidAtlantic, not a function of Delta's performance BOS-IND specifically.
WN just doesn't have strong POS in the IND market (outside of Florida and leisure heavy markets), which makes routes like IND-BOS/EWR hard. They tried to get attract some business travelers in IND a few years ago, but it clearly was unsuccessful, as they lost a sizable contract last year after they dropped DCA and announced they were dropping EWR.
DL was commanding a much higher avg fare though, for Q3 IND-BOS WN was getting an avg fare of $157, compared to $256 on DL. Probably less because of BOS TATL operation, but because of strong DL POS on both ends. I doubt there are more than 10 PDEW connecting thru BOS to Europe on DL, with IND-CDG in addition to IND-DTW-Europe+IND-JFK-Europe.