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WN SJC-RDU

Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:25 pm

I see this was Saturday only flight was scheduled sometime in the last 12 months - does anyone know if it happened, and where it went?
 
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Re: WN SJC-RDU

Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:23 pm

MAX8 Grounding forced WN to temporarily eliminate a lot of long haul flying to free up aircraft time to cover the network.

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Re: WN SJC-RDU

Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:35 pm

Seems like a route DL should jump on.
 
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Re: WN SJC-RDU

Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:27 pm

I assume this is because SFO-RDU takes all of the demand and this type of sat only flights can't cover the cost of fuel/crew.
 
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Re: WN SJC-RDU

Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:09 am

Murdoughnut wrote:
Seems like a route DL should jump on.


Depending on what they plan for their SJC "focus city", I could see DL starting this in the next few years. Seems like a route that would be better suited to a daily A319 with a premium cabin than a weekend only WN 737. Then again, DL might be perfectly happy to optimize connections via ATL.

Either way, I'm a little surprised this route isn't flown more frequently. There are plenty of tech giants in the South Bay that I'm sure have connections to the Research Triangle (Cisco certainly jumps to mind). With the proper advertising, I'm sure a chunk of South Bay traffic that currently flies from SFO due to the presence of nonstops would flip to SJC for sheer convenience.
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Re: WN SJC-RDU

Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:50 am

FSDan wrote:
Murdoughnut wrote:
Seems like a route DL should jump on.


Depending on what they plan for their SJC "focus city", I could see DL starting this in the next few years. Seems like a route that would be better suited to a daily A319 with a premium cabin than a weekend only WN 737. Then again, DL might be perfectly happy to optimize connections via ATL.


Yeh, I don't get a Sat only for this airport pair. DL 5x weekly A220 - but they've got the numbers.
 
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Re: WN SJC-RDU

Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:09 am

tphuang wrote:
I assume this is because SFO-RDU takes all of the demand and this type of sat only flights can't cover the cost of fuel/crew.


It’s more a function of the route only adding marginally to the network given the plethora of one-stop and connecting options. WN cut a lot of this low-frequency California stuff as a MAX coping strategy.
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Re: WN SJC-RDU

Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:16 am

Ya it ended up operating for around a month or something. So just 5 flights or so. MAX cuts, as many above have said.
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Re: WN SJC-RDU

Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:16 am

FSDan wrote:
Murdoughnut wrote:
Seems like a route DL should jump on.


Depending on what they plan for their SJC "focus city", I could see DL starting this in the next few years. Seems like a route that would be better suited to a daily A319 with a premium cabin than a weekend only WN 737. Then again, DL might be perfectly happy to optimize connections via ATL.

Either way, I'm a little surprised this route isn't flown more frequently. There are plenty of tech giants in the South Bay that I'm sure have connections to the Research Triangle (Cisco certainly jumps to mind). With the proper advertising, I'm sure a chunk of South Bay traffic that currently flies from SFO due to the presence of nonstops would flip to SJC for sheer convenience.


The curious thing is that since DL announced SJC as a focus city, I don’t think they’ve added anything.
 
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Re: WN SJC-RDU

Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:26 am

I suspect AS adding SFO-RDU service - and, IIRC, UA retaliating by increasing frequency on that route - did not bode well for this service. Now that AS has dropped all nonstop SFO-RDU flying, it may make sense to give it another try. Then again, it's quite easy for pax to stop or connect in places like BNA, DEN, LAS and STL. I have to think many savvy coast-to-coast travelers look for one-stop routings through places like those rather than megahubs like ATL and ORD where things are far more likely to go wrong. I know I do!
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