PSAatSAN4Ever wrote:There was a large bio-medical conference held in San Diego, and Air France scheduled several "one-off" scheduled services. Tickets could be purchased by the general public; however, someone reported that less than 100 seats were sold on one of the flights. However, given that this was solely for the conference, any additional tickets above and beyond those sold for that reason was extra revenue. And zero advertising for a one-or-two-times-only destination? I'd be surprised that ANY were sold!
If memory serves, those flights were chartered to bring conference attendees from Paris to San Diego for the conference and bring them back at the end. What otherwise would have been empty positioning legs were instead published as scheduled flights and tickets sold. I imagine most of the people on those flights were traveling from San Diego to Paris or beyond (or vice-versa) and just happened to be on the dates of the flights so the nonstop came up. I suspect they got the nonstop one way and went through another hub the other. I saw that <100 passengers figure as well.
They used the temporary light up traffic signs along the side of Harbor Drive to direct Air France passengers to the Delta counter in terminal 2; they didn't make Air France signs for the permanent signs above Harbor.