Going 5x and now all mainline? Yeah, looks like Virginia Ave is expecting B6 to enter the market this year.
Especially considering DL isn't flying any mainline on markets like CVG-LGA this summer.
I have always found CVG-BOS to be interesting though. Even when DL was seriously reducing service and pulling most mainline out of CVG several years ago, that route always kept at least 1-2 daily mainline flights. I'm guessing it has always been a solid performer and it's a CVG route that DL is still willing to defend.
What's crazy is that with whats loaded now as 5x 717 on CVG-BOS, they will have more seats per day than to hubs in DTW, MSP, or LGA.
Basically the only DL market from CVG that will have more seats per day than BOS is ATL.
I doubt their is another city in the network other than CVG where BOS is the #2 market in terms of daily seats.
Frankly, I'd be surprised if this sticks at this frequency at all 717s. 5x CR9 I can see, 5x is a huge influx of seats into the market.
With the significantly higher transatlantic lift DL is offering out of BOS this summer, I would assume that part of the plan is to beef up potential feeder markets like CVG that also have strong local O&D. For CVG-based travelers looking to go to DUB, the UK, LIS, AMS, or FCO, DL might as well have them connect through BOS rather than JFK. Same goes for the likes of IND, CLE, CMH, BNA, RDU, and PIT. That helps support the additional BOS lift while allowing the JFK flights to handle more O&D traffic, as well as connecting traffic from markets without BOS service (PDX, SAN, PHX, DEN, SAT, IAH, etc.) and to transatlantic markets only served through JFK (SNN, GLA, NCE, CPH, PRG, ATH, TLV, BOM, etc.).
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