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A One-time flight? 3/1/20 UA 5634 (Skywest) RNO-ORD

Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:05 pm

I'm a Chicagoan who likes to ski, so I try to make it out West a couple times each winter. Had never been to Lake Tahoe, so decided to give it a shot this year.

Flying United, it seemed like a direct flight was going to be a red-eye (or close to it). So, on the way there, we connected through Denver.

On the return on March 1st, there was a United (Skywest) E175 that departed RNO at 2:20 PM (UA 5634), which was a perfect departure time for the way home. It was nice to not have to connect through Denver, or to take a red eye.

That said, it seems like this was a one-time thing. UA didn't offer that 2:20 direct flight RNO to ORD on any other date except 1 March. So, I got to wondering how that works.

How did United (or SkyWest) decide that they should do this flight? I googled around, but didn't see anything going on in Chicago that week that would drive a lot of traffic RNO to ORD.

Was this just a matter of United trying out a new route?
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Re: A One-time flight? 3/1/20 UA 5634 (Skywest) RNO-ORD

Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:18 pm

Sometimes it is a question of monthly schedules lining up in such a way that February ended with one extra SkyWest plane in RNO, and March started with the need for an extra SkyWest plane in Chicago.

Another hypothetical possibility is if there is a planned one-way charter, they may make the other leg a revenue trip even if it's on a route that they wouldn't normally fly because they have to get the crew and plane back anyway, so might as well get some revenue for it.
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Re: A One-time flight? 3/1/20 UA 5634 (Skywest) RNO-ORD

Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:49 am

Looks like there was also one the previous Sunday 2/23 so I'd assume the previous Sundays before that as well. UA had a flight schedule change today, which is probably why 3/1 is the last Sunday that flight was flown and it's not in the schedule after this week.

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