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B6 Ops Question About SJU

Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:01 pm

Curious about B6 ops at SJU and whether flights to STI, SDQ, SXM, STT, and STX, are more geared toward local traffic or is there a significant amount of connecting traffic to these cities from FLL, TPA, MCO, and any others. Are they backfilling flights that were once flown by AA? In other words, what are the primary drivers and whether the traffic is for connections or a strong local market, or both?

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RE: B6 Ops Question About SJU

Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:29 pm

I would have to say it's geared more towards connecting FLL and MCO to their Caribbean destinations that aren't served non-stop. I do feel there's more local traffic in between PR and DR.
 
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RE: B6 Ops Question About SJU

Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:59 pm

Quoting Sparrow787 (Reply 1):

I would have to say it's geared more towards connecting FLL and MCO to their Caribbean destinations that aren't served non-stop. I do feel there's more local traffic in between PR and DR.

Actually - SJU-STI/SDQ is a pretty large market. I would say it's more O+D, than connecting traffic. Outside of NYC, SJU has the second largest population of Dominicans. Not to mention trade between the two.

Destinations like STT/STX/SXM, are more geared for connecting traffic for sure. There's local demand between these islands, but with more tourism involved.
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RE: B6 Ops Question About SJU

Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:28 pm

Quoting Sparrow787 (Reply 1):
Quoting AA767400 (Reply 2):

Thank you. Are these routes flown with the A320 or E190? If it's tourism based O&D I presume the fares are lower; would one particular aircraft be favored?
 
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RE: B6 Ops Question About SJU

Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:55 pm

It varies. Right now STI and PUJ are a320 routes, but that's also aircraft routing and availability. STT has almost always been e90, SXM usually is an e90 but has seen a320 service. SDQ goes both ways.
 
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RE: B6 Ops Question About SJU

Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:22 am

Is it possible we can see SJU become a staging point for B6s entry to Brazil?

Are more flights to more cities in the US planned?
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RE: B6 Ops Question About SJU

Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:28 am

Quoting TWA772LR (Reply 5):

They should be able to do FLL-GRU/GIG with the A321LR. I'm not sure SJU would be necessary to reach Brazil.

[Edited 2015-01-16 17:29:26]
 
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RE: B6 Ops Question About SJU

Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:35 am

Quoting flyby519 (Reply 6):

Would the A321 on the FLL-GRU/GIG routes be Mint configured?
 
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RE: B6 Ops Question About SJU

Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:09 am

Quoting seat1a (Reply 7):

Probably. B6 hasn't ordered any A321LRs, but they are one of the carriers expected to. I'd bet that a B6 A321LR would have the same cabin config as the current B6 A321 Mint. Having the Mint configuration would cut down on baggage compared to a higher density layout, which would help since the A321LR will be losing cargo space to accommodate an extra fuel tank.
 
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RE: B6 Ops Question About SJU

Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:53 am

Quoting flyby519 (Reply 8):

Thank you. Presume there's a premium market between FLL-GRU/GIG to fill that lovely front cabin.
 
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RE: B6 Ops Question About SJU

Sat Jan 17, 2015 6:49 am

Heard that they are looking into possibly converting the current A321neo to A321LR. I would see the footprint moving further south, IE FLL/SJU-GRU/GIG, etc
And JFK-LIM/MDE/BOG. I would surmise TATL from the northeast hubs to underserved leisure markets to Europe may even be possible.
The SJU trans carribean flying is mostly local I think being that B6 is a mostly point to point. Seems to be doing well filling the gap Eagle left.

[Edited 2015-01-16 22:51:58]
 
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RE: B6 Ops Question About SJU

Sat Jan 17, 2015 6:57 am

Quoting Abeam79 (Reply 10):

Thanks. Slightly off topic, I read many, many years ago that AA had planned for a major hub in SJU with service to Europe and South America?
 
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RE: B6 Ops Question About SJU

Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:32 am

Quoting seat1a (Reply 11):
Thanks. Slightly off topic, I read many, many years ago that AA had planned for a major hub in SJU with service to Europe and South America?

I seem to recall AA applying for STL-LON back in the 90s.
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RE: B6 Ops Question About SJU

Sat Jan 17, 2015 10:42 am

Quoting AA767400 (Reply 2):
Outside of NYC, SJU has the second largest population of Dominicans.

And the Dominican Republic has a sizable population of Puerto Ricans as well; my family is among them.
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RE: B6 Ops Question About SJU

Sat Jan 17, 2015 5:25 pm

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 12):

I seem to recall AA applying for STL-LON back in the 90s.

How does applying for STL-LON pertain to San Juan?

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