|Quoting jetblue1965 (Reply 74):|
I'm not sure if SFO's fog issues will be solved by larger equipment. The moment they reduce, others will just increase, and the congestion is back to square one.
is one of the prime markets where subbing a 772 for a pair of 738s would definitely pay off. Currently UA
runs +/- 5 trips/day to HNL
from both LAX
with a combination of 777s, 738s and 757s. Cut that down to 4 domestic-configured 777s and you've increased total seat capacity while reducing demand on the airports at the same time without severely limiting flight options for pax.
|Quoting uberflieger (Reply 75):|
Also, high frequency is invaluable to attract last minute, full fare, frequent fliers and keep their loyalty. Without them, none of the legacies would be able to compete with LCCs, and should UA reduce its schedule between eg SFO & ORD, in favor of larger equipment, it also risks losing customers to AA.
Frequency is important up to a certain point. UA
runs 12-15 flights per day in the DEN
markets. In addition, all the JFK
P.S. flights are being moved to EWR
and those planes have fewer seats than the current EWR
planes have. Assuming that even if only 1/4 - 1/3 of the JFK
pax. move over to EWR
is going to be lacking quite a few seats in the NYC-SFO
market unless they add a few more frequencies (slots permitting) or sub some larger planes. I doubt that dropping 1 or 2 flights per day in these markets, and running larger planes, will make or break any flyers decision to fly.
FYI: when airports get backed up due to weather, the airlines have the option of negotiating with the FAA when determining what flights take delays and which ones don't. If UA
can run a few 772s between these hubs, they have the option of keeping these flights on schedule and sacrificing others...inconveniencing fewer passengers.