by Michael Lowrey
Recently ran a summary of US Airways and American Airlines flights from Charlotte. Here’s the service level for all the other airlines flying from Charlotte and Concord. Flight levels are for Thursday, August 7th. (OK, I’m a bit behind.)
• Air Canada: 2 daily (OK, 12 times a week) to Toronto on 50-seat regional jets
• Insel Air: Once a week to Curaçao on a MD-80
• Lufthansa: Daily to Munich on an Airbus A340-600 (typically five days a week on an Airbus A330-300 over the winter). The Airbus A346 is the biggest passenger plane that regularly flies into CLT.
• Delta: 33 flights a day: Atlanta 11 times a day on a mix of 140 to 160-seat mainline aircraft; Detroit five times a day on mainline jets, Minneapolis-St. Paul 4 times a day (2 mainline, 2 large regional jet), Salt Lake City once a day on a mainline jet, New New LaGuardia seven times a day on large regional jets, New York JFK two a day (one large regional jet, one 50-seater), Cincinnati three times a day on 50-seaters.
So in total 19 flight a day on Delta Air Lines proper (mainline), 10 flights a day on large regional jets featuring a first-class section, and only four flights a day on 50-seaters.
• Frontier: Four times a week on an Airbus A 319 to Trenton, NJ. And on August 20, started day-day a week service to Washington Dulles on an Airbus A320.
• JetBlue: 2 flights a day to JFK and 2 flights a day to Boston, all on 100-seat Embraer E190s
• Southwest Airlines: Seven flights a day on 137-seat or 143-seat Boeing 737s, two each to Baltimore, Chicago Midway, and Houston Hobby plus a single flight to Orlando. The second Houston Hobby flight is a summer seasonal while service to Orlando ends — apparently permanently in November.
• United: 21 flights, 6 flights on 50-seat regional jets (!) each to Newark and Houston Intercontinental. 5.5 flights a day to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and 3.5 flights a day to Washington Dulles (IAD) One plane goes ORD-CLT-IAD which explains the fraction. ORD and IAD service are mainly on a mix of large regional jets and 50-seaters though one Chicago flight is on United mainline.
In total, one United mainline flight, four large regional jets with a first class section, and 16 50-seaters.
• Dropped routes: Earlier this year, Delta ended flight from Charlotte to Memphis while United ended its Charlotte – Cleveland service. Memphis service had traditionally been three flights a day on a regional get (50-seat or sometimes larger). Cleveland service was on 50-seaters, with between two and four flights a day, depending upon the say of the week and time of the year. The Memphis and Cleveland hubs both cut axed, which explains why the routs were cut.
Concord flights: Allegiant flies from Concord to Orlando Sanford International Airport (secondary airport in the Orlando area) but the schedule is a rather variable depending upon the time of year. In August, it was four times a week. Flights on MD-80s. The airline has announced plans to start flying St. Petersburg, FL twice a week come November.