Fiscal 2023 DIF Account

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 Gary Samela,…most of the stuff posted here is not just the author pulling it out of his ass but is based on fact. Yes…Southwest did in fact visit ORH in person. The execs came to visit to scope the place out as the airline was very seriously considering ORH as their next expansion. This was pre-pandemic.   Service was planned to start in the summer ‘20 span of time but once early spring of 2020 hit, they quickly pulled out of the deal as it had yet to be made public and therefore no harm would be done. 


As for JetBlue’s 2x daily flights. Yes…everyone predicts them to do quite well once the 2nd daily flight comes online in a week. I personally have access to the daily flight information with pax count. The single flight is currently doing quite well. They are averaging a 50% load factor over the last month which considering we are still in a semi-pandemic with people still afraid to fly is quite well. 


As for Breeze, once again, I can say firsthand fhe airline was originally considering ORH as one of their launch destinations. This was back when they where still getting there feet underneath them & had yet to be named Breeze. At the time it was ‘Moxy’ who we knew was in talks with the airport. 


As for American they already have changes planned to there service. They are starting off with the PHL flight for Nov/Dec using a ERJ145XR. Then come January, a switch is planned from Piedmont to Republic as the service provider. This will see an aircraft switch from a ERJ145XR to an ERJ175LR. Slight upgrade operations wise, but huge upgrade for pax comfort. 


A change in destination is also being looked at as they are currently looking into switching from PHL to JFK at the same time, tho this has yet to be 100% finalized.  This switch would see JB give up one of their JFK flights to American as they have a codeshare agreement. This would allow JB to use their 3rd flight to add MCO back to the schedule. 


As of current JB is reluctant to add MCO as an 4th flight instead of replacing one of the original 3. This is because once they hit 4 per day they must switch from using contracted (Ross Aviation in this case) ticket agents to JB personal. Unsure if this is a contractual obligation or what, that knowledgeable is above me. B it what is stated above I know firsthand. 


So no, the Author is not ‘pulling things out of his ass’ 




Gary Samela said…
I am impressed with your knowledge offuture plans for the airport. Hopefully Massport will keep tabs on all of this as situations arise. I seem to remember that Andy Davis said he was blindsided when AA
cut back service. That really scares me.