Jetson Comment

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Editor’s note: Recently we have bumped into people who have commented on the “negativity” of this blog. Sorry, we wish there was more positive developments to cover and we are not cheerleaders. Sadly we agree alot with this comment from Jetson.

The JetBlue ship has sailed. They are not expanding anything at ORH. ORH’s future is not JetBlue. We really need better connecting service to hubs like DC, Atlanta, and Charlotte. Right now we have a flight to LaGuardia that has very limited connection options and a flight to JFK that has only one connection option to Florida (Miami). If there is one strength that ORH has, it’s flights to leisure destinations. JFK isn’t even a top ten destination domestically from Logan. I’d much rather have the Philadelphia flight back. It gave travelers way more leisure destination connection options than JFK.

I’m sure in a year that ORH will still have the same 4 flights (or 5 including Fort Myers) and we’ll all still be commenting on ORH’s potential. There will be more fluff news articles about how “great” ORH is doing. And every other airport in New England will have added even more service while ORH flounders. New Haven will probably have blown well past 30 destinations by this time next year. Manchester is making a comeback also. It’s almost as if Massport is intentionally sabotaging ORH.

Prove me wrong Massport.

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11 thoughts on “Jetson Comment

  1. The above was actually my comment.

    Just wanted to clarify because Jetson usually puts some good posts on here and I didn’t want him to get blamed for any of what I said from the Massport fan club.

  2. Thank you! There are some positives about Worcester airport. 1, we have an airport with commercial service. 2, Worcester flies too my second home 3, we can park for cheap and it’s ten min away from where most of us live. 4, airfare seems to be cheaper than logan 5, it may grow with Worcester on the rise. We are a leisure airport and always will be.

  3. Flying out tomorrow back to worcester from FLL. Flight down here last Tuesday was about 2/3 full (I had an entire row to myself including the 3 seats across from me). Tomorrow only 12 seats left for the flight to Worcester. Orlando flight looks to be good as well.

    We very rarely see these things happen with JetBlue but tomorrow might be the first time ever the A220 makes an appearance. It’s scheduled for tomorrow only to do the Orlando flight. This may be a common thing we could see since JetBlue and the engines on their planes need full inspection and as many as 15 planes could be out at one. Currently no other plane other than the A320 is scheduled to fly for JetBlue to worcester but time will tell if that remains the case. If the A220 were to replace the A320 for a period of time, there would be 22 seats lost (140 vs 162) but that would still be a good load factor for the airport (140 seats booked on a 320 is 86.42%. Some days it would be bad not having enough seats but other days it would be good or better since for example, if you have 100 seats booked on both jets, that’s 61.73% on the A320 but 71.43% on the A220. Makes a difference when looking at load factors)

  4. Flight to ORH from FLL officially 100% full and sold out. One thing I’ve never seen before is the captain came out to the terminal and gave a little speech telling everyone not to be worried because of storms over the Carolina’s, how they have 61 years of experience together (him and the First Officer), and it’ll be just like a dirt road, might be a little bumpy and when you see a pothole you have to go around them. One thing it really did was made everyone feel a lot more comfortable. I’ve overheard some conversations where people live in western Mass, Vermont, and NH. Definitely a good thing to hear about if your trying to pitch more flights to an airline

  5. The JetBlue flight to Fort Lauderdale the past 2 weeks have been a disaster. Flying to ORH hasn’t been as bad as flying back. May 8th flight left ORH 21 hours late, they just had another aircraft fly a new crew to Worcester and fly down to Fort Lauderdale. That’s what they had to do on May 8th as well. Lots of delays and I honestly think when I flew down on the 7th I got lucky only leaving 30-45 minutes late. We left FLL 40 minutes late on Tuesday but that was because as we were leaving, pilots needed a new route because of storms on the east coast.

    I knew going into the spring/summer that it was going to be an issue (I mentioned it before), but I expected the Orlando flight to be the one having issues and not Fort Lauderdale because that’s how it was last year.

    What we have for a schedule now for the JetBlue flights is the schedule for the summer (give or take one hour difference). Let’s just hope this can be fixed because with this happening two weeks in a row, that’s not a good look at all

  6. I’m flying down to FLL on June 26th out of Boston on Spirit 6 am flight $68 one way. I only trust spirit when the flight is 6 am in the morning. The price is very cheap for a 6 am flight. My return flight is back to Boston for $ 90 a week later. JB, Spirit, frontier, Avelo are basically the same, different color planes and names. At one time JB was a strong leader in the discount business. Breeze may start to take market share!

  7. Carl sold half his stake in JB this past week, he made $1 per share profit on the selling. He now owns 5%. I think he looses a person on the board.

  8. Avelo is adding flights from New Haven to Washington DC/Dulles, another route that would do well at ORH but will never happen.

  9. So we have Avelo approaching 30 destinations out of New Haven and I just read that Breeze plans to serve something like 35 destinations out of TF Green.

    Meanwhile, the last year at ORH…… Crickets. Is Massport intentionally sabotaging ORH??? It makes no sense. Every other airport in New England is booming right now. At this point Massport should just cut their losses and sell the airport land off to be redeveloped.

  10. I should also add that I don’t ever see ORH having 30+ destinations and that’s fine, but ORH could easily support flights to 5 or 6 destinations in Florida (make Fort Myers year-round and add West Palm Beach, Tampa/St. Pete, Sarasota) along with a flight to Myrtle Beach and San Juan and also better connecting flight service to all or some combination of DC, Charlotte, and Atlanta. The connecting service we have now to LaGuardia and JFK sucks. Options with those two flights are way too limited. While I would much rather use ORH as it is a mere 3 miles from my house, I have to fly out of TF Green or Logan to get to West Palm Beach at a reasonable time of day.

    It’s all a pipe dream though. ORH is like a ship stuck on a sandbar. Not going anywhere…..

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