Posts by BillRandell

JetBlue bag fees in our future?

JetBlue bag fees in our future?
  At least that is my prediction and let me explain why: Ticket prices:  People buying tickets only look at the price.  No way–you say!!  I can not tell you how many people have told me that they bought tickets to fly to MCO or FLL out of Boston-Providence that live in Worcester because the tickets are cheaper.   Other then a coup [...]

Vote for Worcester in JetBlue Greener...

Vote for Worcester in JetBlue Greenery contest
GoLocalWorcester Link I received many insightful comments through social media after I wrote this column last week. Here is one I found really good and I wanted to share. We recently flew from Boston to Orlando and I was told by a JetBlue agent every flight goes out 100% full to Orlando. There were a number of standbys that if were given the [...]

Momentum building at ORH

Momentum building at ORH
GoLocalWorcester Over the past couple of weeks, I have written that I have become concerned with the loads on JetBlue’s daily flight to Orlando. Right now, I estimate the loads to be less than 80% on the Embraer (100 seats) to Orlando, while the Fort Lauderdale flight is closer to 90% on the same plane. Let’s take a look at JetBlue flights [...]

Housing Development Incentive Plan (H...

Housing Development Incentive Plan (HDIP)
Over the past three + years if not longer, we have talked about a Philly Plan that would lock in the current assessed value for a stipulated period of time for commercial development.  Locally this was done with the Hanover, when the assessed value was locked in for ten years.   It sounds great on paper, but it is not as easy as it sounds to [...]

JetBlue new schedule May 1st

JetBlue new schedule May 1st
GoLocalWorcester FlyORH column Last week I wrote about my concerns that the tickets to Orlando have slowed. I received many comments on Facebook, particularly those regarding JetBlue changing their schedule. Effective May 1st, the departure times for the flights to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale have flipped: ORH to FLL: 7:10 AM-10:19AM (current [...]

Orlando Part 2

Orlando Part 2
Yesterday, I wrote about my concerns that the tickets to Orlando have slowed.   I received many comments on Facebook, some of which I found very enlightening.  Before I review them, JetBlue has revised the schedule effective May 1st switching the times of the Orlando and Fort Lauderdale outbound flightst: ORH to FLL                          [...]

FlyORH worried about Orlando tix sale...

FlyORH worried about Orlando tix sales
GoLocalWorcester column Last April when JetBlue announced daily service to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale starting November 7th, I thought Orlando would be full every day and worried about Fort Lauderdale. I went on the JetBlueBestFareFinder site to see the availability of seats for the next three days to both locations and found the following: [...]

Spirit Airlines and Myrtle Beach?

Spirit Airlines and Myrtle Beach?
Alot of people bash these guys but they remind me alot of Allegiant, except that they target large cities, while Allegiant goes after secondary markets like Worcester.  Both Spirit and Allegiant are good airlines and would be great assets at ORH. Spirit  (and Allegiant) charges fees for carry-on bags, checked bags, snacks, drinks, boarding pa [...]

June 1st prediction

June 1st prediction
A few months back I predicted that there would be additional commercial service by June 1st.  After going to the Travel Show the other day, I am more positive of that then ever.  Was it the best show that I ever seen, but was it good for being the first one? Absolutely.. What amazes more about the airport more then anything is the how much th [...]

JetBlue to start seasonal service JFK...

JetBlue to start seasonal service JFK to Hyannis
JetBlue announced Wednesday that it will begin non-stop jet service from New York City to Hyannis beginning this June. According to a release issued by JetBlue, Hyannis will be the airline’s 86th destination. On June 26, 2014, JetBlue will begin offering one daily flight between NYC’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and th [...]