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Sure Looks Like It

When American made their initial announcement, which was one flight originating in Philadelphia at 8:00AM then returning from Worcester at 9:30AM, we questioned if American really wanted success in Worcester or was this just a way to curry favor with Logan to get more gates? Since that time American not only changed the times, but added a 2nd turn that we think will be very successful starting in October.

Now today we finally had the expected announcement of Delta to Detroit, but are surprised by:

1) Start date of August 2019
2) That there is no schedule yet

Now read this from MasslIve :

What time the flight will depart from Worcester Regional Airport and how much tickets will cost have not yet been determined. The contract has been signed and the commitment has been made, officials said, but the project hinges on ongoing construction with additional Delta gates coming to Logan International Airport in Boston./

Can not be much more clear then this can you???

We are getting this flight so Delta gets more gates at Logan. Guess we should be happy that we benefit by having Massport as our owner, but we need to make sure that we get flights and schedules that can be successful here in Worcester!

Before we make any judgements on this announcement, we will wait to see the schedule, frequency and pricing. Why not work with Delta now to change the destination to Atlanta with two flights per day?

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commented on 2018-08-28 11:42:09

Well for whatever reason you have a year to do it. The only routes I’ve seen that take a year after announcement to start are long international routes. I guess 50 seat CRJ aircraft are the same as triple sevens? Anyways I don’t want to hear any crap about how Detroit offers different options. There’s a reason Atlanta and Chicago dominate out of Boston. This also fall exactly in line with a Stewart airport in New York. Detroit is a pity route not aimed in any way at the Worcester market other than being a big airport out west.


commented on 2018-08-28 11:47:20

Two flights per day to Atlanta would be successful and we would be a true reliever for Boston.

donald simpson

commented on 2018-08-28 12:07:08

the grumps will complain no matter what


commented on 2018-08-28 12:17:30

Why is Atlanta any better? Detroit is just as big of a hub so what's the difference? Atlanta wouldn't be any more likely to be the final destination than Detroit would be. Not to mention, Detroit is a WAY better airport than Atlanta and is also a better location to western destinations than Atlanta. Atlanta is a zoo. Full disclosure: I'm a business traveler who travels to Detroit weekly so I'm a bit biased.

ORH Supporter

commented on 2018-08-28 12:23:31

It's definitely ok to call a spade a spade. Massport is leveraging Logan to attract more service in Worcester. It's exactly what we wanted and needed them to do for the airport to have any chance. While this does look like a pity route where the direct financials at ORH are offset by the additional gates for Delta at Logan (hence the delay in starting service until the profits can start coming in for Delta at BOS), it doesn't really matter at the end of the day. Every airline that comes brings a new opportunity for Central Mass to show that it can support a "real" airport and hopefully continue to spark interest and more growth from additional airlines and from an already expanding catchment area for potential customers.


commented on 2018-08-28 12:28:54

I would say you’re biased to the point of delusional then. Atlanta has thousands of flights per day whereas Detroit is just starting to grow back after years of downsizing. If you want we can look at the capacity between Boston airports to Atlanta versus Detroit to show you where the demand is because I can assure you it’s not even close. This all being said we think Detroit will do well - but that’s about it. Not a lot of room to grow here with only Detroit. Think what you want but how much would you care to wager in 5 years it’s going to only be the same two flights to Detroit?


commented on 2018-08-28 13:28:37

Dylan do not be so grumpy... LOL.


commented on 2018-08-28 22:19:06

JetBlue to Orlando and Ft. Laurderdale: JetBlue gets all of Terminal C at BOS JetBlue to JFK: JetBlue gets more gates in C in BOS American to PHL: AA gets B South renovated at BOS, consolidates ops Delta to DTW: All of Terminal A back EVERY service announcement so far has been for direct favors at Logan. Worcester by no means has attracted air service based on actual economic numbers and merit. Massport leveraging carriers for ORH service on its surface is excellent but if they commit next to nothing, it doesn't matter. I'm personally so sick of these Massport announcements where all these policitians stroke each other's egos and play into the smoke and mirrors that Massport is trying to pull at ORH. The reality of Worcester right now is: 1. General aviation at ORH is dead from insane fuel prices driving pilots and corporate traffic away as well as several other factors 2. The commercial airline experiment for Worcester is close to failure. All we can seem to fill is flights to Florida. JFK is a joke and 100% doesn't last one year to May 3, 2019. 3. Rectrix is digging ORH into a bigger hole than it already is in. HYA doesn't need to be addressed because it's irrelevant. Period. Rectrix's commitment to ORH is all smoke and mirrors too. BWI/SRQ flight is nowhere to be seen. Rectrix fleet is nowhere to be seen, and the maintenance base is certainly not in Worcester.


commented on 2018-08-29 06:44:49

The first real commercial experience outside the Florida flights is going to be AA. B6 to JFK is a joke unfortunately. I looked into it last time I went to Europe, 10 hrs at JFK is a non-starter AND it is unreliable because of the massive amount of cancellations (and delays). The flight as it is would fail even if it was connecting the 2 busiest airports in the world.


commented on 2018-08-29 12:26:41

Can I try to put some things into perspective on this post and comments? Quid Pro Quo. So what. What does it matter how Delta made a decision to start (restart) service out of Worcester. If there's an opinion that it was Quid Pro Quo, they are a business and not about go into a market half-assed only to set themselves up for failure. They are going to maximize their efforts. They're filling larger airplanes at higher ticket prices out of Boston to Atlanta. So, why draw blood by peeling passengers out of Boston seats to fill Worcester planes. They want to grow their network. So, why not offer service to Detroit with Regional jets out of Worcester instead of Atlanta? They'll achieve a lot..... They'll enhance travel options for their devoted customers in metro west/central mass. They wont be competing with themselves in Boston. They wont be competing with AA's service through Philadelphia that will be feeding markets to the south/southeast. They wont have any competition out of Worcester with the east/west, Canada, Mexico, Far East markets. Also, Detroit is an AWESOME connecting hub. it's not mega like Atlanta, Dallas/Ft Worth, or Chicago. When the proverbial "fertilizer hits the ventilator" with weather, the mega hubs go to pot. Just look at the DOT data on on time dependability with flights through smaller hubs like Detroit..... more on time.... less congestion..... lower blood pressure. I would always look for connections through airports like Detroit (NWA), St. Louis (TWA), Nashville (AAL) So, I agree lets work with Delta and get them to fly to Atlanta, but not INSTEAD of Detroit, rather in addition too. That means we need to support and promote Detroit to prove Worcester is a viable option to Boston, Manchester, Providence and Bradley ps...... to Dylan, yes, it got announced pretty early.... before flights are even being available to book..... why?.... glad you asked. Because the powers at be needed to catch up to the "leakers"...... aka.... Bill ;) with the news. Summary..... We are entering an unbelievable era with Worcester Regional Airport. Massport owns it. Massport's dumped $100 million dollars into it. 3 airlines have committed to fly out of it. This is epic in the 70 year history of the airport. Let's embrace it, and STOP NITPICKING !!!! This is great $#!7 thats going on at the airport !!!!!


commented on 2018-08-29 12:48:47

Johnson: Funny you tell us that nobody listens to FlyORH since we are not real news. Now you tell us that we have forced an annoucement a year before the first flight because we leaked it???


commented on 2018-08-29 12:48:48

Johnson: Funny you tell us that nobody listens to FlyORH since we are not real news. Now you tell us that we have forced an annoucement a year before the first flight because we leaked it???


commented on 2018-08-29 17:25:37

Johnson - these are all the exact same things we said about JFK. We don’t even know what the service is. If you don’t like the opinions of this blog I don’t know what to tell you. If you’re starting business routes you want to go with your best chance. Atlanta over Detroit could be a MASSIVE mistake if no one flies this route. There is already capacity out of all airports in the area to Detroit so I’m not exactly sure what your point is? They’re competing with themselves either way not just at Logan but at Manchester (which is losing Atlanta in January mind you - let alone Chicago before then), Providence, Hartford and Boston. We have not said this route is going to fail however this does not leave much room to grow. Now if you tell us 5 years from now we will have Atlanta and Detroit? That changes everything. But so far there is no reason to believe that we will have anything except the same two flights a day to Detroit 5 years from now. This deal being contingent on Delta actually getting the gates in Logan a year from now should tell you all you need to know. If you actually read the article Massport and Delta officials mentioned that’s why it was delayed until August and not January. Thanks for the compliment though being such a lowely blog that’s some serious power to effect an entire announcement!

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