JetBlue will start flying between Bradley and Reagan National in Washington on June 19.
Flights will leave Bradley at 6:35 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Reagan National at 9:20 a.m. and 7:25 p.m. Introductory fares as low as $30 one way (Tuesdays and Wednesday only) are available for travel through August, but you have to buy them today. I found other fares ranging from $64 to a refundable holiday weekend fare of $564.
The aircraft on this route will be 100-seat Embraer 190 jets, bigger than a regional jet but not quite as big as the traditional narrow-body Boeing or Airbus jets. Last year the CEO of JetBlue pronounced himself “disappointed” with this line of aircraft but, hey, they have leather seats.
Fares out of Bradley fell 3.7 percent, adjusted for inflation, between the second quarter of 2012 and the second quarter of 2013, nearly identical to a 3.6 percent drop in domestic fares nationwide, reports The Hartford Courant, citing the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. But Bradley’s average round-trip fare was $36 higher than the national average.
I wonder whether one possible reasons for higher fares is that so much of Bradley’s traffic — 38 percent of passengers — is carried by Southwest and JetBlue, which don’t charge for checked bags. (Bag fees aren’t included in the BTS stats.) So the fares look higher but passengers don’t necessarily pay more.
Or not. Figuring out whether bag fees are a factor would require calculating the percentage of flights flown by Southwest and JetBlue at each airport. And then you’d have to look at the percentage flown by hucksters like Spirit and Allegiant that charge for carry-on bags. And then you’d need to be a good statistician to figure out whether any correlation might involve other factors.
And I’m not that smart or that patient.
No sooner do I mention (as an aside in my screed against Ryanair) that Bradley International Airport has no nonstop transcontinental flights than American Airlines announces a new nonstop transcontinental flight from Bradley International Airport.
Please feel free to view this as ignorance, prescience or coincidence.
All of us who fly out of Bradley would like to have transatlantic flights again but how desperate are we? Ryanair desperate? Let’s hope not.
Air traffic control at Bradley International cleared a commuter jet to land in the path of a departing flight last Friday, prompting someone in the control tower to drop a very audible f-bomb on the recently released audio.
I’ve had days like that.
The ExpressJet Embraer ERJ-135 (Flight 3822 out of Newark) was landing around 8 a.m. on May 17 as the US Airways Airbus A320 (Flight 1509 headed to Charlotte) took off on an intersecting runway. This is called a near miss, but it may not have been all that near. It appears the US Airways flight was already in the air as the ExpressJet flight landed, and it sounds as if air traffic controllers diverted the arriving jet to a taxiway before it reached the intersection with the other runway.
Still, it’s the kind of thing that gets the FAA up in your grill.
WVIT Channel 30 has a report and LiveATC.net has posted a lengthier excerpt of the audio on YouTube with the profanity transcribed and un-bleeped. I’m not judging. I say the same thing when I drop something on my foot.