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FlyORH: JetBlue’s 50-Flight Milestone at Worcester Regional Airport

Thursday, November 21, 2013

 

Today I was looking through some of my old blogs on Direct Air; here is one from October 24, 2011:

Getting more and more concerned about this airline every day. Since Direct Air is a public charter, they need to deposit revenues from ticket sales into an escrow account and the monies are bonded. If you buy a ticket, your monies are safe.

On the other hand, if you buy a ticket, actually a voucher, through Family Ties, since it is not a ticket the monies are not put into escrow and can be spent on daily operations. Bottom line: these monies are not secure. Top that off with all the bad experiences I have heard about Family Ties, and I strongly urge you to buy actual tickets from Direct Air to support ORH, but not to buy tickets through Family Ties.

Here's another from November 10, 2011:

Direct Air's days are numbered. The over under right now is Ground Hog's Day, February 2, 2012. I say they will be done by then.

Direct Air’s last flight was March 12, 2012. I was off by just one month. I bring this up to show that I think that I am pretty unbiased about the Worcester Regional Airport and will call it as I see it. If you are wondering what happened to Direct Air, here is a great story from Myrtle Beach Online written David Wren.

Bump in the road

As I write this column, the 50th flight to date just left Fort Lauderdale for Worcester on time. To date, we had one cancellation last Sunday night inbound from Fort Lauderdale. I am well aware of this since my brother-in-law was flying in. The flight was diverted to Boston and ground transportation was provided back to Worcester. Instead of getting in at 10:30pm, he got in closer to 1am, but I was happy that I did not have to drive to Boston to get him. He flies a lot and says the communication was excellent and was overall happy with the experience knowing these things happen.

The flight the next morning was cancelled out of Worcester, since the plane (the inbound flight the night before) was in Boston and passengers had to get to Boston without ground transportation. This needs to change! We should utilize the proceeds from the FAA grant to provide this ground service to help build loyalty to Worcester Regional Airport.

After 50 flights, we have had one cancellation due to fog! One flight!

The second cancellation was really a direct result of the first cancellation the night before, but it has to go down as a cancellation. Two flights cancelled out of 50! This will only get better as Massport invest $25-30 million in Cat III landing equipment.

The next steps

Best I can tell is that our loads have been anywhere between 80-85 percent on the 100 seat Embraer, and Fort Lauderdale is doing better then Orlando. This will not get JetBlue to bring in the Airbus with 150 seats and lower pricing, but it is still a great start.

The one time we have flown to Fort Laurderdale and back was an incredible experience and I have only heard similar rave reviews from anyone else who has flown out of Worcester on JetBlue. Word of mouth may end up being the best advertising for us, but here is what concerns me.

Worcester needs to market itself as the leisure airport where families can travel easily to Florida. While it’s very difficult to take a family with small children to a large airport, Worcester is incredibly easy. I would like to see Massport work with JetBlue to come up with a discount for parties of 5 or more to encourage families to utilize Worcester Airport.

Other things on my wish list include getting the Goddard Memorial on Goddard Drive inside the airport, and starting a share a book program at Worcester Regional Airport

Overall, I’m very happy with our start and I think the loads will only go up.

 

Related Slideshow: MA School Districts With The Most Suspensions

Here are the 20 Massachusetts public school systems with the highest number of out of school suspensions, from lowest to highest. The data were collected by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary School Education, and refer to the 2011-12 school year. Data represent the number of total suspensions, not the number of individual students suspended. Dropout reates indicated the percentage of students, grades 9-12, who dropped out of school between July 1 and June 30 prior to the listed year and did not return before October 1. Both in school and out of school suspension rates indicate the percentage of students receiving one or more of the respective suspensions. All data are self reported by school districts. 

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#20 Everett

Out of School Suspensions: 421
Out of School Suspension Rate: 7.9

In School Suspensions: 610
In School Suspension Rate: 11.4

Dropouts: 54
Dropout Rate: 3

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#19 Plymouth

Out of Schools Suspensions: 430
Out of School Suspension Rate: 6

In School Suspensions: 94
In School Suspension Rate: 1.3

Dropouts: 39
Dropout Rate: 1.6

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#18 Revere

Out of School Suspensions: 433
Out of School Suspension Rate: 7.4

In School Suspensions: 113
In School Suspension Rate: 1.9

Dropouts: 86
Dropout Rate: 5.2

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#17 Malden

Out of School Suspensions: 437
Out of School Suspension Rate: 7.6

In School Suspensions: 605
In School Suspension Rate: 10.5

Dropouts: 40
Dropout Rate: 2.2

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#16 Chelsea

Out of School Suspensions: 484
Out of School Suspension Rate: 9.9

In School Suspensions: 208
In School Suspension Rate: 4.3

Dropouts: 104
Dropout Rate: 7.9

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#15 Fitchburg

Out of School Suspensions: 485
Out of School Suspension Rate: 11

In School Suspensions: 595
In School Suspension Rate: 13.5

Dropouts: 86
Dropout Rate: 7

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#14 Taunton

Out of School Suspensions: 514
Out of School Suspension Rate: 7.5

In School Suspensions: 98
In School Suspension Rate: 1.4

Dropouts: 81
Dropout Rate: 4.6

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#13 Haverhill

Out of School Suspensions: 592
Out of School Suspension Rate: 9.5

In School Suspensions: 362
In School Suspension Rate: 5.8

Dropouts: 104
Dropout Rate: 5.8

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#12 Methuen

Out of School Suspensions: 663
Out of School Suspension Rate: 10.3

In School Suspensions: 386
In School Suspension Rate: 6

Dropouts: 50
Dropout Rate: 2.8

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#11 Chicopee

Out of School Suspensions: 803
Out of School Suspension Rate: 11.4

In School Suspensions: 9
In School Suspension Rate: 0.1

Dropouts: 113
Dropout Rate: 4.3

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#10 Lawrence

Out of School Suspensions: 956
Out of School Suspension Rate: 8.3

In School Suspensions: 953
In School Suspension Rate: 8.2

Dropoouts: 195
Dropout Rate: 5.9

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#9 New Bedford

Out of School Suspensions: 1,044
Out of School Suspension Rate: 9.7

In School Suspensions: 977
In School Suspension Rate: 9.1

Dropouts: 173
Dropout Rate: 6.8

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#8 Lowell

Out of School Suspensions: 1,338
Out of School Suspension Rate: 11.3

In School Suspensions: 686
In School Suspension Rate: 5.8

Dropouts: 119
Dropout Rate: 3.8

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#7 Holyoke

Out of School Suspensions: 1,424
Out of School Suspension Rate: 27.3

In School Suspensions: 368
In School Suspension Rate: 7.1

Dropouts: 150
Dropout Rate: 7.7

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#6 Fall River

Out of School Suspensions: 1,625
Out of School Suspension Rate: 18.4

In School Suspensions: 664
In School Suspension Rate: 7.5

Dropouts: 113
Dropout Rate: 4.6

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#5 Boston

Out of School Suspensions: 1,955
Out of School Suspension Rate: 4

In School Suspensions: 112
In School Suspension Rate: 0.2

Dropouts: 1,146
Dropout Rate: 7

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#4 Lynn

Out of School Suspensions: 2,125
Out of School Suspension Rate: 17.4

In School Suspensions: 825
In School Suspension Rate: 6.7

Dropouts: 161
Dropout Rate: 4.1

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#3 Brockton

Out of School Suspensions: 2,234
Out of School Suspension Rate: 15.4

In School Suspensions: 1,582
In School Suspension Rate: 10.9

Dropouts: 194
Dropout Rate: 4.4

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#2 Worcester

Out of School Suspensions: 2,504
Out of School Suspension Rate: 12.1

In School Suspensions: 1,402
In School Suspension Rate: 6.8

Dropouts: 270
Dropout Rate: 4.1

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#1 Springfield

Out of School Suspensions: 3,408
Out of School Suspension Rate: 15.4

In School Suspension Rate: 2,495
In School Suspension Rate: 11.3

Dropouts: 672
Dropout Rate: 10

 
 

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