We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

United Express Flights Through O'Hare

Wisconsin
Level Contributor
32 posts
14 reviews
Save Topic
United Express Flights Through O'Hare

We have just experienced two United Express flight cancelations from Appleton, Wi. to O'Hare. (This has effectively ruined our vacation plans to spend first half of January in Florida.) Both times the weather in Appleton was optimal for January in the Midwest, all flights other than United Express were on, and our scheduled flight from O'Hare to Ft. Myers took off on time. Checking departures/arrivals at O'Hare, I noticed many more cancelations of United Express flights than regular United flights. Is there a reason for this beyond the obvious that larger flights carry more paying passengers? Does United have a policy of canceling United Express flights much more readily than regular flights? Does United not have the crews hired to handle United Express flights or is it a gate problem at O'Hare? For future reference, I'd be interested in knowing if we were just uniquely unlucky or is this a pretty common pattern with United Express?

Thanks for any information you can give me.

Paris, France
Destination Expert
for Paris
Level Contributor
24,230 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
11. Re: United Express Flights Through O'Hare

<<, I noticed many more cancelations of United Express flights than regular United flights. Is there a reason for this beyond the obvious that larger flights carry more paying passengers? Does United have a policy of canceling United Express flights much more readily than regular flights? >>

You can spend the time to snoop around the DOT Operational Performance Figures and you will find that typically, United Express trails United Mainline significantly with both on time performance as well as segment completion percentages. There are several reasons why this is the case. Perhaps most noticeably is that Express operates aircraft which are much less sophisticated and much less capable of completing a flight as intended. And at no time are these differences more evident than when the weather is marginal.

Mainline aircraft and flight crews are equipped to land and takeoff in weather conditions which might otherwise ground Express aircraft and crews. United operates aircraft that can land in near zero visibility. Express has no such capability and in very difficult weather conditions, such as those experienced in Chicago over the last week, it is only natural that United Mainline will cancel fewer flights than will Express.

The same is true for American and American Eagle as well as for Delta and Delta Connection. It´s simply the current nature of the business.

12. Re: United Express Flights Through O'Hare

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 09 January 2015, 06:23