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Northwest to Drop Nonstop Flights Between Hartford and Amsterdam

Norhtwest announced that it will drop nonstop flights between Hartford and Amsterdam for the usual economic reasons (they’re also dropping nonstops from Detroit to Dusseldorf and suspending Minneapolis-Paris for the winter).  I really only bring this up because one of the arguements for the Boeing 787 was that it would allow airlines to fly mid-haul between non-hub cities (ie, Hartford to Amsterdam).  We’ve seen a number of these second-tier markets dry up during this economic rough patch and it makes me wonder whether those flights are viable or not.  I don’t have an answer, but I’m wondering if we’ll see the diversity of flights initially promised by the new airplanes.

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