APFjoker From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 9 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3693 times:
After reading many diverse opinions about the upcoming US-HP merger, and the varying opinions of the good route network/ bad network, here's my challenge to all. If you were the CEO or the financial investor of a new airline (the rumored Virgin USA??), where would you have your hub/hubs? I guess the basic goals are to service the contiguous 48 states successfully, with the aspirations of international flight and eventually global service. It doesn't necessarily have to be an existing airport, but if you have a preference, let's hear 'em. Good luck, and remember: be nice, you never know who's watching!
EnviroTO From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3629 times:
Virtually the same as American but something would need to be done to create more space and capacity in the airports:
LAX, SEA instead of SFO, ORD, DFW, JFK with LGA ops moved to JFK and Air Rail express to Manhattan, and MIA.
International connections (primarily) to AUS/NZL from LAX, Asia from SEA, Europe and Africa from JFK, South America and Carribean from MIA. DFW and ORD primarily focused on domestic. All hubs could have international flights to other destinations where market exists but primary hub must have the route first (i.e. SEA-NRT would need to be served before the other hubs serve NRT, CDG from JFK before other hubs, etc.).
Qxq400 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3569 times:
For my VA we operate 4 hubs all small 6-9 gates. My HQ is in MCI because it is close to the center of the lower 48. Mci would be my biggest hub for the same reason as I stated eailer. I have a hub in LAS and go head to head with WN.(and everyone else for that matter) I also have hubs in DCA and TPA.
I have limited my operation to under 50 cities and focus on leisure travel.
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22652 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3445 times:
I have two VA plans at the moment. One of them is for an airline similar to JetBlue, operating out of JFK, with some transatlantic stuff as well, a fleet of 73G, 738, 762 and 332. The other is for a regional airline in Europe, based out of London City, Basel, and one other (Hamburg is a strong possibility), with a fleet of Dash 8s, CRJs, and eventually moving on to bigger types and bigger routes.
One of those plans will be set in motion pretty soon. But I don't know which. Both are intended to be point-to-point airlines, though the JetBlue-style one will inevitably have connections from domestic to international routes (I'm hoping).
7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3417 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3298 times:
I would start small in probably YZF with a fleet of about 4-5 aircraft based there then when I have some cash start another hub in YYC, then expand and add YVR, then if I make lots of money doing that I'd continue expanding by adding YYZ and YUL so I'd eventually be all over Canada and I'd have lots of routes to everywhere and I'd kick Air Canada's ass (insert evil laugh here)
B737-200C/Adv - 5 (at YZF to haul pax and cargo in main cabin and use short gravel runways)
Embraer 170LR - 30
Embraer 190LR - 10
Embraer 195 - 10
B737-700 - 50
B737-800 - 50
B737-900 - 20
B787 - 40
B777-200ER - 15
B777-200LR - 10