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Are These Good Virtual Airline Hubs?  
User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7219 times:

Hello,

I would like to ask you guys, if you think these would be good for hubs for a Virtual Airline

NOTE: This is sort of the master plan for my airline. I will start the airline small

This is the order the hubs will be added, most likely.

LAX (Primary)
PDX or SEA or DEN(Secondary: smaller hub i.e. CO-Cleveland or DL-Cincinnatti)
STL (Primary)
MCO or TPA (Primary)
EWR (Either Primary or Secondary)

I'd like this to be a fairly realistic airline. Thanks for all opinions, comments, etc.!

Anthony

26 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineCOEWR777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 428 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7213 times:

Good hub choices

Tpa over mco and if ewr is a hub id love to be hub manager


User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 7210 times:

Hey, thanks! However, there is one problem. Like I said, this is just the master plan, and although we are going to choose EWR, it may not be for a while, until we start up. Sorry if I'm not very clear, but my staff is pretty much me, myself and I...for anything, I am happy to accept any staff members of any sort, but just a note: we may not be accepting pilots as far away as the next couple of years (depending on staff issues).

Anthony


User currently offlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7208 times:

Goeiedag Anthony...

I'd be willing to be part of your staff..

Met Vriendelijke Groetjes,

Leo



Leo/ORD -- Groetjes uit de VS! -- Heeft u laatst nog met KLM gevlogen?
User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7108 times:

Thanks for the info (Although I'd like a few more opinions, please)!

Anthony


User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7099 times:

All right, on this ungodly hour I'm typing, I'm going to conjure up the first routes of my virtual airline.

I'll start off with:

LAX-SEA
LAX-SFO
LAX-LAS
LAX-PHX
LAX-PDX
LAX-SMF

Anthony


User currently offlineCOEWR777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 428 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 week 4 days ago) and read 7078 times:

Whats the fleet boeing or bus?

User currently offlineWilax From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 465 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7074 times:

When selecting a hub, ask yourself; what areas am I trying to connect?

i.e. East Coast with Florida-- RDU, CLT, ATL...

East Coast with West Coast-- DFW, MCI, STL...

For a focus city, you need a good population base for O&D traffic, but it does not have to be centrally located.

I have two VA's. One is a Business class only, like Midwest, which concentrates on business travellers. We are based at LAX with hubs in MCI, EWR, and FLL. We link major west coast cities with major east coast cities using MCI. We also do focus routes out of LAX, EWR, and FLL with nonstops to most major US cities. We use 84 seat 717's through MCI and all variants of A32x's from focus cities.

My other VA is all coach, a la Jetblue, which connects major US cities with Latin America. We have hubs at ONT (base), DFW, and MCO. ONT handles west coast to Mexico, DFW, our smallest hub handles midwest to Mexico, and MCO handles US to Carribean and South America and also has good O&D with Disneyworld.

Basically your hubs should make sense.


User currently offlineNASOCEANA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7073 times:

Pick a location that has fairly stable weather and less traffic congestion. Follow the real world cargo carriers: MEM IND MIA OAK EWR
I prefer less congestion because taxi times at peak operations and weather delays can cause major headaches if following real world operations.

NASOCEANA!



B777 greatest Airliner ever built!
User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7060 times:

Quoting COEWR777 (Reply 6):
Whats the fleet boeing or bus?

I'm not exactly sure, but I'm leaning on starting with airbus.

Quoting NASOCEANA (Reply 8):
NASOCEANA!

Cool username!

Thanks you guys for helping me out with this!

Anthony


User currently offlineYanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6982 times:

Hey Anthony,

Haven't talked to ya in a while. Anyway, I'd like to offer a proposal. Since you're mainly situated in the west and me in the east (my soon to be announced venture), how'd about a codeshare of some sorts? If you're going to set up some operations in DEN, then it might work better. Anyway, let me know what ya think and we can discuss it.

signed,
Matthew



2013 Airports: EWR, JFK, LGA, LIS, AGP, DEN, GIG, RGN, BKK, LHR, FRA, LAX, SYD, PER, MEL, MCO, MIA, PEK, IAH
User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6938 times:

Quoting Yanksn4 (Reply 10):
Hey Anthony,

Haven't talked to ya in a while. Anyway, I'd like to offer a proposal. Since you're mainly situated in the west and me in the east (my soon to be announced venture), how'd about a codeshare of some sorts? If you're going to set up some operations in DEN, then it might work better. Anyway, let me know what ya think and we can discuss it.

signed,
Matthew

Hey, I know...sorry, but I've just been so busy with school, and I mean BUSY!! I'll hopefully get on more, soon.

Anyway, about the Codeshare, that's a really good idea! I like it! The only problem is though, depending on staff issues, the time in which we will start may not be for a while.

I need a really good website designer. That would be VERY nice, and we would get a head start on, um, starting.

The final question I have is whether I should choose DEN, SEA or PDX. I'm leaning toward DEN, because that would be a good connecting hub from west to east, vice versa, but SEA or PDX would allow for good north-south ops, and Canada, Alaska, Asia operations.

Hmmm...

Anthony


User currently offlineCOEWR777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 428 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6892 times:

My vote goes to Denver

User currently offlineLastordu From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6887 times:

DEN would be best. I'm up for woeking with and/or for you. This would be my frist VA, so I have no idea what is going on. Can someone tell my the basics of a VA and all of those tipe of things.

Nick



"Remember, Remember the 5th of November" from V for Vendetta
User currently offlineJustplanecrazy From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 536 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6832 times:

I think your going to struggle,why should virtual passengers choose to fly with your airline?.  Wink


your pilots today on this 747 flight are captain oliver hardy and assisting will be FO stan laurel.Have a safe flight
User currently offlineCOEWR777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 428 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 days ago) and read 6825 times:

Because were the best Va

User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 12 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6752 times:

Seeing there are no more replies, I've officially made the hubs: LAX, DEN, STL, MCO, and EWR for the master plan. SEA will be a focus city with flights to Alaska and Hawaii. (I've made a 5-year master plan route map.)

Anthony


User currently offlineCoewr777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 428 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 12 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6736 times:

Very nice

I am just guessing on some routes

Ewr- Serving most Us cities and lots of International destionations
Lax- Serving most us cities and asian cities
Stl- mostly an express a/c city
Den- connecting traffic
Mco- carribean connecting traffic and lots of Us cities.

So what is the fleet as of now?


User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 12 months 23 hours ago) and read 6730 times:

Seeing as I am going to start off small, this will be my first airplane:

737-200

My 5-year master plan makes me hope that I will operate the following aircraft in order of delieveries (This is very much subject to change):

737-200
737-400
MD-83
MD-88
MD-90?
717-200
A320-200
A319?
757-200
737-700 (retires 737-200)
737-800 (retires 737-400, maybe MD-80s)
767-300
777-200?
787-800
787-900
787-300

I plan on sticking with just one major type of airplane manufacturer, and I chose Boeing, but I decided to include some Airbus, and McDonnell Douglas to help with variety. I don't plan on this being totally realistic, but I'm going to try my best at not making it a ridiculously unrealistic VA.

Anthony


User currently offlineNASOCEANA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 12 months 7 hours ago) and read 6705 times:

Quoting Blackhawk144 (Reply 18):
Seeing as I am going to start off small, this will be my first airplane:

737-200

To have the experience more realistic you should start with the 737NG series or B717.

From a management standpoint:

-Cockpit commonality with other newer models you may add to fleet
-More fuel efficient plane (especially in today's market place)
-Greater range
-More seats
-Cheaper seat costs per mile flown
-Cleaner on environment

"From my background in finance, a bank will be more likely to make a loan to someone who is investing into newer technology rather than older dated technology (i.e.. Planes)"

Just one way to make the experience and management of a VA more realistic

Its OK to start small, but start efficiently! Best of luck!

NASOCEANA!



B777 greatest Airliner ever built!
User currently offlineLastordu From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 12 months 6 hours ago) and read 6704 times:

Quoting Blackhawk144 (Reply 18):
I plan on sticking with just one major type of airplane manufacturer, and I chose Boeing, but I decided to include some Airbus, and McDonnell Douglas to help with variety. I don't plan on this being totally realistic, but I'm going to try my best at not making it a ridiculously unrealistic VA.

McDinnell Douglas is now Boeing sortof. I think if you do have to go with the 737NG (witch is fine), you should still get some 732. You have to keep a classic like that flying.


Nick



"Remember, Remember the 5th of November" from V for Vendetta
User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 12 months 4 hours ago) and read 6690 times:

Well, I don't know exactly how to explain how I'd like to work this, but here goes:

I'd like my VA to be flying a few aircraft most airlines are retiring, ie 737-200, and MD-80s. That's the reason I'd like to start with the 737-200.

Anthony


User currently offlineNASOCEANA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6680 times:

Quoting Blackhawk144 (Reply 21):
I'd like my VA to be flying a few aircraft most airlines are retiring, ie 737-200, and MD-80s

Nothing's wrong with that. Consider the classic 727!

 Big grin



B777 greatest Airliner ever built!
User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6631 times:

CHANGE OF PLANS:

I've actually changed some of the plans around a little bit.

Here is the master plan fleet in order of acquisition:

717-200
MD-88
MD-90
737-200 (For planned Alaskan operations - I plan to be big in intra-Alaska flights, plus some west coast routes as well.)
A320?
A319?
737-700
737-800 (To replace MD-80s)
757-200
737-900
767-200
767-300
767-400
777-200
787-300
787-800
787-900

Airplanes to possibly consider:
747-200
747-400
A330-200
A330-300
A321

Hubs: From most amount of flights, to least amount (In the master plan)
New York (Newark)
St. Louis
Denver*
Orlando*
Los Angeles

*DEN, and MCO will have approx. the same amount of flights

Anthony


User currently offlineCOEWR777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 428 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6623 times:

Nice plan remember i can be the Ewr hub manager

25 Blackhawk144 : Sounds great! Thank you for your help, but like I said earlier, it may be a while before EWR becomes a hub so you can either just wait for it, and I'
26 COEWR777 : Nice i can do what ever just tell me what.
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