DesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1424 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (1 month 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 663 times:
I would create a reliable commuter airline for Central California.
Aircraft: 50 seater turbo prop
Base: Stockton, CA
Cabins: Southwest style cabins
Services: One fare, every seat, every flight, every day.
Routes like Stockton to San Francisco
Stockton to Los Angeles
Weekend Service Stockton to San Diego
Stockton to Sacramento
Modesto to SFO-LAX
Name: California Airways
TWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 940 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (1 month 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 635 times:
I would make a new Legacy to battle the Big 3.
Biz (widebody) with full lay flat and all aisle access.
Biz (narrowbody) 2x2 40in pitch
Y+ 36in on all aircraft, except ATRs
Y 32in on all aircraft, including ATRs
AVOD and WiFi on all mainline.
There's nothing like the smell of Jet-A in the morning. It smells like... VICTORY!!!
MesaFlyGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1801 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (1 month 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 630 times:
I'd make the customer the first and top priority. If it made money, most of the money would go into ways to make the same money while increasing passenger experience. Since I am a major aviation nut, I wouldn't view it as much as a business, more like a passion of mine which is becoming a reality and that would be a huge accomplishment and a huge gift for myself. The money would just be the icing on the cake!
As for routes, I'd try to look at areas where there is a decent cachment and underwhelming service. PIT would be a good candidate as I could offer some good East-Wesr or vice versa connections, while also maintaining decent O&D traffic.
Planes: I'd look for something fuel efficient, probably second-hand a320s until I made enough money to order new ones, in a 12/138 layout, which would be a good layout to keep CASM lower,while also not needing a fifth flight attendant. We would provide a domestic-first cabin up front, with three rows of 2x2, similar to VX's product but with various shades of blue, as blue is a very calming color. In economy, we would have alternating light-blue/grey seats, in a blue-grey-blue layout (color-wise).
As an owner, I'd also frquent the flights, making sure my employees, who would be viewed more as part of a big family, are keeping customer happy and ALWAYS keeping a friendly environment on the aircraft, while also maintaining a non-intrusive attitude.
AVOD and WiFi would be offered, AVOD definitely for free, WiFI is feasible.
Name: HiFlyer Airways
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CairnterriAIR From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 388 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 529 times:
Cairn Terrier Airlines (there's a bus company named after a dog breed, why not an airline?)
*Base the company at BDL to capture traffic away from New York and Boston on the O/D level as well as offer connections that are less prone to ground stops and delays.
*Operate a low-cost operation along the lines of JetBlue or Southwest on all routes including transatlantic operations, but while offering a quality business class cabin as well. AVOD, WiFi, and DirectTV on all aircraft.
*Operate a hub at BDL...a transatlantic gateway with feed from the domestic system
*Operate a hub at TPA for South America and Caribbean routes.
*Midcontinental hubs at MCI and BNA. (Build a new connectable terminal at MCI)
*Aggressive marketing to build traffic out of hubs through good service and dependable operations. Piedmont make it work out of smaller cities in this manner.
*Frequency with appropriate aircraft for the route. All flying done in-house with non-union staff. No contracted staff. All employed by C.T. with heavy rewards for productivity.
*Economy service is all buy-on-board excluding soft drinks, even on Transatlantic operations, however the quality of food will be excellent and available on all system flights. In addition, on-board shopping for various items will be offered. Business Class comparable to all other carriers.
*Aircraft....SSJ-100, B-737-400, B-737-700, B-737-800, B737-9MAX, B757-200, B757-300, B787-8 (The -400's and the 757's would eventually be replaced)
*Cargo...move as much as possible in the bellies of the planes. Allow shippers to build frequent flier miles to use on their own travel with the cargo they ship.
*Offer stopovers in the hub cities for in-transit passengers.
StlHsvSfoSan From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 16 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (1 month 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 511 times:
- One of these: STL/MCI/CVG/PIT
- One of these: LAS/PHX/SLC
- Domestic: Frequent flights to Coasts through the above hubs to large metro areas "small" airports, such as BDL, ISP, plus fewer daily flights to the larger metro airports (JF/EWR/IAD/etc)
- International (Canada/Mexico): Daily service to the large markets from the hubs
- International (Asia/Europe/South America): Service to the large markets from the hubs
Classes of Service:
- J: 8-12 recliner seats 2x2 with 38" pitch, AVOD (Domestic+Canada+Mexico) - similar to what AirTran and Hawaiian have
- J: 24 lie-flat seats in 2x2x2 configuration (international), with AVOD
- Y: Standard seats with 32" pitch (Domestic and International) AVOD on International long-haul
Domestic + Canada + Mexico:
- J: Less than 2 hours - free drinks/snacks
- J: More than 2 hours - free drinks/small meals
- Y: Less than 2 hours - free non-alcoholic drinks/snacks
- Y: More than 2 hours - free non-alcoholic drinks/sandwiches
- J: Full drink/meal service
- Y: Drink/meal service
- Domestic: SImple structure, with smaller difference between J and Y fares
- International: Simple structure