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Most Succesful Low-cost Carrier  
User currently offlineTom12 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 1078 posts, RR: 11
Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4355 times:

I was just wondeing who you guys thought was the most succesful low cost carrier in the US and why?

Thanks Tom

ps Have a great New Year!

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User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4352 times:

Just from the top of my head, I think WN is probably the most succesful LCC in the U.S., although as I understand B6 is catching up. But you also have to consider what is your definition of succesful here: revenue, destinations served, fleet size, employees, etc.

User currently offlineDreamflight767 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4339 times:
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Yeah...WN by far.

Their business model is both duplicated and feared around the globe by so many airlines. Because of this, while operationally they might be a domestic airline, I sorta consider them an international carrier at heart. They have introduced so many people to the joys and excitement of air travel.

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19610 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4322 times:

In the US, it's certainly WN, the 'low-cost daddy.'

"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2864 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4310 times:

Quoting Senorcarnival (Reply 1):
I understand B6 is catching up. But you also have to consider what is your definition of successful here: revenue, destinations served, fleet size, employees, etc.

I don't see how they're catching up.
According to: http://av-info.faa.gov/detail.asp?DS...R_NAME=JETBLUE+AIRWAYS+CORPORATION
B6 has 85 A320s and 7 ERJ 190
While SW has 445 737s and they have been in business for 27 years compared to 6 years for B6.
As far as destinations, SW serves 61 cities according to their website while B6 serves 35.
It also obvious that SW employs more people than B6 just from the stats above.


User currently offlineLordanmol From India, joined May 2005, 441 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4301 times:

I think it is AK

It is doing great, it already has some Air Asia Thailand and Air Asia Indonesia I think


User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 710 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4291 times:

There is no competition. It is WN for Southwest. Why? Because this is the model looked at by both Easyjet and Ryanair who, between them, started and have revolutionized air transport as we know it in Europe today.

Three Cheers for Herb is what I say!

My soul is in the sky...
User currently offlineIb16uk From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4284 times:

America: SouthWest Airlines

Europe: easyJet & Ryanair

Australia: Virgin Blue

User currently offlineFokker70NG From Netherlands, joined Nov 2005, 234 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4278 times:

Of course Ryanair and Easyjet are just WN clones, but there is a difference between Ryanair and Easyjet.
If you ask me what the most successful LCC in Europe is, I would opt for Easyjet from a passenger point of view. They're just as cheap as Ryanair, but they fly to more convenient ('primary') airports, while Ryanair only flies to secondary airports. Moreover, my personal opinion is that everything that has Ryanair on it screams the word 'cheap' while Easyjet doesn't have that very cheap appearance for me. But that's just my personal opinion. I have nothing against Ryanair though, I have flown them several times but I prefer Easyjet.

But of course, successful has everything to do with the business point of view and not with the passenger point of view. If I recall correctly, Ryanair's revenues are slightly higher than Easyjet's. But that's not a real surprise if you look at all the cost-savings Ryanair is applying. And they probably only spend a fraction on airport taxes compared to Easyjet..

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. -Albert Einstein
User currently offlineBoeingPride800 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 430 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4218 times:

Southwest may beat B6 by fleet number,destinations,etc. But I really do think jetBlue has beat the competition And WN's fares have not been the lowest lately, as also seen in news reports a few months ago.

Just look at B6, it took them, I don't know, maybe 2 years to become well known, successfull and a very good customer service airline? When this probably took many many years for some of America's legacy carriers to achieve.

Surely you people will stick to whatever airline you prefer, but you really can't beat 24 channels of DirecTV/XM Sat., all leather seats,brand-new planes, great customer service,AND low fares.

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