Joe737500 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2023 times:
Does anyone have any more information about UAL's planned LCC (name, routes, )? Last I heard they were going to have a mixed fleet of about 40 aircraft consisting of 7373, 7375, 320, 319's.. I came across an article today about UAL's success in making the first major corner in its recovery. The new date for exiting bankruptcy was stated as early spring.
Potomac From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 713 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2018 times:
dont know about the if or when, but my understanding was that they would go with the single fleet type. at least it seems like that's what they should do if they follow the SWA, JetBlue, Song model. i would guess the LCC timing is carefully tied to certain bankruptcy milestones/achievements.
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19612 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1922 times:
A principle of LCCs is that they operate one type of aircraft (or series of aircraft on which all pilots can fly) and that the aircraft and pilots can fly on every route. This does, of course, maximise commonality whilst also reducing training and maintainence costs. In addition, if you only operate one aircraft you can secure bulk-buying deals (economies of scale) by buying large quantities of spares, for example, for your one type of aircraft. All of this increases the all-important efficiency by reducing costs. UAL's LCC will initially go against this 'rule'. I wonder, then, what the result will be.
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