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User currently offlineAvion346 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 184 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 9 months 22 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

Why is it that no LCC has expanded to international markets? Is it really too expensive? Would the costs outweigh the potential benefits? What about a solely international LCC? Just curious.

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User currently offlineIcarus75 From France, joined Oct 2003, 796 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 21 hours ago) and read 1797 times:

Hi there!
What do youmean by "Why is it that no LCC has expanded to international markets?"
Here in Europe, the LCC have expanded in international markets :
RYANAIR has bases in England, Gerùany, Italy, Belgium & Sweden.
EASYJET has a base in Switzerland.
Most of the european LCC (if not all of them) have flights to several countries.



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User currently offlineMd11lover From Switzerland, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 21 hours ago) and read 1782 times:



Maybe you meant to say intercontinental expansion? Didnt People's Express offer flights to London some time ago? That was an LCC.

Md11


User currently offlineMd11lover From Switzerland, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 21 hours ago) and read 1777 times:



I may also add,although a little off topic, People's Express had the very first ever 747 female captain as an employee.

Md11


User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 21 hours ago) and read 1778 times:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Virgin Atlantic an LCC? They fly intercontinental routes.

In the US, both Frontier and AirTran have international markets (though these routes are few and far between). America West flies to Canada, Mexico and now Costa Rica (HP is an LCC! They started as one, and have returned to those roots).

In Europe and other parts of the world, many of the LCCs have no choice but to fly international destinations, or they wouldn't be able to grow beyond just a few aircraft.



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User currently offlineAA717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 19 hours ago) and read 1720 times:

Icarus--I think he meant intercontinental LCC's. Most people don't consider flying from CDG to TXL as "international" Big grin.

I agree Virgin is a LCC. I think Branson will try to create a link across the Pacific to the U.S. and have a truly world wide network. IMO.TC



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User currently offlinePotomac From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 713 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 19 hours ago) and read 1716 times:

i agree that Virgin is/will be the first intercontinental LCC - virgin, virgin blue, virgin express, and the soon-to-be launched virgin usa (or whatever it will eventually be called).

User currently offlineAvion346 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 184 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 19 hours ago) and read 1690 times:

Sorry, I did mean intercontinental. Too bad we can't have a "Virgin Atlantic" here in the States. Maybe someday........

User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 18 hours ago) and read 1661 times:
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User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 18 hours ago) and read 1628 times:

Virgin Atlantic are not a low cost carrier - they have all the frills and then some of other carriers, operate from LHR, have an excellent upper class product - how is all that low cost? And if you mean low fare they are not that either. Recently looking at prices from London-New York and Washington they were one of the most expensive.

Virgin do have LCCs but not Virgin Atlantic



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User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 18 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

"...Too bad we can't have a "Virgin Atlantic" here in the States. Maybe someday........"

Well Sir Richard Branson is trying to start up an LCC her in the USA.

God bless through Jesus,

Jeff



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User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 17 hours ago) and read 1591 times:

Virgin isn't completely LCC. They provide similar services to other major carriers; the fares aren't much cheaper.

Err... Laker?  Big grin



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User currently offlineMd11lover From Switzerland, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 17 hours ago) and read 1554 times:

Virgin Atlantic isnt an LCC, Virgin Express is, and it operates internationally.

MD11lover


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