Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5277 times:
Since deregulation in the US, airlines have become more and more efficient. By no means are LCCs today operating at the absolute most efficient way possible. When will we see the next level of efficiency and low cost....ultra low cost carriers?
XFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4300 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5258 times:
The names are gonna get even simpler. Instead of Ted, or Song.. youll have "Airline" and they wont even bother painting the titles on the plane. In addition, youll have "the airline formerly known as" and theyll just have a symbol. Then the still bankrupt United will try to copy the others and come up with "_"
Aa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3350 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5201 times:
I don't think the US wil see them for a long time. Even WN, the model of almost all LCCs, may "tweak" their product, adding IFE, small aircraft, assigned seats and so forth. I think Americans are happy with F9, B6, TZ, and FL, all of which have some form of IFE.
Usnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5183 times:
I'm all for the general public trying their luck at humping a ride on the good old C-130 with those very same webbed seats mentioned before! I'm sure Ford and Chevrolet will see a boost in their profits!
BCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5170 times:
Better yet, instead of a C-130.. a C-141! I got a 2-hour flight on one of those out of McChord AFB in Washington. I arranged it for my JROTC company when I was in high school. They spilt the company among a flight of 3 Starlifters that were doing practice low altitude drops over the Snoqualamie Pass area. It was pretty freakin' cool, especially for a plane nut like me, I was goin' apeshit!
(And if any of you don't believe me, I still have the shirt to prove it! 7th Airlift Squadron: "Voens et Potens", "Willing and Able")
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4837 times:
Well, Ryanair is a great example of a great low cost carrier, but I don't think it's necessarily got a lower cost base than Southwest or Jetblue or any of the Americans.
The main differences are the price structure (Ryanair has about 5-7 different fares per plane, from virtually nothing to prices above flexible economy tickets on full frills airlines), and the fact that Ryanair chooses its destinations by airport subsidies.
From what I saw while looking at the Southwest web page, I had the impression they have 2 or 3 different prices on each flight - their yield management is less radical. And their destinations are much larger airports, in many cases.
To be honest, I think modern LCCs are squeezing every bit of efficiency out of the system already, and I suspect that a lower cost base than currently enjoyed would be virtually impossible.