Deltaflyertoo From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1617 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1555 times:
I think DL has downsized there more out of facing the reality that the population of SLC is not a viable one to support the hub operation that it had, rather than a downsizing as a need to cut costs or reallocate a/c elsewhere like the case in DFW. So basically, yeah, Jetblue doesn't want to go head to head w/ what's left of DL at SLC with what little market there is to go after.
Aloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4424 posts, RR: 16 Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 1528 times:
That hub operation at SLC has done just fine since the 1987 WA takeover.
The problem is the current economy, which has a direct effect on air travel. Alot of hubs still are not back to pre-sept. 11 levels.
SLC is a perfect location for a hub, it has facilities, it has growing O&D, it has an extensive feeder network bringing further traffic into it. The problem, really, is the economy, and delta's mounting money losses. It wasnt just SLC that got trimmed, there were downsizes all across delta's network.
An opportunity has opened up and B6 would do alright making SLC a focus city, but they have WN AND DL to go up against, and despite the downsizes, Delta still owns SLC, and owns the west. WN is a formidable challenge, but Delta is still a bigger threat. Where WN connects in LAX DL has direct flights and pax like that. But WN's lower fares tend to balance it out.
AirlineFanatic From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 222 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1440 times:
When the Embraer 190s come in, you'll see more expansion in markets that otherwise might not justify A320 with frequency. The B6 model is frequency where it can stimulate traffic.
Also, let's not forget Neeleman lead Morris Air predecessor to WN SLC operation so he is quite familiar with SLC market
B6 has a list of potential new markets and city-pairs it's just trying to prioritize them and bring online the areas that would add to the OPERATING MARGIN that the shareholders have grown accustom too! $$$
SuperDash From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 572 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1383 times:
They not only don't want to face Delta Connection (Delta no longer flies to SLC do they ). But they really don't want to get hammered by Southwest - Again (see Long Beach). SLC already has low fares, so it would be tough sledding.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31781 posts, RR: 73 Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1316 times:
But they really don't want to get hammered by Southwest - Again (see Long Beach).
What are you talking about? jetBlue has never been "hammered" by Southwest.
If you are referring to thier LGB-OAK/LAS/SLC services, which are now operating at lesser frequency than original, you are totally forgetting that they were introduced at such high frequency for the sole purposes of using up slots that, if they were not used, would have to be forfieted.