CoTXDFW777AA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 321 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1281 times:
Why does the media and most members of this board love Jetblue, but no one seems to even talk about Frontier? When you look back on each companies history, I for one am more impressed with F9 than B6. They each seem to offer an identical inflight product (except on F9s few 37s).Setting up shop in the second largest hub of United and then gaining a large market share is very impressive. So why all hype for the blue tail but none for the zoo tail?
EAL757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1176 times:
excellent points. I really really like Frontier these days (I like Blue too though!). Frontier seems like a great airline to fly with and I hope they expand and fly a bit more extensively on the east side of town! Anybody know if they currently fly a MCO-ATL flight at all, and secondly, how much it'd cost? I'd be interested in flying 'em!
AirplaneBoy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 562 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1092 times:
Thank you for your post. As a recently hired F9 employee (yay! my first airline job) and a long time F9 fan, I feel exactly the way you do.
I always wondered why we never got the same spotlight treatment. After all, our branding has always been different, which is why our slogan is "A Whole Different Kind of Animal."
I also like JetBlue, but what you say is true. Unlike JetBlue, we did not have over 100 million dollars to support a venture involving the purchase of brand new airplanes, inflight entertainment, marketing, etc. For JetBlue, that was great start.
F9, however, did not have no where near that kind of capital (I believe we started with something like a million dollars only- correct me if I'm wrong) and so we did what we could to get by. We treated our customers the way they should be treated, and tried to offer a genuine and sincere product. Also, as you point out, we chose to establish a hub in a market that was monopolized by United, whereas JFK really had no monopoly by one single airline. But don't get me wrong, JetBlue is a great company with an awesome brand too. But we just have different histories.....some will always have to struggle more than others to reach the same goals. But we're catching up.
Finally, here we are nearly ten years later and growing faster than we ever have. We have a new and improved product to offer, and can finally afford the new planes like our "richer" counterparts. I guess you can call it going from rags to riches....hehe. One thing that's greater than anything right now is that we're making a profit!
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1001 times:
Possibly because Jetblue was a brand new company when it started, whereas the Frontier brand has been around forever in some guise or another, be it the original Frontier bought by Continental, or the current Frontier, which has evolved more slowly into what it is today.