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Virgin America To Mexico And Canada?  
User currently offlinePilotcoex From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3869 times:

The low cost-sector in the United States seems to be filling to capacity. And with the addition of Independence Air, Virgin America, and a ''soon to be launch airline'' in Charlotte, competition among the low cost airlines will be as fierce as that of the majors. Should Virgin America fly to Mexico and Canada, and possibly become the EasyJet of America?

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User currently offlineLN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1916 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3837 times:

At some point, I'm sure they will. However there are government permissions and a lot of paperwork involved to fly internationally, so for a new carrier, establishing a domestic network should take priority.

- I am LN-MOW, and I approve this message.
User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3831 times:

Yes, it should need to make more time with them.

User currently offlineAirlineFanatic From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3826 times:

Virgin America should fly wherever they can make money. I am all for LCC service and to some extent (the aviation enthusiast side of me) would love to see VAmerica flourish, but the "pickings are getting slim" and they are well off by a year before just starting, so they should focus on carving out any profitable routes that they can.

I mean if they start transcons (which I am sure they will), we will shortly be seening the start of possible $49/59/69/79 fares in these markets which aren't sustainable.

User currently offlineMariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 27339 posts, RR: 81
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3775 times:

One problem:

The US/Mexico bilateral agreement only allows for two carriers from each country to serve any city pair between the two countries.

So only two US airlines can fly from - say - SFO to PVR.

I'm not sure, but I think most of the best Mexican routes from SFO already have their maximum two US carriers.



aeternum nauta
User currently offlinePilotcoex From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3658 times:

Virgin America will star-off in SFO, but they plan on opening a second hub, and some ''unexpected destinations''.

User currently offlineAnthsaun From Mexico, joined Apr 2004, 544 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3542 times:

Well, Sir Richard Branson will be very welcome to do business south of the boarder.

Over 80 years in business say a lot about success
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