Klwright69 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jan 2000, 1786 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6119 times:
Of course F9 is not and will not cease DEN-LAX. That would be proposterous. I just used the catchy wording from the story's headline. After the initial excitement and fanfare, it doesn't look promising for the F9 LAX focus city. Pulling routes here and there, one at a time.
Mariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 22705 posts, RR: 88 Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6013 times:
As usual, there is more to things than a headline.
Frontier had planned to use the smaller A318 on both LAX/STL and LAX/MCI for the slower months.
But the 7th A318 - N807FR - was damaged during a test flight at Finkenwerder and one engine is a write off. Since spare CFM's are not thick on the ground, there is gong to be a delay in delivery - there is a thread about this.
This means that Frontier is short an aircraft for a couple of months, so they bit the bullet on LAX/STL (the 318 will take over LAX/MCI from October 10).
On the other hand, DEN/BNA gos to the A319 (instead of the A318) for about six weeks in November.
AAplatnumflier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5261 times:
The problem with Frontier is that they don't advertise. The average flier would not know the difference between them or Joe Shmoe Airline. Also the average traveler would not even know anything about it. I was taxiing for takeoff the other day at LAX and somebody a row across said I wonder what that airline is. The animals are cool on the tail. Just thought I would share my opinion.
AAplatnumflier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5137 times:
Their presence in Denver is so big. How could you not know who they are? In L.A. they had a short advertiseing run and that was that. It got me to fly them. I loved it. But i still think they have to somehow make their presnece in L.A. bigger. I dont mean by adding flights I just mean they need their name to be out there to the average flier.
AirplaneBoy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 542 posts, RR: 11 Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4992 times:
I agree with AAplatnumflier. We really do need to advertise more in the outstations.
Mariner- I agree with you as well. Some of our new markets are doing quite well. Do you think it's perhaps that select outstations received more advertising or better time slots (t.v.)/better deals on print rates? In L.A., the advertising stopped just after only a few comercials that aired during late evening and on channels that aren't widely watched.
Although I'm sad to see our LAX station get smaller, I can't always say I wish we had LAX- ___ , etc. etc. --- even though I'll keep wishing and crossing my fingers.
I hope that as our fleet grows, that the tails will find some happy new routes to make money on- especially until we get more gate space in DEN.
I'm sure that we can definitely expect more flights in the coming months however as the holiday season and spring are right around the corner.
Mariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 22705 posts, RR: 88 Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4844 times:
I have a problem with the advertising thing. People seem to know about LAX/PHL, and, at least during the summer months, about LAX/STL and LAX/MCI.
I think - I don't know - that LAX was all about LAX/MSP. I suspect that Frontier was ready for retaliation on LAX/MSP, but they weren't expecting NWA to start DEN/LAX, one of the breand and butter routes.
Since DEN/LAX had to be protected, LAX/MSP had to go.
But I was interested that even until yesterday LAX/STL was still in the website booking - as the A318, not the A319. It was to change o October 10, the same day as LAX/MCI goes to the A318.
Clearly, the delay of N807FR is a problem.
Right now, it's a whole other ball game. Frontier first warned about the cost of fuel when oil was at about $35 a barrel. Now it is $49 a barrel.
So I get the impression that Frontier has sensibly battened down the hatches until the present storm passes.
But who knows? The CEO has said "no new routes this year" but the Rockford (Chicago) press seems convinced that Frontier is coming to them.
Ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12329 posts, RR: 12 Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4393 times:
I bet very few people know of them flying into LGA, as they have no ads for them here in the NYC area. Probably they don't as they have only a few flights into LGA, do not serve EWR and don't expect to get much return for the investment in ads to get through the clutter. They don't even have ads (as they did in the past) nationwide on cable/satallite news and entertainment stations. I really only know of them servicing LGA from a DIA-LGA flight in 1999 I bought online via Travelocity.
MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6242 posts, RR: 51 Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4266 times:
Besides the before-mentioned 318, it looks like a new 319 delivery will have to be pushed back as well thanks to another incident in Germany. I don't have many more details than that. Look for some minor (but still unfortunate) frequency reuctions to a couple of major markets in mid December.
UAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2225 posts, RR: 13 Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3745 times:
I think that F9 is showing that they are a great airline by cutting service like they have. Most airlines wouldn't cut service just because of the PR, however F9 is constantly evaluating weather the service is profitable or not, if they see any where else that they could use that aircraft they will pull it. We have seen that some other airlines will not do this, they will actually cut prices and operate full flights that go out without making a dime just to keep some sort of pride.
As for F9 not adding any additional routes this year, that is mostly a computer problem. They are in the process of switching the res. system and adding a new city at this point would be a mess, however if they see a big potential I can assure you they will take it.
Mariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 22705 posts, RR: 88 Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3564 times:
No new routes this year was a policy decision. Frontier has warned at the beginning of the year about the price of oil, and when oil started to go through the roof, together with what they saw as a general over-capacity, they decided to batten down the hatches.
This is all part of your post - the willingness to reduce service, etc.
Now, about two weeks after they said "no new cities this year", they announced LIT - so any policy can change.
But RFD? I don't know. I don't know enough about it.
AirplaneBoy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 542 posts, RR: 11 Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3487 times:
I agree. Remember when LIT was announced? Many of us were surprised because Potter usually does what he says he's going to do. As previously discussed, the opportunities for going into LIT at that time outweighed the negatives.
Where is RFD?
After hearing about LIT, I wouldn't be shocked to hear about another new station.
UAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2225 posts, RR: 13 Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3461 times:
I got my information on that from the Aug 9th edition of "The Loop". Here is what it says:
Rumor: Frontier's next new destination, to be announced soon, will be. . . Montego Bay, Jamaica
Reality: The latest in a long and prestigious list of rumored "next destinations" we are sad to say that Montego Bay, while certainly an appealing tropical locale, is not in our immediate plans. In fact, not only are we not beginning flights to Jamaica any time soon, but it is unlikely we will add any more cities prior to the completion of the Sabre installation next year, in an effort to create a smooth transition. While its not exactly Jamaica (in fact, it might be the anti-Jamaica), service is still scheduled to begin to Little Rock on Oct. 10, but that will mark the end of new city additions prior to the Sabre transition.
Never thought about this until now but to add to the AA/F9 merger dream! The fact that F9 dropped SHARES, costing them great penalties to go to Sabre in the middle of the purchase would help that argument. (I know this is not likely!)