DfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1035 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3170 times:
Quoting PA110 (Reply 3): Unless legacy carriers are willing to radically change
Not true... the "legacy carrier" has evolved significantly in the last 3 years alone, and would be viable were it not for outrageous fuel cost. LoCo carriers are not immune from this, with the exception of WN, so to say days of traditional airlines is numbered is premature. AA, CO, and NW are more than capable of surviving and thriving once again.
Quoting JFernandez (Reply 2): That's fine. LCC's and Legacy carriers can both coexist and provide great service to people.
I think we will see the line between LCC and Legacy blur in the future. The service level of airlines like WN, FL, and B6 is nearly compatible with the domestic service of Legacy carriers, and FL/B6 are using multiple fleet types to expand into new markets. Legacy carriers, like AA, are trimming fleet types, increasing utilization, and applying many LCC "tricks" to their opperations.