Thaigold From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 315 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1989 times:
I understand that a one-plane-fleet is an important part of the LCC business plan, however they surely have routes which could fill up bigger planes - and make better business that just increasing frequency?
My question is - when do you think we will see the major LCC's ordering larger planes - A350/B787 etc.?
LawnDart From United States of America, joined May 2005, 968 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1618 times:
Quoting Centrair (Reply 2): The WN uses all 737s, but B6 has gone with A320s and ERJs. This kind of breaks the traditional one-fleet model a little.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't AirTran break the model by introducing the 737-700 into their previously all MD95...uh, B717 fleet? You could even argue that they broke the model by introducing the 717 into their DC9 fleet...or contracting with AirWis to fly RJs...or Spirit flying the A319/321 and MD80 series aircraft.
Or Southwest flying the 727 and 737 (which, granted, didn't last...).
Or EasyJet flying the 737 and A319...or...well, you get the picture.
LawnDart From United States of America, joined May 2005, 968 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1609 times:
My original intent was not to rant about B6 not breaking the model, rather I was going to say that, yes, I believe LCCs will introduce different, larger aircraft and eventually start trans-oceanic/continental services. And the 787/A350 may present the perfect opportunity to do so.
And therein lies the "gotcha" about the legacy carriers shifting capacity to international services to get away from the competitive effects of the domestic LCCs...one day the LCCs will expand into international markets and say "gotcha" to the legacies.
Eventually, the legacies are going to have to stop running away and turn around and fight.