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Larger Planes For LCC's?  
User currently offlineThaigold From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 315 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2346 times:

G'day

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.?

Thanks!


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User currently offlineSWALoveField From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2314 times:

Quoting Thaigold (Thread starter):
My question is - when do you think we will see the major LCC's ordering larger planes - A350/B787 etc.?

As far as WN goes, my guess is a qualified NEVER. (Never say "Never")

I like having the choice of 30 flights a day to HOU from DAL.  Smile

Since having only 737s in their fleet has worked tremendously well for them, I don't see that strategy changing. (Unless the 737 replacement is called something else.)

Robb
Dallas, TX


User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2248 times:

I was thinking about this the other day. The WN uses all 737s, but B6 has gone with A320s and ERJs. This kind of breaks the traditional one-fleet model a little.

It would be cool if some LCC goes for a slightly larger carrier. Maybe B6 will someday want to try doing their Full-service LCC model on Trans-Atlantic or Trans Pacific.

I guess...Never say Never.



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User currently offlineHawk44 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 759 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2227 times:

Quoting Thaigold (Thread starter):
when do you think we will see the major LCC's ordering larger planes - A350/B787 etc.?

As soon as the new US Airways takes delivery of them  Silly

Hawk44



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User currently offline7LBAC111 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 2566 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2151 times:

Well in the UK, Jet2 are adding 757's to their fleet alongside their existing 737's.


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User currently offlineLawnDart From United States of America, joined May 2005, 971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1975 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.


User currently offlineLawnDart From United States of America, joined May 2005, 971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1966 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.


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