Thomacf From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 542 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1017 times:
I don't like the idea of CO doing this. Flying between cities that are not hubs hurt them back in the 80's and lead to bankruptcy. Examples were Kansas City to Omaha or Miami to Atlanta. They tried this again in the early 90's with Continental Lite only that time it was a discount type airline. They should just stick to CLE, IAH and Newark and build from there. If they want to expand from there then they should build a hub out west or in Europe.
777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1009 times:
The problem in the 80s was that CO did not have suitable equipment types for the service. Operating 5 daily 727-200's MCI-OMA is going to hurt you. With the ERJ-145, we can operate profitably on flights where there is a market for 40 passengers a run. With the smallest mainline jet, the 737-500, even 40 passengers is suicide. But with the RJ, 40 pax is more than enough to break even.