ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6626 posts, RR: 19 Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2483 times:
Since NW is now a YX "friend".. will we see NW offer complimentary service PHX-ATL..
DL offers a 6am, 7am, 11am, 12:50pm, 3:20m, and 11:40pm flight from PHX.. so will NW come in and offer the 8am, 9a,. 12pm, 2pm, 5pm, and 7pm flight.. basically cutting off FL? Seems like something they would do.. Just a thought..
SANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 4721 posts, RR: 15 Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2207 times:
I've gotta say to AirTran: why not start MKE-SAN (a route with 175 O&D pax/day per DOT 1Q07) that 1) has no n/s service currently and 2) YX is supposedly getting very close to starting up, rather than doing a seasonal PHX flight that already has 2 n/s competitors? (And I'm very sure that due to the alternate airport syndrome, there are a lot of SAN-bound pax every day who begin their journey in the MKE-area but fly either MKE-LAX or ORD-SAN and therefore never show up in the stat's as MKE-SAN traffic. In other words, there is enough traffic to support a daily, year-round n/s flight between SAN and MKE.)
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 21244 posts, RR: 19 Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2028 times:
I'm not sure what FL is thinking with this one. This is the kind of route (much like some of their west coast routes ex-IND) where YX (and probably US as well) will enjoy a significant yield premium, the route will become less and less seasonal, and eventually disappear. If FL doesn't think they can compete against WN and HP on PHX-IND, I'm not sure why they think they can compete with YX and HP ex-MKE.
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CitrusCritter From Palau, joined May 2007, 1072 posts, RR: 3 Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2003 times:
Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 7): This is the kind of route (much like some of their west coast routes ex-IND) where YX (and probably US as well) will enjoy a significant yield premium
FL's looking for vacation travelers who won't pay a premium on this route. I wouldn't be surprised if they start offering some PHX services to counter G4 just like they've done to LAS. G4 at RFD, FL at MKE.
Asuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2369 posts, RR: 3 Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1908 times:
FLs strategy is a pretty good one. They can go in and compete with NW on the MKE routes. If NW wants to retaliate, they will most likely need to launch a flight on one of FLs Point-to-point routes because of competition with DL.
Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 3): Since NW is now a YX "friend".. will we see NW offer complimentary service PHX-ATL..
And compete against FL, DL, and US? I doubt it. NW doesn't have the crews to support the flights they have now never mind adding flights. If they were to launch a response against FL they would need to take the crew hours from another area of their system to make it work.
CitrusCritter From Palau, joined May 2007, 1072 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1813 times:
Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 9): Can they make money with bad yields? I wonder if they need to remove J from some of their aircraft if their business plan is leisure routes.
It's been working for the past 10 years or so. J-class at 12 seats is the right size. They account for a few wealthier flyers -- often businessmen on routes that are mostly vacation travel -- who will buy a more expensive seat for the comfort. I think it's something YX has figured out mixing Saver and Signature. It's something Ted has yet to figure out. Ted, for instance, doesn't grasp that business folks going to MCO or LAS for a convention don't want to sit in coach and would like the upgrade options, or the outright F seat. It gives FL some flexibility.
CitrusCritter From Palau, joined May 2007, 1072 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1657 times:
Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 12): Do you have any idea what FL's LF in J is like? I don't fly them enough to make a good guess.
Nothing official, just my observations. DCA-ATL, ATL-MCO, MCO-IAD, MCO-BWI, BWI-ATL, ATL-MSY, ATL-LGA, ATL-BOS, MCO-BOS have all been 90%+ in every flight I've taken on those routes. I will say that the Saturday only DCA-MCO o/w was never very good in either section. A few times I was the only person in it, and I would always buy Y and upgrade on it. When I've used DAB, it was <50% on DAB-ATL. And, of course, it's impossible to say who was an upgrade versus who was full-fare. When I flew on the July 4 weekend, I booked Y and upgraded on ATL-DCA and the entire plane's LF was under 25%.
CitrusCritter From Palau, joined May 2007, 1072 posts, RR: 3 Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1618 times:
Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 16): The extremely price-conscious passengers will, just like in every other market FL serves. Unfortunately, FL is unlikely to pick up many high-yielding passengers at MKE.
Disagree. FL has shown its interest in MKE by attempting to buy out YX. Judging by comments in the MKE paper, FL has made some friends in MKE. Additionally, the name is out there and will attract more than just the "extremely cost concious." FL will not pick up many high-yielding passengers because the offering out of MKE is still too slim to get FFs to switch from YX or NW. However, FL makes a nice yield on its higher fare Y seats, which will sell out just the same. FL can also afford to lose out on high yield passengers if it forces YX's yields to plummet. Remember, FL has a significant CASM advantage over YX. And don't underestimate YX loyal flyers who are annoyed with the changes made at YX -- especially the loss of all Signature cabins (even if not on the PHX route). Many of these flyers may determine that if they're going to fly what they now perceive as "just another airline," they might as well fly FL.
Asuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2369 posts, RR: 3 Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1601 times:
Quoting BP1 (Reply 14): Thank you YX. Any additional service and competition on any routes to and from PHX is appreciated. Now if we could get some competition on non-stop PHX-BOS (not PVD) but PHX-BOS that would be ideal.
Apparently there were not too many people who appreciated the extra competition B6 offered on PHX-BOS.