Vulindlela744 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 527 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 12119 times:
There will be a major announcement in March coming from Airtran. Anybody have any clue what it might be? They have already made the MKE expansion announcement. It is supposed to be a "game changer" from what i hear.
Phatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1374 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 12041 times:
Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 1): I'm gonna guess some longhaul international.. perhaps getting some 777 from SQ?
It's a foolish time to be doing that right now, unless FL wants to offer bargain-basement fares which won't make money for FL. International traffic isn't looking so hot per the recent quarterly calls.
Having said that, it does qualify as a "game-changer" for US LCCs should it occur, just with something smaller than a 777.
BOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1996 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11931 times:
Could they have a new codeshare deal of sorts in place? I wonder who would partner with them. They could be expanding in the Carribean, but B6 and NK are already doing that. Would they do Europe? From where though? We'll have to wait and see.
For what purpose? With WN moving in to MSP, there's not really any point. MKE is relatively safe from WN. FL is not in a cash position to make a purchase right now, and a stock swap isn't going to amount to much. SN could be had on the cheap I'd wager, but I don't see the point.
My guess is the F9 codeshare could be realized. At what point would F9 have to file with the BK court a plan to codeshare with FL? Alternately, it could be the rumored Q400s.
Most likely though, this is just another "false" rumor. The "big announcement" will turn out to be a new destination.
FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5862 posts, RR: 28
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11852 times:
Quoting CitrusCritter (Reply 6): My guess is the F9 codeshare could be realized. At what point would F9 have to file with the BK court a plan to codeshare with FL? Alternately, it could be the rumored Q400s.
I'm thinking one of these 2 also.
Either the Frontier codeshare or Lynx doing some flying.
Some would consider either one of those a "game-changer".
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
MKE22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1154 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11641 times:
Quoting Vulindlela744 (Thread starter): There will be a major announcement in March coming from Airtran. Anybody have any clue what it might be? They have already made the MKE expansion announcement. It is supposed to be a "game changer" from what i hear.
Mhm.. Right.. I'm not doubting you or anything, but these things come and go without much of anything most of the time. If anything, it will be a small expansion somewhere maybe with Lynx flying, or the long rumored F9 code-share. Don't look too much into this though..
Flyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 11502 times:
March, oh god, we did this already numerous times on other such "announcements," but March, I'll check this post out come 3/1 and will avoid speculation until then and for now will enjoy any other headline that makes aviation news.
Along with this though, just got my Airline Business FEB2009 publication, and the AirTran CEO is the feature interview and report.
FreequentFlier From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 11386 times:
If I had to guess, it would be a full codeshare with F9 if not an outright merger. F9 is sort of stuck in DEN. With oil prices low enough, they can maintain profitability to remain solvent but can't really grow anywhere. The fleet types don't match (at all) but F9's planes are all leased at this point and the leases will eventually run out or could theoretically be adjusted in bankruptcy allowing for a smooth transition of 737s and 717s from FL in the longer term.
FL has a heck of a gap on the West Coast. A merger with F9 turns FL into the second coast to coast LCC carrier. (Sorry B6 fans, I love B6 but it's mostly a coastal carrier and has almost no presence whatsoever in the middle of the country.)
DL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2100 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 11098 times:
Quoting Vulindlela744 (Reply 17): OK, has anyone even thought of service enhancements???? Four letters. W_ _ I This is what I have heard from someone who has "people" on the inside.
If that's the case, it's hardly a "game changer" and rather a lackluster announcement considering that FL is "Johnny come lately" to that game. Seems to me, if we're to put any credence into what's being hypothesized on this thread, that something big concerning another airline will be announced; most likely to do with F9.
It seems that every several months there is a new thread about some kind of "Major Announcement" coming from FL.
I don't recall a single announcement that I felt was that major.
Far to often the FL announcements are for some new service somewhere (not a huge amount) that then largely disappears after a few to 6 months...
It seems that FL makes a business of hyping their forthcoming announcements...
In reality - I am sure that is closer to some yawner of a minor announcement.
While you are probably accurate, the fact is it wasn't an AirTran announcment - it was an A.net member passing on a rumor. He's since added the Wifi tidbit, so I guess we have some indication of the significance of it, and it isn't really "game changing".
Rampguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10266 times:
Hey guys and gals,
Here is an original and novel idea....Let's wait til March and find out what the "major" announcement is? As regarding 777 to Asia, clearly that was meant as sarcasism. At least that's what I took it as.
Stburke From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 9540 times:
I'm ruling out an F9 merger but I could see something with Lynx, as Menke has stated he wants to see if Lynx could do flying for other airlines. Also Lynx will be taking delivery of more Q400s around that time, or so I've heard.
aaaand it's gone.
: Here's another far-fetched thought. FL has quietly been training and qualifying for ETOPS operations and will be taking delivery of ETOPS-capable 73G'
: Hey, don't laugh. I bet they'd have lots of takers for seats on such flights. And, that would scoop all the other LCC's. I just wish I had access to
: Don't they need etops for SJU and CUN?
: Nope...plenty of alternates available for SJU, and for CUN, they can keep the routing so that ETOPS isn't an issue.
: I'll take a shot at it.... DL will force a sale of YX at bargain basement prices and FL will finally get those profitable business routes to the East