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LCCs Becoming Legacy Carriers?  
User currently offlineGoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1929 times:

With the purchase of Airtran, will WN eventually move up as a legacy carrier? Over years, of course. I wonder if it's possible in the first place and if so, what would be involved?


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User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1745 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1857 times:
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Combine that with the recent comments from Ryanairs CEO that they will start to move into major airports in Europe and that their ultra low cost business model has its days numbered.

I think that if WN and/or FR (or any other successful LCC) start to 'move up' the market their current low cost base and lean streamlined business structures will give them a huge advantage over the 'legacy' carriers.

EasyJet in the UK are currently upgrading their image. I think Air Berlin are another example of an LCC moving upmarket.


User currently offlineairbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 7874 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1769 times:

In my opinion WN is and always has been a Legacy Low Cost carrier. The 2 terms are not mutually exclusive. Lecacy carrier refers to carriers that were established before the airline deregulation act of 1978. LCC refers to a business operating model. However some people will claim that WN is not a legacy carrier because prior to 1979 they only operated flights within Texas. Some people will even claim that WN is not a network carrier and that it doesn't operate any hubs, despite ample evidence of both  

User currently offlineDeltaB757TUS From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1738 times:

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 1):
I think that if WN and/or FR (or any other successful LCC) start to 'move up' the market their current low cost base and lean streamlined business structures will give them a huge advantage over the 'legacy' carriers.




I agree with you. If the likes of Southwest were ever to become a legacy as defined by their corporate folks and yes they will have a huge advantage over the other legacy carriers.



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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7276 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1546 times:

I think the divisions are getting blurred. While I think there will be more LCC-ish carriers and more legacy-ish carriers, I think both categories are moving a bit to the center


Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
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