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VX Announces SFO-AUS/ANC  
User currently offlinejetMarc From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 555 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 11146 times:

New service from SFO to both AUS and ANC...

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SFO-AUS begins May 21st: x1 daily

SFO-ANC begins June 6th: seasonal, x6 per week

[Edited 2013-02-12 06:18:22]


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User currently offlineDFWHeavy From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 11076 times:

Way to go VX. I hope the SFO-AUS route does well and they increase it to 3x daily like SFO-DFW.


Christopher W Slovacek
User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3312 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 11078 times:

Great news for AUS! I'm admittedly skeptical that they will be able to fill up an A319 with B6 and UA already established on the route, but culturally, AUS seems like a good fit for the target VX customer.

Good luck to them!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineHeeseokKoo From South Korea, joined Jan 2005, 645 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 11078 times:

Finally to Austin. Awesome.

SFO-AUS 1015AM-335PM
AUS-SFO 500PM-700PM

so the timing is not duplicated with Jetblue's one daily flight. BTW, UA has 4 daily flights, 3 regionals and 1 mainline. I hoped VX open a couple of flights each to SFO and LAX, but this is still an awesome news.


User currently offlineSCQ83 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 958 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 11054 times:

Anchorage is quite interesting... when you think that they are getting new service with JetBlue, Virgin America and Icelandiar which are quite "cool" airlines. Is Anchorage the new hipster mecca (a la Portland, OR) or am I missing something?  

User currently offlineDFWHeavy From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 10938 times:

Does anyone know what gate they will be using at AUS?


Christopher W Slovacek
User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2926 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 10864 times:

Hmmm..SJC-LAX, SFO-AUS...I'm guessing VX is trying to make a run for some of that Bay Area tech traffic. You'd think they would have tried to capitalize on that earlier.

User currently offlineHiFlyerAS From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 970 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 10862 times:

AS used to operate SFO-ANC in the summer but chose to drop that and instead increase LAX-ANC to 2x daily. Maybe they learned something VX doesn't know? Will be interesting to see what kind of response there is...AS is offering triple miles this summer SEA-ANC in response to B6's SEA-ANC.

User currently offlineWidget1580 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 345 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 10762 times:

VX has become so mainstream. All of the hipsters will flock to UA.

Can't wait to see VX in AUS!



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User currently offlineluv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12113 posts, RR: 49
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 10713 times:
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Quoting SCQ83 (Reply 4):
Anchorage is quite interesting... when you think that they are getting new service with JetBlue, Virgin America and Icelandiar which are quite "cool" airlines. Is Anchorage the new hipster mecca (a la Portland, OR) or am I missing something?

Seasonal flights amd it is all cruise related I would bet money.



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User currently offlinemd3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 10619 times:

Quoting SCQ83 (Reply 4):

Anchorage is quite interesting... when you think that they are getting new service with JetBlue, Virgin America and Icelandiar which are quite "cool" airlines. Is Anchorage the new hipster mecca (a la Portland, OR) or am I missing something?  

I'd say B6 and VX are two modern LCC's entering a market that hasn't seen that type of attention before. FI on the other hand, neither cool nor modern, just another way to get to Europe with smaller aircraft for a lower demand city such as ANC. Just my opinion.

I do hope they do well but can see AUS doing much better than ANC for them.

[Edited 2013-02-12 07:09:19]

User currently offlineBoeingGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 3097 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 10346 times:

Quoting jetMarc (Thread starter):
SFO-ANC begins June 6th: seasonal, x6 per week

It will be interesting to see if AS defends their territory by adding back SFO-ANC. They have defended their Alaska territory in the past.

However, AS doesn't seem to show a lot of love for SFO, having dropped ANC, LAX, CUN, YVR, ZIH and MZT, plus the short-lived SAN and TUS in the past.


User currently offlineKleiner From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 10201 times:

VX is using the JetBlue expansion strategy to go after AS on the west coast. They say they're going after legacies, but there's no doubt they mean AS.

User currently offlinedwcontroller From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 10203 times:

Launching EWR and SJC with 3-4 a day, AUS x1 daily, ANC x6 a week. No new planes. Not cutting any routes.

Is there a frequency downgrade on the other markets? Where are the planes coming from? What cities are seeing less service?



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User currently offlinebobloblaw From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1725 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 10178 times:

Quoting BoeingGuy (Reply 11):
It will be interesting to see if AS defends their territory by adding back SFO-ANC. They have defended their Alaska territory in the past.

I think AS will add SFO-ANC

Quoting Kleiner (Reply 12):
VX is using the JetBlue expansion strategy to go after AS on the west coast. They say they're going after legacies, but there's no doubt they mean AS.

Well the big difference is B6 actually makes money


User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17544 posts, RR: 46
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 10144 times:

Quoting Kleiner (Reply 12):
VX is using the JetBlue expansion strategy to go after AS on the west coast. They say they're going after legacies, but there's no doubt they mean AS.

That's just comical--AS is one of the most profitable carriers in the world, in terms of margin, and VX is probably right about now burning through its first $1B.



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User currently offlineSANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5441 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 10105 times:

I'm truly surprised at what we're seeing from Virgin early this year. Most were expecting a very uneventful year in 2013 with a/c deliveries delayed, Cush's talk about concentrating on getting profitable and developing existing routes with little expansion, retrenching, etc.

So far, it seems like the company is on a pace to shatter past growth patterns. According to my records, the most new stations added by Virgin in a year over their brief 7-year history has been 4, which happened twice -- in 2010 and 2011. (In their start-up year, they "added" 5 cities but I don't consider that.)

So far in 2013 they've added EWR, SJC, ANC and AUS. And it's not even the middle of February! Plus, they've also connected a couple of dots this year -- LA and Vegas -- and that's VERY unusual! They also seem to be following separate courses from SF and LA more than before. EWR was started from both CA hubs but since then, all adds have been from one or the other. Interesting

I wonder if this activity will continue? Are we truly seeing some changes in the business model and expansion plans? I don't know if this will all help the bottom line but it's interesting to see something different happening... finally.

bb


User currently offlineDCAJet From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 434 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 10104 times:

Quoting jetMarc (Thread starter):
Is Anchorage the new hipster mecca (a la Portland, OR) or am I missing something?  

     

Nah, just cruise lines traffic. The VX product should appeal to the premium cruise line sector - Celebrity, Seabourne (sp?), so if their marketing team has done its homework, ANC could be a keeper for VX. Hope they do well, as God only knows we need some competition to UA @ SFO.



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User currently offlineUA735WL From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 10055 times:

Awesome that they finally decided to add AUS .....I'm going to SFO in July...now I know who I'm going to fly!);

[Edited 2013-02-12 08:21:01]
I do find their timing strange, though...with UA'S recent upgauge to mainline, it almost seems like they waited for their competitors to add capacity before starting the route.

Best of luck to VX though.  Smile


[Edited 2013-02-12 08:26:04]


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User currently offlineSANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5441 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9999 times:

Quoting Kleiner (Reply 12):
VX is using the JetBlue expansion strategy to go after AS on the west coast

I don't particularly agree. Virgin is headquartered and hubbed in CA. AS is a major west coast presence; there's bound to be a lot of overlap on their respective route maps.

Virgin is still looking for the low-hanging fruit and doesn't generally care about how much competition there is on a potential new route. I would think that if VX were specifically going after AS, they would have jumped on LAX-ANC instead of SF-ANC. (Now if we see VX start SEA-AUS, I might re-think my stand!)

bb


User currently offlineLHCVG From United States of America, joined May 2009, 1585 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 9923 times:

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 2):
Great news for AUS! I'm admittedly skeptical that they will be able to fill up an A319 with B6 and UA already established on the route, but culturally, AUS seems like a good fit for the target VX customer.

That seems to be the VX model -- take routes UA flies out of SFO and fly them yourself. So far, they've gotten pretty good at losing money doing it, and at offering gimmicks like the status match. But who knows - as you point out, AUS-SFO might well be in VX's wheelhouse.

Quoting bobloblaw (Reply 14):
Quoting Kleiner (Reply 12):VX is using the JetBlue expansion strategy to go after AS on the west coast. They say they're going after legacies, but there's no doubt they mean AS.

Well the big difference is B6 actually makes money

You can say that again.


User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2926 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 9919 times:

Quoting bobloblaw (Reply 14):
I think AS will add SFO-ANC

Perhaps. VX hasn't pissed off AS for awhile. Maybe it's time for another investigation into VX's ownership.   


User currently offlineSocalApproach From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 9861 times:

Quoting SANFan (Reply 16):
I'm truly surprised at what we're seeing from Virgin early this year.

I couldn't agree more. Here we all are expected VX to be in hot water deferring plane deliveries and staying stagnant in growth because "they are out of money" but with all this growth it seems quite the contrary! I personally am very excited about all the VX news. I want them to stick around.

Quoting dwcontroller (Reply 13):
Is there a frequency downgrade on the other markets? Where are the planes coming from? What cities are seeing less service?

There are cities already at this very moment with frequency cuts. I cant speak for every city but for SEA specfically over the past summer they were 4-5x daily on SEA-SFO. Now on some days they are as low as 1x daily SEA-SFO....1x DAILY! SEA-LAX has also seen cuts from the past summer and is as low as 2x daily from 5x daily over the summer. So they have the planes that are sitting around to do all this expansion. ANC is seasonal anyways and AUS is only 1x daily. That Can easily be run with an aircraft arriving from SEA/SAN/LAX or possible a city from the east coast since it doesn't depart until after 10am. VX may very well be going back to the strategy of 100% aircraft usage/day


User currently offlineBoeingGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 3097 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 9849 times:

Quoting BigGSFO (Reply 21):
Perhaps. VX hasn't pissed off AS for awhile. Maybe it's time for another investigation into VX's ownership.

Yeah, I'm sure AS is just trembling in their boots over VX.

I can't speak for Bill Ayer and AS's leadership, but it appeared that AS just expects their competitors to play on a level playing field and obey the laws.


User currently onlineas739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6153 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 9833 times:

Quoting dwcontroller (Reply 13):
Launching EWR and SJC with 3-4 a day, AUS x1 daily, ANC x6 a week. No new planes. Not cutting any routes.

They currently have 2-3 planes sitting around SFO daily as it is. They have a lot of flex in their scheduling as well.

Quoting bobloblaw (Reply 14):
I think AS will add SFO-ANC

I wouldn't count on it. As stated above, SFO has been dramatically decreased by AS. UAX has taken gate 24, so AS operates from only 2 gates now. And since '07 have dropped from 31 daily flights to 16 daily. If AS does restarted SFO-ANC, then they clearly have a beef with VX.

UA on the other hand, maybe add a 2nd daily?? We shall see....



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25 MaverickM11 : Virgin is looking for the oxygen mask. There is no low hanging fruit for VX, in case anyone hasn't noticed yet.
26 doug_Or : Anecdotal, but it seems they have some slack in their schedule (at least their current winter one). There are always a few planes sitting around at t
27 SANFan : Agreed. In the past, Virgin has had a lot of slack in their skeds, with many a/c sitting around in SFO (and LA?) so this could be just a matter of ti
28 Post contains images diverdave : Nothing like bringing a knife to a gunfight, eh? I'm thinking AS will restart SFO-ANC. UA should have no love for VX, and who knows, might even be pe
29 Post contains links and images SCQ83 : Yes, I know about the cruise traffic, but I was wondering if there is some kind of gentrification of ANC and would be in the typical "Top 100 places
30 jfklganyc : Notice B6 followed the same path with JFK and BOS. One size doesnt fit all in an industry with low profit margins. This may work better for VX
31 sfoa380 : It's really quite amusing reading all the hate that surrounds VX, especially from the AS folks. You all act like it's your money they're burning. Who
32 BoeingGuy : I fly AS all the time and find them to still be awesome. Not sure what your definition of mediocre is. Just about always on time. Very friendly crews
33 RWA380 : I can not see why AS would start a 4-5 hour flight, on a route that they have previously retreated from, just so they can mess with a little 6x a wee
34 Roseflyer : This summer will be interesting for Alaska. Their cash cow anchorage route where they have 20 or so SEA-ANC flights will be competing now with JetBlue
35 southwest737500 : VX is the best love the service
36 austinairport : Neat! I'll admit I was very shocked when this popped up on my Facebook feed. I can't wait to see Virgin America at AUS.
37 ASA : Interesting ... I didn't know that! They'll probably play the movies for free - like in the Caribbean routes?
38 B6JFKH81 : Yes, when I did the LGB-ANC run, the TV's went out somewhere off the coast of Seattle. Movies were free.
39 hatbutton : VX has stellar service and amenities but is wildly unprofitable, so what's your point? HA makes money, which is better than losing money, but to sust
40 airportugal310 : This pretty much hits it all on the head, except the part maybe about AS being mediocre (though I'm not impressed, my opinion is really not important
41 HiFlyerAS : Well said. The summer schedule is pretty firm at this point. No extra a/c will be sitting around to fly a route out of spite. While I'm sure they're
42 deltaflyertoo : LOL, agree. VX in my view has tarnished the Virgin band as a whole. THere used to be something special about taking that one daily VS flight to Londo
43 as739x : UA will be giving no gates to AS. All the gates in T-1 are express gates and can not handle a 737. (UA) have no gate availability as is and it treadi
44 AllegiantFlyer : Im in shock after seeing this....i had NO idea VX was even considering ANC
45 cv880 : IIRC, Virgin Group owns 25% of VX & 51% of VS and DL will own 49% of VS, yet DL seems to be in bed with AS, so maybe what appears to be intense h
46 diverdave : I would agree that the cabin interiors of the AS fleet are rather comfortable. David
47 SEA : Realistically though, there is no low hanging fruit for anyone in the US market at this point and economy.
48 bobloblaw : Youre over-reading, Why would DL's relationship with VS which owns 25% of VX mitigate how AS responds to VX?
49 cv880 : From the looks of things VX appears to be holding off warfare with AS @ LAX.....just saying that DL may or may not have some influence going forward,
50 RyanairGuru : This is highly unlikely. DL holds a share of Virgin Atlantic, which also has Virgin Group as a shareholder. Virgin Group - which DL have to relation
51 cv880 : Which I am well aware of except that one doesn't know what the future will bring. I'm more interested in seeing what DL does with regard to VX's entr
52 Post contains links and images EA CO AS : I'd love to hear what his point was, if any. Anyone remember McClain? Premium service! Premium amenities! Put the other carriers to shame! Oh yeah, a
53 DariusBieber : Seems like both these routes will be axed within a year or so. Don't see any of the yields being very high, especially SFO-AUS.
54 mariner : Oh. If it's true that Virgin America gets a Silicon valley crowd, it could do okay - one high tech city to another. I wish 'em well, whatever happens
55 DariusBieber : It's just that United, Southwest (to Oakland) and JetBlue are already in this market. Don't see how four carriers can offer the same destination in a
56 AeroWesty : WN flies OAK-AUS 1x/day plus SJC-AUS 2x/day.
57 HiFlyerAS : Sounds like Bay Area-AUS is already pretty well served. I bet UA will throw another mainline jet on SFO-AUS to replace one of the RJ's in response.
58 Post contains images SCQ83 : Umm Virgin Atlantic has been flying for a while to Accra and Lagos, hardly hype destinations. And now they are even starting Aberdeen in Scotland (I
59 mariner : Yes, I understand that. But - again - IF it's true that Virgin America has a loyal following of techies, then AUS seems like a good city for them. I
60 Post contains images SurfandSnow : First of all, is anyone else appalled by the new VX route map? It looks awful compared to what they had before this expansion. Ok, rant over. It is gr
61 StuckInCA : This. I love VX, but assertin that AS is anything but great is really just a mistake. They've never done me wrong, and have quite often done the oppo
62 RWA380 : Well I know AS just found a way to use an otherwise RON'd plane and turned it into a PDX-FAI-PDX flight, w/o adding planes. I think there are so many
63 seahawks7757 : They seem to be more after UA who operates SFO-EWR and SFO-ANC. Last time I checked AS doesn't operate either route. Doubt it, especially since they
64 bobloblaw : That is always a good question. But it can be funded from cancellations in other markets. They definitely do. I think the SJO flight goes on to PDX a
65 stlgph : Coming down just minutes ago ... jetBlue adding second daily San Francisco to .... Austin for the summer season. Oh and Ft Lauderdale Beginning May 21
66 BoeingGuy : SFO-ANC would probably be a good market for AS's 737-700s. It's got the range and a smaller airplane for an emerging seasonal market. I'd really like
67 as739x : Most summer it was a 73G. I believe it was operated only one summer as a -800 and that was after I left AS. The 73G is actually not the greatest plan
68 Post contains links psa1011 : Looks like UA is already retaliating: http://airlineroute.net/2013/02/20/ua-sfo-jun13/ SFO will have three flights to ANC on most days this summer. Gu
69 yellowtail : Seems to me like VS is going for it all. Might was well throw caution to the wind and see what happens. Didn't ANC just get more DL service too?
70 psa1011 : Yes, from LAX. And UA will also restart EWR-ANC (another blow to VX?)
71 as739x : I agree. I don't expect them to restart it. Specially how much they have downsized SFO.
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