Airlineguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 348 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2343 times:
If you were to start an airline and have it's base/HUB @ IND and serve cities such as: DTW, MDY, MKE, DSM, CLE, ATL, & MCI. What type of aircraft would be the most economical and profitable? Your thoughts?
ILuvYak40 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 127 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2318 times:
Although at this point I highly doubt the sanity of anybody who wants to hub an airline out of IND (having lived there for six years), I would anyways recommend the Saab 340. If you want to snag more pax with the regional jets (many don't like flying props), I'd personally head for the ERJ family.
ILuvYak40 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 127 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2293 times:
Right now I live in Cleveland. When I did live in Indianapolis, I lived just north of Carmel (outer suburb).
And you're right, IND does have quite a few major corporations (I was kind of joking around when I mocked your hub idea ). Hopefully once the midfield terminal is completed in a few years (I believe they have already broken ground for it!) IND will blossom as a central US hub... great location to US population centers, and fairly cheap airport fees as compared to other major airports.
Also, IND has a large (1.7 million people) and quickly growing metropolitan area. Of course, most of this growth is coming from Hamilton County, which is doubling in size every 10 years. I'm sure O&D won't be a problem if we get enough Hoosiers to fly.