F.pier From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 1524 posts, RR: 9 Posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3229 times:
I imagine an intercontinental no-frills airline.
Only one type of aircraft, 330-300 or 340-600.
Based in London it would connect it to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Seattle, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyi, Seul, Bombay, Sydney, Melbourne.
Bookings only on the Net, point to point connections, low level airports (STN would be the main hub) where possible, no PTVs, no food, no entertainment. All tourist class.
HUYfan From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1407 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3212 times:
IF they did, they would have pay-for-view PVTs and pay-to-eat meals. All tourist class, yes. I also doubt that they would fly to well know destinations, more like seconday cities such as Macau for Hong Kong, Canberra for OZ and Fort Lauderdale or similar for Miami, Burbank for L.A. BUT, i doubt this will happen in the next 5-10 years.
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3200 times:
Interesting, although I don't think so.
For one, costs would shoot up, what with navigation and landing fees, amongst many other charges. Ryanair keep costs low by keeping their airplanes in the air, and completing as many cycles as possible in 1 day.
And apart from this, yes, many people don't mind Ryanair for short Euro flights, but I have my doubts as to how popular they would be on long-haul runs, especially given the main airlines already offer very competitive fares on popular routes.
And of course, by the time I get a job and become rich I will never fly Ryanair again--first class, all the way!!
(Well, I might still fly with low-cost airlines if the times and airports are convenient...)
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 3172 times:
It depends on what happens to Aer Lingus, in my opinion. The long-term prospects for Ireland's flag carrier are not promising. Ryannair is a successful business because its operating model works well. If Aer Lingus goes under, I could see Ryannair leasing several widebodies (either directly from Aer Lingus or its leasing agents) or somewhere else (there is a glut of aircraft on the mkt right now) and starting a no frills service to North America (particularly Ireland's key US gateways, New York, Boston, and possibly Chicago). The flight times between Dublin/Shannon and NYC, BOS, and ORD are such that PTVs, warm delicious airline meals, duty free, and other frills really would not be missed, but Ireland is also an important business market and as such, any successor to Aer Lingus must provide a premium cabin. Ryannair could simply replicate Aer Lingus' product, put it under a different cost center, or outsource as much of the catering and services as needed. It could work, but they would need larger planes than the 737-800 to fly to the US. These planes have the range but the US-Ireland market demands a higher capacity aircraft, particularly in summer.