Here's my 2 cents worth:
come into the interisland market, for all the reasons listed above. To recap:
have been there for 73 and 50+ years respectively. They have the loyalty of the locals, the infrastructure, and the experience. How much do you think it would cost WN
to set up a complete route system with parts, maintenance, gates, personnel, etc.? This in a market the until recently was a huge money loser to both the local airlines.
2) Where would the passengers come from? HA
not only bring their own across the Pacific, but code-share with all the big guys coming across too. WN
does not code share. They only fly their own passengers. They'd have to start a complete trans-Pacific operation to do that, which would include ETOPS certification etc. That's another huge pot of money they'd have to pour into before making a single cent.
is now making a profit interisland. The 717 is
working. The whole problem with extremely short flights is that for every takeoff, you are lifting the weight of the plane, fuel, passengers etc up and down. If you have a long flight, it doesn't matter much. But lifting 50,000+ lbs of metal up and down into the sky 15 or more times a day costs a LOT of money. That is why it is so hard to do with almost any plane. The 737 just doesn't cut it. It's way too big and heavy - just look at the latest profit statement from AQ
. They're losing $ hand over fist. And the planes WN
would bring in like the -300 or -500 would be even worse because they're more expensive to run because they're just bigger and heavier than AQ
's -200's. HA
can do it by having the lightest jet possible (for now) doing the job. And as for spending a lot of time idling the engines, I don't think you've watched any of these guys fly interisland. It's pushemback - startemup - taxi - you'reairborne. And on landing you've just barely rolled off the runway when the engines are being shut down as you coast up to the gate.
4) As said before, the locals complain bitterly about the two airlines right now. They cry like a baby if they can't just hop on a plane like getting into a cab to go visit Auntie Kamaka over on the next island. However both HA
have to run a business, which means trying to make a profit. With the added stress of TSA
inspections slowing things down, that is just about impossible. And all that comes from those who know best how to do it. WN
knows this, and (as I said) would NEVER
make an enterance into a market they know they can't control. WN
hasn't made much in the way of mistakes up to this point, and I doubt they'd make one as big as this.
One smooth landing is skill. Two in a row is luck. Three in a row and someone is lying.