In the long run, there is a possibility that if SN
does become a great success, they will enter the Trans-Atlantic market. Right now, however, their management is somewhat timid, it seems, as they do not want to risk a repeat of what happened to Sabena. However, if they continue to remain profitable, we might see an SN
jet operating a very limited service to the US before the end of the decade.
Dutchjet wrote some very interesting comments:
If one of the low-fare carriers were to venture across the Atlantic, pick one, it does not matter, BRU
would be an ideal destination......In the heart of Europe and access to train and low-cost airline service to other destinations.
Indeed. This is why I am hoping for the possibility of some kind of joint US/Belgian service to BRU
. Imagine if jetBlue for instance, was to partner with SN
, helping to finance the later airline to operate a Trans-Atlantic service to connect with jetBlue at JFK
. That route could be one of the most profitable in existence in terms of the connecting US-Europe-Africa PAX volume (although the chance of such a blissful development occurring I concede are miniscule).
(above it states that if a US firm supplied financing, Airbus airliners would not be used.....Why? Hundreds of Airbus planes are owned and operated by US carriers like US, UA
That's correct, however, at present there is a surplus of B767s from what I understand and there is a possibility that aircraft of this type could be acquired used from the desert at an extremely low cost, thus enabling the new operation to get underway with less start-up capital expenditure. Using a cheap but still modern and economically viable airliner is, in my opinion, a great way to save during the early years of an operation and reduce financial risk by leaving more capital on hand to cover potential losses early-on.
However, over time, I imagine Airbus aircraft would replace any B767s used at start up, for commonality with the rest of the fleet. If a partnership with an Airbus user like jetBlue occurred, the chances of the US of the B767 at startup would be non-existent. Perhaps also a refurbished A300 or A310 could be acquired with equally minimal financial risk. Just my thoughts on the matter.
In any event, I hope this service is someday put into place.