Avion346
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International LCC?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:10 am

Why is it that no LCC has expanded to international markets? Is it really too expensive? Would the costs outweigh the potential benefits? What about a solely international LCC? Just curious.
 
icarus75
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RE: International LCC?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:20 am

Hi there!
What do youmean by "Why is it that no LCC has expanded to international markets?"
Here in Europe, the LCC have expanded in international markets :
RYANAIR has bases in England, Gerùany, Italy, Belgium & Sweden.
EASYJET has a base in Switzerland.
Most of the european LCC (if not all of them) have flights to several countries.
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MD11Lover
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RE: International LCC?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:25 am



Maybe you meant to say intercontinental expansion? Didnt People's Express offer flights to London some time ago? That was an LCC.

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RE: International LCC?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:26 am



I may also add,although a little off topic, People's Express had the very first ever 747 female captain as an employee.

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elwood64151
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RE: International LCC?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:29 am

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Virgin Atlantic an LCC? They fly intercontinental routes.

In the US, both Frontier and AirTran have international markets (though these routes are few and far between). America West flies to Canada, Mexico and now Costa Rica (HP is an LCC! They started as one, and have returned to those roots).

In Europe and other parts of the world, many of the LCCs have no choice but to fly international destinations, or they wouldn't be able to grow beyond just a few aircraft.
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Thu Nov 06, 2003 7:31 am

Icarus--I think he meant intercontinental LCC's. Most people don't consider flying from CDG to TXL as "international" Big grin.

I agree Virgin is a LCC. I think Branson will try to create a link across the Pacific to the U.S. and have a truly world wide network. IMO.TC
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potomac
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RE: International LCC?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 7:34 am

i agree that Virgin is/will be the first intercontinental LCC - virgin, virgin blue, virgin express, and the soon-to-be launched virgin usa (or whatever it will eventually be called).
 
Avion346
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RE: International LCC?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 7:53 am

Sorry, I did mean intercontinental. Too bad we can't have a "Virgin Atlantic" here in the States. Maybe someday........
 
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RE: International LCC?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 8:31 am

Dunno if this counts, but jetBlue flies to SJU

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RE: International LCC?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 8:56 am

Virgin Atlantic are not a low cost carrier - they have all the frills and then some of other carriers, operate from LHR, have an excellent upper class product - how is all that low cost? And if you mean low fare they are not that either. Recently looking at prices from London-New York and Washington they were one of the most expensive.

Virgin do have LCCs but not Virgin Atlantic
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RE: International LCC?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 9:07 am

"...Too bad we can't have a "Virgin Atlantic" here in the States. Maybe someday........"

Well Sir Richard Branson is trying to start up an LCC her in the USA.

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bobrayner
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RE: International LCC?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 9:29 am

Virgin isn't completely LCC. They provide similar services to other major carriers; the fares aren't much cheaper.

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RE: International LCC?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 10:09 am

Virgin Atlantic isnt an LCC, Virgin Express is, and it operates internationally.

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