Wouldn't make sense mering 4U and HLX, as LH
still owns big shares of ThomasCook (Condor) which are severe competitors of TUI/HLF group.
But I read in Financial Times too, that HLX is already in the profit zone, way sooner than expected.
I can sure understand, because they treat pax about as well as regular carriers, apart from the free drinks, I actually have to say, LHs service could learn from HLX. DBA is awesome as well. I felt much better with them, than actually on 4U or LH
. Don't know if it's just my oppinion.
So it's quite understandable, that they are making profit already. Oh, and sure, 4U is more known, due to more aggressive advertising, but this doesn't bring market shares yet...and still, market shares don't count, the only important is, what is under the line after the year: loss or profit...
I had some flights this September, and I picked by purpose 2 on DBA, 1 on 4U, 1 with HLX, just to try them, DBA and especially HLX rule. I also flew LH
domestic in October. FR
so far disappointed me totally, they have never been a serious alternative (esp. due to distance from cities...) and their way to sell tickets is just sucking. As a purchaser in the industry, I would like suppliers who offer the final price, instead of making me seek and calculate like FR
does. But I'm about to start another of the classic LCC-debates...therefore stopping now...