The truth is we will never know just how well Song is doing, since they fly under DL's operating certificate and thus DL does not and most likely will not brake out there actual numbers and tell anyone. So they can tell us all day long that they are the best thing since sliced bread. Also WHY would DL allow Song to fly to and from CVG the one hub that has NO LCC competition! Please they suddenly want to pass on savings to the flyers from CVG.. NOT!
Reid admitted a couple of weeks ago that Song hasn't "broken into the low 80's" in load factor. Song has thus not filling its planes as well as Jetblue which has been consistently in the 80's, and in the 90's on some routes, this year. Several articles in the NY Times and other sources have argued that Song's yields are slightly lower than JetBlue's, for whatever that's worth. I don't know the Times' sources for their data. Allowing for all of this, Song could still be making a regular profit, which is far more than can be said for Delta mainline. My gut feeling is that Song is doing quite well, though perhaps not as well as cheerleader LHR001 would have us believe. I'll take also his assertion that Song is the "in-thing" among NY fashionable types, with a big grain of salt, unless he produces evidence.
Yes, Jrlander, Delta offers lots of nonstops that CVG
wouldn't have otherwise. But they pay out the ass on fares, and that isn't right either. Reid's assertion this week that Cincinnatians' only choices are Delta's rapine fares, or not have a Delta hub, is self-serving BS
. If we take PIT
's high cost of $9 per seat as a benchmark, we can be sure that Delta's charging a lot more than $9 additional on every CVG
seat, or nearly 30 percent of Cincinnati fliers wouldn't be fleeing to CMH
, and SDF
. There is *no excuse* for the excessively high fares Delta charges in Cincinnati.
It would be *very* surprising if DL
initiated Song service at CVG
. There is no low-fare competition there, and lots of Comair spoke markets don't have low-fare options to say LAS