2. They also base operations on airport with low delay possibilities. This way, the can assure maximum aircraft utilization. For example, ISP over JFK; MDW over ORD; LGB, BUR or ONT over LAX; OAK over SFO, etc.
I have to disagree with you there. WN
operates out of secondary airports quite a lot, but JetBlue is based at JFK
. AirTran flies into LAX
, as well as IAD
, and more. Frontier flies to several secondary airports, but also flies right into some of the primary airports next-door (ONT
, for example).
3. They go through ground operations even faster. Try to spend the less time possible at the gate from arrival to departure.
This didn't help Eastern make money.
"A plane sitting on the ground is a plane not making money." - Eddie Rickenbacker, CEO Eastern Airlines
(or something to that effect)
4. They operate a standarized fleet in order to reduce costs to the lowest levels. Example, Southwest, JetBlue, etc.
's fleet is hardly standard, with a mix of 732s, 733s, 735s, and 73Gs. They are also talking about an RJ
has had 717s operating along side DC-9s for awhile, once operated both MD
-80s and 732s, and will soon be adding 73Gs and 738s. JetBlue has placed its bets on Embaerer aircraft.
Sorry to pick your post apart, but I have to disagree with your points.
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