There is no need to a low cost airline..there already is a lot of competition on the Transatlantic runs..in low season i have seen $199 JFK to LHR..how cheap do you want it? People seem to forget that an Airline is a business and it costs a lot of money to fly a plane/crew to/from Europe.
There of course a lot of government regulations along the way and if any low cost airline started up (a la LAKER Air) they would surely be killed by BA, LH, AF, etc...
Who the hell would want to spend 10hrs doing something like LHR-SFO with 500 other people, in a 29" pitch seat which doesn't recline, with no IFE and having to pay for all the drinks and food along the way?!?
Different type of market, different product expectations.
There are some great value fares about all year round and when the sales are on, well...as mentioned above £199 LHR-JFK (on a full-service carrier) is pretty cheap in my book!
That market is pretty thoroughly dominated by the majors--AA, UA, BA, VS. Also, slots at airports such as Heathrow are very, very limited. Don't forget, there WAS an LCC that crossed the Atlantic--Sir Freddie Laker's Skytrain, but it went bust when the other airlines undercut its fares.
Personally I think it´s very difficult and tiring a LHR-LAX flight on coach so... No way on a LCC!!! At least in major airlines I get free drinks, meal, audio, and meaby IFE so that would do for the moment.
This is one of the hardest areas for the LCC's to compete! The LCC's rely on quick turns and keeping the planes being used and in the air. The International market is also at times just as low as what a LCC would charge, Jan to Mar BA from NYC to LON for roughly $199.00 before taxes is a pretty good deal, and at that rate the LCC's would be hard pressed to compete. Also for this distance people really look for the FF miles and upgrades, LCC's that operate a single aircraft type and all coach would again be hard pressed to compete. Also there are some options out there, MartinAir of Holland for one.
There was plans for an airline back in 2002 to launch a low cost carrier from London Luton to Portsmouth (USA) and another US destination. (I can't remember the name for the life of me - Can anyone help?)
At the time this received a lot a press coverage and the company released a very amatuerish website givng details of there plans. I remember them saying they would use 767-300 in an all economy configeration. They said they choose Luton because it was at the time the main UK base for easyJet and would allow people to connect.
From the moment they announced this there was many sceptics and both Luton Airport and the Civil Aviation Authority both said the airline hadn't spoke to them about their plans and Luton Airports runway would struggle to cope with 767-300's on Trans Atlantic routes due to it's length.
Nothing ever materialised.
easyJet have registered the trade name "easyAtlantic" back in 2002 and there was rumours that easyJet may launch a Trans Atlantic subsidary but nothing has ever materialised. But you never know!
All offers for transatlantic fares are reasonable.
Look at some of the current fares offerd by British Airways:-
All prices are return and include all taxes and surcharges.
Flights from London Heathrow to:
+ New York (JFK and EWR) from GBP199
+ Philadelphia from GBP219
+ Washington Dulles from 219
+ Baltimore from GBP219
+ Boston from GBP219
+ Chicago from GBP269
+ Detroit from GBP269
+ San Francisco from GBP269
+ Los Angeles from GBP269
+ Miami from GBP269
+ Seattle from GBP279
+ Phoenix from GBP279
+ Houston from GBP281
+ Denver from GBP299
Flights from London Gatwick to:
+ Atlanta from GBP219
+ Tampa from GBP279
+ Dallas from GBP279
+ Orlando from GBP289
Per Ardua ad Astra! ........ Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense!
Does anyone remember Sir Freddie Laker ? He's the one who started it all. Before I went to work for DL, I once flew Sir Freddie eiither EWR or JFK(I can't remeber)-LGW for 350.00 round trip. He even had OAK-LGW flights that competed with WO. A long time ago in the late '70's. Of course, then and now, there's Icelandair.
Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
I think you have the right idea, GBOAC. Nobody wants to fly on such long voyages with minimal amounts of comfort. Of course, if I were able to catch a nice WN flight on over to Paris for $89, I would probably just deal with the fat lady beside me and the screaming babies echoing in a steel cabin.
Of course, CO is going to start a ERJ service for transatlantic flights. That might be a nice newcomer to the sea-sprinting crowd.
Usnseallt82 - Nobody wants to fly. To be honest, I'm not saying nobody would do it - in fact, I think there probably are enough people who would suffer it (and complain, yet keep coming back) if it were available - a bargain is a bargain after all. But I'm not one of them. Even in Europe now I can nearly always find a very good fare on BA since they cut their shorthaul prices so don't have to use a LCC. BA just 'feels' better! Where there is a difference in price, I'm willing to pay £10s more for that. Scaled up to longhaul, a few £100s more.
In fact, I hope a transatlantic LCC never happens...lest it suddenly becomes company policy