I was reading some other threads about people who feel Richard Branson shouldn't be allowed to start a carrier in the US. I was wondering what everyone thinks about it; below are my arguments.
Richard Branson starting a Low Cost carrier would be FANTASTIC for Americans if you actually take the time to think about it. Thousands of Americans would have jobs, these people will take their new salaries and spend the money, etc. Then you have the airline side of it. The order for planes will probably go to Boeing. Plus all of the support services of the airline (any catering, maintenance, etc) will be handled by Americans, hence more money. And finally thousands of people will fly who otherwise might not have. So a person living outside SFO
might decide to fly to ATL
for a trip. This person will probably spend money renting a car, a hotel room, shopping, eating etc.
Also, the too many airline argument just isn't true. Out of all the majors, how many are making money? Then there's also ATA, JetBlue, Alaska, Hawaiian, Aloha, Midwest, Frontier and AirTran. Most of these airlines don't even compete with each other on ANY routes, and Branson has stated that Virgin America won't compete with B6
( speaking of which B6
don't compete head to head on any routes either) And also, don't forget that LoCos low fares encourage people to fly who otherwise wouldn't. There aren't a set # of pax who all the airlines are competing for.
Basically, I think people who are against it for pure nationalistic reasons should rethink their stance. If some people want to go out and invest their money in an airline then power to them. If they can make that airline suceed and thrive, more power to them.
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