9K is a very good, reliable, customer friendly, and profitable airline. The 1000 dollar fare mentioned above is probably a coupon book fare (9K sells coupon books-the equivelant of a on-way walk-up ticket-in paks of 10 that can be used at any time, by anyone in your immediate family). 9K
takes avantage of specific routes that poeple would either need to take a ferry and/or drive hours due to geographic limitations. They get you thier quick and in some cases not TOO much more than the drive/ferry/car transport, without the lost time. The short island routes are perfect for the 402 in that they can operate them much cheaper than the "major's" smallest offering (Beech 1900's?). 9K
will bring in an extra section for the 10th passenger, so they never really "ovesell" or sell-out any given flight. They also interline with the majority of the majors (US, AA
, etc), which allows them increased numbers of passengers and passenger convenience. I've been wishing for a PVD
route (5 hour drive, but only 88 miles as the crow flies) since WN
ceased the route after generating over 100,000 annual passengers...