JetBlueFan states, and i quote :>>"I could definitely see a large amount of flights to OAK
, along with perhaps SMF
(if they ever get their own gate), MCO
, and of course IAD
Now, I know as a JetBlueFan, you are no doubt wearing blue-tinted rather than rose-colored glasses.
Bue let me ask you this - why would JetBlue want to commit corporate suicide in Southern California?
already offers 13 RTs daily ONT
, 12 RTs ONT
, 10 RTs ONT
, and 9 RTs ONT
Ask yiourself this question - why is JetBlue's seat mile cost as low as it is? is it because the employees have zilch seniorirty (partially true), don't get paid a whole lot by other airline standards (also partially true) or is it because they have an incredibly long average stage length (BINGO!).
Right now, if you adjust for the average stage length, Southwest owns a slight ASM cost advantage over JetBlue. This is going to get worse, not better (from the B6
perspective) when the Embraer's show up. The real problem for these 300 mile hauls is that ferquency sells.....the A320 is too big, and the Embraers will have too high an ASM cost.
Right now, Southwest owns a huge network advantage over JetBlue. if JetBlue started encroaching on Southwesdt's turf (the California corridor) you would be talking scorched earth, wholesale destruction, and your pals in blue would be making a retreat similar to, but much more costly to do, that what happened with DL
and AirTran and JetBlue in Atlanta.
JetBlue is better off concentrating on what they do (cherry picking long haul flights against competitors whose costs are higher than their own.)
They do not need to take the king of short haul travel on, especially since when you consider average stage length, the king of short haul travel still has lower costs and better aircraft for the short haul.
People cooped up in metal tubes for an hour do not need television sets.
The seat pitch between Southwest's leather seats on the -700s, as I recall, is better than what B6
Rapid Rewards is a better FF
program than JetBlue's simply because you can get more places...where have we heard that before LMAO?
So really, other than an assigned seat, which truly is not all that big a deal in commuter markets (if it were WN
would not have market shares ranging from 65% to 80% in places like Dallas, Houston, New Orleans) Jet Blue really brings nothing to the table for the intra-California traveler.
So tell me, why in the world are you wanting them to cut their own thrats?