No hatred at all. In fact, hatred is an extremely
strong adjective and not only does it absolutely not apply, but it has no relevancy whatsoever to any of my posts. I am really surprised that you
would say something like that.
What I have posted isn't an "opinion" as I am not inventing any of the facts on BBD's poor financial status -- the information is all there in the BBD Annual Report, 1st Qtr Report, web site, financial news and analyst reports (and they are the ones saying that BBD's future is "grim").
Your saying "I think they will pull out of it and survive just fine"
without basing it on any thing is just wishful thinking, which you are entitled to. But it doesn't contribute anything to the discussion when all the the financial and industry facts point in the exact opposite direction.
At the end of it all, all I have done is provide factual backup to your earlier post: "All the info I see (and this is with Avitas, AWST, and FI) has the 90-115 seater being the most cost effective as a standalone product. Is the love of the small regional jet over?"
From Saturday's news:
Smaller jets lift profits, but have airlines overindulged?
Independence Air, meanwhile, represents the reinvention of Atlantic Coast Airlines, which was unable to renegotiate an existing agreement to fly regional jets for United Airlines Inc. It launches June 16 from Washington Dulles International Airport.
"ACA has the right idea because they know there's no future in flying 50-seaters for United," said Michael Boyd, an aviation consultant in Evergreen, Colo.
Once the darling of fleet planners everywhere, 50-seat regional jets face an uncertain future as assets for airlines, said Mr. Boyd, who thinks major carriers have bought far too many of the planes.
"There's not going to be any aftermarket for 50-seaters in a few years," he predicted. "They're not going to be able to sell them."
In a sign of the glut of 50-seaters, Mr. Boyd said, United had no problem immediately replacing the 87 planes that will now fly the Independence livery with other aircraft from other regional carriers hungry for business.
As with any start-up airline, Independence Air faces steep odds to stay aloft for long, analysts said.
Some discounters have already stepped back from relying on regional jets. Orlando-based AirTran Airways Corp. quietly ended its regional jet partnerships this year. Officials at America West Airlines have said they have too many regional jets.
Extract from The Dallas Morning News
CDT on Saturday, June 5, 2004
By ERIC TORBENSON
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. - A. Einstein