pilotcoex
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Virgin America To Mexico And Canada?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:01 am

The low cost-sector in the United States seems to be filling to capacity. And with the addition of Independence Air, Virgin America, and a ''soon to be launch airline'' in Charlotte, competition among the low cost airlines will be as fierce as that of the majors. Should Virgin America fly to Mexico and Canada, and possibly become the EasyJet of America?
 
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LN-MOW
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RE: Virgin America To Mexico And Canada?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:13 am

At some point, I'm sure they will. However there are government permissions and a lot of paperwork involved to fly internationally, so for a new carrier, establishing a domestic network should take priority.
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RE: Virgin America To Mexico And Canada?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:16 am

Yes, it should need to make more time with them.
 
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RE: Virgin America To Mexico And Canada?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:17 am

Virgin America should fly wherever they can make money. I am all for LCC service and to some extent (the aviation enthusiast side of me) would love to see VAmerica flourish, but the "pickings are getting slim" and they are well off by a year before just starting, so they should focus on carving out any profitable routes that they can.

I mean if they start transcons (which I am sure they will), we will shortly be seening the start of possible $49/59/69/79 fares in these markets which aren't sustainable.
 
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mariner
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RE: Virgin America To Mexico And Canada?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:52 am

One problem:

The US/Mexico bilateral agreement only allows for two carriers from each country to serve any city pair between the two countries.

So only two US airlines can fly from - say - SFO to PVR.

I'm not sure, but I think most of the best Mexican routes from SFO already have their maximum two US carriers.

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pilotcoex
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RE: Virgin America To Mexico And Canada?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 6:48 am

Virgin America will star-off in SFO, but they plan on opening a second hub, and some ''unexpected destinations''.
 
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RE: Virgin America To Mexico And Canada?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 1:15 pm

Well, Sir Richard Branson will be very welcome to do business south of the boarder.
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