United will get killed in SFO!! Too bad.
Based on what?! We all know how strong and large a presence United was pre-9/11 in the San Francisco market. Even after 9/11, United is still the strongest carrier in the San Francisco-area based on market share...You don't think they can hold their own now? So there's going to be a new kid on the block, nothing new! Nothing overly disastrous. Certainly nothing that credits or validates the above comment. If United plays their cards right, which I am betting they will if they know what's good for them, they really have nothing new to worry about. They've delt with this situation before, and they'll deal with it again, plain and simple. LCC's are nothing new to the game. With the addition of new LCC's, if anybody
it should be Southwest, JetBlue, and other discount carriers that should feel nervous. Sure, there's an over-saturation of "legacy carriers" in the US. LCC's are giving them a run for their money, and without question I'm sure we'll see some disappear. But just wait until the same shoe falls on the numerous low-cost carriers if this trend keeps up.
However, don't get me wrong. I agree, UA
will be tested with the introduction of Virgin America, perhaps more than others, and every airline in the region (not to mention Virgin America's destination cities) will feel some kind of impact (however small or large), but comments and opinions like the one stated above are premature, irrelevant, and don't add any value to this discussion as is.
Short and sweet sometimes isn't.
It's an entirely different kind of flying; all together.