I came up with this idea for a start-up airline, and I wanted to hear opinions about it.
Thinking about the US Airways strike, I realized how many people hate US Airways. Most of them haven't flown them since the old USAir days when they were truly awful.
Nonetheless, of the three main US Airways hubs, Philadelphia, Charlotte, and Pittsburgh, there is virtually no alternative for nonstop flights.
Charlotte and Pittsburgh are literally locked down, while Philadelphia is slightly less locked down by US Airways.
So I thought a start-up airline operating out of one of the US Airways hubs, in direct competition to them, could possibly work because so many people hate US Airways.
Then there is the issue of which one. I came up with Philadelphia. First, it has the largest population of the three cities. Also, it has the most corporations based there. Second, it is located directly on the Northeast corridor. By train, someone could go from PHL Airport to downtown Washington or midtown Manhattan in three hours. SEPTA has a rail link between PHL Airport and downtown Philly, with a stop at 30th Street Station. From 30th, Amtrak can take you to DC or Manhattan in two hours, less with Metroliner or the upcoming Acela Express.
Many people connect on AA or UA or DL just to avoid US Airways. So if this airline could offer cheap flights, good schedules, and great service, I think people will flock over from US Airways.
ValuJet boomed in comparason with Delta before the crash. Many people don't remember it, but ValuJet was amazing. They are still doing pretty well today as AirTran.
The airline would focus on two groups: first the business traveler, then the leisure traveler (snowbird) to Florida.
Proposed name: CityJet Airways
Looking forward to hearing your ideas,