Despite very positive loads, CO
route was culled, as you say, almost immediately after 9/11 - I'd say that a figure of only 5 months is sadly more accurate! CO
said at the time that they were hopeful of returning, but it's almost 4 years on and no sign yet...
With only a few weeks left of the summer peak season, MaxJet will do well to encourage traffic on a new route with a new concept in the autumn low season. Note that many, if not all, new transatlantic services are launched at the beginning of the summer season (e.g. the recent CO
), and that some (particularly from regional UK gateways) are seasonal services which don't operate in the winter. As it stands MaxJet will be a new entrant that no one has ever heard of, flying an as-yet-unproven LCC service to an airport with very little in the way of formal connections, at a time of year when the established carriers actually downsize their capacity...
Of course I'd love MXJ to prove me wrong and start to STN
tomorrow (!), but personally I'd concentrate on winter US domestics to the sunshine state for the next 6 months and then think about transatlantics in the spring.