keesje
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Good Climate For New Start Up Airlines In The US?

Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:29 pm

With the majors being restricted by Chapter 11 regulations and start ups lifting of everywhere around the world and capital being available, is the climate good for new entrepreneurs in the US?

Are there any other known plans /rumors like the GO! and DJAir initiatives?


http://www.djairgroup.com

Current low cost airlines in the US according to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_low-cost_airlines#United_States are:

- AirTran Airways
- Allegiant Air
- ATA Airlines
- Frontier Airlines
- Go! (airline)
- JetBlue Airways
- Primaris Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- Spirit Airlines
- Sun Country Airlines
- Ted (low-fare brand of United)
- US Airways
- USA 3000 Airlines
- Virgin America
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starrion
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RE: Good Climate For New Start Up Airlines In The US?

Wed Jun 28, 2006 11:17 pm

How about- NO.

Right now all the airlines you mentioned above and the legacy carriers are fighting tooth and nail to fill the seats that they have without loosing even more money to high fuel costs. As independence Air showed, the market is quite brutal and offers an investor the opportunity to see ALL their capital disappear into thin air.

Yes, I know that Branson is starting "Virgin America", but he is going to have to see how much market power his name has when competing against Frontier, Southwest, and the legacy routes.

Should be interesting to see how a really well financed startup with good leadership and a new fleet does. I think jetBlue was the last one like this.
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SeeTheWorld
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RE: Good Climate For New Start Up Airlines In The US?

Wed Jun 28, 2006 11:25 pm

This is about the worst time in the past five years to start up an airline in the U.S.
 
boeingguy1
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RE: Good Climate For New Start Up Airlines In The US?

Wed Jun 28, 2006 11:54 pm

Quoting Starrion (Reply 1):
Should be interesting to see how a really well financed startup with good leadership and a new fleet does. I think jetBlue was the last one like this.

This has probably been discussed before, but could it be possible that Virgin America could have an "alliance" or something similar to connect passengers onto destinations from their VS flights?

Example

LHR/LGW-JFK/EWR-SFO
LHR/LGW-SFO-LAS
LHR/LGW-SFO-SEA

and so on...
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emseeeye
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RE: Good Climate For New Start Up Airlines In The US?

Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:06 am

I hope they plan to start with a better website. Difficult to navigate and the content is well... cheesy.
 
planespotting
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RE: Good Climate For New Start Up Airlines In The US?

Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:08 am

Quoting SeeTheWorld (Reply 2):
This is about the worst time in the past five years to start up an airline in the U.S.

This is probably the worst time in the past 28 years to start an airline in the US.
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