|Quoting raffik (Reply 4):|
How many low cost long haul routes does actually leave now? Must be true what people say, the long haul low cost does not work..
It doesn't work brilliantly because there are fewer areas where costs can be cut - shorthaul LCCs can save money compared to legacies by flying to smaller fields (but you can't land a widebody at some remote spot with a tin shed for a terminal); by getting more flights a day out of one aircraft (but longhaul aircraft at legacy airlines have high utilisation rates anyway); by charging for meals (but people need food on a seven plus hour leg, whereas it's optional on a London to Amsterdam); by charging for bags (but people are more likely to be going away for enough time that they need to check a bag, so like food, a much higher percentage of punters will need to use this service, which, again, raises the cost to the punter towards that of a legacy). Etc.
Air Transat manage to run longhaul (transatlantic) low cost services, reliably £100 less than BA
and Air Canada. On TS
you get free checked bag and a hot meal, but they are able to save money by using older aeroplanes which have very low acquisition costs, very high density seating, and a very spartan interior (no entertainment etc). They run irregular schedules (like Allegient), really catering to demand so every flight is full. I am a big fan actually, and they pull off a trick very few LCCs survive at.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz