|Quoting huaiwei (Reply 5):|
From the looks of it, no. Both MI and KA are full service regional carriers, and they are certainly not LCCs or "no-frills" in anyway, especially when you consider, for instance, that SQ and MI codeshares on routes like SIN-KUL using aircraft from both airlines and charging the same fare regardless of operating carrier.
It's unclear whether Thai Smile will really be an LCC or a no-frills carrier as well. The situation seems to have been evolving. TG
says that Thai Smile is positioned to be "affordable light premium," though I personally don't know how that is defined. That could still mean "full service regional carrier" in some sense. It's all unclear at the moment.
and Thai Smile will overlap on a couple routes, at least initially. Speculatively based on current schedules, TG
and Thai Smile will overlap on BKK
. I have no idea how the fares will work on these routes however.
One way in which Thai Smile will probably split from the MI
/KA models is that Thai Smile may be better equipped than TG
to develop secondary Thai markets, like CNX
, etc. to regional destinations. We're seeing that more with what TG
wants Thai Smile to do from HKT
in the medium term (HKT