I'm interested to see how this does. If it works, I bet we could see F9
start other small heartland markets with less than daily Airbus service from DEN
. The likes of EUG
, MLI, MSO
, PSC, and perhaps even RAP
, LNK, GJT, FLG
, etc. come to mind as distinctive possibilities. Obviously they won't have to worry about WN
competition, but in most cases they will have to contend with an established UA
/UAX presence, not to mention nonstop G4
flights from many such markets to the main tourist draws of Vegas, Arizona, and SoCal.
They'll be adding service just in time for the folks in Western states to get home to Eastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota for the Thanksgiving holidays, and then the service will be a very attractive option for the locals to flee the harsh winter. G4
can only get them to Phoenix, Vegas, LA
, and Orlando; F9
offers additional options like Mexico, Costa Rica, New Orleans, Florida's Gold Coast, etc. Not to mention the fact that the hardy North Dakotans that can't get enough of the snow may just want to visit Colorado itself for the skiing! I think it might just work; certainly the A319 will offer a vastly superior product to the pithy UAX RJs. F9
can probably draw enough leisure and VFR travelers on its own, leaving most biz pax for UA
, unlike their stint a few years ago where they were trying to serve the market in a big way...