If you could own, one of the airlines that currently exist in the U.S. which one would it be, and what would you change and why?
The same for a foreign airline?
Here goes mine,
In the U.S I would choose US Airways, Why? Because they are headed for a great future, and they have the majority of the East Coast Market.
They also have the highest ppm costs in the industry.
Sure, It helped with the new pilot contract, but that is not enough.
I would buy United Skypath software for my entire fleet, which would allow me to cut flight times and save on fuel consumption. Also as soon as possible I would retire all 727s in the Shuttle, 737s, DC-9s, and 80s, and the Fokker 100s, the F28-1000s are already retired. So I would have a common fleet of only A319s, A320s, 757s, 767s, and A330s (when they arrive). This would drive down costs tremendously, but its something they are already working on in the offices of Arlington, VA.
What else? I would also invest in the new satellite-based landsing system (GLS) (which costs $500,000 for all runways in a 30-mile radius) at my hubs in Charlotte, Pittsburg and Philadelphia, this would allow US Airways to vary all runway approaches into my hubs from the long, straight and low descents required by the currint generation of landing systems. With more precise navigation, my planes would be able to shave flight times and burn less fuel in this manner aswell.
I would also improve my hubs by investing in the new ECAPS, its a new arrival proceedure for aircraft. ECAPS involves aligning two streams of aircraft, one stream is for fast planes and another for slower traffic, planes in the fast lane are brought into the airport ahead of other which also reduces fuel burn. This system is planes to be implemented at Chicago O'Hare!
I dont know if any of you know the different type of hubs, but I would convert all my hubs into connecting complexes, where the planes are only on the ground for 15 minutes or so, this way I could increase frequencies and lower costs like Southwest Airlines does. With all the add capacity I would concentrate on getting all the business class passengers onto my flights. Which means more profits for me!!!!