Of all the replies discussed earlier, including the topic started last year, one hasn't been mentioned, is that the proportion of fixed cost is much higher for long hauls than short hauls. If one LCC can cut the cost of short flight by $100 per passenger, say $100 compared to $200 from a full service airlines, the carrier may only be able to cut this much on long hauls, making the price $900 compared to $1000, so marginal that most people won't bother.
There's much more scruitiny on long haul flights (maintenance, immigration check, food [even if you offer BOB] - much more to carry, turnaround time) that even LCC can't cut corners. For most people the threshold of not eating/drinking anything at all is 6 hours, coincidentally JQ
is considering PER
, reaching close to the threshold.
Many of the major cities are already well served by current airlines with low prices when you consider miles per dollar (JFK
), however there's market for low cost, basic frill services among cities pairs shunned and underserved by legacy carriers due to low yields (Corsair, Air Madrid - all in high density config). But not in areas well connected such as HKG
, didn't someone trying to start a long haul LCC called Oasis ?? (too many alternative as you can simply fly through neighboring countires and connect to Europe or US for lower fares).