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Fastest Growing U.S. Airline?

Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:24 am

Just curious...anyone know which U.S. airline is growing the fastest? I'm noticed Allegiant has been growing very fast lately; can they be considered the fastest growing?
 
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RE: Fastest Growing U.S. Airline?

Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:28 am

I've been noticing the same thing. It would appear to me that they're the fastest expanding "small" airline. But that's just a guess.
 
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RE: Fastest Growing U.S. Airline?

Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:49 am

If you want to believe David Cush, the answer would certainly be Virgin America! (Personally, I don't...)

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RE: Fastest Growing U.S. Airline?

Sat Jul 17, 2010 2:46 am

Technically, the DL/NW merger would make DL the fastest growing airline and the same will be said of CO/UA should that be approved.
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RE: Fastest Growing U.S. Airline?

Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:02 am

Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 3):
Technically, the DL/NW merger would make DL the fastest growing airline and the same will be said of CO/UA should that be approved.

On that basis, and over the last couple of years, then most likely DL/NW would be first followed by F9/YX.
 
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RE: Fastest Growing U.S. Airline?

Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:34 am

OK not including mergers (my question was regarding natural, organic growth as opposed to growth through acquisitions!)
 
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RE: Fastest Growing U.S. Airline?

Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:43 am

Quoting point2point (Reply 4):
On that basis, and over the last couple of years, then most likely DL/NW would be first followed by F9/YX.

Frontier claims to be the fastest growing US major airline -

http://blog.cheapoair.com/news/front...t-growing-major-carrier-in-us.aspx

Lots of new nonstop routes -

DEN - PHF
DEN - LGB
DEN - SBA
DEN - BKG
DEN - MSY
MCI - MSY
MCI - CMH
MKE - TUS
MKE - BKG
DEN - GRR
DEN - MSN
MKE - SEA
MKE - SAN
MKE - BDL
DEN - SDF
STL - PVR
DEN - GRB
MKE - CUN
DEN - FAI
DEN - ZIH
MCI - SJD
MCI - AUS
DEN - HDN
MKE - SFO

The list goes on and on.

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RE: Fastest Growing U.S. Airline?

Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:44 am

My guess would be Allegiant, first--hasn't their growth rate been like 30-40pct YOY? Then F9, JetBlue, VX, FL. But Allegiant has to be the tops.

And every couple of weeks I get to see that lovely starburst Mad Dog tail when they are IAH terminal A (they usually use F9's gate, DGS handling).

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RE: Fastest Growing U.S. Airline?

Sat Jul 17, 2010 4:11 am

It may help to specify % or #, because a airline that goes from 1 flight to 10 grew 1000%  
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RE: Fastest Growing U.S. Airline?

Sat Jul 17, 2010 4:28 am

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 8):
It may help to specify % or #, because a airline that goes from 1 flight to 10 grew 1000%

Yes. This is all so relative. How about basing the comparison on sheer pax # growth? I would then think maybe VX on top, then Allegiant? I've no real numbers to base this on. I should pull out the last ATW issue and look at the charts in the back, but my eyes are too tired.
 
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RE: Fastest Growing U.S. Airline?

Sat Jul 17, 2010 4:31 am

A time frame also changes things. If you go back far enough I bet you'd see WN on top (excluding mergers.) Going back not too far you'd probably see VX with a good growth
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RE: Fastest Growing U.S. Airline?

Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:12 am

What about WN? They aren't expanding as much anymore but they seemed to be one of the fastest growing...
 
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RE: Fastest Growing U.S. Airline?

Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:37 am

WN has always been one of the fastest-growing...now they are holding steady. One thing that has always impressed me over the years is that DL has consistently been tops for pax numbers--thanks to that incredible ATL hub--even way before the merger. Lots of short segments.

Allegiant and VX are still the ones for me in answer to this question. (I hope VX makes it through.)

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