flyby519 wrote:There really aren't any good options left for B6 out west. ONT? SMF? LAS? All are mediocre at best and SWA could easily dump capacity on top of their routes. LGB could have been lucrative if they got the FIS, had a more friendly local community, and retained control of most all slots at the airport. It was a good strategy, but is now crumbling.
B6 would be better off building a working relationship with AS, let them handle north-south routes on the west coast while B6 does the same on the east and both can do transcons. Then, of course, they merge several years down the road
jetbluefan1 wrote:Ultimately I see B6 and AS merging, and the combined carrier would be a very strong competitor against the Big 4 with hubs in FLL, NYC, BOS, LAX, SFO, SEA. Give it 10 years, maybe sooner.
ASFlyer wrote:jetbluefan1 wrote:Ultimately I see B6 and AS merging, and the combined carrier would be a very strong competitor against the Big 4 with hubs in FLL, NYC, BOS, LAX, SFO, SEA. Give it 10 years, maybe sooner.
I wish. I can't see the government approving such a merger, but it would create a powerhouse that could actually compete with the likes of AA, UA, DL and WN.
Wingtips56 wrote:Yes, the costs at SMF are high, but have come down a bit from the peak of more than $18 per head to the current $15.45. But there is/was an agreement pending that would reduce it to under $14. (source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/transp ... 07238.html) Still high, yes, but better.
It could be interesting. WN is the 800lb gorilla at SMF and probably wouldn't let B6 without a good fight. B6 would really have to develop new or restored markets; some (STL, MCI, HOU) are in the Midwest, which hasn't been a big player for B6 so far.
But, as AA found out at SJC, a West Coast hub didn't work as most West-to-West markets have non-stop service. Why make a connection? Eagle connected a lot of small/commuter markets over SJC but even that was not sustainable. B6 doesn't have a feeder fleet.
Adipocere wrote:They could make a run for PHX as AA slowly abandons their hub there.
bfitzflyer wrote:Location wise Sacramento is good for north/south on the west coast.
keitherson wrote:It's kind of already a WN focus city. I could see this working. I mean, it's certainly more plausible than other places like Reno.
Noise wrote:I don't see why B6 "needs" a west coast hub. SAN, LAX, SJC, SFO, PDX, SEA...the entire coast seems to be saturated with the strong presence of all 4 of the Big 4 and now AS as well. B6 might be better off focusing their attention on medium-to-large cities in the Midwest/Mountain region like SLC, LAS and AUS.
jfklganyc wrote:How about rounding off service to all cities from their hubs?
If they adequately served Sea Pdx Sjc Oak San Den Slc Phx to JFK BOS LGB and FLL...those few routes with minimal investment would make them look a lot better out west!
Take OAK: 2 to JFK 2 to BOS 5 to LGB 1 to FLL...it starts to look a lot better than it does today.
You cant do that to the smaller cities like SMF, but you can to the larger cities.
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