How is B6 benefiting, though? And Qatar, I assume that being a public charter, and avoiding TSA, they can't park at regular terminals. That wouldn't help feed QR, nor B6, they can't be Jet Blue Regional, as they'd be at different airports/(terminal vs. FBO)
Is there a larger plan at stake, however, taking on AS at DAL as a prelude to taking them over, (a QR funded B6 takeover of AS....)
Just don't understand what they get out of it...
If JetSuite moves to the North East Corridor, I can see it working out for all parties. High paying client wants to get from Doha to East Hampton? Qatar to Boston or JFK and a JetSuiteX flight out to HTO. Client in FLL/Miami wants to get to Saratoga for the Travers? B6 to JFK/LGA and then JetSuiteX up to Saratoga. Im just throwing out ideas, but they could fill a very high paying, albeit small niche from hub to wealthy outpost. Pretty different from the west coast model, but it could work in the north east.
here is an article from a while back https://skift.com/2017/05/16/ceo-interv ... he-masses/
I'm quite dubious of the 100 aircraft fleet ambition, but the other stuff is quite interesting.
They also brought up the idea of code sharing. I guess that would involve some kind of transportation between the public and private terminals.
interesting point from there
Skift: What markets interest you? And are they all on the West Coast?
Wilcox: Yeah, the next year or two is probably going to be on West Coast. You’ll see more markets coming out of Las Vegas. We hope and expect to be out of Orange County later this year. You’ll see more West Coast markets initially but then our East Coast plan is probably a year and a half away. Airports like New Haven and Bridgeport. Places that have very little if any service. But also larger places and alternative airports like maybe Manassas, Virginia and Morristown, New Jersey as opposed to Dulles and Teterboro
Skift: Earlier this year, JetBlue made an investment in JetSuite. Besides money, what do you hope to gain?
Wilcox: JetBlue’s a great strategic partner to have. Obviously have a lot more customers than we’ve got. We came out of the gate even before the investment with the True Blue [frequent flyer] program. JetBlue is going to be doing some marketing help with us. You’ll be seeing JetSuiteX announcements onboard JetBlue, [and] on some of the products that they’ve got, in the seatback pockets.
They’re helping with some distribution as well, making jetblue.com available to some means of communication from us as well.
That partnership will continue to grow. They’ve been very helpful strategically as well. They help us source things like maintenance and fuel and supplier deals in the way that we couldn’t do on our own because of our scale.
Skift: Would you expect a future JetBlue passenger to fly from New York JFK to Burbank and then hop on a JetSuiteX plane to a smaller Western city?
Wilcox: I’m not sure where we’d take them from Burbank, but maybe Las Vegas. They could fly on JetBlue Mint to Vegas and then jump on a JetSuiteX flight to a smaller community like Concord or potentially Burbank.
Very little of this has happened obviously, but they could work toward making JetSuiteX an important factor in the TrueBlue program allowing for earning/redemption and building up to Mosaic status and such. In order to attract more ff that don't fly JetBlue due to operational issues and lack of LGA destinations, they can provide an option to fly on JetSuiteX to a private terminal that maybe more convenient.
I could see this taken off far more in NorthEast where JetBlue has a far larger following than Cali and can help promote JetSuiteX.
In the West Coast, they are probably building 2 hubs right now at BUR and LAS. The latter, can be used to connect to mint flights from JFK/BOS. The former, B6 would need to build up a larger presence in BUR to take advantage of that.