TWA772LR wrote:Boutique Air is an interesting outfit in the US airline industry. I've heard it's a fun place to work and a great for in the door for employment in the industry.
For a while they have been carving out their niche for business travel using FBOs as well as EAS markets. Their codeshare arrangement with United is a huge step for them to grow and definitely increase cash flow.
But what about the future? Will they remain part 135? Invest in jets? Team up with SpaceX for suborbital flights to the other side of the world for the ultimate moonshot (ba dum tiss)? Kidding on the last one!
Personally, I'd like to see them become a kind of United Connection providing more p2p service between UA hubs and small cities while hitting mid size cities in between; just for example ORD-Paducah-MEM-El Dorado, AK-IAH, or LAX-Yuma-LAS-TEX-DEN. And it would be cool to see the globe on a PC12.
SyracuseAvGeek wrote:What does everyone see for the future of Boutique?
- They are currently bidding for around 4-5 EAS cities
- They are ending two cities (Clovis, NM and Thief River Fall, MN) as they lost both of those contracts to Denver Air Connection.
- Clovis, NM was the first EAS city the airline was awarded back in 2014, sad to see it go to someone else
- Their partnership with UA continues and to some degree they have one now with AA.
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