Because no one is taking B6 to Europe seriously but A-net fanboys... not even their own employees...
lol, you obviously haven't been following this at all.
I’m pretty sure Norwegian air is selling slots at LGW because of the financial situation over there, so they could probably acquire some good timed slot pairs from them
That's what I'm wondering too. Getting access to LGW from buying DY slots seem like a straight forward move if they can't get LHR slots.
Easyjet doesn't interline bags - at Gatwick you can book flights with easyJet and Norwegian/WestJet, etc. on one ticket, but you can't check bags through and instead have to use the Gatwick connect scheme (which I think is where you check your bag in again once you've collected it at bag drop). Then there's also the matter of existing EasyJet partnerships - would easyJet risk partnering with JetBlue and potentially losing Norwegian (a much bigger partner with considerably more frequency to the US)?
If they can get the slots - perhaps lease them from another airline - LHR seems a good option for them. But if they're looking to cater to passengers connecting beyond London, LGW seems more logical, whichever airline they end up partnering with.
I very much doubt they'd fly from LTN/STN, that would detract from the premium experience (that I assume) JetBlue is looking to offer; an airport with good connections to central London is absolutely essential- it's really only LGW/LHR/LCY that have this added benefit but obviously LCY isn't realistically an option
Having some kind of partnership with U2 seems like the obvious move for them if LHR doesn't work out. Given DY's financial situation, I don't think U2 would hesitate risking that for a partnership with B6.
There are 3 remedy slots at London Heathrow from the BA/AA JV for routes between London Heathrow and New York JFK. If I was JetBlue, I would be looking at them.
The UK will also release its findings of the BA/AA JV for post 2020 operations and is likely more LHR slots will have to be sacrificed. If JetBlue can get 2 slots from there for BOS, then they would be sorted
JetBlue already have codeshare agreemebts with 20 airlines which serve London Heathrow, so if they could work with anyone for both connections and buying slots, they could bolster their Heathrow profitability
I'd be shocked if B6 hasn't been busy trying to get those LON-NYC remedial slots. They might have to shell out big bucks for BOS if they cannot get other slots from JV divesture.
Like she mentioned they are looking into leasing slots from partners. If you read some of the filings EU airports won’t let B6 get slots. AMS even responded telling B6 to stop trying to get slots at AMS.
Better be upfront about it: AMS doesn’t need B6, is full anyway and leasing slots from other airlines isn’t allowed; they can try their luck somewhere else. BRU might be interested.
right, nobody wants lower business class fares. Why would anyone want competition?
How important is B6 to the USA big 3 and WN? If they can get B6 to make significant financial investments on TATL routes, will it affect their domestic operations?
When LHR was open to UA / DL they invested millions in obtaining slots, so much so that it took years for them to consider offering service back at Gatwick, the numbers gurus would show that no one who took those flights actually wanted to go to Gatwick, they all wanted LHR.
On a purely financial front, they either start big at LHR with a huge investment or dip their toe in by going elsewhere with a lower investment that they could easily cancel with little ramifications back home.
if you look at how much money B6 makes per year on JFK-LAX and other major mint routes, investing millions in obtaining slots is probably well worth the cost if it means getting into JFK/BOS-LHR. It's not like B6 is short on money. And LHR slots are not depreciating assets. They could very well go up over time.