Independent of what you think of his post, Houston is not even in the top 10 most educated metro areas in the US. Boston is number 7, so he’s not wrong. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/26/the-10- ... tates.html
More educated people, higher paying jobs = better yields for AI. Not mention BOS is much shorter than a IAH flight would be. Higher yields, shorter flight = better opportunity for AI. But clearly based on all of AI’s adds they’re only chasing UA hubs.
The energy industry generates an extremely large amount of premium traffic, and even roughnecks with GEDs get to fly business.
Are you suggesting a roughneck with a GED holds a position at a company that pays Business class for them to fly? I’m not going to say that’s completely stupid, but it’s going to be VERY few roughnecks flying in premium cabins that it will have little positive impact for AI.
Even still, it doesn’t negate the fact Boston DOES have a more educated population base vs Houston.
1.) As a point of fact, lots of blue collar oilfield workers are represented by unions with contracts that mandate premium travel classes. Houston famously had a premium-configured 747 flying non-stop between IAH-LAD for nearly 20 years that was filled almost exclusively with oilfield workers.
2.) This thread demonstrates some really, really shallow thinking on what actually stimulates traffic between two destinations. Particularly business traffic. Virtually every major oil & gas project these days has scope split between Houston and South Asia. For example, an offshore platform in Brazil will be led by MODEC in Houston with detailed engineering performed in India and fabrication done in Singapore. This is no mere affiliation like the fact that Hollywood and Bollywood are both entertainment hubs. It is daily interaction which consequently creates travel demand for review gates, clarification meetings, expediting, etc.
3.) While #2 is a reality that results in professionals traveling between Houston and India every day - my office has multiple people there every single week - I still see this as a long-shot route. To repeat my earlier post: EK/QR competition and the long flight time are formidable. For AI to start this route, they are basically saying this is *the* best new route opportunity anywhere in the world for them. If true, that's wonderful.
4.) Now what does Boston have to do with this? Absolutely nothing, other than an aggrieved local, apparently.