tphuang wrote:klm617 wrote:clrd4t8koff wrote:
What B6 partner that flys JFK-Europe offers multiple flight options that don’t offer those same options BOS-Europe. There’s only two B6 partners to Europe - Aer Lingus & Icelandair - and both have multiple flights at JFK & BOS. In fact with FI there’s more flights from BOS than JFK.
Here are the code share partners you can't tell me BOS has better coverage than JFK.
All Nippon Airways
Azul Brazilian Airlines
South African Airways
Swiss International Air Lines
TAP Air Portugal
Keep in mind that it's far easier for people to make connections at BOS from C to E vs JFK, where they are only co-terminaled with HA/EI/TP. It's going to be that way until they start and finish the T5 to T7 project. Also these within perimeter routes out of JFK are normally 2x daily. Which means they are geared more toward O&D rather than connection. BOS-DTW will continue to have more frequency which makes connection easier.hiflyeras wrote:Has anyone considered that B6 is doing this to prod consolidation? Nothing works better to push a much larger competitor to make you disappear than poking them with a stick.
That's why you do it now when all the legacies are short on cash. Note how they make no effort to challenge WN anywhere? Besides, UA trying to merge with B6 at this point will get DOJ noticed. Can't think of more obvious move to eliminate competitor.
You need to remember the vast majority of DTW/MSP pax who will be taking B6 from DTW/MSP to BOS/JFK connecting to TATL LCC/ME3/Intl. are either VFR or low fare leisure travelers. These pax typically make their purchase decisions by price and schedule in that order.
The fact that Boston is a slightly easier connection is something that most of that passenger group wouldn’t even think to consider, let alone make a decision on. If B6 and their partners can offer low prices at convenient schedules, there is a decent amount of low fare traffic that can be captured from both DTW/MSP.
Given the lack of any LCC options in DTW and few options in MSP, and the obvious fact that AA/DL/UA won’t provide connections to those LCC, there is definitely a market for B6 to offer that connecting leg to BOS/JFK while picking up some O/D of its own. And JFK offers even more LCC/ME3 options that may work better cost or schedule wise.