Laulau wrote:TWA772LR wrote:kiowa wrote:
Their timing was bad for the launch (virus) and the 737 is a horrible aircraft to ride in for more than a couple of hours.
I'll admit I was one of the haters before SWA started HA service. Maybe it was I was treated like crap during my employment there, maybe because I legitimately thought they weren't going to do well, but who knows. Besides AS and UA both fly 737s to Hawaii. In fact, I find Southwests 737 to be more comfortable than my own airlines 737s!
A depressed inter-island market with poor loads and a quarantine and the topic is a base???? GIVE ME A BREAK! The inter-island market was a 1 and 1/2 airline market before SW came into the market and after covid-worse????
Im not sure why people on this tread are enormoured with a base in Hawaii with itʻs high costs. Because of the loss of business travel I am not sure the leisure market in Hawaii is gonna save SW.........With the market already saturated out of Bay Area (UA) and LAX (DL) It will be a fight to get any type of market share.
The tourism market in Hawaii is changing. The state is more in favor of LESS TOURIST and a higher end/high dollar tourist. Not sure these type are flying on a 737 out of OAK/LAX when they can choose wide bodied AC for a 5-6 hour flight.
Just a REALISTIC OBSERVATION of the transpac market and what the future holds. Just don't see any bases from ANY AiRLINE opening in Hawaii.
I agree that they're not gonna do a base. LAXintl pointed that out with his/her example of WN not opening an LAX base for decades. I don't see WN opening a base in Hawaii for decades if ever unless they push across the Pacific which will not happen. Not even UA, who actually can support a base in HNL, has a base in HNL and they are the largest airline in the Pacific. But us initial naysayers have to admit that WN is making Hawaii work at least for now.