I was off for some days so I didn't "walk through the forum a while".
A388, I prefer to answer your question here as I realized that the post you had was not on the front page of the site, so I hope you don't mind me adding my voice to your question here. Back in 1994 there was to be the launch of a LCC called "Caribbean Airlines" which was scheduled to operate 2 flights per day between Montego Bay and Miami using a 737-300. However JM
at that time slashed fares to MIA
and killed the airline before they even acquired the ac. What happened was a bunch of people at a counter in MBJ
nearly rioting as on the day the flight was scheduled to have its maiden trip the FAA told the officials that they were not given clearance by them to fly into the US. Therefore further "killing, the already dead" airline.
Only one airline really competed with JM
in Jamaica, but more served as a feeder airline and that was Trans Jamaica airlines who operated a fleet of 3 Tri-landers, 2 Islanders and a Cessna. You knew them later as Air Jamaica express as JM
took them over. In essence a competitor in Jamaica whether on internal of external routes will hardly......nah, will never survive. JM
is like home, yu have loyalty to yu yaad no matter who comes.
Any talk of a start up LCC must be a LCC side to JM
. eg, United....Ted
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NAS does pretty well for JM especially during christmas holidays and summer. This Summer JM offered to KIN and MBJ and on somedays had two daily flights to MBJ. This christmas is going JM is going to see full flights cause i remebered last year it was really hard to get a flight to MBJ from NAS direct they were booked months in advance. UP should resume there flight to KIN this christmas i can guarantee you a profitable route.
makes a ton load a money on this route and even if they flew a 747 in Christmas or summer it would still be full. I have flown this route, still fly this route, will continue to fly this route ......lol and its the same result, plane full of miserable pax who act as though JM
is the worst thing in the sky, but will never boycott it. (Both Jamaicans and Bahamians.......in part due to monopoly). As of Oct 25th the period Dec 15 -27on NAS
route was sold out. And this route is served by an A321 on Fri and Mondays and the 320's on Thurs (Sun is now cut until Christmas where the A321 will undoutably be used on that day).
flight attendants had a meeting with management and union leaders yesterday in regard to the news of the pending job cuts, no word on that yet, but they were worried about their positions as was everyone. I understand there will be no job cuts until a full and detailed analysis is done and even so, the cuts will likely be in managerial posts. Mrs. Williams eased her tome on the job cuts so people are now down to half breaths.
Virgin is looking to use JM
as unofficial VS
in the region, assistance could come in the form of ac and capital as Branson is seeking ways to kill BA
in the region, and what better to kill a rival than double team it? But then BA
so who knows (CAL don't factor in this fight yet)
Finally, for those familiar with Jamaica, there is a plan in the works to close the Tinson Pen aerodrome in Kingston KTP
, and turn in into a part of Port Bustamante. There is need to increase the size of the wharf and Tinson Pen is located in a strategic part of Kingston and is a land locked airstrip which apparently has seen its says winding down once people started ignoring turbo props which cost the same as the JM
flights and took 10 minutes longer (at least Tinson Pen dropped you in the heart of town. The aerodrome is to be shifted to the Caymanas area as there is a very nice plain there (no pun intended) and I guess would be better aesthetically than KTP
Finally Finally............Vernamfield is seeing a possible initial investment of US$1 billion dollars to put in new infrastructure for its operation. It has been billed as the third international airport "without international flights" and will be manned by the JDF (Jamaica Defence Force) Airwing and Army in general (so no ganja flights
). Again due to its very lengthy runway compared to both existing airports, cargo ,maintanance etc could be the hall mark of this airport.
Thank you for reading all that gibberish, but that's called not being on A.net for a couple days.