Thursday, July 13, 2006

Memo to Skybus: Columbus is Not Underserved

We're on the record on multiple occasions saying that we love the cost side of the Skybus plan, but they need to find a way to dig them out of the mess that Columbus would be for them. Today Jetblue announced that they are headed to CMH.

7 Comments:

At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm confused....if CMH is not underserved, then why is Jet Blue initiating service?

 
At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The answer to that question can be found in JBLU's income statement.

 
At 1:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, I did...

http://finance.yahoo.com/q/is?s=JBLU&annual

But what does that mean, then, in reference to CMH?

 
At 9:08 AM, Blogger Emerging Airlines said...

I think the 1st commentor was trying to make a broader point. It is not a safe to assume that B6 grows into markets b/c they are underserved.

Their initiation of service in CMH is as a pure spoke in their JFK hub and spoke operation. Justifying that network contribution is miles away from Skybus' attempted justification of CMH as a point-to-point focus city.

 
At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the clarification. I misconstrued your announcing Jet Blue's entrance into the CMH market as meaning that it was no longer underserved because of this.

However, I disagree in that if they truly succeed in emulating the Ryanair business model (which I think will be the biggest challenge in the American marketplace), then CMH and many other markets could be considered "underserved". After all, Vegas wasn't considered underserved with the inception of Allegiant (although the points from Vegas are). It all depends on if they succeed at effectively transferring the business model over the pond.

 
At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure why Skybus should be concerned about Jet Blue when the CMH flights for Skybus will all be direct flights at very low fares.

 
At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CMH is underserved. What carrier other than Skybus will be offering dirct flights to all cities served?

The answer: NONE

And, with the use of a single model aircraft, crew scheduling and changes will not be a monumental task as it is with all the majors other than Southwest.

The logo is really cool!

 

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