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  1. NYBanker
    NYBanker 26 November 2011 at 11:44 am |

    The statement that you “have to be” in DFW clearly shows a lot of indoctrination during his AA days.

    Re the 100-150 plane cap, that makes a lot of sense. If you really only serve dense, highly populated markets, feeder routes from ITH and SYR just aren’t needed. Perhaps they could become basically something akin to QF’s CityFlyer offering in Australia.

  2. Aanarav Sareen
    Aanarav Sareen 26 November 2011 at 12:26 pm |

    Overall, air travel needs to change. If it is done by leveraging smaller and more fun air carriers, it will be a welcome change. For those of us that enjoy premium cabin travel for nothing more than taxes, it will be a challenge. But, for the millions of other passengers who strive for comfort and enjoyment, it might attract them to airlines once again.

    – Aanarav

  3. eponymous coward
    eponymous coward 26 November 2011 at 2:44 pm |

    I notice they didn’t mention their abortion of a switchover to SABRE. They STILL are screwed up from that, over a month later.

  4. Scottrick
    Scottrick 27 November 2011 at 12:19 am |

    The last point about limiting Virgin America’s growth was very interesting. I remember when Southwest Airlines ONLY served the southwest. Now it’s bought AirTran and is buying planes that can reach Hawaii. Maybe Virgin America doesn’t plan to grow that big any time soon, but ruling it out seems premature.

  5. PanAm
    PanAm 28 November 2011 at 4:55 pm |

    Since I don’t live near enough to VX destinations I haven’t flown them yet. But having heard good feedback about their hard and soft products, I’ve always thought it would be nice to see them grow and give some new competition to the big boys one day..especially with all the consolidations/mergers going on. It’s not as if new players are entering the game on a regular basis, obviously. But apparently that isn’t in the cards. Kind of odd for him to take such a firm stance… who knows like Scottrick said, WN once was adamant it wouldn’t branch out and has changed its tune.

    Interesting read though

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