Posts Tagged ‘jetBlue’

Profits for jetBlue and Alaska, Red alert for US Airways and Delta

No surprise that jetBlue and Alaska Airlines made money during the 3rd quarter and larger network carriers lost money. It looks like Delta and US Airways  have a way to go in order to make future profits, but industry executives remain cautiously positive that recovery will return sometime in 2010.


LCC Baltimore-Boston turf war

What is with the frequency and air fare war in the Baltimore-Boston route? This week, on a peak day, AirTran offers 9 departures, Southwest offers 5, and jetBlue offers 4. jetBlue recently announced they will increase their daily departures in the future.

The airfares are very low. A recent glance at jetBlue’s fare in December, shows $39 for a one-way ticket. Obviously, the three carriers are not covering their costs and will lose money, on such low fares and over capacity. It seems insane that a turf war is brewing on such a low yield market. Why doesn’t jetBlue dig into Boston-Newark and give Continental a run for their money? Why does AirTran have that 9:05pm departure out of Baltimore to Boston?

The good thing is that the consumer wins and can make that last minute, on the whim trip doable. With fares under $100 bucks round trip in some cases, why wouldn’t you grab a clam chowder or visit the Baltimore aquarium for a day trip?