05 June 2008

International Low Cost - a True Mixed Bag

AirOne today signified it was going to be a big player in International Low Cost Air Travel by signing a big order for Airbus long range widebodies.

At the same time - Air Berlin is contemplating pulling out of all Long Haul flights. Wait a minute didn't they just buy LTU just for the Long Haul routes?

Jet2 is expanding into Long Haul with its 757s.

So this sounds like a very mixed bag at the moment. Much of the uncertainty is clearly being driven by the fuel cost but the maturing of the LCC model indicates that LCCs are now thinking beyond the box. However as my other post of today indicates, beware the siren call of the FSC Model.



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