low-cost carriers and trans-atlantic flights

Old May 11, 10, 9:28 am
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low-cost carriers and trans-atlantic flights

I just recently found out that Sun Country Airlines will be flying to London from MSP on a 737-800 with a fuel stop in Newfoundland. Is this a method that we may see other low cost carriers such as Airtran and Frontier use to compete with legacy carriers on routes which they previously would not compete?
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Old May 11, 10, 9:40 am
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Originally Posted by Tim34 View Post
I just recently found out that Sun Country Airlines will be flying to London from MSP on a 737-800 with a fuel stop in Newfoundland. Is this a method that we may see other low cost carriers such as Airtran and Frontier use to compete with legacy carriers on routes which they previously would not compete?
Doubtful.

I believe the Sun Country flights are being sold in conjunction with a tour package company and only operate once per week during the peak summer months only. Plus, the flights are going to less desirable STN airport, which is a 45 minute train ride from central London.

Bedford recently said that Republic has no plans to operate trans-oceanic flights anytime soon. Their goal is to send that business to a codeshare/alliance partner.
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Old May 11, 10, 10:46 am
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I also heard that they are doing these flights to obtain some sort of certification like ?ATOPs?.
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Let's hope that CO doesn't take too much notice of this or there'll be a ERJ doing that same route!
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Old May 12, 10, 7:47 am
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I also heard that they are doing these flights to obtain some sort of certification like ?ATOPs?.
Its ETOPS - Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards
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Transatlantic flights are just not worth it (yet ?) for the low cost carriers. Too many expenses involved and they can't run a single fleet of planes anymore. I am sure if it would make financial sense then Ryan Air would have done it already.
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