Ritch people like to play with airplanes. History shows they soon tire though and move the money elsewhere.
I suppose a smart businessman will not keep pumping money into a venture that isn't going to work. At that point, they "...move the money elsewhere.".
Airlines exist for the same, and only, reason every other business exists: make money. Sometimes we Little People benefit; sometimes (maybe even frequently) we don't.
But, you can't win if you don't enter. I guess that's why some of them keep trying ?
Roland King and Herb Kelleher, for example, were some rich guys who played with airplanes. A bunch of Little People seem to have benefited.
It's at least entertaining to watch these things evolve...maybe even wish them well ?
Yeah, Indy Air evolved from a Regional and got their arse kicked by everyone else, including SWA. That was fun to watch. VA survived because they filled a niche at the time of their inception, comfortable transcon flights at cheaper prices than the Legacies. What will the new Eastern bring that JB, Spirit, SWA, and the Legacies don't? I think the Indy Air response may happen again.
Bye Bye---General Lee
Read "NUTS" before you make a statement like that. HK was not rich and one of the only reason the SWA survived was because Herb was an attorney and fought tooth and nail for the airline to survive. I also believe there were some payroll issues early on too. The 12 min turn came about because they lost one of the 4 aircraft they had but still wanted to maintain the existing schedule.Roland King and Herb Kelleher, for example, were some rich guys who played with airplanes. A bunch of Little People seem to have benefited.