With jetBlue’s expected announcement of launching Boston (BOS) to Dulles (IAD) service, this looks like it could be one of the final nails in the coffin for Independence Air (DH). So, when will the United States aviation industry spin the wheels of bankrupcy, I think that the next time will come up: Independence Air, Chapter 7 (Liquidiation). jetBlue and Airtran keep putting more nails in Independence Air’s coffin by launching more and more services to Dulles. The main problem with Independence Air is their selection to have their main hub at IAD. Who wants to fly domestic from IAD, when DCA is so close. Thier other problem is that they have such a large fleet of CRJ-200’s, which are not very profitable. They needed to be getting the A319’s faster than they were. It was good while it lasted, but I do not think that there is enough for domestic travel at Dulles, as most domestic flights at Dulles are connections from international flights. Because Independence Air does not fly over the Atlantic, which I am sure that they would do with their CRJ-200’s if they had the range, and they are not a member of any airline alliance for codeshares, they are likely getting a very small portion of the passengers connecting at Dullles who did not arrive on Independence Air.

Just my two cents…

~MD-11

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