Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Airline wants to make Pittsburgh its hub/hq

DailyPress (VA): People Express says Pittsburgh is now in running for airline's headquarters -

http://www.dailypress.com/news/newport-news/dp-nws-peopleexpress-pitt-20130130,0,6434221.story


The fodder that provides is a bit overwhelming, so I will just pass it on. 

OK.. I lie. Just one trip down memory lane.  Some may remember: onboard ticketing!!  I remember it well actually. I hope someone has pointed out to them that the TSA may look askance at trying to recreate that business model. 

Obligatory Vannevar comment?

addendum: There be news here. Channeling Lee Majors, that is.

2 Comments:

Blogger Vannevar said...

wow. Thank you for the invite. Concerned that I'm becoming predictable.

What intrigues me about this is sort of the Feiler Faster Thesis-esque effect of the accelerating business cycle.

So, nu.PEX hasn't said they'd like to move their hub here, they've teased they'd like to move their HQ here. Newport News has already spotted them a half-mil as handmoney to get an airplane, so they're locked into the PHF hub.

What they're doing here is rattling the chains and tweaking Newport News, hey if you don't sweeten the deal we're going to move our nu.PEX corporate HQ to Pittsburgh. Yeah, we'll still hub out of PHF with all the local military pax like we promised, but the office jobs go somewhere else. It's a tease-dance of seven veils.

But what intrigues me is, a business used to actually have a business before they could threaten to move their headquarters elsewhere.

These guys don't have a business, they don't have an airplane, zilch. They've got a logo, and they're whipsawing the only people who spotted them cash in order to squeeze them a notch. Nice guys.

I think it's a new business model. Hmm. I'm prepared to say right now, unequivocally, that I am considering moving my cycling team headquarters to Pittsburgh instead of DC as originally planned. It's come to my attention that Pittsburgh has a nascent bike culture and a Bronze-Friendly designation.

If Pittsburgh can develop a suitable incentive package - a few acres of land, some TIF financing, a couple of bike racks and maybe a 1/2% of the RAD budget, we'll be very happy to establish our HQ in Pittsburgh. We'll have our logo this afternoon.

How'd I do?

Thursday, January 31, 2013 8:42:00 AM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

I know this is an alien way of thinking, but when contemplating the possibility this is all just vaporware, I actually care more about whether or not they can become an effective low-cost competitor at PIT then whether or not they locate their HQ here.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 10:13:00 AM  

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