Why Disney doesn't have its own airline?
Hooters have had its own airline, so why not Disney? Not profitable?
In an age of mergers and aquisitians, it would be very hard to start up a plane business now. Besides, people already despise the idea of children on a plane. How do you think a plane full of them would feel? As it stands, half the flight crowd enjoys a nice, quiet ride.
From Wikipedia it looks like Hooters had an airline to basically give them a flying billboard. In that circumstance, there is no need for the largest Media Conglomerate in the World to need such a thing. Over the years Disney have built free marketing thanks to their world class films, theme parks etc.
Disney built its own cruise line, and cruise ships cost much more than airliners, so fixed costs wouldn't hold back Disney here. It'd be a question of operational efficiencies.
The main reason Disney hasn't started an airline is because there's little profit in the airline industry. Most major airlines have gone bankrupt and/or been bailed out by the government at least once over the years. Southwest is the only long-time profitable airline that I can think of. Alaska Airlines has never been bailed out, but is not even close to as profitable as Southwest. As much as I love Virgin America, they were only profitable for the first time in 2013 with a ~$10 million dollar profits after years of $100+ million dollar losses.
I could see Disney doing its own airlines, if they can pass savings on to their customers and still make a profit. It's all about saturation, really. If you're going to have a Disney vacation for your kids, why not have it start from the second you leave the airport?
Great post Mr Niles. However, I disagree that Air Travel is the only thing the resort has yet to address. WDW is essentially a Mega-resort. Theme parks, Hotels and Transportation between these destinations all work within the larger presence of a resort.
Never going to happen. First, there is no money to be made and that pretty much shuts the door on Disney's involvement. Second, if they DID start an airline and pricing was consistently "Disney" who could afford to fly? There would be no savings passed along to the customer. That's not part of Disney's mission statement.
Airlines make no profit. American, the biggest airline in the world is in chapter 11 right now.
I don't thin there is a huge upside for them. Airlines are hit or miss with the profits. Plus, not to be too morbid, if one of these crash, it would be really bad for Disney.
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