United777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1648 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2517 times:
I know this has been discussed before but it looks like after trying in 2002 but failed CO Airlines will start flights to India this winter.
Does anybody know if this flight will be operated with the 764 or 772? Will ths be a seasonal route and will have daily flights? Will this hurt Air Canada's new Toronto-Delhi non-stop flights. Also CO biggest alliance partner NW already flies to Delhi from Amsterdam. Will this do anything to the AMS-DEL route for NW since CO will fly there also non-stop.
Artsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4741 posts, RR: 43 Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2471 times:
The route will start on October 28th, it will be nonstop service to Delhi continuing on to Bombay. The route will be operated with a Boeing 777 aircraft. The 764 doesnt have the legs for this route, nor does the A330 (for those who like to bash the 764)
Artsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4741 posts, RR: 43 Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2415 times:
There has also been talk of an IAH-DEL one-stop (AMS, CDG, or LGW) if this route proves sucessful.
I would be surprised if this happens, it is a long long way and going via EWR would be easier than trying to work it through another country. If the flights ended up oversold everyday, I think you would see 2x daily from EWR before you would see a connection in Europe. I think you will probably see the flight number being a continuation from IAH anyways
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2324 times:
a) To date CO has only applied for DEL slots, which should be a formality PROVIDED that CO is designated by the US DOT as one of the approved carriers to India. That step has not been initiated yet.
b) It is highly unlikely that CO will extend the flight to BOM, especially not at the hours they are seeking to operate. The international terminal in BOM is already operating above capacity at that hour and hence CO's slot application will likely be denied or modified to alternative hours (incompatible with DEL).
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2304 times:
"The international terminal in BOM is already operating above capacity at that hour and hence CO's slot application will likely be denied or modified to alternative hours (incompatible with DEL)."
What hours are they seeking to operate? If its between 11 pm and 4 am, the main international terminal is certainly packed, but Air India's terminal never looks like its operating at full capacity, even with 2 744s departing back to back. Besides, isnt the large space in between the 2 terminals about to be opened again? Or is it the usual blunderbuss where the actual date will be sometime in the next century?
In any case, a nonstop to Delhi is fine, but having to meander around to the domestic terminal with ones luggage sounds awful if one is planning on travelling to another destination in India. Changing planes in Delhi isn't half as convenient as changing planes in Frankfurt or Amsterdam. And you avoid the risk of being eaten alive by a hungry escalator.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2283 times:
Actually Jaysit, Terminal II-C is now operating at higher capacity that Terminal II-A between 2230-0300 hrs on most days. Remember that in addition to AI, II-C is utilized by AF, SQ, TG, MH, SA, etc... as well - all of whom operate in that timeframe. Now that AI has the IC-operated spoke operations ex-BOM every night from II-C, there is already a gate shortage at peak hours. As for II-B, the only area closed is the entry/checkin area on landside. The airside area including physical gates has been amalgamated partly into II-C and partly into II-A.