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New KU Winter Schedule Features  
User currently offlineVimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1524 posts, RR: 14
Posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2351 times:

The following are some of the key features of KU's winter schedule:

1. Twice weekly non-stop flights to JFK using B777's instead of A340s. This will be a welcome change as one of the B777's (9K-AOB) has already been re-engined to ER standards and would be able to do the JFK non-stops without payload restrictions. The A340s currently suffer from a heavy payload penalty on this route.

2. Once weekly ops to KHI from the current twice weekly.

3. Fourth frequency to LHE on day 7/1

rgds//Vimanav


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User currently offlineZizou From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 1535 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2304 times:

KU is apparently talking to Airbus and Boeing with respect to replacing its short/medium haul fleet: A320s, A300s? I am opting for a suprise, and say they will go with Boeing, with the B737 NGs? Any comments...

User currently offlineBehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4848 posts, RR: 44
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2271 times:

The ideal replacement for KUs A 310-300 and A 300-600R fleet is the Airbus A 330-200 unless they wait for the B 7E7!

There is no need to replace their A 320-200s unless politics makes them order Boeing 737-800s. What they could do though is replace their entire A 340-300 fleet with B 777-200ERs as Ive flown the A 343 of theirs and its way slower than the 772 to USA plus some of the ptvs in coach class on their A 343s dont work.

Im surprised that KU hasnt taken the initiative to expand as much as QR, EK and GF have. They are a very small airline in the Gulf with only 17 planes.


User currently offlineVimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1524 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2209 times:

KU will not be expanding their fleet until 2006. Even then the target airplanes will not be the A320 but the A300 and A310 which in any case is giving the airline untold headaches at the moment. Since the past month or so, schedules have been severely affected due to technicals on the A300s and A310s with in the past 10 days alone, BOM suffering 2 delays of 24hrs each.

My guess is that the A330 looks the best bet. But strange are the ways of airline management and particularly in case of KU the most inexplicable fleet decisions can be made.

rgds//Vimanav



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User currently offlineBehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4848 posts, RR: 44
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2146 times:

VIMANAV : Best thing for KU would be to approach AIRBUS or some aircraft leasing company and tell them that KU would give all their A 313s and AB6s in exchange for the same number of A 332s and KU would pay the difference in exchange costs...sounds like a cool idea eh?

Their AB6s and 313s then be converted to freighters or sold or leased out to other airlines as their planes all have ptvs in every seat plus a decent premium product!

Im sure AIR INDIA + PIA would be very much interested in both variants...PK for AB6 for AB4 replacement and AI needs more A 313s and these ones unlike SQs comes with tvs in every seat : )


User currently offlineVimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1524 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

Behramjee
KU too is a Govt owned airline... and some of the lacunae that we see with Govt carriers from the Sub-continent also apply to KU. Various options are under consideration. However judging by the fact that they have just reconfigured their A310s from 18/18/139 to 24/174, it does not look likely that the A310s will go in the near future.

As for PK taking the KU A300s (if such a situation does arise) will not make sense as they will have to get crew accordingly type rated. PK's current A300s are all B4s and KU's re all A300-600s which have very little cockpit commonality with the A300B4. Even though it is closer to the A310-300 (which PK does have) it will still require a fresh cockpit crew certification - further investment in terms of time, costs.

rgds//Vimanav



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