Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19218 posts, RR: 52 Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2652 times:
How is Eastern Airways doing in terms of profitability? Has it been continously improving or otherwise?
When I was at BFS on Tuesday, I saw a J31 of this airline. (The carrier operates a five-times-weekly service from ABZ to BFS and return.) Surprisingly, only two people disembarked and about the same number embarked. Despite the seemingly low loads on this flight, the airfares are high, thus perhaps meaning the yields are acceptable.
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CKT789 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2576 times:
...but businesses will if they need to get a manager to somewhere quick. Eastern seem to have been able to tap into a niche market which no-one else will enter and so can get away with charging thise prices. They also don't seem to operate much at weekends. I've seen loads of their fleet parked on Sundays at EDI and NCL.
Maybe they serve caviar and champagne inflight along with personal DVD players?
ViveAF From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 198 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2516 times:
and... not only are their fares quite high, but even at the top end of the fares ladder they are non-refundable - just changeable within a maximum life of six months..
I would say they are doing OK for now - certainly tapping into some thin niche routes that have good, regular, traffic.
The only negative comment we get from our Business Travellers is that Eastern don`t have any affinity to a Frequent Flyer Programme, so the ones who used BA up `till the changeover feel they are losing out...