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Air Moldova's Airbus 320  
User currently offlineFlightLover From Moldova, joined Mar 2004, 344 posts, RR: 9
Posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

Just wanted to share some thoughts with you on one of the most recent changes taking place with Air Moldova. A few months ago, as some of you might know, they started operating Airbus 320 which used to belong to Ansett. I've thought about this a lot and I simply don't understand their business strategy. They are operating Embraer 120 (30 seats) on one of the most popular route (KIV-VIE) and they are operating 150-seater Airbus on flights to Amsterdam, Rome and Lisbon. They never fill those planes even at half-capacity and I don't know why did their management decide to choose the Airbus 320. They could have opted for a smaller plane.
Any thoughts on that?

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User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1925 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2612 times:

Now they have the second A320 on their fleet. If what you say is true and the planes were half full, they might have got a good deal on those A320s.

It was a little strange that they were operating with Tu-134s and Yak-42s and upgrading to A320s is some increase in capacity. Maybe they have some plans, like making Kishinev some kind of hub.
Isn't the Lisbon service a new one? I think they are flying once a week there.


User currently offlineFlightLover From Moldova, joined Mar 2004, 344 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2601 times:

OD720,
You are absolutely right. Lisbon is a new service and it is operated on Wednesdays. I remember flying on January 7 out of Kishinev and my flight was leaving around the same time as the flight to Lisbon. They had no more than 50 people on that flight. I think they are planning on using their second Airbus on flights to Moscow Domodedovo but even so I have a hard time believing that they will fill out more than half of the plane.


User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1925 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2570 times:

You should remember that this is a low season for air travel, so yields will change in a month's time.

I wanted to ask this before too, why do they operate to Lisboa? Do they connect to flights to Africa and the Americas from there?


User currently offlineFlightLover From Moldova, joined Mar 2004, 344 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2566 times:

The reason they operate to Lisbon is because there's a very large population of Moldovans working in Portugal. Due to a difficult economic situation in Moldova a lot of Moldovans immigrated to Portugal and are now working there. I think it is a good route for Air Moldova only if they used a smaller plane.


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2513 times:

It was announced in a Lebanese newspaper that Air Moldova is planning to start 3x weekly service to Beirut (BEY) with a stop in Aleppo (ALP).

It doesn't look like it will be happening though..........

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineFlightLover From Moldova, joined Mar 2004, 344 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2466 times:

I think it is possible. They used to have flight to Beirut in the past and giving the growing number of Lebanese students in Moldova it could happen. I think at this point Air Moldova has more planes than they need in order to operate efficiently so I would guess this is the reason why they are looking for new markets. Their flights to Istanbul are very successful and opening a new route to Beirut will offer a gateway to the Middle East.

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2462 times:

FlightLover,

I was told it will start this summer, but I have heard nothing from Air Moldova and it isn't in the schedules.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineSteph001 From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 315 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2400 times:

I think Air Moldova is trying new routes, hoping that these routes turn out to be profitable in one or two years. As long as the routes are new it is no surprise that the planes are not full, it only becomes a problem if it remains like this for more than a couple of years.


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