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Alliance AIr Is To Become An LCC  
User currently offlineIndianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2972 times:

IC subsidiary Alliance AIr, currently operating a fleet of 11 Boeing 737-200's is to be converted into an LCC. Upto 11 Airbus A319's are to be inducted on dry-lease by "early-2005".

Full report:
http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?content_id=65533


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User currently offlineTKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2869 times:

Why not? Air Deccan has already shown it can work . When I tried to get a ticket the day before for a MAA HYD MAA trip it was full on the way up and just abt managed the last seat on the way back! And for a last minute ticket I paid 30% less!

By the way Indian pax appear to love the concept of paying 10 Rs for a packet of Frito Lays aboard the aircraft even at 11 PM!

Who says the Indian consumer is not receptive to new ideas?


User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2833 times:

By the way Indian pax appear to love the concept of paying 10 Rs for a packet of Frito Lays aboard the aircraft even at 11 PM!

Agreed! As long they don't rip off the customers like FR and the EasyThing does (GBP 2,80 for a 0.33 Heineken!!), this could work out well (although the Indian pax might prefer free cashew nuts in incredible amount for a small contribution - something like all you can eat (and all you can drink??  Big grin )


User currently offlineIndianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2749 times:

Rajeev: if you have studied the schedule that Deccan is running their 320's, kinda weird dont you think? While the other carriers have well timed flights, Deccans flights are at pretty odd times (with the exception of the BLR-DEL and DEL-BKLR segments).

-Roy


User currently offlineTKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2742 times:

Hi Mrinji
Air Deccan's proces seemed to be at normal levels (I mean their food prices) and defiitely cheaper than the exhorbitant amount the HYD aiprot guys charge (Rs 10 for a small cup of tea!).

Roy - The schedules are going to be streamlined I think once their second aircraft is cleared. Right now for a single aircraft operation, I thought the timing and routing are extremely sensible and the best they can do under the circumstances. BLR DEL BLR will be the peak time flights since this a BLR based airline started around 1 year ago and the Bangaloreans are already used to Air Deccan.

Remember these guys are not targetting purely the business traffic (although the reality is that the corporates are increasingly taking to them as well!).




User currently offlineIndianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2728 times:

To get back to alliance air, i think CD would have the huge advantage of an unbeatable network (CD by itself operates to about 23 stations) and the advantage of having a big brother like IC with their phenomenal market reach across India and the region. Plus the "advantage" of being state-owned,. which means the ability to regulate the competition to advantage. Also first preference for things like Airport parking and landing slots!

I wonder if IC would extend FFP points benefits to CD flights as well (right now we do get that) after its conversion to LCC. I think they should, atleast for the top 2-3 fare levels.

Plus, its not he Alliance of old with the ratty 737's. Its going to be spanmking new Airbus A319's from Jan-2005! Air Deccan is not going to have it easy!

-Roy


User currently offlineTKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2721 times:

Alliance Air may be "lower cost' than IC, esp in terms of pilot/cabin crew salaries and their contracts, but that still does not guarantee success.

For one, they are overstaffed, they dont exactly have the brightest young sparks around and I seriously doubt whether they will be able to do multi tasking and thereby reduce turnaound times. That way I was very impressed with Air Deccan, they have a small crew who does everything. And for the last flight of the day with a quick turn around of 20 min, the cabin was very clean, inflight magazines were in every seat and boarding was very quick.


Also right now Alliance Air check in is handled by IC , so unless they recruit their own ground staff and train them specifiically for quick turn around operations (which is what Air India Express seems to be doing), they are not going to get high aircraft utilisation rates.



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