B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3021 times:
Austrian Airlines will fly two flights between Vienna and Delhi on selected days this winter to take advantage of the open skies policy by the Indian government.
The additional flights will be redeye departures from Vienna and shall operate on Sundays and Wednesdays beginning January. The flights will be operated by a mix of Airbus 330-200 and Airbus 340-200 aircraft.
OS 37/38 (ops Su/We)
VIE d 2325
DEL a 1115+1 d 1240+1
VIE a 1610+1
The airline already operates a daily service between Vienna and Delhi and will commence services between Vienna and Mumbai in May.
HB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4450 posts, RR: 74 Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2840 times:
And an excellent choice between Europe and India indeed! I am a big fan of OS's inflight product, and it comes as no surprise that they're doing so well in India and other Asian emerging markets. Too bad they will deploy NG's B763s on the new BOM route. This product in not consistent with the regular OS service on the A332/342/343 and even the NG B772, and is in dire need of an upgrade.
Ka From Switzerland, joined Apr 2000, 649 posts, RR: 11 Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2799 times:
The decision for a new C-class will be made in december. And the B767 will be the first a/c to be refurbished as OS has realized that they need a change. Thereafter the other longhaul a/c will be rebuild. The seat choices which were on display at the OS-headquarters two months ago were quite promising....
Vimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1497 posts, RR: 19 Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2698 times:
Sean what is the open skies policy by the India Gov
The air transport movement between different countries is governed by what are known as bilaterals. While some countries allow airlines of select other countries unrestricted access in terms of flights / aircraft type / routes etc. others (including India) are more restrictive and allow only a set number of services, seats and destinations between their country and some others.
India has followed a policy of limited open skies for a few years now whereby during the winter months, airlines are given unrestricted access in terms of capacity and frequency of operations into any city in India. (These are only restricted by slot constraints i.e. if the requested times exceed the maximum number of take-offs or landings that can be handled within say an hour). This freedom given to international airlines to operate as many flights as they want with whichever type of aircraft they choose to is called the open sky policy.
Hope I have clarified.
Sarfaroshi kii tamannaa ab hamaare dil mein hai, Dekhnaa hai zor kitnaa baazu-e-qaatil mein hai
Jasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 42 Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2695 times:
Great explanation Vimanav!
The one thing I'd add is that the one restriction for Winter Open Skies has to dw with new services. For example, BA curently operate from LHR to BOM, MAA, DEL and CCU. They're free to add as many frequencies on these 4 routes as they wish, so long as the slots are available. They can't, however, add an LHR-AMD service unser this policy. Also, an airline that does not already serve an India route can't simply start flying just for the winter.
Ka From Switzerland, joined Apr 2000, 649 posts, RR: 11 Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2574 times:
"But how is OS services in general-are they overall a good product"
I had FF status but after some very bad experiences (unfriedly crews, dirty planes, flightcancellations after boarding!, overcrowded and unattractive mainhub and more) I switched to competitors and refuse to fly them nowadays.
JoFMO From Germany, joined Jul 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 2467 times:
OS is OK. But they have the the worst looking cabin crew. The female flight attendants are completely dressed in a screaming red. From the shoes to the skirts, even the stockings. I never saw that an awful 'color scheme' for flight attendants.