Jasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 42 Posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5294 times:
Following the hearing held on 11 and 12 November to decide how to allocate the 21 frequencies newly available for UK airlines to serve various points in India, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that it considers its statutory duties in this case are best served by awarding:
seven services to British Airways, four of which are to be operated on the Chennai (Madras) route and three to Bangalore;
four services to British Midland Airways to be operated on the Mumbai (Bombay) route; and
ten services to Virgin Atlantic, seven of which are to be used on the Delhi route and three on Mumbai.
The frequencies, which become available in three tranches from Winter 2004, were secured under the latest bilateral air services agreement between the Governments of the UK and India, signed in September. British Airways currently operate all 19 services per week available to UK airlines under the terms of the previous agreement between the two countries. Following this decision, the distribution of rights will be:
BA - Current 19, New 7, Total 26
BD - Current 0 New, 4 Total 4
VS - Current 0, New 10, Total 10
The CAA has decided to award the rights in this order:
Seven rights to operate to Delhi awarded to Virgin.
Four rights to operate to Mumbai awarded to BM
Three rights to operate to Mumbai awarded to Virgin
Four rights to operate to Chennai awarded to BA
Three rights to operate to Bangalore awarded to BA
HB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4450 posts, RR: 74 Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5148 times:
The decision seems to be a blow to VS, which has already announced daily operations to BOM. Schedules have been loaded in the CRS and tickets are being sold as we speak. I can't imagine they're going to be happyu with this outcome.
BA currently has twice weekly operations into MAA, so after the increase they will be flying there six times weekly rather than daily. Note that the above list shows 27 weekly frequencies, while BA will only be flying 26 flights.
Airindia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1588 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4940 times:
this is good news that some action has happened and in relatively quick time. strange that BD only got BOM. They would have been happy with a couple to BLR. I guess even their India office is in Bangalore.?
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12176 posts, RR: 35 Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4874 times:
All in all, I think it was a fair result: something for everyone. If Virgin doesn't like the decision, BUY BMI !
I was a little surprised that BA got BLR; I would have expected this route to be better suited to an A330 than a 777 (which I'm assuming BA would use); still good to see a new Indian city get a link to LHR.
Personally, I prefer the Virgin schedules - getting into BOM/DEL at c.10am, rather than the middle of the night or 4am, as suggested by others. I mean - Mumbai at 4am, that's got to be a pain!
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 7 Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4801 times:
That proposed BMI schedule is terrible! Either arriving in the early hours of the morning, probably paying for an extra "night" in a hotel, then leaving your hotel after a full day (thus another extra "night") to check-in after midnight! Horrible.
But generally good news about the slots - some competition at last!
25 Crosswind: bmi's proposed schedule may have more to do with aircraft availability than passenger convenience... Sill to be revealed is what other route will the
26 Jaysit: Guaranteed to make no one happy, and everyone pissed. Maybe BMI and Virgin will collaborate on their services to Mumbai. Its clear that the VS service
27 Roblondon70: It was specifically stated in the India-UK agreement that the additional flights were to operate ouside the current peaks. BOM gets particularly overb
28 Skymonster: CROSSWIND said: bmi's proposed schedule may have more to do with aircraft availability than passenger convenience Actually I think not... Firstly, thi
29 Jasepl: BA currently has twice weekly operations into MAA, so after the increase they will be flying there six times weekly rather than daily. Note that the a
30 Roblondon70: It was part of the agreement that 7 had to be to DEL and 7 to BOM I heard. This bilateral remains quite restrictive. Why do the UK always negotiate po
31 CrossChecked: The flights to BOM are going to be like a slap in the face with a wet fish to the BMI crews operating them. I would imagine that BMI will use MAN base
32 B747-437B: It should read: BA: 7x Bombay, 6x Madras, 7x Delhi, 3x Calcutta, 3x Bangalore VS: 3x Bombay, 7x Delhi BD: 4x Bombay No. It should read : BA : 7x MUMBA