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User currently offlinePadcrasher From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 11 months 1 hour ago) and read 1965 times:

This seems like an odd route for Czech to fly.

Does anyone know the history behind this route?

How does it perform?

Where is the demand for this coming from?

Thanks in advance.

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User currently offlineJfkyyz From Canada, joined May 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 1 hour ago) and read 1933 times:

I'm not sure of anything really about the Czech decision to fly the route really. But seeing how Aeroflot always manage to fill up their flights with Indians flying to BOM or DEL maybe Czech is doing the same. If you go to Czech's website as well and look at their route map and click on a destination in this case CMB, one can see all the connecting opportunities.


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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months ago) and read 1922 times:

Afaik OK doesn't do (or did) bad on this route. They are not only selling in the Czech Republic but also in other places in Europe (and maybe even North America). They having also traffic right on the DXB-CMB vv. sector.


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User currently offlineTurkishSky From Turkey, joined Mar 2004, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1892 times:

The reason they started CMB was the fact that there were no European carriers operating scheduled flights there other than the usual leisure carriers like LTU etc....


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User currently offlineChiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2005 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1883 times:

that there were no European carriers operating scheduled flights
Correct. OK is an alternative for smaller tour operators in Europe not wanting to take any commitment on a charter. This is also extremely important for Sri Lanka as a destination as they are not only dependent on the big operators.


User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1827 times:

TurkishSky
Flying to a destination because no other airline is flying there should not be the main reason to fly to any destination. You fly there because there is demand or money to made ...



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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1775 times:

This seems like an odd route for Czech to fly.

CSA's long-haul route network is quite odd as a whole.

Does anyone know the history behind this route?

The PRG-DXB-CMB route has been in operation for something like 2 years. This year they've extended it to MLE.

How does it perform?

This is only hearsay, but the route is (was?) supposedly a great success story. I wonder what the future of this route will be. I'm not able to support my statement with numbers. Sorry.

Where is the demand for this coming from?

mainly Czech travel agencies and I think CSA is successfully marketing the route outside of the Czech Rep.
Technically the flights are c/s as DL flights as well, but how many pax this generates, I don't know.






User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19244 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1759 times:

A former Egyptian airline, ZAS I think, operated, around 1995, a once-weekly, M80-operated service from CAI to MLE via KWI. I would have thought that that was more strange, but not even that strange.

[Edited 2004-12-30 14:02:49]


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User currently offlineTurkishSky From Turkey, joined Mar 2004, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1757 times:


Swissgabe

'Flying to a destination because no other airline is flying there should not be the main reason to fly to any destination. You fly there because there is demand or money to made ...'

I have been in touch with CSA quite many years as a travel professional and this was a comment by people of CSA in the beginning. They saw there was a market there but they were not sure about it.

Now they seem to be happy and they surely are NOT flying there to be the only scheduled carrier.



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User currently offlinePadcrasher From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1751 times:

I love this website. Ask a question and get answers from no less than 6 airline buffs in 6 different countries..in less than 6 hours....Thanks for your replies.


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