BBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2055 times:
It's called BritishJet.com.
It plans fly daily to LGW from MLA (with convenient schedules), 4 times weekly to MAN, and once weekly to BHX, EMA and LBA, using a swiss MD90 with Swiss wet-leased cockpit crew and Maltese cabin crew.
No comments about the name, but I find their livery cheap.
Angelairways From United Kingdom, joined Nov 1999, 503 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1770 times:
Very interesting! I intend to take advantage of their low fares as soon as possible.
My only concern is whether Bargain Holidays has enough cash to keep it going through their first few months because anyone who has seen Bargain Holidays' Office in Qawra will know just how small they really are.
On teh other hand, BH's small size means ultra-low overheads hence low cost base.
The MD90 being powered by IAE V2500s would have similar efficiency and fuel consumption to the A320 yet it has much lower lease rates.
As for the name and the livery - it's rubbish.. I'd have expected something more Maltese - maybe MelitaJet but it looks like they want to appeal to British holidaymakers.
It will be a fragile start with very strong seasonal variations but CAN work out well and if I were Air Malta I'd be sweating with worry...
Horus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1699 times:
but in fact they are owned by Tour Operator - 'Malta Bargains'.
Yeah, I used them last June with Bargin being the operative word. We paid £47 for our holiday which included flights (KM from LGW), 3 nights stay at a 4* hotel, full board with all the transfers. It's was more like a giveaway. I hope BritishJet offer these 'competitive' prices.
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19418 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1686 times:
"Malta is a bit far for 'no frills' flights."
Nonsense. MLA is only a few hundred nms further than both PMO and FAO and 100-150 nms shorter than ATH, all of which are operated to on a no-frills basis.
'They will be serving meals... it's not really a major cost anyway.'
Ignorance at its peak! Imagine it cost $10 per head for food and drink - including a main meal and tea, coffee, alcohol, cans, etc. - and the aircraft held 130 passengers. (You must remember that they also have to pay for all the food and drink to be carried to the plane, loaded on, taken off, etc.) Imagine it flew four legs per day. That would mean that it would cost $5,200 for food and drink per day. On a weekly basis that would mean $36,400, on a monthly basis $145,600 and on an annual basis $1,747,200. This would be for just FOUR legs! Evidently, serving food and drink is a big and, on such a flight, avoidable cost. Imagine your bill if you had 10 aircraft each flying 4 legs per day - nearly $17.5 million a year just for food and drink!
"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
Angelairways From United Kingdom, joined Nov 1999, 503 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1652 times:
Yes, On a weekly, monthly and annual basis it may seem like a lot of money but if you look at it on a per-flight basis it is not that much percentage-wise...
let me elaborate... Assuming that it costs the airline £3.50 to provide a meal each way* (average between £5 and £2.50 due to cheaper catering in Malta) which is very realistic since UK charter companies charge similar amounts, and the average one-way ticket costs around £60** one way excluding tax, the catering amounts to roughly 5.8% of the ticket price. Ok, not super low but its not a killer and pax are happy that they get a full meal and good service.
You can't call that "Ignorance at it's peak!"
*they will charge for drinks, as charter airlines do and as they did until now when operating the flights on Astraeus. Airline food alone bought in bulk can comfortably cost £5 per serving in the UK and £2.50 in Malta.
** If you look at their website and look at the fares which are all listed you will see that is the average fare (being about £50 one way in winter and £70 in summer)
P.S. in response to an earlier post - they would not be able to support daily service to Charleroi, while Hahn is questionable. They are very wisely indeed focussing on the UK, being the main source of tourism. (Yet Germany comes close).
I also noticed that they are offering the lowest fare buckets to Maltese citizens on the Maltese site while the Brits get the middle and higer-end fares. (although they also get 85% of the seats whereas Maltese get 15%)
How does that go with EU regulations???
BBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1640 times:
Wow guys!!! I didn't think this thread would evolve so much... sounds like an encouraging start already!
The article mentions that they intend to get a second MD90 by around July 1st, and that although it is an LCC, it's not a no-frills operation.
And yes - it is a lease from the Swiss operator HELLO. Something along these lines was reported in The Times of Malta in November or December 2004.
Bargain Holidays wanted to start its own airline with 2 A320s a couple of years ago, but due to the competition and the perceived threat this would have posed to Air Malta, the Government did not grant them any rights. Then, Bargain Holidays examined the possibility of starting the company in the UK, but as some of us know, the flights were eventually contracted to and operated on behalf of Bargain Holidays by Sabre, then by Excel, and then by Astraeus (all using B737 derivatives).
Since Malta joined the EU, the Government cannot do anything to stop Bargain Holidays from finally creating Malta's second airline.
I do not like the name of this new carrier, not because I'm anti-British or something like that (I have an English aunt and English cousins), but just as was mentioned above, I would have preferred something more appealing and with some sort of a Maltese connotation.
With regards to their livery... I agree 100% that it is one of the crappiest things I have ever seen painted on an a/c. What a shame! I hope that they change it asap.
It's going to be interesting to see which destinations BritishJet starts next.
Although some may think that this new startup may harm Air Malta, I'm very confident that Air Malta will keep doing well. I believe that Malta needs and can support a second carrier. It's going to be interesting to see who fares best. GB Airways this summer will be operating 11 weekly flights to MLA from LGW using A320 and A321 a/c. It will also operate 5 weekly flights to MLA from MAN (using A320/A321 equipment).
LH is starting a 3 times weekly A319 service from MUC to MLA with very convenient schedules for connecting traffic at MUC, and there will be Condor B763 flights on Mondays from DUS and FRA (in addition to the usual A320/A321/AB6 LH daily flight to MLA from FRA). IIRC MUC will have 2 Condor A320 flights to MLA on Mondays and sometimes, this MUC Condor operation will revert to a single flight operated by B753s or B763 equipment.
Scandinavian will stop its once weekly scheduled service to MLA from CPH and replace with a once weekly service from ARN. I wonder if they will have any additional charter flights apart from the present GOT/ARN operation on Saturdays.
Delta777jet From Germany, joined Jun 2000, 1406 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1586 times:
Angelairways: The MD-90 has a lower lease rate than a A 320 ? Yes and no, if we talking about a brand new A 320 you are correct but compared to an older model its roughly the same plus you have a big dissadvantage that not so many JAR-145 maintenance facilities are available for MD-90 in europe. For a wet-lease & charter provider like Hello its a problem to open many bases spread over europe. If you have a model like the A 320 you can sub-contract this work cheap to other JAR maintenance providers. But in general the MD-90 is a nice aircraft.
Regarding the business model itsself I guess that will fail since Air Malta will take care that nothing will happen on their main market. They have already created their low-cost model and will just drop the prices in case they will get too strong.