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CO Puts DEL On Sale...  
User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21472 posts, RR: 60
Posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3225 times:

http://www.continental.com/specials/offers/delhi.asp?

For the first month (departure) and until Christmas (return), the new EWR-DEL flight beginning Nov 1 is on "sale" for $998 roundtrip from EWR, slightly more from other cities.

Is that a good price? It's $100 more than the initial China route sale of $888.


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User currently offlineORD747CLE From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3094 times:

Gonna guess that is has something to do with American launching ORD-DEL!

Ord747Cle


User currently offlineAseem From India, joined Feb 2005, 2046 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

so which route is UA planning....DFW-MAA Big grin
rgds
VT-ASJ



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User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2987 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Thread starter):

Is that a good price? It's $100 more than the initial China route sale of $888.

its standard (average) price...many people travel to India during winter because the weather and climate is quite nice..during the summer, its get EXTREMELY hot..

I think most fares cost around $1,000-$1,200...



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User currently offlineFA4UA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 812 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2880 times:

$888 is a VERY lucky number in Asian cultures such as China. The number 8 is highly regarded. That's probably the reason that "sale" fare is set there. For India, I'm sure the number was actually chosen for a reason other then cultural relevence... like market/economic research.

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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21472 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2786 times:

It's not probably why the fare was 888. It is. CO said so. They made a big deal out of it, and said it worked, as their flights were full from day 1 this summer.

But I didn't ask about this.

I asked if $1000 was a good fare for NY to DEL? I've never flown it, so don't know. But feels kind of expensive to me, even for a non-stop, considering the competition on this route relative to the lesser competition to China.



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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32601 posts, RR: 72
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2782 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 5):

I asked if $1000 was a good fare for NY to DEL? I've never flown it, so don't know. But feels kind of expensive to me, even for a non-stop, considering the competition on this route relative to the lesser competition to China.

$1,000 for India in the winter is a bargain. Passengers frequently pay upwards of $1,500-$1,700 for a coach seat during this period.



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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21472 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2770 times:

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 6):
$1,000 for India in the winter is a bargain. Passengers frequently pay upwards of $1,500-$1,700 for a coach seat during this period.

Then it really is a sale. Not that every seat will be $998, but still, that's a 50% savings.

No wonder there is a push to triple capacity in the India-US market, if fares are that high in peak season.



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User currently offlineShawnnyc From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2596 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 7):
Then it really is a sale. Not that every seat will be $998, but still, that's a 50% savings

Its a great deal plus the cheaper fares in the winter tends to be on, how to put it, non traditional airlines like Aeroflot (but even they charge like $1250 with LH et all $1500+). Interesting that they have the return before XMas. The real peak is return after that. So it looks like CO is confident of riding the Dec-Feb high season.

I really hope Jet gets two of EK's A345 soon. EWR-BOM nonstop, now that flight would show what can be earned through a nonstop flight to India. I don't even think Jet will need a fare sale on that flight.


User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2577 times:

A fare sale is rather typical procedure on a new route - especially where the airline, in this case CO, is entering an entirely new market such as India. Also, the sudden increase in services to India must be an issue, Jet is also opening the EWR route (via BRU) and Air India is increasing services - and the recent annoucement by AA is the latest.

CO will do well here - nonstop service from the NYC area and one stop service from most US cities to India will be popular with both US and Indian pax travelling for business or leisure. CO amazed everyone with their success on the EWR-TLV route, look for the same on EWR-DEL.


User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2432 times:

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 3):
many people travel to India during winter because the weather and climate is quite nice.

of course.. max below 10 degrees (50 Fahrenheit) in Delhi without any heater, along with wet air and fog can be an enjoyful experience... The people are only looking for this  Silly


User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2363 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 10):
of course.. max below 10 degrees (50 Fahrenheit) in Delhi without any heater, along with wet air and fog can be an enjoyful experience... The people are only looking for this

ok..i went a bit too far, but its better than 120 degree summer weather with no air conditioner and downed electricity..



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User currently offlineAseem From India, joined Feb 2005, 2046 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2268 times:

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 11):

fully agree!! who in right mind would like to land in DEL in May/June. For those unfamiliar, most international flights land at mid-night, and hot air at that time feels as if somebody has pointed hair-dryer on your face. Imagine how afternoon would be??
rgds
VT-ASJ



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User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2166 times:

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 11):
ok..i went a bit too far, but its better than 120 degree summer weather with no air conditioner and downed electricity..

... and that was my summer this year  Sad - welcome to my life..


User currently offlineTexdravid From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2094 times:

Quoting Aseem (Reply 2):
so which route is UA planning....DFW-MAA

Get your jokes right, Aseem!!

It would be American Airlines that would do DFW-MAA.



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User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2020 times:

Quoting Texdravid (Reply 14):
It would be American Airlines that would do DFW-MAA.

or maybe AI?? Big grin (9" and AA are rather out of this, as they are business-oriented - so the only possible one would be AI with a scissor strategy)


User currently offlineAseem From India, joined Feb 2005, 2046 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

Quoting Texdravid (Reply 14):

Tex, you're inching towards Roy in terms of popularity. Everybody knows what you want!! Big grin
cheers
VT-ASJ



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