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Britain And India To Agree On More Flights!  
User currently offlineConcorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6162 times:

Just read in the Times of India, that when Tony Blair arrives in India tomorrow, the two countries will agree on further increases in flights between the countries! I can only see a full Open Skies agreement being reached - it seems the next logical step after the last agreement!
Read the article here:

'India hopes Blair visit will boost ties with Europe'
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1221534.cms

What do you think guys?

31 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineCandid76 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 733 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6150 times:

I have my credit card ready for when a Manchester to Mumbai service goes on sale!

User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7117 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6132 times:

Quoting Candid76 (Reply 1):
I have my credit card ready for when a Manchester to Mumbai service goes on sale!

Via Teeside, Frankfurt and Yerevan on an Embraer 145?  Smile



The world is really getting smaller these days
User currently offlineConcorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6118 times:

Quoting BestWestern (Reply 2):
Via Teeside, Frankfurt and Yerevan on an Embraer 145?

Operated by the one and only.........you guessed it, BMI!
 rotfl 


User currently offlineConcorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6082 times:

Supposing that it is a 'Open Skies' agreement, I think EK and other gulf carriers will find it increasingly difficult to perform well on the routes - that is if they rely heavily on UK traffic for routes to India!

User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6063 times:

Quoting Concorde001 (Reply 4):
, I think EK and other gulf carriers will find it increasingly difficult to perform well on the routes - that is if they rely heavily on UK traffic for routes to India!

I don't know about India, but I know they do to Pakistan..I wouldn't be surprised with India too, given that The Emirates has a large pool of both educated and uneducated Indian workers....



"Up the Irons!"
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24926 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6061 times:

Quoting BestWestern (Reply 2):
Via Teeside, Frankfurt and Yerevan on an Embraer 145?



Quoting Concorde001 (Reply 3):
Operated by the one and only.........you guessed it, BMI!

Don't be silly....












...that would be far too sensible for BMI  Wink



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineCol From Malaysia, joined Nov 2003, 2106 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5998 times:

Watch for another BMI 332 head South from MAN.

User currently offlineMainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2097 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5937 times:

Quoting Col (Reply 7):
Watch for another BMI 332 head South from MAN.

Nothing would surprise me......anymore. LHR - Varanasi - Kochi every Wed and Sun; sitting around at LHR Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri and Sat? Or maybe LHR - Trivandrum on a Sat.

Strange how this thread has almost turned into a MAN-India thread. Die-hard optimists we must be!


User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5904 times:

I just read the article and I didn't find anything about an aviation agreement. Can someone quote the relevant section?

User currently offlineConcorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5902 times:

I don't think we will get MAN-India from any British carriers - maybe Air India and Jet Airways.
How do you think VS/BD and BA will use open skies (if it goes ahead)..?
I think:
VS -double daily DEL or BOM
BD -daily BOM (and four days to DEL and keeping three days for RUH)
BA - start double daily flights to MAA/BLR/CCU or new routes like ATQ??? They are going double daily to BOM and DEL anyway and MAA/BLR/CCU are all going daily!


User currently offlineConcorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5892 times:

Quoting Zvezda (Reply 9):
I just read the article and I didn't find anything about an aviation agreement. Can someone quote the relevant section?

Here we go....

"During the visit, India and Britain plan to announce a deal to increase the number of flights between the two countries and to allow expansion of investment in one another's film-making companies"

Its page three of the article!


User currently offlineGLAGAZ From UK - Scotland, joined Feb 2004, 1983 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5873 times:

How about some flights from GLA or EDI?

Gaz



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User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5803 times:

Thanks Condorde001. I saw film-making in that sentence and moved on.  ashamed   embarrassed   guilty   sorry 

User currently offlineMainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2097 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5759 times:

Quoting GLAGAZ (Reply 12):
How about some flights from GLA or EDI?

Am I right in saying that PK are launching services from GLA? After much anticipation, if so.


User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2887 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5773 times:

Quoting Concorde001 (Reply 10):
think:
VS -double daily DEL or BOM
BD -daily BOM (and four days to DEL and keeping three days for RUH)
BA - start double daily flights to MAA/BLR/CCU or new routes like ATQ??? They are going double daily to BOM and DEL anyway and MAA/BLR/CCU are all going daily!

Mate VS and BMI will be going daily by this winter itself to BOM and BA will be going double daily.

The other options like ATQ as mentioned by you would be interesting if they materialise also like wise with british carriers to BHX/MAN/EDI etc.. onward to the USA


User currently offlineBoeing747_600 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5711 times:

Quoting Concorde001 (Reply 10):
BA - ..... and MAA/BLR/CCU are all going daily!

Since when has BA been operating a LHR-BLR service?!?! I heard that the earliest it is likely to start is March 2006.


User currently offlineConcorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5671 times:

Quoting Boeing747_600 (Reply 16):
Since when has BA been operating a LHR-BLR service?!?! I heard that the earliest it is likely to start is March 2006.

Sorry, I meant that when BA start, their services will be daily - but I think it is starting only with 5 services a week!


User currently offlineBlrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5659 times:

Quoting Boeing747_600 (Reply 16):
Since when has BA been operating a LHR-BLR service?!?! I heard that the earliest it is likely to start is March 2006.

The 5x a week service starts from Oct 30 2005, and plans are to make it daily from summer 2006. The winter flights are already available in BA system, and can book it on their website.


User currently offlineCHI787ORD From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 517 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5554 times:

I hope its a LHR-ATQ service. Finally, I will have a one stop connection from ORD to Amritsar. ATQ needs a strong eurpoean airline. Speculation has always surrounded around VS, BA and LH. Now hopefully something will finally materialize.

Current Operators at ATQ:
Air India (Delhi, Toronto, Birmingham)
Indian Airlines (Delhi, Sharjah)
Air Deccan (Delhi, possible Chandigarh route in future)
Uzbekistan (Tashkent)
Turkmenistan (Ashgabat)
Ariana Afghan (Kabul)
Air Slovakia (Bratislava)
Singapore Airlines (Singapore)
Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur starting this winter)


User currently offlineConcorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5551 times:

Quoting CHI787ORD (Reply 19):
I hope its a LHR-ATQ service. Finally, I will have a one stop connection from ORD to Amritsar. ATQ needs a strong eurpoean airline

Amen to that!
Uzbekistan Airways (HY) and Turkemenistan Airlines (T5) go near full everytime from LHR as 95% of the passengers are connecting to ATQ. I would love to see BA/VS going to ATQ - but I'm not too sure as BA always looks for premium passenger demand - do you think ATQ has year round healthy premium demand? Personally, I think so - I have had a look at the loads of AI's ATQ-BHX-YYZ-BHX-ATQ flights, and I've got to say, F and C class do very well. But make of that what you will - AI is a state owned carrier!


User currently offlineBoeing747_600 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5476 times:

Goodness Gracious!!!!

When I was a kid growing up, IC was the sole operator at BLR with domestic traffic only and it was big news when the A320s started replacing the B737-100/200s.

As of this November, the list of international carriers operating out of BLR (at least as far as I know!_ will be

BA, SQ, AF, TG, NW, GF, LH, UL and MH

Did I miss any?! I didnt include AI because it dosent have any direct intl flights ex BLR

Given the rather significant industrial links between Japanese heavy industrial firms and BLR, I'm rather surprised that JL hasnt made a bid yet!

I can only hope that some of the flights arrive a few hours before midnight - I doubt that the current airport can handle half a dozen heavies within a 3 hour turnaround timeframe


User currently offlineBlrsea From India, joined May 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5412 times:

I believe Air India has a Blr-BOM-FRA flight once or twice a week, which is a 747.

User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24926 posts, RR: 56
Reply 23, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5377 times:

Quoting GLAGAZ (Reply 12):
How about some flights from GLA or EDI?

What for?
The Indian population in Scotland isn't very large. However, there are a load of Pakistani's, especially in Glasgow



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3219 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5357 times:

Quoting Boeing747_600 (Reply 21):
the list of international carriers operating out of BLR (at least as far as I know!_ will be

BA, SQ, AF, TG, NW, GF, LH, UL and MH

Did I miss any?! I didnt include AI because it dosent have any direct intl flights ex BLR

The other international connections from BLR are: Royal Nepal 2x pw, IC daily to SIN, and often to BKK/KUL, AI direct to DXB and other cities like SIN.



Latest Trip Report - GoAir BLR-BOM-BLR
25 Post contains images GLAGAZ : Well Glasgow is the UK's carry capital lol It would be nice to see someone like TCX offering flights to Goa. Gaz
26 BlrBird : Current ASA does not allow Japan carriers to fly into BLR.
27 Stealthpilot : Nope, im booked on the LHR-BLR flight this winter. I assume it's full because to go back in January, I am flying out of MAA or BOM because of the pri
28 Concorde001 : Does anyone have further details about the new agreement. It was meant to be agreed today, but I havn't heard anything - Tony Blair leaves India this
29 Concorde001 : I just read this on the BA website, under 'Press Releases'. "British Airways has welcomed the signing of the new air services agreement between the UK
30 Concorde001 : Just read this on ZEE News! It brilliant, even more flights to India! Apparently, by next year, these flights may double! "India, UK to triple direct
31 Post contains links Behramjee : http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/...09/09/stories/2005090902390300.htm THE UK's two major airlines — British Airways and Virgin Atlantic — are
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