John G From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 85 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1016 times:
A few possibilities:
1. As ever, security costs are weighing them down.
2. Although they have an overall 97% load factor, they may be operating some routes which are not nearly this full, e.g. their services to the former Soviet Bloc countries.
3. They have some of the highest labour costs in the airline industry, and must pay constant inflation-indexing to keep up with the Israeli rate of inflation, which is over 40%.
Acvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 921 posts, RR: 13 Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 898 times:
I really did not write it to be vindictive.. It just amazed me after so much El Al 001 bragged about the stats of El Al that an airline could lose money on 97-100% loads.
Further, it is a sign of gross mismanagement on the airlines part to run full and lose money.
I was absolutly appalled after reading that.
I guess it makes sense in a way.. Started looking at the consolidator and net fares and came to the conclusion they are bottom feeding on the yields. Picking up Tower traffic and fares. They basically are buying market share. They lose money on the seats, Basically, they pay you to fly.
Considering the surly attitudes, delays and lack of service it makes sense. They cannot attract high yeild customers so they are stuck with money losers.. Ouch!
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 53 Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 890 times:
You're right, I think they saw the writing on the wall. Textbook example of how going after bad business for short term gain will hurt you in the long run. I wonder if this strategy was in response to CO entering the market and concerns about other carriers gaining share.
On the side though, come on now, you know you liked being able to post this info for obvious reasons .
Acvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 921 posts, RR: 13 Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 852 times:
It is true that the Sabbath day not flying hurts the carrier. But, on the other hand if you cordinated maint. on the non flying days it might help to offset some of the flying. El Al does lease out some planes to Arkia (whom they still own 25% of contrary to EL Al 001's assertions otherwise) for Sabbath flying and that too must offset some of the losses from non flying on the Sabbath
El Al 001 From Israel, joined Oct 1999, 1063 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 835 times:
Hey everyone, sorry its took me so much time, i had today my proportion test to my finals tests.
as for Acvitale new hobby.....very interesting one, but i thought that Israeli newspaper are trash, well i guss not....(but they do mistakes sometimes....)
1. funny, I read this article at the Hebrew version, it was'nt mentioned that LY had a load factor of 97%-100%, which is totaly not correct, the load factor stands between 78-82%, I know you Acvitale, you'll say something, but i cant explain this otherwise.
You may call to LY had office at TLV and they should confirm to you my numbers,
LY had office at TLV- 00-972-3-971 6111. you can call them 24 hours a day.
2. this is an old information, i heared this one at the begining of April.
3. January-March monthes are well known by their weaknesses,
many Airlines have a loss at those winter monthes.
because of lack of demand
4. The reasons for this loss are:
A. Fuel cost which climbed at more than 100%
B. Not flying on Saturdays had always made LY to lose money, (not to mention the security costs).
Arkia is able to lease from El Al only the 757's on Saturdays, since Arkia has pilots only for the 732 & 757,
Arkia is not paying much for them, and dont forget that the 757's are only a quarter of the fleet.
All the 744's, 742's, 762's, 737's are just waiting on the ground useless.
C. The prices, just look on the NYC-TLV route, on 1999 the winter price was at about 649-749$ for some certain flights, this year LY price for some flights was 499$ (!),
Because of high competition on many routes (competition with CO-EWR, FF-JFK, RJ-far east, LH, KL, BA, AF,) and the willing to fill the flights the prices had crashed, I for example flew twice to FRA and once to GVA to do some ski on those mounthes, the price for those 3 trips together had cost like one trip on TLV-JFK-TLV on summer,
The point is that even on high loads to oporate a non-low cost company on such low cost prices is not repayable,
surely there are business pax and many other pax who pays higher prices but the prices sobject had cause the airline to lose.
I heared that at the LY's management they were really surprised to hear that the loss wasnt much higher,
The airline must cope with many problems, its amazing that the airline can get profits sometimes, think about it, the airline works only 5.5 days a week, also on holiday, the airline is forbidden of flying (this Friday is a holiday, "Shavuot", the airline will work this week for only 4.5 days)
On routes to the far east, flights get longer in 3.5 hours than they should be, because flying above Saudi Arabia is forbidden to the airline, instead the airline flys above red sea, which makes the flight longer at about 3.5 hours to each diractions (!!!),
The airline said last October that it interested on ordering 3-4 A330-200 to replace the old 762, well, since LY is not getting specialozation, they cant order any aircrafts with out the government approval, and they are not getting, because the traffic minister is not sure that its good for Israel to buy Airbus, imagine, if they would have ordered boeing, i guss we would have seen a 764 in less then 2 years, point is that the government want to decided for LY which a/c to buy, though LY believes the A332 is better for the airline. anyway things might change now because soon there will be a new minister.
There are many problems with LY,
Acvitale & TWfirst, I am very pleased with the topic, its correct, the airline had lose, but not with this ridiculous load factor which was written.
thank you for giving me the option to explain.
El Al 001 From Israel, joined Oct 1999, 1063 posts, RR: 2 Reply 16, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 809 times:
LY has a high yield business too,
maybe you did'nt know, but the demand for LY business is very big, they have this flight named ly011 on the TLV-JFK, the flight was created for businessman!
it leaves TLV at 16.30, and lands at JFK at 20.45
the business and first class is always full, there are more than 7000 platinum gold members at LY who are flying with them 4-6 times a month, those members get always upgrade (you know, they get all those many extras...) and they always fly business or first (my father is one of them, and many of our friends) and they are very pleased with the service.
Just look at their 738 & 73G, i've never seen an airline who has 24 b/c seats on a 73G, and we are not talking about something like LH & SR 32X configuretion, we are talking about a "real" business class seats with 38 inches and 2-2 configuretion.
Acvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 921 posts, RR: 13 Reply 17, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 799 times:
I agree they fill their Business class but according to the DOT numbers. The number of passengers who paid for Business class versus who paid for coach and got upgraded is all telling. In that catagory TW and CO lead LY dramatically. All carriers tend to fly with all seats taken in C/J class as upgrades are derigour.
Avion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 8 Reply 18, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 796 times:
Theb SR and LH business classes are not on the same kind of routes. The 3-2 configurations are on EU operations while flights to TLV have intercontinental biz& first class. So ELAL had to use good business clas to compete with european airlines.
But ElAl do has a good premium share. SR has 96 biz and 364 seats daily to tlv while ElAl has 24 biz and around 120 seats. So in relation ElAL has a good premium business.
BTW: SR and LH have 75 business class seats on the A 319. But these are only full at peak times and normally its about 20 seats and the divider is moved front.