Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 25 Posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3191 times:
After the announcement by Rudolf Wöhrl to acquire the majority of LTU via his holding INTRA,the bets are high that LTU will become a more dynamic and more globally operationg entity.
Wöhrl clearly announced that he intends to go after Lufthansa (...hence STAR )and build a more agressive ,more visible airline.Among the potantial targets could be Austria,since he could feed passengers from Austria into Longhaul services from MUC and DUS to his global network of destinations.
The recent order for 30 x 737 NG aircraft will provide him with a formidable set of hardware to just acomplish that.
LTU has a quite attractive network of destinations in the USA and the Caribes and clearly wants to attract business travellers as well-his A330's all have business-class cabin.
Just to put things in perspective- AUA has 7 destinations in USA and Cuba,LTU has 15 destinations....
But LTU would have to densify their network in Asia,where AUA have an advantage in terms of destinations.
Lp0815 From Singapore, joined Oct 2005, 219 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3173 times:
LTU's current network in North-America consists of YVR. YYZ, JFK, LAX.
Apart from that, the majority of destinations is in the Caribbean.
Similar situation in Asia: BKK, CMB, MLE, HKT.
Apart from the destinations in North America (mainly LAX, JFK) these destinations are not high yielding in any way so they need to re-shuffle their network significantly to be a consistent alternative for business travellers.
Apart from their network:
They do not have the choices of routings, connections to offer than any *A carrier has, rendering business travellers without the needed flexibility.
While of course Woehrl is in a promising situation to challenge the European competitors (esp. with his rather big narrow-body fleet) it will take him a while until he will have his new airline-group setup in a way that it can be an attractive alternative to any *A carrier (same counts for SkyTeam and OneWorld IMO).
On the side of the continental network, the low-cost carriers will give him a hard time, too.
I wish him luck, for sure, more competition means better service and prices, but I do think that he will take some time - time, that his competitors won't let pass without reacting to this new "threat"....
Gonna be interesting to see how this develops.
Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 25 Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3057 times:
When I read the latest statements from HRW it seems the times of gentlement-agreements with LH are over -it me or you !
And I cant' help it but the take-over of LTU( which I think is a great thing to happen to LTU..) should be just the beginning of a much more agressive commercial campaign. LTU in Germany (so far )is a very strong player in west-germany and Munich but that's it .
HRW will broaden the area of operations by filling more planes with more feeder-aircraft from more airports -just like Air Berlin feeding NUE,PMI,STN,DUS and in the future AMS.But I don't see Air Berlin and LTU working together-it's just competition.
I can be mistaken -sure- but I would not be surprised if LTU "discovers" austrian airports to the dismise of AUA,LH and Germanwings.
Columba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 6991 posts, RR: 4 Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3047 times:
If LTU becomes more of a competitioner for Lufthansa will we see more A330s coming to the fleet soon ?
By now they have 7 A330-200 and 3 A330-300. If they want to become a "low cost" longhaul airline as it has been stated will 10 A330s be enough ?
It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 25 Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3027 times:
...becomming the first long-haul LowCost airline might be a wrong definition .
I copy a sentace from the interview of HRW
"Doch Wöhrl will das Gegenteil beweisen. Und damit ist er dann wieder bei seinem Lieblingsfeind Lufthansa. LTU könne ein Erste-Klasse-Flugticket nach New York zum halben Preis wie die Lufthansa anbieten - bei gleichem Service, verspricht er mit sichtlichem Vergnügen. "Auch das ist Low-Cost."
Meaning if Lufthansa can offer first class tickets to New York,we could offer the same ,with the same service, at half the price -this is also a low-cost principle....
Yes - they would need more metal to convert the ambitious vision into passenger-revenu. But I'm sure the "tailor from Nuremberg" can find a way !
(for those who don't know - but Hans Rudolf Wöhrl has a chain of very successful textile outlets in Germany-that's why many airline-bosses call him the tailor from Nuremberg..)
Thomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2335 posts, RR: 29 Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2946 times:
I think they never even started Dusseldorf-Vienna which was supposed to be served three times weekly in competition with Air Berlin, Austrian and Lufthansa. LTU Austria is operating two A320-200s on charter flights.
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