With Virgin Express they already have a low cost arm. New routes wouldn't be that big news that they'd need to call all staf and new aircraft certainly are not on the horizon. If anything, my guess is that a new corporate identity will be revealed due to the fusion of VEX and SN.
Keep us up to date, if your friend has more details.
BHXDTW From Eritrea, joined Feb 2005, 1087 posts, RR: 5 Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 13129 times:
Quoting BrightCedars (Reply 3): Tomorrow should see the new CEO's strategic plan revealed. It can contain anything from more/less routes to more/less aircraft and a decision on the future form of the group's two airlines.
I'm afraid we'll have to wait until March 30th to find out.
Wow... my friend also said that they were talking along the lines of an amalgamation of both airlines because of V.Express being combined with SN
Though no new US routes they are trying to push EBB as much as poss now they have competition from KL and BA...
BRS and NCL have had their frequency reduced to 2 x Daily.
even worse they dropped GLA at the beginning of this month - now have to go way out of my way to Charleroi to get a flight to bloody PIK also miles out of the bloody way .... adds hours to the @#$@%# trip
anyway , back on topic ... my money is on it being a new identity for the combined SN/Virgin Express entity
[Edited 2006-03-29 14:49:58]
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Blueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3445 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 12887 times:
Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 5): my money is on it being a new identity for the combined SN/Virgin Express entity
Apparently, it will be a single brand centered around two AOCs. Management isn't quite ready to deal with the labour issues that need dealing with if all aircraft operate under a single AOC, such as merging seniority lists, different pay scales at the two carriers, etc...
This being said, the two airlines are already pretty much merged behind the scenes. Several departments already overlap both carriers (accounting, HR, public relations, etc...) and while other departments are still duplicated, they have the same head, such as sales or route planning, or for that matter the CEO.
Tomcat From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 152 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 11954 times:
By the way, I was making a few searches for flights to Spain this summer with SN, and their booking tool doesn't show anymore code-share flights with IB on BRU-MAD. There are only a couple of daily flights proposed.
To the contrary BRU-BCN seems to stay like it used to be, 3 daily IB flights. Sounds strange...
I remember having read a couple of month ago that SN was about to start cooperation with Air Madrid (code share on south american flights,...). Any news on that front? Would this be linked to the end of IB c/s on BRU-MAD?
And to finish about SN news, I received an email from them a couple of weeks ago, announcing the full refurbishing of their A-330, to be completed in may. New seats in Bizz and so on. But appart from that email, I haven't seen much of a news about that. Has anybody more details on that subject?
BrightCedars From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 1282 posts, RR: 2 Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7561 times:
I think it could make sense to get rid of the 3 odd A319s if they're more expensive lease offsets any operational benefits over the older 737s. Since I hear here and there that some Avro's are just sitting doing nothing, it could be a good rationalization option to return the A319s, even if a 733 or 734 had to be added. One problem would be the lack of cockpit commonality with the A330s but if one or two units are to be added in the not too distant future, then the A319 pilots will have a job anyway. Sabena used to fly the 733 to BEY, CMN and TLV so it should work if TV's models have the same range spec.
In the future (apparently that is like 5 years from now at least) I'd like to see the longhaul fleet renewed. Surely the 787 with its wider than A330 section would be ideal for SN and their important cargo fold, they could even put a 9-abreast economy and a premium economy at 8-abreast in that thing.
It would be a very special heart warming sight to have a 737 wearing the S-tail again!
Let's wait for the news! Anybody knows the timing?