Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4097 posts, RR: 25 Posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4946 times:
With all of the buzz recently concerining MS and EK lookiing at starting service to IAH in the coming years, this got me to wondering why SV has not jumped in. Suffice it t say, EK and MS are hoping to milk the lucrative energy sector market, so since a lion's share of the travelers are likely bound for Saudi Arabia, it seems to me that SV would be a natural fit. Indeed IAH is no stranger to SV A/C (royal, cargo), but the lack of a direct passanger link has always been a mystery to me.
I don't think that SV has operated the MCO seasonal route since 2002 or 2003...can't remember which. Would love to see it return though! It brought a lot of Middle Eastern tourists to Orlando! Surprisingly enough, and only slightly off topic, just before 9/11 Kuwait Airways was given route authority to serve MCO as well...Who knows what airlines would be serving MCO now?
NateDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4871 times:
No one besides the people running SV know for sure.
If you were to ask me to speculate, I would say that a route like IAH-JED would require someting like a 772ER because of the distance. While there may be a decent amount of business traffic between Houston and Saudi Arabia, it would be impossible to fill the economy cabin except maybe during hajj. Just a wild guess, but a weekly SV flight from IAH would probably see 20 business pax and 25 people in economy. Not really viable.
If AF only flies to Jeddah 3x per week and Riyadh 4x, what makes you think that Houston would need 1 777 per week? Saudi-bound Houstonians will just have to connect. I wonder how many people in the AF Petroleum club are IAH pax...
As a native Houstonian, I'd love to see SV in Houston and would like to visit Saudi Arabia someday, but I just don't think it makes any business sense. Maybe if Boeing made a 737 with 7500nm range....
Neverest From France, joined Dec 2004, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4844 times:
The reciprocal difficulties of getting visas for nationals of both countries reduces the number of potential travelers, except for business people. Besides, I think Aramco have their own regular charter flights from IAH.
IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4520 times:
Quoting BA (Reply 9): Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 8):
Charter flights huh????? That is a corporate aircraft used for corporate travel from the huge hanger on the southeast side of Runway 15L.
Look up the registration info on the aircraft.
It belongs to Saudi Aramco and is used primarily to shuttle executives between Houston and the Aramco facilities which are located in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.
That huge hanger you are talking about is the Saudi Aramco hanger.
Yes, it is a corporate aircraft and supposidly has quite a nice interior.
They had 737-200s which have been replaced by 737-700s and are used primarily to shuttle executives within Saudi Arabia as well as around the Middle East and Europe.
I don't need to look it up as I know and have known for many years who owns that hanger as well as the previous DC-8 years back to at a min 1984 and have enjoyed watching the B762 as they did flight training for the crews around Houston and Waco areas.......but you've made my point in your posting......corporate shuttles are just that, a corporate shuttle for employees! There are other corporate operators that run shuttles for employees other than Aramco but that is not a charter, it is a shuttle in for the most part the company owned or company leased aircraft using company pilots etc.
Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.