MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32008 posts, RR: 72
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3710 times:
Quoting Behramjee (Thread starter):
DEL - gets downgraded to a double daily B 777-200ER nonstop from LHR instead of a double daily B 744 which is flown currently...quite a decrease in daily capacity!!! Any special reason why?
I would guess yields. The big India-UK routes to Delhi and Mumbai, while surely still profitable, have seen heavily increased capacity and frequency since UK-India Open Skies.
HB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4474 posts, RR: 73
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3701 times:
BA seems to be following other airlines in adjusting capacity to India in the somewhat calmer northern summer season. Also, the gradual saturation of the Europe-India routes is not to be underestimated, and that market is further undermined by an ever increasing number of nonstops between India and non European markets.
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4709 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3678 times:
I guess BA finally realized that there is too much excess capacity been offered on the LHR-DEL/BOM routes hence the B 777 being sent on one of the 2 daily services each to BOM & DEL...smart move!
Indian Airlines last week announced that they are no longer interested in flying their newly leased A 332s to UK from India as there is far too much competition and low yield to deal with and rather fly nonstop to JNB, NBO, Australia and the Far East from India with those birds than UK.
I still feel that DEL-MAN / BOM-MAN nonstop can work if scheduled and marketed the right way as there is a niche market for that route as well as 4 weekly AMD-LHR with an A 332/B 772 and HYD-LHR 3-4 weekly A 332/B 772.
This service seems to be doing well - colleagues are able to get $1400 return tickets on the SFO-BLR sector on BA now - which was earlier unthinkable (it's still unthinkable on LH - lowest last minute fares still around the $1800-$2000 range).
Feroze From India, joined Dec 2004, 794 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3526 times:
The double daily 744s to DEL and BOM only started yesterday with the winter schedule. Until then it has been 1 x 772 and 1 x 744 daily to each city. Because of the explosion in capacity in the last 12-18 months some levelling off is now apparent with carriers now settling down to realise where and what their markets are. The requirement for the 744s is to cope with the winter rush, which come February/March is no longer there.
Mk777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2946 times:
Quoting Behramjee (Reply 3): I still feel that DEL-MAN / BOM-MAN nonstop can work if scheduled and marketed the right way as there is a niche market for that route
i agree, especially if MAN can connect to JFK, IAD, IAH, LAX. It already connects to ORD (BMI). i think it would be a good alternate than flying to India via LHR. Maybe AI with their new planes could do this.