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KD Avia & Kaliningrad: Gateway To Russia  
User currently offlineLifelinerOne From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1922 posts, RR: 7
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

Last Wednesday, the Commercial Director of KD Avia was in The Netherlands to present it's future plans for the coming years. It was an interesting presentation, but also a very ambitious thing. Some information.

Kaliningrad is Russia most Western located city, between Lithuania and Poland. It wants to exploit this location by becoming the gateway for flights into Russia.

The plan looks simple; take a lot of European and Russian destinations and make sure the timetables fit so passengers can easily connect. KD Avia is going to start big from June 15th. The airline is going to launch flights on this day to Amsterdam, London, Dusseldorf, Barcelona, Rome, Milan, Hamburg, Berlin, Hannover, Munich, Prague, Athens and Helsinki. From Kaliningrad passengers can fly to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov, Volgograd, Samara, Omsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Ufa, Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg, Tyumen and Astana.

To cope with all these passengers, KD Avia is investing in a large terminal at Kaliningrad Airport which will be finished in 2008. The terminal will be able to handle 5 million passengers per year and will be optimized for transfer passengers.

KD Avia is to operate their flights with B737-300's, which are fitted in a one class passenger lay-out. There will be no IFE and no Business of First Class. They want to start-up first and maybe adjust the product if there is enough demand.

KD Avia is going to have a fleet of 19 B737-300's, but wants to replace these planes with new B737-800's or A320's around 2014. They are talking with both planemakers. They also want to buy 5 to 8 widebody planes for long-haul flights, however they don't specify their widebodies yet.

For regional routes or for flights with less passenger demand, the company is looking for regional planes, including the new Sukhoi Regional Jet. KD Avia doesn't want to use Russian planes to Europe. Although planes like the Tupolev Tu-214 or the new Sukhoi comply with all the rules and are efficient, they are still Russian planes which isn't good for marketing according to the Commercial Director.

Looks like big plans, but I'm very curious to see if this is going to work... However, maybe if the prices are right, people are willing to transfer at Kaliningrad, but it remains to be seen. They are leaning heavily on business travelers, but I would think business travelers would spend a little more money to fly directly to their Russian destination in order to save time.


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User currently offlineJoost From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 3169 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1890 times:

Quoting LifelinerOne (Thread starter):
However, maybe if the prices are right, people are willing to transfer at Kaliningrad, but it remains to be seen. They are leaning heavily on business travelers, but I would think business travelers would spend a little more money to fly directly to their Russian destination in order to save time.

By using what flights? Moscow is pretty well connected, and St Petersburg reasonably well, but the other destinations have very limited connections to Western Europe. LH offers a handful of connections from FRA and there are some smaller Russian carriers like Omskavia flying TU-154s into FRA, but that's about it. For many other European destinations to Russian destinations besided MOW and LED, you need to transfer anyways. If KD Avia manages to have a reliable service (on-time, no cancellations, modern and comfortable airplanes) they can offer a very good product in an underserved market. I expect many people to prefer transfering at Kaliningrad instead of SVO.


User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4269 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1872 times:

I think they should try to get new airilners rather sooner then later. They now operate a bunch of 737-300's, mostly retired by the western airlines. Not that the -300 is a bad aircraft to fly with, but the Westen airlines operate better equipment into Russia nowadays.

Interesting enough to follow this story... I wonder how they will do!



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User currently offlineJoost From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 3169 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1868 times:

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 2):
I think they should try to get new airilners rather sooner then later.

They are already negotiating with both Airbus and Boeing for 320s or 738s, and 5 to 7 widebody aircraft. They plan to operate 40 320/738s by 2014. Source http://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/news/?id=20217


User currently offlineLifelinerOne From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1922 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1852 times:

Quoting Joost (Reply 1):
By using what flights? Moscow is pretty well connected, and St Petersburg reasonably well, but the other destinations have very limited connections to Western Europe.

I agree, but I think most business is done in these two cities or at lease via these two cities.

Quoting Joost (Reply 1):
If KD Avia manages to have a reliable service (on-time, no cancellations, modern and comfortable airplanes) they can offer a very good product in an underserved market. I expect many people to prefer transfering at Kaliningrad instead of SVO.

Maybe, but I'm a little sceptic about their (very) quick growth. Launching 15 destinations at once can be a little to progressive. Their fares are good, by the way. 95 euros to Moscow (all-in) one way from Amsterdam!

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