ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5540 posts, RR: 40 Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3011 times:
Unfortunatly I don't know the plans of the different airlines.
My question is about SR: If they want to start a GVA-LAX flight they have to have a spare MD 11 or have to wait until 2002 when the first A 340-600 arrive. I think GVA-ORD is rather possible. There they can use a A 330 or a MD 11.
Gerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3480 posts, RR: 34 Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2994 times:
- how does that flight fit into the hub strategy of SR?
- Would SR really fly this route with A332? The curent longest flight is about 6500 km (Washington). LAX is somewhere around 9000 km.
dominguez(dash)online(dot)ch ... Pushing the limits of my equipment
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2984 times:
As one of the poor souls living in Geneva with no regular scheduled long distance flights other than GVA-JFK (boring) and a few big middle-eastern flights (which come only during the week, when I have to work for a living ), I'd be glad to see some more. Unfortunately, the Continental thing is so far only a rumor (as was US Air a few months ago), and I seriously doubt that Swissair is going to reverse its stand on using Zurich as a hub. Very soon, London, Moscow, Zurich and New York will be the only destinations served by Swissair from Geneva. Swissair also has plenty of clout with the Swiss authorities, who would have to approve new flights, and they do everything to ensure that other than regional flights, Geneva does not get a lot of heavies (Swissair is reportedly a shareholder of Zurich's airport, but not of Geneva's).
I think that, for the forseeable future, I'll continue to have to go to other airports for interesting planes.
Gerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3480 posts, RR: 34 Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2975 times:
In my opinion, what SR is doing is to "show their muscles". Whenever a possible airline emerges, which is rumoured to start operations to GVA, SR only has to spread the rumour, that it is considering to start also competing operations, and that's it. But of course I could be wrong.
Sad for you, Charles, and other GVA spotters.
BTW, US AIr was also rumoured to start operations to ZRH a year or so ago. But this didn't happen so far.
dominguez(dash)online(dot)ch ... Pushing the limits of my equipment
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2955 times:
Right now the DFW/ZHR flight uses AA equipment, but is code-sharing.
As far as coming to Geneva, not if Swissair can help it. Swissair has a shuttle route from Zurich to Geneva - they call it the pendulum (well, pendulair to be exact). If you want to connect to Swissair's route network, you go through Zurich. Period.
We used to have lots of Swissair direct flights out of Geneva. Not any more.
HB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4414 posts, RR: 76 Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2953 times:
Avion, I know I am one of your respected users, but I am affraid I'll have to disagree with you on this one.
I know Swissair rather well, and I am sure the last thing they are currently considering is adding longhaul service out of GVA. The reason for this is clear: they simply don't have enough feed to support them. Feed from SVO and LHR can not maintain a flight, and even with the extra help of SN out of BRU and AOM out of ORY, they wouldn't be able to do so.
Also, I don't think the GVA area is strong enough to support a longhaul service to say DFW or LAX. So, although SR has the equipment available, I don't see it happening in the near future.
New York is another story though. There is always possibility to fill up a New York flight, and some american companies should be very well aware of Swissair milk cow called 'the UN Shuttle'.
However, if the americans were to come in from New York, I don't think all those high yield F- and C-class pax would be ready to swap from Swissair to, say DL or CO, who, actually, don't even offer F-class.
ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5540 posts, RR: 40 Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2951 times:
Swissair will stay with its Zurich hub of course. But I can imagine that they introduce one or two new flights out of GVA if there is enough o/d traffic like on the route to N.Y. This could be possible to a AA hub like ORD or DFW. It does not make sense to take people to a hub like ZRH if you can fill an aircraft with o/d traffic at the other airport.
Teahan From Belgium, joined Nov 1999, 5264 posts, RR: 63 Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2922 times:
Well I used to live in Geneva and still return quite frequently. SR has confirmed in several Swiss newspapers (Le Matin , Le Temps & La Tribune De Geneve) and in Travel Inside (the Swiss travel agents magazine) that they would start a 2nd long haul service from GVA in summer 2001. Short listed destinations include DFW, ORD and LAX.
HB-IWC, you say Geneva does not have enough population to support long haul services. That is most defineetly not true. Geneva is in a basin of several million people covering 3 countries. Switzerland (well obviously), Italy and France (Ain, Savoie, Haute Savoie etc....)
Le Matin published a great article about passenger numbers to/from Geneva on the Sunday the 5th of November. It clearly showed that not counting the transiting city eg. someone flying GVA-CGD-LAX; LAX would be counted as the final destination and not CDG. GVA had higher numbers of passengers vis-a-vis Zurich to many European and long haul destinations. These included Montreal and Brussels.
Swissair never really liked GVA. A big conflict occured when GVA decided to pull out all long haul destinations except JFK. The Canton of GVA sold all Swissair shares they had.
One of my big regrets is that Swiss World Airways (SWA) did not work. Many people and even the Canton of Geneva saw great hope in them after SR pulling long haul flights. Swiss Worlds big mistake was to start on the New York route. A route already well served by Swissair.
Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 15 Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2880 times:
A Continental flight, linking GVA with EWR would probably do well. The SR GVA-JFK flight is highly
profitable so there is probably room for two air-
lines operating a New York-area to Geneva flight.
CO could use a 767-200ER or a 757. Continental
could also market the route to skiers going to
Switzerland or France.
As for Swissair developing long-hauls out of the
Geneve-Cointrin Airport again, I don't think they
will do so. The focus is on Zurich as a hub there
probably is not enough demand to fill either an
A330, MD11, or certainly not an A340-600 from
Geneva to Los Angeles, or Chicago.
As for Delta operating an ATL-GVA flight, again
this was probably considered during the days
of the Atlantic Excellence partnership but now,
Delta would probably want to allocate its very
stretched 767-300ER fleet to developing routes
to Latin America. The MD11 in my opinion, too
big to operate form ATL to GVA.
Flysab From Belgium, joined Nov 1999, 106 posts, RR: 6 Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2843 times:
I am a A330-200 pilot and can affirm that we can't fly a stretch as long as GVA-LAX with full payload.
Look at these numbers ( and I believe they are the same for the Swissair aircrafts because they were ordered together)
Max take off weight 230 T
Max zero fuel weight 168 T
So if you depart with a full payload, it just leaves 62 T of fuel.
For GVA-LAX, count on about 80 T of fuel.
Billy From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 895 posts, RR: 8 Reply 17, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2818 times:
I agree with HB-IWC. The route ex-GVA would need to be an east coast hub to maximise connectivity. This leaves either EWR or PHL. LAX is a long way for an aircraft for not much yield. LAX is very seasonal. I am sure that airlines can fill aircraft but people keep forgetting about making money.
ATL may be tough to make money on, especially now that DL seems to be adding a second ZRH-ATL, obviously to squeeze SR off the route.
LAtam is not working that well for all US carriers. Some are re-evaluating whther to keep those latam routes becuase of poor profitability. And I am sure there are a bnch of 767s and 777s operating to TLV that could be released at the moment.
ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5540 posts, RR: 40 Reply 19, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2811 times:
Gerardo: When you look it up in the SR timetable you see: "A 330 range: full pax load, no cargo, max range with normal reserves 11500 km". That means you can do GVA-LAX easily with full pax but only with little cargo. That's the problem.
P.S: I think the declarations of "max range" of all manufacturers are often "full pax load, no cargo" and not "maximum payload".
YHU From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 426 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2776 times:
Not only would a Geneva-Montreal flight link 2 French cities, it would link two of IATA's main offices. Instead of forccing them through either Zurich or FRA. Swiss World had planned service to Montreal, but they didn't last too long.
Caribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1627 posts, RR: 9 Reply 23, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2775 times:
YHU, Air Canada actually ran a YMX-GVA run for a while but it too faded out. I was surprised but I guess the strength of Swissair on the Montreal run must have done them in.. Zurich is a well established destination from YUL and it's so close to Geneva that I guess it really doesn't make that much or a difference after flying 8000km..