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AI To Drop Fare On BOM-JFK Nonstop Due To Low Load  
User currently offlineLAXDESI From United States of America, joined May 2005, 5086 posts, RR: 47
Posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7190 times:

Air India's New York flight turns flop, rates slashed.
http://avindia.blogspot.com/

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Good news for travelers flying to New York. After getting poor response for its debut flight, Air India is now slashing fares to attract customers. The new rates will kick in from September 1st. By slashing rates, Air India is trying hard to woo customers so that they break their loyalty to its rival brands. The AI non-stop Mumbai—New York flight that was launched with much fanfare, has so far failed to make an impact. Though the flight promises world-class comforts in a spanking new Boeing 777-200 LR, customers don’t want to give it a try.

Starting September, the airline is slashing its economy class fares. An economy class ticket will now cost Rs 38,000 ($950) plus taxes, which is down from the earlier Rs 52,000 ($1,300). S Venkat ED, Finance, Air India said, “As far as economy fares are concerned, from first September we will slash rates to Rs 38,000 plus taxes and fuel surcharge. But for business and first class we have maintained the old prices.”

Air India's first US flight attracted only 80 passengers compared to its competitor Jet Airways, whose maiden flight was house full.

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User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7751 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7171 times:

Arent they cutting themselves short too soon? It can take a while sometimes for a flight to get going. The flight just started.


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User currently offlineVTMAA From India, joined Oct 2006, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7162 times:

How is Jet doing on the BOM-BRU-EWR route? Will be interesting to see who wins the race!!

User currently offlineLAXDESI From United States of America, joined May 2005, 5086 posts, RR: 47
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7139 times:

Is this new fare in economy the same as the fare on AI's one-stop BOM-LHR-JFK flight? Does anyone know? It seems to me that they could realize more than $950 by selling most seats on one-stop as BOM-LHR leg, and LHR-JFK leg.

User currently offlineFLYACYYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1914 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7108 times:

Quoting LAXDESI (Thread starter):
Good news for travelers flying to New York

Good for travellers, bad for Air India. With ever increasing competition on the run, safe to assume that all carriers operating are going to take a revenue hit.



Above and Beyond
User currently offlineAerofan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6720 times:

Who cares about Y fares?..........

Are they slashing the premium cabin fares as well?


User currently offlineFLYACYYZ From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1914 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6703 times:

Quoting Aerofan (Reply 5):
Who cares about Y fares?..........

Are they slashing the premium cabin fares as well?

Exactly. The cabin with the lowest revenue return is about to become even lower.



Above and Beyond
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6616 times:

Doesn't help (them) that CO's about to jump into the fray as well.

User currently offlinePNQIAD From India, joined May 2006, 586 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6597 times:

I personally feel duplicating BOM-JFK in addition to existing 1-stop via LHR with the new non-stop was a bad move to begin with. A bit of out of the box thinking, a code share with UA / other *A members and a non-stop from a new station with no non-stop competition like IAD may have fared much better. This could have brought enough feed from UA, Washington DC metro area traffic to BOM/DEL + a lot of 1-stop opportunities for smaller Indian stations from IAD.

It is surprising indeed that AI, 9W are leaving IAD to others and entering NYC market which has plenty of 1-stop and non-stop competition.


User currently offlineFeroze From India, joined Dec 2004, 794 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days ago) and read 6475 times:

Quoting Aerofan (Reply 5):
Who cares about Y fares?..........

Are they slashing the premium cabin fares as well?



Quoting LAXDESI (Thread starter):
But for business and first class we have maintained the old prices


User currently offlineLAXDESI From United States of America, joined May 2005, 5086 posts, RR: 47
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6113 times:

Quoting PNQIAD (Reply 8):
I personally feel duplicating BOM-JFK in addition to existing 1-stop via LHR with the new non-stop was a bad move to begin with.

I agree. How about changing the BOM-LHR-JFK flight to BOM-LHR-IAD?


User currently offlineAerofan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6096 times:

Thanks for the info Feroze.

I guess I will wait until the premium fares are slashed as well. I just wish airlines would shut the hell up if they are not slashing the fares across all cabins.

Good luck to them still


User currently offlineLAXDESI From United States of America, joined May 2005, 5086 posts, RR: 47
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6072 times:

More news on BOM-NYC-BOM sector. This will hurt BA, LH and others.
http://www1.economictimes.indiatimes...ack_Rs_26k/articleshow/2309062.cms

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Fare war in the air: Fly to US and back @Rs 26k (US $650).

Travel to the Big Apple just got cheaper, with a fare war breaking out among airlines flying the Mumbai-New York route. US carrier Delta rocked the boat on Friday with a new basic economy class fare of Rs 26,050 for a Mum-NY-Mum ticket.

Continental Airlines, which starts operations on October 2, will also offer the same fare on the Mum-Newark-Mum sector. Both carriers offer non-stop flights on the route. Other players like Air India, Jet Airways, British Airways and Lufthansa are likely to follow suit with new fares to compete with the US carriers, travel industry sources said.

The offer is valid for outbound travel from October to November 15, though the return leg of leg of the journey can be completed up to a year later.

The current offer is for tickets to be booked before the end of the month, but travel agents here said this is likely to be extended with more offers from competition. The basic fares have a build up of fuel surcharge and assorted taxes, added to them. These range between Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 depending on the airline chosen (see chart).

The non-stop operators had originally decided to price their flights at a premium to to those via Europe. However, the new fares announced by Delta and Continental are significantly lower than those offered by the European carriers. Traffic between India and the US has been growing at about 30% in the last one year, says Ankur Bhatia, managing director of Amadeus India.


User currently offlineAvioGuy From India, joined Jan 2001, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5319 times:

Remember reading that CO has all flights booked out until end of Sept.


the scale of my sanity is not linear..
User currently offlineBigTom From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2006, 597 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5291 times:

Quoting AvioGuy (Reply 13):
Remember reading that CO has all flights booked out until end of Sept.

But aren't CO only starting EWR-BOM-EWR in Oct?

Cheers


User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4863 times:

Quoting AvioGuy (Reply 13):
Remember reading that CO has all flights booked out until end of Sept.

Are you refering to the CO flights from DEL?



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