Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4217 posts, RR: 25 Posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4182 times:
I heard from a VERY reliable source that AF will be scrubbing IAH's 2nd flight, #38 for the upcoming winter season, can anyone confirm?
Frankly, I am getting a vibe that AF will likely not return this flight to IAH once the summer skeds are made. I am also getting the feeling that this is just the tip of the iceberg with regards to int'l service from IAH. Below are some changes, reductions or downright cancellations that I would not be surprised to see throughout '08' and into '09'
I want to preface this by saying that I am not predicting that these events will take place and needless to say, I pray that they don't, I am just throwing out some unpleasant possibilities in these tough times for all airlines and airports worldwide
SQ, gone before the end of '08'
BA, BA's plans to upgrade to twice daily 747s will be pushed back or axed altogether, and I would not be shocked to see BA reduce IAH down to a single daily service.
QR. Unlike EK before it, QR, much like SQ is very quiet with regards to promoting their upcoming IAH service, which is a red flag in my book. It would not surprise me to hear that QR might push back IAH if not worse.
LH, I can see Lufthy reducing IAH back to a 346 (though I believe that I read somewhere the recent 747 upgrade was for the summer skeds only).
SSCAF001 From Switzerland, joined Aug 2007, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3640 times:
Some other changes for the next IATA season (AF Winter Schedule seen in Galileo GDS) :
BOM and BLR will be served with, respectively, 772 and 332, i.o. 77W and 772
GRU with 772 i.o. 77W
but EZE with 77W i.o 772
This one I'm hoping does not happen! They need to retime the flight for better connections to get more out of this flight!
Quoting Thomasphoto60 (Thread starter): QR, much like SQ is very quiet with regards to promoting their upcoming IAH service, which is a red flag in my book. It would not surprise me to hear that QR might push back IAH if not worse.
I have a feeling this one will happen and be a bit better of staying longer than SQ.
In terms of AF, I've heard 3 different aircraft rotations for this flight. On the IAH board they mention daily 773ER, and then the 2 below:
LH 346 has 4 seats more in economy, but 8 less in First Class and 20 less in Business class. If it is the 346 without First class that would mean 16 less in First, 14 less in Business class and 45 more in Economy class.
Yellowtail From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 6653 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3100 times:
Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 8): This one I'm hoping does not happen! They need to retime the flight for better connections to get more out of this flight!
So said so done....Effective 1st week of August SQ have moved their flight to a daytime ops.
I think the reductions in the AF rotations are a direct result of the success of EK, and the bleeding of 100 F/J pax a week to SQ...maybe a little to do with BAs move to LHR too...all these take a way connections.
The KLM 73G might be next.
I believe SQ will give this route some time to develop especially with very strong cargo loads.
When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No-one has ever collided with the sky.