Jwb2 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 20 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4048 times:
With US Airways looking at cost saving, will MAN be one of the routes to be dropped, they already have regular services to the London Airports and Birmingham aswell as Glasgow. What are the passenger loads like on the daily flight from MAN.
MANGuy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 72 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3935 times:
Quoting Jwb2 (Thread starter): they already have regular services to the London Airports and Birmingham aswell as Glasgow
I'm not sure BHX has started yet has it?
If things were looking a bit ropey in the UK for US Airways I would expect the proposed BHX to be canned first before they ever consider axing MAN. General consensus seems to be that MAN is a strong route for US. Also, as it happens, the UK market seems to be looking quite good for them at the moment all things considered, if they are adding summer frequencies to BHX etc.
Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2963 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3853 times:
US Airways will not be going anywhere from MAN in the future years...
I have read previously this is one of their strongest European routes. Cargo is a major player on this route, and premium traffic is propped up by several large companies with corporate accounts flying staff between both MAN and PHL.
Worst case scenario, is that the route would be downgraded to a 767 or an 332, if needs required, but I think this is unlikely.
Routes like LGW-PHL, GLA-PHL and BHX-PHL are far less insecure than MAN-PHL. You would see these routes scrapped before Manchester!
To confirm how important Manchester is to US Airways, when one of their A330's were undergoing maintenance in September and October they were operating 12 757 services a week. They could simply have just operated the route with a single daily 757 service and bumped any passengers who had already booked or cancelled their booking...
It would be a shame to see the A330-300's leave Manchester as this is one largest aircrafts operating accross the Atlantic from MAN, but I would not be surpirsed if the route went twice daily with 757's very similar to Continental. This would free up the widebodies for other developed routes where the 767 is now too small and the 757 does not have the range.
Mutu From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 512 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1772 times:
I am sure the stengthening of the greenback will start to have an impact soon as the tourist traffic ex UK drops down and the $ earnings on exchange rate conversion means an effective 24% reduction in $ earnings for £ ticket sales. Ironically at $2 to £1 it was a golden age for US carriers compared to Uk carriers with a £300 coach ticket earning $600. Thats $459 today. The opposite was true for VS and the like who will now get more £'s from their $ sales.
Whilst oil is down, the strong dollar may now be the next ailment blamed for route trimming ex UK?