Englandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3 Posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 976 times:
As you probably know, BMI British Midland will recommence Transatlantic services this year, after a gap of 18 years.
This month SAS will lease BDs 1st A332 for one year.
BD will receive their 2 other A332s this & next month. They've also got a 4th A332 on order.
So by this time next year BD should have four A332s, but at the momment only 2 routed to operate them on.
So where will BD be off to next?
I know they've applied for the right to serve loads of US cities (from MAN), but which can you see them flying to next?
Tristar4ever From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 84 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 951 times:
The a332`s can basicly fly anywhere cause of their range. My guess is any other united hub,maybe denver or SFO. or perhaps a varig hub in south america. its still best for them to base the transatlantic routes around the big star alliance hubs. that way they are less likely to loose money on such routes. I hope they do well, it would be sad to see them go under.
do you like the new slogan, civil aviation? i think its really clever, and the new adds are also good.
Englandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 915 times:
I think you mean a bugger of a rule called 'Bermuda II'.
The Bermuda II agrement currently means that only 2 UK and 2 US airlines may fly LHR-USA or USA-LHR.
Only Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, United Airlines and American Airlines are currently allowed to fly to the States from Heathrow.
BMI have recently complanied to...well I don't know who exactly, but BMI was refused the right to codeshare, from LHR, with United despite the fact that Continental currently codeshare with VS from Heathrow.
Bermuda II only applies to flights to the United States from London Heathrow, and no other routes.
Therefore, BMI are able to fly from Manchester International to the US.
Johnnybgoode From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 2187 posts, RR: 7 Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 905 times:
i agree with Tristar4ever, but i highly doubt they´d fly to GRU very soon. concentrating on star hubs at the beginning is certainly a wise decision, and so i suggest YYZ, Air Canada´s main hub, instead of Varig at Sao Paulo.
well, this is just a pure guess, but i could imagine bmi serving SFO, as Tristar already mentioned, as well as JFK or EWR from MAN (and not swapping this flight to LHR if they are granted rights to fly to the US from LHR).
what about LAX, BOS, MIA?
If only pure sweetness was offered, why's this bitter taste left in my mouth.
Englandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 834 times:
LOL- Do I detect some slight anti-USA feelings there?!
But you're quite right, the US isn't necessarily the only way they'll go.
BMI have the right to fly from Heathrow to tens and tens of destinations in Asia, South America* & Australia* (I don't know about Africa).
*Can't remember if they've got the routes already or have applied for them.
I do think however that they'll serve afew US destinations from MAN before they begin any other longhaul non-US destinations.
But given the fact that they've got/applied for the right to fly to places such as Venezuela, Argentina and Panama, they're certainly keeping their options open!!! (despite the fact that they'll probably never fly most of the routes)