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Finally, BA May Be Scrapping Openskies  
User currently offlineSpeedmarque From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 684 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 15955 times:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2...kies-selloff-transatlantic-flights

A loss-making disaster that should have never taken off. Hope this is true!

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User currently offlineAirNZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 15695 times:

I simply cannot see, in the circumstances currently surrounding BA, how it can possibly go ahead.

User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 15577 times:

So, in the end the open skies agreement between the EU and the US changes nothing...


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User currently offlineJetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 15509 times:
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Doesn't surprise me too much. Seemed like a good airline from the trip reports I've read but simply no need for it. You have plenty of options from both AMS and CDG to the US. Unless they were offering some great fares there was no way it was going to do too well.
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User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11613 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 15489 times:



Quoting Kappel (Reply 2):
So, in the end the open skies agreement between the EU and the US changes nothing...

Pretty much, yep.

As many predicted from the outset, the whole experiment with European national airlines - with decades and decades of national identity built up in them - flying between the U.S. and another European county simple has not worked out. The two attempts thus far - BA with OpenSkies and AF with LAX-LHR - have both been failures.

The truth is that the real benefit of OpenSkies comes not from, say, Lufthansa being able to fly from Vienna to JFK, but from Lufthansa being able to acquire Austrian, and manage the overall Lufthansa-Austrian network, and have Austrian continue flying Vienna-JFK without losing its traffic rights.

The U.S.-Europe market is become more and more dominated by a few larger, stronger networks built around a few core European mega-carriers. But that doesn't mean that said mega-carriers necessarily need to fly from the U.S. to the hub airports of other competing mega-carriers that have more flights, more capacity, and far more brand equity in said markets.


User currently offlineGothamSpotter From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 586 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 15343 times:

Quoting Kappel (Reply 2):
So, in the end the open skies agreement between the EU and the US changes nothing...

Not sure this has as much to do with the Open Skies agreement as it does their product. OpenSkies the airline is in the same vein as Eos, MaxJet, SilverJet, and L'Avion...all of which failed long before the economy did.

[Edited 2009-06-21 12:29:37]

User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7907 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 15316 times:

Does anyone have a route map of BA's Opensky routes?


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User currently offlineRedChili From Norway, joined Jul 2005, 2284 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 15296 times:



Quoting Commavia (Reply 4):
The truth is that the real benefit of OpenSkies comes not from, say, Lufthansa being able to fly from Vienna to JFK, but from Lufthansa being able to acquire Austrian, and manage the overall Lufthansa-Austrian network, and have Austrian continue flying Vienna-JFK without losing its traffic rights.

They could do that without any open skies agreement, if Austrian Airlines would remain registered as an Austrian company. It works fine with Swiss. Switzerland is not a part of the open skies agreement, but Swiss is still registered as a company from Switzerland.



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User currently offlineAirNZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 15077 times:



Quoting GothamSpotter (Reply 5):
Not sure this has as much to do with the Open Skies agreement as it does their product. OpenSkies the airline is in the same vein as Eos, MaxJet, SilverJet, and L'Avion...all of which failed long before the economy did.

I've been pondering about what the posters comment had specifically to do with the thread, together with the subsequent 'answer' which I failed to validly comprehend, but was reluctant to ask in case I was looking at it from a completely incorrect viewpoint. Thanks!


User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1871 posts, RR: 41
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 14864 times:
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Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 6):
Does anyone have a route map of BA's Opensky routes?

AMS-JFK and vice versa
ORY-JFK and vice versa

Operated with an all-bizz 757-200

https://www.flyopenskies.com/os/imgs/interstitial/bg_feature.gif



Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 14381 times:

Lets be honest

The whole open skies thing came far too late in the day. Its a bit like europe making the UK distribute the TV rights to football... look at setanta now!


User currently offline1peter From Netherlands, joined Jul 2005, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 14073 times:



Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 9):
Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 6):
Does anyone have a route map of BA's Opensky routes?

AMS-JFK and vice versa
ORY-JFK and vice versa

Operated with an all-bizz 757-200

They also operate a daily ORY - EWR



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User currently offlineDanfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1813 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 13803 times:

Always saw this as a waste of space, time and money. They could get a lot that much needed cash by selling off their 757's.


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User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 13065 times:

When something becomes readily available from being exclusive, you know it is no longer valuable.

When there are enough problems getting good yields from its home airport it made no sense to waste money on the hairbrained Open Skys services from non UK airports.


User currently offlineHawaiian763 From Canada, joined May 2009, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 12985 times:

Openskies has really become pointless especially in this economy, with less and less people travelling business class no one is going to pay the money to enjoy the luxury of an all biz plane. I almost wonder will numbers will be like when BA begins it's LCY-JFK with an A319 in all business configuration and if it will suffer the same fate as Openskies

User currently offlineBtblue From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 578 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 12753 times:

Quoting Hawaiian763 (Reply 14):

FYI they'll be using an A318 (two of them). I agree though, one has to wonder what the load factors will be like. Something tells me though that because LCY is close to the financial district load factors will be positive.

[Edited 2009-06-21 16:52:17]


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User currently offlineCloudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 828 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 12731 times:

You can't run an airline based on a city pair. There is simply not enough traffic there, even with big cities like Paris and New York. You need a domestic network on one side, and multiple destinations on the other side.

Now, if OpenSkies could partner with one of the domestic airlines - let's say JetBlue just to use a name. Then you have a whole domestic network feeding into JFK. Then you can develop enough business to feed the the venture.



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User currently offlineAirNZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 12306 times:



Quoting Jamotcx (Reply 10):
Lets be honest

The whole open skies thing came far too late in the day. Its a bit like europe making the UK distribute the TV rights to football... look at setanta now!

Let's be honest about what? This has nothing whatever to do with the Open Skies Agreement between the US and EU. I fail to understand how people are confusing this with the BA Open Skies product, and which is a separate thing altogether

Quoting Hawaiian763 (Reply 14):
I almost wonder will numbers will be like when BA begins it's LCY-JFK with an A319 in all business configuration and if it will suffer the same fate as Openskies

I have said on here from the start that I see absolutely no point in the routing/product, and it is nothing more than an ego thing. Ironically, I kept getting flamed as being allegedly, and completely incorrectly, anti-BA but yet interestingly many of those very same people now suddenly find it 'fashionable' to equally question it.

Quoting Cloudboy (Reply 16):
Then you can develop enough business to feed the the venture.

Feeder traffic or not, I still see no valid reason for the route/product.


User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 12252 times:



Quoting RedChili (Reply 7):
Switzerland is not a part of the open skies agreement, but Swiss is still registered as a company from Switzerland

last i heard, Switzerland IS part of the open skies agreement.


User currently offlineMysterzip From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 11963 times:

I think that Openskies, claiming to be an all-business airline, lacks something that full service carriers already have - interline agreements. You'd be surprised how many people are annoyed by the fact that you cannot throughcheck luggage on EC. It's a shame though - it is/was a great airline with a great product. I really hope BA makes something of this and I'm hoping for the best.

User currently offlineExaauadl From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 11810 times:



Quoting Speedmarque (Thread starter):
A loss-making disaster that should have never taken off. Hope this is true!

Anyone with 1/2 a brain, and I have 1/2 a brain, saw this failing from the get go along with LHR-LAX on AF.


User currently offlineCairo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 11781 times:



Quoting Jamotcx (Reply 10):
The whole open skies thing came far too late in the day.

Over the decades US airlines tend to go bankrupt a lot while European airlines have sometimes functioned as a legitimate profit-making business and other times as national icons in service of state interests and subsidies. I don't think this process is over. My point (yes, I have one!) is that even if there had always been Open Skies, the Pan Ams and BOACS and Sabenas and TWAs would have all disorganized things, had great success, had big failures, merged, gone bankrupt, etc... so many times by now that I'm not sure we wouldn't have ended up in more or less the same place....

Quoting AirNZ (Reply 17):
I have said on here from the start that I see absolutely no point in the routing/product, and it is nothing more than an ego thing.

The conventional wisdom is that every American businessman loves Heathrow. This is bulldung, like a lot of conventional wisdom! When I was officed in London we were all desperate to fly through LCY whenever possible and would have paid dearly for a US flight that was a short cab ride away instead of the cab/tube/train + Heathrow hassle we were forced to endure. Most of the big employers around Canary Wharf are either US companies (Citicorp/Bank of America/JP Morgan etc..) or firms with a big US presence (Barclays, HSBC, etc...) so there is a market there of some sort...is it big enough to justify the flight?

Of course, the economy is wobbly and this is screwing up a lot of things...but frankly I can't imagine anyone who travels a lot choosing Heathrow over LCY if given the choice....

Cairo


User currently offlineDL767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 10537 times:

The airline never really made sense, didn't they buy assets from the same type of airline that went out of business? shouldn't that have been an indication of what was to come? The whole concept of an all business airline or a premium service airline doesn't make sense, cramming cheap coach seats into the plane is what helps make the flights somewhat profitable. So putting all premium seats into a plane doesn't really help, especially with how people use miles to book flights or upgrade their flight. BA needs to spend the money from openskies on new routes and better planes, invest in the services of the airline. It's hard to get customers if every airline is within $100 of each other on an international flight, they need to spend the money on inflight service.

User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 23, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 10441 times:



Quoting AirNZ (Reply 8):
I've been pondering about what the posters comment had specifically to do with the thread

The point is that even though the Open Skies agreement allows all EU and US airlines technically have the right to fly from any point in the EU to any point in the US, and vice versa, the new routes started due to this agreement have failed to take off.

You make a fair point that EOS, Silverjet et all also failed, which had nothing to do with the open skies agreement or the current economy. Too bad, I would have liked to give them a try some time next year. They have attractive fares.



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User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4574 posts, RR: 41
Reply 24, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 10065 times:



Quoting Kappel (Reply 23):
The point is that even though the Open Skies agreement allows all EU and US airlines technically have the right to fly from any point in the EU to any point in the US, and vice versa, the new routes started due to this agreement have failed to take off.

The question has to be asked whether the issues with the new routes and services (such as BA's OpenSkies, or AF's LHR-LAX) are more to do with an inherent flaw in the model of any EU airline operating from any EU port, or the economic situation.

V/F



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25 RedChili : Oh my! That's the second mistake I made this year. And we're only half way through.
26 Kappel : Good question indeed. With BA OpenSkies it looks like a flaw in the business model, as EOS, etc also didn't make it, even in better economic times. I
27 Mariner : I would say the economy is the greatest part of it. And, at least in the case of British, the rebranding could be part of the problem. I have no idea
28 Burkhard : Blaming the economy for the failure of this adventure is too simply. It was bound to fail under realistic expectations, and is the responsibility of t
29 Mariner : I don't see why it was "bound to fail." And given the financial state that many of the world's airlines are in, I'd say the economy has a great deal
30 Pellegrine : None of these half-baked business ideas will work, do they even spend more than a 30 minute meeting planning these things? Passable idea, terrible exe
31 Humberside : But i bet the staff don't. I know you where just pleased that your opinion of the project may end up turning out to be correct, but in the process th
32 Post contains images Mariner : Neither of us can ever prove our case, but - within my experience - the British Airways brand has considerable cachet. The things you list as negativ
33 Pellegrine : Yes don't know which is better myself. No doubt BA is famous the world over, they draw a huge base of regular flyers in the US away from American car
34 Mariner : At the time it was planned I don't see that it was idiocy. Or if it was, a lot of airlines were taking idiot pills at that time. Air France thought L
35 VHTJE : I tend to agree. But why on earth doesn't/didn't Openskies link into oneworld network? If not actually as part of the alliance, why not allow through
36 Pellegrine : They were drinking the kool-aid, the one that tastes really good but it has arsenic in it, lol. Easy money going around. I almost got caught up mysel
37 BrianDromey : BA got badly burned in Europe about 10 years ago, think AIr liberté and Dutche BA. I guess they did not want their name to be on the side of the pla
38 Post contains links Mariner : Not quite everyone. But you seem determined that the devastating economy has played no part in any of this: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/indu...ld
39 Mariner : To my knowledge. neither Air Liberté nor Deutsche BA were called "British Airways". mariner
40 RedChili : I agree. The whole Open Skies Airlines idea, and the idea of paying an arm and a leg to buy a few slots at Heathrow, seemed like a great idea when th
41 Pellegrine : Fabulous ideas! B763 might be a tad big though, I do feel like a 752 in flat J/32-33" pitch Y would be ideal to start. Maybe it could be "BA European
42 Jfk777 : WRONG, Open Skies opened LHR which was the biggest thorn in the European service of all US airline except AA or UA. It opened the south to LHR servic
43 Pellegrine : No, I understand that if anything the recession will kill off these types of ideas that may have flourished had this not happened. But, what I was tr
44 SW733 : For now, yes, it appears that way. However, to say in the next 5-10 years that no successful open-sky related airline will do well is a bit premature
45 BrianDromey : Sorry, I should have been clearer, the branding of both these airline was very strongly BA, same livery, same corporate logos all that kind of thing.
46 Glom : Lufthansa have Austrian do they? Hmm. Clearly, some false advertising going on. In all applicable corporate websites, it states that Lufthansa is par
47 Richierich : They've been advertising the heck out of Open Skies on the local NY tv markets - a very cheesy looking commercial about the one year anniversary of th
48 MCOflyer : Am i the only one to see why Privat Air can make it work and other airliners can not? Hunter
49 Kappel : They have been advertising a lot in the Netherlands as well. I hear a lot of radio commercials for example. True, I should have said that for now not
50 BeyondBristol : I am shocked there are people on here who feel that the state of the economy has had no or little effect on OpenSkies. They fly business class passeng
51 AirNZ : I've never disputed there was a market, but that being so is not a valid reason to justify a 'pseudo airline' within an airline just to babysit a few
52 Sq_ek_freak : When did they do away with their Prem Econ cabin? Didn't they at one point have Economy too? Were loads/yields that bad that they had to do away with
53 BeyondBristol : Valid point, very hypocritical of me. Though, Virgin said previously (2003?) that they would make a bid if the share price went below 100p. It did...
54 GDB : I got to see, albeit unintentionally (people are so careless what they print and leave lying around), a copy of an e-mail sent to Open Skies staff, th
55 Viscount724 : AF used the 777-200ER, not the -300ER, on LHR-LAX-LHR. The all-business class flights operated by PrivatAir for LH/LX/KL are operated as normal LH/LX
56 Mariner : And I think that might - stress "might" - have been a mistake. The history of airlines-within-airlines is not a happy one, and when there is a powerf
57 Mutu : That is correct. It is clear most posters here havent flown it and dont understand the product. On AMS JFK it is the only fully flat bed on the route
58 BA787 : I think it will actually be a bit of a shame if this happens. It's unfortunate for this airline really because I agree with a few here that say if the
59 Pellegrine : Oh my, my memory must be going... Yes right sized airplane, fully integrated into a bigger airline...equals success. Another example is AF Dedicate.
60 Antonovman : Yes right sized airplane, fully integrated into a bigger airline...equals success. "Another example is AF Dedicate. They fly A319 Paris-Malabo, N'Djam
61 Mindscape : As Viscount724 correctly said, AF used the B77E not the B77W. The choice of the B77E vs A332 is that both LAX and LHR have demand for P class product
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