HouStrategies From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 53 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2229 times:
Just wondering what new routes readers of this board think CAL will roll out over the next few years to better tie into the Star Alliance. In particular, I'm thinking that Germany - home of Star partner LH - has some very major metros without CAL EWR service: Cologne, Dusseldorf (LH only), Munich (LH only), and Stuttgart. Would you expect some 757s redeployed to some of these cities? Then there's Star hubs Vienna, Warsaw, and Basel. Are these also in 757 range (with winglets)? And if so, would they acquire some used 757s or redeploy existing ones? (and from what current routes?)
Longer-term, there's the question of expansion once the 787s arrive if you care to speculate. I'm particularly interested in where they might go from IAH. Munich? Zurich? Auckland? (on through to Sydney?) Santiago? Seoul? Shanghai? Beijing? (link China's businesses to Latin America's commodities) And what do you think their priority order will be? Do you think they will be CAL or the partner with the service?
And one last question: will IAH eventually lose its CAL nonstop to AMS? I imagine KLM is safe on that route.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16866 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2017 times:
If CO launches flights to Basel it's because of the strong business ties between New Jersey and the Basel region. Both New Jersey and Basel are centers in the Pharmaceutical industry, in fact Novartis based in Basel has their North American Headquarters in North Hanover New Jersey.
SandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1904 times:
BSL isn't an LX/Star hub. It's hardly even a focus-city with just a limited amount of daily flights to a few important business and leisure cities, and to Star's main hubs in Germany.
Quoting STT757 (Reply 7): If CO launches flights to Basel it's because of the strong business ties between New Jersey and the Basel region. Both New Jersey and Basel are centers in the Pharmaceutical industry, in fact Novartis based in Basel has their North American Headquarters in North Hanover New Jersey.
SR/LX tried BSL-EWR with an A332 but it failed miserably and was gone again within a matter of weeks. I think BSL, just like ZRH, is beyond the 757s range with reasonable payload, and I don't see CO committing a 767 to this route (needless to say it's way too much aircraft for this route), especially since they serve ZRH daily which is just a mere 45mins trainride from BSL with multiple hourly train services from ZRH airport station.
LX also evaluated an all C-class BBJ service from BSL to EWR to cater for the business traffic generated by the large pharmaceutical industries at both ends, but that never made it beyond the planning sheet.
AznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3667 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1831 times:
Quoting HouStrategies (Thread starter): from IAH. Munich? Zurich? Auckland? (on through to Sydney?) Santiago? Seoul? Shanghai? Beijing?
IAH-MUC: Would be nice, but it will be a toss up between SA)">CO and LH to who starts up first. If sooner, LH will have a slight advantage over SA)">CO due to plane constraints.
IAH-ZRH/GVA: Houston Business Journal has posted a few articles regarding the growning business ties between Houston and Switzerland. We'll see if this will draw entice SA)">CO to start service.
IAH-AKL: Once the 787s come online, this could be possible and easily connect to NZs South Pacific network. It might be more interesting for SA)">CO to start IAH-GUM nonstop and utilize SA)">CS for Asia and South Pacific
IAH-SCL: It could be in the works if SA)">CO.
IAH-ICN: If KE didn't want to start IAH-ICN, I'm not sure if SA)">CO or OZ would start it. Most likely, SA)">CO would heavily utilize a codeshare with NH and probably OZ on NRT-ICN. EWR-ICN may work.
IAH-PEK/PVG: Once confirmation of 787 deliveries are announced and DOT starts another round of US-China route application awards, I see PVG started sooner than PEK. Doubt we would CA start service, but crazier things have happened, such as SQ.
EWR-BLR/MAA/HYD: I don't know how yields are right now, especially to BOM or DEL, but I'm now thinking these destinations are not high up on the list once the 787s enter service as they once were.
IAH-DXB: Currently I think this will be a good route for SA)">CO if they start it before EK ever decides to expand beyond daily flights.
IAH-SYD: From what I have heard, while this would be a great flight, even the 789s would be limited and flying with restrictions. SA)">CO's best bet would be IAH-AKL or IAH-GUM-SYD.
Other destinations that may work for IAH:
I'm not going to speculate any African destinations since it will be a waiting game to see how well SA)">UA does on the route as well as when Arik Air starts LOS-IAH. It might be nice for SA to restart IAH after decades of canceling service, but that's more of a wish list for me.
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LIPZ From Austria, joined Jun 2006, 1075 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1800 times:
What about EWR-VCE? With CO now in Star All. they could offer their own flight to Venice from NY.
Next summer DL will be flying JFK-VCE with 764 and they are going to add 1 more weekly on ATL-VCE route too.
Also US does well on their Philly-VCE flight.