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Are Air Asia Suspending Abu Dhabi?  
User currently offlineFly2CHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3540 times:

Just wondered if Air Asia are suspending Abu Dhabi since I can't seem to find a seat on March or April. Surely all flights can't be full.

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User currently offlineFly2CHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3230 times:

This has now been confirmed. They are suspending flights from next month due to poor demand. Very disappointing.

User currently offlineJayeshrulz From India, joined Apr 2007, 1027 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3004 times:



Quoting Fly2CHC (Reply 1):
This has now been confirmed. They are suspending flights from next month due to poor demand. Very disappointing.

Wow,very sad!
They started the route in September...not even 6 months.Damn!
Which aircraft did they use?
Somewhat my intuition told me AUH is not right for AAX.Maybe DXB may have worked.



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User currently offlineHuaiwei From Singapore, joined Oct 2008, 1099 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2924 times:

Possibly because it was trying to look for a viable hub in the Middle East, and AUH was to test waters. DXB and DOH are almost out of the question with two ME giants there.


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User currently offline6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3314 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2684 times:

What is the seat capacity on the A343 compared to the A333?

What other sectors within 7 hours of KUL can the aircraft be flown on?


User currently offlineFly2CHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2502 times:



Quoting Huaiwei (Reply 3):
Possibly because it was trying to look for a viable hub in the Middle East, and AUH was to test waters. DXB and DOH are almost out of the question with two ME giants there.

I agree. Perhaps BAH would work better (which I understand was being considered with Abu Dhabi.

I think they priced themselves too high. On many flights they were moe expensive than Etihad.


User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2401 times:



Quoting Fly2CHC (Reply 1):
This has now been confirmed

Can you please post some sources....... thanks.


User currently offlineMHG From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 760 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2239 times:



Quoting AirIndia (Reply 6):
Perhaps BAH would work better (which I understand was being considered with Abu Dhabi.

BAH would make more sense even now that Gulf Air is planning to cut (or even cease all) long haul flights.
That would leave D7 as the only carrier to offer non-stop long haul from/to BAH in that case !



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User currently offlineGardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1520 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2164 times:

A shame this didn't work out.
I have to agree that perhaps DXB would have been a better market to target , especially if they got to use the low cost Terminal 2 at DXB.
If they were pricing themselves over and above Etihad then that's just ridiculous.


User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2797 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2118 times:

It would be quite surprising if indeed Air Asia X will be pulling out of AUH completely. After all, wasn't AUH highly touted as the airline's next "hub", a gateway to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East? There really aren't too many LCCs serving AUH right now, so the loss of this airline would be a big blow to the airport... Of course, EY will continue to serve KUL, but prices on this segment will surely increase...


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User currently offlineHuaiwei From Singapore, joined Oct 2008, 1099 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2100 times:



Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 9):
After all, wasn't AUH highly touted as the airline's next "hub", a gateway to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East?

The airline squished that rumour a few days after it was announced.

Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 9):
Of course, EY will continue to serve KUL, but prices on this segment will surely increase...

Prices on ME carriers tend to be quite competitive actually. It will be difficult for a traditional LCC to fight them head-on especially on a mid/long haul route like this.



It's huaiwei...not huawei. I have nothing to do with the PRC! :)
User currently offlineLumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2031 times:



Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 9):
It would be quite surprising if indeed Air Asia X will be pulling out of AUH completely.

That's what the author is saying here. If Air Asia X pulls out, there aren't many good options left for them.

http://www.glgroup.com/News/AirAsia-...U-Turn-On-Abu-Dhabi-Hub-43092.html

Quote:
AirAsia X had initially identified using Dubai International Airport as the regional “hub-of-choice” to deploy its ridiculously over-crowded Airbus A330-300s on flights to Europe and beyond.

Quickly realizing that Emirates would absolutely annihilate this fanciful child-like fantasy, AirAsia X switched attention to the neighboring emirate of Abu Dhabi – again, hoping it’d be able to set up a hub to poach business into Europe and Africa.

And now, AirAsia X has “ruled out” setting up a hub there.

Someone fetch the tissues…




"When all is said and done, more will be said than done".
User currently offlineLumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1722 times:

More on pulling out of AUH. Seems the low-cost-long-haul concept may be questioned as well.
http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs....=/20100131/BUSINESS/701319891/1005

Quote:
AirAsia X, a subsidiary of the fast-growing AirAsia, helped pioneer long-haul budget travel, a model previously reserved for short-hop trips of four hours or less.

But the downturn has added more pressure on the new model, said Saj Ahmad, the chief analyst at FBE Aerospace based in London.

“Air Asia X’s decision to abandon Abu Dhabi in just six months underscores not only the fragility of the long-haul, low-cost concept, but also shows just how competitive the GCC region actually is.

“Air Asia X’s decision to first drop Dubai and now Abu Dhabi demonstrates that the maturity of ‘long haul, low cost’ has a long way to go – reducing seat costs by cramming passengers into an aeroplane does not derive success or make you more competitive. That’s precisely why the likes of Southwest Airlines and Ryanair have never ventured to go long haul – the concept doesn’t work as well on a bigger scale.”

Still, Air Asia X plans to institute services from the Malaysian capital to India.




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