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Analysis : Optimizing Mihin Lanka A320 Utilization  
User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1226 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 2 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3729 times:

Hi, below is a little analysis and an optimization I did for Mihin Lanka's utilization.
The full article is at http://www.airlineindustryreview.com/optimizing-mihin-lanka/ , I had to cut some parts due to PageRank issues that will affect both my site and A.net .
State owned Mihin Lanka is Sri Lanka's only low cast carrier which began operations in 2007.
It currently operates one A320, msn977, 4R-MRB.


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Mihin has so far been unable to generate a profit and this even forced the company to cease operations in 2008. Since then, a new CEO Mr. Kapila Chandrasena has been appointed and they expect to break even soon.
While going through Mihin's schedule, I realised that the current schedule could be optimized and a few more flights could be added. Given below is my suggestion for the new flight schedule.
Please notice that this was only developed as a hobby and is in no-way aimed at criticising the hard work Mihin Lanka, its management and its employees are currently doing.

Current Schedule
Day 1
MJ 301/2 CMB1200 - 1300TRZ1400 - 1500CMB
MJ 401/2 CMB2300 - 0200DXB0300 - 0915+1CMB *From 14JUN
Day 2
MJ 301/2 CMB0650 - 0750TRZ0850 - 0950CMB
MJ 403 CMB1150 - 1450DXB1550 - 1640KWI
MJ 404 KWI1740 - 2020DXB2120 - 0335+1CMB
Day 3
MJ 309/10 CMB0530- 0910VNS1010 - 1350CMB * From 4 AUG
MJ 401/2 CMB1855 - 2155DXB2255 - 0510+1CMB
Day 4
MJ 301/2 CMB0650 - 0750TRZ0850 - 0950CMB
MJ 403 CMB1150 - 1450DXB1550 - 1640KWI
MJ 404 KWI1740 - 2020DXB2120 - 0335+1CMB
Day 5
MJ 301/2 CMB0650 - 0750TRZ0850 - 0950CMB
MJ 403 CMB1150 - 1450DXB1550 - 1640KWI
MJ 404 KWI1740 - 2020DXB2120 - 0335+1CMB
Day 6
MJ 301/2 CMB0650 - 0750TRZ0850 - 0950CMB
MJ 403 CMB1150 - 1450DXB1550 - 1640KWI
MJ 404 KWI1740 - 2020DXB2120 - 0335+1CMB
Day 7
MJ 315/6 CMB1200 - 1530GAY1630 - 1715VNS1815 - 2155CMB
* From 1AUG
MJ 401/2 CMB 2300 - 0200DXB0300 - 0915+1

Total frequencies ( including seasonal flights )
Dubai, DXB - 3
DXB/ Kuwait, KWI vv - 4
Gaya - 1
Tiruchirapalli - 5
Varanasi - 2

Average daily utilization
Including seasonal flights - 13.53h
Excluding seasonal flights - 11.35h

Proposed Schedule

The new schedule will see a transition to a daytime operation and common flight timings. This will leave space for three ( or more ) new flights, of which I have used two for a Kochi, COK flight. The remaining one could be optionally occupied on a Tiruchirapalli, TRZ sector ( optional since this is a single aircraft operation currently, and space need to be given for operational freedom ) .
Currently MJ stays for one hour in outstations, and even longer at the home base, between two flights. These timings have been reduced, as it will be a disadvantage for a low cost carrier.
Note that the VNS and GAY flights are operated for tour operators, hence there is also the possibility to switch these flights to different dates under this schedule.

Day 1
MJ 401/2 CMB0605 - 0905DXB0940 - 1545CMB
MJ 387/8 CMB1645 - 1805COK1835 - 1955
MJ 301/2 CMB2105 - 2205TRZ2235 - 2335CMB
Day 2
MJ 403 CMB0605 - 0905DXB0940 - 1030KWI
MJ 404 KWI1110 - 1350DXB1420 - 2020CMB
MJ 301/2 CMB2105 - 2205TRZ2235 - 2335CMB
Day 3
MJ 401/2 CMB0605 - 0905DXB0940 - 1545CMB
MJ 309/10 CMB1620 - 1955VNS2045 - 0030+1CMB * Seasonal
Day 4
MJ 403 CMB0605 - 0905DXB0940 - 1030KWI
MJ 404 KWI1110 - 1350DXB1420 - 2020CMB
MJ 301/2 CMB2105 - 2205TRZ2235 - 2335CMB
Day 5
MJ 403 CMB0605 - 0905DXB0940 - 1030KWI
MJ 404 KWI1110 - 1350DXB1420 - 2020CMB
MJ 301/2 CMB2105 - 2205TRZ2235 - 2335CMB
Day 6
MJ 403 CMB0605 - 0905DXB0940 - 1030KWI
MJ 404 KWI1110 - 1350DXB1420 - 2020CMB
MJ 301/2 CMB2105 - 2205TRZ2235 - 2335CMB
Day 7
MJ 315/6 CMB0605 - 0935GAY1025 - 1110VNS1200 - 1540CMB * Seasonal
MJ 387/8 CMB1645 - 1805COK1835 - 1955CMB
Optional - MJ 301/2 CMB2105 - 2205TRZ2235 - 2335CMB

All times local

Total Weekly Frequencies ( including seasonal )
Dubai, DXB - 2 ( 3rd weekly seasonal flight could be added with a little adjustment )
DXB/ Kuwait, KWI vv - 4
Gaya, GAY - 1
Tiruchirapalli, TRZ - 5 ( 6 including optional )
Varanasi, VNS - 2

Average daily utilization
Without optional TRZ - 14.10h
With optional TRZ - 14.39h

I am still learning, and might have made many mistakes. Feel free to point them, and to add your comments.

[Edited 2010-05-13 02:36:11]


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User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3633 times:

It's also worth moving that they are looking at adding a second A320.


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User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3408 times:

Could anybody please let me know whether the proposed schedule is too ambitious ? I am still learning and it will help me to learn more.


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User currently offlinegardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1520 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3337 times:

Hi

I have no idea why Mihin and SriLankan Airlines have the same destinations, Tiruchirapali, Dubai and Kuwait. Oddly too, both operate CMB-DXB-KWI.
I really think it would be a good idea if Mihin were to pick up the 4 or 5 Indian ports that Srilankan dropped last year. Im sure Hyderabad, atleast could work very easily.
I was in Sri Lanka yesterday on holiday and saw large numbers of Indian tourists wherever I went. Being a low cost airline aiming at the regional market, they should really exploit the large market sitting on their doorstep.


User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3267 times:

@Gardermoen I totally agree. But unfortunately, they seem to believe where UL make profits are the best places for them to fly too. And it ends up hurting UL's yields.


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User currently offlinegardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1520 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3252 times:

Mihin ideally needs to focus on non-UL ports or else needs to be killed off. When I was in Colombo, everyone was talking about this new airport in the south of the country which sounds very ambitious. Perhaps Mihin will focus its future energies on this airport, leaving UL to CMB.

User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3224 times:

Not at all. Sure, the airport will be A380 compatible. But where it is built, Hambanthota, is one of the poorest areas in the country. To be honest, it seems the only reason why they build it there is for political reasons ( President's hometown ). However, coupled with the nearby port - which is set near the busiest Asian ocean route - it will be an excellent cargo port.


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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 3047 times:

Mihin should look at Lahore and Beirut.

User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6481 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 3003 times:

I'm not sure calling an airline with one or two planes a LCC is appropriate. About the schedule, I'm no expert but one thing to consider is when and where is done the maintenance.


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User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2932 times:

@777way I doubt whether either of them will have enough traffic. BEY is certainly good, but too far away. LHE has traditionally not had any links with Sri Lanka. DAC will do a lot better, IMHO.
@Aesma Maintenance will be scheduled for midnight, as most LCCs do.



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