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Eastern Buy AirSouthwest  
User currently offlineseansasLCY From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2007, 867 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2711 times:

Eastern have purchased AirSouthwest according to news reports
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-11368697

The airline will remain seperate and continue to operate as Air Southwest. Anybody see any new planes or routes being started?

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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2623 times:

Phew, all I can say is that after it being 'official' for a couple of weeks, it's nice for it to actually be officially announced;

I see a few routes being cut, and the ASW route network tied into Eastern's more to maximise the routes available.


Good luck to one of the best and most friendly airlines out there   


Dan  

[Edited 2010-09-20 03:45:37]


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User currently offlineflywrite From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2009, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2614 times:
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It's good to see Eastern expanding (with both this, and the news of their new domestic routes within France) - hopefully this indicates they're in good financial state.

Obviously Eastern's task is to make Air Southwest profitable again, but I wonder whether they'll keep their service the way it is (relatively low cost), or try to bring it into line with their own more expensive, business oriented way of operating.


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2569 times:

I think a happy medium is going to be achieved; fares on the longer segments have already crept up to a base of £59, which is nearing T3's range. The leases on two Dash 8 aircraft are due for renewal soon, so whether they stay or not will be interesting to see.

ASW is, by several accounts, already operating back in the black - it was the cold winter, ash cloud and LCY costs which dragged them down.


Dan  



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User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4920 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2234 times:

Quoting flywrite (Reply 2):
Obviously Eastern's task is to make Air Southwest profitable again, but I wonder whether they'll keep their service the way it is (relatively low cost), or try to bring it into line with their own more expensive, business oriented way of operating.

Thing is I can't see the T3 model working to places like GLA, DUB or the Channel Islands. However with WOW being retained as a separate brand, it doesn't need to be moved to the T3 model

That said changes are inevitable. Merging back office functions will probably be a start. And possibly the development of more interline connections at LGW/MAN

[Edited 2010-09-20 07:24:06]


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User currently offlineMHG From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 778 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2098 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 3):
ASW is, by several accounts, already operating back in the black - it was the cold winter, ash cloud and LCY costs which dragged them down.


Were the LCY ops not sustainable at all ???
I was surprised to see them pulling out of LCY very fast !

It was the only "comfortable" way to connect from most of continental Europe to PLY/NQY. Now it´s back to changing airports in London again (wasting lot´s of time and $$$)

It makes me wonder if i´ll have to face Eastern fatre levels in the future ...



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2034 times:

Quoting MHG (Reply 5):
Were the LCY ops not sustainable at all ???
I was surprised to see them pulling out of LCY very fast !

LCY wasn't given long enough to mature; it was a grab for cash and cuts after the winter and ash crisis basically drained the funds out of the carrier. It had the potential to become a very lucrative route if it had held on long enough for a T3 codeshare to be applied and tickets sold on carriers like AF, KLM, LH etc... via LCY. Yes it would mean two flights before you even got the the hub, but I think most people would still find it preferable to several hours in a car to reach BRS, or 4/5 to reach LHR.



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User currently offlineRogerThat From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1894 times:

I thought the clock got set back 40 years and Eddie Rickenbacker made the best investment of his life.

User currently offlineBoeing77W From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 206 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1824 times:

The LCY route was never going to be successful the way it was run. Of the four sectors a day, two (morning LCY-PLH and evening PLH-LCY) were usually fairly empty. ASW management wanted to use the aircraft for routes out of LCY during the day and then return to PLH in the evening, therefore remove the sectors which hindered the profitability of the route. However Sutton Harbour weren't keen on this...

If Eastern stick to their word and maintain the ASW brand then I believe the future is looking pretty bright  

[Edited 2010-09-20 10:27:09]

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1763 times:

When were SHH keen on doing anything other than closing everything down and building a housing estate on PLH   


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