ojas From United Arab Emirates, joined Mar 2008, 3103 posts, RR: 25 Posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2512 times:
While many of you know Ethiopian has gone double daily to BOM, it has raised questions as to it's weird timings. Till 30th October ET was operating a daily flight to ADD using a B757. Now they operate 2 daily B738s 90 minutes apart to BOM.
ET 610/611 ADD dep 2045 BOM dep 0505
ET 612/613 ADD dep 2215 BOM dep 0635
Now the only sense I make out of this is that ET is intending to provide connections across their network in Africa. However it does make me think whether ET should rework it's hub strategy and offer spaced out departures to/from BOM?
Would be great to have an insight from folks following Ethiopian closely.
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ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2224 times:
The previous schedule to BOM was very tight on connections for flights coming to/from far flung destinations such as Johannesburg and Lagos where passengers had less than one hour going either direction. The short ground time at BOM also meant that any delay led to a missed connection. I have checked this route's flight status many times and every flight is almost always delayed, particularly out of BOM.
The new changes to ET's schedule this winter which also include going nonstop/dedicated to Accra, for example, see the need for a later departure to BOM as some of these flights get into ADD around or after 2100. ET's longer African flights tend to leave ADD earlier in the morning and are the latest to return in the evening. The regional routes on the other hand leave later in the morning and return before or around 2000. The two new flights to BOM will thus feed all flights while at the same time providing added capacity. The alternative would be to have widebody service with the aircraft having a ground time of 10+ hours at BOM (ET already has aircraft lying around for extended periods at LHR, ARN, BRU, TLV, DKR, ABJ/OUA).
The morning and evening banks at ADD tend to work well for ET, giving every African flight a connection to Europem the Middle East, and Asia. It'd be great to see some of those parked aircraft doing less ground time, perhaps having a mix of daytime/nighttime flights to/from Europe that connect with the new evening regional flights, ideally with additional frequencies to Europe.