KFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1217 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4857 times:
Remains to be seen how successful it would be. Perhaps they're testing the waters with this route, for a possible ply into widebodies though am not sure whether they can convert 320 orders.
This sounds like a natural progression. Choice of KTM probably due to fifth freedom, likely thanks to past Yeti links.
Qantas747, it is available for booking on the website.
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MHG From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 725 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4391 times:
Well, the reason why Air Arabia is flying via KTM is a rather "logical" one if you have a good memory or some background knowledge ...
Air Arabia tried to set up a subsidiary in Kathmandu about 2 yrs ago IIRC. They already started ops but had to shut down very soon due to political/traffic right issues.
So, KTM was obviously still on their radar and it seems they found a solution to circumvent the "problems".
The main target is not to get passengers somehow from SHJ to KUL but to serve mainly the KTM market and the KTM-KUL route has to be seen independently from the SHJ-KTM route (although the same aircraft may fly the whole routing) but G9 of course does not prevent passengers willing to go the detour to book a through ticket SHJ-(KTM)-KUL vv.