cyba From Ethiopia, joined Nov 2005, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2070 times:
There was another thread on this but not sure where it's gone now. I used the new terminal earlier this week. It is definitely miles ahead of the previous one - very modern, very clean, very functional. And they even have a duty free shop that sells tobacco and alcohol (if that's your thing) which they didn't have before. (The reason goes back to a black market fraud case from the late 90s, early 2000s but that's a different story).
My favourite feature is the recorded sound of singing birds which sounds remarkably authentic - to the point where I looked around to make sure there wasn't a bird trapped inside the building.
Still no new business lounge but I expect (hope) that one will be coming along soon.
That's great news; any news of JFK-OTP returning? I wonder if RO would consider taking it back up with a DL codeshare. It's hard to make that market work; there's just not enough demand to/from the US to fill a widebody. Connections over AMS/CDG seem to take care of most of that traffic.
I was in Rome a few weeks back and was taking to two RO pilots. They said that RO is interested in aquiring some used 767's (no word on how many, I am assuming 2). Because this has come up from time to time, I don't give it much weight to this rumor.
I sure hope that JFK-OTP comes back. I think they would have better luck at filling a 767 now that RO is in SkyTeam. It can offer connecting opportunities to RO's Midle East/Asia flights or to Moldova which also has no direct to US flights, but I don't know how AF/KLM would feel about RO becoming another connecting partner as their networks overlap.
In other words, I have no clue. Unless RO can come up with new destinations from OTP that other SkyTeam members do not serve, I don't see the need for the 767's allegedly they are looking for... Hope that all made sense.