RWA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3207 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2446 times:
I doubt UA wants to take their crews into CAI for overnights with things still unsettled. I doubt there would be a great demand either, especially if this route was daily, then UA would need to dedicate 2 frames to this route. I expect if Egypt settles down and they have enough 787's we may see this routes years down the road. For now best way UA fliers can get to CAI is a connection in Frankfurt.
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25202 posts, RR: 48
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1883 times:
Dont hold your breath for United. The market has fallen apart.
Tourism plunged in 2011, while foreign investment fell to mere quarter of its historic levels. There are lots of uncertaintity plauging the country, which puts a damper on air travel demand.
Delta dropped its Cairo service and has not returned. I just also read that KLM cut back its CAI services to merely 3x weekly, which is rather bleak sign.
Quoting Schweigend (Thread starter): IIRC, Egypt Air, a member of *A, was ramping up its CAI hub with a new terminal to make connections easier and provide a rival to EK at DXB. Was the terminal built?
Yes a terminal 3 opened in 2009, but since last summer MS has significantly reduced its own flying as well and refocused more back on local O&D traffic as dreams of a hub and passenger willingness to transit CAI has diminished.
Anyhow CAI was never going be another DXB even under the most rosy scenarios.
Quoting Schweigend (Thread starter): Egypt Air making CAI a viable connection point to Arabia, E. Africa, India, etc., would be crucial to making EWR-CAI service worthwhile.
Much of those connections can be made by other Star partners, not the least THY.
Knowing behind the scene actions at Star, I was never quite sure why MS joined, especially as it has some friction with existing members, and conflicting spheres of influence.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
Schweigend From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 614 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1407 times:
Thanks, all, for your replies.
I appears that EWR-CAI is unlikely in the near future. However, it is interesting that UA still has that red line connecting Newark and Cairo on their route maps. Just to impress people? It seems a little disingenuous.
Quoting LAXintl (Reply 6): Much of those connections can be made by other Star partners, not the least THY.
Yes, TK and IST could do gangbusters when that is in effect. According to UA's press release of 21 Feb, EWR-IST service commences on 1 July with 763s.