bmibaby737 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1853 posts, RR: 9 Posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4472 times:
Five new winter routes to Amsterdam, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Jersey
"Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline and the UK’s Number One domestic airline, has confirmed a significant expansion of its services from East Midlands Airport with five brand new winter routes to Amsterdam, Paris CDG, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Jersey supported by a decision to base two aircraft at the airport for the first time."
Flybe is finalising the schedules and frequencies in discussion with the airport. The routes are for travel from October 28th 2012 through to March 30th, 2013. No doubt this decision has been influenced by the potential demise of low cost carrier bmibaby, which was recently purchased by IAG/British Airways.
jrn216 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2012, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3612 times:
Given the uncertain future of bmibaby it is good that Flybe will be operating flights between East Midlands and Jersey. This route has a long history and has always performed strongly. But a 737 down to a DH4 is potentially a large capacity reduction (if bmibaby was to cease operations) and an airline such as Jet2 might be better suited to operating this route, at least on a summer only basis.
bestwestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7420 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2195 times:
Quoting emalad (Reply 9): Every WW flight I have been on has been at least 80% full, and 737 is still better to fly on than a Dash 8 in my opinion
The 737 is better than a Dash-8.
EMA was one of Babies better bases, so flights would tend to be fuller.
Quoting baguy (Reply 10):
I think bestwestern is probably referring to the economics of flying Q400s over the ageing 737 classics of WW. And just because the flight is 80% full doesn't mean that the airline is making money!
Using the dash 8 will enable FlyBe to revenue manage the sector, driving profits. Good for the airline, bad for the passenger. It may also enable FlyBe to operate more frequency, which will attract more business yield.
A year round Dash8 is better than a summer only 733.
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19283 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1601 times:
Quoting offloaded (Reply 14): EZY used to have flights from EMA, and I seen to to recall they fell out rather badly.
Don't know whether they fell out, but I remember EZY saying that they had little opportunity to grow at EMA (not in terms of infrastructure or capacity, but simply the amount of traffic), hence shifting to places which offer more potential.
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