I checked a bit the prices to fly from german airports to the new destinations and compared with AF and they are very very competitive. Of course this is only a picture of the moment, but TK charges 500-600 euros whereas AF charges 1000-1100 euros...
Love it. Much better than when I went to Niamey via Paris and got in in the wee hours of the morning several years ago. The combination of doing a Niger + Burkina Faso route certainly makes it much more promising, as I am certain a straight Turkey to Niger route would be unsuccessful. I think this one could do well.
I have flown to ADD last year via IST and the 738 were a bit crammed. And ADD is not teh longest stretch from IST on a single aisle. So hopefully the 739s have more leg room.
BTW, slightly off topic but anyone knows where I can get a timeline of TK commercials with the likes of Kobe Bryant, FC Barca, etc.? I have looked at teh history and sponsorship pages on their websites but did not get anything. I am trying to find out when (month and year) they started their association with Kobe, Barca, Man U. etc
AF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2080 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (5 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1332 times:
Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 4): GIven that your choice is pretty limited to DLA/NSI, the times aren't going to be a major factor
Aren't there lots of options to DLA? AF and Brussels are very direct from Europe of course, KQ and Ethiopian less so, but at least the times are good. Royal Air Maroc is in the market but also with after mid-night hours.
Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 4): They're both awfully small markets; I'm not sure who is going to be on this plane other than a few Chinese traders
usdcaguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 753 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1082 times:
I'd be interested in hearing about the profitability of these flights a year after they are started. I'm a little skeptical, but wth the 739s, perhaps there is enough demand. I know AF does well because of historical ties; I'm not sure what ties TK and IST have to Africa and whether that makes a difference.