okAY From Finland, joined Dec 2006, 554 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 months 13 hours ago) and read 2915 times:
I came across an article in the Finnish media about the Gulf carriers and their affect on the European air travel industry. The article does not give much new information about the situation, but what caught my eye was the comment from Finnair CEO saying that as a response to the ever stronger competition from the Gulf Carriers, Finnair is now looking at tightening its ties with JAL and Cathay Pacific. Now, I do not know when the CEO has given this statement, but one could assume that the ties have indeed tightened between JAL and AY as JAL is about to start ops between Tokyo and Helsinki alongside Finnair.
Now, what I am thinking, what was meant with Cathay Pacific, then? At the moment, AY and CX are code-sharing between Europe and Australia, as far as I know. But this has been the situation since 2008, if I remember correctly. Could we see a bold move from CX in regards to starting ops to Helsinki, in the lines of what JAL is about to do? How would this work? Thoughts, anyone?
I think this strategy AY is thinking about. To seek expansion with the present fleet. This means that any "doubles" would be given away, like Tokyo-route's 2nd flt to JAL. AY wants to expand but at present new acquisition of aircraft is a little risky due to Economic situation.
Could this then mean that in case they want to increase flights to HKG again next Summer, the doubles would not be flown by AY but CX? How many years has HKG gone double on some days during the Summer?
Sounds unrealistic, but then again I almost fell off my chair when I read the news about JAL coming to HEL. Without that I would not have bothered with this thread. JAL coming to HEL proves that the strategy AY and Helsinki Airport have built for years has been noted by others and maybe Asian carriers, notably OW carriers start to think well if AY why not us as well, granted they get feeder traffic from AY European network. Interesting times indeed, for both AY and Helsinki Airport.
Ps. Malaysian is joining OW soon, KUL has been "on the list" for AY already, let us see what this adds to the soup...
CX Flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6364 posts, RR: 56 Reply 11, posted (5 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1162 times:
I highly doubt CX would fly to HEL unfortunately. We are not in the market situation to be launching new long haul flights. Even the existing ones are under pressure to make a profit. Short term expansion will mainly be in Asia with new 77Ws arriving to replace 744s which are being retired, and not to launch new flights yet.