Schweigend From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 494 posts, RR: 1 Posted (4 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7059 times:
To satisfy EC antitrust regulators investigating their A++ Joint Venture, LH/UA are offering to relinquish NYC-FRA slots amounting to 7 weekly flights.
From Air Transport Weekly, 21 Dec:
Quote: Competitors may choose which arrival and departure slots at Frankfurt and New York they take on to allow as many as seven additional weekly flights, the offer states. This could rise to 21 weekly flights if a rival pulls out of the route.
fn1001 From Moldova, joined Sep 2008, 213 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (4 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6804 times:
The huge capacity on this route needs FRA as a connecting hub with strong feeder traffic behind. I guess on the other side of the pond it is the same situation. My bet goes to Oneworld, since they have on both ends many connections.
I doubt it. They cut JFK and MIA and reduced DFW to a 767; there's just no oneworld connectivity at FRA.* So the only sensible connections for AA pax are train rides, but AFAIK AA is a long-standing partner in the German Railways' "Rail&Fly" programme (which makes train connections easier for airline passengers), yet they still discontinued JFK.
*You could of course connect to an AB flight at FRA, but if they make it until the opening of BER (whenever that may be), that will be their hub and not FRA. Apart from that, the only European oneworld members whose hubs aren't closer to the US than FRA are Finnair and S7 - but both HEL and MOW already have flights to JFK, so why connect in FRA?
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AirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 244 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (4 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6407 times:
SIA will never pull out of JFK-FRA because they have the superior product, have operated this flight for decades, and have always had the demand long before the days of Star Alliance. SIA is above and beyond UA and LH. Remember, they have the service "even other airlines talk about."
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p.s. (why doesn't LH follow SQ. If SQ can offer the widest seat in Business, LH should follow.) Efficiency is CLEARLY not all-things German, when SQ has and can compete on JFK-FRA successfully with fewer seats in J. Come on LH, I expect you to think long-term, not short-term! (And don't ask me for a source, you know better!)
DolphinAir747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 220 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (4 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6291 times:
If SQ pulls out, they would no longer serve New York with the imminent end of SIN-EWR. Seeing as SQ often gets some high-yielding O&D traffic from JFK to Europe on that flight, I oubt they would pull out, at least unless they route the flight via another European destination.
Speaking of SQ, could they fly SIN-TLV-MIA or would they not receive overflight rights from Malaysia?
PanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 7771 posts, RR: 26 Reply 9, posted (4 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6200 times:
Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 7): Efficiency is CLEARLY not all-things German, when SQ has and can compete on JFK-FRA
Apply the SQ cost base and SIN work rules to Germany, otherwise you compare apples and peaches.
We have seen slot exchanges over the years where the incumbent carrier went back to the old system after a few years or even less. Such as VIE/FRA where Adria had 2 CRJ flights daily which could even be booked via LH, IIRC.
FRA is an LH/* fortress, AA could not compete efficiently due to the lack of connectivity. DL is no real competition to LH and besides that we have only * carriers on the route. besides, FRA is not really slot restricted for the next couple of years. the only times when slots are not available is after 9 pm, and that is artificial due to a stupid, unflexible night ban regulation.
LJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4143 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (4 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5939 times:
Quoting Schweigend (Thread starter): Could AA be the one to restart JFK-FRA service? Right now they connect pax via LHR. Or might BA dare it? Air Berlin?
Why would anyone want these slots? It's not that Star has to give up frequency (the only thing they offered are slots to start NYC-FRA), and thus any new flight will mean additional capcity.
Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 3): AA needs to jump on this immediately. If not AA, the AB could certainly use those slots.
Why? They would have to compete with UA/LH, SQ and DL which mean you have to have a superior product (or lower price) in order to attract the current passengers on this route. AB will not be interested as I doubt EY sees something in this market. However, maybe something for QR?
docpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1938 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (4 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5932 times:
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 9): Apply the SQ cost base and SIN work rules to Germany, otherwise you compare apples and peaches.
In the 2011 annual report the LH Group had 116,000 employees and staff costs were 6.8 bil Euros making for EUR58,000 cost per employee.
In the same time period, SQ (parent airline) had 22,000 employees and staff costs of SGD2.26 bil or EUR1.41 bil making for a wage bill of EUR64,000 per employee.
Sure we're not comparing apples and apples because I would really like to compare LH the airline vs SQ the airline, but I don't think their staff costs are too far apart. If not for the plunging EUR against the SGD, SQ staff costs would be marginally lower than LH.
From what I understand from SQ contacts, JFK as a standalone destination never made money but in SQ's management accounting they take the profitability of the whole route SIN-FRA-JFK vv which as a whole is profitable.
But devoting 3 A380s to this route with it sitting on the ground all day in JFK, there are probably better ways to utilise the asset.
VC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2426 posts, RR: 9 Reply 13, posted (4 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5528 times:
The SQ flight is considerably more money than either UA or LH. I fly to FRA a lot every year. I was there in Nov to connect to Moscow. I always choose United over LH because of LH's painful angled lie - bumps seat. The United lie flats are far better, especially outbound when it's all about sleep, and NYC to FRA is not a long flight.
So what will this mean? Less options on UA or LH?
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Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 21483 posts, RR: 24 Reply 16, posted (4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5297 times:
Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 7): SIA will never pull out of JFK-FRA because they have the superior product, have operated this flight for decades, and have always had the demand long before the days of Star Alliance.
I disagree. When/if there's an aircraft that can economically operate JFK-SIN nonstop I expect SQ will drop the 5th freedom tagon FRA-JFK. Those types of operations are far fewer than they used to be and 5th freedom services usually have lower yields. I've often found SQ to have the lowest fares on the FRA-JFK-FRA route. When it's part of another longhaul route you also can't design the schedule to fully meet the needs of the 5th freedom market since the departure and arrival times at SIN are more critical, as well as the night curfew at FRA..
EddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7175 posts, RR: 45 Reply 17, posted (4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5197 times:
Quoting Byrdluvs747 (Reply 3): AA needs to jump on this immediately. If not AA, the AB could certainly use those slots
AA recently abandoning JFK-FRA does not bode well for them returning. I don't think anything has changed since then that would make a new AA JFK-FRA service successful. AA even closed its AAdmiral lounge at FRA, no?
As for AB, I am not too sure. AB's hubs are DUS and TXL, so they would not have the advantage of connections other than to a very few airports
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 9): DL is no real competition to LH and besides that we have only * carriers on the route.
FlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1965 posts, RR: 3 Reply 19, posted (4 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4664 times:
If AA did not wnat to serve FRA-JFK, what about Openskies? It would mean the acquisition of more 757s for Openskies, bur given it's now a member of oneworld, and if it wa schasing the premium market (Business and premium economy, with a smaill economy section) then maybe it could work. Especially as it would be part of the AA/BA/IB JV, so there may be some corporate clients of AA who would appreciate such a flight.
aaexecplat From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 563 posts, RR: 4 Reply 22, posted (4 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4160 times:
Quoting EddieDude (Reply 17): AA recently abandoning JFK-FRA does not bode well for them returning. I don't think anything has changed since then that would make a new AA JFK-FRA service successful. AA even closed its AAdmiral lounge at FRA, no?
Errr..."recently abandoning JFK-FRA" and "I don't think anything has changed since then..." aren't helping your credibility on this topic. The JFK-FRA flight was axed in November 2000. 12 Years ago. And a significant event that has happened since then is Chapter 11, thereby lowering AA's costs. The route may very well be viable now.
SonomaFlyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1176 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3875 times:
"Slots" usually refer to a allocation of landing/takeoff positions at an airport that is "full." For example, LHR is full given it only has two runways so slots are allocated. There are so many slots available for given time periods.
There is nothing ambiguous about the thread, the release states what LH and UA are offering in terms of giving up slots if required by regulators to get their joint venture approved.
25 DolphinAir747: I doubt that we will see JFK/EWR-FRA on a new carrier without a hub at either end anytime soon, especially since the route is already flown by 3 carri
26 EddieDude: Oops, I was seriously confused with ORD-FRA, which was cancelled by AA recently. Apologies for the confusion. While I do appreciate being corrected,
27 PanHAM: yes, that's what I said, besides DL there are only * members on that route. The whole story does not make sense at all. LH has agreed to such "slots