The potential return of British Airways is remarkable, as it comes on the heels of Lufthansa's retreat from the Indonesian market in late 2012, leaving KLM and Turkish Airlines as the sole European operators in the Indonesian market. BA is unlikely return to Jakarta with a nonstop operation, which would make it the sole nonstop flight from Europe, but will likely combine Jakarta with some other city is its network. A return to Kuala Lumpur may then be on the horizon, although other options exist. BA's Heathrow to Jakarta plans may also shed a different light on Garuda's possible change of mind regarding nonstop Jakarta to Gatwick operations, which are due to start later in the year.
The addition of Oman Air at Jakarta, meanwhile, would add to the abundance of travel options offered by Middle Eastern carriers. Jakarta is currently served by Emirates (3 daily B77W), Qatar (soon to be 2 daily B77W), Etihad (daily B77W) as well as Kuwait Airways and Yemenia. The ever increasing flight offerings of these airlines were one of the reasons cited by Lufthansa for leaving the market.
dirktraveller From Singapore, joined Jan 2011, 623 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 13699 times:
Good news for CGK. I saw once on a local Indonesian media, mentioning a "possible return of LH to Jakarta" (I consider it quite funny considering LH just dropped the route less than a year earlier).
I do wonder how Egypt Air would route their flight into Jakarta from CAI, and would the political condition in Egypt would allow this route to start soon? Personally for BA it is good news, although I would believe when they start the flights.
Quoting Bill142 (Reply 5): Most likely scenario would be the BA11 continuing on to CGK from SIN
Quoting MAS777 (Reply 7):
BA11 has already been retimed from Winter 2013 to allow a CGK tag on.
Wow, I would be looking forward if they really tag the flights from SIN.
Boysteve From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 956 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 12916 times:
Lets consider facts, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world with a growing economy. Over the next 20 years it will surely become on of the largest 10 economies in the world. Jakarta itself has a population of ~10 million with 28 million in the greater metropolitan area. I see it as inevitable that BA will return one day, it could be next year or it could be 10 years, but they will return.
ManekS From Singapore, joined Oct 2008, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 9113 times:
Interesting to hear that BA11/12 is being considered for the tag-on. Rumour has it the flight will be up-gauged to an A380 as more aircraft are delivered. If this were to happen, BA would be forced to cease Jakarta - like LH were - or to pick another flight for the tag - Kuala Lumpur perhaps?
mandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6965 posts, RR: 76
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7848 times:
Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 1): I can't see BA coming to CGK, unless they really wanted to start KUL services and added a tag on.
CGK-KUL has KL & KU... And then MH is going to enter OW.
Somehow I'm thinking it might be possible for one of LHR-SIN to upgauge to 380 and the other to tag on CGK?
Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 1): LH leaving the market shows the pressures that are being experienced and even though demand is growing, yields will still be an issue for a few years to come.
Quoting mloew (Reply 3): Well, after they shifted the FRA-SIN service to the A380, they moved the -CGK tag to the MUC-SIN flight (A343), but that was cancelled eventually.
FRA-CGK market is there, but LH decided it was more profitable to upgauge SIN to A380... MUC-CGK is nowhere near the size of FRA-CGK... hence it was axed. Passengers here prefers to go on LH or SQ to SIN, then switch to the A380 for SIN-FRA... thus negating the effect of the CGK tag on to the MUC flight.
Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 8): I do wonder how Egypt Air would route their flight into Jakarta from CAI, and would the political condition in Egypt would allow this route to start soon? Personally for BA it is good news, although I would believe when they start the flights.
KUL if the dare... BKK if they don't want to take risks, SIN if they're mad.
When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !
jumpjets From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2012, 892 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5338 times:
I know BA have recently retimed their BKK flights so the schedule as announced wouldn't allow time for a CGK tag - but maybe instead of introducing a KUL flight [which I have nagging doubts about given that fellow OW member MS has 2x380s a day] they could revise their BKK schedule and extend to CGK.
ZuluTime From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5295 times:
BA are indeed looking at extending BA11/12 from SIN to CGK. Their winter slot application at Heathrow showed this service as a LHR-SIN-CGK operation which was a bit of a give-away about their thinking.
RyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5940 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5225 times:
Quoting SelseyBill (Reply 17): Would a crew fly Day 1 LHR-SIN, Day 2 SIN-CGK-SIN, Day 3 SIN-LHR
That's the most likely pattern...
...unless, could Mixed Fleet fly LHR-SIN-CGK as one duty? I'm 99% certain that Worldwide couldn't, but if MF can then that could be an attractive option given that it would save 2 nights hotel accommodation.
SKAirbus From Norway, joined Oct 2007, 1812 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5121 times:
Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 19): ...unless, could Mixed Fleet fly LHR-SIN-CGK as one duty? I'm 99% certain that Worldwide couldn't, but if MF can then that could be an attractive option given that it would save 2 nights hotel accommodation.
A 12 hour duty plus a 2 hour layover then on for another 2 hour flight?? I think there are regulations that wouldn't allow that... 16 hours is a long time!
I don't know what the actual UK-Indonesia bilateral says, but I would guess that they almost certainly do as it was a permitted stop-over on the Kangaroo Route.
Quoting SKAirbus (Reply 20): A 12 hour duty plus a 2 hour layover then on for another 2 hour flight?? I think there are regulations that wouldn't allow that... 16 hours is a long time!
It would be nearer 18 hours, as LHR-SIN is about 14 hours. Obviously the crew can't be on their feet all this time, and need appropriate rest provisions, but ultimately whether they can work would be governed by their contract, and this is where it can get confusing.
To take an example, Qantas International crew could work this as one trip - but would be paid a FORTUNE for doing so