David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7144 posts, RR: 14 Posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1639 times:
Flight International contains a report on bmi with Austin Reid of bmi saying, "We're waiting to see what the Heathrow [open-skies] policy will be - but if we can't get Heathrow to the USA approved, we will fly to a non-regulation destination."
My favourite: Toronto, to tie-in with Air Canada.
He also said that the MAN long-haul were 75% full in March although "passenger numbers have been difficult". I believe these loads to be in excess of the overall bmi load factor....and can't be bad for a new entrant at a time of uncertainty on US travel!
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7144 posts, RR: 14 Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1425 times:
The 2nd paragraph of the article:
"The airline, which serves Chicago and Washington D.C. from Manchester with two Airbus A330-200s, aims to re-activate its third, stored A330 for the new route, flying from either Manchester or Heathrow, says chief executive Austin Reid."
Therefore, I reaffirm YYZ with this new bit: using their own metal i.e. G-WWBD (the one in Star Alliance colours which I have yet to see!)
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7144 posts, RR: 14 Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1368 times:
I believe that it is in LHR config (they didn't envisage MAN long-haul operations to begin with!). However, they have a bit of time to get it suitable for MAN ops.
In terms of loads, AC are expected to be using a mix of A330s and A340s at least twice a week from July to September (though this may be related to something or other happening near here, the name of which momentarily escapes me ). It also gives an indication that most of the traffic is VFR/tourist and not F/J class.
If bmi pick it up the AC route, it means we'll go back to daily year-round services (not sure if they'd route it via GLA though, as AC always did this in winter).
Donder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 23 Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1353 times:
though this may be related to something or other happening near here, the name of which momentarily escapes me ....I think you are referring to the Manchester City Promotion Celebrations
Didnt AC fly the 762 into MAN though?Thats a big difference from the 332 especially ,as you said,it went via GLA during the winter.BD definitely put too many eggs into the LHR basket.
EGNM-LBA From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 156 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1346 times:
It was reported in an earlier thread that the ORD/IAD flights ex-MAN were full in the run up to easter. If the average for the month was only 75%, this suggests that the underlying average for the rest of the month was at its usual 55%-65%. With no one sat in the high yield cabins (except on the TV adverts!) its difficult to see how they're making much money on this. The fact that bmi are using almost every opportunity to lobby the govt over open-skies ex-LHR seems to support this theory.
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7144 posts, RR: 14 Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1337 times:
They've always said they had an internal timescale for MAN long-haul (which I probably think they mean sort of 2004 onwards), with LHR being the initial base.
They've also alluded to the scenario that because they have a greater presence at LHR, it would raise their profile in the US and ultimately help pave the way for further US expansion from here. After all, looking at the bmi-liveried flights here, all we have is LHR (7 daily), GLA (5 daily), ABZ (3 daily) and EDI (5 daily), which is pretty small for their 2nd hub.
Would it help if they would also raised their own presence here through introducing more European flights themselves rather than have some of them operated by Lufthansa and SAS?
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2571 posts, RR: 59 Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1330 times:
I don't think the MAN-YYZ route will be viable for bmi using an A330. It's a VFR route, and most of the competition on the route is from charter airlines. Fares and yields are rock bottom.
Air Canada have been serving Manchester (and Glasgow) for years, and are very well established, yet they can only manage a single daily B767-200 from each city for the peak summer season, for the rest of the year the flights are combined.
What's even more telling is that Air Canada use domestic B767s on the MAN/GLA routes offering only economy class service. The First Class section of the aircraft is sold by tour operators as extra legroom seating, but Air Canada do not offer an Executive Class on the routes.
If a carrier that has been established on a route for years can only manage a daily B767-200 with no premium cabin, feeding into their largest hub, a new entrant flying a larger aircraft is really going to struggle.
LHR-YYZ would seem viable, but it would duplicate existing Air Canada service and could dilute yields on the route.
I'd expect bmi would be more sensible going for a route that would be more beneficial to the Star Alliance by adding a route rather than duplicating an existing one, possibly going East to take advantage of all the United/Air Canada feed into LHR connecting to the Middle East/Asia.
I'm only surprised they didn't get G-WWBD flying for the Summer!
EGNM-LBA From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 156 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1320 times:
At the end of the day, the size of their presence at MAN etc etc is all secondary to the fact that the market characteristics of the LHR long-haul market are fundamentaly different to those at MAN. And unfortunately, unless the world's financial institutions and Buckingham Palace et al move up the M6, the most significant differences (the lack of premium pax or an eastbound market) are never going to change. Without these, bmi are left fighting it out with DL, CO, AA, US etc for the UK originating inter-lining market. With CO seemingly offering £249 + tax for just about any destination via EWR, this is clearly a competitive / low yield market to be in.
Qatar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1271 times:
IMO BMI is better off serving higher yeilding destinations such as flights to Africa (Look at the success BA and VS are having to Nigeria) and also they should serve Asia (Hong Kong, Osaka, Singapore etc.) rather than flying accross the atlantic.
They can't serve the US from LHR but AFAIK there are no constraints to Asia/Africa.