PhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13 Posted (12 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 786 times:
The question I answered about bmi's service from ORD and IAD raised the question of why a company based in Houston should use bmi for the ORD - MAN sector when Continental fly EWR - MAN
(I also am pre-empting the usual flag wavers wanting to know why a US company would use a British airline).
The answer is that bmi operate Aberdeen (which is the UK HQ) - MAN and offered the company rates for the whole journey which pretty much equated to giving the ORD- IAH sector for free.
For the flag wavers, all the tickets are issued by bmi in the UK with United flight numbers for the MAN - ORD and v.v. sector, as the flights across the pond are Star Alliance code share.
PhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 738 times:
Fct of life:
They'll choose the carrier that offers the most attractive fare - which currently bmi are doing, at least, on ABZ-Houston for my son in law's company.
Continental used to like to think of itself as the oilman's airline, but I gather it has lost a deal of traffic to carriers keen to meet the oil industry's demand to keep expenditure low.
I gather that for many visits between Houston and the North Sea time is not normally of the essence
but keeping costs to a minimum is.
Strange really in an industry where a single piece of equipment can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and only last a week or so before needing refurbishing or being dumped and where a drilling delay is only regarded as "an economic disaster" when the losses exceed $20 million a day!!