It says Virgin is not suspending flights to Delhi and it just suspending code-share flights with Air India or wants to. I think Virgin would do really good on the London-Mumbai route. Hope to see there A340-600 at India's airports soon!
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 704 times:
a) VS cannot operate their DEL flights without the AI codeshare since technically they are using AI's bilateral rights.
b) VS has no chance at getting into BOM until AI gets all the slots that they want at LHR, plus BA gets access to their coveted BLR/HYD markets.
c) The article is full of typical Virgin doublespeak and PR spin. The agreement they reached with AI was for 2 frequencies, with additional frequencies CONTINGENT UPON increased access to LHR slots for AI. Obviously, the 2x frequency was not enough for them, so they want to back out and have pegged AI as a convenient scapegoat.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 674 times:
Why does AI want so many slots at Heathrow?
Because the bilateral entitles both BA and AI to 16 weekly frequencies each on the India-UK route, plus an additional 3 frequencies to CCU as per a side-letter. While BA uses all their frequencies, AI is unable to use theirs since slots at LHR are not made available. Hence, they are making that a precondition for any additional access to Indian markets by British carriers.
United777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1648 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 664 times:
Which airline was doing better on the DEL-LHR route BA,Virgin or AI?
BA has a lot of access to India, I always thought BA is Indias largest European airline, it serves Mumbai-Bombay,Delhi,Chennai-Madras and Calcutta. I hope the get approval to Bangalore or Hyderabad soon.
Why does in the Indian government restrict air routes to India so much. I hear alot of international airlines want to expand to India but the government wants everything for Air India or Indian Airlines only.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 657 times:
What are yields like on LHR-India routes?Which of the Indian carriers is/are profitable?
Yields aren't anything to write home about - I have a table of them in a file somewhere but I'm too lazy to go find it - but for BA they are somewhere better than the US routes, but below the Japan routes.
United777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1648 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 646 times:
If Air India has or has always had the opportunity and everybody knows Air India could be a "World-Class" airline how come they have not expanded yet. What is stopping the airline, is it the government?
Back to Virgin Atlantic Airways topic, what aircraft does VA use on LHR-DEL-LHR route?
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 589 times:
Well, Air India and the Indian aviation ministry engaged in just as much double speak as BA, Virgin, and BAA. Where are/were the planes to fly these routes? Fleet acquisition was put on the backburner for years to end. If AI's marketing strategy was to go after the "ethnic" traffic only, then its expansion plans will always be linked to the whims of the travel plans of Mr & Mrs Chatterjee of Cleveland, OH (who probably prefer to fly BA or Lufthansa or some such EU airline). And now it appears that they can't even lease one aircraft profitably. See the following link:
These guys are a bunch of hopeless cartoons. This is like a plot in a Bollywood movie in which the fat, stupid mother (the Govt.) constantly coddles her spoilt eldest son (AI), while the bored audience (the Indian people) having paid their entrance ticket (taxes) have to suffer through this annoying, wasteful BS.