PA121 From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 98 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1294 times:
I have noticed AZ only fly to London Heathrow. They do not serve any other UK city, unlike most of other EU carriers.
I was wondering if you knew why and if it has always been the case. UK and Italy are the 4th and 6th world economies so you would expect somewhat more activity from AZ. Also BA fly to at least 7 different Italian cities, and AZ fly to many multiple destinations in EU Countries (even 2 in Portugal which is somewhat smaller than UK...)
Thanks for your help
PA121 From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 98 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1253 times:
I am not so sure they still serve LGW, they definitely left City Airport....but still London it is.
It is the absence from Birmingham and Manchester that surprises me mainly, there should well be some traffic in there...BA fly several ones, plus the new BMI East Midland to Milan (BGY), the flights from Liverpool and even from Cardiff if I remember correctly.
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7259 posts, RR: 14 Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1193 times:
The 1948 flights lasted for just 4 weeks - apparently plenty enough time for them to work out that it's wasn't profitable! I think the next attempt was from 1968 to 1972, posssibly 2 weekly FCO-LIN-MAN-DUB using Se210s. I remember having timetables from the late 70s/early 80s which had BA/AZ 912/3 to LIN listed; the servuce actually routed GLA-MAN-LIN-MAN-GLA
Then the last lot was from 1987/8 to 1991, when it was initially 5 weekly nightstopping LIN-MAN, then 5 weekly LIN-MAN mid-morning from 1990 and from winter 1990, a LIN-MAN-DUB service, with MD82s (they used about 3 different aircraft - possibly ATI ones?) in summer 1991, otherwise it was DC9-30s all the way apart from the day when Air Koryo Il62 came in (12/7/91?) when AZ used an A300 - both visitors bringing athletes to the World Student Games in Sheffield.
KLMuk also operated an AZ codeshared service MXP-MAN around from 1996 for about 7 or 8 months which operated on a 13 weekly basis using Fk100s until this was withdrawn.
Note - that's going from memory, reference books not to hand!
N175dz From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2000, 274 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1180 times:
From what i could find - the last start was June '88 (from R.A.Scholefield's book), but I couldn't find any mention of them stopping. I have to hand it to you though, your memory is damned impressive .
Airblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 12 Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1147 times:
Before Ryanair and GO started to serve many Italian cities from STN, AZ used to fly FCO/MXP/LIN-LHR; LIN-LCY; FCO/PSA/CTA/BLQ/VCE/TRN-LGW, but after that low-cost entered the market and their financial trouble, they keep only FCO/MXP/LIN-LHR and FCO/VCE-LGW.
PA121 From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 98 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1021 times:
Totally off topic, but the G7 Countries are:
The UK ranking is a it tricky as it depends on the exchange rate of the Pound. There was a period in the 80s when the UK GNP was actually lower than the Italian, so they were 6th. Two years ago the strong Pound made the UK surge over France but difference in minimal (and things could have already changed).
GNP per capita is a different story (there are countries with a higher one than the US) and maybe more interesting for Airlines.
Yet possibly too a complicated topic for Alitalia management (just kidding, I love them!)