Just curious - were they 'excited' by the 777 when it was in the works?Jump to post
On paper, BOM has two runways, but the cross formation ensures that it is more efficient to only operate 09-27.
Though bizjets do take off from effectively 'half' of the other runway on occasion.
Just like with EK, the O&D is irrelevant here and something that can be built over time. The India frequencies are important in order to sustain high volume traffic to the U.S. and Europe. The O&D is indeed relevant as the Indian entity uses that as a base for awarding traffic rights, and t...Jump to post
That depends. Frequency and capacity are not mutually exclusive. If they were, the 779 (albeit smaller), would also be bad. EK doesn't seem to have a problem operating multiple A380 frequencies. I think why it doesn't make sense for TK is the fact that their biggest market is Europe which is a lot ...Jump to post
Dutchy wrote:Wow, they are storing planes not even 4 years old? https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/ ... s/nwL5HQGy
ISB - what has a new airport got to do with anything? The current airport can handle widebodies, and if BA isn't flying there now it suggests that there are other reasons - lack of traffic or otherwise that are at play. DAC - Biman isn't flying old planes on this route, IIRC they are deploying thei...Jump to post
All I'll say is, if you ever head to DEL out of choice you're doing something wrong. In years past I've always felt that this is a problem that will have to get worse before it gets better, and hopefully now it's at that stage where the government actually lays down the law and clean air abounds. As...Jump to post
ISB - what has a new airport got to do with anything? The current airport can handle widebodies, and if BA isn't flying there now it suggests that there are other reasons - lack of traffic or otherwise that are at play. DAC - Biman isn't flying old planes on this route, IIRC they are deploying their...Jump to post
"Do you know who I am?"
"How dare you touch me?"
"Come meet me outside and we'll see!"
Only in Delhi.
On a serious note, the firing of the baggage loader is a disgrace. Should be reinstated and IndiGo should apologize once more for that one.
mandargb wrote:IF they are rethinking 767.
Why not 757 please.
They have cockpit commonality anyway.
And they can find bunch of customers for 757 too, isn't it?
I think it's a combination of factors. 1) The Indian domestic market is still not mature enough to support larger models. 2) With the exception of Delhi and Mumbai, Indian airports are not congested and have lots of capacity for extra frequencies. 3) Historically, airlines prefer the economics of t...Jump to post
Quick sidebar: Does AI still have the 4-bogie A320s they inherited? Too lazy to look it up, but figured someone reading this would know. They were converted back to 2 wheel units years back and some retired, per old articles. None were converted IIRC. They were retired without modifications. Can yo...Jump to post
Before others chime in with the answer, let it be known that AI aren't the beacons of fleet planning and optimization.
There may be some valid reasons for those dwell times, but other airlines operating ULH flights all over the world more often than not turn around and head back in quick time.
From memory, the early 737s had a cable extending from the tail to the front of the fuselage. Why was that there, why did it go away, and when?Jump to post
It's in the interest of both A and B to not craft airplanes that compete head-on against each other. Every aircraft rolled out as a 'competitor' is usually a notch slightly above or below what the other offers - be it in terms of range, payload or other factors - right from the 737 vs A320 to the 77...Jump to post
I've seen WN's public presentation on this topic. The RES system was a problem preventing red-eyes, but that is resolved. The pilot contract has rates for red-eyes that Southwest considers unreasonable, but they *can* fly red-eyes per the contract. There is, however, another technical issue. The Op...Jump to post
I lived in Kuwait starting 1994, and flew all of KU's planes over the years - including their 5 x A300s and 3 x A310s. Wonderful aircraft, and I'd like to think that they contributed to my preference of Airbus over Boeing when given the choice. Of course, toward the end they got a little tatty but t...Jump to post
Quick sidebar: Does AI still have the 4-bogie A320s they inherited? Too lazy to look it up, but figured someone reading this would know. Affirmative. These were the ones inherited from IC, and one of them is even carrying the Star livery: 2590130 However, they are being phased out as the NEOs enter...Jump to post
Nowadays anybody can get arrested as terrorist for years without evidence. This is not good anyway, but to establish an airline hub, it's about the worst thing that can happen. Passengers that have to fear, that they might get arrested, if they use this hub to change the plane, will use an other hu...Jump to post
I think it is all about the capacity, crew costs and aircraft operation costs. An LCC A320neo would be configured with 186 seats, an LCC A321neo would be configured with 239 seats. I am not sure what is the F/A requirement in India, but in EU or USA an A320neo with 186 seats needs 4 F/As, however a...Jump to post
There are currently just 20 A321s flying in India, all belonging to AI and delivered between 2007 - 2010. AI also operates A320s (CEOs & NEOs) and A319s, and both types individually outnumber the A321s in the fleet. IndiGo operates a large number of A320s, and have a humongous order for NEOs whi...Jump to post
c) With decline in ME - USA capacity, and Jet integrating very well with DAL, offers possibility of non-stops from India to Delta Hubs. Airports like JFK, ATL do come in mind for at least BOM/DEL non-stops. These 777's offer an opportunistic way to add capacity. Jet can fly BOM-JFK with an owned an...Jump to post
This means that their B77L services only are to India and to Pakistan. I wonder if Air India might be interested in buying back those B77Ls, given that there are routes for which they need that range (i.e., DEL-SFO). That may happen in more ways than you think. For one, offer them back to AI. In ad...Jump to post
I am not sure if you are right on this one, Qantas is doing well and for many years compete with all the ME3, now they are doing very well cooperating, so maybe we could see one day AC cooperating and doing a good business with a ME3. "If you can't beat them join 'em". Scribbled all over ...Jump to post
AI should have not sold the 77L; they should have densified it. They could still do this when they get back the 77Ls. Remove F, make J a better product (all-aisle access), and make Y 3-4-3. (Yes I know AI has one of the most spacious Y products in the business, buy 95% of passengers flying AI won't...Jump to post
The main reason for EK's existence today, is airlines in third word countries (India/Pakistan/Bangladesh/Nepal/Laos/Nigeria/Kenya ...the list could go on) can't get their act together and airlines in Western countries aren't willing to fly to low yield third world destinations. You're striking with...Jump to post
More countries should do a Canada and clip the wings of the ME3. If the ME3 were allowed pseudo-free access to the Canadian market like in India / Australia, we would never see the likes of AC succeed on the likes of YYZ/YVR-DEL, among other routes.Jump to post
9W did something similar: didn't take delivery of a single aircraft between 2014 and 2017 and they improved utilization rates on their existing 737 fleet.
Seems to have improved things for them, over the burden of constantly accepting new frames and having the burden of financing them.
[Because they are run by human beings and that is what we tend to do. Most airlines also have options, so if they need three more, they just only exercise three options. I guess it'll be interesting to check out how many airlines have ordered a 100 of something and actually stuck to it by not takin...Jump to post
Be it LCCs like Air Asia (who have ordered 100 A321NEO - not 101, or 99), to FSCs like Lufthansa and their order of 20 x 779s, what's the deal with airlines locking into strictly 10, 20, 50 or 100 frames? Beyond the economics of sale and lease back deals and replacement of existing frames, surely ai...Jump to post
But who knows. BOM-PVG on 9W is probably the most likely Indian add if it ever happens (timed to connect with LHR, CDG, AMS). 9W has flown this route before - PVG was a stop on BOM-SFO using a 77W. Unfortunately, the slots offered by the Chinese authorities were in the middle of the night so they p...Jump to post
LAX772LR wrote:One of those routes that ya kinda already thought was served.
...oh well, good for them.
9W are getting 75 x 737-8 MAX for sure. Beyond that, this is all I could find from CEO Vinay Dubey during the launch of MAA-CDG a few days ago: Dubey said the airline had not decided on what type of planes to order and the manufacturer but the order would be in addition to the B737 planes that were ...Jump to post
Where did this phrase come from? I presume it was used in the early days of the A320 when speculation was rife that then low-cost carriers might opt for the new model. If that was the case, can we say that Boeing was being complacent with the 737? Did they under-estimate the potential success of the...Jump to post
That 2021 route map is pure fantasy. I don't foresee any African carrier flying to all of those Indian airports at least: DEL, BOM, MAA, HYD, AMD, BLR and CCU (?) as well.Jump to post
airbazar wrote:Additional frequencies and efficiency. There are plenty on a short haul or regional routes where and A320/737 is cheaper to operate than an A330/777.
It's amazing how some countries can take *snap* decisions on military procurement while some others like India take decades evaluating several types of aircraft and end up with none. In this context, Qatar has Rafales and Typhoons - India was looking at both, zeroed in on the Rafale years later, an...Jump to post
It's amazing how some countries can take *snap* decisions on military procurement while some others like India take decades evaluating several types of aircraft and end up with none. In this context, Qatar has Rafales and Typhoons - India was looking at both, zeroed in on the Rafale years later, and...Jump to post
The two main LCCs - IndiGo and SpiceJet have opted for ATRs and Q400s in sizeable quantities, while 9W have waved the white flag and are exiting this segment.
Interesting times ahead.
9W began AUH before they began DXB back in 2006-07. They did sell DXB on their website, and those pax were bused in 9W/EY liveried buses from AUH to DXB.
Not sure how popular those services were considering the abundance of services between India and DXB, but 9W soon launched DXB and SHJ anyway.