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Sabena/DAT Monopoly Between BRU-SXB (Europ. Parl.)

Tue Nov 20, 2001 8:56 pm

Now that DAT has resumed flying on some of the former Sabena routes it struck me that there has been no contender on the route connecting the two seats of the European Parliament (and in fact, many other European institutions) in Brussels (BRU) and Strasbourg (SXB).
My initial guess would have been that Air France might step in and improve the poor traffic relations between SXB and BRU.
From my observations as a (temporarily former) weekly commuter between the two airports, I would have guessed that it was a profitable line which was also asking for some competition.

Does anybody know more about any future plans, particularly as the railway connections are cumbersome, rare and in their speed rather 18th (sic!) century-like?

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RE: Sabena/DAT Monopoly Between BRU-SXB (Europ. Parl.)

Tue Nov 20, 2001 9:07 pm

Forget AF! They have a great route network out of CDG/ORY, but other airports seem to be unimportant to them. I could imagine that any LH (!) partner airline would fly that route, as an EU airline they are allowed to do so. For example a CRJ routing STR-BRU-SXB-BRU-STR. Or Augsburg Airways MUC-SXB-BRU-SXB-MUC.
Or aren't there 2 or 3 Air Litoral CRJ left in TeamLufthansa colours? Where are they based?

The reason I think LH could fly that route is not because I'm a patriotic German (well I am, but I don't like LH), but you might have realized that LH has done everything to give Sabena competition. Now that SN is dead, they will try to kill DAT.
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RE: Sabena/DAT Monopoly Between BRU-SXB (Europ. Parl.)

Tue Nov 20, 2001 9:44 pm

Gentlemen, I don't think LH or LH management is actually trying to kill someone. Anyway I don't see the point in LH to be somehow "guilty" in the fall of Sabena, that was competition and besides, the fall of Sabena was completely "homemade". I've been given enough sugar from many guys in this forum about how unfair LH is treating German competition (I still say, J. Weber is doing one hell of a job and right now, he is proving again, that he is not a so-called nice-weather-manager, but instead will guide LH through the crisis to come out even stronger than before, that is his job, not being nice to competitors).
No back to the question: I do agree with Ndebele that probably a smaller carrier should do this (I remember some smaller aircraft from Team LH standing around in TXL, they even had the EU logo on the tail). I'm a bit astonished that nothing seems to move on that route, I always had the impression, the EU does provide lots of goodies for their workforce (D-AQUI: No pun intended *gg*)
I know it's only VfB but I like it!

RE: Sabena/DAT Monopoly Between BRU-SXB (Europ. Parl.)

Tue Nov 20, 2001 9:57 pm

Well I can just repeat myself again and say that what LH does is called good management ! That's probably the way you have to do it unless you want to go bankrupt and receive $$$ government aids.


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