ok, here we go again
EGBB, i have seen the a/c at bhx a few times,and don't know why it has'nt got the full livery, i would assume it had to be rushed back into service because of a/c shortages! We don't seem to be making a very goods job of the repainting eh!
in regards to our LGW route, its is doing very well thankyou
BA may have put a 737 on SOME flights, but ours continue to have healthy loads in both business and economy cabins, despite the fact that BA don't charge for refreshments, whereas we do. I don't think flybe has any worries in Jersey, as we are known as the locals' airline with strong branding in both JER and GCI. In fact, it is a wonder to me why we dont increase frequency on the LGW-JER run in the summer, i worked down there for a few days and EVERY flight on the lates was 100% full if not overbooked. I think if someone like Easyjet came onto the route, THEN we would have problems!
Also, I am very puzzled as to why a low cost has'nt touched Jersey yet????
In relation to a 130/140 seater, UNLESS we went TOTALLY no frills, these would be flying around half full. Our only routes that could support these size a/c are:
LGW-JER (summer only)
LGW-GCI (summer only)
BHX-TLS (has performed very well this summer
our AF flights are legally limited to 99 pax/flight, so they could'nt be used there. Personally though, i agree with your sentiments, in an ideal world i would like us to go totally low cost and operate the A318 and Q400, but its not an ideal world.
the main problem with going totally low cost for us is the AF contract. This contract is a VERY good earner for us and accounts for approx 40% of our revenue, therefore, there is little reality that AF would want a no frills carrier operating it's full service flights.
We heard the rumours about CRJ900s, but they are not suitable for our network (our charters in particular).
I did say we are aiming for a two type fleet, the 146 and Q400s. However, i really dont think we will get rid of the Q300s any time soon. In the longer term a new type will be needed. I honnestly don't know what to expect anymore, one minute the company is on the brink and the next it's rebranding and new uniforms. It is well publicised that our MD Jim French likes the Q400s, but what he forgets is that the majority of our passengers prefer jets (we actually have pax refusing to fly when they see it's a dash 8!) The management may decide to do something completely different, maybe revert to the Shed 360
and have a fleet of about 50!
With the ERJ145 there are a few factors.
a)OUR CR1s cost about twice as much as the BA ER4s
b)i THINK the ERJ's operating economics are better than the CRJ's on shorter routes??
c)i'm pretty sure BA's load factor is higher than ours!