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BA Should Transfer Pakistan To Bmed

Thu Feb 06, 2003 2:35 am

Since British Airways are not too keen on returning to the Pakistani market, it makes sense that they transfer the route to their franchise partner British Meditteranean, just as they did with Iran,Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan all former BA 'proper' routes, BA served Islamabad till 2001 before that they flew to Karachi also till 1991. Bmed's A320/321 fleet would be more suited to operate profitable services to amlost every major Pakistani city including Lahore and per4haps even Peshawar in the NWFProvince. By the way do you think Bmed will also add Afghanistan,Tajikistan,Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan to their network in the future? maybe even Urumqi in western China.

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RE: BA Should Transfer Pakistan To Bmed

Thu Feb 06, 2003 3:08 am

BMed, IMHO, wont fly to any of the destinations above named. Competition with PIA rules out flights to Pakistan...
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RE: BA Should Transfer Pakistan To Bmed

Thu Feb 06, 2003 3:31 am

How would an A320 be suited to a long haul flight exactly?
 
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RE: BA Should Transfer Pakistan To Bmed

Thu Feb 06, 2003 3:38 am

I believe the A321s are used on the longer hops (i.e. Tehran non-stop).

I'm sure BA would love to serve the Pakistan market; I'm guessing security fears are hindering any decision. I also wonder what the potential for high-yield traffic is...I'm sure filling the economy section wouldn't be a problem though (in common with most routes).

I remember reading that Bmed were interested in Tashkent (reported in Airline Business magazine).
 
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RE: BA Should Transfer Pakistan To Bmed

Thu Feb 06, 2003 3:47 am

The BMed Tehran 321 nonstop is the world's longest 321 route. I'm not sure if Pakistan is within nonstop flying distance from LHR with the 320/321.

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RE: BA Should Transfer Pakistan To Bmed

Thu Feb 06, 2003 4:42 am

BA has only 'suspended' the Pakistan routes due to security issues.

The routes have not been dropped.They will be re-started as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

At the current time,BMED only wish to fly aircraft from the A320 series,so Pakistan would be out of range of a loaded 320/321 unless they added a fuel stop.This is something some customers might prefer rather than flying PIA.

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RE: BA Should Transfer Pakistan To Bmed

Thu Feb 06, 2003 5:51 am

Yes Bmed could operate the service via one of their former Soviet destinations, I belive according to a study done by PIA that routing is vey feasible.
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RE: BA Should Transfer Pakistan To Bmed

Thu Feb 06, 2003 6:43 am

A 1-stop however would add cost, also change the yield/revenue dynamics if traffic was sold to the en route stop.

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