xray
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Why Don't Air India Fly Direct To MAN?

Thu Mar 13, 2003 9:43 pm

This is a question that's puzzled me for many years, Manchester has a huge Asian population mainly made up of Pakistanis and Indians, PIA fly several flights a week (my even be several a day) into MAN but Air India have no service there and as far as I can remember never have.
I'm assuming the demand simply isn't there to justify a service but it strikes me as a little odd considering the population of the NW.
Anyone know any more about this ?

cheers
 
carduelis
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RE: Why Don't Air India Fly Direct To MAN?

Thu Mar 13, 2003 9:49 pm

Per Ardua ad Astra! ........ Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense!
 
David_itl
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RE: Why Don't Air India Fly Direct To MAN?

Thu Mar 13, 2003 10:01 pm


Air India began a 2 weekly BOM-DEL-FCO-MAN service using A310s back in 1997ish after wanting a 4 weekly 747 service but they didn't have the equipment or authority to do that. In 1999, they went to 4 weekly but pulled out in April/May 2001 (some 5 weeks after their chairman stated that MAN + 6 or 7 other "key" destinatations would have capcacity increases) due to alleged "losses" they were making. Average loads were in the region of 70%.

It would also need a rewriting the UK-India bilateral as each country is limted to 16 flights per week, with the Virgin flights operating with an AI codeshare and counted as "Indian".

PIA operate upto 3 747/A310s per day, most operating Pakistan-MAN-JFK and return.

David
 
xray
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RE: Why Don't Air India Fly Direct To MAN?

Thu Mar 13, 2003 10:10 pm

cheers David, that's excellent as usual  Big grin

No chance of seeing the old Biman '10 at Manny soon then ?
 
David_itl
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RE: Why Don't Air India Fly Direct To MAN?

Thu Mar 13, 2003 10:15 pm


Apart from the 2 or 3 "special" flights they did in December 1994, nothing doing! I'm sure they were offered 5th freedom rights from here to JFK but declined them as they wanted them through LHR instead.

Daivd

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