Unique is simply jealous because he wishes they flew from ZRH
Back to the topic I am more than confident there is demand from Europe to Kabul. I personally have members in my family who have to go there on a professional basis, it takes them a mere 30 hours from Europe, having to transfer 4 times.
There is no city in Europe which is more centrally located as Geneva. Landing rights are easy to get, costs are also quite low. The fact that the flight leaves GVA
for Kabul at 2200 is also an advantage for business men who can leave after work. I also believe the red cross will largely take profit of this route to transport goods to Afghanistan.
As for the GVA
-Washington route the demand also exists, due to the numerous international organizations in GVA
. Washington is in the top 5 most demanded routes from GVA
from airport surveys. I think the success of that part will depend of how the airline markets the route, with enough publicities I think it can work. However the local press has failed to mention the airline yet, and the airport has not issued any official statements yet.
Another route subject to government approval and granting should be launched: Baghdad. North American has also applied for US-Baghdad (also via GVA
), research previous posts for more information.
The Airline will launch as it has strong ties with the US gov. What would be more interesting to know is whether or not ex-swissair pilots will fly the MD
-11s, this could be a possibility, however I believe the airline will be flying under an American AOC