Fly the ORD route BLR-BOM-FRA-ORD all the way with 744, make the flight BLR-BOM stop in BOM for 1.30 hrs max but do not change aircraft
The plan is to operate the aircraft on a BOM-FRA
-BOM-BLR-BOM rotation. Same aircraft on ORD
-BLR via BOM, but a change of plane (for cleaning/servicing) on the BLR-ORD
via BOM. This applies to the Mon/Sat flights. On Thursdays of course, the BOM-BLR-BOM service will be operated by an A310 instead.
However, all AI
flights arrive/depart from the International terminal II
-C in BOM. Passengers will clear customs/immigration at BLR itself and will be in sterile transit in BOM.
what is the point in flying from Bangalore to Bombay, wait there for two hours and then fly to FRA? When Lufthansa is operating direct Bangalore - Frankfurt, why would anyone want to take a flight to FRA via Bombay which takes good 3 or 4 hours more
By your same logic, when Air India is operating same aircraft service BLR-ORD
, why would anywone want to take a flight to FRA
, then wait there to CHANGE planes before proceeding on to the USA? As I mentioned on August 8 on this thread
, the main reason the 744s are going into BLR is to offer the 3-class product all the way through in the market (same reason they currently fly them on AMD tags to the EWR
flights). Right now, BLR O&D traffic commands approximately 20% of AI
's load on India-Chicago routes, which can undoubtedly be boosted to about 30% or so with the same-aircraft service. The flights will also be timed to connect with the CDG
services and giving a chuck of connection traffic there too. The rest of the pax on the tag leg can either be local domestic traffic or transfer traffic to the many Gulf destinations served from BOM and not BLR. Hence, it makes a LOT more sense for AI
to fly this route via BOM purely for traffic reasons, without even going into the additional logistics that flying BLR-Europe nonstop would entail.
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