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InterSky To Set-up New Base In Friedrichshafen

Fri Aug 29, 2003 9:13 pm

InterSky will set-up a second base in Friedrichshafen in the South of Germany. One Dash 8-300 aircraft will be based there operating two daily flights to Cologne/Bonn, one daily flight to Berlin Tempelhof and one daily flight to Vienna. Fares starting at 29 EUR plus tax.
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RE: InterSky To Set-up New Base In Friedrichshafen

Fri Aug 29, 2003 10:36 pm

I sincerely wish them the very best luck with their new services. With LH withdrawing from many domestic routes except for hub feeder services, our regional airports are quickly experiencing deteriorating connections to the most important business centers.

I have checked Intersky's new timetable and found that there will be a convenient schedule for day returns between CGN and FDH. The THF and VIE flights are not so convenient however. So I suppose the CGN flights could be successful since there are quite a few business links between the Lake Constance and Rhine-Ruhr regions. Don't know about the flights to Berlin and Vienna though - there is no chance to make a daytrip, so it is probably not very attractive to business passengers. What is Intersky's usual passneger mix? Are they relying as heavily on full-price ticket sales as the conventional regional carriers?
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RE: InterSky To Set-up New Base In Friedrichshafen

Sat Aug 30, 2003 12:39 am

We have about 50% business and 50% leisure travellers on our current routes out of Berne. Most business travellers are also using Economy Class fares but they are of course ready to book the higher fare classes if they book at short notice. We are mainly relying on the seat-load factor as yields are of course lower than with a classical regional airline fare structure. We had an average SLF of 77% in the first six months of this year and not that a good yield, but as we sold so many tickets, we can live with that. Surprisingly, Vienna seems to be the best selling destination today ...
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RE: InterSky To Set-up New Base In Friedrichshafen

Sat Aug 30, 2003 1:05 am

Thomas,
Thank you for the quick response.  Smile I find Intersky's concept of being a low(er)-fare REGIONAL airline very interesting, because if it succeeds - and I strongly hope so - this will be a good answer for many smaller regional airports, which keep losing mainline service except for some hub routes.

My local airport, DTM, is a good example for that. Until two years ago, we had a large EW base here with nonstop flights to all the major European business centers. Nowadays, there's a LH service to MUC and flights to some other German airports (THF, STR etc.) by smaller third-tier carriers. AB has stepped in to some extent and is offering flights to a few popular metropolitain areas (e.g. STN, VIE, ZRH), but still this network leaves a lot to be desired. Airlines like Intersky could fill in the voids by offering flights to cities, which are no longer served by LH/ EW, but with catchment areas too small to warrant services by low cost carriers using larger aircraft like the 737.

Anyway, I am strongly promoting your new service with my friends in the Lake Constance region, and hope to fly Intersky later this year when I am going to visit them.  Big thumbs up
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RE: InterSky To Set-up New Base In Friedrichshafen

Sat Aug 30, 2003 3:17 am

That's good news for Friedrichshafen and Intersky!

How many aircraft are they operating then?

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RE: InterSky To Set-up New Base In Friedrichshafen

Sat Aug 30, 2003 3:42 am

two - D-BLEJ and OE-LSB
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RE: InterSky To Set-up New Base In Friedrichshafen

Mon Sep 01, 2003 8:31 am

Thomas,

Are you using the Radixx Air system ?


If so what is your experience with it ?

Are you using GDS links? How is the support?

Thx in advance

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RE: InterSky To Set-up New Base In Friedrichshafen

Mon Sep 01, 2003 3:40 pm

Hi A C,
yes we are and I was actually responsible for the implementation. Please drop me an e-mail to thomas.jaeger@ch-aviation.ch, I would be delighted to talk to you about it.
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RE: InterSky To Set-up New Base In Friedrichshafen

Mon Sep 01, 2003 6:22 pm

Hi Thomas and all!

Is InterSky planning to acquire new aircraft?

Thanks!


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RE: InterSky To Set-up New Base In Friedrichshafen

Tue Sep 02, 2003 12:18 am

If I have my maths correct, the new FDH base will require a third aircraft. One is currently operating from BRN to THF and VIE, the other is deployed on the new CDG route from LUG/BRN. I understand that the third Dash 9 will be sourced from Augsburg Airways as well (like the second).

I am curious why THF is only served once daily. For business travellers, Hahn Air will win hands down on the route despite their inferior equipment (Metros) because they offer a same day return option. It is now the same situation as in the old Augsburg Airways days with a mid-day departure in competition with morning/evenings flights in competition. I never quite understood the attractiveness of the FDH-CGN route as DUS, usually the much more attractive destination, can only sustain a Metro operation by Hahn Air. However, it must be for some reason why Lufthansa/Eurowings operated Fokker 50 and ATR on CGN-FDH.
 
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RE: InterSky To Set-up New Base In Friedrichshafen

Tue Sep 02, 2003 6:03 am

As we do basically not operate any charter flights out of Berne in winter and there will be some minor schedule changes on the Paris route, we only require one aircraft based there.

FDH-CGN has always been a very good market, it was served up to four times daily by Lufthansa and its partners. FDH-THF will of course compete with Hahn Air but we are serving a different market segment (leisure travellers would hardly fly with Hahn Air but there is a big potential on this route, flights were always very well booked when Team LH carriers operated the route but at not too high yields, with our cost base and without paying franchise fees to LH this should be a profitable route anyway).
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RE: InterSky To Set-up New Base In Friedrichshafen

Tue Sep 02, 2003 6:38 am

How much came slot restrictions in DUS and higher landing and service fees into play into the decision to serve CGN? Was DUS ever an alternatove option considered against CGN or was it clear right away to take over the old Team LH route 1:1?

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RE: InterSky To Set-up New Base In Friedrichshafen

Tue Sep 02, 2003 6:57 am

From what I know DUS was never an alternate.
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