David_itl
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Av8air...6 Long-haul Destinations Ex-MAN

Sat Oct 11, 2003 5:12 am


The following information has been alleged to have been mentioned on the BBC (can't find any online version of it!):

"A new airline is set to become the largest long-haul operator from Manchester Airport, by introducing six new destinations this winter.

AV8, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CT2 Travel, which is based in Sale, Cheshire, will commence services from Manchester to Cape Town, Dubai, New Delhi, Bangkok, Sydney and Melbourne this winter, using brand-new Boeing 767ER aircraft.

A spokesman for AV8 told the BBC, 'We are extremely excited at the prospect of finally realising Manchester's potential as a hub for services to long-haul destinations. Sales of our Cape Town and Dubai holidays has exceeded our estimations and we look forward to offering Australia and Thailand, along with India as tempting destinations to travellers from the north of the UK.'

AV8 commence services from Terminal 3 at Manchester Airport on 23rd November 2003."

Strange choice of terminal? I'll try to find a verifiable version of it.
David
 
RickB
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RE: Av8air...6 Long-haul Destinations Ex-MAN

Sat Oct 11, 2003 5:18 am

David,

Any idea on the source for the 767's?

Would be nice to see a new operator out of Manchester - but they have less than a couple of months before services start - would of thought we would of heard more about it by now - after all - they have to get the passengers from somewhere !!

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Jaspike
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RE: Av8air...6 Long-haul Destinations Ex-MAN

Sat Oct 11, 2003 5:22 am

News about the Cape Town flight here:
http://www.busrep.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=561&fArticleId=242706

Its midweek flight would be non-stop from Manchester. The weekend flight, which is expected to predominantly carry Irish passengers, would be from Manchester by way of Dublin, with a refuelling stop in the Balearic islands.

O'Donovan said that on May 1 the flights would switch from Cape Town to Durban for the winter season and would start in the British city of Newcastle.

It was intended to return to Cape Town the following summer.
"We are also looking at Port Elizabeth," O'Donovan said.

Dublin had been included in the route because there was a high demand from Irish passengers, who at present had to travel to South Africa by way of London. Aer Lingus, the Irish national airline, had given no sign that it intended to fly here.

AV8 will carry only passengers who book their flights in the UK and Ireland. "Although we shall put on regular flights, we have only a charter licence that does not allow us to pick up passengers in South Africa," O'Donovan explained.

Mike Tyler, Aer Lingus's general sales manager in South Africa, confirmed that although Irish business people and tourists had pressed for their national airline to fly here, it had not yet decided to do so.


Interesting stuff Big thumbs up

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David_itl
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RE: Av8air...6 Long-haul Destinations Ex-MAN

Sat Oct 11, 2003 5:26 am


Rickb

Last weeks CAA Official Record Series listed dates for the Av8Air/Icelandair Cape Town services as 25/10/03 then weekly from 02/12/03 to 27/01/04 but mentioned just the one 767. So....something's not tallying. I'll have to do some extensive research to find out what is happening.

I'd be a bit peeved if I were one of those who paid £599 for CPT as they're now offering it at £399.

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RE: Av8air...6 Long-haul Destinations Ex-MAN

Sat Oct 11, 2003 11:46 am

"AV8, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CT2 Travel, which is based in Sale, Cheshire, will commence services from Manchester to Cape Town, Dubai, New Delhi, Bangkok, Sydney and Melbourne this winter, using brand-new Boeing 767ER aircraft"

Brand new 767ERs??? Hmm has to be 767-300ERs but not from BOEING maybe some other company.

Anyways this is great news for the MAN ppl that these destinations are getting the flights. DEL-BKK-JNB-SYD-DXB shall all do well especially if this a low cost airline which it seems to be. For DXB though it shall face v v v stiff competition from EK and QR. However for DEL-BKK-CPT-SYD and JNB its perfect. I think that MEL shouldnt be one of the launch destinations.

I would bet on the SYD flights be routed via BKK though KUL maybe a better option due to the less competition prevailing there...from BKK to SYD/MEL, you have BA-QF-TG operating multiple daily B 744s and B 777s!!! However from KUL to SYD, only MAS flies!!! KUL is too a very cheap and desirable place for British-Irish-UK tourists due to its low cost compared to the POUND + excellent facilities.

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