behramjee
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Austrian Airlines Now Daily To DEL And Wants BOM

Tue Oct 28, 2003 3:43 am

From : India Times

Austrian Airlines has converted its Delhi-Vienna flight into a daily operation due to a strong passenger traffic and said it is ready to commence services to Mumbai as well.

Austrian Airlines Country Manager Bernhard Baeck said the airline has increased its flights from five to seven a week following an over 80 per cent passenger load factor.

The carrier, which just completed six year of operations in India, would use the latest Airbus A330-200 on the Delhi- Vienna route, having 24 business class and 235 economy seats.

"The Indian market looks very promising to us. So, we have asked the Indian government to let us fly to other cities starting with Mumbai. The request is still pending with the government," Baeck told a news conference.

Claiming a market share of 30-35 per cent on the Delhi- Vienna sector, he said Vienna could serve as a hub for Indian passengers travelling to Europe and America as the Austrian Airlines group serves 120 destinations worldwide. The flights were being operated through a codeshare arrangement with Air India, Baeck added.
 
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RE: Austrian Airlines Now Daily To DEL And Wants BOM

Tue Oct 28, 2003 8:36 am

I have also noticed that from next Summer - Austrian/Lauda's service to KUL and SYD/MEL gets renumbered from the OS3000 series to OS1 and OS2. Will these 777s be flying in OS colours by then?
 
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RE: Austrian Airlines Now Daily To DEL And Wants BOM

Tue Oct 28, 2003 10:25 am

It seems rather odd that Swiss ceased operations to Delhi just as Austrian are ratcheting up services. Do Swiss and Austrian still code-share on some routes?
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behramjee
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RE: Austrian Airlines Now Daily To DEL And Wants BOM

Tue Oct 28, 2003 2:42 pm

No Austrian broke off with LX a long long time ago...around 99-2000. Austrian are Star whilst LX now is OW.

But it does make no sense as to why smaller less known airlines like TK and Austrian are increasing or inaugurating DEL flights when LX terminated them and LX is a much better and more well known airline in India than those 2 plus LX has a wider network trans-atlantic as well as in Europe and North Africa!!!
 
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RE: Austrian Airlines Now Daily To DEL And Wants BOM

Tue Oct 28, 2003 3:15 pm

LX is a much better and more well known airline in India than those 2 plus LX has a wider network trans-atlantic as well as in Europe and North Africa

With all due respect to LX, their widespread network is their biggest problem. Why they couldn't learn from their SR saga is beyond me. Airlines rarely get a second chance and LX is making all the right moves to blow their second shot. DEL may be a great volume market, but it isn't neccessarily a cost efficient market for them.
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RE: Austrian Airlines Now Daily To DEL And Wants BOM

Tue Oct 28, 2003 3:34 pm

I believe that dropping DEL was a good move for Swiss. If they were not making money; then why keep it? They need to slash costs and if it means dropping big name cities because they are not profitable such as DEL & IAD, so be it! The airlines and its employees welfare is what matter, not that the airline saved face by bleeding red ink so that it could keep s select number of people happy, especially people that probably don’t fly them out of DEL to begin with.

Delhi is a very well served market and LX pulling out should not even create a dent in the market.

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RE: Austrian Airlines Now Daily To DEL And Wants BOM

Tue Oct 28, 2003 3:41 pm

AFAIK dropping a few intercontinental destinations was a demand both by LH and BA for letting them into their alliance (and giving them a hight share of connecting pax.)