Gentlemen... a lot of the comments here are baffling and highly amusing to say the least. Especially Behramjee whose route analysis would definitely have won him a seat on SU
's board twenty years ago.
In today's airline route planning and economics, trust me, a routing such as LON-ATQ-HYD-ATQ-LON or LON-HYD-ATQ-HYD-LON is a sure shot way of flushing down the $$$ especially as no cabotage will be allowed on HYD-ATQ-HYD sector. And as for HYD-MCT-HYD, there isn't enough 3/4th freedom traffic to justify this route at all.
's network, we see that their European connectivity is practically nil. BA
and others score over them on this count. They would be better off targeting US traffic ex India and concentrating on those cities which have this potential. With BA
and others firmly entrenched in DEL/BOM, VS
should look at BLR which despite LH
's presence (and now SQ
) is rather underserved and has tremendous potential to US. Again the zippy and rather unconventional VS
brand will appeal more the Southern India IT
crowd (from BLR, MAA, HYD) than to the more traditionally inclined exporters, business travellers, VFR etc. from DEL/BOM. VS
has not been able to really make as great a market impact in DEL as they would have liked. Even as they launched services to DEL they made it very clear that their target was ethnic traffic from Punjab. With all due respects to Sir Richard, it is extremely unlikely and difficult to imagine the average Sardarji identifying with his gimmicks and his strain of humor choosing him over tried and tested products. They are much more comfortable with BA
in this regard.
can align their schedules to ensure an early/daylight arrival into USA with their timings ex India, believe me.. its half their battle won.
And Behramjee... when you mention these routes to/from LON from cities like CCU and other such places, kindly clarify if these are based on fantasy or if you seriously believe they would make money.
Sarfaroshi kii tamannaa ab hamaare dil mein hai, Dekhnaa hai zor kitnaa baazu-e-qaatil mein hai