I read that 2-3 more leased B 744s are coming in by summer 04.
I don't know where you read that, but the information is incorrect. There will be 2 744s arriving this week on lease from Korean Air, but that is all that has been approved for now. There will also be 2 A310s arriving later this month from Singapore Airlines, and another 2 A310s in June 2004 from an as-yet-undetermined source (tenders are being evaluated and will be approved by the board at their next meeting).
Its just a matter of time before ORD too becomes daily which I expect it to be by summer 04 with the 7th flight being via FRA and not LHR (due to lack of slots).
Actually, there are a number of interesting scenarios under consideration which will be determined largely by how the India-UK bilateral talks progress in January. If Chicago were to go daily, there would likely be a shift of all services through Frankfurt with the 12 London slots thus vacated used for service to the next North American gateway - likely to be either Los Angeles, Toronto or San Francisco. If additional Heathrow slots opened up (and the US were willing to permit it), we might see all Chicago services route through Heathrow and Frankfurt used as an expansion gateway. If the Heathrow slots were available contingent on the reduction of transatlantic fifth freedoms, we may see Chicago flights move to Frankfurt and the additional slots used for Heathrow terminators possibly with smaller guage - and ironically with the development that Virgin would lose their Delhi flights!
There was an earlier discussion few weeks ago that either LAX or SFO would too be started by summer 04 via HKG?
At present there are no specific plans whatsoever to run transpacific services via HKG
. If LAX
were to be launched over the Pacific, the gateway would be NRT
. All the planning I have seen shows that HKG
will remain an Airbus station for the foreseeable future.
Will the 747's be going BLR-BOM-FRA-ORD
The 744s will run to Bangalore on Sat/Mon ex-BLR and Thu/Sat ex-ORD, while the Thu flight ex-BLR and Mon ex-ORD will be an A310 on the domestic tag leg. The ORD flights via LHR will extend to AMD on some days of the week on the 744s, with EWR via CDG being the AMD extension on others.
[Edited 2003-11-30 04:05:08]
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