Behramjee: I agree that there can be nothing more glamorous than a 772ER or an A343!
But those are pretty expensive machines and hardly suitable for an airline like BG
at this stage! Rather than add yet another type which adds to the operational complexities, it makes sense to build on a common fleet.
can probably acquire 6 or 7 F28's in place of 3 737-300's, and while not the most efficient aircraft out there, the F28 seems to fit nicely into BG
The 742 also makes sense in that it is a cheap way to augment capacity up from their DC10's. Airlines should look not for most glamorous options but for the most cost effective solutions.
I think what BG
now needs to do is rationalise their route structure. If this means tying up with (say) KLM or LH
and cutting out the transatlantic hops then so be it. THey should consider an arrangement wherein they have more non-stops from DAC and CGP to a European hub, where pax can connect onto flights operated by the partner airline.
Ridiculous flying bus flights (DAC-CGP-DXB
??? Brrrr!) must be replaced with more convenient routings.