Flightlover
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Air Moldova's Airbus 320

Thu Mar 18, 2004 4:34 am

Just wanted to share some thoughts with you on one of the most recent changes taking place with Air Moldova. A few months ago, as some of you might know, they started operating Airbus 320 which used to belong to Ansett. I've thought about this a lot and I simply don't understand their business strategy. They are operating Embraer 120 (30 seats) on one of the most popular route (KIV-VIE) and they are operating 150-seater Airbus on flights to Amsterdam, Rome and Lisbon. They never fill those planes even at half-capacity and I don't know why did their management decide to choose the Airbus 320. They could have opted for a smaller plane.
Any thoughts on that?
 
OD720
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RE: Air Moldova's Airbus 320

Thu Mar 18, 2004 4:51 am

Now they have the second A320 on their fleet. If what you say is true and the planes were half full, they might have got a good deal on those A320s.

It was a little strange that they were operating with Tu-134s and Yak-42s and upgrading to A320s is some increase in capacity. Maybe they have some plans, like making Kishinev some kind of hub.
Isn't the Lisbon service a new one? I think they are flying once a week there.
 
Flightlover
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RE: Air Moldova's Airbus 320

Thu Mar 18, 2004 4:59 am

OD720,
You are absolutely right. Lisbon is a new service and it is operated on Wednesdays. I remember flying on January 7 out of Kishinev and my flight was leaving around the same time as the flight to Lisbon. They had no more than 50 people on that flight. I think they are planning on using their second Airbus on flights to Moscow Domodedovo but even so I have a hard time believing that they will fill out more than half of the plane.
 
OD720
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RE: Air Moldova's Airbus 320

Thu Mar 18, 2004 5:12 am

You should remember that this is a low season for air travel, so yields will change in a month's time.

I wanted to ask this before too, why do they operate to Lisboa? Do they connect to flights to Africa and the Americas from there?
 
Flightlover
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RE: Air Moldova's Airbus 320

Thu Mar 18, 2004 5:16 am

The reason they operate to Lisbon is because there's a very large population of Moldovans working in Portugal. Due to a difficult economic situation in Moldova a lot of Moldovans immigrated to Portugal and are now working there. I think it is a good route for Air Moldova only if they used a smaller plane.
 
BA
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RE: Air Moldova's Airbus 320

Thu Mar 18, 2004 7:04 am

It was announced in a Lebanese newspaper that Air Moldova is planning to start 3x weekly service to Beirut (BEY) with a stop in Aleppo (ALP).

It doesn't look like it will be happening though..........

Regards
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
 
Flightlover
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RE: Air Moldova's Airbus 320

Thu Mar 18, 2004 8:49 am

I think it is possible. They used to have flight to Beirut in the past and giving the growing number of Lebanese students in Moldova it could happen. I think at this point Air Moldova has more planes than they need in order to operate efficiently so I would guess this is the reason why they are looking for new markets. Their flights to Istanbul are very successful and opening a new route to Beirut will offer a gateway to the Middle East.
 
BA
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RE: Air Moldova's Airbus 320

Thu Mar 18, 2004 8:51 am

FlightLover,

I was told it will start this summer, but I have heard nothing from Air Moldova and it isn't in the schedules.

Regards
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
 
steph001
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RE: Air Moldova's Airbus 320

Fri Mar 19, 2004 5:52 pm

I think Air Moldova is trying new routes, hoping that these routes turn out to be profitable in one or two years. As long as the routes are new it is no surprise that the planes are not full, it only becomes a problem if it remains like this for more than a couple of years.

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