Emirates has seven dailies to Dubai from LHR, and they have neither a fifty year history nor a wealth of unexploited route authorities
Exactly. Lots of airlines, BA
included, have been buying slots at LHR
when they can't just get them. AI
wait and wait and then end up getting more irregular slots, at random times and random days. Like I said before, maybe "they should threaten BA
with irregular slots at BOM
and DEL? It'll prolly be disastrous but fun anyway to give BA
a different slot time each night at each of the airports!" Or suck it up already and buy decent slots, instead of sitting and begging and waiting.
I think it's pathetic that the national flag carrier (AI) doesn't serve the 2nd largest city in India better.
Whats more pathetic is that the pinko-commies don't want to fly the national flag carrier, yet whine. Give AI
enough credit... They have tried repeatedly to make a success flying out of the East. If the Bonglo brigade did want to fly AI
- which they evidently do not - AI
would still be flying. Ahmedabad's a tiny city in comparision to CCU, but they've got what, like 21 weekly departures on AI
. CCU has the one. Go figure!
I would not be surprised if LH
enters CCU, maybe in the frame of a MoU with AI
, in the next 2-3 years. The entire strategy of LH
is fitted for the Indian pax from North America to India
To add to that, I think LH
's strategy is also to expand in India at the expense of AI
. This whole business about Frankfurt being AI
's favoured pit-stop doesn't quite wash with me. Just watch LH
increase India-Germany service faster than AI
can. I get this feeling that there's more to the whole deal than a simple love affair between LH
will probably end up getting much more out of it than AI
And what was the great need to pick Frankfurt anyway? Its certainly not for the O&D traffic. No Indian in their right mind wants to go to Frankfurt. For us, its all about London, Paris and Interlaken. As the Frankfurt pit-stop (and CDG
, to an extent) has clearly shown, we don't care where the plane stops as long as it gets us to Jersey or California!
could have picked Olympic as their new lover and ATH
as the "gateway of choice"! The airport's better, cheaper and pax wanting to connect to the rest of Europe won't have to backtrack across the continent.
They could also re-jig their relationship with AF
and better integrate the two FFPs, They would then have in CDG
a better gateway, much more O&D and premium potential. Not too sure if AF
will turn out as predatory as others.