I am somewhat amazed by SB
Airlines operations. Their fares are ridiculously low between CCS
. These fares were only intended as introductory fares, but have been extended for all the summer season. Does it mean that they weren’t selling as expected (?). I wonder what their plan is once the lighter months roll around. One thing is for sure, they are stealing a lot of AA
’s traffic from MIA
, which I suppose is part of their plan. We have to take into consideration that they are wet-leasing this 757 as they are not allowed to fly their own planes to the U.S. This must mean that this operation is probably more expensive than an operation that would be made if they flew their one planes by their own crew. Maybe they got a favorable deal?
I was also wondering about their flights between Cacaras and Santiago de Compostela. They advertised these special flights for the summer period, but to my knowledge they didn’t operate. Instead, Air Europa launched a once a week one-way service between Caracas and Stgo de Compostela on Saturdays. It’s not a dedicated flight, it’s the original CCS
, but with a stop in Compostela. Instead, I think SB
Airlines added a second flight between Caracas and Tenerife for the summer period.
On the South American subject of their operations, they are only flying to Quito now. They dropped Lima, then added Guayaquil, then dropped this destination and decided to just concentrate on Quito. This flight is very important to them as it feeds to their MAD
service, given the large Ecuadorian community that exist in Spain and that tends to travel back and forth quite often.
I did read of their intentions on starting new operations to Portugal and Italy, covering over the open gap that Avensa left behind when it transferred its transatlantic operations to SB
Airlines. I believe they intend on starting these flights next year.
I wonder what they intend on doing about their transatlantic flights in the future. They must be getting those two DC-10s leases at favorable terms, but they could do better using a fleet of 767s, which could work better for some of the routes they fly to Europe, or intend on flying one day. My belief is that since there exist a large pool of DC-10 spare pilots and used infrastructure leftover from VIASA’s and AVENSA’s DC-10 operations, allows for SB
Airlines to draw upon these at very favorable prices, which allow them to offer low fares between South America and Europe.
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