Why can't "slot rich" BA compete effectively and profitably appealing to a different niche market by offering higher frequencies (more choice and flexibility) with the smaller planes?
1. Bilateral agreements. In many markets, frequencies simply cannot be increased to as much as airlines need and want (e.g India, Nigeria). And expecting open skies policies with all these countries any time soon is like dreaming of a world in peace by 2006.
2. On many routes, adding frequencies would not make much sense, due to the limited arrival time periods at destination airports. Look at Europe-Asia flights, or Europe-South Africa flights. Flights cannot just arrive and leave in the middle of the night in Europe (and in other regions too).
So if you have two late evening departures with B747-400 within half an hour, there’s no frequency advantage. It makes more sense to put an A380 on such a route rather than introducing a third frequency only minutes after the other two flights.
Just have a look at BA
’s timetable, you can find several examples.
BA may have to buy options from EK and/or VS. Now what would we like in return?
Excellent observation. Trading options for slots could be a hot option…
I think that BA wont buy the A380, but will order the 7E7.
Oh, didn't know these aircraft are direct competitors?
A380 and B7E7 don't exclude each other. My guess is BA
goes for both models. Simply due to slot constraints, the A380 is necessary on the long term. And the B7E7 will replace B767, both on long hauls and European sectors.
But don't expect BA
going for B7E7 only - where would they take all the slots for such a "frequency policy"? Order them from David Copperfield?
they are not a crazy airline like EK etc, but will prefer to operate long haul routes at a decent frequency.
are not crazy but are funded on a wise long term business plan. 1. They are one of the most profitable airlines in the world. 2. EK
are also going for frequencies where they can (just check their timetable).
I wouldnt be surpirsed if BA also ordered the 772LR, despite those a/c only being offered on GE engines.
If they do so, it won't be for the C-market. And going with it on the B-market cannot be expected soon, there would be other priorities (e.g. B773ER).
engines would not matter at all.
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