burberry753
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Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 6:32 am

Hi, does anyone know when flyGlobespan are planning on operating their own planes on flights between the UK and Canada? (i think they are interested in 777's 'till the 787's are ready for lease) and when this happens how badly will Air Transat be effected?
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 6:44 am

I haven't heard anything since it was mentioned here a few months back but am I the only one to think the 777 is quite a big aircraft (in terms of capacity) for a relatively new airline with no experience in the long-haul market to utilise, especially since they're planning on 'downgrading' (again in terms of capacity) when the 787s arrive. Surely the B767 would make greater sense offering a suitably sized aircraft, with reasonable lease costs and in relative abundance (compared to T7).

As for its effect on the likes of Air Transat or Zoom, I think they'll complement their services rather than compete simply because the UK-Canada market is expanding pretty fast so capacity increases in the future are bound to happen and why shouldn't a UK airline share a piece of the cake in a profitable market.

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jmc757
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 6:47 am

If I remember correctly wasn't it Globepsan (the tour operator, parent of the airline) that bought Excalibur airways? Then rushed into starting the long-haul Orlando service and in a matter of months destroyed a great airline?

Hope they have learned from that debacle and get things right this time...
 
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 7:13 am

What it would mean, is that Globespan would no longer sell seats on Air Transat flights and would instead sell them on their own Flyglobespan. This would probably mean that TS would either have to find another agent, or leave the Scottish market. I can't remember the CEOs exact reasoning for his want of B772s, but he seemed to think that it would offer better economics until the B787s appeared.
 
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:39 am

The 777s would be way too large for any UK-Canada market outside of GLA,MAN or LGW.
Would be better if they got 767s until the 787s arrived
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:04 am

The B777s would be too big for any route but MCO from EDI and GLA where I reckon they could be filled. I can't see any other viable routes with B772 size aircraft, especially given that it would be almost entirely point to point traffic.
 
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 5:04 pm

I would have thought the 772's wouldnt be a problem for the Canadian routes as Air Transat regularly operate their A330's to the UK and seem to fill them!
 
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 5:39 pm

I dont even think EDI-MCO would make full use of the 772, a 767 would be better for that route.
Burberry, the 777s can accomodate many more than an A330 can
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 7:04 pm

777s are a nice dream but can't see it happening somehow. If flights start expect to see a 767 or possibly an A330. CEO may talk of a 777 but the reality should be somewhat different if he listens to his planning and operations people.
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:42 pm

I would imagine that this would see the withdrawal of TS from a number of their routes. Like you say, Globespan would be selling their own seats. The situation can be compared to the American Trans Air Orlando routes. these were flown heavily by ATA from MAN and LGW for Travel City Direct. Then Travel City launched their "own" flights using European, then Air Atlanta 747s. No more ATA on UK-Orlando. Unfortunately thats the way the charter market works.

However, that said Globespan would still be selling seats from other airports (BHX, EXT etc...) so I would imagine TS would still operate these routes as Globespan probably wouldn't have the capacity to start with.
 
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:55 pm

I guess one important question (which I don't know the answer to - hopefully somebody does) is whether the TS flights have mainly UK or Canadian passengers or whether it is a mixture of both. Should they have more Canadians then expect little change for TS. If the majority are UK then perhaps TS will look to shift their flights to other UK (or indeed other European airports as they have plenty of unused rights at the moment) if they feel the total market is limited with a new carriers entry on to these existing routes.

Interestingly, met with one of TS's directors at a conference at the tail end of last year and he was stressing in a presentation how his company was changing their operating culture and a key reason for their improved results was a desire to react quickly to market conditions, meaning chopping and changing desitnations where they see fit to aid profitability. something they didn't do in the past.
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:22 am

Whats wrong with using the 777? If Boeing makes GSM an offer too good to refuse before the 787 is ready then I'm sure they can afford to have some empty seats. Don't forget, if they fly to destinations such as South Africa then the cargo will also be a big money maker.

On another note, Pprune suggests GSM want to operate GLA-LGW and STN.
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:30 am

A 777 flying nonstop from Scotland to South Africa would probably have to fly from PIK if it had any sort of decent load
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:32 am

By all accounts the EK 772 was full of pax and cargo when it flew GLA-DXB, thats 7.5 hours, how long does it take to fly GLA-JNB?
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:34 am

Quoting GLAGAZ (reply 11):
Whats wrong with using the 777? If Boeing makes GSM an offer too good to refuse before the 787 is ready then I'm sure they can afford to have some empty seats.


Absolutely, but unless they are ordering more than one or two, don't expect Boeing to give them away too cheaply to such a small airline as they are not having too much difficulty shifting them up to now. If they threatened to buy 15 A340s from Airbus that might help negotiations however  Wink/being sarcastic

Operating a 777 is not a cheap undertaking - one reason why almost all other charter airlines or pseudo-charter airlines operate them? (I don't include Lauda as they are in effect operating OS scheduled services to leisure destinations). Much as I love the 777 to fly on, an A330 would make much more economic sense to Canadian destinations

South Africa might be a far trickier issue than Canada - will have to go check the bilaterals but I think they're much more restricted than Canada. Do they already have the rights to fly there ?
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:26 am

Quoting Cornish (reply 14):
Absolutely, but unless they are ordering more than one or two, don't expect Boeing to give them away too cheaply to such a small airline as they are not having too much difficulty shifting them up to now. If they threatened to buy 15 A340s from Airbus that might help negotiations however Wink/being sarcastic


I think it would come as part of the proposed B787 deal, the B777 would be owned outright by GSM, presumably with the hope of selling them for a good price when(if) the B787 appear.
 
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:27 am

Quoting GLAGAZ (reply 13):
By all accounts the EK 772 was full of pax and cargo when it flew GLA-DXB, thats 7.5 hours, how long does it take to fly GLA-JNB?


Longer than that. LHR-JNB has a block time around 10hrs 50, so GLA-JNB would be around 11hrs 30.
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:30 am

GLA-DXB is actually about 6.5 hrs in flight length is it not?
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RE: Globespan Long Haul, Bad For TS?

Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:36 am

Quoting Gkirk (reply 17):
GLA-DXB is actually about 6.5 hrs in flight length is it not?


EK's website shows EK025 (DXB-GLA) has a flying time of 8hrs 10mins and flight EK026 (GLA-DXB) takes 7hr 25mins.

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