|Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 5):|
Just a few questions:
Do you think IB's long haul fleet is big enough? Has this been discussed inside the company?
I mean, do they have enough aircraft to add new destinations/frequencies?
Right now it is. The key to expanding right now in the short-term would be through wet-leasing. IB
wants to have this leverage so that if the market experiences another fall...we will not be stuck with brand new aircraft out of service. On average right now I believe 2 340-300's are normally on reserve or undergoing revision...as you know...1 340-600 is under revision and 1-2 of the 747's are on reserve as well. So right now I think that there are plenty of aircraft available to open new destinations/frequencies.
As you know, IB
has always been cautious about opening new routes(not a good thing in my opinion as the company should take more risks) which is why I dont agree with the delay in opening BOS
and also not having the JFK
non stop. Our market share to BCN
has dropped dramatically due to DL
having the non-stop and I believe that if US continues with their plan to open PHL
in May....its going to hurt us more. BCN
is booming in the cruise market and we are missing out by not serving it non stop. Hopefully SEPLA and IB
reach a new bargaining agreement soon and maybe we have time to add some new flights this year. We shall see!