OYRJA
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Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Tue Apr 26, 2005 4:33 pm

I read this morning in different travel magazines that the Scandinavian LCC Sterling Airways will start a daily route between CPH and MCO.
According to the owners of Sterling they will start already in October. And they will lease 2 767 to fly the route.

This is great news for those who don't want to pay the high airfare to fly a "normal" airline.

The most interesting thing is to see how much a ticket will cost to cross the atlantic with Sterling.

They also announced that they are looking for other routes to the US as well.

If this will happen I wish Sterling all the best of luck.
 
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Tue Apr 26, 2005 4:50 pm

Will it be MCO or SFB ?
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Tue Apr 26, 2005 6:26 pm

From that I heard today it will be MCO. But it might just be rumours. It could be SFB as well. But no matter what airport they will chose I hope they will succeed.
 
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Tue Apr 26, 2005 6:29 pm

If you count the seat mile costs, even a typical LCC flight Europe-USA roundtrip would start around 200 euro ($250) + 80 euro taxes/fees while the average fare should be above 300 euro. If you shop around a bit, you can get comparible prices on mainline carriers. Expect only specials to fill up some flights.
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Tue Apr 26, 2005 6:31 pm

They will need good luck and a pat on the shoulder since the cross atlantic competition is today very high and prices already low. You can get to Miami for around 450 Euro when the fares are the cheapest. Could any airline go below that i wonder?
 
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Tue Apr 26, 2005 7:38 pm

I thought MLB was lobbying hard for this service to try and break into the Europe/Central Florida market.
 
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Tue Apr 26, 2005 7:51 pm

Wow!!! Grrrrreat!!
I thought about either Sterling or DAN buying a B787 to offer cheap long haul flights...
I think this is the start signal for that race...

Think we might see Sterling buying the 787 if this LCC goes well  Smile

Mika don't be so negative! If Sterling offers tickets online, they have no competition, BAL, MYT and NVR only fly via travel agencies...

This is like EZY or RYR going long haul  Silly

Grrrrreat new, and it is even a wonderful destination they've chosen...

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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Tue Apr 26, 2005 7:54 pm

Hi all.

I sincerely hope they will not break the neck on this one, as far as I know they are not running in black numbers yet.

Greetings,
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Wed Apr 27, 2005 7:11 pm

Any news where they will get the B767's from.

Greetings,
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:05 pm

Quoting PW2040 (Reply 8):
Any news where they will get the B767's from.

Greetings,
PW2040

Haven't heard anything about it yet. But now they are starting to talk about starting it out of ARN or OSL instead because CPH is too expensive. That sucks big time.
 
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:20 pm

Quoting OYRJA (Reply 9):
But now they are starting to talk about starting it out of ARN or OSL instead because CPH is too expensive.

Well ARN is somewhat more expensive charges-wise for a 767 than CPH so that seems a strange decision. Could they be looking at one of the other Stockholm airports (i.e. Skvaska) to keep the costs down?
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:56 pm

I quess it's the new Icelandic owner making some radical changes to the company!? Let's hope the best that they are not too radical!

Quoting OYRJA (Reply 9):
because CPH is too expensive

I find it funny how CPH keeps increasing the pax fees when at the same time they are giving discounts down to 50 % for freighter landing fees.
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Thu Apr 28, 2005 12:25 am

Quoting Fedex (Reply 5):
I thought MLB was lobbying hard for this service to try and break into the Europe/Central Florida market.

MLB? That's a pretty small airport airline service-wise isn't it? It just gets some DL MD-80s and CRJ, AFAIK... Why MLB, when MCO or even TPA, would be a better fit for the service?

On the other hand, I don't know too much about Central Florida, I've never been there, but I know that MCO/TPA get way more service than MLB... Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Thu Apr 28, 2005 12:42 am

Finally we Scandinavians return to the Floridian Skies! Too bad it has to be Sterling and not SK... but what the hell?

Still, I always imagined that Sterling would use A330s once they started IC service... but the machinations of my mind seldom materialize...

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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:34 am

I really wished they'd picked MIA instead - a far more useful and sorely needed gateway for Scandinavians; MCO is strictly a tourist destination and of little use for business travel.

Then again Sterling caters mostly to the leisure segment.

Conversely the Finns enjoys HEL-MIA nonstop on AY...

[Edited 2005-04-27 18:49:38]
 
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Thu Apr 28, 2005 1:39 am

I really hope Sterling choose SFB over MCO!

Sterling should try and get rights to fly CPH-BKK or CPH-HKT, this could prove to be a very profitable route.

Is Sterling transfering any A/c to Iceland Express?

Rob!

[Edited 2005-04-27 18:39:41]
 
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Thu Apr 28, 2005 3:16 am

Quoting Hodja (Reply 14):
I really wished they'd picked MIA instead - a far more useful and sorely needed gateway for Scandinavians; MCO is strictly a tourist destination and of little use for business travel.

MIA has been in talks with SAS lately. Nothing huge, but promising. MIA works better for full-service carriers.
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Thu Apr 28, 2005 8:21 am

Quoting San747 (Reply 12):

MLB is the closest airport to Port Canaveral and a booming cruise industry which includes Disney's twin giant cruise ships. They are also the closest airport to to Disney's beach resort located south of Sebastian. During the 1980's MLB had service by nearly all of the majors and in 1991 passenger traffic peaked at 750,000 (not bad for an airport with 5 gates). in comparison, by 2003 passenger traffic had dropped to around 400,000 and all of the airlines had stopped service with the exception of Delta. MLB's Airport Authority has began a major campaign aimed at attracting more airlines by offering a laundry list of incentives, but to date, no takers. After viewing Sanford's success in capturing some of the trans-Atlantic traffic, the Airport Authority has broadened this campaign to include European charter and scheduled service. I belive the group focusing on the European market is a group called PlaneStation Melbourne? I thought I had heard that they had recently landed their first carrier and thought I had heard the name Sterling mentioned, but looking at their (mlbair.com) website, I can't find much info.

[Edited 2005-04-28 01:24:44]
 
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Thu Apr 28, 2005 4:30 pm

SAS previously had plans to start services to MIA sometime in late 2001 but then 9/11 came.

I'm very surprised to hear MLB had services from almost all of the US majors back then because right now that airport is dead. Don't see why so many carriers back then vs now. I would think the Melbourne area has been growing.. rather than losing residents. A few years ago there was a new airline that was going to start based in MLB. They were going to fly DC-9s. It was on the airport's website, but I guess plans were abandoned.

Some years ago while driving around that area on I-95, I saw a USAir MD80 on approach, most likely to MLB so I'm guessing USAir used to fly there. On one occation I decided to actually go see this airport and when I got there all I saw on the terminal was a Spirit MD-80.


To get to the space coast, Cocoa Beach, the cruises etc it's only a 45 minute drive from MCO, which has more attractiions and options than Melbourne. However from Melbourne to the theme parks it's a pretty long drive, around 2 hours.. and now with SFB being a favorite charter airport I think it will be hard for MLB to lure any intl airlines.

Back on topic, let's hope Sterling retains that colorful scheme for the 767s  Wink
 
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Thu Apr 28, 2005 5:12 pm

What based the decision to try the MCO area as opposed to MIA?
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Fri Apr 29, 2005 10:40 pm

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 16):
MIA has been in talks with SAS lately. Nothing huge, but promising. MIA works better for full-service carriers.

This is great news if itsø true. But I'm curious to see what they choose. They also talked about SFO recently. So it will be interesting to follow.
But I think it will take a while before SK starts a new route to the US. I think their main target right now is Asia.
 
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RE: Sterling Airways To Start LCC Route CPH-MCO!

Sat Apr 30, 2005 9:17 pm

Quoting OYRJA (Reply 20):
But I think it will take a while before SK starts a new route to the US. I think their main target right now is Asia.

I agree with OYRJA. It would be nice to see SK A340s in NGO or KIX, but NGO is already served by a daily LH flight, and KIX already has a nordic customer, namely Finnair. Might HKG and ICN be possible SK destinations?

Also, a wet dream for me would be services to Australia and NZ from CPH, routing via PVG...

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