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BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Sun May 29, 2005 8:41 pm

One of the big companies based in Basel, Switzerland has just started a project with the goal to attract an airline to fly between BSL and EWR. If no airline is starting this route until autumn this year, this company will buy an A-319 to set up a daily company shuttle between the two cities.

It is clear that Continental is the target. It is the only airline that has connections in EWR, also they have the best equipment for this route (757/767).

At the moment the US staff of this company has a contract with Continental, everyone who goes to BSL is using Continental to ZRH and then takes the train to BSL (while the Swiss based staff fly on LH, BA, AF etc. out of BSL). So there are a few options:

-CO will keep ZRH, does not add BSL. They will lose a good amount of business passengers because the company is setting up its own flights.

-CO skips ZRH in favour of BSL. CO keeps above mentioned passengers, also they would easily fill the eco seats (today almost all passengers from BSL to USA fly from ZRH, this would change of course with that flight).

-CO keeps ZRH, adds BSL. Difficult to say if it could work.

-CO keeps ZRH, reroutes the GVA flight via BSL. Would upset the GVA customers because of the additional stop in BSL. Also a 767 would be too small. Could work with a 777 though Big grin

Thoughts? Opinions?

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Sun May 29, 2005 8:57 pm

It would make economical sense to have CO drop ZUR in favour of Basle.
LH will convert ZUR anyway into another STAR - HUB with more interconti-flights. Most of the high-yield passengers to New York come anyway from Basle's phamaceutical community and I don't see why a direct flight to EWR would not be viable.
The A319 coprorate jet approach ( like Daimer Benz from Stuttgart ) is less viable, since to few capacity to allow a good mix of Y and C class passengers.
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Sun May 29, 2005 8:58 pm

I dare say Swiss might jump in and use one of Privateair's planes. Not sure if CO has enough transatlantic 757s available right away to add a Basel flight - if they do, they might consider it.
They're competing with Swiss on the NYC-GVA UN Shuttle, so moving that to BSL (or stopping in BSL) would mean they would lose high paying/frequent GVA customers. Moving the ZRH flight would also not be smart, as again they're competing with Swiss, and would lose those customers as ZRH is quite well connected.
Some French or German airline could also start the route, seeing as Basle is trinational.
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Sun May 29, 2005 8:59 pm

Did Swissair not unsuccessfully run a BSL-EWR service with the A310?
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Sun May 29, 2005 9:07 pm

Quoting Ahlfors (Reply 2):
Not sure if CO has enough transatlantic 757s available right away to add a Basel flight - if they do, they might consider it

Rumors are they are going to convert more (possibly all) of their Domestic 757s to International configuration.

Quoting RJ100 (Thread starter):
CO keeps ZRH, adds BSL. Difficult to say if it could work

If Zurich traffic declines because CO launches EWR-BSL they can always swith EWR-ZRH to a 757, they used to fly to Glasglow with a 767-400. When they launched Edinburgh they went with the 757 to both GLA and EDI.
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Sun May 29, 2005 9:27 pm

Hi LAXintl

correct, SWR started serving the route with a dedicated A310 in C/Y configuration (HB-IPN), later upgraded the service to a A332. Note that the noon-time flight ex Basel was paralleled by a ZRH-EWR service leaving ZRH in the evening. As the two cities are only 80 km / 50 miles from each other, with four trains an hour providing frequent and convenient links in either direction, they can be considered competing for the same market in terms of local passengers.

Possibly the same multinational firm now pressing for a direct flight was already the driving force behind the SR flight from BSL to EWR. When SR stopped the service, the local press suggested the company did not provide the number of high-yield C-class passengers that SR had hoped for. That's inofficial and the press, but there might be a point in there.

From my own observations, with regards to Y-class, the BSL-EWR flight often served as "overflow" for local passenger Switzerland <-> NYC, namely when the ZRH-JFK, ZRH-EWR and the GVA-JFK flights were filled with passengers connecting either side.

Cheers, Lukas

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Quoting STT757 (Reply 4):
If Zurich traffic declines because CO launches EWR-BSL they can always swith EWR-ZRH to a 757, they used to fly to Glasglow with a 767-400. When they launched Edinburgh they went with the 757 to both GLA and EDI.

Well, actually CO does fly the B767-200 into ZRH, thus the difference in size isn't that impressive: CO's B767-200 seat C25Y149, as compared to their B757 (ET) seating C16Y156.

[Edited 2005-05-29 14:34:54]
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Sun May 29, 2005 9:38 pm

Quoting RJ100 (Thread starter):
It is clear that Continental is the target.

Actually, the LX/Privatair ZRH-EWR service might be hurt more by this...
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Sun May 29, 2005 9:45 pm

Quoting Avek00 (Reply 6):
Actually, the LX/Privatair ZRH-EWR service might be hurt more by this...

Just to avoid confusion: I think RJ100 ment that the initiative by the Basel firm is targeted at winning CO's interest in serving the route, rather than hurting their ZRH business.

But agreed, we can assume that the Privatair BBJ ex ZRH might well lose some potential customers if a flight ex BSL was to happen.

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Sun May 29, 2005 10:07 pm

First off, it would be awsome to see a realunch of the Basel-NYC flight.

What about this idea, if Continental were to fly to Basel and keep their ZRH flight:

-1 CO flight to Basel and another one to Zurich
-both operated by B752s
-Basel flight leaves in the morning, 10AM
-Zurich flight leaves at noon 4-5PM

Would this work out?
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Sun May 29, 2005 10:10 pm

There is a lot happening here - if CO were to get this proposed contract, I would predict:

EWR-ZRH - 752 daily
EWR-GVA - 752 daily
EWR-BSL - 752 daily

CO could use the 762s currently flying the ZRH/GVA routes for other routes - say the proposed IAH-EZE flight or the proposed EWR-Moscow flight, both of which will require the 762.

CO is studying converting its entire 757-200 fleet to international configuration, CO is also looking at putting 24 BF seats into the 757-200 (16 seats as existing in front of the midcabin galley and 8 seats behind the galley, elininating 3 or 4 rows of coach), and the 757 winglet program is underway. CO has big plans in using the 752s accross the Atlantic, although many a.net members object to longhaul 757 service, passengers dont seem to mind, pax prefer direct flights, and the 757 is a very effecient way to move 150-170 pax accross the Atlantic.

A contract that would keep the EWR-BSL flight rather filled most of the time is something CO would be very attracted to - the EWR-DUS flight was flown for years simply because CO had a contact that kept most of the BF seats filled on a daily basis. When the contract was cancelled, the route was also eventually dropped.

This could happen if CO gets the discussed contract.
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Sun May 29, 2005 10:23 pm

Hey all

Thanks for the comments so far.

As far as I know almost noone from BSL is using the BBJ service from ZRH. Needless to say that the relationship between some companies and LX is not the best. In the recent years, SWISS got several offers from the local companies to start services on BSL-EWR but they were simply blocking everything (they just took 100 million CHF from one of the companies and stopped almost all services to/from BSL). But this is a different topic. What I want to say: LX is obviously not ready or not capable to offer the right product.

As for the SR flight from BSL to EWR a few years ago: The local companies filled business class every day. The problem was more that SR did not want to sell the eco seats from BSL. Like mentioned before, the flight was in direct competition with the ZRH flights. So, most travel agencies continued to book Basel people on the ZRH flights and some SR staff in the US did not even know about the existence of that flight. Also, the flight was mainly started because Swiss World Airways wanted to start the same route (GVA-BSL-EWR). Maybe the A-330 was too big, SR did not have connections in EWR. CO does have that, so they can easily fill a 757 or even 767.

I agree with Ahlfors that a GVA-BSL-EWR routing would hurt CO's position in GVA.

BTW, can a 757 fly fully loaded between EWR and BSL and EWR and ZRH?

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Sun May 29, 2005 10:32 pm

Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 9):
When the contract was cancelled, the route was also eventually dropped.

Is it just me, or was THAT contract cancellation just coincidently right after 9/11?

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Sun May 29, 2005 10:42 pm

"BTW, can a 757 fly fully loaded between EWR and BSL and EWR and ZRH?"

It's been done in the past  Smile. CO has substituted the daily ZRH-EWR flight with a B752, when the B762 was not available. Since their B752s are getting winglets, the probabitlity is even higher that they could operate one of the flights a year round basis (plus maybe even without any weight penalties).
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Sun May 29, 2005 11:08 pm

Cheers for that info AviationMaster. I begin to believe that CO can be succesfull if they operate to BSL AND to ZRH. They could maybe even gain more customers if they offer a morning flight from BSL and an afternoon flight from ZRH (people living between BSL and ZRH basically dont care which airport to use, so they will have a better choice).

I think the mentioned company will make an offer to CO in the next few weeks where CO cannot resist. It is not only BSL to EWR traffic, the company also has huge facilities in the Boston area. All those people could travel via EWR to BOS then. This company alone has probably 15-20 pax (probably even more) in business to each destination (EWR and BOS) every day. Not included all other companies that need to visit the HQ in BSL every day and all other normal traffic between BSL and USA.

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Sun May 29, 2005 11:27 pm

Quoting YukonTrader (Reply 5):
Well, actually CO does fly the B767-200 into ZRH, thus the difference in size isn't that impressive: CO's B767-200 seat C25Y149, as compared to their B757 (ET) seating C16Y156.

While the number of seats on CO's 757-200s and 767-200s are nearly identical, the operating costs of CO's 757s are much less than their 767-200s thus allowing profitable operations on many routes.
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Sun May 29, 2005 11:45 pm

Quoting GodBless (Reply 11):

Is it just me, or was THAT contract cancellation just coincidently right after 9/11?

Max

The contract was cancelled in the earlier part of 2001 - at that point, the EWR-DUS route was downgraded from a 767 (after being flown for years by a DC10) to a 752. After 9/11, CO cancelled the DUS route altogether as CO needed the 752s elsewhere in connection with the quick phase out of the DC10 fleet. Even if 9/11 and the downturn in traffic that happened thereafter did not happen, its likely that CO would have cancelled the DUS route anyway per some very credible sources and information. The route was just no longer working and without the contract that kept the BF cabin filled, the route was not making money. Its a shame, Its hard to believe that a major industrial city like DUS cannot support a daily nonstop connection to the US.
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Sun May 29, 2005 11:54 pm

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 13):
I think the mentioned company will make an offer to CO in the next few weeks where CO cannot resist. It is not only BSL to EWR traffic, the company also has huge facilities in the Boston area. All those people could travel via EWR to BOS then. This company alone has probably 15-20 pax (probably even more) in business to each destination (EWR and BOS) every day. Not included all other companies that need to visit the HQ in BSL every day and all other normal traffic between BSL and USA.

I guess I know which company is the one interested, if I am correct, the other big pharma company in BSL could very well benefit, since they generate a good amount of premium traffic between BSL and New Jersey (where they have a huge facility) and people's flight preferences were split (some flying BSL-LHR-EWR/JFK and some others flying BSL-ZRH-EWR/JFK first segment by train). Additionally, the airline flying this route could well generate some demand for the economy cabin, since BSL is now a U2 hub and I know plenty of people (American, Mexicans, Canadians, etc) who just want to get to any centrally located place in Europe (to make it kind of a base), with very good and cheap connections (low fare flights). After all, having too much premium traffic in a flight allows revenue management to open more cheap economy seats...
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Mon May 30, 2005 12:08 am

Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 15):
Its a shame, Its hard to believe that a major industrial city like DUS cannot support a daily nonstop connection to the US.

LTU now operate DUS-JFK, 6x p/w.
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Mon May 30, 2005 1:12 am

Quoting Flyguy1 (Reply 17):
LTU now operate DUS-JFK, 6x p/w.

The LTU flight is only seasonal, LH's Privatair flights from EWR to DUS are year round.
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Mon May 30, 2005 4:28 pm

Quoting Rojo (Reply 16):
Additionally, the airline flying this route could well generate some demand for the economy cabin, since BSL is now a U2 hub and I know plenty of people (American, Mexicans, Canadians, etc) who just want to get to any centrally located place in Europe (to make it kind of a base), with very good and cheap connections (low fare flights).

Very interesting point Rojo. I wonder how much additional traffic this could generate.

Quoting YukonTrader (Reply 5):
CO's B767-200 seat C25Y149, as compared to their B757 (ET) seating C16Y156.

Is there the possibility to change seating in the 757/767 quickly? 16 or 25 C seats are definitely not enough on that route. Let's assume that this company has 15 passengers to EWR every day and 15 to Boston (they usually have even more to New York). Not to forget all the passengers they have to other destinations in the US, Canada and Latin America. And this is only ONE company. There are many others as well as 4.6 million private people in a one hour circle around the airport.

If I read these figures then there is no doubt for me that this route would make sense.

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Mon May 30, 2005 5:30 pm

I think Continental should just sign a code-share agreement with SBB on the rail line to Basel from Zurich airport.

The train ride is now down to I believe just 56 minutes.

Zurich and Basel are very close to each other that I think it would just make more sense for CO to focus on expanding Zurich and launching a code-share with SBB to Basel and perhaps other nearby Swiss destinations such as Winterthur, St. Gallen, Luzern, etc.

Does anyone know if the ICN is operating the Zurich - Basel line now?

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Mon May 30, 2005 5:57 pm

I think the point is, the people with the money don't wanna ride the train. Regardless of who's code is maybe printed on their tkt.
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Mon May 30, 2005 5:58 pm

Although this question came up earlier, I´d like to highlight it again:
To my calculations EWR to BSL should be approx. 3900 miles (its 3926 miles to ZRH) and according to A.net a/c data base this is exactly the maximum range for a B752 ...
However, some factors have to be taken into consideration when it comes to operating a 752 on that long route:

  • + Performance will improve with "Blended Winglets", but they are not in use yet.
  • - Operating on the edge of range, strong headwinds in (northern hemispehere´s) winter might require a technical stop on westbound flights. This will be annoying to premium paying pax as it will result in a delay of approx. 1.5 h (for approach, taxi, refuel with pax on board, taxi, climb-out) and probably some onward connections might be missed ...
  • - The B752 has not much underfloor cargo capacity: No extra revenue available (this is also true for the 762).
  • o I second RJ100 that neither 16 or 25 C (BF) seats on that particular route will be enough - so CO would have to make a specially arranged a/c available to that route with more C (BF) seats, but trying to operate a daily transatlantic flight with only one (1) a/c available to operate this route is somewhat risky. Even Privatair operates those "All Businessclass" flights for LH only 6x p/w, as the 7th day is strictly for mx. CO would either have to make available a second B752 with identical number of C seats, or would have to use a bigger equipment in order to not to downgrade any C-Class pax to Y-seating.


Overall, I think BSL - EWR would make sense, but only if the product is right: If a reconfigured 752 can make the run without problems year round, and can provide enough C seats, it would be the first choice. If not, a reconfigured 762 would be second best. 764 and 772 I would rule out, as these could not be filled in Y.


One other point came to my mind:
How much will this company pay for a Businessclass trip ?
If I privately purchase a Businessclass roundtrip on LH min. 60 days in advance, I will pay 2000 Euros (= ca. 2500 USD) from Germany to BOS, JFK, EWR and MIA (albeit with some restrictions, but that seat is sold).
The company I work for has discount agreements with several carriers: One fare I can quote is "Germany to ATL on AF" @ approx. 2100 Euros (fully flexible and refundable and incl. feeding flight to CDG).
So if that company in Basle blocks (or purchases) all 15 C seats on a 752 day by day, they probably will pay even less per seat.
What I´m trying to say: With only 15 C seats available and sold every day at discounted rates, the revenue in C Class will be not so good at all ! CO will have to make a revenue from selling its Y seats also !

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Mon May 30, 2005 9:32 pm

@BA: A codeshare with SBB would not make sense. If CO does not come here the company will set up their own company shuttle and CO will lose a good amount of passengers. And they are very serious about that. In a few months their own terminal will be finished in BSL. They already have two business jets based here, two more and maybe the Airbus A-319 will follow as soon as the terminal opens.
BTW, I think there are now ICN trains between Basel and Geneva but I think not on the Basel to Zurich trains. Basel to Zurich airport is always a double decker train, the trains to Zurich HB are double deckers, normal SBB fast trains or German ICE trains.

@HT: Some very interesting thoughts. As for the business class ticket prices. I know that this company has a special deal with Lufthansa at the moment for the Swiss based staff so yes, they get discounts. On the other side the same company is paying 1500 Euros for intra European flights without thinking twice about that. I think they just want to get this direct link and basically dont care how much they pay for that. Not to forget that paying full fares at CO is probably still cheaper than operating an own daily A-319 shuttle.

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Mon May 30, 2005 10:22 pm

Hi BA

Quoting BA (Reply 20):
The train ride is now down to I believe just 56 minutes.

that's the current figure for Basel - Bern, running every 30 minutes over a new short-cut opened in 12/2004.

I commute by train 1x-2x a week between Zurich and Basel, so here's the current situation:

Basel - Zurich downtown is 51 minutes when taking the non-stop service operating hourly. As RJ100 states, this run is frequently the final leg of an ICE train coming in from Germany, unfortunately quite often running with delays in the 15-30 minutes range. There are two more express trains Basel - Zurich downtown every hour, but with four stops en route, and a total travelling time of 65-70 minutes.
The direct service from Basel to Zurich Airport runs also on an hourly basis, but in the current schedule with 6 or 7 stops en route. Total travelling time has thus surged to ca. 75 minutes...
No ICN's active nor planned on any service between Basel and Zurich, they run on the longer East-West routes ex Geneva and Lausanne.

(For the record: Depending on traffic, the commute by car would take inbetween 60 and 90 minutes.)

A code share with the railways (SBB) might not make that much sense. Services are already frequent. So if the company in question would consider it a viable alternative I assume it could easily - like other Swiss companies - buy rail passes for its employees travelling to ZRH frequently. In the end, passes might be even cheaper than having to buy individual flight coupons in a code share deal. It seems that this company wishes an alternative to a commute to ZRH airport and the - roughly - two additional hours travellers have to allow for.

Would love to see a CO 757 at BSL regularily...

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Tue May 31, 2005 3:48 am

There's nothing to add to Lukas' statement. Very well said  Smile

The company I mentioned is currently concentrating most of their activities in Basel (worldwide HQ, administration, research and production), Boston (research), New Jersey (US HQ) and Singapore. It is a must for this company to have a direct link between those cities. Of course, Zurich is not far away, but it's still way better to arrive in BSL and take a cab to one of the plants which takes 15 minutes.

The route might be interesting for cargo as well. In my opinion a 767 would work on that route.

BTW, what is the difference between a 767-200 and a 767-400 in terms of passengers (C and Y) and cargo capacity?

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Tue May 31, 2005 4:07 am

Quoting Tpaewr (Reply 21):
I think the point is, the people with the money don't wanna ride the train. Regardless of who's code is maybe printed on their tkt.

This is a US point of view. Here in Switzerland everybody uses the trains. Even the members of parliament, some ministers or CEOs of big companies. There are no security problems and trains run at least every half an hour, are fast and comfortable.
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Tue May 31, 2005 4:18 am

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 25):


The route might be interesting for cargo as well. In my opinion a 767 would work on that route.

BTW, what is the difference between a 767-200 and a 767-400 in terms of passengers (C and Y) and cargo capacity?

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764 = 35J/200Y
762 = 25J/149Y
752 = 16J/156Y

Of course, the 767s can take more cargo. If CO does open a Basle route, it will be with the 757-200, CO's aircraft of choice for "smaller" European destinations.....CO simply does not have additional widebody aircraft to spare, and if the route is within the operating limits of a 757W, thats what will be assigned. As mentioned above, CO is also studying a 757-200W with a 24J/138Y configuration.

Quoting ZRH (Reply 26):

This is a US point of view. Here in Switzerland everybody uses the trains. Even the members of parliament, some ministers or CEOs of big companies. There are no security problems and trains run at least every half an hour, are fast and comfortable.

Swiss train service is excellent - no discussion, and far better than any train services offered in the US; however, this major corporation is looking for convenient service out of Basle - ie, leave the office at 1030, at the airport at 1045, depart BSL at 1200. Any train connection to Zurich, no matter how good that is is, will add at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours to the journey from the office to New York.
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Tue May 31, 2005 4:23 am

Correct ZRH but I think he wanted to say that people who pay a certain amount of money to travel from EWR to BSL want to land in BSL and dont want to take a train ride from ZRH.

It is the same with LX, they abandonned services from BSL and thought people would simply use the ZRH flights (they codeshare with the trains). This works with the passengers owing a rail card or with the passengers paying a low fare. It does not work with the good paying passengers, which should be the target of LX. So they simply fly on different carriers then, even if they need to connect and this is one of many reasons why this airline is in such a bad shape in BSL nowadays. That they will leave out the chance to operate on BSL-EWR is another sign for that.

And no, it is not my attempt to start another war about Swiss aviation here. Just wanted to show an example that if CO does not fly here they will sooner or later lose the good paying passengers.

Apart from that I agree with you, the train system in Switzerland is good, although expensive.

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Tue May 31, 2005 4:25 am

Thanks for the information Dutchjet, I appreciate it. BTW, do you know if there is a flight between Rotterdam and the US? I thought someone wanted to start that route. If so, how does it work out for the airline?

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Tue May 31, 2005 4:27 am

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 28):
Correct ZRH but I think he wanted to say that people who pay a certain amount of money to travel from EWR to BSL want to land in BSL and dont want to take a train ride from ZRH.

Ok, I agree. I only wanted to say that train riding in Switzerland is not only for people who can not afford a car. Actually everybody uses them often. BTW it would be cool to see a BSL-EWR flight. I think probably a PrivatAir 737BBJ or 319CJ would be best.
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Tue May 31, 2005 4:27 am

Is it possible to travel by train without having to buy a ticket just for the train ride, when travelling on a SWISS booked ticket?

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Tue May 31, 2005 4:41 am

@ZRH: A BBJ or AC would be nice as well. But I hope for an airline which also offers economy seats so that everyone can benefit from that. It would be interesting to see a statistic about how many people from the BSL area fly ZRH-USA every day. My guess is that you can easily fill a 767 every day with that amount. Not to forget the people from Southern Germany who drive to STR or FRA, then take a flight to the US. If CO would serve BSL they would chose BSL as their departure airport.

@AviationMaster: As far as I know you need to connect in ZRH and take a flight from there.

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Tue May 31, 2005 4:47 am

Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 15):
downturn in traffic that happened thereafter did not happen, its likely that CO would have cancelled the DUS route anyway per some very credible sources and information. The route was just no longer working and without the contract that kept the BF cabin filled, the route was not making money. Its a shame, Its hard to believe that a major industrial city like DUS cannot support a daily nonstop connection to the US

When CO was operating a wide body (DC-10-30) there was an enormous cargo demand...when the flight downgraded to a narrow body all cargo revenue dried up, forcing the flight to make or break strictly on passenger revenues...as it worked out it broke...
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Tue May 31, 2005 5:30 am

Quoting Tsnamm (Reply 33):
as it worked out it broke...

So the B752 would be the worst choice, but CO has no other langhaul a/c available (i.e. not assigned to routes yet) - and that CO downgrades another route to a 752 that currently uses a 762 or 764 or even a 772 I do not see.
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Tue May 31, 2005 5:58 am

business wise when dealing with marginal passenger revenues, cargo and mail can easily make a flight profitable...as long as the market has such potential (such as DUS)...as far as BSL is concerned I'm not sure if there is such a cargo market...but if there is, a widebody aircraft is the only way to maximize potential revenues...as far as EDI is concerned I'm sure there isn't one...however GLA/PIK has a large cargo market, so any downgrade to narrow-body lift will hurt CO's bottom line...I believe there will be a wide body for at least 1 flt this summer...
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Tue May 31, 2005 8:56 am

Actually, there is a cargo market ex Basel as it offers pretty good freight facilities, open capacities, and good landside connections to CH, F and D. Apart from the various overnight forwarders DHL, FedEx etc. using the airport, BSL currently has regular B74F flights by Korean Air and Malaysia Airlines.

Before Swissair went out of business, up to three Gemini DC-10-30F were based in Basel to fly SR Cargo services ex BSL.

So I would say there is potential for cargo...

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Tue May 31, 2005 4:29 pm

Lukas is right, cargo is pretty strong in BSL. At the moment it seems that MASKargo and Korean Air Cargo are adding more flights. As far as I know the summer schedule includes 5 747 full freighters a week (apart from the daily DHL, UPS, Fedex and TNT flights).

If I remember correctly, there was a Gemini DC-10 cargo flight from BSL to JFK a few years back. It ended with the end of Swissair though.

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Tue May 31, 2005 9:47 pm

I work for another large Basel-headquartered company with its US-HQ in New Jersey. We do not use CO for any flying right now and rely on EWR-ZRH on LX, EWR-FRA/MUC-BSL on LH, or EWR-LHR-BSL on BA. If CO were to start this route, I think there would be a fair amount of pressure on our company to permit flying on CO again. I agree that 24 C-class seats is probably not enough for this flight, and BBJ2 or 319LR is better suited for this route.

In terms of timing of the flight, I would love to see a late departure from BSL (18:00, with a 21:00 arrival in EWR), along with a corresponding late departure from EWR (23:00, with a 13:00 arrival in BSL)
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Tue May 31, 2005 10:01 pm

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 29):
Thanks for the information Dutchjet, I appreciate it. BTW, do you know if there is a flight between Rotterdam and the US? I thought someone wanted to start that route. If so, how does it work out for the airline?

There are no flights between Rotterdam and the US. CO has expressed interest to start the route with a 752, but they couldn't get any slots.
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Wed Jun 01, 2005 1:53 am

Good discussion...

Some points here:


BSL looks to be the ideal CO market to Newark.
-Monopoly route (think BHX,BRS,BFS,OSL).
-High yield business market, unwilling to travel to ZRH or connect in another hub if a nonstop is available.


The only other carriers I could see entering is DL, or PrivatAir partnering with LX.
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Wed Jun 01, 2005 4:27 pm

@Joost: Thanks for the information.

@N77014: DL to JFK would be an option, although I doubt it will happen. Does DL have connections in JFK?
PrivatAir and LX got the offer from above mentioned company several times to start BSL-EWR. And as you see there is no doubt that an all business class flight would work on that route. SWISS is simply leaving out every opportunity to make money. In my opinion it shows their incompetence. At the same time they are opening a flight from ZRH to EWR and think that people from BSL will use this flight. If you treat your best paying customers like s*** then its no wonder that almost everyone from the BSL region switches to other carriers.

@PhilipJ: Interesting post. What company are you working for? I agree with the flying times for the BBJ or A-319. It would allow full business days in BSL and EWR. IF CO is starting the route they should arrive earlier in EWR, so that the pax have connections to other US cities.

In another forum I was reading about a project of a 757 service by CO with 8 first and 72 business class seats that some companies worked out. Maybe they are relaunching this project.

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:33 pm

Hmmm, a P and J only CO 752, that I would love to see, but really,really have a hard time buying it. It would be odd that the only CO P cabin would be on a 757. But then again I am sure if the money was there to support it CO would gladly provide whatever service someone was willing to pony up for.

May I ask what forum? Or other details were outlined?
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:36 pm

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 41):
DL to JFK would be an option, although I doubt it will happen. Does DL have connections in JFK?

Not really. These customers want to get to New Jersey, and going JFK-New Jersey is probably about as bad as Basle-ZRH, so not much of an improvement.
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:55 pm

Quoting ZRH (Reply 30):
I only wanted to say that train riding in Switzerland is not only for people who can not afford a car.

only demonstrates your lack of knowledge re: USA.

in cities with train or express bus service, Park-n-Ride is very common. NYC, BOS, DC, Chicago, SFO, Houston, etc. all have very strong systems of rail/bus that are used by all classes of people outside the limo crowd, especially so in DC and NY.
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Thu Jun 02, 2005 2:22 am

Quoting Tpaewr (Reply 42):
May I ask what forum? Or other details were outlined?

Sure. But I think it won't help you much because everything is in German. It is a small forum about BSL airport. www.eapforum.ch

As for travelling to the US: Something needs to happen. My dad just told me that he needs to go to ORD with a few colleagues from his company in a few weeks but all flights are booked out in business. He is now on a waiting list on LH via FRA while his colleagues are on waiting lists on BA and AF. It is not only that the transatlantic flight is booked out, a lot of times the flights BSL-FRA/MUC/CDG/LHR are completely full in business. A direct link to the US would mean that everyone could travel together, no more waiting lists. If business would be full on CO they can also book economy (although they always book business so far). I mean if CO can sell a good amount of full fares
in economy class this isn't that bad either for them.

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Thu Jun 02, 2005 5:30 am

I wonder if these companies in question here do have a policy to "distribute" people on different aircraft ...? The company I work for, employed such a policy several years ago especially for people in research departments in order that in the unlikely case of a fatal a/c accident not all knowledge got lost !
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Thu Jun 02, 2005 7:21 am

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 45):
As for travelling to the US: Something needs to happen. My dad just told me that he needs to go to ORD with a few colleagues from his company in a few weeks but all flights are booked out in business. He is now on a waiting list on LH via FRA while his colleagues are on waiting lists on BA and AF. It is not only that the transatlantic flight is booked out, a lot of times the flights BSL-FRA/MUC/CDG/LHR are completely full in business.

Is the Swiss flight out of Zurich to ORD also already booked out in business?
 
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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Thu Jun 02, 2005 8:00 pm

@HT: Yes, they have this policy. My dad's group always splits on LH, BA and AF.

@ZRH: I dont know. But they want to fly from BSL anyway so LX is no option since the last remaining flight to ZRH is a 6 o'clock morning departure while the return flight requires a 12 hour or so waiting time in ZRH (in 12 hours you can walk from ZRH to BSL  Wink ). And again, people want to fly from BSL and dont want to take a train to ZRH first.

In a way it is sad that in the meantime a lot of people prefer being on a waiting list than using a SWISS flight. It simply shows how SWISS lost its customers in the BSL region. From 100 to 0 in less than 4 years. Believe me Im sad about that but I understand the customers fully.

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RE: BSL-EWR Relaunch Ahead

Thu Jun 02, 2005 9:59 pm

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 48):
And again, people want to fly from BSL and dont want to take a train to ZRH first.

I don't really understand. An hour train ride to Zurich airport is much more convenient than go BSl airport and take a flight to FRA or LHR an change there (at these horrible airports).

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 48):
In a way it is sad that in the meantime a lot of people prefer being on a waiting list than using a SWISS flight. It simply shows how SWISS lost its customers in the BSL region. From 100 to 0 in less than 4 years. Believe me Im sad about that but I understand the customers fully

For average people I can understand but for serious business people this sounds a little bit childish. As a business man I choose the best flight for me and don't care about politics at all. That would be like: "I don't fly LH because I don't like the Germans". For a business man this is rediculous.

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