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Continental At Brussels

Sat Aug 27, 2005 6:19 am

I've heard "in the walkway" that CO is considering a second flight to Brussels from Newark that will replace the sole B764 flight with a B752(WL) and a B762!

Can anyone confirm or have detailed info on this?
What I've heard it would become a reality in the summer TT of 2006...

I have to say that I often hear positive rumours at work and most of the time they are quite right!
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RE: Continental At Brussels

Sat Aug 27, 2005 8:04 am

Well, I can't say it would surprise me if it ever came to that. CO is squeezing as much out of their widebody fleet as they can, especially with the introduction of DEL coming this November, and when 777s are taken off the top, it all filters down somewhere, eventually resulting in the use of more 757s across the pond. The 752's that were used domestically in the past that are now flying internationally have been replaced with the TZ 753's for domestic routes.
 
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RE: Continental At Brussels

Sat Aug 27, 2005 8:08 am

I'm with Cory.. wouldn't suprise me if CO did that. However, CO has a 2 (?) 777 orders in currently... so hopefully they'll be able to take more 767s across the pond and stop doing the 752s to GLA, DUB, and other small cities in Europe.
 
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RE: Continental At Brussels

Sat Aug 27, 2005 8:24 am

I flew out of BRU on CO a few weeks ago and heard about the same, 75B 2X. I would guess both BRU and DUB will lose their 764s next year for 75Bs ,and we'll see the 764's on to new frontiers. DME or ATH ? Or maybe they will get 762s and MXP the 764 or something of that nature. Regardless, it frees up widebodies for new service.
 
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RE: Continental At Brussels

Sat Aug 27, 2005 8:53 am

Quoting UAalltheway (Reply 2):
I'm with Cory.. wouldn't suprise me if CO did that. However, CO has a 2 (?) 777 orders in currently... so hopefully they'll be able to take more 767s across the pond and stop doing the 752s to GLA, DUB, and other small cities in Europe.

I think CO has the strategy right with the 752's!
begin a new market with a small capacity plane with less operating costs and then make an evaluation if you can expand there or not when you are already in the market!

In the case of BRU I can confirm CO is doing good business like every other US carrier and there is still a market to expand and they do that without any skyteam partner feeding them directly or any codeshare interest like AA!
I guess the NATO/EU thing does it...

I did a quick calculation of the capacity that CO has in the following configs,
752/762 operation->345 PAX in BF and EY (possible)
764 operation->235 PAX in BF and EY (today)
777 operation->283 PAX in BF and EY (wild guess  Wink )

So the combination of the two flights delivers more than 100! PAX.
that would be a massive expansion for the BRU segment!
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RE: Continental At Brussels

Sat Aug 27, 2005 3:44 pm

Cory,

We have yet to fly any of the TZ 753s in service, though there are 3 "on the property" in YXX or IAH...Ships 868 and 869 should be in service soon.

As for next year, there's more flights coming, we just don't know where yet.
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RE: Continental At Brussels

Sat Aug 27, 2005 5:17 pm

Wouldn't it be nicer if they downgrade the EWR flights to a smaller plane (yields and occupancy allowing) and introduce something like a 762 IAH-BRU?
It wouldn't really make sense to operate a twice daily 757 service, would it?
Ideally they should put a 762 EWR-BRU and a 757 IAH-BRU but this is technically impossible, even with very big winglets  Smile
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RE: Continental At Brussels

Sun Aug 28, 2005 1:28 am

I really would like to have a BRU - IAH flight.
I work for an oil/chemical company. We have quite some business in South East Texas, and a direct flight would be nice for me and my collegues.
AF/KLM would loose some business, cause I think currenlty most BRU passengers go via CDG or AMS. Via LHR and FRA is less used (except by me : but I like to be the exception.)

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RE: Continental At Brussels

Sun Aug 28, 2005 5:52 am

Quoting LUC (Reply 7):
I really would like to have a BRU - IAH flight.
I work for an oil/chemical company. We have quite some business in South East Texas, and a direct flight would be nice for me and my collegues.
AF/KLM would loose some business, cause I think currenlty most BRU passengers go via CDG or AMS. Via LHR and FRA is less used (except by me : but I like to be the exception.)

Luc

With AMS a Skyteam stronghold, it is unlikely BRU will get a IAH nonstop.
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RE: Continental At Brussels

Sun Aug 28, 2005 6:02 am

LUC,

That is not going to happen, what I have heard and seen, no link yet, but do have source and CRS system, that CO has cancelled their CO102/103 to EWR and that they are going to downgrade the CO71/70 to a B767-2, and that the CO59/58 is also going to be discontinued to IAH (winterseason).

Checked CRS today and the EWR flight is not loaded anymore.
Anyone else who is able to cfm this, has not been reported yet in the DNU of CO at this moment.

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RE: Continental At Brussels

Sun Aug 28, 2005 8:08 am

Quoting N77014 (Reply 8):
With AMS a Skyteam stronghold, it is unlikely BRU will get a IAH nonstop.

Since CO is doing a different strategy (point to hub) this fits well in CO's plan! Why not?
Also a faster connection to the west coast is great!
today if I want to get to the west coast from BRU, the DL ATL combination is the fastest, I guess IAH will be faster?

to LUC;
How often does your company employees travel between Belgium and the mid-west?
I guess if CO knows about that it can provide great contracts with your company!
they would defenitly be interested in a study of the market!
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RE: Continental At Brussels

Sun Aug 28, 2005 8:20 am

Quoting Dutch122 (Reply 9):
LUC,

That is not going to happen, what I have heard and seen, no link yet, but do have source and CRS system, that CO has cancelled their CO102/103 to EWR and that they are going to downgrade the CO71/70 to a B767-2, and that the CO59/58 is also going to be discontinued to IAH (winterseason).

Checked CRS today and the EWR flight is not loaded anymore.
Anyone else who is able to cfm this, has not been reported yet in the DNU of CO at this moment.

Dutch122

wow that is unexpected!

Why would CO do that?
I know they do the point to hub strategy, but this is rather drastic...

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RE: Continental At Brussels

Sun Aug 28, 2005 3:42 pm

SWISSER,

The reason given to personal at the airport, because they are opening so many new routes and of course shortage of airplanes, they need the bigger planes for the new routes.

Personal was already informed in June (including me when still active working for them) but it is official.
I do not know the real reason for cancelling the CO103/102, think personally it's a shame.

When it will officially announced I will link the messgae.

regards

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RE: Continental At Brussels

Mon Aug 29, 2005 1:54 am

Quoting SWISSER (Reply 10):
to LUC;
How often does your company employees travel between Belgium and the mid-west?
I guess if CO knows about that it can provide great contracts with your company!
they would defenitly be interested in a study of the market!

My company is a french company, so they encourage employees to fly via Paris :so having a deal with an American (!) airline to take away business from an french airline (AF) : you got the picture ?

Luc
 
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RE: Continental At Brussels

Mon Aug 29, 2005 2:32 am

Quoting N77014 (Reply 8):
With AMS a Skyteam stronghold, it is unlikely BRU will get a IAH nonstop.

AMs has nothing to do with CO's BRU operations - more important is the fact that EWR is CO's primary TATL gateway and the airline likely wants to avoid cannibalizing EWR in favor of expanded IAH-Europe flying.
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RE: Continental At Brussels

Mon Aug 29, 2005 4:15 am

Quoting LUC (Reply 13):
My company is a french company, so they encourage employees to fly via Paris :so having a deal with an American (!) airline to take away business from an french airline (AF) : you got the picture ?

Luc

Ha yes, obviously  Wink
but who knows... would be good for me too  Smile
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