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Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sat Jul 15, 2006 7:45 am

Well, now that NW pulled the plug on their AMS-BLR ops, how come KL hasnt picked it up? Surely they're in better shape than NW and could generate a profit on the route.

Or does this have something to do with th lack of India/Netherlands bilaterals?

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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sat Jul 15, 2006 8:01 am

Quoting Boeing747_600 (Thread starter):
Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Zilch!
Netherlands carriers do not have bilateral right to BLR.
Unless NW can start this route, there won't be any non stop AMS-BLR route in near future.
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sat Jul 15, 2006 8:05 am

Quoting BlrBird (Reply 1):
Zilch!
Netherlands carriers do not have bilateral right to BLR.

Ha! Just after editing my post to ask if this was the case, Voila - your response!

Anyway I would bet $0.05 on NW starting a new service to any location on the planet.
 
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sat Jul 15, 2006 1:19 pm

Quoting BlrBird (Reply 1):
Netherlands carriers do not have bilateral right to BLR.

That and Air France will soon serve BLR daily, so unlikely that KLM would also start flying there in the first place. If KLM expands further in India, I'd expect them to beef up HYD flights, open an entirely new station or put their own metal on some BOM flights instead of using the NW codeshare, which will a rather small A332 for the upcoming winter season.
 
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 12:49 am

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 3):
That and Air France will soon serve BLR daily, so unlikely that KLM would also start flying there in the first place

AF has already been serving BLR for several months now and to the best of my knowledge, KL does not have a codeshare on that flight. DL does. So KL/NW are missing out on that market.

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 3):
or put their own metal on some BOM flights instead of using the NW codeshare

KL serve BOM with a B743. Its an early morning flight. I was forced to take it once when I missed my NW connection the night before.
 
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 1:20 am

Quoting Boeing747_600 (Reply 4):
KL serve BOM with a B743

Really? I thought NW only did this flight in a codeshare with KLM. By the way, KL has no 743's, so I guss you mean 744?

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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 1:23 am

What is BLR? Why isn't the acronym spelled out when you mouseover?
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 2:31 am

Quoting Boeing747_600 (Reply 4):
KL serve BOM with a B743. Its an early morning flight.

KL neither operates the B743 nor do they operate their own metal into BOM. You are talking quite a couple of years ago...

Quoting Boeing747_600 (Reply 4):
AF has already been serving BLR for several months now and to the best of my knowledge, KL does not have a codeshare on that flight. DL does. So KL/NW are missing out on that market.

AF and KL are the same company anyway. AF is not codesharing on KLM's AMS-HYD either. That does not necessarily mean that they do not both profit from the existence of such a service. Issues pertaining to bilateral agreements may prohibit AF or KL putting their code on each other's India flights.
 
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 3:03 am

Quoting BoomBoom (Reply 6):
What is BLR?

Bangalore, India
 
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 5:09 am

Quoting BlrBird (Reply 1):
Zilch!
Netherlands carriers do not have bilateral right to BLR.

No mate it is not a bilateral issue, a fresh bilateral was signed just about the same time last year which upped the frequencies to 35 per week per country [need to conform the frequencies though]

I am sure it has been revised as prior to this Netherlands had only 7 allotments a week which were used up by KL to DEL, it is because of the bilateral they have upped the HYD service to DEL and will soon expand into other markets.


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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 5:13 am

Quoting Boeing747_600 (Reply 4):
KL serve BOM with a B743. Its an early morning flight. I was forced to take it once when I missed my NW connection the night before.

definitely not.
having to use NW on AMS - BOm sector is one of the reasons i prefer not to fly with KLM. I would definitely love it if KLM started AMS-BOM with their own metal.
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 6:14 am

Quoting AI (Reply 10):
definitely not.
having to use NW on AMS - BOm sector is one of the reasons i prefer not to fly with KLM. I would definitely love it if KLM started AMS-BOM with their own metal.

yes many ppl share your concern due to NWA flying their DC10s on that route but to your delight that will change from November when the A 333s are to be deployed by NW on the AMS-BOM-AMS sector.
 
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:18 am

Quoting Behramjee (Reply 11):
yes many ppl share your concern due to NWA flying their DC10s on that route but to your delight that will change from November when the A 333s are to be deployed by NW on the AMS-BOM-AMS sector.

Strangely enough, NW will actually deploy the smaller A332 on the AMS-BOM route, even over the busy year end period. Just a couple of years ago, a NW B744 would have been plying this route. But indeed, the era of NW's ratty DC10s is coming to a close.
 
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:26 am

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 7):
KL neither operates the B743 nor do they operate their own metal into BOM. You are talking quite a couple of years ago...

You are correct when you write operates, because at one point, KL operated 4 Boeing 747-300s. In fact KL was the launch customer for Boeing's initial SUD version of the 742 that evolved into the 743. The one I flew out of BOM on Jan 17th 2001 was named "Charles E. Kingsford-Smith" after the great Australlian aviation pioneer.

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The 743s that KL used to operate were ..

PH-BUM (Charles E. Kingsford-Smith)

PH-BUU (Sir Frank Whittle) now with Phuket Air

PH-BUV (Sir Geoffrey de Havilland)

PH-BUW (Leonardo da Vinci) Now with Surinam Airways

I guess a lot of things have changed since then ...
 
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:28 am

Quoting BoomBoom (Reply 6):
What is BLR? Why isn't the acronym spelled out when you mouseover?

Bangalore, India

The airliners.net crew have some work to do! None of the Indian airports (not even the major ones') are in the "mouseover database" for want of a better phrase.
 
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:42 am

Quoting Boeing747_600 (Reply 13):
You are correct when you write operates, because at one point, KL operated 4 Boeing 747-300s.

That is why I said you were talking about a couple of years ago, when KLM operated its own metal into DEL (4 times weekly KL475 and KL477), BOM (KL479) and CCU (KL475, tag on to the AMS DEL flight). The early morning flight you were talking about was KL480, which left BOM around 7am.

In those days, the Indian-Dutch bilateral agreement allowed for only 7 weekly frequencies between the two countries. Also in those days, NW operated 2 daily services between AMS and India - a daily AMS-BOM, which still exists as well as a now defunct daily AMS-DEL service. KLM gave up on AMS-BOM and NW stopped AMS-DEL later as they started to each operate one daily service to DEL (KLM) and BOM (NW) respectively in 2001. At the same time, KLM dropped the once weekly CCU tag on.

It is only relatively recently that the Dutch-Indian bilateral agreement has been revised, first to 14 weekly flights for each party, allowing KLM to start operations to HYD (now 4 times weekly) and after that to an even greater number of frequencies. As such, KLM can now place its KL code on the daily NW AMS-BOM service, as well as operate 11 weekly services of its own.

I would expect KLM to add extra frequencies some time in the future, provided more longhaul equipment becomes available, either by reinforcing HYD service or by opening new stations, and I wouldn't be surprised at all to see a KLM-operated AMS-BOM service at some point in the not too distant future.
 
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:43 am

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 12):
Strangely enough, NW will actually deploy the smaller A332 on the AMS-BOM route



Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 3):
which will a rather small A332 for the upcoming winter season.

Strange indeed. That probably explains the steep fares and absence of discounted Y ones on AMS-BOM and AMS-DEL with KL. I have to be in BOM for a congress in late August and I booked a W fare with LX for just EUR 245 RT, which bring me to EUR 497 with taxes. Anyway I prefer an LX A332 to an NW one anytime.

Quoting Boeing747_600 (Reply 14):
The airliners.net crew have some work to do! None of the Indian airports (not even the major ones') are in the "mouseover database" for want of a better phrase.

DEL seems to work actually, but BLR and BOM don't. It's strange indeed.
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:48 am

Quoting EHHO (Reply 16):
Strange indeed. That probably explains the steep fares and absence of discounted Y ones on AMS-BOM and AMS-DEL with KL.

AMS-BOM is currently still on the NW DC10, whereas AMS-DEL operates with a KL MD11 this summer. BOM will actually see a downgrade to an A332, as said, but DEL will get a capacity boost again when KLM redeploys the B772 for the winter season.
 
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:21 am

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 17):
BOM will actually see a downgrade to an A332

Going from a DC-10 to an A332 is a downgrade?!?!?!
 
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:39 am

Quoting Boeing747_600 (Reply 18):
Going from a DC-10 to an A332 is a downgrade?!?!?!

... in the number of available seats, indeed it is. The NW DC10 seats 273 passengers, whereas the A332 seats only 243 or a decrease of about 11%, whereas the winter season covers the busiest period of the year for India-bound travel.

Many airlines actually upgrade their capacity to India during the winter months, and for a year or two not so long ago, the Government of India would allow for a restricted open-sky system during the busiest months of December until February too boost much needed capacity. Just two years ago, Northwest operated a twice daily AMS-BOM service during the winter months.
 
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 11:38 am

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 19):
The NW DC10 seats 273 passengers

Yikes!!! That would explain why I felt like John Glenn strapped in his Mercury capsule when I flew on a NW DC10 AMS BOM in 2001. The seat pitch was awful.
 
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Sun Jul 16, 2006 12:15 pm

Quoting EHHO (Reply 16):
I would expect KLM to add extra frequencies some time in the future, provided more longhaul equipment becomes available, either by reinforcing HYD service or by opening new stations, and I wouldn't be surprised at all to see a KLM-operated AMS-BOM service at some point in the not too distant future.

Lets hope that with the NW A332 downgrade, KL fills in again sooner rather than later on the route
 
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Mon Jul 17, 2006 7:36 am

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 9):
No mate it is not a bilateral issue,

Sorry Bro! it is still bilateral issue. Dutch carriers have rights to DEL,BOM,CCU and HYD or MAA.

KL choose HYD over MAA to start new service, that means now Dutch can only operate to DEL,BOM,CCU and HYD in India no other city. Future revised bilateral may change this.

May be AI might start this service once southern hub operations start from this city (what i dont know is, can the route work?).
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:27 am

Quoting BlrBird (Reply 22):
May be AI might start this service once southern hub operations start from this city (what i dont know is, can the route work?).

By "the route", if you mean BLR/MAA - AMS, then my guess would be probably not for AI, unless its part of an overall BLR/MAA-AMS-SFO/IAH type of India/US route, or unless AI and KL (or AI and NW) form a codeshare ex AMS.

At one point didn't AI and NW have a codeshare ex NRT? I remember it being something along the lines of LAX-NRT on NW and NRT-DEL on AI. Anybody else remember that? I'm fairly sure its defunct now.

Per the India/Netherlands bi-laterals, do Indian carriers have 5th Freedom rights ex AMS?
 
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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Future

Mon Jul 17, 2006 7:21 pm

Quoting BlrBird (Reply 22):
that means now Dutch can only operate to DEL,BOM,CCU and HYD in India no other city. Future revised bilateral may change this.

I am not sure i quite understand the bilateral bro......i thought when PP was on a spree of signing bilaterals with countries all over [The Netherlands being one of those] there was a mention of BLR in it for sure----but if u say its not, ill take your word for it----but what kind of a bilateral does not consider a popular south Indian station like BLR in it???

Quoting BlrBird (Reply 22):
May be AI might start this service once southern hub operations start from this city (what i dont know is, can the route work?).

Currently AI codeshare on LH from FRA and MUC.


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RE: Any BLR -AMS Nonstop Prospects In The Near Fut

Mon Jul 17, 2006 10:32 pm

Quoting EHHO (Reply 16):

DEL seems to work actually, but BLR and BOM don't. It's strange indeed.

I have requested for the update for over a month now Could Anyone Correct This Airline Code On A.net? (by LTU932 May 11 2006 in Site Related) , but I'm told the admins are on vacation/busy. Hopefully they'll get to it sooner rather than later.

Now, onto the Bilaterals - it's 21 pw but restricted to DEL, CCU, BOM, HYD, MAA only. No capacity caps (can operate 744s), but max of 7 frequencies per week to any point in India. And no 5th freedom via the gulf (except from CCU).

Code shares do not count against the capacity caps in the bilaterals.

So there's no chance of KL starting a BLR-AMS flight. The only possibility is for NW to take the plunge, but as a number of earlier posts have confirmed, it's not on NW's radar at the moment. That being said, there's always hope  Smile
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