|Quoting Superhub (Reply 2):|
I am a little curious as to why CX decided to start PVG services with its own aircrafts, even when the takeover of KA is a done deal. Why start a flight to compete with its subsidiary?
Best reason I can think of for CX
to maintain - and increase - its frequencies HKG
would be the eventual likelihood (following the Olympics) of CAAC opening skies between HK
and the Mainland, allowing CX
fifth freedom rights ex-PEK
, and CA
, and CZ
fifth freedom rights ex HKG
After all, we're all one big happy country now, and the Chinese government would see this as an extension of the preferential treatment it already gives HK
This would give CX
two additional cities from which to serve European and especially North American pax, and the mainland airlines could use HKG
as a hub.
Given the cross-ownership between CA
, and KA
, my money is on this to start from PEK
. Think of CX
312 landing in PEK
at 2010, departing PEK
for onward destination at 2130, catching businesspeople after a full work day. Return would put the plane into PEK
at 0630, bringing said businesspeople in to start their work day in Beijing, then the aircraft would pick up the PEK
pax and fly down to HKG
I'm no scheduling expert, but if you tweaked times a bit you could probably make this work nicely and add a service that is more convenient for busines passengers than the current scheduling that kills at least half a work day in China in each direction.
Either way, that's the plan. Grab the slots now, push for fifth freedom later.
In China, everything is possible - but nothing is easy.