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SkyTeam LHR News

Sat Jun 30, 2007 5:28 pm

Key points:

KL likely to axe LHR-EIN - a big blow for EIN, but sadly this is what happens when LHR slots are in so much demand
Those slots to be used by NW (likely to leave LGW altogther I guess)
AF to reduce LHR-CDG to provide slots for DL
CO also likely to get slots from KL and AF

http://www.uk-airport-news.info/heathrow-airport-news-280607a.htm
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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Sun Jul 01, 2007 1:27 am

Do you think it would be possible to change LHR-EIN to LCY-EIN?
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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Sun Jul 01, 2007 2:16 am

Quoting Ejmmsu (Reply 1):
Do you think it would be possible to change LHR-EIN to LCY-EIN?

If they wanted to, yes. KL have plenty of existing peak time slots at LCY they could use if they want to (and could use larger aircraft to AMS to compensate for the reduced frequencies). Slots ae an issue at LCY at peak times, as I believe it is full then
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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Sun Jul 01, 2007 5:13 am

Quoting Humberside (Thread starter):
KL likely to axe LHR-EIN - a big blow for EIN



Quoting Humberside (Thread starter):
Do you think it would be possible to change LHR-EIN to LCY-EIN?

I thought about the same. KL could easily run LCY-EIN.

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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Sun Jul 01, 2007 5:25 am

Quoting Humberside (Thread starter):
KL likely to axe LHR-EIN - a big blow for EIN, but sadly this is what happens when LHR slots are in so much demand
Those slots to be used by NW (likely to leave LGW altogther I guess)

KL currently has two daily flights, 5 days a week between EIN and LHR. The morining slot pair has an arrival at 0705 and a departure at 0815. I suppose an 1H10 turnaround is possible, but this is Heathrow ...

The evening pair 1725/1830 is even shorter - but not very attractive for Transatlantic ops.

What about Sat/Sun?

Any idea which terminal they would use? KL currently using T4 - but not sure if you could substitute a F50 with a NW widebody there.
 
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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:34 am

Do you know if AF or KL are in talks to give slots to AM now that AM is about to receive its fourth 772ER? If I am not mistaken, AM is also a party to the co-location agreement between the SkyTeam carriers and LHR for Terminal 4.
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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:57 am

Quoting Humberside (Thread starter):
KL likely to axe LHR-EIN - a big blow for EIN, but sadly this is what happens when LHR slots are in so much demand

KL's 3 daily RTM-LHR flights are probably also at risk when they need the slots for something that can generate much more revenue than a 50 seat Fokker 50. I'm not certain but I believe KL's RTM-LHR and EIN-LHR Fokker 50s may be LHR's only current scheduled flights using propeller aircraft.
 
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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Sun Jul 01, 2007 10:57 am

Quoting ANother (Reply 4):
KL currently has two daily flights, 5 days a week between EIN and LHR. The morining slot pair has an arrival at 0705 and a departure at 0815. I suppose an 1H10 turnaround is possible, but this is Heathrow ...

No need to use BOTH slots for ONE transatlantic service.

NW could arrive at 0705 and leave at 1005 (current departure of KL1008) and use the 0815 departure slot for a AMS flight.

I don't think they will play only with RTM-LHR and EIN-LHR but also with AMS-LHR and CDG-LHR

The AF-KLM group has something like 10 departure slots to AMS, 12 to CDG, 2 to EIN and 3 to RTM and the same amount of landing slots at LHR from these destinations.

It's pretty clear that the 5 F50 services form/to EIN and RTM will get axed to make room for new tatl services for DL, NW and CO. But that doesn't mean they'll have to take the very same slots formerly used by F50 flights. AF-KLM have 27 departure and 27 arrival slots and they'll be arranged to have a decent schedule. 2-3xCO, 2-3xDL, 2-3xNW, 8-10xAMS and 8x10 CDG with 1h turnarround for AMS/CDG and 2h for tatl or something similar.
 
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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Sun Jul 01, 2007 10:59 am

The article talks of CO, DL and NW all getting an early morning arrival slot and a lunch time departure slot. Finding either suitable arrival slots or departure slots should not present too many problems. But finding both could be very difficult.

I would have thought that the likely sources of the early morning arrival slots would by AF's CDG flights and KL's EIN and RTM flights. But these all have a turn round time of around an hour or quicker. So what would happen to the departure slots currently used by these services? Some entirely different use would have to be found for them.

It seems to me that there would have to be a bit of horse trading. This would need to match these arrival slots with departure slots closer to lunchtime. It would also need to dispose of the departure slots that are part of the slot pair used by the new American carriers for their flights into LHR.

There could be two groups of such operators who might be interested. The first would currently have a large number of slots (e.g. BA and BD) so that mixing and matching arrival and departure slots becomes relatively easy. But the slot swap would need to also be advantageous to them (otherwise why help a competitor). The second group would be long haul carriers currently with an aircraft at LHR over night who have not been able to secure a departure slot until late morning when an earlier departure would be more welcome to them. Whether there are such operators I do not know.

It is also worth noting that a potential source of slots, AF, only serves CDG from LHR and has only 10 daily slot pairs while in addition to the services to EIN and RTM detailed above KL has 10 daily LHR-AMS services.. With the channel tunnel and flights from LCY I would have thought that a significant proportion of passengers on these AF flights would already transit to another (probably AF) flight at CDG. Certainly AF has from time to time advertised some of its long haul destinations in the British press. But it could try to draw passengers from other sources to compensate for any loss from LHR.

It will be interesting to see how these problems of appropriately matching arrival and departure slots pan out.
 
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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:00 am

slot times are regularly traded to come up w/ viable schedules at many airports. it isn't a given that any of the Skyteam carriers will end up w/ the same slot times that KL/AF operate now.
 
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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Sun Jul 01, 2007 5:55 pm

Quoting WorldTraveler (Reply 9):
slot times are regularly traded to come up w/ viable schedules at many airports. it isn't a given that any of the Skyteam carriers will end up w/ the same slot times that KL/AF operate now.

Agree with what you (and others have said) but I was responding to the comment of the OP

Quoting Humberside (Thread starter):
KL likely to axe LHR-EIN - a big blow for EIN, but sadly this is what happens when LHR slots are in so much demand Those slots to be used by NW
 
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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Sun Jul 01, 2007 6:13 pm

Quoting ANother (Reply 10):
Quoting WorldTraveler (Reply 9):
slot times are regularly traded to come up w/ viable schedules at many airports. it isn't a given that any of the Skyteam carriers will end up w/ the same slot times that KL/AF operate now.

Agree with what you (and others have said) but I was responding to the comment of the OP

Quoting Humberside (Thread starter):
KL likely to axe LHR-EIN - a big blow for EIN, but sadly this is what happens when LHR slots are in so much demand Those slots to be used by NW

And the original source for what I posted was the KL Chief Executive, soon to be Skyteam Chairman
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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:07 pm

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 6):
Fokker 50s may be LHR's only current scheduled flights using propeller aircraft.

Yes, and it's still good to see it among ll the Airbuses and Boeings...  bigthumbsup 

Quoting ANother (Reply 4):
Any idea which terminal they would use? KL currently using T4 - but not sure if you could substitute a F50 with a NW widebody there.

Yeah, you could. Remember that with BA vacating T4 in March '08, and with all the airline terminal shuffle due to take place, there should be space for a few 330's, 767's and 777's in T4.

The more variety of carriers we have at LHR the better, but let's also remember we have STN & LGW that need planes...LHR isn't the best airport by a long shot!
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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:14 pm

Will NW DL and CO pay AF/KLM for these slots? I ask this as despite all belonging to Skyteam why would any airline want to give away a slot that can literally be worth millions? What is the financial gain to AF/KLM? If any of these airlines were to ever leave Skyteam then what happens with the slots? If say DL left Skyteam and had been using AF/KLM slots for its operation then what is it going to do about staying at LHR?

No one can say for certain that any airline is going to stay within its respective alliance and there must be some way of saving slots that you have 'loaned'? But if you have been operating the slot for some time then would you not have 'grandfather' rights over it?
 
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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:38 pm

Quoting Aussiestu (Reply 13):
Will NW DL and CO pay AF/KLM for these slots? I ask this as despite all belonging to Skyteam why would any airline want to give away a slot that can literally be worth millions? What is the financial gain to AF/KLM? If any of these airlines were to ever leave Skyteam then what happens with the slots? If say DL left Skyteam and had been using AF/KLM slots for its operation then what is it going to do about staying at LHR?

Did I not read somewhere that in exchange for AF/KLM giving the slots to DL/CO and NW for nil consideration that in return they would take a slice of the revenues made on the flights that each carrier flies to the US. Theres no way that AF/KLM are just doing this for nothing.
 
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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:04 pm

Quoting UAL777UK (Reply 14):
I not read somewhere that in exchange for AF/KLM giving the slots to DL/CO and NW for nil consideration that in return they would take a slice of the revenues made on the flights that each carrier flies to the US.

A slice of revenue would not be nil consideration. Am I misunderstanding?

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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:16 pm

Quoting UAL777UK (Reply 14):
id I not read somewhere that in exchange for AF/KLM giving the slots to DL/CO and NW for nil consideration that in return they would take a slice of the revenues

NW and KL split revenues half and half on trans-atlantic flights, regardless of who operates the flight, and regardless of where the flight goes. NW flights to LHR shouldn't be any exception to that.

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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Mon Jul 02, 2007 1:36 am

Quoting Ejmmsu (Reply 16):
NW and KL split revenues half and half on trans-atlantic flights, regardless of who operates the flight, and regardless of where the flight goes. NW flights to LHR shouldn't be any exception to that.

Thats what I mean, if say CO gets a slot from AF/KLM for nothing they will in fact pay for that slot long term by giving part of the revenues on their flights to them?
 
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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Mon Jul 02, 2007 4:01 am

Dont think this is worth a separate thread, but some more LHR slot news/speculation from the Sunday Times today

AA has bought slots from Gulf Air (I guess these will be the Muscat slots, now Oman is no longer an owner of Gulf Air)
Luxair is seeking offers for its slots (it also serves LCY, so would still offer a London service)
BA has denied it has been in discussion with CSA Czech over a deal - Im not sure Skyteam would want CSA to sell to BA, when DL/CO will be looking for more slots than KL/AF can give/sell them
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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:20 am

Is there any proposed date when DL/CO/NW will start LHR service and start selling tickets?
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RE: SkyTeam LHR News

Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:21 am

DL and NW will certainly be at LHR on the first day of Open Skies which I believe is March 29, 2008. I would expect an announcement from them within a couple months at the latest.

You may have noticed that DL/NW/AF/KL filed an application for joint antitrust immunity which includes a joint venture between AF-DL to complement the existing NW-KL joint venture (revenue and profit sharing). It doesn't take too much to put the JV announcement and LHR/Open Skies together. Remember that AF/KL will be able to serve any market between the EU and the US and DL esp. already has a huge footprint that AF and KL can step into.

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