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MH Visiting LGW

Thu May 03, 2012 1:23 pm

Saw today that reps for MH were visiting LGW. Anyone know anything more about the visit, it is just a tour or is there genuine thought for a route to LGW, maybe pulling out of LHR?
 
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Thu May 03, 2012 1:30 pm

Quoting planesailing (Thread starter):
Saw today that reps for MH were visiting LGW. Anyone know anything more about the visit, it is just a tour or is there genuine thought for a route to LGW, maybe pulling out of LHR?

Maybe Malaysia is looking for more then their 2 daily flights to London. Doubtful they would sell their LHR slots now that they have A380's, LHR was the whole point of them getting A380's.
 
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Thu May 03, 2012 9:27 pm

Hmm. MAS did of course serve LGW a couple of years ago for about 2 weeks just to block AirAsia from utilising the airport at the time. Presumably now that the somewhat dodgy AK-MH share swap has gone sour perhaps they're looking to do just that once again...

Suits me fine tho.. whalejet or not.. If it'll save me crawling on the M25 - i'd gladly take whatever flights/aircraft they send into LGW!
 
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Thu May 03, 2012 9:53 pm

Quoting MAS777 (Reply 2):
MAS did of course serve LGW a couple of years ago for about 2 weeks just to block AirAsia from utilising the airport at the time

I don't think this happened, it was planned for a B772 but did not actually operate. Why on Earth would they leave LHR for LGW particularly with BA possibly going back on LHR-KUL and added to the fact they will be flying the A380 to London and Gatwick has no A380 stands at the piers?

That's the road to oblivion a la TWA, Pan Am, Malev.
 
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Thu May 03, 2012 10:35 pm

I can well believe it. But that doesn't mean a service is imminent, airlines often assess new destinations or alternatives.


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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Fri May 04, 2012 9:28 am

MH will probably, as KE and CA are, looking to add an additional flight to London at LGW due slot constraints at LHR.
 
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Fri May 04, 2012 10:11 am

After Air Asia X pulled out of their London flights, is there really that much demand for extra direct KUL flights from London? The price sensitive travellers will continue to change in the middle east, while the premium passengers will be on the A380 from LHR.
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Fri May 04, 2012 10:17 am

Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 6):

After Air Asia X pulled out of their London flights, is there really that much demand for extra direct KUL flights from London? The price sensitive travellers will continue to change in the middle east, while the premium passengers will be on the A380 from LHR.

The low cost concept wasn't working on the route, they cited high costs ex UK/Europe which are major contributors as to why they couldn't remain competitive. For not much more passengers could fly full service.
 
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Fri May 04, 2012 1:40 pm

Being in Oneworld, I would have thought that MAS would want to focus on LHR. They could get extra slots from their 'partners'
 
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Fri May 04, 2012 9:30 pm

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 3):

Hmm.. Not sure but thought 4 or so flights did eventually operate... I could be wrong however.

Ps. British Airways does of course offer a range of connections at LGW. I doubt these flights would be instead of LHR but in addition to LHR if they do ever materialise.
 
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Sun May 06, 2012 11:05 am

It's obvious the powers that be at LGW are courting the Asian carriers and in most cases succeeding. So wouldn't be at all surprised to see MH announcement in the near future.
 
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Sun May 06, 2012 11:21 am

Only because they can't get LHR slots! Now Malaysia used to have three flights daily into LHR so it will depend on whether the third slot pair can be returned or leased at LHR and whether they want to expand. Given they are putting the A380 into LHR, that's already a capacity jump in itself.
A lot of the times when people see airline reps at an airport, they are signing a contract to handle diversions.....
 
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Sun May 06, 2012 11:35 am

There is a very large Korean base in New Malden, so whether KE flies into LHR or LGW makes no difference in their eyes Skipness.
 
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Sun May 06, 2012 11:42 am

Possibly looking at LGW as a divert airport for the A380? Airlines do sometimes visit alternate airports, to assess them. If they park on a remote stand, they wouldn't need a pier A380 compatible.
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jet72uk
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Sun May 06, 2012 11:56 am

My last post was referring to KE not MH, and should be on the KE thread. Apologies
 
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Sun May 06, 2012 2:28 pm

Wouldn't it make sense for MH to move one of their two daily flights to LGW? Would help them lower their operating cost, would help them diversify from BA (if they are to enter the LHR-KUL market), selling their slot should be fairly lucrative and many Londoner's prefer LGW over LHR for practical reasons. LGW-KUL could cater to the lower yielding and local market, LHR-KUL to the premium and transit passengers.
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Sun May 06, 2012 3:40 pm

The only people who sell up at LHR and move to LGW are bankrupt and doomed airlines. Pan Am, Malev spring to mind.

Quoting jet72uk (Reply 12):
There is a very large Korean base in New Malden, so whether KE flies into LHR or LGW makes no difference in their eyes Skipness.

Well they'll be the first long haul legacy in history that didn't care, If that was really true Korean wouldn't have dropped LGW for LHR in the first place.
 
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Mon May 07, 2012 11:42 pm

No that is wrong. Airlines are clearly opting for two london airports.
 
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Tue May 08, 2012 12:06 am

By choice? Or by lack of LHR slots. I wager that Korean isn't at Gatwick for two years. Every US carrier who tried dual ops quit bar US Airways, one from four.
 
jet72uk
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RE: MH Visiting LGW

Tue May 08, 2012 5:40 pm

So where are all these LH carriers going to fly into then? Luton?

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