|Quoting eastern023 (Reply 38):|
Would we ever see maybe a decrease of IB MAD-SCL-MAD in favor of the LHR-SCL-LHR flight? Does IB has a smaller airplane that has the pants to fly the route? (my guess is no...) So the smaller they can go its the A343..right?
is only offering a daily flight between SCL
, so why would they want to decrease it further? Especially because it appears that LA
is similarly keeping SCLMAD at a single daily frequency this year even in the high season.
|Quoting eastern023 (Reply 28):|
Yup, I still thought that LH (or LX) would be the first to open back SCL, especially due to TAM impending Star departure...who knows LH/LX might still have something up their sleeve...I guess nothing is set in stone until there is a plane landed at SCL.
It's possible, but I think LH
has its eyes set on LIM
. Definitely a lot of opportunity in LIM
given the entry of TA
I don't know what the future holds in store for Star Alliance at Santiago. There is virtually zero Star presence in the Chile-Europe corridor, sans for AC
. Not even UA
provides a link to Europe from SCL
Now, at this stage in the game, LAN has not announced any new routes that will see the 787 once the deliveries come through in a few weeks, which certainly isn't a major deterrent for a new European entrant. I for one thought that LAN would operate SCLFRA at the drop of the hat, eliminating the MAD
stopover, but I was proven wrong.
So, for a carrier such as LH
, the question is: nonstop, tag-on, or nothing at all? The tag-on situation turned out to be very costly. It has been three years since LX
, but so much has changed in that period. GOL has dropped its services to Santiago, and TAM is leaving Star. Therefore, in a short matter of time, the only player on the very important SCLGRU corridor will be LATAM. Alternatively, LH
could look into adding SCLGIG as a tag-on.
We will just have to see.