|Quoting erj170 (Reply 2):|
Why not contact RDU and get the subsidy for the FRA flight and at least make some break even, but more likely, positive cash flow? And then you can connect to AA flights for connections.. Sheesh! Is it really that hard to do these things?
|Quoting Semaex (Reply 4):|
Yes, very hard.
Why exactly should AB receive subsidies, and from who? The government aka tax payer? It's not like this is an aviation-friendly nation I'm living in, considering all the public movement against airport expansion, night flights and so on.
And in times where billions flow to aid other nations it'll be quite difficult to convince the public that an airline run by a CEO who is thought to be the personified evil-head-of-a-multimillion-corporation should receive subsidies when there's still LH or FR around the corner, depending on how you want to travel.
|Quoting erj170 (Reply 5):|
The subsidies are coming from Research Triangle Regional Partnership in Raleigh, NC. It wouldn't come from the taxpayers of Germany or from the taxpayers of the US/North Carolina.. it is coming from a private organization that is composed of over 50 companies that have pooled money into an account for the specific purpose of getting a non-stop flight to Frankfurt (and Paris). But AB could easily just contact RTRP and get into discussions about receiving the subsidy and starting the flight. AA accessed if for the LHR flight and now don't even need the subsidy for it (from last I heard, the flight goes out profitable on it's own merit). I don't see why they would not be interested in having a profitable flight..
|Quoting Semaex (Reply 6):|
If such a pool exists and free money is there to take, then why wouldn't LH have done it already? After all, FRA is their prime hub, nothing easier than starting a new long-haul from there. Piece of cake.
But if LH is not going to do it, then I trust you do understand that AB will not even think about it. Not ex FRA.
|Quoting LV (Reply 11):|
narrow bodies is not a type. 320, 319, 738, etc are types.
|Quoting flyingalex (Reply 14):|
Are these going to be outright sales, or sell-and-lease-back transactions? The latter are a popular instrument for raising cash quickly, but they can be a sign of deep problems with the business.