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LH Announces BER - AMS In S13

Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:50 pm

Lufthansa announced a surprise move today with the opening of BER-AMS. This route may prove a strategic move to expand BER's North American connections on LH - in addition DUS, MUC & FRA - leading to ultimately direct BER-USA flights once Brandenburg is opened and traffic has grown sufficiently. Ofcourse the ever growing O&D traffic will be the main driver.

- dep. TXL 06:45 - arr. AMS 08:10 LH3342 A319 Daily ex. Sun
- dep. TXL 18:20 - arr. AMS 19:45 LH3346 A319 Daily ex. Sat

- dep. AMS 08:50 - arr. TXL 10:10 LH3343 A319 Daily ex. Sun
- dep. AMS 20:25 - arr. TXL 21:45 LH3347 A319 Daily ex. Sat

The route creates interesting connecting possibilities on LH codeshares to EWR, IAD, IAH and ORD operated by UA.

- dep, AMS 09:15 - arr. EWR 11:45 LH7963 8h 30 B757 Daily
- dep. AMS 10.10 - arr. IAH 13.50 LH 7987 10h 40 B767 Daily
- dep. AMS 10:55 - arr. ORD 13:00 LH9154 9h 05 B767 Daily
- dep. AMS 11:15 - arr. IAD 14:00 LH7619 8h 45 B767 Daily

KLM operates the route 6x/day in Summer, and EZY operates 2x day (3x Mon&Fri S13). Surprisingly LH was absent from this route thus far.


Remember the days of LH B707's and B747-200s FRA-AMS-LAX-AMS-FRA !

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RE: LH Announces BER - AMS In S13

Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:55 pm

Quoting factsonly (Thread starter):
KLM operates the route 6x/day in Summer, and EZY operates 2x day (3x Mon&Fri S13). Surprisingly LH was absent from this route thus far.

AB operated TXL-AMS twice daily on F100 and B737-400/700/800 equipment and failed to become successful even with the EUR 29 oneway fares (all-in).
HV operated AMS-TXL-AMS but was not succesfull but now changed the flight originating from EIN instead, with lower operating costs.
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RE: LH Announces BER - AMS In S13

Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:02 pm

Will this be operated by Germanwings?
 
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RE: LH Announces BER - AMS In S13

Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:25 pm

Quoting KL911 (Reply 2):
Will this be operated by Germanwings?

I expect so, as LH mainline will only be operating flights within Europe from Frankfurt and Munich. Flights from all other German airports are to be operated by Germanwings.

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RE: LH Announces BER - AMS In S13

Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:38 pm

Quoting factsonly (Thread starter):
Surprisingly LH was absent from this route thus far.

LH has tried this route in the past, and it failed. Don't see why it will be a succes this time (moreover a s the train and car are good alternatives).

Quoting factsonly (Thread starter):
The route creates interesting connecting possibilities on LH codeshares to EWR, IAD, IAH and ORD operated by UA.

However, this is a backtrack and unless fares are good I don't see many transfer at TXL. Moreover, UA will probably want this traffic going directly on their flights as they don't offer anything ex TXl which they don't ex AMS.
 
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RE: LH Announces BER - AMS In S13

Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:45 pm

Quoting LJ (Reply 4):
However, this is a backtrack and unless fares are good I don't see many transfer at TXL. Moreover, UA will probably want this traffic going directly on their flights as they don't offer anything ex TXl which they don't ex AMS.

I guess Factsonly meant that LH can now offer TXL-AMS-IAD as an alternative to TXL-FRA-IAD. So no backtracking here.

As LH and UA are metal-neutral accross the Atlantic, this can be attractive for LH+UA. Especially when the additional passengers would enable UA/LH to upgauge the 757s from AMS to 767s.

This practice is already common for LH bookings from HAM. For example, I did a random search on lufthansa.com HAM-IAH, and the cheapest option turned out to be HAM-AMS-IAH.

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