|Quoting CaliAtenza (Reply 34):|
Prices have gotten out of control lately and EK is one of the main culprits with regards to routes to India from the West Coast of the USA.
I looked at fares 3 months out and they were back to normal ($1,535 LAX
). There were outrageous a few months ago, but that seemed to be temporary insanity (breaking $6k for Y... I couldn't believe what the fare search engines were telling me! I know a wedding was delayed over those fares). Now, I imagine if one is looking to fly during EK
's runway resurfacing, fares will be crazy. But with today's high oil prices, $1,535 USD is a bargain. The lowest I've ever seen were just over $1,200 dollars when *everyone* was selling at a loss and at lower oil prices.
Heck, fares three weeks out are under $2k with $1,700 fares available for 2-stop connections.
If fares ever remained high, competition would fill the void quickly. Heck, the 9W
investment would have gone through. Now it looks like the July 31st deadline will pass and EY
will reduce their offer price. Cest la vie. Time=Money and the more a deal is delayed, the less it is worth.
|Quoting CaliAtenza (Reply 32):|
"Late last week, The Times of India reported Turkish Airlines, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines in the world, wanted to more than quintuple its Indian footprint, requesting an increase in weekly seat allocation from 4,000 to 20,000 seats per week, and gain access to Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Amritsar, and Ahmedabad."
would have no trouble filling the seats. The Mid East carriers aren't invincible. EK
is the most numbers run, so that makes them seem tough to compete with. But TK
has had a rapidly growing economy to work with. (I do not claim to know the status post the disturbances.)
|Quoting AirIndia (Reply 35):|
Is TK's cost base that low? Can they realistically undercut any MEB3 at all?
is based in a phenomenal location for minimizing costs for hubbing to Europe. All they need is the rights to India.