englandair
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Why Did British Midland Do This...

Thu Dec 28, 2000 12:27 am

Ofcourse I'm really glad that BD are flying to the States, but I don't understand why they chose it.

As you probably know, only 2 British (VS & BA) and 2 American (AA & UA) are allowed to fly Transatlantic to/from LHR.

So instead of choosing a longhaul destination that they could fly to from London eg. Hong Kong /Tokyo /Islamabad etc, why did BD choose US ones that they had to fly from Manchester?

London is a much greater area of England for tourism, business etc. than Manchester, so wouldn't it have been more sensible & proffitable to ignore the US for a while (popular as it is) and fly to other destinations, esp. ones not served by VS aswell as BA?

Thanks for your opinion,
Jamie.

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gkirk
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RE: Why Did British Midland Do This...

Thu Dec 28, 2000 12:42 am

There is a LOT of potential @ MAN and British Midland have noticed this as have the Star Alliance, I think that they could possibly be building MAN up as a Star Alliance hub. As part of promoting the route in the USA , they have pointed out that there are 7 Daily flights between MAN and LHR.
They are doing what BA isn't, and that is caring about other area's of the UK apart from LHR. I think its a great idea personally as MAN is centrally located in the UK and BD Commuter has flights from Scotland and also there is quite a large catchment area around MAN and Birmingham, Newcastle and other places are within easy driving range. I would disagree with you on one thing though, tourism. I feel, although Im from Scotland, that Northern England has more visitors with the Lake District, Peak District and of course Blackpool!!!
I take it you are unhappy that you won't see any BD A330s @ LHR for a few years then.
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englandair
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RE: Why Did British Midland Do This...

Thu Dec 28, 2000 4:23 am

You hit the nail on the head with the last comment!

Thanks for your reply.
 
sn330
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RE: Why Did British Midland Do This...

Thu Dec 28, 2000 5:00 am

Although London may have the largest population, tourism, and buisness opportunities, Manchester is currently the fastest growing city in England. It is a potential gold mine for an airline like British Midland to start up more long haul services from there.
 
englandair
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RE: Why Did British Midland Do This...

Thu Dec 28, 2000 5:27 am

I hadn't thought about it like that.
If what Sn330 writes is accurate, BD would do very well to get destinations from MAN before the other carriers eg. BA & VS realise MAN's potential & get there first.

Also if that is the case, and BD do very well from MAN, do you think that other carriers will begin longhaul scheduled flights from MAN (apart from those already doing it)?

Cheers,
Jamie.
 
englandair
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RE: Why Did British Midland Do This...

Thu Dec 28, 2000 7:09 pm

Asia one day soon?
 
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RE: Why Did British Midland Do This...

Fri Dec 29, 2000 12:33 am

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