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SN to operate BRU-BOM

Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:20 pm

Brussels Airlines and Air India are going to cooperate. The Belgian carrier will operate BRU-BOM from March 2017 and passengers will be able to book a connection flight with Air India.

As from March 2017 Brussels Airlines will set sail for Mumbai. The Indian metropolis will be connected to Brussels Airport 5 times a week. It will the first time that the Belgian airline lands on the Asian continent and it reinforces even more its hub in Brussels, in close cooperation with Star Alliance partner Air India.

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Thanks to a collaboration with Star Alliance partner Air India, Brussels Airlines passengers can connect seamlessly on domestic flights to other Indian cities and regions. The Mumbai-Brussels flight schedule will allow connections to many European, African and American destinations in the Brussels Airlines network.


This will be the first Asian destination for SN. The carrier will also acquire an additional A330, bringing the fleet to 10.

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https://press.brusselsairlines.com/brus ... ndia-again
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Re: SN to operate BRU-BOM

Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:27 pm

nice to see someone backfilling the gap left by 9W.
 
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Re: SN to operate BRU-BOM

Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:30 pm

a380787 wrote:
nice to see someone backfilling the gap left by 9W.


Yes, first YYZ and now BOM. Nice opportunities for SN.
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Re: SN to operate BRU-BOM

Thu Aug 11, 2016 7:32 pm

It was said that Mumbai made instead of an extra African destination. Anybody know which one?
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Re: SN to operate BRU-BOM

Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:30 pm

Seems, ArcelorMittal were missing one of their connections to their Luxemburg headquaters. But of course, they can't make that route profitable on their own. I suppose, there might also be some gem-related traffic between India and Antwerp. However, the world's largest brewery corporation that is based in Leuven might not generate much traffic to the Kingfisher Emire, a.k.a. India. :D
 
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Re: SN to operate BRU-BOM

Fri Aug 12, 2016 4:12 am

What made SN to launch flights to BOM and not DEL? If they are cooperating with AI, they should have considered DEL, as it is AI hub and they have more presence in Delhi than Mumbai.
 
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Re: SN to operate BRU-BOM

Fri Aug 12, 2016 4:39 am

Crazy4Planes wrote:
What made SN to launch flights to BOM and not DEL? If they are cooperating with AI, they should have considered DEL, as it is AI hub and they have more presence in Delhi than Mumbai.


BOM is the major financial and commercial capital of India and the wealthiest major city. That should mean more O&D traffic and more premium traffic than DEL.
 
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Re: SN to operate BRU-BOM

Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:31 am

Viscount724 wrote:
Crazy4Planes wrote:
What made SN to launch flights to BOM and not DEL? If they are cooperating with AI, they should have considered DEL, as it is AI hub and they have more presence in Delhi than Mumbai.


BOM is the major financial and commercial capital of India and the wealthiest major city. That should mean more O&D traffic and more premium traffic than DEL.


Hmmm, Mumbai is indeed the commercial and financial capital. But why don't major European carriers like VS, KL, AY and SU do not operate flights to BOM but fly to Delhi?
 
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Re: SN to operate BRU-BOM

Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:08 am

One word : Diamonds

Mumbai/Surat and Brussels/Antwerp have a huge traffic of people and goods related to the Diamond industry.
 
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Re: SN to operate BRU-BOM

Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:09 am

Sjoerd wrote:
It was said that Mumbai made instead of an extra African destination. Anybody know which one?


I read Lagos. Libreville was also under consideration I heard.
 
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Re: SN to operate BRU-BOM

Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:09 pm

sibibom wrote:
One word : Diamonds

Mumbai/Surat and Brussels/Antwerp have a huge traffic of people and goods related to the Diamond industry.


Correct, 85% of all rough diamonds and about 50% of the polished diamonds are passing through Antwerp. It's a huge industry (valuewise though the diamond industry employes several thousand people in Antwerp alone).

The diamond sector was one of those asking to revive BRU-BOM but also the Indian government wanted the BRU-BOM route operational again. So after negotiations it was decided that SN will be the operating carrier for the route while co-operating with Air India (which will be a first for SN I believe, they don't have any codesharing with AI at the moment afaik).
 
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Re: SN to operate BRU-BOM

Sat Aug 13, 2016 4:50 am

Crazy4Planes wrote:
Viscount724 wrote:
Crazy4Planes wrote:
What made SN to launch flights to BOM and not DEL? If they are cooperating with AI, they should have considered DEL, as it is AI hub and they have more presence in Delhi than Mumbai.


BOM is the major financial and commercial capital of India and the wealthiest major city. That should mean more O&D traffic and more premium traffic than DEL.


Hmmm, Mumbai is indeed the commercial and financial capital. But why don't major European carriers like VS, KL, AY and SU do not operate flights to BOM but fly to Delhi?


Depends on the nature of their markets. Canada is a good example since AC serves DEL but not BOM since most Canada-India traffic is VFR and most Indian immigration to Canada has historically been from northern India. When AC briefly served BOM sometime in the 1980s (before they had rights to DEL) the operation was very unsuccessful. Most of their traffic to BOM was 5th freedom from LHR (that route operated YYZ-LHR-BOM-SIN).

Bilaterals may also be a factor. India was traditionally quite restrictive in granting traffic rights and not all European bilaterals permitted service to both DEL and BOM.

For SN, I think BOM makes more sense than DEL.
 
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Re: SN to operate BRU-BOM

Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:17 pm

Sjoerd wrote:
It was said that Mumbai made instead of an extra African destination. Anybody know which one?


Lagos and Libreville
Both destinations are on hold

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