binayak wrote:Only at the risk of gaining the ire of their partners at AF/KL/DL.
AI's success might provoke 9W to start US flights . The american carriers don't seem to be interested in india at all. For them india will always be low yielding . Any ways UA has lost a good opportunity and I don't think there will be any more frequency additions in this route for a couple of years.
As for the US carriers, the thing is, I feel they are still largely driven by their pre-liberalization model of being mostly domestic carriers with much smaller international outreach (certainly no competition to the likes of the EUB3 or the MEB3). Still, UA manages to find enough yield to justify EWR-BOM/DEL year-round, and shows no signs of running.
Why so?? The entire joint venture fails to provide a choice of timing to pax where ME3 wins. Once Navi Mumbai comes up, an afternoon bank of 9W flights to US will be helpful for those who don't want to leave at night hours.
AI's afternoon flights from Delhi to EU are succesful because that is what we Indians are most comfortable with.. That non flights to US can be successful now.....AI has proved it. 9W has even better brand reputation than them. There is no reason why they can't be successful. With cooperation with Delta pax can go to even smaller cities in US where long haul flights are not viable.
Yes, but currently, AF/KL are hoping to use 9W to claw back marketshare on US-India. So, I am not certain they would react positively to being cut out as the middle-men. On the other hand, I guess there is scope if they opt for direct cooperation with DL, but my impression was that as of now, it is actually AF/KL that 9W has stronger ties with, rather than DL?
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