Just did the math, created the following hypothetical winter BOM-USA schedule that would allow daily JFK/ORD on 3 77L:
AI141 2330 BOM - JFK 0545+1 77L D
AI140 0900 JFK - BOM 1020+1 77L D
AI129 1230 BOM - ORD 1700 77L D
AI128 1900 ORD - BOM 2130+1 77L D
Would 2 hour stops at each airport be enough?
Just one issue .. with the JFK and ORD flights departing BOM at different timings , will both of them be able to have proper domestic feed ? I doubt whether there is any bank of AI to feed a 1230 departing long haul flight.
Indeed STV has a very long way to go b4 any EU carrier arrives. For now they shud be happy and look forward to the GCC connections like SHJ/AUH/DXB. Maybe 9W can do 3x or 5x weekly STV-AUH to help Surtis connect to the rest of the world.
Isn’t this the point of the WWAS or whatever? Why are we ‘blocked’ from getting service!
No city is "blocked" from such services. STV has instead even got an international tag now. Its the question of viability on an all year-round basis for international flights.
Even Pune, being a bigger city than Surat, doesn't have proper long haul flights yet (they lost they only Europe connection on the BBJ) , so yes I doubt STV will be able to sustain them. It can follow the model being used at places like COK,TRV,CCJ,IXE,ATQ,JAI,GOI,PNQ of having connections to ME3 hubs or south-east asian hubs like SIN/BKK and from there connect virtually to the rest of the world. Thats the only model that will work for Surat's Int'l ops and nothing more at least for the foreseaable future. Long-haul has barely reached all of India's major metro's beyond BOM/DEL, so thats really wishful thinking for the non-metro's.
I think we should now stop explaining these things. Same things were told to him earlier multiple times but he is too stubborn currently and will quote anyone as a 9W/AI employee . Well he should now confess who he works for . The discussion in this page has been on a simple gibberish spread out by one person and in spite of all of us trying different ways to explain him, he's stuck there
I used AMD as a reference point, similar demography. If anything Surat/Bardoli/Navasari/Valsad/Vapi is a very wealthy market. Take the total traffic and assume a fraction to be international. Diverting that traffic away from BOM should put a dent in someone’s top line.
Right there . BOM (richest city in India) is very poor you know!!
Yes if I were a Jet Airways employee, starting international service at Surat might be the last straw that breaks my ‘hub’. Get over with it, it will happen.
Yes waiting for your favorite airlines to start long hauls you want. Go fast and contact them .