iyerhari wrote:tphuang wrote:The problem with BOS, IAD, ORD, DFX, LAX, SFO is that EK serves all of these places. For all non-BOM destination, they would be able to get to get there on one connections. And for BOM, they have 5 flights from DXB, which allows much better arrival timing.
Any the crowd that doesn't care about the arrival timing, which is actually a pretty large segment of VFR traffic, is very low yielding.
But as I said, DL is in China even though that's surely a huge loss leader for them. India should be no different.
I do not know about China but India has four different types of passenger categories:
1. Direct PTP - JFK to BOM - perfect - slam dunk and no brainer. This applies to BOM and vicinities such as Pune, Nagpur etc. who many times prefer to use BOM
2. On-hop connection to BOM within the US - BOS-JFK-BOM - it depends and have known people who also take the UA EWR option to BOM/DEL.
3. On-hop connection from JFK to other place besides BOM - such as JFK-BOM-HYD - may not be ideal for DL and i am just saying based on my experience and depends on how the connection experience is.
4. Multi-hop connection to BOM and onwards - e.g. BOS-JFK-BOM-HYD - I think this is a longshot and i do not think there maybe a lot of folks here.
As someone who travels to India, particularly Pune often from Indianapolis, I am number 4 in that. I am Star Alliance Gold through United. When I book tickets, I will not even look at non-Star Alliance airlines even if it means an extra stop.
I think a lot of people are forgetting loyalty. Sure, not all passengers care about which airline they are traveling on but are just looking for the cheapest fares, there are quite a few people, including me, who are picky that way.
Having AI in Star has been a big boon for me when it comes to domestic flights in India. I look at LH/LX/UA/AI only for all my travels. The benefits (like miles, lounges, better seats, better treatment, priority lines, better boarding groups for more overhead space, more flexibility with bookings, more upgrade chances, etc.) far outweigh the minor price difference.
Having Delta enter the market is great news for me only because that will probably mean softening of fares on the AI and UA nonstops. My itinerary usually is either PNQ-DEL-FRA/MUC/ZRH-EWR/IAD/ORD-IND or from BOM to the US either on the nonstops or via Europe.