Seriously Jet/EY already went down the path of connecting many points in India to AUH to then send them on to the world. It FAILED. Btw what about the routing JFK-BOM-India is not a one stop connection for tier 2/3 cities? EY screwed up big time with Jet. They should have financed Jet to further grow their BOM hub when slots were available. Instead the brilliant strategy was to have EY fly BOM-AUH at 4am and Jet fly BOM-AUH at 4:15am. Great for consumers right? Look at DL and AF/KL.
Yeah sure no one is denying that EY screwed up. And they are paying the price for that. As far as the timing is concerned how is that any different from this:
BOM-CDG 9W 2:50 AM; AF 1:45 AM Or
BOM-AMS 9W 2:55 AM; KL 4:05 AM
Finally, India needs a strong hub. This would bring economic growth and jobs to India.
No one's denying that. Too bad 9W wasn't up to the task. Now they have to pay the price of being beholden to a master who controls the purse strings.
When you say “fascination” of the nonstop, I say what is the fascination of being connected to AUH of DXB or KWI etc? Plus India is already super well connected to the ME. It is pretty clear to me that pax flying to/from India are also looking for other options. Yes some people like flying the ME3 but there is a huge crowd who likes flight times, pax service, etc tailored for India. Hence why AI does well with heir DEL hub (and that is AI for god sake).
No fascination. Just the way cookie crumbles. Do you realistically think EY is going to invest in 9W and let 9W-DL get all the rewards while they remain a small airline and sit back and reflect on their ROI? They want to get back into their US network and 9W is that ticket. And are you suggesting that EK, QR, EY don't understand pax service tailored to India? If anything it's much more tailored to Indian expectations than most.