GlobalAirways wrote:They are in the Vanilla Alliance.
3BNBE wrote:However, it can be noted that Air Mauritius has many agreements with Skyteam members and that particular alliance is the most present one in Mauritius.
3BNBE wrote:MK's CEO recently outlined plans to create an African Alliance with Rwandair, Kenya Airways and South African Airways in order to reduce cost and enjoy economies of scale.
eastafspot wrote:It would be the best idea!
B1168 wrote:Maybe a connect member, given Skyteam’s friendliness to small airlines.
Still,it is unrealistic to demand it to be a full member.
One of the smallest recent (full) member of any alliances is RAM. That is over 50 planes in fleet, not 14. Obviously, MK is scaling more similarly to Fiji Airways, an OW connect member.
WPvsMW wrote:Many operators would be ahead of MK on the list of potential "Skyteam Connecting Partners", e.g., VA, 9W.
3BNBE wrote:eastafspot wrote:It would be the best idea!
As part of this alliance, in order to reduce costs, maybe South African Airways will eliminate non-profitable routes which can be served by other carriers in this alliance. SA's route to Hong Kong for instance could be stopped and all the traffic shifted to Air Mauritius, which would then operate a minimum of 5 weekly flights with a schedule allowing for short connections to and from South Africa, Kenya and other destinations. Mauritius is a big destination for South African Airways, with up to 11 weekly flights(7 A340-600 and 4 A330-300/A340-300) during the month of December and a daily flight all year long operated by wide-body aircrafts between JNB and MRU. Air Mauritius is also present in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Air Mauritius should however consider re-introducing night flights year-long to JNB to provide two-way convenient travel time for those travelling between Asia and Africa(starting with JNB). It was also stated by a SA official that Durban-Bangalore route was one with great potential, and Air Mauritius can well benefit from that.
Air Mauritius flights to Bangalore make a stop at Chennai on the return leg. Actually, 1 weekly flight is operated(due to delivery delays of MK's A330-900) but normally 2 weekly flights are operated. If MK operates 1 weekly flight to Chennai and Bangalore individually, taking into account that the Bangalore flights leave on Monday at 21 05, while Durban flights arrive in Mauritius at 18 10(reasonable 1h55min layover) and Bangalore-Mauritius flights with no stop at Chennai could arrive at about 11 00 the next day, while Mumbai flights arrive at 11 15, a Durban flight could leave Mauritius at 12 15, reaching the South African city at 14 35, leaving DUR at 15 50 and arriving in MRU at 21 50. On Tuesdays, Air Mauritius also have flights to Perth and Shanghai after 10 p.m. and thus short layovers will be available for those willing to connect to those 2 destinations, allowing for loads to be high enough to render the flights profitable.
rbavfan wrote:With all of SAA politically bloated, no airline training upper management. Do they still have any routes that make money?
3BNBE wrote:Another question which comes to my mind concerning South Africa is:
How can Air Seychelles be really that successful on its JNB-SEZ route??
No more than 25,000 South Africans visit The Seychelles yearly and I guess that much less people from Seychelles visit SA. Or is it because HM offers the fastest and among the cheapest flights for Mumbai-Johannesburg travellers?
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