DobboDobbo wrote:behramjee wrote:If VS have spare WB aircraft from W19 onwards out of MAN, I would suggest they study Manchester-Islamabad 4 times per week nonstop using an A333 or B789.
The p2p demand alone on this sector last year was 277,000 pax round trip and yields are average year round but very high between 15jun-15sep and 01dec-20jan. Cargo in the belly will be full year round in both directions too ie 10 tons each way.
It will also provide decent feed to its own and DLs TATL flying.
Subject to the rate the B789 availability improves (alleviation of engine issues) and A35K delivery, versus withdraw of the A346 / B744 there might be some slack in the fleet.
I think it is a matter of time before VS start flying east from MAN. DEL was speculated (around the time the A332s were acquired) and I had not considered Islamabad as a possibility.
However, if they do look east from MAN a higher priority might be BOM (in light of 9W’s predicament), DEL and BKK (the latter two being major unserved markets - I suspect larger than ISB?).
VS appear to be in expansion mode, but who knows what their plans really are - I don’t think many saw South America returning - so it’ll be interesting to see how they progress over the coming months and years.
Factually incorrect as MAN-ISB demand last year of 277,000 was higher than MAN-BKK + MAN-DEL + MAN-BOM combined. In fact MAN-ISB demand alone is higher than entire MAN-India.