I just can't believe that Vistara isn't jumping in to a few key long haul flights like LON, HKG and on other EU hub where they partner with an EU airline for onward connections. I am all for being cautious but India's largest FSC just shut down. If now is not the opportunity when will? Just take 5 used SQ 787s and start. You take the above cities plus the 3 cities I suggested and UK would be a good option for business travelers out of BOM at least.
You make it sound so simple. Take some planes and start long haul international service is quite ludicrous.
I'm not in Airline business but still I can list a few things :
- Is there a business plan
- Is it feasible for them
- Get the right pilots
- Training the crew for long haul
- Figuring out lodging arrangements in destination city
- Negotiating fuel supply
- Getting mechanical support
- Getting ground staff on air side (baggage handles, etc.)
- Getting land side staff (checkin, boarding staff, etc.)
- Designing meals for long haul flights
- Getting meals and on board stuff for the return flight
- Designing the right business class product, its a FSC after all
- Have the right marketing plan
- Diversion and alternate airport contracts
and I can go on.
Hope you don't start business by just by taking "some" inventory and hope it works.
Ugh, sorry I assumed since this was an aviation board, I wouldn't have to state the obvious.
Really, I thought otherwise. Since you were suggesting that "just take 5 planes and start", I wanted bring to your attention that airline business is NOT as easy as you make it sound - "just get planes and start".
Vistara is a partnership with SQ. Right there you can tick off most of your list from ground staff in outside stations to expertise. Plus I never said start tomorrow. Start in October (winter schedule). They would use SQ's seats, IFE etc and can even wet lease the aircraft if needed. Also they have the backing of the Tatas and Tata consultancy. I mean how much resources do Indian companies need to launch long haul?
Just because UK is in partnership with SQ does not mean that everything is readily available. SQ does not have to drop everything, divert resources, provide materials, so that UK can start BOM-EU/US routes for your convince. "just take planes and start" does imply NOW. Nowhere in your statements have you provided a time frame.
Tomorrow you might think Vistara should exclusively give Jaguar chauffeur services to passengers, because they have the backing of Tatas and Tata Consultancy.
Tatas are not just sitting out there twiddling their thumbs waiting to jump in Vistara management because beloved Jet Airways failed.
So now given the above, do you still think Vistara should be so overly cautious? How much lead time do you think is fair - 6 months, 1 year, 5 years? Love to hear your thoughts. Btw still don't think what I asked was "ludicrous" - that is a strong word.
Does not matter what I think or you think. Business create their own business plans, and it's up to them how much cautious they need to be. It's their investment.
Your statement was ludicrous because you made it sound like, just because of beloved Jet Airways' mis-management, Vistara should drop everything drive down to the next used planes salesman, buy 5 787s and volla - lets start BOM-LHR full service route.
It is not just this, earlier you had accused SG and Indigo for botching up international opportunities just because beloved Jet Airways failed and never bothered to response.