vadodara wrote:VTORD wrote:CaliguyNYC wrote:I think Vistara should partner with BA or VS and start Gatwick and flying a few key LGW-US routes for either VS or BA. For instance, Vistara could takeover VS' JFK-LGW. LGW is great for O&D but the lack of feed could really hurt an Indian airline. Jet definitely got a lot of transfer pax from VS in London. Was actually quite impressive how much traffic VS handed off (and KL at AMS and AF at CDG). On Haneda, I wonder if Japan would give an extension because of Corona Virus?
Only JFK makes sense for a LGW-NA fifth freedom flight. The others being TPA, MCO and LAS, you are mostly looking at leisure traffic. Of course I admit that I don't know what kind of a/c config is being deployed on these routes. And that would be contingent on the fact that they can actually put in place a code share/revenue sharing partnership with either BA or VS pretty soon here. The idea being propagated on this thread multiple times is (for whatever reason) that BA and UK are "partners". All they have so far is a code share from BA to UK ex-DEL for domestic within India. That is the extent of the partnership. OTH, UK actually has a closer relationship with UA in light of the recent accruals & redemption agreement (A friend just flew PNQ-DEL-SFO on UK-UA last week).
Also IF UK does go this route (DEL-LGW-XXX), then with only 2 x 789s on their current timeline, HND or NRT isn't happening anytime soon.
BA has no benefit in partnering with any Indian airline except to get some connections out of DEL.
If UK was looking for a US partner, DL would make sense. DL already has this relationship with several airlines.
Delta has no spare slots of its own at LHR to gift but presumably could pressure Virgin. One daily LHR slot would be all it takes for Vistara to dump both BA and United ($ill 2 birds with one stone) and get into bed with KLM/AirFrance/Virgin/Delta especially since Vistara can further expand in future by tapping into the AMS and CDG bases. Therefore timing is everything because Vistara is desperate for LHR (they have no where else in Europe to fly to and fill the plane). Presumably their so called partners, JAL and BA, $tabbed then in the back by not being cooperative with either slots or codeshares. I would love to be proved wrong.