|Quoting Atmx2000 (Reply 98):|
Unless airlines are comparatively minor investment in slots and facilities will pale in comparison to that in the idled fleets that airlines use for transatlantic flights.
Huh? idled fleets for transatlantic service? I suggest you read and think about what you wrote...we are talking a timeframe of 2 years - within that timeframe EU carriers will order and get FLEETS to be deployed across the Atlantic, which all of a sudden will become idled when O/S is off?!? Where are these FLEETS going to come from within the next two years?
You seem to suggest that there is this HUGE demand for travel from EU to US on EU carriers, which is being pent up by the current agreements and O/S will release this demand which will result in the NEW FLEETS of EU carriers specifically deployed on these routes to catch up with the demand -- this is totally unrealistic. There is enough EU carrier capacity on the market even today. EU carriers do not need the O/S so that they can fly more between EU and US. They need O/S to consolidate better and more efficiently and cut capacity not increase it.