So work and school have been keeping me busy....so i'll just take this chance to say my peace
I haven't commented on the merger yet because I wanted to see how it progressed. We, im very unimpressed with the results as it stands. Hopefully CALX can become a competitor to AT
(Antigua)">LI and the fares will go down a bit. I can understand if you can't buy a $50 r/t airfare, but paying $450 for a 20 minute inter island hope is ridiculous. Their should really be a regional body to regulate inter island airfares where a monopoly exists.
CAL and CALX:
The government of TnT clearly abandoned BGI
because of economic and political reason. Starting up CAL was a big risk that cost TT
government a lot of money. Remember, if they had just let market forces take care of Bwee it would have cost a lot less....and its arguable that other carriers would have filled the void at no direct cost to TT
. They simply weren't willing to shell out more public funds to support Barbados. It would be even more costly and as a result a bigger economic risk to TT
. Also, Barbados wasn't exactly willing to give CAL the support it would need to remain in Barbados without TT
government money. Now that CAL is proving to be a more stable company that Bwee, I'm sure it will look to Barbados as a source of profits. In that case, service in and out of Barbados should be based purely on economics and not politics. If Barbados wants Bwee to return to its former prominence in BGI
, they'll need to put their money where their mouth is.
CALX is a great start for CAL's regional expansion. If managed properly, it will give CAL a foothold in other Caribbean markets and they can start building a reputation for good service and fair prices. That way, if they decide to upgrade services to 737-800s or add international flights originating in other countries they won't be starting from scratch. CALX will also work as an island hopper for business people who travel often both regionally and internationally and tourists looking to cover more than one island during their holidays. It also puts the government run airbridge at an advantage because of the economies of scale now possible because it is part of the wider CAL network.
Air Jamaica....o boy:
mi wa uncle butch fi come back.......lawd mi cyaa stan di suffrin....
. It seems like it is in such a bad spot right now being drawn every which way. Service is reaching pre-Buth levels (which aint good AT ALL
). For example, KX
is operating 3 daily flights to Jamaica over the holidays and I'm sure theyll add more because every single flight is already full. No one will book an AJ
ticket because they have basically dropped GCM
as a destination. The plane only gets here 2 or 3 days out of the week and all the passengers end up on KX
I never agreed with the 757/737 idea. I don't think that was based on airline economics. They need to stick with A320 family products (I'd do a mix of A319, A320, and A321) and a longer range, higher capacity plane. The 340's are too large and have proven to be a bad fit for AJ
already. 330's would be a better idea.
shuttle is total foolishness.
The jury is still out on whether the London fiasco was beneficial or not. I understand the economic reasoning behind dropping it, but unlike CAL, AJ
is not being run according to economic principles. AJ
is still, very clearly, a politicized state carrier. Hopefully this government will make a clear agenda for AJ
quickly and let it run its course.
Great little airline with a lot of potential, I think. They really don't need to get involved with the English islands...they're relatively small and the market just isn't there. They can more easily serve Spanish and Francophone cities with less risk. I really hope to see they expand further out of PAP and Cayenne. Those E-jets are beautiful in their colours too (the 170 or 175). I hope they get more!
What's going on here? You guys are quite as church mouse about them...... and I'm sure there is never a dull day with them. Has your new government done or said anything about the future?
New image is still being pieced together, but by the looks of it it is based very heavily on the Coat of arms. Sort of like one of the much older KX
schemes, except updated significantly. I'm not sure if I like the idea totally, but I'll wait to see the full colours. Since their revealing it now though, I don't think they;ll wait till the new 733 comes in February.....There must be one out now getting the scheme.
The new interiors are also said to be pretty nice....not PTVs, but overheads every couple rows. The new seats are just roomier, and there will be more legroom cuz they're taking rows out.
Any news on this front? I'm very curious about this 'new' one. People who have been in the Caribbean aviation scene as long as they hjave should know how risky this venture is.
PS: AJ scheme looks beautiful.....one of the best I've ever seen. however, faded it looks really bad.
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