trinidadeG wrote:User001 wrote:trinidadeG wrote:Just my 2p.
BOM-MAN was one of 9W's weaker long haul flights (the other being MAA-CDG) compared to the AMS and LHR flights ex BOM. 9W could only make BOM-MAN work because of VS's strong presence at MAN and 9Ws strong presence at BOM - The flight funnelled many India-US two stop itineraries from Indian Tier II cities on a single PNR apart from serving a small O/D (presumably Indian VFR) market.
UK doesn't have that kind of network out of BOM now. I doubt they ever will go beyond serving only the current "top 10-15 city pairs" from BOM. Hence, If at all UK wanted to attempt MAN, they'd more likely do it from their hub in DEL.
Others have already posted why a UK-VS tie-up is not the most likely of scenarios, given that UK has a code-share relationship with BA.
But you need to remember it was only a few months old when Jet folded the newest routes are always the 'weakest', and when you consider the pedigree of cities Jet served Long Haul wise (LHR/CDG etc) of course it was going to be the 'weakest'.
I was replying in the context of your question, "why not MAN..?", and your statement "Jet has proved...".
Jet did not prove anything on BOM-MAN, IMO. They were merely attempting to make that city pair work because they had support from VS (w.r.t onward US/NA traffic) to supplement India-UK O/D to fill their A332.
I believe that, simply because 9W attempted the route before they folded, doesn't mean that other airlines will now jump at the idea of flying BOM-MAN, even if we consider that the route was only a few months old.
In the case of AMS-BLR, o.t.o.h, I think the fact that KLM has decided to fly the route on their own metal suggests that Jet indeed proved the market existed.
Point one. It’s worth pointing out this route was not supported by VS initially, the codeshare came well after the route started, and it certainly wasn’t the point of the route starting up. One of the purposes of the route was due to Manchester firms working with Indian tech firms and giving them the links required. There were plenty of news articles online at the time verifying this point.
Secondly, referring to the point of KLM reopening a route from AMs is not a fair comparason. You are talking about the home base of a hub airline in the countries biggest city, so very easy for them to do. MAN doesn’t have a large, home based hub airline and is not the UKs biggest city, so, probably needs a foreign airline to open such a route. VS is realistically the only U.K. airline that could start a route to BOM, but is very fleet constrained and only has 6 aircraft at MAN, so, comparing them to KLM isn’t a valid comparason to be honest.
But, as I have pointed out, this forum was full of naysayers before Jet started MAN and thus we can’t take anyone’s opinions as gospel.