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by Flanker3
20 Dec 2018, 08:59
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Air Belgium in 2018
Replies: 1892
Views: 249789

Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Imo Air Belgium has to stop closing their eyes and needs to face reality. There are only few markets out of Belgium that can be lucrative. First of all, they need to talk to MOL to secure feeding. Second of all, they need to look at (seasonal) long haul destinations where they can make money. During...
by Flanker3
20 Dec 2018, 08:53
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: VLM Airlines (Brussels, ex-Thomas Cook) news 2018
Replies: 311
Views: 26343

Re: VLM Airlines (Brussels, ex-Thomas Cook) news 2018

I refer to my previous posts about these so-called Dutch investors taking over VG over FVG (even though he was outld and passed away after) and then getting their hands on HQ. They didn't know what they were doing and neither was Air Belgium. They were counting on free hand-outs from China but they ...
by Flanker3
16 Oct 2018, 20:18
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Brussels Airlines in 2018
Replies: 1411
Views: 207016

Re: Brussels Airlines in 2018

I wonder if Tolipanebas will survive the thought that he will be working for a low cost airline. So much fot SN staying a stand alone branch under LH. Some of us have been shouting that this would happen, yet the naive SN fanboys never quite wanted to believe it. Makes one wonder if they were SN fan...
by Flanker3
14 Oct 2018, 21:48
Forum: Airline experiences and trip reports
Topic: The "let us know Superfares" Topic !
Replies: 192
Views: 92503

Superfare: BRU-NRT direct with ANA only 375 EUR return!

For those interested in flying to Japan, I have been notified by secretflying of this superfare. In my opinion it's an error fare as ANA is advertising the lowest rate from 538 EUR return. The superfare is shown as 407 EUR return on the ANA website, but can be had for lower if you invest time search...
by Flanker3
28 Sep 2018, 01:33
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: The CityJet Sukhoi SSJ100-95 saga is hurting Brussels Airlines
Replies: 170
Views: 24533

Re: The CityJet Sukhoi SSJ100-95 saga is hurting Brussels Airlines

It looks like reliability is way up now. Perhaps SN should look at maintaining the cooperation and ask for a clause with big compensation for each delay/cancellation in the form of rebates on the monthly ACMI charges. The SSJ fits well in SN's operations, the aircraft can't help it if Cityjet is una...
by Flanker3
27 Sep 2018, 18:46
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: ANA from NRT to BRU as from winter season 2015
Replies: 200
Views: 41708

Re: ANA from NRT to BRU as from winter season 2015

As reported in the BRU routes topic, ANA will upgrade BRU-NRT to B789 effective October 28th 2018 offering additional seats as follows: 2 x J, 44 x Y. I have anticipated such a move previously, it's a pitty the attacks probably delayed it by a year or two. However at present I was expecting them to ...
by Flanker3
26 Sep 2018, 19:49
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Can Belgian airlines be successful ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1897

Re: Can Belgian airlines be successful ?

Yes it can be succesful but you need a good plan. Belgium is an outbound leisure market primarily. This is why FR and TUI Belgium are doing well. In terms of business flying, Belgium has a problem because the business cycle is not stable like in other major big cities. There is demand but not all th...
by Flanker3
25 Sep 2018, 00:57
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Air Belgium in 2018
Replies: 1892
Views: 249789

Re: Air Belgium in 2018

If you have booked because it’s BA and because it’s a 787, you feel more then disappointed when you end up in an AB A340. To be fair, in economy class, the AB 343 is more comfortable than the BA 787. Passengers should be enchanted! That is a good point. I would say way more comfortable. At least in...
by Flanker3
22 Sep 2018, 23:25
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Air Belgium in 2018
Replies: 1892
Views: 249789

Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Flanker3 wrote It never ceases to amaze me how "managers" hope to run yield management from day 1 on routes without feeding and with heavy competition, only to price themselves out of the market. So much for being a "disruptor". Scarce return tickets at 450 EUR return, but mostly at over 500 EUR re...
by Flanker3
22 Sep 2018, 00:28
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Air Belgium in 2018
Replies: 1892
Views: 249789

Re: Air Belgium in 2018

I disagree with you strongly. BRU is too expensive and too low yield for an A340 operation. TATL? With Primera and DL offering 300 EUR return fares, it doesnt make any sense. Forget it. Asia is the right market. There is potential for routes like TYO, MNL, TPE, ICN, SIN. FR is not perfect, but they ...
by Flanker3
21 Sep 2018, 17:19
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Air Belgium in 2018
Replies: 1892
Views: 249789

Re: Air Belgium in 2018

HKG had a business case but not anymore after CX came in. That's when you have to decide to adapt. If there is a business plan that could work, it was TYO, as I said from the beginning. However, I think that the failure was not the CX competition but an internal strategy failure. I pointed out numer...
by Flanker3
13 Sep 2018, 03:15
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Future long haul destinations Brussels Airport
Replies: 13
Views: 3194

Re: Future long haul destinations Brussels Airport

BRU should encourage JL to come with their new LCC subsidiary and to 5th freedom to GRU.
This should work very well.
by Flanker3
07 Sep 2018, 17:33
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: VLM (SHS Antwerp Aviation) news 2018
Replies: 578
Views: 113435

Re: VLM (SHS Antwerp Aviation) news 2018

Vizion Air, why don't you guys take over what's left? You guys know what you're doing, plus you have an active Part145, Part M, a quality department in VLM. Take it over for peanuts, keep it lean and small, use it for you own charters and expand the charter business organically. we will first see h...
by Flanker3
31 Aug 2018, 23:34
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: VLM (SHS Antwerp Aviation) news 2018
Replies: 578
Views: 113435

Re: VLM (SHS Antwerp Aviation) news 2018

Vizion Air, why don't you guys take over what's left?
You guys know what you're doing, plus you have an active Part145, Part M, a quality department in VLM.

Take it over for peanuts, keep it lean and small, use it for you own charters and expand the charter business organically.
by Flanker3
14 Aug 2018, 10:22
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Air Belgium in 2018
Replies: 1892
Views: 249789

Re: Air Belgium in 2018

The loading factors are pretty good compared to July when I first took AB to HKG. When i departed there were only 50 pax or less whilst when I returned there were more than 100. According to Standaard. The loading factors have gone up from 52-60% (july) to 75-80%(august). So I thing they are gettin...
by Flanker3
14 Aug 2018, 03:42
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: VLM (SHS Antwerp Aviation) news 2018
Replies: 578
Views: 113435

Re: VLM (SHS Antwerp Aviation) news 2018

It's back to reality I guess. I was surprised that they launched all these routes, but now we see that it was just madness. Good to see the cutback and trying to become sustainable. LCY and ZRH make sense. If Vizion Air is giving them enough lucrative work, it makes sense to pursue that. ANR could i...
by Flanker3
14 Aug 2018, 03:28
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Air Belgium in 2018
Replies: 1892
Views: 249789

Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Frankly I was never able to find any 449 EUR rates that I could fly. How are load factors? I doubt that they're doing well. They need to be more aggressive on pricing. As I always said, yield management can only make a difference once you are constantly full. Until then, you are not doing yield mana...
by Flanker3
12 May 2018, 00:50
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Brussels Airlines in 2018
Replies: 1411
Views: 207016

Re: Brussels Airlines in 2018

SN no longer is a government-supported airline. The unions at SN were very pro-government. Work conditions are pretty poor, SN pays the worst wages of the industry and get away with it without strikes. Only when senior pilots were unhappy the unions moved. If these were independent unions, SN would ...
by Flanker3
09 May 2018, 12:26
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Air Belgium in 2018
Replies: 1892
Views: 249789

Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Ok finally some marketing. 1800 EUR return in J is not very cheap. The same way 449 EUR is not very cheap. Price at 349 EUR and 1299 EUR respectively as launch fares and there will be takers. I will find a reason to fly to Hong Kong for that. Once you are established you can jack up the fares. I wou...
by Flanker3
25 Apr 2018, 22:24
Forum: Latest aviation news
Topic: Air Belgium in 2018
Replies: 1892
Views: 249789

Re: Air Belgium in 2018

No surprise for me: If they want a good load factor and a decent yield, they have to leave more time then just a few weeks before they operate their first revenue flight to Hong Kong. They must respect the time lapse between booking date and flight date. Best scenario to limit the damage now is to ...