Australia signs Open Skies agreement with India

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  1. Mattg

    Mattg Senior Member

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    docjames Senior Member

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    MEL has a huge Indian diaspora. Hopefully this allows more nonstop flights to BOM and DEL on a sustainable basis. It’s a route screaming for QF and the 787 in a “mid-haul” config.
     
  3. samh004

    samh004 Enthusiast

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    I know QF is looking towards direct services to Europe, but SYD-BOM-LHR would almost be equal flight lengths on both legs... perhaps a much nicer experience than SIN or DXB.
     
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  4. RooFlyer

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    As I mentioned in a recent TR, the international terminal at BOM, is pretty swish!
     
  5. samh004

    samh004 Enthusiast

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    I wonder if they were allowed to sell tickets to/from BOM (fifth freedom?) if it would be a lucrative route for them?
     
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  6. SeatBackForward

    SeatBackForward Established Member

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    QF uses to fly direct SYD to BOM. From memory it was a 14hr flight?

    I remember seeing Sachin Tendulkar whisked onto the same flight as me. This was about 98 I think.
     
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    dajop Senior Member

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    For quite a while they did flights SYD-SIN-BOM, or SYD-BNE-BOM, and some time they did BOM-SYD non stop, but on the outbound had a fuel stop in DRW.
     
  8. Mattg

    Mattg Senior Member

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    QF also flew Melbourne-Bombay. It was about 12 hours.
     
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  10. Daver6

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    Back in the 80's I recall flying PER-SIN-BOM-LHR a few times. I recall one had the option to either remain on the aircraft of head into the terminal in BOM. My mother ventured into the terminal....she regretted that.
     
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  11. MEL_Traveller

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    Nice idea the open skies, but I wonder the demand? AI barely seems to be able to make it work (they were rumoured to be losing a substantial amount of money. QF doesn't fly it anymore. Maybe one of the Indian LCCs could lease an aircraft for it - but they'd need more than 2 frames to be able to run a daily service which could push out their costs.
     
  12. Mattg

    Mattg Senior Member

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    I wonder if Emirates would be interested in a fifth-freedom tag flight such as DXB-BOM-SYD?
     
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    Realistically, it's an LCC route....
     
  14. dj_james

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    Indeed - most Indians make the Scottish look like flagrant overspenders...
     
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    If Jetstar picked up some more 787's would this be a good expansion of their network? ;)
     
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    jb747 Senior Member

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    I very much doubt that it would be profitable at any level, by anyone.
     
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    Yes only AI offer this as a direct service at present, but even Indians have standards and AI is admittedly a very bad airline.

    Getting from AUS to India is quite well serviced by connections in SIN, KUL, BKK or HKG and those routes at least offer a decent airline choice.
     
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    Is this based on pax numbers or because of the costs (monetary and otherwise) of flying into India?
     
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    BLR is decent too.
     
  20. dj_james

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    JB - did you ever fly to India, perhaps in your 767 days?

    I recall reading somewhere that apparently the Bombay flights were the least preferred routes for both pilots and cabin crew when "bidding" for rosters?
     
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