Just as I had said would happen, SN indeed drops ACC completely in favour of LH and gets Cameroon from LX in return, which is definitely a win-win for all involved!http://www.luchtzak.be/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=46087#p256321
sn26567 wrote:Why should the Star Alliance specialist of Africa be the one to leave?
Doesn't it make a lot of sense to you then, having SN focus more on the mainly French speaking markets in AFI, whereas LH focusses more on the more develloped English speaking markets there (Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa) since these places have both a cultural and economical need for more diverse onward connections to the rest of the world?
What is being done here by the LH group is a well-considered consolidation of each of their AFI destinations at the hub most suited to serve this particular place and thus being able to increase frequencies.
Being able to up frequencies (or better still to go daily) is a big plus you know, as it allows to match the offer of AF/KL and make life hard on newbies like TK or EK, since a detour through IST or worse even DXB/AUH/DOH takes half a day extra, meaning that even if TK or the Gulf carriers were to go twice daily to a place in West or Central AFI, they still can't offer a more convenient schedule from Western Europe or the East coast of the USA, given pax will spend most -if not all- of the time 'won' either in the air or waiting at their hub.
In overview, ABJ and DLA going daily is very good as this will help boost yields on the route and the extra BJM/NBO is a nice surprise even, probably in anticipation of any AF/KL assault on BJM (through EBB???).
The cutback on DKR is sad, but a logic consequence of the very poorly negotiated new bilateral between Belgium and Senegal, for which we can thank our caretaker government!
convair wrote:Another question: does the new SN S12 Africa operation schedule require the 7th A330, taking into account NYC, of course?
Taking the complete schedule into account (incl. daily NYC), a quick on the back-of-an-envelope (so please correct me if I'm wrong) gives: 5 days a week 6 A330 & 2 days a week 7 A330 in operation.
Indeed, but not all schedule changes for S12 are out as it is known a new destination in AFI will be added too and in fact I'd expect a transfer of LBV from LH to SN at some point in future too...
Not saying Libreville is going to be the new SN destination in AFI for S12, but I woudn't be surprised if it were...