It’s all the time superb to me what number of airways need to fly nonstop to the US, even when there’s no enterprise case for it.
As Kenya Airways’ CEO mentioned earlier this yr (simply months after launching Nairobi to New York flights):
“I don’t think about it to be a profitable route. There may be nothing profitable about flying to New York.”
However that doesn’t cease different airways from attempting…
TAROM Plans To Fly To New York
Romanian flag provider and SkyTeam member TAROM plans on launching flights between Bucharest and New York as of the summer season of 2020. The airline stopped flying to New York in 2003, so I assume this could be extra of a service resumption than a brand new route altogether.
So, what are TAROM’s plans? In keeping with Romanian media:
TAROM plans to submit an utility with the DOT within the subsequent week
TAROM plans to lease planes to make this flight a actuality, and based mostly on the sounds of it, plans on moist leasing (which means they could use Hello Fly or one other provider); the airline at the moment has 25 planes, the largest of which is a 737-800
The airline would function the flight Four-5x per week
The airline would initially plan on a roughly six month lease of the airplane, with the chance to increase it past that
Hello Fly has some new A330-900neos which can be out there for lease
Will This Route Actually Occur?
This isn’t the primary time that TAROM has claimed that they plan to renew flights to New York, so we’ll see in the event that they’re extra critical this time round.
There are such a lot of airways that discuss flying to the US, starting from RwandAir to Air Peace to Vietnam Airways to Atlantic Airways to MIAT Mongolian. Generally it occurs (extra typically than it ought to, actually), and as a rule it doesn’t.
Vietnam Airways desires to fly to the US
I can’t think about the route could be worthwhile, and for that matter TAROM has reported losses yearly for the previous decade plus, and I can’t think about this could assist. Given the aviation panorama in Europe, this simply doesn’t appear particularly clever to me.
Then once more, Kenya Airways has perpetually been on the point of collapse for a number of years, and that didn’t cease them from launching flights to New York.
Kenya Airways’ 787 in New York
If this route does occur, it appears more likely Bucharest flight could be operated as a summer season seasonal service by a US airline, on condition that we’ve seen an growing quantity of seasonal flying to Jap Europe from US carriers.
Tiffany and I are quickly flying TAROM from Bucharest to London, which is at the moment their longest route…
What do you assume — might you see TAROM launch a Bucharest to New York flight?