Yay, not bad. That would take 1 hour off the SIN - HKG flight. Alas! Won't be able to catch as I will be there 1 week earlier.
, now do whatever you can to have the event in HKG being delayed by a week LOL.
I thought EK's flight to MEL was with an A340? Correct me if I'm wrong.
Also, someone mind explaining the pros and cons of airlines doing these tag-ons?
I was always under the impression that tag-on = good for airport.
However was recently told that usually tag-ons were done because normal load to that destination was not enough, so they had to tag it on with another destination, thus combining two flights basically, into one.
Example: Say KL flies AMS-KUL-CGK.. Does it imply that AMS-KUL load isn't healthy enough? So they have to combine it with CGK loads?
Sidenote: Imagine if MH joined an alliance
The EK flight from KUL to MEL was recently being 'upgraded' (capacity wide) to the B77W (which is more appropriate I think as the A345 should be deployed to somewhere which more suiting its ultra long haul range capability. KUL-MEL is so not ULH).
I think nastar
has given a good example on why the pairing of QR's tag-on destinations in South East Asia is so and so in the Middle East Airlines thread. So you may be right that airlines will usually combine 2 destinations into 1 flight to make it profitable.
However, it is worth noting that in KUL's case it is a bit different. Beginning this year (2010), MAHB announced a new scheme for their airline partners which includes:
MAHB announces incentive programme
Objective to attract more passengers, says Bashir
Ee Ann Nee Thursday, November 19th, 2009 07:12:00
MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) has announced an incentive programme for new and existing airlines operating in airports managed by them that is aimed at bringing more passengers.
MAHB managing director Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad said yesterday that the Airline Recovery Programme, effective Jan 1 this year, is an additional incentive on top of the low airport charges and 50 per cent landing rebate to support airline partners through this recovery period.
Under the programme, new airlines flying into Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Low Cost Carrier Terminal and the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, that have a strong market base compared with other local airports, will receive an incentive payment of RM10 per passenger. To promote tourism in other States, a higher incentive payment of RM25 per passenger will be given to the airlines flying into its airports. The incentive is valid for new airlines in the first 12 months of operations, after which the growth incentive for existing airlines will apply. It is applicable to inbound passengers of international flights. These new airlines flying into Malaysia will also enjoy free landing fees for three years plus free office rental for six months.
Existing airlines, on the other hand, will be rewarded through a tier-based incentive scheme. Using last year’s passenger load volume as a base, MAHB will give an incentive payment of RM10 per passenger for the first 10 per cent growth, RM12.50 per passenger for the next eight per cent growth and RM15 for all additional passengers above 18 per cent.
The incentive will be reviewed after three years.
Bashir said MAHB had been proactive by having a series of discussions with the government, the International Air Transport Association and the airlines before finalising the programme. “The response from the airlines has been good. We are expecting four to five per cent growth in passenger load this year and a three to four per cent growth next year from increased flight frequencies,” he said, adding that the programme would be funded from commercial revenue.
Bashir said the scheme is aimed at getting more passengers into the country to boost recovery in this economic crisis. “The basic incentive we give to airlines is our low airport charges — currently the lowest in the region, if not the world.
“Under the government’s Economic Stimulus Plan for airlines, a 50 per cent discount has also been offered on all landings, for all airlines, at all airports in Malaysia from April this year to March 2011. And now, we top it off with the programme that airlines have been waiting for.”
If I am not mistaken, EK is the first airline to jump in taking advantage of the incentive for the existing airline. EK handled 411,658 passengers in KUL in 2009, and the new KUL-MEL-KUL flight will surely increase their passengers number this year.
Let's do an exercise. Let say EK carried 500,000 passengers in KUL in 2010. Their incentive will be:
500,000 pax in 2010 - 411,658 pax in 2009 = 88,342 passengers
Growth = 88,342/411,658 = 21.46%
Based on the MAHB new scheme, EK is expected to receive an incentive amounting to = 88,342 pax x RM 15 per pax (for growth above 18%) = RM 1,325,130!
That is like a bonus to the airline by the very obviously aggressive customer-hungry KLIA. And obviously EK is not a slow and stupid airline. They jumped in at the opportunity right away!
So I would say, airport incentive also plays a part in deciding a tag-on flight by airlines.
I am equally sad with your sidenote. Just see the number of tag-on flights out of SIN and BKK, both of which are Star Alliance hubs. KUL could have that many number of tag-on flights too if it is a hub of a global alliance.