SGN, HAN, and Others to be Operated by WE

Old Nov 5, 19, 7:35 am
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SGN, HAN, and Others to be Operated by WE

Anybody else see the news that TG is pulling out of Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Phnom Penh, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, and Yangon and handing over the routes to Smile.
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Old Nov 5, 19, 8:01 am
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nothing more than a rumour, a (too) quick statement and mainly wishful thinking by their CEO, who is under heavy pressure and must deliver, because:
- Luang Prabang has never been served by TG but always by Thai Smile
- from which routes shall Smile withdraw in order to allocate three to five A320-aircraft for its new routes all at the same time during morning and evening peak hours?
- what is TG going to do with those freed big mid-/longhaul aircraft to be withdrawn during morning and evening peak hour short haul legs?
- ground them? an aircraft can only earn money while it flies but not as long as it stands still on ground
- what is TG's cargo division to say about losing five important Indochina destinations?

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Old Nov 5, 19, 8:15 am
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Originally Posted by Creole Spirit View Post
nothing more than a rumour, a (too) quick statement and mainly wishful thinking by their CEO, who is under heavy pressure and must deliver, because:
- Luang Prabang has never been served by TG but always by Thai Smile
- from which routes shall Smile withdraw in order to allocate 5 A320-aircraft for its new routes all at the same time during morning and evening peak hours?
- what is TG going to do with the five big aircraft to be withdrawn during morning and evening peak hour short haul legs?
- ground them? an aircraft can only earn money while it flies but not as long as it stands still on ground
- what is TG's cargo division to say about lsing five important Indochina destinations?
Spot on, if you ask me - but then again, who knows, they might be employing the good old "pee in your pants to keep you warm" tactic without thinking of the longer consequences
That said, I do not see this as more than a rumour either - it would take away much of the Southeast Asian network from both TG and Star Alliance.
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