The French company put forward, more than time, China to acquire new routes. © XL Airways / Pedro Aragão


Barely the doorways of the IFTM Top rated Resa shut, Laurent Magnin jumped on a airplane for China. The manager of the group that brings collectively XL Airways and La Compagnie experienced explained to us in an interview in March of its aims on Asia: “To counter the businesses of the Gulf, we have to generate non quit flights to 600 euros. “ His trip to China is aimed at identifying the surrogate places, at minimum those people wished-for by the Chinese authorities.

These want to open up up the provinces and not always add flights to Shanghai or Beijing, absolutely in high demand, but not by the French current market. Let us not overlook that a secondary metropolis in China has ten million inhabitants, a excellent possible of tourists. There remains to be resolved the allocation of the overflight rights of Siberia exactly where the necessary air routes pass to Asia because the detour from the south is not financially rewarding. The far better political weather with Moscow leaves administrative hopes.

But tolls in the order of $ ten,000 continue being. They are invoiced by flight number, so multiplied by two or three for a solitary airplane when it is promoted in code share. “These rights are scandalous, if Europe were being brave, it would do the exact with the Russian businesses flying towards the west”

Iata, as the European associations of carriers do not go, suggesting that the position quo gains some. Laurent Magnin also proposes to bill civil aviation administrations for the cost of strikes by air targeted visitors controllers, ie € five hundred,000 in compensation when the return journey of a big carrier is extra than three hours late …

Enhancement of connections from the provinces

To open up these types of routes to the East, XL Airways will have to renew its fleet currently of four A330 and a fifth in seasonal rental. It need to be extended to ten aircraft these types of as Airbus A330neo or Boeing 787-9, in order to participate in the level of competition. But Laurent Magnin is also interested in the transatlantic point in between medium-sized cities in Airbus A321neo, a airplane he judges “revolutionary” by the markets he opens. Derived from the A320 medium-haul, it can have 200 passengers more than 7,400 km.

In the meantime, XL Airways assessments French regional markets by multiplying the departures from Bordeaux, Brest, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes and Toulouse to Martinique, Guadeloupe and Reunion.

Out of ten line openings this wintertime, 9 link the province and abroad with one flight for each 7 days for each origin-desired destination. In addition, the XL Airways method favors the US summer time and the Caribbean wintertime. Having said that, throughout the holiday time, further flights will be supplied in between Roissy-CDG and New York-JFK from December 21 to January eight, 2018.

Thierry Vigoureux

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