The online guide to long-haul flights
Long Haul flights with budget airlines and low-cost carriers
Almost a round-the-world budget airline ticket (from Hawaii to the Cook Islands, the long way!)
|Hawaii to Vancouver||Mumbai - Bangalore|
|Vancouver to Toronto||Bangalore - Singapore|
|Toronoto to Manchester||Singapore - Darwin|
|Manchester to Berlin||Darwin - Brisbane|
|Berlin to Luxor||Brisbane - Auckland|
|Luxor to Sharjar||Auckland - Cook Islands|
|Sharjar to Mumbai||Cook Islands - Hawaii||coming soon?|
The Airbus A380 could be the missing piece of the budget long jigsaw. If an A380 was stripped out and replaced with only economy class seats then in theory you could have over 850 paying passengers per flight.
However to compete with ordinary airlines the operator would have to be very selective over which routes they will compete for. For instance there might be more passengers per plane but with a 'frills' airline you have first, business class who's fares tend to be 3 to 4 higher than economy. There is also an expectation that when one flies on a budget airline they would expect to pay less than a frills airline own economy seats.
Whether this model will ever work, e.g. long haul flights on budget airways, remains to be seen but there are bound to other airlines who will pick this up in years to come and try and break through and make a successful long haul budget airline.
Jetstar budget airlines have announced plans to fly budget long haul flights from Singapore to destinations in Australia and Europe. Details of exact destinations have not been announced yet but we will bring you the news as soon as they announce plans.
A new airline from Egypt is being create called Air Arabia Egypt - the airline is in parntership with travco and will fly from its base within egypt all over the middles east and European destinations too.
Ryan air has announced it plans to create another airline that allows passengers to fly from the U.S. to Europe for very cheap prices.
Chief Executive Officer Michael O'Leary told reporters last week he plans to take advantage of the recent open skies agreement between Europe and the U.S.
Air Asia X who are going to be flying no frills long haul have from Asia to Europe and beyond have announced that they might not be starting the flights until 2008, possibly late as August 2008.
The reason is that they have no planes!
FLYGLOBESPAN, the Scotland based airline, is set to launch a string of new services from airports on both sides of the Border - while trying to answer concerns that the unprecedented growth in budget air travel is taking its toll on the environment.
Confirmation that the number of aircraft operated by the group is set to increase to 21 by the end of the year, from the present 13, came as new accounts for parent company Globespan Group revealed a sharp rise in passenger numbers and turnover.