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Message started by Funjabi on 01. Jan 2007 at 13:31

Title: New Low-Cost Network - Amritsar return 43
Post by Funjabi on 01. Jan 2007 at 13:31

What do you guys think of this - i think it would be fantastic travelling to our hometown for 43.
Come on Branson and Stelios - get this baby flying!!

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New Low-Cost Network
Updated: 07:07, Monday January 01, 2007
Virgin and EasyJet are to team up with an Asian airline to create the world's first budget global network, it has been reported.
Richard Branson's Virgin and and EasyJet's Stelios Haji-Ioannou will join forces with AirAsia to form a Malaysia-based alliance, the country's Star newspaper said.
It quoted unidentified industry sources as saying the new joint venture would first fly between Kuala Lumpur and Manchester, and Amritsar in India.
The alliance - if it flies to London as well - could also use Luton airport as a hub because Virgin already operated a rail link from there to central London, the paper said.
Fares to Britain will be between 43 and 365, about half the price of a ticket on a regular airline, it added.

It said the alliance would give Virgin and EasyJet access to Kuala Lumpur's low-cost airport terminal, an Asian hub for their Europe-to-Australia routes.
Sir Richard is having talks with AirAsia's Tony Fernandes and recently-knighted Greek-British tycoon Sir Stelios.
Their plans could include flights to Hangzhou near Shanghai, China and Tianjin near Beijing, according to the report.
The newspaper quoted a source saying that fares on the long-haul network would be as low as 14 for destinations in China.
EasyJet, which started in 1995, flies 224 routes between 67 key European airports including Britain.
Virgin currently carries around five million passengers a year. Its airlines include Virgin Atlantic, which flies to 27 destinations worldwide, and Virgin Nigeria Airways.
AirAsia, which started in 2001 with two planes, now has a fleet of 50 aircraft and flies to destinations in south-east Asia and China.

Title: Re: New Low-Cost Network - Amritsar return 43
Post by musafir on 19. Jan 2007 at 15:46

These flights will start in July 07. This is an alternative to Malaysian Airlines(MAS). I think they will re-introduce flights to Ahmedabad, Kochi and Kolkata and any other cancelled route(s) from MAS.

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