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Old 4th Nov 2021, 09:21
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Old 14th Nov 2021, 13:23
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Eastern Airways to offer flights to London, starting next month

https://cornwallreports.co.uk/cornwa...ng-next-month/

Eastern Airways has won the four-year Public Service Obligation contract, which will start on 2nd December. The costs of the subsidy will be shared between Cornwall Council and the Department for Transport.
The council will pay Eastern Airways £439,000 per year.
The new service will operate one flight per day until 9th January, and then two flights per day until 30th June. Between 1st July and 31st August there will be three flights per day.

County Hall’s director of infrastructure, Nigel Blacker, said two airlines had submitted tenders but only one met the council’s requirements.

“The preferred tender from Eastern Airways will provide for a rebuilding of the route after the COVID-19 Pandemic,” he said. “This tender is unlikely to reach the former patronage levels of 180,000 passengers per annum but is predicted to deliver over 130,000 passenger


County Hall’s director of infrastructure, Nigel Blacker, said two airlines had submitted tenders but only one met the council’s requirements.

“The preferred tender from Eastern Airways will provide for a rebuilding of the route after the COVID-19 Pandemic,” he said. “This tender is unlikely to reach the former patronage levels of 180,000 passengers per annum but is predicted to deliver over 130,000 passengers per annum by 2025 and the capacity for more if travel market conditions change more quickly than predicted.

“The route will initially start at the beginning of December 2021 and, if demand allows, for twice daily flights to London Gatwick building up to flights three times per day from summer 2022 falling back to twice per day in September and October 2022. The route will follow this service pattern until the end of the contract in October 2025.”
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Old 14th Nov 2021, 14:15
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Not sure what aircraft will operate as both ATRís are busy daily on SOU-BFD/DUB/MAN, maybe the E90 although possibly too big?
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Old 14th Nov 2021, 15:07
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Possibly LGW-NQY-LQW is a morning flight with ATR 72-600 until 9th Jan

So the the ATR 72-600 might run LGW-NQY-LQW-SOU-BHD-SOU-LGW

but from 9th Jan onwards might need to use E190 on SOU-BHD-SOU
though there is a rumour that Flybe may lease an Q400 to them and might be to operate SOU-BHD-SOU from January?
when flights go x2 Daily
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Old 14th Nov 2021, 17:00
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Wonder who the other airline was? If I recall BA weren't interested so assume it was Loganair.
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Old 14th Nov 2021, 17:28
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BA CityFlyer to LCY, apparently. Council didn't want LCY.
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Old 15th Nov 2021, 14:37
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The upcoming NTE/RNS flights that are due to start at the end of March 2022 were also slated to be operated by ATR aircraft.

NTE is due to operate on Mon, Wed & Fri
RNS is due to operate on Tue, Thu & Sun

Would these likely be operated in between the morning and evening flights to BHD?

I can see T3 dropping both DUB & MAN if/when SI eventually start as there is not likely to be enough demand for both operators on these routes, or is there?
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Old 15th Nov 2021, 16:15
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Eastern always seem pretty flexible with their fleet - additional a/c out of the question?
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Old 19th Mar 2022, 10:18
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Eastern are to operate from Humberside to Newquay this summer, twice a week on a Monday and Friday. Expect it is an indirect replacement for their dropped Leeds to Newquay route.
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Old 19th Mar 2022, 13:43
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Reckon Eastern will get a harsh wake up call when BE announce new routes over the next few weeks, starting on Tuesday and expect network changes from them!

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Old 19th Mar 2022, 14:56
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I under the impression BHD-CWL will be one of the new BE routes announcedÖ..if so then I can see Eastern pulling that route too
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Old 19th Mar 2022, 16:07
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Looking at what remains of the Eastern operation, I am not so sure they will see it as the end of their world.
I reckon they have 11 aircraft now serviceable: 8 J41s, 2 ATRs & 1 E190.
One ATR is on the NQY PSO route so presumably will survive. The other is covering the SOU programme - maybe some risk there but currently the summer schedule appears to need two ATRs so a J41 will continue operating if there are no cutbacks.
The J41s fly out of ABZ to WIC (PSO) LSI (oil contract) NCL & HUY. Not routes that would be high on anyone's target list I would have thought and as the J41s cost little to operate will likely continue until they can't be cost effectively maintained.
CWL - BHD likely goes - may depend on the fate of the VLY PSO route (is that still a thing?)
I guess the E190 will be kept occupied with charter work and deputising for the odd schedule or maybe NQY in the peak season if the extra uplift is required.

There's no denying Eastern are not renowned for sticking around when any competition shows up, however many have forecast their demise over the years yet somehow they keep soldiering on.
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Looking at what remains of the Eastern operation, I am not so sure they will see it as the end of their world.
I reckon they have 11 aircraft now serviceable: 8 J41s, 2 ATRs & 1 E190.
One ATR is on the NQY PSO route so presumably will survive. The other is covering the SOU programme - maybe some risk there but currently the summer schedule appears to need two ATRs so a J41 will continue operating if there are no cutbacks.
The J41s fly out of ABZ to WIC (PSO) LSI (oil contract) NCL & HUY. Not routes that would be high on anyone's target list I would have thought and as the J41s cost little to operate will likely continue until they can't be cost effectively maintained.
CWL - BHD likely goes - may depend on the fate of the VLY PSO route (is that still a thing?)
I guess the E190 will be kept occupied with charter work and deputising for the odd schedule or maybe NQY in the peak season if the extra uplift is required.

There's no denying Eastern are not renowned for sticking around when any competition shows up, however many have forecast their demise over the years yet somehow they keep soldiering on.


Yeah thatís because the owner keeps having to put his hands in his wallet to keep the airline afloat. Any other normal business would have gone years ago. It ranks as a basket case airline.
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Old 19th Mar 2022, 18:35
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Originally Posted by adfly View Post
Eastern are to operate from Humberside to Newquay this summer, twice a week on a Monday and Friday. Expect it is an indirect replacement for their dropped Leeds to Newquay route.
Serving the famously busy Humberside - Newquay market?
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I find the entire thing odd

why have an aircraft sitting around doing nothing for so long each day when there are markets they could be using that aircraft on which would make money


LBA is another odd decision. Thatís always been a busy route, now dropped when they have an ATR sat on the ground at Nqy, even when it did run it was ex lba !

odd decision overall by ccc as usual to have eastern operate the pso

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Old 20th Mar 2022, 20:39
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I donít think HUY is an odd route - NQY has been served from multiple regional airports until the demise of Flybe and Covid. I also agree with CS that the total loss of LBA is odd along with lack of usage of the aircraft that is just sat there. Someone suggested CCC werenít interested in BA to LCY which was supposedly the other bidder, perhaps that would have been a better outcome (and opened up some connections).
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Old 20th Mar 2022, 21:09
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LBA is another odd decision. Thatís always been a busy route, now dropped when they have an ATR sat on the ground at Nqy, even when it did run it was ex lba !
I agree; surely it'd be best to operate NQY-LGW-NQY-LBA-NQY, or possibly base the ATR up at LBA and operate LBA-NQY-LGW-NQY-LBA on a twice-daily basis on weekdays and then once-daily at weekends?
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I just wonder if they have got wind of a new route announcement by flybe mk2


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Originally Posted by jmdavies86 View Post
I agree; surely it'd be best to operate NQY-LGW-NQY-LBA-NQY, or possibly base the ATR up at LBA and operate LBA-NQY-LGW-NQY-LBA on a twice-daily basis on weekdays and then once-daily at weekends?
Would that be allowed under the PSO contract terms for the thrice daily NQY-LGW service? Operating the aircraft (or even basing it) elsewhere increases the risk of operational disruptions which is something those paying for the PSO-party are most likely not very enthusiastic about.
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On their latest financial statement to Companies House Eastern, make a statement that their directors believe 'due to the use of fuel efficient turbo-prop aircraft they enjoy a competitive advantage over the rest of the industry.'

Shame they always seem to shirk a direct fist fight for bums on seats.

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