Monday, January 4, 2010
Cathay Pacific has revealed on the GDS that after operating the Mumbai-Dubai route for over two decades, it will be sadly suspending this sector effective March 29th 2010 citing heavy competition and diluting market share. It was known for two decades as the "grass hopper route" as it was originally flown using a Boeing 747-300 as HKG-BKK-BOM-DXB and then a decade later switched over to a B 777-300A and recently it became a daily HKG-BOM-DXB service. On the BOM-DXB sector, CX was competing against 5 daily EK, double daily 9W and double daily Air India operated flights.
CX should seriously examine the possibility of replacing the ultra competitive BOM-DXB route with either BOM-AUH or BOM-MCT. Both routes see double daily frequencies offered by EY/9W (AUH) and WY (MCT) only using narrow bodied aircraft.