March 27, 2023

Hans Airways‘ first A330-200 has been enterprise proving flights, as required by the UK Civil Aviation Authority as a part of acquiring an air operator’s certificates. How lengthy now till the startup provider’s first route, Birmingham to Amritsar, is formally introduced and placed on sale?

Hans Airways’ proving flights

Registered G-KJAS, Hans’ first plane is a 14.1-year-old A330-200. Delivered to Spanish airline Air Europa in September 2008, the plane was additionally briefly leased to Sweden’s constitution airline Novoair.

After being saved in Palma, Ciudad Actual, and Abu Dhabi, Flightradar24 reveals that Hans’ first plane arrived in Birmingham on August 2nd as EC-KTG, the gear’s registration with Air Europa. Then it was re-registered.


August thirtieth marked the beginning of Hans’ proving flights. That day, G-KJAS left Birmingham at 15:24. It routed Birmingham-Prestwick-Doncaster-Prestwick-Birmingham, returning at 22:18. The following day, it did a 1h 41m sortie from Birmingham, over Scotland, and again. When writing on September 1st, Flightradar24 reveals it’s right down to run Birmingham-Doncaster-Birmingham.

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First route: Birmingham to Amritsar

Anticipated to be served 4x weekly, Amritsar – greatest often known as the house of the Golden Temple for Sikhs, a spot I visited years in the past – is Birmingham’s largest Indian market. Based on reserving knowledge, Amritsar noticed roughly 92,000 roundtrip passengers in 2019, with the highest 10 markets detailed under. Word that figures are primarily based on those that flew to/from Birmingham, not these leaked to different UK airports, notably Heathrow.

  • Birmingham-Amritsar: 92,000 passengers in 2019 ← 4x weekly
  • Birmingham-Delhi: 72,000 ← maybe served 3x weekly?
  • Birmingham-Mumbai: 34,000 ← a very good alternative too
  • Birmingham-Kochi: 17,000
  • Birmingham-Bengaluru: 15,000
  • Birmingham-Goa: 14,000
  • Birmingham-Chennai: 13,000
  • Birmingham-Hyderabad: 11,000
  • Birmingham-Ahmedabad: 9,000
  • Birmingham-Kolkata: 8,000

Visitors is nice, however…

It’s hardly stunning that, in site visitors phrases, Amritsar appeals tremendously to Hans, identical to it has to a number of different operators through the years, typically linking the Punjab metropolis over uncommon far-flung airports.

Hans’ CEO can be Sikh, it appears ‘Hans’ means swan in Punjabi, and Air India, which started Birmingham-Amritsar nonstop in 2018 with as much as 3x weekly flights (starting/ending in Delhi), presently flies simply 1x weekly.

Nonetheless, owing to the character of the market, so closely pushed by spiritual site visitors and Punjabi VFR demand, the common fare is low: throughout all airways, simply $210 one-way in 2019, excluding taxes and any gasoline surcharge.

Sure, site visitors is nice, however when break up over the space – some 3,981 miles (6,407km) – it’s clearly a really low-yielding market, ensuing from an absence of premium demand. Such is usually the case for many UK-India (and South Asia) markets, necessitating very low prices whether it is to work.

Hans should keep away from Russian and Ukraine airspace, not proven on this map. It’ll in all probability add round 4% extra miles. Picture: GCMap.

Secondary UK cities to India

Hans says it’ll, in time, give attention to different secondary UK cities to India markets, suggesting it’ll open different bases, or not less than serve different airports on a ‘W’ foundation, for instance, Birmingham-India-Manchester and again.

Certainly, Manchester is the plain alternative, particularly Mumbai and Delhi, neither served. Jet Airways beforehand operated Mumbai-Manchester, whereas Virgin had introduced each cities in 2020 however then pulled them earlier than they started:

  • Manchester-Mumbai: 72,000 passengers in 2019
  • Manchester-Delhi: 55,000
  • Manchester-Goa: 52,000
  • Edinburgh/Glasgow-Delhi: 30,000
  • Manchester-Kochi: 29,000
  • Manchester-Bengaluru: 24,000
  • Manchester-Chennai: 22,000
  • Edinburgh/Glasgow-Mumbai: 21,000
  • Manchester-Hyderabad: 19,000
  • Manchester-Ahmedabad: 16,000
  • Manchester-Kolkata: 10,000

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