Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Are You a Betting Person?

If you like making book on an interesting gambling proposition, here is your chance to cash in or lose your shirt. In the news again, getting an extraordinary amount of press before it even starts to fly is Sólyom.

Odds are betting against its success and naysayers believe it will not last into 2017. The target date for commencing their operations is August 18th, not too far away. Critics from all spectrums of the press are stating that the estimated flights they project they will have is not a target they can accomplish based on “calculating the industry-standard measure of ‘block hours’… defined as ‘The time from the moment the aircraft door closes at departure of a revenue flight until the moment the aircraft door opens at the arrival gate following its landing.”’

Other analysts point out the failure of the airline to create any plan creating an alliance with other airlines will hurt them by reducing their potential passenger base by 20%. They did receive an official radio call moniker. It is HUN. Before anyone gets crazy, it does not stand for HUNgary, but ‘Hotel Uniform November’.

Once the airline is in the sky, it will be curious to see how long it takes to fall from grace. Wizz Air is already taking potshots at it. Interestingly, even with the virgin voyage due in due course, a Google search for Sólyom Airlines does not present a website for the airline, but only critical articles from near and far. I am just a runway observer who is not invested in any way.

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