Earlier today, Simple Flying brought to you the exclusive story of PRAGUSA.ONE, a startup airline that plans to operate a fleet of four A350 aircraft in Premium Economy class configuration only. Now, let’s take a look at some of the routes that PRAGUSA.ONE plans to operate.
Capturing the transfer market
PRAGUSA.ONE is a British company that hopes to launch flights in June 2021 out of Dubrovnik in Croatia and Prague in the Czech Republic. Out of these two cities, it hopes to serve the United States, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Africa.
Before the pandemic, both Dubrovnik and Prague used to receive dozens of thousands of airline passengers from these countries. But the vast majority of them did not use to arrive in Europe on direct flights, but as passengers who had transferred elsewhere. PRAGUSA.ONE hopes that it can attract this market segment by offering direct flights to Dubrovnik and Prague.
Before the pandemic, American Airlines used to operate flights between Philadelphia and Dubrovnik. Booking data via OAG Traffic Analyser shows that approximately two-thirds of all passengers that American Airlines flew on this route were transfer passengers. The majority of them came from Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Boston (BOS), and Charlotte (CLT). A total of over 10,000 passengers reached Dubrovnik by transferring on this American Airlines service to Philadelphia alone.
The traffic potential in Prague
In Prague, before the pandemic, China Eastern used to operate year-round flights out of Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). It offered 63,272 seats on this route in 2019, and more than half of them were taken up by transfer passengers too. These passengers came from Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), followed by Kansai (KIX), Tokyo’s Narita (NRT), Seoul’s Incheon (ICN), and Hong Kong (HGK).
Also, up until the pandemic, Hainan Airlines used to fly to Prague out of Beijing (PEK), offering 88,711 seats on this market. It too saw over 30,000 transfer passengers on its service. The majority of them came from Wenzhou Longwan (WNZ), Xi’an Xianyang International (XIY), Chengdu Shuangliu (CTU), and Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA).
PRAGUSA.ONE’s planned route network includes these destinations
The current plan is for the route network to be as follows:
- New York (EWR)
- Tokyo (NRT)
- Beijing (PEK)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- Singapore (SIN)
- Johannesburg (JNB)
- Chengdu (CTU)
- Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
At first, the aircraft operating these routes will not be PRAGUSA.ONE’s own. Instead, the plan is to operate them through a wet-lease agreement. By 2024, the airline hopes to have four of its own Airbus A350 aircraft stationed in Dubrovnik and Prague.