Thursday, October 26, 2006

Oasis Hong Kong lift-off - three quarter UK sales online

Amid the giggles from some (rivals) and consternation of others (environmentalists), new long-haul low-cost carrier Oasis Hong Kong defied the best efforts of the Russian authorities and has finally got off the ground.

At the eleventh hour, the Russians decided the flight from Hong Kong to London Gatwick would not be entering its airspace, throwing the airlines carefully laid launch day plans into chaos.

Thankfully for them the Russians relented and the flight eventually took off from HK just after 5am UK time today (26 October).

Interesting aside to all this mayhem is that the airline told us that a massive 77% of all tickets bought in the UK were purchased over the internet, with the rest primarily from its call centre.

In Hong Kong the ratio is completely reversed, residents apparently preferring the human touch.

Kevin May, editor, Travolution

1 comment:

Darren Cronian said...

I've been following this story since the news was released, and it's great that it's got off the ground and the sceptics are having to eat humble pie.

It was never going to be a smooth journey for them, but it'll make travel into Asia (and Australia etc.) much cheaper.

Yes, there's an environmental issue, but it's a global issue and shouldn't be laid as one airlines problem.