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  1. iahphx
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    I think that airline executive is right: the cost of launching this flight — and the losses it will generate — seem staggering to me. I commented on this on Flyertalk.

    The A330 seems like a monstorously large plane to fly this long thin route. And the amount of money they spent to get the route up and running sounds incredible. Due to the odd schedule, they don’t even have any feed for the flight in Belgrade.

    It’s also worth noting that USA to Eastern Europe nonstop seems like a bad business, since there are almost no such flights. Ironically, Emirates is trying to launch service from Budapest (which, while a consistently unsuccessful route, makes about 10x more sense than Belgrade).

    This activity seems to confirm the US airlines’ campaign against the Middle East Airlines: they do things that for-profit airlines couldn’t and wouldn’t possibly do.