Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3813 posts, RR: 26 Posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2371 times:
The routing of Ethiopian Airlines' 3x weekly roundtrip flights between ADD and EWR/IAD shows a stop at FCO; from all timetable indicators, the flight does not carry pax between ADD and FCO nor does ET have traffic rights between FCO and EWR/IAD. Neither are there any "conditional stopover" notations at FCO for the flights.
Is FCO strictly a technical/refueling stop for ET on its Addis Ababa to New York and Washington D.C. flights? And if there are no passengers enplaned/deplaned at Rome, why an enroute technical stop there? -- it seems to be some distance off the great circle route between ADD and EWR.
ARN From Sweden, joined Feb 2001, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2193 times:
My guess is that Rome is chosen as a technical stop because crews could easily be switched there. Flights to the US could correspond with flights solely to Rome. ET does still serve FCO with 767-equipment I hope?