Flyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1855 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1544 times:
Hi. I just had a few questions reguarding AWA and their 757s. How old are the 757s? What routes do they operate on? And what is their future at AWA. I really like the schemes of all sorts AWA has adopted for there 757s, so they somewhat seem to be a "flag ship" of the airline. I was wondering if anyone knows how many AWA operates. Last I knew it was 13 or 14 ( I think) well thanks for any help
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ONT 737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 574 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1477 times:
Ahhh yes the 757s. We have 13 in a 14/176 configuation. I'm not sure on the age or original operators of them are. Anyway, they are actually going to be sticking around until 2008 or so. In the process of lowering our payments on them we had to sign up for additional years on the lease. They fly all over the system mainly on the longer routes to the east coast but also fly the short hops like LAX-PHX and PHX-LAS for example. Last week I flew to SJD on one, we also fly them down south on occasion.
Flyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1342 times:
i love america west's 757 aircraft, but when i book flying on america west, i avoid flying them at all cost, and i am elite with america west. america west has 13 757 aircraft, and each day, 13 757 are scheduled to fly in their system, and that is from a friend who is a market analysist and planner with hp. with that, i avoid flying them, but they are my favorite a/c in their system. currently, hp flies them on routes out of las to phx and jfk, and maybe still to dca. out of phoenix, the 757 flies out west to las, sfo, las, san, seasonally to sna, seasonally south to sjd and pvr, and back east to msp, cle, dfw, and sometimes a 757 will operate also into den, atl, and ord. although i love flying the america west 757, if one does go down for maint, it backlogs the system. booking a 757 on a route and if it books full to 190 pax, and then it goes down, putting an A320 on the route to fill it still overbooks the flight by 40 pax at least. in the past 4 months flying phx-sfo, this has happened to me 3 times. hp offered pax huge vouchers for later travel, and flights connecting through spokane, boise, reno, and eugene just to get pax off the original hp flights. great planes, they just need one more to be used as a spare. i did hear from many a people at america west, and many friends of mine are corporate with hp and that is why i love to fly them, that hp did look at the A321 a/c to replace the 757 due to it cockpit familiarity with the other airbus a/c, but the A321 was significantly underpowered and weight restricted on loads out of phoenix with the hot/high conditions. flights to the east with fuel and wx min would have to fly at loads less than 70%, nothing compared to a 757, so hp said no thanks.
Phxinterrupted From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 474 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1250 times:
I agree with Flyboy7974.
Twice in the past year my 757 flights were canceled between LAS and PHX and LAS and DEN reportedly due to mechanical or flight crew problems. This in itself isn't unique, but HP doesn't have a big enough plane to substitute on these very full routes, thus always leaving a few people stuck in LAS.