Tu144d From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 198 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1928 times:
I was just glancing at Northwest's winter timetable to Puerto Rico and I've always wondered why on Sat. their only two flts. to San Juan depart within a minute of eact other from DTW and arrive at SJU at exactly the same time. They use an A-320 on these flights. Wouldn't it be more economical to just use a DC-10 or a 747 and have 1 flight? Also, don't they have to pay more at SJU considering that they use two gates since both flights arrive at the same time? I would imagine that a 747 gate space costs more but wouldn't this still be cheaper than parking 2 A-320's at the same time?
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2312 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1862 times:
I assume that there is increased demand to PR on Saturday due to 7 day cruises departing on Saturday. Therefore Saturday has higher traffic than other days of the week. Since the other 6 days of the week have lower demand, it is easier to add an additional plane one day a week, and maintain the same aircraft for all 7 days; rather than substitute a bigger plane one day of the week. Also, on Saturday if one plane has a mechanical, only 50% of the customers are inconvienced, and not 100%.
Luv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12019 posts, RR: 50 Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1667 times:
Having worked in the cruise industry I can tell you it is a cruise thing. Also like mentioned if you ran one widebody and it went mechanical that would be a major problem. Tho it is both Saturday and Sundays for the cruise lines.
Jetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7365 posts, RR: 51 Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1593 times:
Filejw has the right answer. The widebody fleet is tretched to the max at the moment. Also, The A320/319 are huge moneymakers. This airline lives and dies by what the Airbus does. They would probably would use a 757 except those are tied up as well with a prtion being reconfigured for use in Japan, and some being in storage.