Bosugadl From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 2 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3081 times:
Ok this topic my be a little confusing, but bear with me...
Now I know that there have been topics here on odd ball routes such as RDU-LGW etc. This route is highly profitable for AA because of the company (forget the name) which buys a number of business class seat every year.
Well my question is, do airlines have similar flights where they have contracts to carry a lot of cargo, even if the pax aren't there. They reason I ask this is because this summer I was at the Lindt Chocolate Factory in Exeter NH. I asked one of the managers if they produce the chocolate at the factory. He told me that the raw chocolate is flown in everyday from Switzerland. He said that is a main reason why there is a daily flight ZRH-BOS. And they so this and spend to ensure that the product is fresh as opposed to using FedEX and having it take a day of two.
I had never thought about it, but it does make sense...It doesn't seem like the loads would be there for that daily flight. This guy could have been completely BS-ing me...But does anyone know if it is true, or am I making no sense what so ever?
VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4579 posts, RR: 36
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3005 times:
Popular opinion has it that the main reason Emirates operates 3 daily return flights from Dubai to Auckland (DXB-SYD-AKL, DXB-SIN-MEL-AKL, DXB-SIN-BNE-AKL) is the freight uplift from NZ. As has been well publicised on this and other forums, their passenger numbers are rather low in to and out of Auckland.
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