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Why Don't Airlines Operate More Night Flights?  
User currently offlineRjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7985 times:

I've been thinking about that Eastern Moonlight Shuttle and I wonder why more airlines don't do something similiar, with or without an agreement with a cargo company.

If a plane arrives at LGA at midnight and won't be operating again until 7 AM, why not operate it on a quick LGA-ORD-LGA flight. If they had $70 one way fares they wouldn't have a problem filling it up, they would utilize equipment that would otherwise be sitting not making money, it seems to make sense so why don't airlines do it?

I'm sure there must be a reason they don't...but what?! The only thing I could think of are that maybe it isn't worth adding cycles to the aircraft if the profit margins would be thinner than a daytime flight?

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User currently offlineKevin752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 725 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7950 times:

Many airlines had numerous night flights prior to 9/11. However, since all the airlines experianced bad times, no passengers and no money many airlines cut their night flights due to low passenger amounts. On the countuary, I flew a 757-200 on American LAX-MCO. The flight was pretty full.


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User currently offlineRjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7941 times:

I was thinking more about East coast and Midwest 2-3 hour hops more than transcon redeyes.....

User currently offlineCoa764 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 328 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7907 times:

If there were a demand for it the airlines would offer it. You always hear form the ATC community that the problem with the airlines is that they schedule to many flights into an airport at one time. Well the problem is that the traveling public drives the airlines schedules and if more people wanted to fly late night flights you would see the airlines scheduling flights for them.


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User currently offlinePaulinbna From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1114 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7861 times:
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Does it have something to do with noise levels at certain airports. I know at BNA afer I certain time they only use aone runway.




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User currently offlineCoa764 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 328 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7842 times:

Some airports have nose curfews, like DCA, SNA and LGA, or the just close out right. The majority however, remain open 24 hrs a day.


Please oh please Mr Moderator Nazi, dont delete my thread.
User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7798 times:

HP still has alot of them out of LAS.


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User currently offlineNwfltattendant From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 341 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7756 times:

Flights at night....

mental mental mental

How many passengers voluntarily use redeyes anyways ? Procrastination and unavailability of lower fares on day flights has to be the only reason people use non-transoceanic/non-transcon redeye flights. Nevermind that everybody looks like hell when they arrive their destinations anyways, bags under their eyes, messy hair, stinky. The 757 is predominately used for redeyes at NWA. The aircraft with the narrowest aisle - real special... aisle full of blankets, pillows, stinky feet, farts, need i continue ? Done with your trash ? nah, throw it in the aisle. It was always a gas trying to figure out what you just stepped on in the dark.



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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7722 times:

Done with your trash ? nah, throw it in the aisle.

I'll try this the next time I fly a redeye. LOL just kidding  Big thumbs up



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User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7571 times:

Most redeyes are a product of the timezone mathematics. In order to get aircraft back to the east, you have to run them overnight. Notice that most redeye flights are long west to east ones. Airlines just decide to sell tickets on them to make a little revenue.


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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12163 posts, RR: 36
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7551 times:
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Also, in those night hours, MX might be performed on the AC, as there is no time during the day.


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User currently offlineCOAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7518 times:

CO operates night flights into IAH & EWR from SEA, LAX, SFO, etc.


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User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7505 times:

"CO operates night flights into IAH & EWR from SEA, LAX, SFO, etc."

Yep... west to east to get the assets back into position for the next day.



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12887 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7489 times:

Many airports, especially on the east coast of the US, are closed to all flights usually 12 midnight-6 am due to noise restrictions. For those airports that are open overnight, often this time period is used for freight flights including for example FedEx. Costs for security for a small number of flights at the airports may also discourage considering these flights. Still, I agree it is too bad more airlines couldn't operate some ops like former Eastern Moonlight specials idea of mixed pax/freight flights perhaps carrying mail, checked courier packages.

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7395 times:

Like what was mentioned a few posts ago, many airlines do scheduled MX on a/c during the overnight hours. Plus if they have an a/c that went down for unscheduled MX, they have all night to try to get it back into service by the morning. This is why many airlines have a small MX staff at many outstations, so they can do the overnight MX checks.

User currently offlineGT From Portugal, joined Dec 2003, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7382 times:

I know that in LPPT and LEMD the reason is the noise.


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User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7305 times:

When I was in ATL, I saw planes coming in all night. One right behind the other up until midnight. Then I saw one land every 2-3 minutes or so.

User currently offlineN323er From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7207 times:

The best point I see in here is MX those 3-4 hours ground time are when minor MX checks are performed

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User currently offlineChuckles1225 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 160 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7159 times:

When I was in ATL, I saw planes coming in all night. One right behind the other up until midnight. Then I saw one land every 2-3 minutes or so.

I stayed at a hotel right by ORD once to catch an early morning flight and the same thing happened there around midnight.

I have looked on a few airport websites and all of them mention no late night/early morning flights to keep down noise. I dont think it matters that much though because people who live by airports have to be used to it.



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User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2686 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6982 times:

I thought that AA operates a BOS-LHR night flight too, because I was on one. Flight was relatively full. Also, at JFK, which, Rjpieces, I'm sure you have witnessed for a long time, when I flew JFK-STL on AA, the airport had tons of takeoffs and landings. Traffic was enormous at JFK that night. Don't know if it is as crowded at night now as it was on January 3, 2003, but I would imagine it is. Landings happened about every 5 minutes or so... takeoffs at about every 3 minutes or so.


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User currently offlineAussie747 From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6856 times:

Geez from Australia most long haul flights are operated by overnight flights (AMERICAS / EUROPE / AFRICAS). Even long domestic flights out of PER / DRW are overnight. So usually not a huge problem.

Generally if some flights are operated during daylight and overnight. The overnight services generally are the least popular and will more often not deliver lower yields to the airlines.


User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3388 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6791 times:

If it werent for the maintenance, the smart airlines would get some Combis eh... Then what they could do is run it during the day with a load of passengers then when night comes they can remove the seats and run it as a freighter, then come morning put the seats back in...


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User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6746 times:

"when night comes they can remove the seats and run it as a freighter, then come morning put the seats back in..."

Except all your seats would be someplace else, wouldn't they?



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User currently offlineRjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6592 times:

What about those 737 Convertibles? They can operate as pax 737s during the day, have the seats rolled off at night and operate as a cargo plane, and then the seats could be rolled back on in the morning.....Assuming of course that the plane returns to the city it started at.

User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7006 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6534 times:

Well MIA is opened 24/7 and they have plenty of traffic all day. We dont have any domestic late night departures like after 22:30. Most of the flights after that are going to South America a few Europe like IB that leaves at 01:25 and lots of Cargo. But then at 04:00 it starts to get busy again with costumes full at 15-20 South American flights comming between 04:00-06:30. No time for noise restrictions here. But yea there are lots of late night flights but most of them are Red Eye.


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25 SDFOH : The other thing about night flights is if you have redeye with few or no revenue, then the airline is not only losing money on the aircraft they are a
26 EddieDude : G9 in Brazil has been very successful with its night flights. I do prefer late afternoon and red-eye flights because I like and need to minimize the w
27 Post contains images LUV4JFK : Jet Blue was operating a couple of flights to or from JFK to Florida around 3 or 4 in the morning I believe during peak vacation times in December. I
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