KL911 From Ireland, joined Jul 2003, 5064 posts, RR: 13 Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2081 times:
I used to work a few days per week in LHR and a few days at AMS, and almost always the morning flight to LHR was a 763. I did prefer BD however, being it a A321, which I like more and is more 'smooth'. ( just my opinion)
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4210 posts, RR: 36 Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2008 times:
Even if the aircraft isn't always filled, it's better for KLM to use a 767 in the morning as otherwise they had to buy an extra 737 while most 767s would be parked at mornings (arriving around 07.00 AM and departing in the afternoon to the US or the evening to Africa and the Middle east).
The mixed use of their mid size aircraft had been like that for years. DC-8-63s and then the A-310s used to do a lot of the busier European routes in the late 70s, 80s and early 90s, like ATH, CDG, MAD, LIN and LIS. Actually the 737 has slowly taken over most european routes and now even typical DC-8/A-310 stuff like BEY and CAI.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Lj From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4324 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1962 times:
KLM have operated a morning 763 to/from Heathrow for years, mainly for the benefit of the heavy North American connection traffic..
Not entirely correct. The B767-300 is there for the benefit of the Accra flight. If the 767 does the AMS-LHR they only have to get the containers out of the aircaft onto the LHR flight (if they have to unload them at all because they regulary use the aircraft inbound from ACC for the outbound LHR flight). They do this not only with the usual LD2 containers but also with LD3 containers (if the ACC flight is operated with a MD-11).. These containers are filled with Accra bound pax at LHR in order to have an effecient transfer. They used to do this also for the Lagos flight but since the Lagos departure ex AMS was moved earlier they couldn't do this anymore.
The second reason is cargo, as the 767 can transport pallets and LD2 and LD3 containers which the 737s can't.
Finally, the first two flights flights to LHR is usually packed with business traffic (although most business traffic on the first) and the second departure can catch transfer pax.