It seems that AZ is again deploying its MD11s, and the MXP-DEL route is at least one of the routes again served by this aircraft. The flights is also showing the MD11 for the next days.
Now, it has been discussed here that AZ was contemplating bringing back these aircraft from storage, yet that information has, to my knowledge, never been confirmed here on this forum. In another thread, which is discussing airlines still operating MD11s, some member stated that AZ was bringing back the MD11 to reopen the MXP-LAX route. Apparently the reintroduction of the aircraft has already happened.
Anyone here has more information regarding the number of aircraft that are back online and what routes they are currently plying? As far as I remember, AZ operated 8 MD11s (3 full pax and 5 combi's) and the M1M code, which is used above for the DEL flight, points at one of the combi aircraft. I believe the 3 full-pax frames have already been sold to LH Cargo.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2093 times:
When I passed through MXP last week there was only a single M11 (couldn't spot the registration through the fog) parked on the AZ ramp being serviced. AFAIK, it will see service exclusively to DEL this winter. AZ has always had a strong cargo presence in India and the M1M will allow it to both take advantage of the Indian open skies (pushing both MXP-DEL and MXP-BOM to daily service) and increase its cargo presence on the route.
HB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4474 posts, RR: 73
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1609 times:
from what i've heard the M11M's are only online while 763's receive new interior configurations, but who knows with ALitalia.
I don't think that refurbishment of the B763 interiors would take a year, would it? AZ is apparently increasing the MD11 operation in the next summer schedule, so there's probably something more substantial behind this move. Waiting for more 777s to arrive maybe?
The777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6381 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 1442 times:
The AZ flight to LAX has "disappeared" from the schedules....saw it myself yesterday at work in Apollo and just before I left last night, it wasn't there. It's not in Amadeus either currently. Hopefully they will start 777s to LAX next summer...
Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly...T5, CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
IDISA From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1355 times:
Yes, registration is I-DAPU, Sunday I was in MXP and saw this bird parked closely to the new "cargo-city". Re-opening LAX is under discussion, I believe that this could be a great chance for AZ to return operating in the West Coast. Once we also had flights to San Francisco, operated by B763.
B747-437B, I agree, Alitalia has a very strong cargo traffic from India, MAA, DAC, BOM and HYD comes into my mind but there are many others. Using a MD-11 Combi on MXP-BOM and MXP-DEL should be very profitable.