Juventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3442 times:
Example. Sun Country, their route map looks impresive during the heavy season, what about when things slow down a bit? I assume they increase frequencies to other places, or maybe lease some aircraft.....
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 8384 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3215 times:
British 'seasonal' airlines tend to lease aircraft to other airlines with different seasonals. The classic example is the British airline First Choice (originally known as Air 2000). A significant portion of its 752 fleet crossed the Atlantic around October or November to operate the snowbird flights of Air 2000 Canada, later Canada 3000, to thr Caribbean. Some of Air 2000's aircraft also went on short term lease to South American airlines:
On the other hand in recent years the Hadj - the Moslem pilgrimage to Mecca that follows the month of Ramadan (that has just started this year) - has fallen in the northern hemisphere winter months. So Britannia Airways (now dba as Thomsonfly) have regularly leased aircraft to Garuda Indonesia for part of the winter period: