Drerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 4962 posts, RR: 8 Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 hour ago) and read 3363 times:
MCO saw scheduled widebodies all the time from IAH and EWR. The DC10 use to run IAH-MCO at one point as well as the A300 (which also frequented MIA and FLL). In recent times CO use to run the 764 between IAH-MCO with the occasional 762.
CALPilot From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 996 posts, RR: 14 Reply 8, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3215 times:
In the 80's, early 90's we had a great deal of scheduled servce to MIA, FLL,PBI,MCO,even TPA withe the A300.
Later in the decade, we would use the destinations to FL. ie., the B767, and B777 quite often for training in the new aircraft upon delivery. The round trip time from EWR, and IAH, was just right for check out times, 5 to 6 hours.
BigB From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 593 posts, RR: 3 Reply 17, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3015 times:
CO flies widebodies to FL (MCO) alot. There use to be a mid day flight IAH-MCO-EWR flight with widebodies. IAH-MCO-EWR used to be the main training route for CO when they were getting their widebodies.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 18, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2983 times:
In recent years:
CO introduced the 777 to revenue service on the EWR-MCO route....so that the crews could gain some experience with the type before it went longhaul.
CO flew the 764 on the MCO-IAH-LAX route for years during the winter, before its huge European expansion.
CO upgrades flights to Florida during high demand periods (think the Christmas holidays).......this past October, on Columbus day, I flew on a 764 from FLL to EWR (CO 1400)......the 764 subbed for a 752 and went out packed.
Aircraft like the 752 and 753 are ideal for services to Florida from IAH and EWR....lots of seats and low operating costs. Also, with JetBlue competing on the Florida routes, CO is more concerned with frequency (ie, EWR-FLL went from 6 to 9 flights per day) and thus they are using small aircraft on some departure. And, as we know, CO does not have a widebody to spare at the moment.