HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2771 times:
Sanjeev....Last time I checked the B747s were doing the rounds.But due to training not had a look at the International for some time now.Maybe the PIA helpdesk at Mumbai could help.If it was a Roster issue or load factor one.
Nimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3284 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2753 times:
the 772LRs could be to train new pilots. I think a lot of airlines do this when they get new a/c types - run them on very short sectors so they can get pilots trained faster. I hope the rest is due to varying loads
Cricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2972 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2710 times:
KHI-BOM would be what 45-minutes? A 772LR does seem like major overkill, but I guess as Nimish said it must be for crew-training purposes. However if PK is using such large aircraft on the route there must be significant demand. Has PK recently (since services were restarted) used their 737's on the route? I know DEL only gets a 733 and maybe a 734 once in a while.
SM777 From India, joined Nov 2003, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2614 times:
Thanx all for your inputs.
Well its quite mysterious, could be pilot training (777 most likely since its the newest type) or a sudden spurt in traffic sufficient enough to fill 2 x 743s a week and 1 x 772, in addition to the 310 flights !
Not sure what's happening, but its not A300s you would have seen. PIA operated B4-200s and they are long gone now. 777s or 747s to India doesn't sound right. I am out of touch so can anyone tell what the loads are like? I remember the 737s to Delhi probably once a week from Lahore and my father used to tell its not very crowded.