JAAlbert From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1189 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4536 times:
So what sorta route does an airline use just one plane on? I imagine using one aircraft on a long haul route will be very inefficient in terms of staffing.
For instance, say LH 738 flies the A380 FRA to HKG on Monday. On Tuesday,LH 738 flies the route using a 747. Tuesday, LH 739 flies the 380 back to FRA with a fresh 380 crew while Monday's crew continues its layover. On Wednesday LH 738 flies the 380 back to HKG with a fresh 380 crew. On Thursday, LH 739 flies the 380 back to FRA with Monday's 380 crew. On Friday LH 738 goes out with Tuesday's crew and the cycle repeats. Meanwhile the same cycle is repeating with the 747 crew. So it looks like an extra crew is required to maintain the route with only one jet and the airline is forced to give the crew a layover with an extra day.
Can the cabin crew switch between A380s and 747s or is the entire crew dedicated to only one aircraft type?
Is such a staffing issue a problem for an airline?