Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 391 posts, RR: 1 Posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1600 times:
there were a total of 80 passengers minus the crew on the hijacked Saudi Arabian 777, isnt that a 300 plus capacity a/c? on the PIA 747-300 that was carrying the CE of Pakistan from NewYork to Islamabad(the flight that got the bomb threat and had to return to JFK) there were also just 80 passengers on board, why are these large capacity a/c made to fly more then half empty services, dosent the airline go at a loss this way
LJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4797 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1535 times:
I've flown ATL-AMS on a KLM B767-300. Only 30 pax in ecomomy and a few Business class (I guess 15). I've been told that the number of passengers on a off season Monday can be very low as it is not a very popular time to travel.
Another reason why these scheduled flights leave is that maybe only the inbound or the outbound flight is profitable. Furthermore, scheduled service means that the service has to go ahead regardless of the number of passengers. Finnaly, don't forget that a flight can be very probitable if the majority onboard are high yield passengers.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1528 times:
While it is low season, I agree that the 2 subject flights were very "light". Do not forget that many airlines (mainly those that are gov't owned) keep certain routes on their timetables for international prestige and not pure economics. After recent problems with India and Pakistan, I do not think PIA is the most popular airline with US or European pax, and Saudi Arabian flies many of its flights with light-loads, but with well-paying premium class pax, as mentioned above - at least Saudi Arabian does not have to worry about fuel prices!
Airbus A3XX From Australia, joined May 1999, 510 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1520 times:
I remember seeing a report on 1-1-2000 saying that people were afraid of flying and the flight to JNB form HKG on 31-12-1999, there were only 20+ passengers on board and all Y class passengers were upgraded to C class! What a good luck on CX's flight........
AussieErj145 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1448 times:
Many Many moons ago I left LAX on a Qantas 747-200 to Hawaii and on to Sydney. This aircraft had about 30 pax in economy. In Hawaii we hubbed with the QF flight from SFO, which then flew to Fiji and Melbourne.
After Hawaii the Sydney flight was about half full and I guess the other one was too.