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Single-aircraft Airlines - Backup Plan?  
User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 25
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1976 times:

I'm curious on how airlines with only a single aircraft in their fleet handle unforeseen events mainly those related to unscheduled maintenance or emergencies. Without a backup aircraft and with events happening often in very short notice, how do they serve their scheduled passengers? Do these airlines have some kind of special arrangement with other airlines or leasing companies in case of such emergencies?

Air Asia X for example, currently only has a single A333 for their longhaul operations. With this they now serve 5x weekly KUL-Hangzhou and 4x weekly to Gold Coast. I bet there are other airlines out there with similar arrangements but let's leave out questionable airlines like the ones in EU blacklist, only those that comply with international standards.

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User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5412 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1970 times:

Flights have to be cancelled - look at what happened to Skybus a few weeks ago when a 319 went tech -- a mess. Hopefully the pax would be compensated and placed on other carriers at the original carriers cost - when they don't compensate - its holy hell.

Third Coast born, means I'm Texas raised
User currently offlineTheginge From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 1186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1841 times:

Most airlines can't afford to have backup aircraft lying around if one goes tech. Even an airline like BA with 57 744's sometimes run out of aircraft as they keep as many going as they can and inevitably you are going to get a run of tech problems which mean there isn't a servicable aircraft available for a service so it gets cancelled. Rare but it happens.

So a single aircraft airline has the same problems but it has less options if the aircraft falls over. I guess their back up planes could be to charter something in but sometimes it is cheaper to cancel the flight and pay other carriers to take them.

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