Rwex414 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 82 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 22 hours ago) and read 12025 times:
Are there any airlines that use A320s to cross the Atlantic? I know that British Airways uses A318s and Air Canada uses A319s but does anyone use A320s.
Also what is the longest flight the A320 is used for?
BP1 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 593 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 20 hours ago) and read 11822 times:
The business configured A-320's fly the North Atlantic frequently. As being business configured, these aircraft have extra fuel tanks in place of cargo underneath. Also BBJ's (737 models) fly the North Atlantic and North Pacific frequently too with the extra fuel tanks. Crossing the North Pacific with only 10 passengers and a bed is sure one nice way to travel.
PDXBJV From Turkey, joined Apr 2007, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 20 hours ago) and read 11714 times:
I know LH flies an A319 from MUC to BOS in the winter correct?? I thought that this was interesting. How many pax can they have on this and still be able to make it, assuming its a non stop? I even tried booking it, and it looks like a normal flight!
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29469 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (8 years 19 hours ago) and read 11639 times:
Quoting PDXBJV (Reply 6): know LH flies an A319 from MUC to BOS in the winter correct?? I thought that this was interesting. How many pax can they have on this and still be able to make it, assuming its a non stop? I even tried booking it, and it looks like a normal flight!
That's operated by a PrivatAir A319CJ, the Airbus counterpart to the Boeing BBJ, and has extra fuel tanks in the cargo compartment. They've been operating those aircraft on behalf of LH on other Germany-U.S. routes for a few years. Since LH has recently replaced the all-business class A319CJs from DUS to EWR and DUS to ORD with their own A340-300s, they apparently plan to use one of the PrivatAir aircraft previously used on the DUS services for the new winter service MUC-BOS. They're using the other A319CJ previously used from DUS on a new MUC-Pune, India route starting next month. PrivatAir also previously operated a Boeing BBJ for LH MUC-ORD before upgrading that route to widebody service a year or two ago..
PrivatAir BBJs also operate for LX ZRH-EWR and for KL AMS-IAH. The A319CJs have 48 seats, the BBJ1 (737-700) operated for KL has 44 seats, and the BBJ2 (737-800) operated for LX has 56 seats, all in 2-2 business class configuration.
Aha! That explains how NW/KL got the pax up front from AMS-IAH on a 73 when NW57/AMS-MEM cancelled (or was extremely delayed, I can't remember) sometime last year. I was taking bag claims and was confused how the passengers got from Amsterdam to Houston in the first place, much less on a 737!
That was a particularly interesting aircraft to see at LHR, especially alongside AC's widebodies... an a.net'er contributed this great trip report of LHR-YYT during AC's brief flirtation with trans-Atlantic A319 service.
AgentXE1225 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 18 hours ago) and read 11446 times:
That I can't say. But I would think that it would be cheaper than owning and operating a private jet capable of trans-atlantic flight. What seems extravagant to us may be frugal to someone with that kind of money.