EA772LR From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2836 posts, RR: 10 Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1320 times:
Economic aircraft in my mind would just depend on the route and operator. People talk about how much more efficient the 777 (which overall is) than the A340, but the 340 is still economical with certain applications otherwise we'd be seeing lots of airlines getting rid of them, but we aren't. I think that's a broad question. I would personally say your basics: ERJ /CRJ / A32X / 737NG / 757 on certain routes / A330 / A380 / 777. But like I said, it depends on the route and the airline, load factors, etc...
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Kappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 18 Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1312 times:
Most important factor is: can you fill those aircraft (at a good yield). You can fly the most economic aircraft in it's class, but if you can't make money off the flight, there's no use. That's why FR is grounding some 738's for the winter.
Costastic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1188 times:
Generally speaking, the newer the aircraft the more efficient it is in terms of both fuel consumption and maintenance requirements. This is one reason why FR acquires new winglet-equipped 738s to replace older ones (normally around 7 years' old and retrofitted with winglets). Moreover, you'd hardly want old machines if you revolve around high aircraft productivity for the likelihood of aircraft breakdowns - which would seriously reduce the likelihood of achieving brilliant service reliability - would be much increased. Older aircraft might well be a hindrance to the achievement of high operational performance. And while leases on older aircraft (such as the 733) are much lower than on up-to-date machines, they'd probably end up costing you more in maintenance, fuel, turnarounds (multiple sectors per day might well require slightly longer turnarounds if you're to avoid punctuality problems), branding costs as a result of poorer on time performance, etc. If you're just starting up and using older aircraft, you might have "confidence costs," by which I mean the perceived fear by some that older aircraft are less safe - one of the reasons, I believe, that jetBlue acquired brand-new aircraft when it started.