BA84 From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 420 posts, RR: 3 Posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5017 times:
KLM will change the YVR departure time from 19:20 to 21:25.
Arrival at AMS will be 15:00. Less choice of connections.
Why would they do this? Anyone at KLM know why?
Still an MD-11, which is good news.
While I am not with KLM, I can speak to this question as a retiree of an airline who made schedule changes on a regular basis...
Generally speaking, the "why?" is, as it typically is with any well-managed airline, would almost invariably be something like aircraft rotations being re-aligned in the interest of improving profit potential (or at least reducing losses in the case of AF/KL at present).
As for the 'less choice of connections' issue, KL no doubt took a good look at the recent history of connecting traffic with the ealier departure time and figured that the 'pluses' of the later departure from YVR outweighed any 'minuses' and/or the traffic needing to arrive for earlier connections can be duly re-routed on other flights of Air France/KLM and/or Skyteam partners.
All in a day in the life of an airline. While not especially complicated, it does require difficult, sometimes seemingly counter-intuitive, decisions to be made on a regular basis.
The good news is that KLM appears to be satisfied with the performance of AMS-YVR-AMS... as evidenced by their maintaining the same number of frequencies and MD-11 equipment which, iirc, is the largest aircraft KL has assigned to the route in the past ~decade.
EcuadorianMD11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4827 times:
Quoting Tango-Bravo (Reply 1): I can speak to this question as a retiree of an airline who made schedule changes on a regular basis...
Then, if I may bud in like this, may I ask you this question Tango Bravo:
What if an airline has two identical planes sitting on an apron, both ready to go.
What would be the things taken in consideration by the likes of yourself to send the one plane on a route to (for argument´s sake) Canada and another one to Latin America.
I have the KLM MD-11 in mind.........
I´ve asked this question a few times in different threads and never got an answer...........is this just random or do you look at maintenance schedules due just in case something were to go wrong on the other end.........(certain airports have better facilities than other more remote locations)..........I´m just guessing here.
Any insight into the world of an airline planner would be appreciated.
YVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4484 times:
Quoting Tango-Bravo (Reply 1): The good news is that KLM appears to be satisfied with the performance of AMS-YVR-AMS... as evidenced by their maintaining the same number of frequencies and MD-11 equipment which, iirc, is the largest aircraft KL has assigned to the route in the past ~decade.
Dont forget the MP 763 from past summers has been pulled.