Readytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3517 posts, RR: 2 Posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3525 times:
Just gone overhead on route to CAI and I was wondering why they use a 747 for this fairly short route? Is it a load factor or good cargo revenue, would have thought a 777 would have been ideal. Just curious.
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VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 8112 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3062 times:
Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 1): Clearly sufficient passenger (O&D and connecting) and cargo demand.
It will be passenger rather than cargo load.
The cargo carrying capacity of a BA 772 is 5,330 cu feet. That of their 744s is only very marginally (0.04 per cent) greater at 5,332 cu feet.
From a passenger load perspective it is clearly better to operate a full or nearly full 744 than two partly full 772s not just on economic grounds but because the service would use one instead of two valuable daily LHR slot pairs particularly as frequency is not likely to be a real issue on the LHR-CAI route.
It may be for this reason that on their longer short haul routes including ATH, DME and LCA (but currently not IST) they operate at least one daily flight (and two out of three of their flights to ATH) with their largest short haul aircraft, the 763.