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User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3191 posts, RR: 2
Posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3237 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.  Smile


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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19196 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3201 times:



Quoting Readytotaxi (Thread starter):
I was wondering why they use a 747 for this fairly short route?

Clearly sufficient passenger (O&D and connecting) and cargo demand.

LHR-CAI-LHR did go to a 772 during the off-season, but I am unsure whether it still does.

I used to live for a bit in Cairo, and I flew BA LHR-CAI-LHR. On both occasions it was very busy.



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User currently offlineMIgAiR54 From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 1659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3167 times:

Maybe because premium paxs and a big load of cargo.....

Some medium-haul routes are operated by widebodies....

MAD-TLV
FRA-TLV
LHR-CAI
LHR-MOW
CDG-BEY


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24891 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

If there's sufficient demand, it makes sense to put the 744 on the shorter routes where fuel is a lower percentage of operating costs, and put the more fuel-efficient 777 on longhaul routes.

LH has been operating a 744 on one of their daily FRA-TLV flights for years which is about 300 miles shorter than LHR-CAI.


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7399 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2774 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.


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