A route where neither airport is a base. Typically FR (and most other airlines) fly from their base or hub airport to a destination, and back. For example BGY-WRO-BGY. BGY is a base, so the aircraft and crew leave BGY, fly to WRO and return to BGY.
It is possible to fly another route from the destination. For example REU-BVA-BTS-BVA-REU. The aircraft & crew leave REU, fly to BVA, fly from BVA to BTS and back, and return to REU.
Of course, the distance that can be flown is limited by the crew work hours. The advantage is that one can start routes between airports which are not bases.
Another example is U2 flying triangle routes, like STN-NCL-AGP-STN as well as STN-AGP-NCL-STN. Flying this kind of routes can be helpful in optimizing crew rostering.
Joost From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 3138 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2010 times:
ZAZ-BVA (another W-route)
I'm not too surprised about these ones. There are plenty of routes from BRS to southern France. FR flies BRS-BZR (1 hour from PGF, and these airports serve a broad region rather than a city, so it was a bit of overkill); U2 flies to MRS and NCE from BRS, TLN being in between of these cities.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12166 posts, RR: 35 Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1969 times:
Quoting Joost (Reply 9): Undoubtly some of the cancellation resulting from DUB-reductions. Wonder if we'll see more of them.
I think so; there will be more coming, but the thing is, FR is taking on 40 new 737s this year (and no more disposals until later in the year), so if it cuts back in DUB, it's going to need some growth elsewhere.
Sad to hear about DUB-BLL; my friend Ben will be very upset - how will he export his flowerpots now!
Joost From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 3138 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1855 times:
Quoting Kaitak (Reply 10): I think so; there will be more coming, but the thing is, FR is taking on 40 new 737s this year (and no more disposals until later in the year), so if it cuts back in DUB, it's going to need some growth elsewhere.
So far, DUB seems to be reduced from 18 to 15. While still being a big base, it isn't as it was before.
Some extra aircraft for 2010 have already been distributed. This month, BRI started with 1 aircraft and will get it's second in Feb. BDS will get it's first (and so far only) aircraft in Feb as well.
Then, from the start of the IATA summer season (30 March 2010), many new aircraft will be placed:
LBA: 2 (new base)
BRS: +1 (makes 5)
LPL: +2 (makes 8)
RYG: 3 (new base)
ALC: +3 (makes 9, fast growing base)
NRN: +1 (makes 8)
CRL: +4 (makes 12, aircraft to be added in the periode March-May)
AGP: 4 (new base, starts 23 June)
FAO: 6 (new base, very big for a start!)
BOH: +1 (makes 2)
That makes 27 new aircraft to be placed already, counting the DUB -3, that makes still 40 - 27 + 3 = 16 aircraft still te be placed.