The only way this makes sense is if a) there's another flight moved to 763 during the day (which I don't see), or b) if there's a 763 at PDX for most of the day (which wouldn't make sense for the days that AMS doesn't operate).
PDX-NRT runs daily but PDX-AMS only runs 4x weekly (I think). Because of that, there are some bizarre 763 rotations in PDX. Sometimes the NRT bird will come in and turn right back to NRT. Other days it will come in and turn out to AMS. The AMS-PDX rotations are even more bizarre. Sometimes they will come in and turn out to NRT, and other days they will arrive and then sit overnight until the next day's NRT flight.
Right now on the winter schedule there is a lot of slack in the 763ER fleet so I don't think it's a big deal that some of the ships have a lot of down time in PDX on the rotations between NRT & AMS. For the summer though, I'd imagine that the schedules will be changed sightly to allow for immediate rotations on AMS-PDX-NRT and NRT-PDX-AMS so as to not have aircraft that sit overnight.
PHKLM From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Dec 2005, 1198 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4414 times:
Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 1): For the summer though, I'd imagine that the schedules will be changed sightly to allow for immediate rotations on AMS-PDX-NRT and NRT-PDX-AMS so as to not have aircraft that sit overnight.
In Summer, PDX-AMS is swapped to Airbus equipment.
pdx From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2581 times:
Just checked 01JUN availability and DL has upgraded their equipment. PDXNRT is 764 and PDXAMS (as mentioned above) is 332! Very cool for those of us enthusiasts at PDX! Hope the flights stay successful as there have been rumors of their demise from time to time. So sad to lose LH and MX...but PDX still rocks!!
ZKNBS From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2412 times:
Working at PDX I have observed the following.
DAL70 NRT-PDX arrives 7:50 to gate D-15.
DAL179 AMS-PDX arrives 12:20 to gate D14.
DAL71 PDX-NRT departs12:40 from gate D-15
DAL178 PDX-AMS departs 12:40 from gate D11* (this aircraft is the RON aircraft which arrived the previous day from AMS to gate D-14, it is repositioned overnight to gate D11.
In the morning around 8:00 am there are usually four 767's on the D concourse:
Two Delta 767's at D11 & D15 and two Hawaiian 767's at D4 and D10. That is about as much heavy metal as PDX sees at one time save for diversions from SEA.