gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3118 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2806 times:
Quoting virginblue4 (Reply 2): Although you return to base at the end of the day, in between do you return to base after each sector? Or only return to base at the end of the day?
No this is definately not the case...
I think it is common practise for the airline to operate a number of W routes. For example at LTN where there is no FlyBE aircraft based, the routes to the IOM and JER are flown by the IOM crew/aircraft and operates as follows this summer:
Another example of this was last summer, when FlyBE offered flights from HUY to AGP, the route was operated by an Exeter or Southampton (can't remember) based crew from where the EMB-195 was based and was operated as a W route.
I have also used FlyBE between BHX and BHD on the early morning flight last year, and the aircraft was based at BHX and even though BHD is a significant base for the airline. The aircrafts next sector after arriving at BHD was on to CDG and not back to BHX as I expected.
They seem to have quite a complex operation of deploying their aircraft. But has worked for me in the past, to get me where I want at the right time!
I do not however think this is any different to any other LCC, a good example of this is easyJet at DTM, where all the routes flown from there are operated by LTN based aircraft and crew. They operate to about 6 destinations from DTM, and they had a similar operation at DSA last summer operated by a LPL based aircraft and crew.
Yes, you return to base at the end of your shift, however, where you go in between starting and finishing would really vary.
IE Glasgow crew operate GLA-SOU-FRA-SOU-GLA as one of their shifts on the DHC8 Q400...
Additionally, sometimes crew will be based away from home for a few days to cover at other bases. IE, a SOU pilot might be scheduled to stay in Glasgow for three days and cover flights there.
Furthermore, aircraft may leave base for a day or two to temporarily operate out of another airport. This winter, some of the Winter Ski Charters from London Gatwick have been operated by the Embraer E195. So crew from other bases have flown to Gatwick with the aircraft and remained there for the weekend. So during this time, Gatwick would be their operating base and they would return there each evening... before flying back to their own base at the end.
mattuk From UK - England, joined Sep 2010, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2589 times:
Another interesting one is the INV base. It has 1 x E95 and 1 x DH4 based there, with crews. Weekdays the E95 operates the 3 times daily INV-LGW-INV route, starting and ending the day at INV. Weekdays the DH4 operates INV-MAN-INV-BHD-INV-BHX-INV-MAN-INV, starting and ending the day at INV. The BHX flight doesn't operate on a Wed and the BHD doesn't operate on a Tue, Wed or Thu (on these days the aircraft lays idle at INV for those few hours)
Winter weekends are more interesting, as aircraft and crews move around a bit. The E95 and its crew operate the Saturday morning INV-MAN at 0715 and then the aircraft & crew remain in MAN to operate a number of ski charter flights over the weekend, with the aircraft and crew night-stopping in MAN, returning on the Sunday night MAN-INV departing at 1910.
In return a MAN crew and DH4 aircraft operate the Saturday MAN-INV, before night-stopping with the aircraft and returning with an afternoon INV-MAN on the Sunday.
So in effect a Saturday night has 2 x DH4 aircraft on the pan at INV and MAN inherits an additional E95.
I don't know if this happens at any other Flybe base.