planesailing From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 817 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week ago) and read 4380 times:
One of the A330s has been running around Europe and mid hauls all summer on behalf of tour operators. That is the point of a charter airline, the aircraft moves around to clients who are willing to pay for it. They don't sit round idle 'just in case.'
AAMDanny From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week ago) and read 4358 times:
There has been a bit of a demise in Long Haul op's within the UK charter airlines.
x3 of TCX's A332's are leaving the fleet this winter, and they too have been using the A330 on short-haul op's like Monarch have. The onl airline still running a heavy long haul operation is now TOM.
Does anybody else know if any of the UK charter airlines will be sending aircraft out for the Hadjj? Is AEU participating, I'm guessing TCX will (they always send out 1 or 2 A330's, sometimes the A330-300 from Thomas Cook Scandinavia) and TOM have deployed B767's out in the past.
Jetset7E7 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 1090 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4186 times:
Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 2): Oh right I see. Monarch will struggle on long haul with only 1 current A332.
Bit of a stupid question! As mentioned above they don't really do long haul as much! G-SMAN is on its way back from SFB this evening into MAN, then its out on a ZB run in the morning!
No doubt it will be doin the GOI runs with the A300's soon.
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VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 8247 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3936 times:
Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 2): Monarch will struggle on long haul with only 1 current A332.
Not this year. The northern hemisphere holiday season is - despite the current weather in north west Europe and the record high temperatures - almost over. However with the Hadj moving forward through the season it appears to me that there is a looming problem.
Next year the start of the Hadj will coincide with the end of the peak northern hemisphere holiday season. This suggests to me that airlines like Monarch will not be able to meet their holiday period commitments and lease out numbers of aircraft for the pilgrimage.
Of course we have been in this situation (around 20 years ago) before. But then the number of pilgrims travelling long haul distances was much smaller. And I would not think that there are sufficient relatively inactive aircraft in the southern hemisphere to replace all of those from the northern hemisphere that are being and have recently been used to carry pilgrims. Perhaps next year the desert will suddenly empty in late August!