Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Reserve Fleet And Aircraft Utilisation  
User currently offlineSAA-SAL From Belgium, joined Nov 2000, 356 posts, RR: 3
Posted (13 years 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1288 times:

Whenever I go to BRU I see at least 2 to 3 A330/340 in the Sabena Technics hangar or around it. Sabena has approximately 10-12 A330/340 ; so if 3 are always out of service does that mean that the airline only flies 8 or 9 aircraft at any time.
For instance how many B744s are always flying of the 57 strong fleet at any one time. I also imagine that an airline must keep reserve aircaft in case "active" aircraft suffer from sudden unavailibilty.
Anyone have some interesting insight on this "behind the scenes" aspect of aviation.

Thanks and cheers  Big thumbs up SAA-SAL

SAA B747 SP, Luxavia B747 SP
4 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1259 times:

>>>I also imagine that an airline must keep reserve aircaft in case "active" aircraft suffer from sudden unavailibilty.

It varies with the airline, but generally-speaking, most do not have "reserve" aircraft sitting idle. An aircraft sitting idle (waiting to be used when another breaks) is an aircraft that's not flying and generating revenue. That's just one aircraft--as in theory, you'd need multiple spares to cover your major hubs, but you'd still have to hope that the spare was in the same city where the busted aircraft was.

What occurs most often, and it's all very dynamic, is to cancel another flight(s) that are lightly booked, thus freeing up the aircraft to operate in place of the broken one. This is one of the things that causes the misconception that airlines cancel flights due to insufficient pax loads, but in reality, it's just a matter on taking actions that will inconvenience the fewest number of pax.

P.S. Flights that are in MX (and there always are a certain percentage that are) are not considered as reserve aircraft, as they're not usually available for use on short-notice... For all practical purposes, they don't exist until the work on them is completed...


User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1247 times:

As much as I know LH always has seven planes in FRA that can jump into service if they are needed. I don't know how they do that or so but I guess if a plane goes into some checking they keep it away from service for a bit longer so it can be ready when needed. Just like with the crews that have stand-by...
I can't promise that this is true I just heard that a long time back.


User currently offlineJohnnybgoode From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 2187 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1205 times:

Godbless is correct, however, LH doesn´t have the planes waiting in case another one breaks, they just have these aircraft waiting to cope with the bad on-time performance many airlines and airports have to struggle with.
so these aircraft are actually utilized to assure that the schedule is being uphold as best as possible all the time and to ensure that on-time performance will be improved. LH´s main hub FRA suffers from a major lack of capacity and so it often has to bear with many delays.

best wishes

If only pure sweetness was offered, why's this bitter taste left in my mouth.
User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1201 times:

Do you know what kinda planes are always available? If it is seven planes how are they divided up? How many widebodies, how many single-aisle planes...? Or is it just dependant on the situation how many and what kinda planes are available?


Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Air Malta Fleet And Their Names posted Mon Mar 19 2007 11:18:38 by A340600MAN
JetBlue Schedule And Aircraft Question? posted Sun Mar 11 2007 03:58:09 by ADiZzy
CO/UA Merger - Ideas On Routes And Aircraft posted Mon Dec 18 2006 19:13:52 by CALPSAFltSkeds
Miat (Mongolian Airlines)'s Fleet And Routes posted Mon Nov 20 2006 04:39:45 by Centrair
John Travolta And Aircraft/airport posted Sat Sep 23 2006 10:45:46 by Tkremin
British Airways And Aircraft Names posted Tue Aug 29 2006 16:23:36 by A340600MAN
Tame Aircraft Utilisation posted Tue Aug 22 2006 05:29:43 by A388
BMI's Long Haul Fleet - What Aircraft, What Route? posted Sun Aug 20 2006 16:18:09 by Gilesdavies
BTS.GOV And Aircraft N#'s posted Thu Aug 10 2006 00:00:34 by UAL Bagsmasher
Airports And Aircraft Types posted Thu Jul 6 2006 20:14:51 by 1337Delta764