Sevensixtyseven From United States of America, joined May 2011, 159 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 11390 times:
I am curious what US Airways is going to replace their Domestic 757 fleets with. These 9 aircraft are all (except 1), Ex-America West birds. They were inherited from Republic Airlines, so they are nowhere new, and they serve on the Phoenix-Hawaii market.
I had heard that a portion of the fleet had gotten new seat covers and bin extentions, so perhaps those will be retired a bit later (All of that fleet are supposed to be retired from 2012-2015). Question is..what is US going to replace them with? They claim the A321 is going to replace them, which will actually add a few seats, but they lack ETOPS...so they can't fly to Hawaii, which is the main mission of the 752s. The A332s and 767s are all but maxed out as far as capacity, so US couldn't even fly the routes (unless they axed Europe) if East crews were allowed to do so, and even if they ordered 737-NGs...those wouldn't make PHX-Hawaii, even if the winds were excellent. After more A332s roll in and the integration is done, could US theoretically fly the A332/A333, or 762s on Phoenix-Hawaii? I know that as far as the product, their A332s would completely blow past Hawaiian's A332, as well as have the best premium class product on any Mainland-Hawaii flight.
Does anyone know what the replacement is going to be? More (used) 757s, or will they drop out of the Hawaii market because they don't have the equipment to serve Hawaii? I can't imagine they will drop it to 1x daily to Honolulu, using the one leased 757 they are using. (At peak, US was serving 4x daily to Honolulu, 2x daily to Maui, 1x daily each to Lihue/Kauai, and Kona. Another flight that is a West 752 is the daily Phoenix-Cancun nonstop, which was changed to an A321 for a while over the winter months. It had to take a different routing because it didn't have ETOPS)
Also a bit off topic, does anyone know if the Phoenix-Hawaii flights are doing good? I would assume they're doing good because they are funneling traffic from the rest of the PHX hub, and maybe beyond that? I'm not asking about any specific load factors, unless anyone can say without getting in trouble.
seabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 4697 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 11382 times:
Until the A321 neo is available, they will have to fly the routes with 757s. Whether that means hanging onto the current fleet a bit longer or finding other 757s, I have no idea. A current A321 can't do PHX-Hawaii with any reasonable load.
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PlanesNTrains From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4992 posts, RR: 29 Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 10940 times:
My dream - and it's only a dream - would be that US would pick up some new (yes, new) 767-300ER's with winglets and new interiors and use them to replace the 767-200's and perhaps some of the 757-200 flying that is beyond the range of the A321's.
Obviously the NEO's will be more capable than the CEO's so perhaps the 763's wouldn't need to serve HI, but as I said, it's a dream.
PlanesNTrains From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4992 posts, RR: 29 Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 10796 times:
Quoting seabosdca (Reply 5): They have already placed this order. The only little detail is that Airbus won it.
But A332s are a bit big for Phoenix-Hawaii.
OH, I know, and I think the 330-200 is a great plane. I just think the 767-300ER would be a great gap filler between the A321 and the big Airbus widebodies. Of course, I think that option would have been better timed a few years ago, but regardless, reality says it isn't going to happen.
I'd imagine ultimately that the A321NEO/A332 would make a great combo for the Hawaiian Market once the NEO's and A350's start coming on line.
Don't know about that as HA will eventually have to use a 332 when they phase out the 767. I also think that if US were to get rid of the 757 some people would go back to US from HA as they like the bigger plane and subsequent more room.
How would a 321NEO do with the heat in PHX during the summer? I ask this because I was on a US flight that had weight restrictions due to the heat and wind issues.
I thought PHX was one of the routes to get an A332 sooner, because the 767 has been sold out so frequently.
It has been said that HA will bring in the A332 for a while now to PHX but I think it has alot do with gate space, their current gate is awfully small on the south end....The perfect gate for them would be gate 24 on the north end of T3 at PHX. Just need a new jetway and to set up a podium....DL is itching at the chance to take over HA ramp handling in PHX and if that becomes true with a new gate I think the A332 will be a daily thing at PHX.
fokkerf28 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 151 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 9416 times:
The truth is there is no good replacement for the 757. During summer weight restrictions on the 757 are a daily reality. I wonder if the A321 neo could do the mission with the heat and etops equipped with headwinds. I guess we will have to wait and see. The A330-200 has been discussed but last I heard, too much aircraft for the route. I guess all is subject to change.
Yep, same across the Atlantic. I know some dislike this fact, but it is a true workhorse for all secondary markets which may otherwise have no direct service at all, or only 1-2 airlines instead of 2-3 airlines.
I can tell you this. I booked this very flight for May 5th yesterday, (US Air 429) and according to the US Air seat selector, after I got done selecting my two seats, there are around 4 left in coach. So I'm guessing at least the Saturday flights pretty darn well.
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seabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 4697 posts, RR: 4 Reply 24, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 6672 times:
Quoting fokkerf28 (Reply 18): I wonder if the A321 neo could do the mission with the heat and etops equipped with headwinds. I guess we will have to wait and see.
Range shouldn't be an issue, but takeoff performance in the heat very well could be (as it can be even on the 757). I wonder if they might retime the afternoon flights to leave in a less hot part of the day... the morning flights should be fine.
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25 drerx7: Hell no...especially when considering heat/headwinds/payload penalty. The 321NEO is still not as capable as the 757. PHX-Hawaii is one of those 10% o
26 aztrainer: God, I hope so as you have to book four to five months out to get the 2 seats. What about T-4 and the space that BA 744 uses? I know it moves them ou
27 wn676: HA used to op at T4 but made the switch to T3 around the time that Servisair took over the ground handling contract from HP iirc. They used B23.
28 gigneil: I don't see any reason to believe that's true. Sorry. Its a lot of capability and already not really on the fringe. I would have to see some numbers
29 dlramp4life: But why did they change terminals...because Servisair had a pretty big presence at T4 now handling all international carriers
30 aztrainer: Yeah, I remember that now that you said it. I thought that they moved to T-3 as there was less traffic at T-3 and they could have a lot more space an
31 Sevensixtyseven: I think they should move back to T4..why? Easier connections. Some of the earliest morning arrivals into PHX arrive soon enough that it would make a
32 futureatp: As for HA service to PHX: HA changed terminals after their code share with America West ended. HA changed their schedule to an midnight arrival to 8am
33 Sevensixtyseven: Heheh. AA 767-300s...that would be a nice upgrade to PHX-Hawaii. US' 752s are rather ratty, so I've heard. All those LAS-SNA night flights wore them
34 aztrainer: I would be a definite upgrade as I was on two of the 757's and have only flown HA since. They turned the 757 between LAS, PHX, SNA LAX and SAN when n
35 airlinespotter: Hehehehe, US might not have to buy those 767-300s, but they might get them through aqusitions .