Aa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2215 times:
I was reading flight international today when I read an article about continental replacing six of its DC-10s. The article said that the DC-10s was being replaced with not only the 777, but the 738 on some routes. My question is, how do they do that? To the best of my knowledge the DC-10 seats a lot more people then the 738. Are the routes the -10s are flying really having very low load factors? Thanks for any help someone can give me.
Cheezyjet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2030 times:
Well, the DC-10 certainly seats a lot more than the 737, but remember that BA are downsizing a fair bit too - A319s replacing 757s and 767s etc, 777s in place of 744s, so Continental wouldn't be alone in this. I trust Continental aren't threatening to replace DC-10s on transatlantic routes with 737s?! A 757 is quite narrow-body enough for a flight of that length! Even if the 738 had enough range!
Iahcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3481 posts, RR: 40
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1995 times:
CO will replace the DC-10's on trans-atlantic routes with 777's, 764's, and 762's. 752's already operate on some thin routes. These will be replaced by 762's in the future. 738's are to replace 752's and 722's on 'Air Mike' routes out of GUM. The story about CO wanting to put 738's trans-atlantic is true only to the extent that the idea was investigated, but found to be 'Dumb'.
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8250 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1943 times:
The thing about trans-Atlantic 737s is that at least if you're going east, the flight times can be quite short. I have done Boston to Gatwick in 4 hours 55 mins, and Newark to Heathrow with one orbit over Clacton in 5 hours 20. With a good headwind you could do Boston to Ireland in under four hours easy. It's getting back to the States that is more time-consuming. I'd love to do a trans-Atlantic in a 737, it'd just be weird but quite groovy. A320s are used from Scandinavia to Florida via Bangor ME, and I have flown in an A320 from London to Beirut and back, which is 5 hours and a bit westbound. Excellent flight both ways actually, with a tiny (one plane and one route at the time) airline called British Meditteranean, now a BA franchise carrier. The A320s are deployed by BMed even further afield, to Baku and Yerevan as well as the Damascus and Amman add-ons to the double daily Beirut flights.
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