Concorde1518 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 746 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2101 times:
Hi, with the selling point of the 717 being that it can handle short hops better than the 737-600, I was wondering what that meant. Can the BR engines handle it better than the CMF's, or it is easier to turn around, or what? The 737NG can't be that bad on short hops, because SW's aircraft do about 5 one hour flights a day, being turned around in 20 mins, right?
Woodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1042 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2024 times:
I wouldnt lump all 737NG into the "good for short hops" catagory when such a/c as the -700 are meant for smaller capacity medium haul routes and the -600 for shorter hops. But its true, the 717 is truely designed for the shorter hops.
Its a considerably lighter aircraft than a 737-600 (closest 737NG in size) thus it is stressed less in a high cycle lifestyle. Everytime an airplane lands "heavy" with more fuel than it needed for the trip, the wear and tear on gear, wings and structure is more. The 717 is very fuel efficient and carries less fuel so its not as heavy to begin with.