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Why Are Some A/c Better At Short Hops?  
User currently offlineConcorde1518 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?

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User currently offlineTeahan From Ireland, joined Nov 1999, 5446 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2058 times:


Well, one reason might be that the wing and fuel capacity of particular aircraft are more suited for longer flights.


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User currently offlineBoeingmd82 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 244 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2055 times:

The 5 one hour trip example that you mentioned for Southwest, is perfectly suited for the B737NG, they may be short hops, but that's only 5 cycles (takeoffs and landings) per day.

The B717 with it's BR715 engines can handle many more without tearing up the engines. Hawaiian works their B717s 10 or more cycles per day.

Takeoffs are the most demanding part of a flight for the engine, the BR715 is designed for this type of abuse, the -56 is not.


User currently offlineRoyalDutch From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2050 times:

According to info I got from Boeing, the 717 can handle up to 12 1 hour Flights per day (Which really seems like a lot to me).

User currently offlineWoodsboy 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.

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