Greenjet From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 986 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1571 times:
The issue of transatlantic 737 operations appears again...
Newly-launched UK charter carrier Astraeus is studying the possibility of operating Boeing 737-700s on transatlantic services to New York on behalf of a tour operator.
While the airline will only admit that such a plan is “something being discussed” and that “nothing is finalised” a source familiar with the situation says that the service would probably involve operating twice-weekly between a European city and New York Kennedy, via a technical stop in Glasgow, Scotland.
Astraeus, which started flights from London Gatwick on 6 April, operates Boeing 737-300s at present but is scheduled to acquire two 737-700s next month.
Boeing data shows that the 737-700’s maximum range of 3,260nm (6,030km) would be adequate to cover a transatlantic route. The source adds that, by selecting a route which runs suitably close to northern land masses, Astraeus could avoid the need to secure extended twin-engined operations (ETOPS) approval.
SAS23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1505 times:
No way would a 737 work on that route - the key with charter ops is to keep seat costs as low as possible, hence the reason why widebodies are generally used (with the exception of the 757 which is one of the cheapest aircraft in the air).
Astraeus' main backers - Aberdeen Asset Management - are in very deep trouble as this article shows: http://www.thescotsman.co.uk/business.cfm?id=461912002. Add to that various legal actions being taken against their management team for the rather interesting way in which a great deal of British World business found its way to Astraeus instead of British World - which doubtless had a serious detrimental effect on British World's viability and resulted in its collapse, costing suppliers and investors several million pounds; and I doubt they will be around this time next year.