Jhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12 Posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 829 times:
How are specific aircraft assigned to flight routes? As I understand, each plane is not kept on the same route (i.e. JFK-BNA-JFK-BNA-JFK-BNA,etc.) but is usually rotated around the system (i.e. JFK-BNA-MIA-ATL-IAH-LAS-DFW-SEA). With that degree of complexity, how can airlines be sure of having an aircraft available to complete all their flight routes?
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DouglasDC8 From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 797 times:
Airlines design their schedules with computer models that will ensure that, under normal circumstances, there will be airplanes and crews for each flight. In addition, the schedule is constructed so aircraft will be rotated through cities that have maintanence facilities for the normal checks that every aircraft undergoes. When operations are disrupted (due to a large snow-storm for example), the large airlines have computer programs that will re-match crews and aircraft so normal operations may resume. Of course there is also a need for schedulers and crew desk people who will work out any problems that the computers cannot solve.
SJCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 579 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 780 times:
I know some aircraft on long haul flights remain on the same flight line for weeks at a time...for the past couple weeks, AA flight 232 out of SJC has been operated on N303AA...I look every day when it came in and sure enough...