Penguinflies From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 992 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2695 times:
Well, their MD-80s seat 116 and if they got 757s, they would increase their lift per aircraft by 15-20 seats in their 2x2 34" pitch configuration. That is about a 15% increase in capacity. That is not a lot for a whole new plane configuration. That is topped with a worst case increase of 33% in operating costs ($2000/hr in the YX MD-80 vs over $3000/hr in a 757-200). Thus, IMO, there are only a few, limited markets a 757 can operate while making a profit. It does not seem worth the cost to increase capacity at this time.
AApilot2b From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 578 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2585 times:
Nwa320 I think if they could pull off long haul as successful as their domestic product, it would be awesome. They are the best airline I have ever been on (and I travel a lot). Unfortunately, I don't see it happening. They fill a niche market and that is not their niche. Although Lufthansa has had a great deal of success with their all business class operation to the States.