Airxliban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4492 posts, RR: 55 Reply 1, posted (7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2605 times:
On a one-off like that the return crew would deadhead out to JNB a day or two before, rest at the outstation and then bring the plane back to HKG. The crew that flew the plane to JNB would get a day of rest and deadhead back to HKG on the next day's flight. At least that's what I think would happen, especially if HKG-JNB is daily for CX.
I don't think they'd make the crew wait a whole week at the outstation but I could be wrong. If it's just flight crew it may actually be possible, but I doubt they'd keep a whole complement of flight + cabin crew out there for a week.
workhorse From France, joined Jul 2005, 213 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (7 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1735 times:
This is curious. Why would CX schedule a 343 to JNB only once a week? AF used to have such an "orphan" once-a-week 343 flight to LAX, but that was because they had a 343-operated LAX-PPT and the weekly CDG-LAX was needed to turn the 343's in for maintenance. So, there was always a 330/340 rated flight crew staying in LAX for LAX-PPT purposes and they would also take care of LAX-CDG.
But CX does not have flights from JNB on to somewhere else, so why this?