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Aircraft Utilization Rate--best Examples?  
User currently offlineKgin11 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 61 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 12589 times:

What is the best case for aircraft utilization for modern airlines excluding maintenance schedules (A, B, C, check)? That is, realistically speaking, how often can a plane be kept in continued use if the market allowed for continuous operation. In particular, I am wondering about shorter-haul aircraft who have more cycles than long-haul?


Kelley Gin
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User currently offlineAvioniker From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1109 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 12511 times:

Well the first airline that comes to mind is First Air Canada
They fly their 727 combi's with seats all day and haul freight at night. They have a -200 built at PEMCO DHN in 1995 that has an infinitly variable passenger/freight configuration that used to fly Montreal - Yellowknife during the day and Montreal - Ottawa - Wilmington at night
Their ground people could pull the seats and install the rollers in under an hour and vice versa...



One may educate the ignorance from the unknowing but stupid is forever. Boswell; ca: 1533
User currently offline320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 12496 times:

727 combis? Air Canada? That must have been a few years ago, eh? AC hasn't been flying 727's for some time. I didn't think they were in service as late at 1995.

I know Air Ontario used to fly their Dash-8's as combis - pax during the day, and freight at night. I think they got about 12 - 16 hours of flying per day out of the things. I don't know how much of the fleet was used this way.



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User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6491 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 12453 times:

Would it be safe to say that the best utilizations are on aircraft that fly "round-the-world" routes?


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User currently offlineRCS763av From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4395 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 12415 times:

320tech: He was referring to First Air-Canada, not First-Air Canada.

User currently offlinePhollingsworth From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 825 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 12339 times:

18-20 hrs a day are about the best you can get out of a passenger airliner. This is driven by turnaround times, and the overwhelming desire of most passengers not to depart between 1-5:30 AM. As the shorter the block time, the lower your utilization will be. This is true even with short turn-arounds.

User currently offlineFlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 12239 times:

Apparently Astraeus have the most utilised 737-700's, there was an article in Airliner World a few months back that was "A week in the life of an AEU 737", a really intresting read and boy they do work those planes hard.

Most of the charter airlines in the UK really utilise their aircraft, the MYT 757s have more hours than their older DC-10 sisters. Charter aircraft almost always seem to be on the move, probably because aircraft don't make money on the ground and the charter industry is a "cut-throat" buisness over here.

Phil
FlyingColours



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User currently offlineCx346 From Greenland, joined Apr 2003, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12185 times:

I think CX has very efficient 747/346/343 schedules: HKG-EUR/US/OZ-HKG-ASIA-HKG-etc. Longest time on the ground is 3 hours in the evening or remote.

User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24961 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 12149 times:

FlyingColours, I also seen that article about Astraeus. From Gatwick to Israel, Gatwick to some bits in Africa, and someEuro destinations, yup, those 73Gs are worked really hard  Wow!


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User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2815 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 12131 times:

JetBlue has an average daily aircraft utilization rate of about 13.5 hours. This high utilization is a product of quick turns and red-eye transcons.

I think Southwest is at 11 hours per day.


User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 12114 times:

Charter airlines manage about 17 hours a day utilisation (excluding maintenance downtime) on their aircraft during the summer months.

I remember flying a 767-300 back from the Dominican Republic once which had been playing catchup all week after a bad weather delay in Florida, looking through the log the aircraft had been on the ground only 5 hours in the last 48, average utlitisation of about 21.5 hours a day.



I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineSunriseValley From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 5155 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 12055 times:


According to their web site ANZ get an average of 14.8hrs/day from their 747-400's and 15.8hrs/day from their 767-300ER's.
How this matches other operators with long stage lengths I don't know but I would imagine that this utilisation is in the top 15%.


User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6840 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 12015 times:

The BD A330s from MAN to ORD/IAD probably spend the best part of 7-8 hrs each way with the rest on the ground.

Some DL 767s from MAN-ATL come in on consecutive days, again 8 hrs each way or thereabouts

The VS B747 MAN-Orlando everyday except one. 8-9hrs each way, I'd guess.

Don't know the schedules, but PK seem to run their 747/777 fleet pretty hard on the Pakistan-MAN-USA/Canada runs.

I knew someone who worked at Rolls Royce and Royal Brunei had problems with their 757s a few years ago because of under-use.

Andy



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