I heard a rumour that QF were planning to 'rent' their 747's for the day to another airline during layovers at LHR. QF flights arrive early in the morning at LHR and leave late at night thus spend all day sitting on the ground, on A.net I have seen a picture of a QF 744 at Thesaloniki in greece which is not part of the QF network.....is this a 'day charter'? Do any other long haul airlines use/rent their planes for local flights during long layovers?
qf5/6 into/out of FRA has about 16 hours of ground time and has been used into various destinations in the canaries, places like palma and also mainland spain - probably beats having it stand in FRA all day accruing parking charges....
Do BA do day flights with their 744's when they are parked for the day in Johannesburg? I always thought it was a huge waste of an aircraft just being sat at the airport all day - same goes for Garuda's 744 parked at Gatwick for most of the day.
A F/A friend who works for QF gave me his pattern one day and I was amazed to see him flying all kinds of day charters around Europe during the day. These charters are operated by complete QF crews. Very strange but very smart of QF.
I dont know about CX or QF but SAA choose to have a day stop over. It increases business as it means people have nice flight times. Depart Sout Africa in the evening, sleep on the night flight. Land early morning and you have the whole day ahead of you, the same for the return trip.
Business men especially like the timings so that is one reason why.
I was arguing with Capt. Picard the other week about whether the timing of the Virgin flight from Cape Town to Heathrow is was timed well.It leaves LHR at night,gets into CPT early morning and leaves at like 8 am for LHR arriving LHR early evening.This must result in poor yield as I suspect most business men do prefer flying at night
thanks for all the interesting replies.....Does anybody know if Qantas bases any crews in London or Frankfurt over the summer to operate any of these 'local charters'? or do the Australian crews fly these short sectors during layover time before returning the aircraft to Oz as a scheduled QF flight?
The re-introduction of the QF31/32 will reduce extended layovers of Qantas Boeing 747-400s. This lunch time arrival and departure means that two of the aircraft only have half a day at Heathrow.
Charters are more common in Summer, flown for cruise companies, often on behalf of BA.