DavidJ08 wrote:Kashmon wrote:so odd that Western airlines don't get lower costs by using larger planes on short haul routes
yet CX/JL/NH/SQ go all out on using wide bodies for short haul flights
We don't really have the population density here to justify larger planes to be honest. I know Japan domestic has the density for bigger planes (and high-density configurations), but I wonder if CX/SQ just maintain a wide-body fleet and use them for the high-density routes between major cities (which have both the population density and the hubbing effect), and run subsidiaries (Cathay Dragon, SilkAir) with narrowbodies for the smaller cities. I mean even in China and India a lot of the domestic flights are run with narrowbodies.
EDIT: Actually, I should mention that NZ runs AKL-SYD/MEL/BNE with widebodies, and QF is running A330 on AKL-SYD and shortly AKL-MEL. So we have something similar - some regional routes between population centres and airline hubs run with widebodies, and others (CHC/WLG/ZQN to SYD/MEL/BNE) run with narrowbodies.
of course we do not have the traffic but that was not what I was talking about...
everyone here seems to think per seat wide bodies were more expensive, if that was true why would CX/SQ etc operated widebodies shorthaul even when their airports were not slot constrained.
if anything per seat economics should be cheaper