A look at SAA's (and codeshare partner DL
's) websites show that eastbound JFK
are again operating nonstop (with the exception of the new twice weekly JFK
service). Westbound services of course still transit Sal. Anyone know what adjustments were made to allow eastbound n/s services to resume?
Regarding associated payload penalties...I cannot bring any current information to bear but back in my pre-furlough DL
ramp-rat days, I often checked loads on SAA's transatlantic services and reguarly saw ATL
operating at or near full pax capacity, and not just in winter (around 377 pax in pre-Millenium configuration as I recall) . Surely SAA bumps cargo before pax to satisfy payload restrictions - besides, I would guess that eastbound cargo demand is relatively weak given the devaluation of the Rand vs. the Dollar in recent years.
I don't dispute that some payload penalties are likely to be in place on muggy summer days in ATL
....but note that SAA is scheduled out in the morning at 1030. "Severe" payload restrictions might be overstating the case a bit. I recall when JAL commenced n/s ATL
on 742s...now THOSE took severe payload restrictions - around a quarter to a third of seats couldn't be sold. As long as I'm going off on longhaul services ex ATL
, anyone know the situation on KE
? Payload restrictions? A look at schedules shows them upgrading from 777s to 744s later this summer.