i´m glad everyone seems to know what is happening in the future...
except for the AVROs, which will leave the fleet in the next 3-5 years, or even earlier, has anyone thought about the idea that homogenizing the fleet could also refer to the regional fleets of EW
and the TeamLH partners?
those are not directly operated by LH
, but LH
would like to have them operate under one umbrella, also reducing types at those feeder airlines and in turn, that would lead to major cost savings.
just look at the fleets, ATR 42 and 72s, BAe 146s, Dash 8 of all kinds, even some Do 328s, ERJ 145s, CRJs...
and although the A300s are often packed, i´d wait and see what LH
´s project about the future of their continental network and product will bring.
there is currently no replacement for the A300/310s, and i wouldn´t be surprised if they´d leave the fleet in a couple of years without being replaced.
are heading the same way. They´ve greatly reduced flying around widebodies to european destinations.
and as someone correctly stated, LH
´s has been pushing Boeing for a bigger 747 derivative seating about 450 pax for a long time.
and although it could be feasible to operate a fleet with a larger gap between the A346 and A380, we should not forget that LH
only configures the A346 with a two-class layout. althoug the A346 will have roughly the same overall capacity as the 744, it does not offer first class. and although they´ll increase offering dedicated two-class service on many routes in the next years, First Class will not disappear and so, they do need an aircraft of the same capacity, albeit with F Class.
there´s been discussion and confirmation of a joint order of SAS, AUA, Air Canada and LH
for up to 100 + 100 aircraft. although there has not been any definite word on those types, Bombardier´s CRJ and Boeing´s 717 seem to be the frontrunners (this big order could eventually include two manufacturers, as stated by the German media yesterday). the joint order is looking for aircraft of about 70-120 seats which clearly cannot be provided by one single manufacturer. thus, and since the 717 would be a suitable replacement for the 737 (Boeing is being courted by those airlines to built a 717-300), i doubt that we´d see a reduction of fleet types when comes to LH
aircraft covering 100-150 seats.
it seems that the 737s will be on their way out in a couple of years, granted, although it is way too early to know for sure, but the A320s will go nowhere.
and why shouldn´t LH
have two different fleet types in that size?
take a look at the 737s. they´re flying mostly those routes with low cargo volume. the 737s don´t hold as much a cargo as the A320 and cargo cannot be unloaded as fast as with the A320 since it doesn´t hold containers.
however, on routes with low cargo volume, the A32X might prove too big, flying around unused space which could be deployed somewhere else more profitably.
certainly, i could be wrong, but i´d put all my money that LH
benefits from operating those two different types. and the 717 fits into the picture as a possible replacement for the 737s so nicely.
if those birds, if ever, will be eventually operated by LH
mainline or by CLH for example, remains to be seen. perhaps the LH
mainline fleet will be homogenized by phasing out all 737s and keeping only the A320s, but in the LH
group, concerning aircraft covering 100-150 seats, i´m sure we will continue to see two types for many, many years to come.
just my two cents,
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