I was just flying with our Chief Pilot Flight Technical, and queried him about the BOG
flights on the A319. He said a lot of thought went into the selection of the aircraft.
The A319 can fly from BOG
with a full pax load, baggage, an additional 4000 KGs of freight, and have a YXU
(London, Ontario) alternate. But only just ... if winds are stronger, or weather requires a further alternate, then a stop enroute is required, or less freight will be carried.
The winter schedule change to the B767-200 is acknowledgement of a lot of factors; stronger winds, greater pax loads, more unstable weather and higher freight uplift in the winter/holiday periods.
FYI, the inaugural YYZ
is on June 30, and YYZ
is July 1. Both flights presently are about 60% full.
Also, and I found this interesting. The A319 can fly BOG
with 120 pax, (the normal capacity). The A320 can also fly BOG
, but only with 120 pax (normal capacity is 140), and the A321 can do it too ... but with only 120 pax! (normal capacity is 166). Makes sense to send the A319.
Just because I stopped arguing, doesn't mean I think you are right. It just means I gave up!