flyf15
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Many Daily Flights With Small Aircraft

Thu Mar 02, 2000 8:23 am

I'd like to know why many airlines choose to have lots of flights with small planes then a few with bigger ones. It seems as if more flights would add unnecessary pilot pay, wear of aircraft, ...

Delta flies about 10 daily flights on ATL-GSO, 737-200 to 727-200 sized aircraft. I think it would make much more sense to move the aircraft up to at least a 757-200, with the flights reduced to about 6.
 
Purdue Arrow
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RE: Many Daily Flights With Small Aircraft

Thu Mar 02, 2000 11:02 am

Airlines like to schedule many flights on smaller aircraft when possible so that they can offer the most convenient schedules to their passengers. The more times a day you operate from a given airport, the more people who will find your schedules convenient. Further, frequent flights allow an airline to connect a city into every bank of flights at a hub.
 
HyperMike
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RE: Many Daily Flights With Small Aircraft

Thu Mar 02, 2000 9:33 pm

Delta offers hourly service between Atlanta and some of the east coast's major business centers like Philadelphia and DCA. They do this on a whole range of aircraft, some of them being 737-200, 727-200, and MD-80s.

The point here is that they are looking to offer something their competitor doesn't--a more flexible schedule.
 
AA777-200
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RE: Many Daily Flights With Small Aircraft

Thu Mar 02, 2000 11:10 pm

It is called Yield Management. That is why AA flies mostly smaller aircraft on their domestic routes like the Super 80s. Most of AA's widebody domestic routes are just repositioning of the aircraft for a international flight. I am not sure exactly what Yield Management is..but I have a good idea as to why they fly the smaller acft and not just putting in 767's and MD11's all over the place.
 
D L X
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RE: Many Daily Flights With Small Aircraft

Thu Mar 02, 2000 11:25 pm

Yield Management actually has very little to do with scheduling and size of planes. YM is how the airlines make money flying any kind of plane on a route. Every night, the YM computers examine the bookings on each flight in the system for the next x months. If the flight is getting full sooner than expected, the fare for that flight goes up. If the flight is not as full as it should be this far into the future, the fare for that flight goes down.

The actual scheduling is done completely separate from YM. This is the topic of my study here at school, so when I learn more about it, I'll let you know.
 
eg777er
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RE: Many Daily Flights With Small Aircraft

Thu Mar 02, 2000 11:54 pm

The new name of the game in world aviation:

FREQUENCY, FREQUENCY, FREQUENCY.

This is why (one of the reasons) BA are replacing 747s with 777s - the same amount of passengers per day in total, but more frequencies for them to choose from.
 
Purdue Arrow
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RE: Many Daily Flights With Small Aircraft

Fri Mar 03, 2000 12:00 am

Actually, in many markets BA is using 777s to replace 747s on a one to one basis. Their reason for doing this is because the 777s offer the same premium (F/C) capacity, while reducing Y capacity, thus raising yields.
 
AA777-200
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RE: D L X

Fri Mar 03, 2000 1:32 am

Hey I see what you mean now I guess. Someone had told me different when I asked why AA doesnt fly larger acft on the ORD LAS and DFW LAS routes. We fly the Stupid 80s now and take oversales on everysingle flight. It seemed stupid to me that they would keep doing this and not fly 767's or 757's. They told me Yield Management. Fill less seats at a greater price and make more money, or something like that. I guess I dont understand this airline crap..Makes me wonder why I work for one...and why the heck I wanna fly for one....Oh well
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