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Aircraft Utilization

Sat Nov 20, 2004 4:03 am

I'm having some thoughts about aircraft utilization of different airlines categories, Scheduled vs Charter vs Low Cost, I found that charter carriers will mostly come first, they fly their planes with minimum turnaround time, they don't cater a lot for the timing of the flights, they don't plan for further connecting flights. Can someone shed more light please.
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RE: Aircraft Utilization

Sat Nov 20, 2004 4:12 am

Actually charter carriers probably come in last, charter aircraft may sit on the ground for days waiting for business, or at the very least often waiting for the customers to complete their business for a return flight. a scheduled carrier will obviously be flying it's schedule regardless. LCCs are probably first, this is why they have been able to maintain profitability, altough the legacies are gradually figuring this out.
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RE: Aircraft Utilization

Sat Nov 20, 2004 4:22 am

You maybe right for certain markets, but in my experience with the charter market in the Middle East specially Egypt, Tunis, Turkey, you can find an aircraft flying to Paris twice daily from Luxor for example which gives it about 22hrs usage for the day, you can have this repeated for 6 days a week (two flights to Europe from Egypt by the same plane), I agree LCC's will take the lead shortly.
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RE: Aircraft Utilization

Sat Nov 20, 2004 4:31 am

On an average day, FR's 732s at DUB will fly about 12 legs to and from the UK (so 6 round trips), so very high utilisation, for the flights begin 6-7am and normally finish 10+pm.

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RE: Aircraft Utilization

Sat Nov 20, 2004 5:39 am

Here is the UK CAA fleet utilisation data for April-June 2004 - I have listed all airline/aircraft combinations with a daily utilisation of over 10 hours.

Data format: Airline // Aircraft type // Daily utilisation

MyTravel 332 17.6
First Choice Airways 763 17.1
Thomas Cook 332 15.9
Virgin Atlantic 744 14.0
First Choice Airways 321 13.7
British Airways 744 13.0
British Airways 772ER 12.9
Thomsonfly 735 12.7
British Airways 772 12.6
MyTravel 321 12.6
Virgin Atlantic 346 12.6
Thomas Cook 752 12.3
bmi 332 12.2
B Med 321 12.2
Britannia 763 12.0
British Airways 763 12.0
EasyJet 73G 12.0
GB Airways 321 11.9
Thomas Cook 753 11.9
First Choice Airways 320 11.7
Flybe Q400 11.7
MyTravel 763 11.7
Bmi baby 733 11.6
Virgin Atlantic 343 11.6
Excel Airways 738 11.5
B Med 320 11.2
Britannia 752 11.0
Thomas Cook 320 11.0
Bmi baby 735 10.9
Britannia 762 10.9
Monarch 320 10.9
First Choice Airways 752 10.8
EasyJet 733 10.6
GB Airways 320 10.6
Monarch 321 10.6
MyTravel 320 10.4
MyTravel 752 10.4
British Airways CE 143 10.2
Buzz 733 10.2
Monarch 332 10.2

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RE: Aircraft Utilization

Sat Nov 20, 2004 5:45 am

Long haul aircraft that can complete a roundtrip in the same day will always have some of the best utilization. Hell, the ones that can't do too. That is 15-20 hours a day. If you are talking about short haul flying, there is no contest, the LCCs win it.
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