So, the question is, is this a positioning flight? Because the plane starts in MIA and Ends in MIA, I would think that would not be a positioning flight.
Nope. The plane is not needed in MIA
, but can be "positioned" to JFK
as a "spare" acft to "protect" one or more JFK
flights for a while. If not used, it will again be "positioned" back to MIA
for its flights. Positioning
flights are simply flights that are flown to position an acft for further use (a lot of late night/early morning flying is to position an acft for the next day's flying). Now, if you know you're going to be doing this on a regular basis, why not sell seats on the positioning flights? You're going to spend the money to move the plane already, so any revenue you can put on it reduces that expense... if you make a profit so much the better.
My first year with AA
I flew a lot of last-flight-of-day DC10s DFW
, minimum crew rest layover followed by ELP
. Average pax on both legs was 50 (definitely a money loser). OTOH, the cost to park the DC10 at ELP
was supposedly <20% the cost to park it at DFW
.... hence the "positioning" flights.