I can confirm that LH
does have spare planes based at FRA
. I believe it is 1, max. 2, in MUC
. Don't know how many in FRA
. It was announced a couple of months back when LH
announced an initiative to increase punctuality. One of the measures was to have ping-pong, i.e. planes only go back and forth between two airports; the other was to have spare planes in MUC
Now, I don't know whether "having spare planes" means having an airframe waiting in the garage to be pulled out only in situation of need, or whether the fleet planning is merely done in such a way as to always have one backup at the peak times at those hub airports. I believe it is the latter, because
is smarter Jfrworld, i.e. they don't bum an airframes utilisation to near-zero levels by having it wait for an emergency
b) the principle explained by Flying-Tiger and some others - i.e. of swithcing equipment the very last minute - is only ´possible by having an extreme flexibility in the fleet planning. It is this flexibility which makes it possible to always have a backup somewhere
As to Jfrworld "Ask any airline that is making a profit whether or not they have spare aircraft just sitting around and I'll bet they'd call you crazy"
have been profitable for almost every year over the past ten-year period. I am not sure LH
would like to use the Chapter 11-airlines like US and UA
- with their slums in the air that they call airline service - as their role models. They figured that reliability is a major selling point, and selling helps to generate revenue, which helps to stay out of bankruptcy...
Kudos to LH
for so much "intelligent" planning of their resources. In terms of operational efficiency, I always admired LH