juventus
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What Happens To Aircraft During Off-peak Periods?

Thu Oct 06, 2005 2:52 am

Example. Sun Country, their route map looks impresive during the heavy season, what about when things slow down a bit? I assume they increase frequencies to other places, or maybe lease some aircraft.....

http://www.suncountry.com/suncountry/fltdest.jsp
 
AsstChiefMark
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RE: What Happens To Aircraft During Off-peak Periods?

Thu Oct 06, 2005 2:59 am

They become this?


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ltbewr
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RE: What Happens To Aircraft During Off-peak Periods?

Thu Oct 06, 2005 3:06 am

Some aircraft may be undergoing heavy MX work/checks. They maybe sent to service other routes that are in their heavy cycle, charter work, or maybe even parked in the dessert.
 
juventus
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RE: What Happens To Aircraft During Off-peak Periods?

Thu Oct 06, 2005 3:30 am

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 2):
They maybe sent to service other routes that are in their heavy cycle, charter work, or maybe even parked in the dessert

Park in the dessert? hum....Thanks for the replies.
 
vv701
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RE: What Happens To Aircraft During Off-peak Periods?

Thu Oct 06, 2005 6:48 am

British 'seasonal' airlines tend to lease aircraft to other airlines with different seasonals. The classic example is the British airline First Choice (originally known as Air 2000). A significant portion of its 752 fleet crossed the Atlantic around October or November to operate the snowbird flights of Air 2000 Canada, later Canada 3000, to thr Caribbean. Some of Air 2000's aircraft also went on short term lease to South American airlines:


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On the other hand in recent years the Hadj - the Moslem pilgrimage to Mecca that follows the month of Ramadan (that has just started this year) - has fallen in the northern hemisphere winter months. So Britannia Airways (now dba as Thomsonfly) have regularly leased aircraft to Garuda Indonesia for part of the winter period:


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