|Quoting Luisde8cd (Reply 19):|
What it says is that flights to Europe have been cancelled until the "new" B767s arrive. They expect the suspension of flights to last 2 weeks.
I really don't know how they want to introduce a new type within 2 weeks only. I adquiered a new type more than once and had this challenging job more than once to do. Sure, they have already the 757 which shares commonality in several aspects with the 767 but it's still another type.
First of all they need to make contracts, have them run trough their legal department and the one of the lessor. This will last several weeks. In parallel they need to deal out the clue with the banks what is not that fast either.
Then they need to accept that bird, bring it to the country and register it. They also need to settle everything with customs and taxes on that.
Operations needs to prepare all the documentation and manuals for. They need to introduce that to all stations they want to fly with. They need to have the ground equippement and train all the staff. Finally they need to train the flight attendants and the pilots. The pilots will need to get a route intro as it's a new type. They also will need to be signed off. Finally Santa Barbara was not an ETOPS operator yet, so......???? Even not necessary to mention that a pilots training for a 767 may last something between 4 and 5 weeks.
I have some huge question marks here and I'd rather expect them to bring the DC-10 back. Maybe in two weeks the one standing in LGW
will be ready to fly.
The only way I could imagine them to run the flights by a 767 is if they go with a wet lease, for example with Air Atlanta Iceland. Those Nordic guys are pretty good and I could imagine that they get it in 2 weeks.
Good Luck Santa Barbara, Cheers