|Quoting Matt (Reply 2):|
Thanks Dutchjet. I figured it had something to do with the aircraft not being equiped for over-water flights (not to be confused with ETOPS), because an appropriately-equiped 737-500 could certainly operate such a flight. With the number of flights to the Caribbean that CanJet is operating out of Halifax in the winter, I'm surprised their aircraft are not equiped for such flights.
That being said, CanJet's routing is longer because it has to hug the coast. But then again, passengers have no real clue.
|Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 3):|
Its not all that unusual that Canjet is using a non-overwater aircraft on this segment, it happens all of the time. Think about it this way: its the peak of the caribbean season at the moment, lots of pax going to the sun, so Canjet is using everything and anything it can to move pax to the carib, including non-overwater equipped 737s. During other seasons, say 80% of more of the year, Canjet has far less operations to the caribbean and uses the aircraft only on domestic Canada services.....why equip the aircraft with overwater equipment - the equipment costs money, must be maintained and adds weight to an aircraft. The 735 enroute from Halifax to Punta Cana at the moment may only do 10 rotations per year on overwater flights, so it simply does without the equipment and takes the longway to the caribbean on overwater segments.
|Quoting Filejw (Reply 9):|
HF radios are not a requirement for overwater flight