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One can notice that Qantas turn-around times are long !!! Aircrafts often arrive at morning twilight and depart late in the evening. Does this mean Qantas aircrafts are less used than that of other airlines ?
operates lots of extremely long segments on very very long routes so the ultization numbers still remain in the acceptable range. Since so many of QF
's flights cross multiple time zones and the date line, in addition to being long in duration, there is a very limited window of acceptable departure and arrival times, thus sometimes the long ground time between segments.
For example, on the SYD
turn....the flight must depart SYD
at a time that is reasaonble for SYD
originating pax and for connex into SYD
and the flight must arrive at LAX
at a reasonable time for pax with LAX
as a destination and for pax making onward connections. No one wants to arrive or depart at 300AM. The same consideratons are true on the return journey out of LAX
. When dealing with the Kangaroo Route from Europe via Asia to Australia, its even more difficult as not only do the arrival/departure times in EUrope and Australia have to make sense, the flights must transit Asia (say, in QF
's case, SIN
) at a reasonable time for connections and hubbing. Its not simple.
does send one aircraft on a LAX
turn instead of having that airplane sit idle at LAX
all day long......QF
did consider adding a LAX
turn with its own metal, but that never launched, guess the numbers did not make sense. In Europe, QF
sometimes does charters with the 744s that spend the day at LHR
awaiting their next flight.....many times these charters are in connection with cruise ship lines and you will see a QF
744 doing a quick turn from LHR
to drop off pax departing on a med cruise out of Barcelona and then bringing back pax who have concluded their voyage.
The ground time is put to good use, some maintainence can be done, some serious aircraft cleaning can be accomplished, etc, etc.......but long ground times can be part of the equation when operating a longhaul network. Also consider that many flights between Europe and South America and the US and South America have the same issues.....flights arrive in South American cities in the early morning and do not depart until the late evening hours.