|Quoting B777A340Fan (Thread starter):|
Is it me or do airlines seem to employ smaller airplanes (B737s, B757s, A319s, etc.) for longer routes?
Depends on which airlines you are talking about. In the US, there is a philosophy that routes should be served with smaller aircrafts but with higher frequencies. For example, instead of sending two B744 each day (assume US airlines still have them) from SFO
, an airline would fly 4-5 B757/767 a day. And because there is not enough demand to send 5 B747 services, smaller planes are used.
Asian airlines, however, still tend to stick with larger aircrafts with low frequency of flights. However, there are still destinations which are served by large aircrafts with high frequencies (HKG
is one..flights depart at least once an hour all with heavies) and there is also a trend to use smaller aircrafts but boost frequencies too. CX
now have four daily flights, most of served by A340.