|Quoting Willyj (Reply 10):|
I thought CO was trying to save it's 777 flights for longhauls the 757 and 767s can't handle
That is what a.net people say, not what CO
is actually doing. Plan A was the new EWR
-China route which would eat up 1.5 777s, and allow for filling out of some other long routes. But they didn't get the China route. So...
is grow existing routes into the EU instead and expand into a new city as well. They do this expansion with smaller planes, but you have to get the smaller planes from somewhere. When you start a new route where a 752 can't reach, you need a 762. Athens needs a 762. So you pull the 762 off of a longer range route that is doing really well (Italy, ZRH
?), and replace it with the 764 on that route. Where does that 764 come from? Existing 764 routes that are doing well like BRU
, but then you need to put a 777 there.
wins here, as it is likely consistently filling the J section and has good cargo potential, and because EWR
can do a turn with 1 aircraft, and CO
is adding 2 new 777s this spring, so that's where one goes. (not to mention it helps keep these 2 new birds close to home during teething...)
From the schedule coming out, it looks like the second new bird is going to go to make some long range routes daily instead of almost daily, to upsize a 764 route (and "ripple" through to other routes) on busy days like Friday and Sunday, etc. (well, the new capacity is doing that, the new specific planes themselves might not fly the longest routes at first).
By doing this, it might end up freeing up a 757 when all is said and done, at least for 3-4 days a week, which along with some other scheduling changes domestically, could open 1 new EU route on a 6x weekly basis. But the question is, which new city?
That's been asked and asked in other threads. We'll see. I vote for Munich, Prague or Lyon, but CO
seems to really be expanding into Scandinavia, so maybe Helsinki? And maybe only Lyon is close enough for the 752?
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