|Quoting Lrgt (Thread starter):|
Also, if props are much more efficient on short flights, what reasons make Aloha use 737-200's on 50-mile interisland flights and Laker Airways use a 727-200 for FLL-FPO?
Fuel is, even now with the high prices, only one of the reasons to use one aircraft or the other.
- Jets are more popular with passengers, Aloha might loose pax to Hawaiian and others if they switch to props.
- Jets can take more pax and cargo, even with double flights on say an ATR-72 they can't carry the same amount of cargo.
- They have the jets in the fleet anyway, so in short term it would be more expensive to pick up a prop plane and park the jet, in that case the total opportunity costs (write off, lease, fuel, staff) of the prop is higher.
- the old 727 and 737-200 you mention are economically almost written off, so acquisition or lease costs shouldn't be too hhigh and would offset the fuel bills. See NW
with their DC-9 while rejecting some A-319s and A-320s.