All that plus this...
What happens when one of those all C 757s goes tech & cancels the flight? This may not happen often, but when it does, it will quickly degenerate into a costly headache. I can't see how UA
would have any spare ac in the correct configuration available. And what premium space is available on other 757s or twin aisles will already be heavily loaded, were there enough demand to start this service in the first place.
I'm not going to hazard a guess as to the exact numbers, but I cannot imagine it would take very many such incidents to wipe out the profitability of such a venture. And keeping spares around is really not an option either, as such aircraft would be useless for just about any other purpose.
|Quoting blueflyer (Reply 9):|
The thing is, I can't think of a market that currently meets these criteria.
the case can be made for NYC - LAX
, LON - NYC. But even there, what demand there may be is already very well covered.
|Quoting VC10er (Reply 2):|
MaxJet was a 767, I felt a 757 may make more sense.
Remind my foggy old brain... What did EOS fly? I would speculate that even the 757 is too much plane for such an idea.
seems to have mixed results, & as far as I can see, the jury is still out for their A318 service.
|Quoting VC10er (Thread starter):|
I recently flew EWR/AMS/EWR on the 757 and it was my 3rd time on one, and I happen to really enjoy the "exclusive" size/feeling of the 2 - 2 flat bed layout.
Particularly relating to OpenSkies, they already flew almost exactly this route, but eventually suspending their own AMS
return in August of 2009 due to lack of sufficient demand.
In any case though, it seems that they have the market pretty well covered as it is.
Now, if UA
had a bunch of paid for, wingletted 757s that they were about to throw away anyway, I could see "trying it out" for a year or two and seeing what happens. But even here, I can't imagine a lot of shareholders being ok with just running things like that up the flag pole, so to speak.
Sorry to play devil's advocate for your idea, but those are just a few of the issues that come to mind.
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