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KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:09 am

Where is the KLM MD11 going to fly in summer 2013?
 
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NZ107
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KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:13 am

SFO and LAX seems planned; SFO for the whole summer and LAX for 2 months.
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KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:10 am

Looks like they're still using it to YUL as well! I think I might try to catch it this year, before they all retire...
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KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:28 am

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
SFO and LAX seems planned; SFO for the whole summer and LAX for 2 months.

SFO is not going to be the usual 744 or 772?
 
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KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:48 am

In the current KLM Summer 2013 schedule the M11 is planned to operate the following flights from AMS:

- dep. 15:25 AMS 16:45 YUL KL 0671 Non-Stop Daily
- dep. 15:30 AMS 23:10 IKA KL 0433 Non-Stop 4x/week
- dep. 17:40 AMS 19:40 YYZ KL 0695 Non-Stop 3x/week

This schedule would utilise just 3x aircraft, while KLM plans to maintain 6x MD11 in Summer 2013.

In Winter 2012/2013 the aircraft is also operated to:
- SFO - 5x/week
- HAV - 3x/week

On average this winter KLM has just 4x MD11 departures per day, with 6x aircraft.
 
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KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:10 am

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 1):
SFO and LAX seems planned; SFO for the whole summer and LAX for 2 months.

SFO runs as a MD11 during the winter. The flight will be a 744 in summer 2013 as usual.
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RE: KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:54 am

Quoting factsonly (Reply 4):
On average this winter KLM has just 4x MD11 departures per day, with 6x aircraft.

Their MD11s are utilized on most routes as replacement aircraft should there be a tech issue with a scheduled 777 or 330. The 747 combi's will also see action on this end.
 
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RE: KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:03 pm

Any chance ATL will see KL MD-11 service again next summer?
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RE: KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:55 pm

Quoting alphaomega (Reply 6):

Their MD11s are utilized on most routes as replacement aircraft should there be a tech issue with a scheduled 777 or 330. The 747 combi's will also see action on this end.

No they are not. They non-used airframes are only used to replace other M11s that go tech, but they aren't used to sub cancelled 777s, 330s or 747s. And they are occasionally used for charter flights.

The reason is that it's simply impossible, because of crew regulations. When you bring a M11 to - let's say - NRT, there won't be a crew available to fly it back. It's not allowed to take the return crew with you on the outbound leg, they must already be there.

When you have aircraft out of the fleet because of scheduled maintenance, it's a different story, as you can fly the crew in advance to the destination. But for unscheduled maintenance, for long-haul flights, you cannot just send another kind of airframe.

Airframe substitution and reserve crew allocation is a very complex matter. Most large airlines have reserve crews in different locations in the world to deal with this matter. As reserve crew is expensive, this is an important reason why airlines love crew commonality.
 
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RE: KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:03 pm

Quoting joost (Reply 8):
It's not allowed to take the return crew with you on the outbound leg, they must already be there.

Is that just KL regulation, or common practice/regulation?

I have met SU flight crew on one of their longhaul flights and they told me they were supposed to fly the return leg.
 
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RE: KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:15 pm

Quoting Focker (Reply 9):
Is that just KL regulation, or common practice/regulation?
I have met SU flight crew on one of their longhaul flights and they told me they were supposed to fly the return leg.

AFAIK, it's a combination. There is a legal minimum on-ground time for crew before they are considered to be fit to fly back, but IIRC, KL maintains a longer time frame than legally required.

It's not unseen that flights that have a very long ground time can be flown back by crew. I remember having heard that for KL's AMS-LAD flight (14:05 hours on-ground at LAD), they use this practice.
 
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RE: KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:34 pm

Quoting joost (Reply 10):
It's not unseen that flights that have a very long ground time can be flown back by crew. I remember having heard that for KL's AMS-LAD flight (14:05 hours on-ground at LAD), they use this practice.

Also BA have their crew bring back same flights for LHR-LAD, they have 19hrs on ground
 
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RE: KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:08 pm

Quoting joost (Reply 8):
No they are not. They non-used airframes are only used to replace other M11s that go tech, but they aren't used to sub cancelled 777s, 330s or 747s. And they are occasionally used for charter flights.

Though you are correct, it does happen very occasionally.

Last Saturday KLM operated a MD11 to Houston as a replacement for the B744. This was only possible as a 'return' crew could be flown in from SFO, YUL or another station.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport:
- Sat 3 Nov. KL 0661 Houston dep. 10:10 MD-11 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines PH-KCD gate D02
- Sun 4 Nov. KL 0662 Houston arr. 07:45 MD-11 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines PH-KCD gate E04
 
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RE: KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:09 pm

I'm planning a trip to the US west coast in May next year and would love to fly the KLM MD11... any suggestions on what routing I should take to maximize my chances on getting the threeholer?
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RE: KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:41 pm

Quoting as739x (Reply 5):
SFO runs as a MD11 during the winter.

Doh! I just booked a trip to Europe for December, taking DL's 332 on MSP-AMS. When I checked the KL/AF options a few weeks ago, KL was showing a 330 on SFO-AMS. That's what I have in my notes anyway. If the M11 had been there, I would have added the extra leg to get it. It's definitely an M11 in the schedule now. Maybe I can still change...
 
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RE: KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:45 pm

Quoting bwest (Reply 13):

Currently they are utilising the MD11 from AMS-SFO-AMS, so I would watch out for the next schedule release to see if they keep it on the route next spring/summer.
 
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RE: KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:01 pm

Quoting as739x (Reply 5):

My apologies.. Was looking at the wrong schedule. However, KLM changes things around so much that I wouldn't expect it to stay the same all the way through to March.
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RE: KLM MD11 Summer 2013?

Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:17 pm

I am certain KL will use the 744 during the Spring to Fall season on the SFO route. The MD11 is too small, seat wise, for the SFO route during the summer season. The only other aircraft they have used during the summer was a 77W.