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Aircraft Utilization Rate--best Examples?

Sat Aug 14, 2004 5:48 am

What is the best case for aircraft utilization for modern airlines excluding maintenance schedules (A, B, C, check)? That is, realistically speaking, how often can a plane be kept in continued use if the market allowed for continuous operation. In particular, I am wondering about shorter-haul aircraft who have more cycles than long-haul?
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RE: Aircraft Utilization Rate--best Examples?

Sat Aug 14, 2004 7:22 am

Well the first airline that comes to mind is First Air Canada
They fly their 727 combi's with seats all day and haul freight at night. They have a -200 built at PEMCO DHN in 1995 that has an infinitly variable passenger/freight configuration that used to fly Montreal - Yellowknife during the day and Montreal - Ottawa - Wilmington at night
Their ground people could pull the seats and install the rollers in under an hour and vice versa...
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RE: Aircraft Utilization Rate--best Examples?

Sat Aug 14, 2004 7:34 am

727 combis? Air Canada? That must have been a few years ago, eh? AC hasn't been flying 727's for some time. I didn't think they were in service as late at 1995.

I know Air Ontario used to fly their Dash-8's as combis - pax during the day, and freight at night. I think they got about 12 - 16 hours of flying per day out of the things. I don't know how much of the fleet was used this way.
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RE: Aircraft Utilization Rate--best Examples?

Sat Aug 14, 2004 8:25 am

Would it be safe to say that the best utilizations are on aircraft that fly "round-the-world" routes?
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RE: Aircraft Utilization Rate--best Examples?

Sat Aug 14, 2004 9:03 am

320tech: He was referring to First Air-Canada, not First-Air Canada.
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RE: Aircraft Utilization Rate--best Examples?

Sat Aug 14, 2004 12:14 pm

18-20 hrs a day are about the best you can get out of a passenger airliner. This is driven by turnaround times, and the overwhelming desire of most passengers not to depart between 1-5:30 AM. As the shorter the block time, the lower your utilization will be. This is true even with short turn-arounds.
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RE: Aircraft Utilization Rate--best Examples?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 1:33 am

Apparently Astraeus have the most utilised 737-700's, there was an article in Airliner World a few months back that was "A week in the life of an AEU 737", a really intresting read and boy they do work those planes hard.

Most of the charter airlines in the UK really utilise their aircraft, the MYT 757s have more hours than their older DC-10 sisters. Charter aircraft almost always seem to be on the move, probably because aircraft don't make money on the ground and the charter industry is a "cut-throat" buisness over here.

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RE: Aircraft Utilization Rate--best Examples?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 3:08 pm

I think CX has very efficient 747/346/343 schedules: HKG-EUR/US/OZ-HKG-ASIA-HKG-etc. Longest time on the ground is 3 hours in the evening or remote.
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RE: Aircraft Utilization Rate--best Examples?

Mon Aug 16, 2004 6:56 pm

FlyingColours, I also seen that article about Astraeus. From Gatwick to Israel, Gatwick to some bits in Africa, and someEuro destinations, yup, those 73Gs are worked really hard  Wow!
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RE: Aircraft Utilization Rate--best Examples?

Tue Aug 17, 2004 12:46 am

JetBlue has an average daily aircraft utilization rate of about 13.5 hours. This high utilization is a product of quick turns and red-eye transcons.

I think Southwest is at 11 hours per day.
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RE: Aircraft Utilization Rate--best Examples?

Tue Aug 17, 2004 2:43 am

Charter airlines manage about 17 hours a day utilisation (excluding maintenance downtime) on their aircraft during the summer months.

I remember flying a 767-300 back from the Dominican Republic once which had been playing catchup all week after a bad weather delay in Florida, looking through the log the aircraft had been on the ground only 5 hours in the last 48, average utlitisation of about 21.5 hours a day.
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RE: Aircraft Utilization Rate--best Examples?

Tue Aug 17, 2004 9:34 am

According to their web site ANZ get an average of 14.8hrs/day from their 747-400's and 15.8hrs/day from their 767-300ER's.
How this matches other operators with long stage lengths I don't know but I would imagine that this utilisation is in the top 15%.
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RE: Aircraft Utilization Rate--best Examples?

Wed Aug 18, 2004 12:58 am

The BD A330s from MAN to ORD/IAD probably spend the best part of 7-8 hrs each way with the rest on the ground.

Some DL 767s from MAN-ATL come in on consecutive days, again 8 hrs each way or thereabouts

The VS B747 MAN-Orlando everyday except one. 8-9hrs each way, I'd guess.

Don't know the schedules, but PK seem to run their 747/777 fleet pretty hard on the Pakistan-MAN-USA/Canada runs.

I knew someone who worked at Rolls Royce and Royal Brunei had problems with their 757s a few years ago because of under-use.

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