|Quoting DocLightning (Reply 3):|
Quoting Barney Captain (Reply 2):
They are doing something - maintenance. That's when a big chunk of mx is performed.
A 737 needs 6-8 hours of maintenance every day?
Well, no, I'm sure they don't all need 6-8hrs of MX.... but remember, this is the only real downtime that the aircraft receive in 24hrs.
Throughout the day small MX issues are documented (cabin appearance, or things that can be MEL'd)... and then at night MX has certain things they check... and then they tend to the issues that have gathered during the day. Also the cabins are thoroughly cleaned at night (remember, during the day it's JUST the FA's who clean the cabin and we don't have time to be thorough.) At night, carpets are vacuumed, galleys, lavs, and seats are cleaned, seatbacks cleaned out, magazines changed/added etc etc etc. If they discover something broken they can notify MX and then that's another thing they'll have to do. **someone else from WN can correct me if this is wrong**
Naturally this doesn't occur at ALL stations, some of our stations aren't MX stations so throughout the day sometimes aircraft are rerouted to a MX station for their overnight down-time to have these issues addressed. Cleaning does occur at all stations, though in many stations it's performed by a contracted company. Sometimes in the mornings when I'm coming to work at 0500 or 0600 I'll see the cleaning crew just stepping off the aircraft.
As you can see, a lot goes on a night, and so, the aircraft all get their turn for some TLC. I'm sure if WN wanted to (or thought it was viable) there's no doubt we could eek out some planes to fly red-eyes..... but as of now it's not something they are interested in.... so the planes sit and get their much-needed attention after a looong day of flying.
[Edited 2010-08-17 09:26:29]
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