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Rule Of Thumb For A/C Upgrade

Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:41 pm

When an airline starts a route are there rules of thumb as when to upgrade a a/c or add frequencies. For example, say the flight was running a LF of 92% (with avg. yields) for 3 months on a E175. I hope this isn't too confusing. Thx.
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RE: Rule Of Thumb For A/C Upgrade

Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:34 am

In your example, I'd say 92% LF for 3 months makes the decision on equipment/frequency easy - keep it as it is?

I'm no expert by any measure, but I think aircraft utilisation and yield comes into it too. For example, FR used to fly from PIK to STN round trip 3 times daily. I've travelled on most of the different timed flights and most were 90%+ full BUT they still reduced the schedule to one round trip per day (and suspended completely this winter!), presumably because the aircraft can be put to better use on other / longer routes with higher yields.

Remember, unlike the old days of state owned airlines that flew routes to provide a service, these days it's all about making money .... sadly!
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