It may seem similar, but it isn't. WN
is not sending aircraft to fly ultra short flights 10-12 times a day. The shortest WN
intra-Texas route is AUS
at 148 miles and is only flown 5 daily round trips. The longest is HOU
at 677 miles. The route with the most flights is DAL
with 25 daily round trips. DAL
is 239 miles.
The interisland routes with the most daily flights are HNL
(20 daily round trips) and HNL
-LIH (18 daily round trips). HNL
is 101 miles and HNL
-LIH is 102 miles. The interisland route most similar to AUS
-KOA, which is 163 miles and has 16 daily round trips. The longest interisland route is is HNL
-ITO at 216 miles with 14 daily round trips. This is HA
's schedule and AQ
was flying a similar schedule. The shortest interisland flight flown by AQ
's 737s was ITO-KOA at 65 miles. HA
used to fly MKK
-LNY, which is 27 miles, with the DC-9s and 717s. HA
also currently flies OGG
-KOA, which is 84 miles.
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I would tend to agree. I always got the impression, that like a lot of issues regarding powerplants, it isn't a big deal on a limited basis but becomes an issue when you do it day in and day out.
There was a couple of times when AQ
was short on -200s and had to use the -700 to cover for half the day before being sent on their mainland trip. After the 2nd or 3rd round trip, I've seen the mechanics get called out to the line for engine maintenance.