|Quoting Fabo (Reply 3):|
...the methodology behind the number is not truly correct (no airplane flies 9 legs a day, every day, even weekends, national holidays etc)
Incorrect. ATR-42 and -72 operate the bulk of domestic route in my (tiny) country. Routes are like a six armed star with CPH
as hub, and route lengths vary between 100 and 130nm = scheduled flight times being 40 to 50 minutes with turnarounds being 20 minutes-ish. Slightly longer turnaround when fueling is needed, but they fly several sectors after being fueled.
They all produce way more than 9 legs a day from early morning to almost midnight.
Every day, also weekends and holidays when roughly half of the fleet is parked and frequency is correspondingly reduced.
At least until Sunday at noon. Sunday afternoon/evening is quite busy since businesmen/-women need to be in place Sunday night for meetings all over Europe (etc.) early Monday morning, and the domestic routes are to a large extent feeders to international traffic out of CPH
Tell Cimber Air that they shall only be allowed to fly 9 sectors a day with each plane, and they will be very disappointed. Me too, since I need their service quite frequently.