MO11 wrote:cathay747 wrote:Well I could see that since it's during the X-mas/NY holiday period, they could op an extra section with a 321 on say HNL-LAS or OGG-LAX and then only have to do a very short ferry. The 763 coming in as HA036 on 31DEC clearly will be ferried out of PHX to wherever it's going...GYR, MZJ...or maybe one of the one's UA is buying.
Probably not. And if you look a the other affected cities, Oakland and San Jose transform a 767 into a 321 overnight on 12/31, and Sacramento changes from a 767 to a 330 on the same overnight.atcsundevil wrote:That would indicate to me that PHX isn't as strong of a market for HAL as some might believe. Clearly they want to boost their yields if it truly is going to the A321 and staying x1 daily. I would imagine they'd upgauge seasonally as needed, but that's certainly a downgrade in passenger comfort from the 763/332.
Well, I fly that flight twice a year and it never goes out with more than 15-20 open seats, usually less. But, the 767 will have to be replaced with something, and there are no more A330s on order. So 767s will be replaced with A321s...
Yeah, I saw that about OAK & SJC too, same as PHX with the overnight switch. So much for my theory and it would appear HA will be running several long ferry flights. That's gotta be expensive, but I don't see how else they could do it. Of course I also find it interesting that they will suddenly have 3 A321's available for this as of 12/31...they must have one or two being delivered near the end of the year which they'll probably run inter-island for a little while (maybe to sub for a couple 717's in the shop) which seems to be their pattern, then pull them for the mainland flights.