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La Compagnie Retires Boeing 757

Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:51 pm

With the delivery of the second A321neo this month, B0 (La Compagnie) subsequently retired both of their 757-200s, the second being retired yesterday as announced on their Twitter (in French only). This leaves them with a fleet of two A321neos. Around of the time of the A321neo's EIS, one of the co-founders stated in an interview that one of the two 757s would be kept and that they'd become a three-aircraft airline, so for me this comes as a bit of a surprise.

Meanwhile, the first of the two retired 757s was taken up by TACV Cabo Verde Airlines.

Per their booking engine this winter, they plan to use both A321neos for ORY-EWR-ORY 13x weekly (2x daily except for Tuesday), which means full aircraft utilization with just the Tuesday as a slack day for one aircraft. Hopefully none of the neos go tech or get significantly delayed like what seemed to be an issue with their 757s? Mostly because the turnaround time in ORY for the first of the two rotations is only 80 minutes assuming an on-time arrival, but perhaps as these are narrowbodies aren't densely configured in any way it makes some sense (there's this, but I recall WOW having only an hour turn in ORD with their denser A321s). The second of the two rotations in contrast seems to have a more "comfortable" ~3.5 hour turn in both ORY and EWR.

In the meantime as previously reported, they're operating a couple of ORY-KEF-LAS and LAS-EWR-ORY trips for CES 2020 in January.

For the coming summer, they appear to still be using two A321neos to operate two daily rotations, varying between 3-5 weekly NCE/EWR and 9-11 weekly ORY/EWR from week to week.

On one hand, simplifying to A321neos offers a consistent (and seemingly superior) product rather than two differing offerings and aircraft types to operate, but on the other hand they're down on frequencies (20 weekly rotations in this past summer 2019, compared to 14 rotations in the coming summer 2020) and arguably slack and a safety net, at least barring any further developments. Though I suppose in being an all-business class airline there's little reason to expand too quickly on volume, whereas simplifying their operations to hopefully improve reliability (among other things) seems more sensible.

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