wjcandee wrote:I did a little more research and thinking about my post above overnight. I think National's utilization over the period, which is still very high, suffers a bit from the fact that they still get called on military flights, which is a big part of their business during normal times. Those necessarily involve a fair amount of sitting, as the military wants the aircraft there fairly well in advance. Other than that, they basically take the same approach as Sky Lease in heading to Asia on PPE flights: heavy pilot crew, ride-along mechanic from ANC-ANC, and loadmaster. No additional stops in Asia outside of China to change crews. And when each 747 went to MCO in the middle of all of this for scheduled maintenance, their contractor got them in and out in just a couple of days. I didn't mean to suggest that they weren't doing a remarkable job and taking full advantage of the current situation: they are.
Besides a little-better utilization, Sky Lease pulls into first place in my list because their excellent performance was, at least to me, so freakin' unexpected! Now let's hope their owner pays everybody current and uses this performance as a springboard to a brighter future. No question they're going to have higher labor cost for these flights than would be the norm, and perhaps other charges depending upon the nature of their lease (e.g. PBTH vs. dry), but the extremely-high aircraft utilization over the period has to at least clean up their cash flow once payments start rolling in.
I've enjoyed reading your informative posts on the "Air Bridge" carriers, wjcandee. Both here and in the Amazon thread.
Do you by any chance have an idea on how these smaller carriers stack up against the big 747 operators? It would be interesting to see how the big boys, Atlas, Kalitta, Polar and even UPS, are doing.
Are FedEx also flying the Air Bridge flights that UPS are organizing? Or is their operation separate?
How about Southern? Are they flying Air Bridge or are they busy with increased DHL volumes?
Are any Air Bridge freight flown on foreign carriers? Or is it N-reg only?
I'm sure all the big Asian carriers has also had to step up their game with the increased volumes.
Looking at FR24 and seeing all the heavies going in and out of ANC is truly impressive!