I know this is anyone’s best guess but would the A340s survive this coronavirus? I know that Swiss just recently finished the refurbishment but I don’t think that really matters if this virus wreaks havoc for another 6 months to a year or however long this plays out for
I would say, they keep it. Yes they are a bit more expensive than a 330 to operate but on the other hand they have low capital costs. As long as the LH group does not place a massive 330neo order (or 787) to replace many older 330/340 in the complete LH group fleet I do not think that Swiss will ged rid of WB aircraft. Maybe if cheap 777 get available but there are routes where the 777 cant get filled while the relatively low density 340s can be filled.
343s tend towards very similar densities to a 772. Same again WRT the 346 v 773/W.
Having that been said, it is true that the trip costs & long term MX costs of the 343 aren't significantly different to the 77E. In fact, you would need a 772 to see any real difference, but those are hard to come by just now and
you'd be sacrificing a good deal of range capability.
There are advantages to a 772/E over the 343, but those hinge on already having them in the fleet. If not, procuring 'new' ones is certainly more trouble than it is worth.
I agree. The 343s stay, I think.
I don't get the people who say that when this is over, passengers won't fly ... Things will be back to normal and People will fly. No reason to make an even bigger drama of this than it already is.
Not drama. Opportunity. It is very simple. No discretionary money. And work-arounds found to 'business' travel that was never necessary in the first place. Put yourself in the position of a company that has just spent six months figuring out there is an entire cost block you can elimenate. And could have years ago, if we are being honest.
Firing low/no-value travel departments and marketing teams, and getting rid of the associated beyond salary costs is an opportunity that simply cannot be ignored. Especially if everyone else is doing it.
Road warriors will not disappear completely. There will always be things that require personal supervision. But for most training, meetings, speaking engagements etc, for the past decade or so have been largely an unnecessary favor for the employees/executives doing this. The amount of fat about to be trimmed away is undeniable. If nothing else, it will be the silver lining to all this mess.
And that is not getting even started on what the government will see as an opportunity to levy environmental restrictions as well.
I do agree that some flying will return, but it is not wise to assume* that it will be what it was.
Webster’s Dictionary entry under ”obviality.”
No such word in Webster's Dictionary, did you mean obliviality
No, but I do like to make up words, apparently. Obviousness is what I meant. An English chap in my old unit used “obviality” interchangeably with obviousness. I liked it. He also was fond of “shat”, which isn’t used as much in the U.S., but has a nice ring to it.
I too enjoy doing this. The best is when you spread use to other people that would not otherwise have come up with something.
I had a good moment the other week when a kid of mine complained that there were several Roazards
along the freeway on her trip here. She got that from her mother, who, in turn, got that from me twenty years ago.
* - assume as in enough to invest anything in.
"Nous ne sommes pas infectés. Il n'y a pas d'infection ici..."