|Quoting Crberkley (Reply 3):|
No we aren't going to Hawaii anytime soon. Our 320s can't make it transcon without stopping for fuel, so Hawaii would be out of the question unless we get mid air refueling capabilities.
Whew, I'm glad you said it and not me!
The A320 is a great little plane but as of now B6
is playing all kinds of games on a few routes just to fly it nonstop east to west during the winter months when the sub-polar Jetstream dips. Naturally the BOS
boarding pax are oblivious that their flight crew has filed to SLC
because the A320 won't have legal reserves upon reaching the west coast. However a majority of the time everything works out, head wind components aren't too great and LGB
stay above minimums negating the extra legal fuel for an IFR alternate. In that event Jet Blue re-files enroute with center and proceeds nonstop and the passengers are none the wiser. In the event of an occasional diversion to SLC
the passengers (I've heard) are told the technical stop was to "to adverse weather conditions."
Hopefully the Aviation Partners blended winglets will gain the 3% in efficiency that Jet Blue is looking for to eliminate this glitch in their flight schedules. As of right now, even if all B6
's A320 were ETOPS'ed and the Hawaiian yields were great, the aircraft still could not make the run even with Jet-A dripping out the vent surge tanks at Long Beach.