|Quoting Natflyer (Reply 64):|
Looking at FI's network, they would probably have no need for 3 ACT's. 1-2 would do it with probably seating 170-180 pax and acceptable cargo capability, still less than on the B752 for both weight and volume reasons.
That is interesting. Their current network assumes that the planes make one trip to Europe per day and one trip to the US (not all of the fleet though as they have more Europe destinations that US destinations). The Europe round-trips take place over a 6-7 hour time period leaving around 8 am to and returning around 3 pm (Iceland time). Then the US round-trips take place over a 13.5 hour time period, leaving at 5 pm and returning at 6:30 am. The destinations that can't make it to the US and back in 13.5 hours (such as SEA
etc.) just add a 22 hour layover on the ground and return at 6:30am the day after. You can do that on an old, paid for, B757 but it would not be wise to leave a brand new A321LR on the ground for 22 hours.
Therefore, the longest destination today that fits within the 13.5 hour time period is Minneapolis which is around 2600nm from KEF
. They probably wouldn't need 3 ACT
's for anything under 2600nm (although you need extra fuel when flying to Iceland because the alternative is sometimes Glasgow)
As they grow, I think that they will need to develop two different hub peaks in KEF
, like they do in summer, year-round so that they can have longer flights fit within a 30-36 hour cycle and therefore avoid the overnight 22 hour stops on their routes that are longer than 13.5 hours round-trip.