From: caribb <email@example.com> Date: 05 Aug 1997 15:22:04 -0400 Organization: PSI Public Usenet Link References: 1 Followups: 1
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You are right, AC's choice for the new Airbus aircraft is not a surprise. The 747-200s that the A330s will replace were Combi versions that were generally configured for just over 200 passengers which makes if somewhat close to the capacity of the A330. Furthermore the A330-200 is a possible choice in the future for 767 replacements. The 747-100 however had a higher capacity but were old and are more costly today than new planes. I have a feeling Boeing's prediction for future air travel is on the mark in that over time airlines will use smaller aircraft in turn for more direct routes between smaller city pairs rather than funneling them through hugh hubs. Air Canada bought the Canadair Regional jet to avoid such hubs therefore it is logical they'll probably use some of the A330s to start up direct routes to smaller European cities. Furthermoe the A340-500 is being chosen for a nonstop Toronto-Hong King run which will ultimately takes passengers off the Vancouver-Hong Kong run. The 747s are just becoming too big especially when there are better more efficient aircraft to do the same job. If you look at the press release however, the 3rd phase calls for higher capacity aircraft and no specific type is mentioned. This could end up as a purchase for the A3XX if it is needed at that time. Furthermore the 747-400 is staying in the fleet well past the year 2000 so they arn't dumping the big jet completely for quite a while. I've also noticed that this summer there seems to be an unusual increase in the volume of flights to some cities from Canada. Toronto-London and Montreal-Paris have on occasion had anywhere from 10-15 flights in one day on some days in the week. Last Friday there were 11 flights alone to Paris (Air Canada, Air France, Air Transat, Canada 3000, Royal and Corse Air) from Montreal plus another 3 or 4 to other French cities like Marseille, Toulose, Lyon and Nice. Canadain/BA is advertising upwards of 15 flights a day to London from Toronto and Air Canada is claiming a similar number of flights. With that type of volume on traditional high density routes 747s will be flying half empty therefore 767s and A310s are more practical. If the giant plane is not going to be used on those traditional routes then they are not going to be used on lower volume services. This is why, I suppose, American and Delta don't fly 747s as well. There are so many flights leaving new York for London, Paris & Frankfurt each day that between all the airlines and all the flights no one except a few amrket leaders can sustain a 747 size capacity.. best to fight the competition with more flights than larger planes. Now the question remains... will the A3XX ever get off the domputer design screens?