From: David Ecale <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 09 Dec 1997 15:41:48 -0500 Organization: Cray Research a division of Silicon Graphics, Inc. References: 1 2 3
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H Andrew Chuang wrote: > ... When KLM switched from the A310 to the B767, one of the > major factors was KLM did not need the cargo capacity of the A310. Indeed, this is the case. I flew one of the last A310 KLM flights a few years ago & there was an article in the seat pocket that identified the (then) planned changes in the KLM fleet. The Airbus A310s were being traded to Middle-Eastern airlines & KLM was repositioning its Intra-European aircraft away from dual passenger-cargo capabilities to straight passenger. Smaller aircraft aimed at passengers were going to be acquired. The next 2 Intra-European flights that I had on KLM birds were both Boeing 737 (-300 & -400) aircraft. Zipping through four customs barriers in as many hundred miles dramatically changed the economics of surface shipment in Intra-European commerce. KLM was just following the change in business needs as Intra-European carco air shipment dwindled. The best part of *why* KLM changed aircraft was that the fall in Intra-European customs barriers had greatly reduced the time delays on truck shipment of goods. Yes, the trucking industry was able to compete with the airline industry on a time-delay vs. cost-of- transport basis! (PS. The next time you take a Rhine River cruise and look at those picturesque castles, just remember that every one of them was built as a toll-gate!) > ...However, in Asia and the Middle East, the A300/310 rules. I suspect that the fact that you can't run trucks on Autoroute & Autobahn quality highways in the Middle East is still a reason for the A300 & A310's popularity in the ME & Asia. -- David Ecale email@example.com "The difference between a wolf pup and a German Shepard pup is that a wolf pup is quite happy teething on the leg of a stag that it's parents brought down in a hunt while the German Shepard pup prefers to teeth on remote controls and high end graphing calculators...."