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Author Topic: Jet vs Prop  (Read 3367 times)

DHC5

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Jet vs Prop
« on: April 27, 2011, 03:55:21 PM »
Has anybody noticed an increase in load factor or profits when switching a prop route to a jet route?  How about superior load factors when putting a jet on a route served mostly by propliners?

Offline CUR$E - God of AirwaySim

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Re: Jet vs Prop
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2011, 06:33:20 PM »
Jet or prop doesn't make any difference. Load factor is still based on the same variables... but due to the thing speed is one variable, jets may have an advantage on longer routes.

Offline BobTheCactus

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Re: Jet vs Prop
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2011, 07:07:01 PM »
Props generally have a lower "image factor" than jets, meaning that they will get lower load factors. (every airplane has an image factor. older/smaller/"unreliable" popular image makes it lower .. etc.) Also, props are slower, and faster flights tend to get higher LFs.
However, Props are so efficient that the lower LFs are usually worth the savings in fuel and maintenance, although it gets iffy once you get to planes with less than 50 seats.
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Offline swiftus27

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Re: Jet vs Prop
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2011, 07:35:54 PM »
Best 3 rules to live by on this topic:

Dont use HD seating if the flight is over 2 hours
Dont use a prop if/when a jet can get them there 2+ hours early.
Frequency Frequency Frequency

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Re: Jet vs Prop
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2011, 07:36:12 PM »
I knew sami once said there's something like an image factor, but I haven't noticed this ever. So it isn't activated or is so extremely small it doesn't count in strategy thinkings.

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Re: Jet vs Prop
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2011, 07:38:27 PM »
I knew sami once said there's something like an image factor, but I haven't noticed this ever. So it isn't activated or is so extremely small it doesn't count in strategy thinkings.

I never said whether it would make a BIG difference, I just said that it makes a difference

That said, the lower LFs are more than compensated for by the cheap fuel
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DHC5

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Re: Jet vs Prop
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2011, 09:08:48 PM »
Thanks for the advice!  Just wondering if I could muscle my way into some CVLP routes with some jet service and scoop up a good share of the business

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Re: Jet vs Prop
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2011, 09:10:08 PM »
You'd be better trying to muscle your way in with prop service, unless that would hurt your fleet commonality.
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