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Author Topic: Can anyone help?  (Read 511 times)

George McMeekin

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Can anyone help?
« on: February 29, 2012, 03:25:13 PM »
I have 7 MD87s, flying on routes with no or little competition on them, they fly 17 hours a day with load factor averaging 82%, ticket prices are set to standard and i'm still making a loss!

HELP!

Offline alexgv1

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Re: Can anyone help?
« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2012, 03:34:55 PM »
What are the stage lengths you are flying them on? MD-80 not the most fuel efficient aircraft in this time especially with these high fuel prices. Plus the Super 87 carries 30 less passengers than the others for the same fuel burn. I would suggest relegating their use to short, high yielding routes.
CEO of South Where Airlines (SWA|WH)

Offline schro

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Re: Can anyone help?
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2012, 03:53:14 PM »
M87s are very poor from an economics perspective. The only chance with them is if you get them on short hops - the more time they spend turning, the better, as they're  not burning fuel  then. Your utilization should probably look more like 12h/day and have at least 4-5 round trips per plane (turn time doesn't count towards utilization in that stat)

George McMeekin

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Re: Can anyone help?
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2012, 06:18:56 PM »
Thanks for the advice Guys, that will be a re-start with some 737s then!!

Offline alexgv1

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Re: Can anyone help?
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2012, 06:22:48 PM »
Thanks for the advice Guys, that will be a re-start with some 737s then!!

Make sure they're the NG (-800 in case you don't know) 

The classics don't do so great now as well  :)
CEO of South Where Airlines (SWA|WH)

 

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