According to a quick google search, American Airlines operated 1100 transatlantic 757 services last december alone. This would be supported by a search of airliners.net for images of American Airlines 757s in European airports - which delivered 445 results - ranging from Manchester, Paris, Brussels, Heathrow. On that basis i assert that the 757 -is- a transatlantic airliner.
There is, to my knowledge however, only 1 transatlantic flight using a320 family equipment, a specially equipped BRitish Airways a318 operating London City to JFK in all J class configuration which tech stops in Shannon (i believe) westbound. I welcome learning about other scheduled a320 or a321 services however I don't believe there are any - and if so, they are certainly not being used competitively against non stop 757 services and succeeding. Passengers simply would not get on them - a stopover is a major inconvenience.
I believe an adjustment to the game algorithm that asks "is a non-stop service available on this route? If answer yes : route image divided by 2" would be somewhere equivalent to what actual passenger behaviour reflects.
Yes I agree that AWS is not a real life simulation - and i expect all manner of arguments as to why this realism improvement shouldn't be addressed - but I believe the game would be significantly improved if this issue was addressed and hence my reason for mentioning it when seeing a post with this topic.
Believe me you are by far mot the first to complain, and by far not the last. I think humanity dies out before sami will change anything...
There are a couple of nonstop 738 operations by Privat Air flying 30C seats from AMS, FRA and a couple of others to JFK, BOS and around there. These are mainly business charter flights or supporting flights for days with high business demand on certain routes, thus not to be considered steady "service". The BA A318 needs to tech stop in SSN on the outbound as it cannot take off in LCY with full fuel load. Inbound it is light enough to land there though.
AA is bankrupt, too... will you follow that example of them as well?! - Just kidding
AA flew 1100 B752 services in DEC2011? So then let's get into maths (I hate this part) 1100/31days --> rounded 35-36 flights a day devide by two for in- and outbound flights -->we get to 18 752 a day.
Now the more interesting part:
Which destinations: TXL (Berlin), HAM (Hamburg), DUS (Düsseldorf), MAN (Manchester), OSL (Oslo), ARN (Stockholm), WAW (Warsaw), BRU (Brussels), and a couple of more in France and Spain. Considering they can reach many of these also from ORD, you've got your numbers...
- to be extra nit picky: "trans atlantic" is also KMIA into St. Maarten, into Puerto Rico, or flying across the Gulf (KMIA-MMMX) all these flights go over the Atlantic Ocean -
Have you checked the dates of the LHR picks? I belive they are not the latest ones, they indeed operated into LHR, but I don't think they still do, because they cut their own flesh. Landing in LHR costs hell of a sum of cash, and why fly a 757 if you can get a 772 in for only few more bucks, which means 2x the PAX for 1.5x the cost where each further passenger means a high profit margin as well.