I have a very busy (and very profitable) route from Sao Paulo Congonhas to Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont where pax numbers are around 7000 per day. But the runway in Rio is short (1320 m), so I have scheduled 737-400s to go there, but find myself limited by the "max 40 daily departures per airline"-rule. So I investigated if there were planes out there with more pax capacity that could still deal with the short runway.
After lots of research, I ended up ordering 13 x 757-200s, my dummy schedule showed they could do the route with no payload or runway limits", I was told. Well, my first plane is being delivered, and I am now told the pac capacity for the return has to be capped at 118 pax... How could I have avoided this? If dummy planning of routes doesn´t work, then how is planning for these kind of things to be done?
Luckily the brand new 757´s are direct purchase, so at least I´ll be able to sell them as soon as they arrive. :-)