Damn oil prices.
Anyways now is not the time for emotion, I need to start a plan, and start it fast.
My airline is cash rich and pax numbers are on the up. I own 90% of the fleet and the plan was to start a fleet replacement programme in the next year or so to replace the older 733s (swapping them to 734s making my whole fleet 734/752 only.
Now.... fuel is in the equation, I ran the 733s on a tight margin, so there was no room for error, ( I basically replaced my old 1-11s with em) so the routes they serve are average 80-100 pax so arguably the problem may be the 733 are too big. I've also ended up with a few imposters on my routes who smelt my gold and are helping themselves to it, using bloody cropdusters as far as I can see. Anyway many 733s are now in the red up to around 100k
The 752s on the other hand are as good as gold, despite being relatively thirsty PW2040s these are reliable old buses and are pulling things through the bad times....at the moment.
Here's my options, what do you chaps think:
1) Ditch the 733s for smaller Bombardier/Embraer type metal on regional routes. Of course theres the usual bollocks happening with waiting lists of years for the Embraers, so maybe I need to go with Bombardiers?? No experience in gliders so I'm open to suggestions on these babies. Maybe I should even meet the Fokkers? Although the F100 now looks a tad old hat and thirsty compared to the new gear on the market.
2) Ditch the 752s for 738/9s (or similar) incase of serious turbulence, keep the elderly 733s bearing in mind these are hitting 20+ years and are up for D checks in a couple of years.
3) Start a fuel contract - how the hell does this work??? Any help greatly appreciated
Anyway sports fans, your advice is greatly appreciated, I've had to say goodbye to the good people of Indonesia as i've axed all but one of my routes there as they were all in the red. There doesn't look like much future in the Phillippines at the moment either, these are turning a very small profit.
Over to you crazy cats...