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Author Topic: Low Demand Long-Haul?  (Read 808 times)


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Low Demand Long-Haul?
« on: April 04, 2012, 11:14:20 PM »
I've noticed a lot of airlines that seem to be flying huge airplanes thousands of miles on routes with 30pax/day demand or worse. I know in some cases they are just trying to lock up routes that will eventually become worthwhile but are they making any profit off this right now? Seems like a real waste of money if they don't pan out any time soon. I'm sticking with 30-60 seat planes on short/medium routes because I like to have a full pax load and I don't see any profitibality in the long-haul sector especially since I already have two fleets.

I know fuel is dirt cheap but it still seems nuts to fly 5,000 miles with a 20%LF.

Offline Erikgrinsvall

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Re: Low Demand Long-Haul?
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2012, 10:08:39 AM »
Here are some tips which one should consider before one opens a long-haul route. It really depends on what aircraft (age and speed) you serving the route with, your image, and what time you'll be arriving at the destination. Passenger prefer; just like in real life, getting there faster, comfortably, and there at a reasonable time e.g. 7am-10pm.
Passenger tend to choose airlines with the best image for safety reasons and the demand on the flights. 
As you've just pin-pointed out, they are introducing these routes, and eventually they'll fill up more and more. At the current date in the game, it's where long-haul routes were introduced so I believe that it'll take some months before this becomes more usual to passengers.

Hope I made sense for you there.

Offline AndiD

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Re: Low Demand Long-Haul?
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2012, 04:40:20 PM »
My Comet 3s with 60 pax on overseas routes make about the same (healthy) monthly profit as my half full piston planes on a couple shorthaul routes a day.

Didn't check personnel and other costs, but since wages and fuel are dirt cheap I doubt they matter much.


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