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Techie av-geek curiosity question:
I was always wondering where Qantas takes the extra capacity during peak season to fly SYD-YVR (QF75/76) on the 747 and the 2nd daily flight on SYD-LAX (QF17/18) on the A380, as was the case this summer. Where do these “heavies” fly typically off-peak season?
I guess fleet management is a science in itself but with a constant fleet some shortfalls need to be created somewhere if an A380 gets swapped with an A330 (on e.g. SYD-HKG), which is probably pulled out of a domestic route, replaced with a 737 which is pulled from another route - ultimately reducing capacity domestically (whilst increasing on AU-US routes).
Also what will happen once Qantas retires all of its 747s by end of 2020. 6 more 789 (236pax of which 42J) are on order but how can they replace 9 current 747s (360pax of which 58J) without substantially reducing the number of available seats on heavy routes (AU-US). A solution could be to utilise the 789s better, instead of the aircrafts sitting at LAX/LHR all day (as current A380s do) the schedule could be adapted for higher utilisation rates but this would mean some serious schedule changes to the North America flights (eg departing AU at night time as does current QF49 MEL-SFO).
Does anyone have any insight into this?
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