Hopefully this will give you some idea.Starting Friday the classic is finished on lunch time Perths (the curfew breaker) to be replaced by 330s (wont the Perth people be happy). Classic then does Bne-Sin-Bne for next 2 weeks. Then it will increase its frequency Mlb-Akl-LA-Akl Mlb until next bid period when it does it daily. The only problem is lack of crew so 185 hour divisor with double time again for everthing over 180 hours. No sleeper seats from QF on this route until next year then. Lucky that some one had the foresight to save money by not installing sleeper seats in J class 5 years ago. After the failure to purchase the 777 this is probably the next biggest blunder the Einsteins who run this airline have made.
Actually, one of the ways to ameliorate the shortage of hulls is to run the SFO service about 6 hours late. This enables the inbound QF32 service from LHR - SIN to be turned around and sent to SFO. Naturally it can't be done for too long given the need for maintenance and OSIP components to be checked.
I know about this one - my SFO trips were delayed when we clouted the blast fence in JFK as well as this time.
there have been so many delays/cancellations in QF in the last few month that the printed schedule means nothing. with over 5000 flights a week there have been many changes which are not published. the cost to communicate this to passengers, rebooking on other available carriers at full costs, putting passengers up in hotels around the globe, paying compensation to passengers overseas, etc.etc, runs into tens of millions of dollars. nice on Geoff. one less 747 and other maintenance issues, one never knows which aircraft arrives/departs. the only good news is the arrival of 2 A332.
Now Now Skystar ...Getting a little touchy. I suggest you read your own post again...as Transition Layer picked it up as well.
Because they, being Qantas have the capacity to access aircraft that aren't being used.
....If Qantas has an aircraft that is capable of flying and generating revenue do you really think they would have it just sitting around or not being used?
They will get by just as they did when the BKK golf buggy incident happened but to suggest they have spare aircraft sitting around for this sort of eventuality....I don't think so Skystar.
They may lease aircraft from other carriers if they are really desperate but will probably get by with cancelling some services,combining others,reducing frequency or deferring some non essential maintenance on other aircraft...(that would be a great idea...wouldn't it?)
An aircraft doesnt fly 24hrs a day 7days a week and never will, however there are ways you can squeeze out hours on a.c that are sitting on the ground waiting their next schedule run. Call it juggling the schedules if you wish
May I suggest you train your voice of saying "Meat or Fish" when your walking down the cabin handing out food?