Thursday, April 19, 2012
Lucas Deflorin, Deputy Manager Schedule Planning
The role of Current Schedule Planning is to work closely with Revenue Management to plan aircraft capacity for maximum efficiency, i.e. deploy larger aircraft (e.g. Airbus A321) on flights for which demand is strongest and smaller aircraft (e.g. Airbus A319, Avro) on flights for which demand is relatively light.
Of course, the planning must also be workable in reality and give due consideration to various other factors. The minimum ground times per aircraft must be observed and technical aspects must be considered, along with the fact that on certain routes only certain types of aircraft can be used. This is particularly relevant for Edelweiss Air operations. For SWISS-operated flights to Egypt and the Canary Islands we try to deploy aircraft that have a higher maximum take-off weight because they can carry larger volume of fuel. We also need to keep in mind that some relatively small airports do not have highloader equipment, which means they are incapable of loading and unloading containers. In such cases, only certain SWISS aircraft can be used. The SWISS fleet includes three aircraft that are suitable for "open load” ground handling, which means that items of baggage are loaded directly into the belly of the aircraft instead of first being placed in a container that is then loaded via highloader.
Certain airports, such as London City and Florence, require pilots to have a specific rating for take-off and landing. These destinations can be served only with AR1 equipment. The challenges of deciding which aircraft to use relates primarily to our European fleet. The reason for this is that aircraft deployment on long-haul routes is largely fixed. An aircraft change on these routes is quite rare.
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