The Pilot ScheduleJuly 1998
By Captain Hank Krakowski
HNL: As the B747s retire, HNL can only survive with an aircraft
to replace them. The B777 is a possibility if deployed in the Pacific.
The B400 is very unlikely as would be the B767. For now, as long as we
fly a B747 from HNL west, the base remains viable.
ANC: No real change here. The Planning Department has been made
aware that any increase in passenger service to ANC will improve our ability
to move crews and assist commuters.
SEA: No real change here, although once the SEA-NRT mission settles
into a given fleet type, and if it demonstrates success over some practical
time frame, we will analyze the need for a new equipment domicile. Certainly
nothing before mid to late 1999.
SFO: Since the airport suffers from capacity issues, no real
growth or change is expected, however, there may be some reallocation of
flying between fleets. The B747 will assume a more domestic mission and
the B400 will match the needs of the Asian economy.
LAX: We are watching the B777 situation carefully and it would
be desirable to introduce B777 flying as the DC10s retire.
DEN: Denver will continue to grow as A320s and B767s are added
to the fleet. We will close the B737-200 base by February 1999. Look for
a two-phase rampdown with an initial surplus to occur late summer/early
fall. Since B777 operations are reducing, there are no plans for a domicile
in the near future. All other fleets will not change much.
ORD: The big news at ORD is that the ORD-HKG nonstop will continue
year round which will cause a further increase in bids for the B400 at
ORD. No new missions are planned for the B777 so this fleet is stable.
The DC10 is taking a big hit at ORD as Marketing is moving most of the
flying to the West Coast as the airplanes retire. The ORDHNL nonstop will
continue in the DC10-30 well into the year 2000. We will reduce from our
current 58 lines to 20 by January 1999. The flying will be replaced with
an increase in B767/757 and A320 lines. The domestic two-class B767-300s
will absorb much of the DCIO shift. There will be a small reduction in
B300 flying at ORD as the A320 replaces some of the longer haul flying
such as ORD-West Coast that the B300s have been doing. That means fewer
all nighters for the B300 and more for the A320/B757. ORD will be the only
B737-200 base in our system. B727s are status quo.
JFK: The B400 is still planned to replace all B747 flying in
February 1999. The B777 looks properly staffed for now, and we will have
enough pilots to fly some of the LHR trips soon. The B727 might see some
small growth, and the A320 base is probable sometime mid 1999 or after.
DCA: The new evening European bank at IAD seems to be operating
well and the base continues to grow to support it.
MIA: As the B777 assumes all deep South America flying, the B767
will fly domestic-only missions with the exception of N4IA-LIM-SCL and
some South/Latin America trips that originate at ORD. MIA-Havana charters
began this month using a B767-300, which would normally sit during the
day. No major changes are expected at MIA.
BOS/LAS/PHX: These are widely rumored and there are no plans or discussions ongoing.
Blue Side Down:
This is my last article for the Pilot Schedule in a somewhat official
capacity. My replacement, Richard Lung, is well aware of your desire for
timely information about the airline, and he has pledged to continue providing
it to you. See you on the line or via www.limalima.com!