RoMax wrote: ↑
01 Apr 2018, 20:39
Just some basic statistics from Flightstats for the latest available reference period (15Jan - 15Mar):
SN501: 0 cancelled, 1 diverted, 56% on time
SN502: 1 cancelled (2%), 74% on time
SN551: 2 cancelled (5%), 61% on time
SN552: 2 cancelled (5%), 84% on time
Some comparison from BRU:
DL43: 0 cancelled, 63% on time
DL42: 0 cancelled, 68% on time
UA998: 0 cancelled, 89% on time
UA999: 0 cancelled, 66% on time
AC833: 0 cancelled, 58% on time
AC832: 0 cancelled, 67% on time
UA951: 0 cancelled, 74% on time
UA950: 0 cancelled, 73% on time
So yes the amount of cancellations is clearly higher and the on time performance out of BRU is bad, but it's not that much out of the ordinary either when comparing with other BRU TATL flights. Ok I admit this is just a few months, but it still gives an idea.
The fleet is being renewed and in the meantime this summer there will be more back-up capacity thanks to OO-SFC. That doesn't mean the work is done, but at least its ongoing.
Sorry I can't be as positive as you are on this RoMax, but these stats are obviously wrong, at least for SN501.
Since I saw the NYC weather problems early January, I took some notes from mid-January, i.e. after the NYC weather episode:
From Jan 16 till Feb 6, SN501, which is supposed to be a daily flight, seems to have been de-programmed every Tuesday, i.e. 4 times, + cancellation on Feb 3.
Other cancellations/de-programming: Feb 21, March 2, March 7, March 21, April 1.
That makes a total of 10 within 10 weeks (14%!) for a supposedly daily flight. Awful!
Not to mention 10+ flights cancelled/postponed to Afi destinations.
As you seem to have good sources and maybe inside information, you can easily get confirmation of this.
, Kabila has reduced their frequency to FIH, allowing them to use their planes to other destinations!
The SN people are doing an excellent job, I'm sure, but they must be completely disouraged by the way LH is treating them and their company!
You (and H.A. I think) mentioned the cost of cancelling l/h flights. Today, SN is losing money on european feeder flights in order to bring pax to BRU or elsewhere for other companies who make (some) butter on l/h, simply because mother Lufty doesn't allow them to operate as a "normal" airline. And then, LH will tell them they are not profitable! Crazy isn't it?
SN should wet-lease both Air Belgium's 340s as of today. If not needed, they can replace the 2 or 3 SN frequencies to Malaga, or Barcelona or Las Palmas or Tenerife or Hurghada or Marsa Alam..