Cranky Talk – What Would Cranky Airlines Look Like?
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What did Nick want to know? He asked me what it would look like if I started an airline. Now, I wouldn’t start an airline, but that doesn’t mean I can’t at least talk directionally about what I’d like to see in an airline I’d start.
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Just spent a little time with GCMap and it looks like an A220-300 *could* make ANC-NRT, though you’d want to run it at low density to give yourself more operating margin. But flat beds up front and 32-33″ pitch in the back should do the trick. But that only gets you to NRT; ICN is exactly at the operating range of the 223, assuming no ETOPS issues.
So the safer bet would be to pull a Breeze with the A321XLR, which could get you all the way to HKG. At which point you’d keep your A220-300s east of ANC, and become the first narrowbody long haul low cost carrier across the Pacific :)
Ian – I wouldn’t trust the A220-300 on that route. Published range is 3400nm and Anchorage – Narita is about 3000nm, but you need ETOPS, reserve fuel. The published range is never realistic. Now, Breeze is talking to Airbus about getting up to 4000nm in which case that would work, but then I think you still have airplanes that are too small. The A321XLR could do the trick, but it’ll be a long time before a startup could get its hands on them (and we assume it performs as advertised). Plus, those won’t be cheap. So I think it would be a challenge, but maybe in 20 years that’ll be the airplane to make it happen!
But more of a sure thing than Boom launching in 2029 ;)