Originally Posted by AA 1818
I never understood why they operated 757s. Was the capacity ever really there? Or was it just for the range?
Anyway, maybe it's time for a new fleet, and or/greater codesharing with other airlines out there to grow demand/opportunity...
They bought the 757 very early. Those are pretty old birds. At the time, it makes sense. The 757 were purchased to replace the 727. They need the range (6000km+) with limited capacity. The only other narrowbodies at that time was 737-200/-300 and MD80, and definitely do not have the range required. They were flying to Europe with the 757 so the type was the only type available to fly that kind of range with sub-200 pax capacity back in the 1980s.
Also, one of the 757s is actually a combi (the only 757 combi sold directly by Boeing), because the cargo capacity is required.
As of whether the capacity is required for KTM, may be it is actually. Keep in mind that QR is flying there 4 times a day, even with A320, QR would be providing 600+ seats daily to KTM. TG is also flying there with widebodies (A300/A330), and now so as Dragonair. So the demand to KTM is there. The question is whether RA can capture that demand.