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How do airline operate 1 weekly flights
Not a points related question, but wonder if anyone has the answer.
When an airline operate a flight to a location once weekly (for example Air France to some African countries), how do they manage the crew? Do they fly two crews with one resting on the way and operating the flight back, or do they leave the crew in a hotel downroute for the entire week? I wonder how the economics of those routes work. I noticed lots of these routes (BA to Luanda for example) have been adandoned recently.
Not 100% sure, but they could reposition crews to operate another flight back home. This happens sometimes with Pilots when the aircraft operating a flight changes. For example, an AF crew trained to operate the 787 could fly CDG-BOS, but the flight they’re supposed to operate back to CDG the next day is a 777. Therefor, instead of deadheading the crew back to CDG, they’ll resposition them to another city. So the crew will fly as passengers on a flight to from BOS-YUL, and then operate the YUL-CDG flight.