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Thing is though LeTigre, BA’s use of 767’s has reduced dramatically on the European short hauls in the past 5-10 years. To think how many 767’s and 757’s were criss crossing the continent ten or so years ago…..
Many of the sectors the 767’s are used on was not so it could provide extra pax seats. BA used to run a rotation LHR-FRA where the last sector of the night LHR-FRA and first sector of the morning FRA-LHR were operated by the 767. But you never used to see more than a hundred bums on seats. It used the 767 because it had a mail contract, so it was all about cargo.
Finally, there isn’t a route (save LCA) where a 767 operated the sole flight of the day. There is little point operating a 767 say FRA – LHR at 10:00 am daily for feed if we have connecting flights departing from LHR to Asia, Australia etc much later in the night.
If VS joined Skyteam or Star surely they would have much more feed from their alliance partners onto Little Red? The problem is (as bmi discovered) the amount of a long haul fare (say TG BKK-LHR-MAN) that actually reach the coffers of the airline operating the LHR-MAN part is negligible.
Maybe the solution is the use of smaller aircraft, embraers or regional jets? VS could have had (or commence) talks with bmi regional who went it alone after the BA/BD merge.