Because their crew would be stuck from going to the USA for 14 days, and I'm sure the Union would raise a fit just like American Airlines union. Plus who knows the sanitation requirements after a flight. That freighter can probably be cleaned easier with fewer textiles on board.
We ride in the Globemaster all the time like that, cold as balls too!BMLtech wrote: ↑Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:43 amHaven’t seen it reported anywhere but I suspect it could be the same Kalitta B744F that the Americans used with palletized seating. It was interesting that it appeared to be operated without any passenger 02 or escape slide provisions. Desperate times I guess.
I'm surprised they just didn't use one of ours.
This was going to be an A380 flight - I understand it will be doing a different evacuation flight.
The 310, of which we have 4 serviceable at best (and likely forever going forward as #1 has a wrinkled fuselage) would require a couple fuel stops. Not sure how US would feel about a plane of people on the verge of becoming zombies stopping in Anchorage etc.
Also the air-stairs in Trenton reach the door on the 330 (same as 310)... Maybe not a 380
HiFly has been doing some military work already lately (recently visited YEG) so they're all up to speed on things.
Of course any good opposition MP should rant and rave why the work wasn't given to a Canadian company blah blah blah
It's not just a crewing issue.
This kind of short notice operation is completely different than an Airline operation where everything is organised before any flights are performed.
This requires a great deal of flexibility from all involved plus the capability to do everything yourself with little to no support.
Our flights are all remote dispatched with papers e-mailed to us. We prepare our own load sheets and have to instruct the ground staff how to load the aircraft.
A couple of years ago 2 of us were standing in the snow front of an unpowered aircraft. The Engineer had been called away to help with another aircraft in a different country. I had to organise the refuelling and do the maintenance release in the tech log. Not an unusual situation for us.
We operate all over the world. Jeppesen has had to put together a special database just for our company as none of their packages fit our operation. I've seen both a flag carrier and another scheduled airline try to do these flights - it was a big mess.
One of the reasons I joined was the attraction of the extremely diverse range of flights/destinations the company has.
I'm at our head office 2-3 times a year.
All within N America.
Don't underestimate the difficulty of operating in Asia, Africa and South America where our aircraft operate quite frequently.
Not to mention various Military bases.
This is very specialised flying.
gimme a break, it's a passenger charter, there are several canadian companies capable of performing the task, maybe just not available or for the right price. Sure, they won't have the full handling experience of a five star airline but they can still get it done. It's not a war zone, it's just a little pandemic.
You have no idea what they are capable of. Stop trying to fluff your own pillows by sullying the capabilities of the competition.
It's an a350 by the looks of it.