What Determines the Kind of Aircraft That Will Be Used for a Particular Route?

Generally, our wide-bodied aircraft fly overseas because they have a greater fuel capacity for longer routes, but you may also see these on short reposition flights, such as Toronto-Montreal. Seasonal demands also dictate aircraft type. I fly to Barbados in the Airbus A320, but the Boeing 767 is used during peak winter months to accommodate greater passenger volume. The ultra-long-haul polar Hong Kong flights are only flown with the Boeing 777, which carries enough fuel to send a Honda Civic around the equator about 84 times.

March 1, 2012
Portrait of Air Canada's Captain Doug Morris
Photo: Reynard Li

Doug Morris is an author, meteorologist, instructor and Air Canada captain on the Boeing 787.

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