Dickinson Air France’s fleet services are often a high-stakes gamble, with the service’s fleet manager being tasked with finding a way to pay passengers and keep costs low.
But with a fleet of some 60 planes, there are times when a plane is just not a viable option.
This week, the fleet manager is getting the first look at how he will tackle the problem.
Air France says it has lost a quarter of its fleet to maintenance and repairs.
In a report, the carrier reported that the total cost of maintaining its fleet dropped from $3.8 billion in 2009 to $3 billion in 2014.
But Dickinson is a different story.
The company has seen a steep rise in passenger demand.
Last year, the number of planes booked on the service increased by 25% to 3.5 million.
And while Dickinson has also lost some of its long-haul fleet in the past two years, it’s still one of the most popular routes on the airline’s website.
So how will Dickinson cope?
According to the carrier’s fleet management system, Dickens fleet manager, Paul DiNucci, will be responsible for finding ways to pay for passengers, while also ensuring that the service will remain profitable.
He says the company is looking at a number of options to meet these demands, including leasing planes to customers and taking a stake in the business.
DiNucci says it’s a “challenge to find the right balance,” and that he will be looking at the best way to get around Dickinson, including whether to use the fleet’s fleet, lease planes or find a third party to pay passenger fares.