seems to have around 18 flights a week from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
(AMS) to Budapest
(BUD) with a Boeing 737 Next Generation in 2009. Flighttime: 2 hours.
Above: Malev Boeing 737-600 on Polderbaan (AMS
) in 2009.
In 2009 KLM seems to offer no non-stop flight at all between this city pair.
On the other had, KLM offers plenty of daily flights between Amsterdam and Prague
The reason for this is probably that Budapest is the base for Malev
Hungarian, while Prague is the base of CSA Czech airlines. Malev is a
oneworld member in 2009, while CSA is a Skyteam memeber, just like KLM.
On the image above you can clearly see
that the tail of the Malev Boeing 737-600 is very large in comparison
with the fuselage of the airliner.
In the Next Generation Boeing 737 airliners range of airliners, the
Boeing 737-600 is the shortest. As the boom effect of a longer fuselage
disappears by shortening it, the tail has to become larger.
The result of this is that the Boeing 737-600 certainly isn't the right
size to have great operating economics. The Next Generation Boeing 737
are much more optimized for the 737-700
This lack of good operational economics resulted in poor sales for the
Boeing 737-600. Only Scandinavian airlines bought a large fleet of them
(see one here going to Oslo from Amsterdam