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Amsterdam - Budapest

Malev Hungarian 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.


Malev Hungarian airlines B737-600
Above: Malev Boeing 737-600 on Polderbaan (AMS) in 2009.

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In 2009 KLM seems to offer no non-stop flight at all between this city pair.

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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.
Boeing 737-600
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, 737-800 and 737-900 size.

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).
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