Donreith From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 29 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3184 times:
But why would they want it?
WestJet Was Offered Air Canada Zip Fleet - Report
Thursday April 17, 10:18 am ET
TORONTO (Dow Jones)--The chief executive of WestJet Airlines Ltd. said an aircraft lessor offered him the fleet operated by Air Canada's Zip subsidiary, a newspaper report said Thursday.
Clive Beddoe told the National Post the lessor offered to sell the airplanes operated by the low-cost subsidiary, which competes directly with WestJet in western Canada.
According to the newspaper, the offer wasn't part of Air Canada's court- supervised reorganization under bankruptcy protection.
Beddoe told the newspaper he isn't interested in Air Canada's assets, but what happens to the airline could affect WestJet's plans for 2004.
WestJet and Zip operate the same type of aircraft.
Company Web Sites: http://www.aircanada.ca and http://www.westjet.com
-Monica Gutschi, Dow Jones Newswires; 416-306-2017; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jetset From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 353 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3133 times:
this is no big deal.air canada said back on apr01 that the fleet of b737 b747 and bae146 willbe retired.so im sure the lessor is just trying to get some money for the 737,s..for that matter im sure the lessor would sell them to any airline.zip wants and will get an airbus fleet within a year thats no secret.
AvroArrow From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 1045 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3105 times:
Not a bad article. I guess it depends on where your loyalties lie as to how you spin this story. I would guess that the aircraft in question would have to go dirt cheap otherwise I don't think it fits in with WestJets 737 NG shift strategy.
Give me a mile of road and I can take you a mile. Give me a mile of runway and I can show you the world.
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16403 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3068 times:
Aircraft lessors regularly shop their aircraft around. This is just a case of Clive making hay out of a normal business inquiry....the intent is to reduce confidence in the longevity of ZIP which may reduce their bookings & drive people to Westjet.
Clive is just an aggressive airline CEO. It's nice to finally see one strong enough in Canada to be able to put the boots to AC given AC's traditional dominance of the industry & competitive bullying.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
Samurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2461 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3035 times:
I said before in another thread that I have a hunch that AC might phase out its 732 fleet rather quickly. Well, looks like I may be right.
If no airline wants them, then it's the desert for those 732s. It's true they aren't worth much - only about $2 million CDN for a 732 compared to something like about $35-50 million CDN for a 737NG or an A319.
WestJet does not want any more 732s in its fleet, period. It's commited to replacing its 732 fleet with those 73Gs.
Canjet is next on AC's giveaway list. You can bet on that.
Gmonney From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2159 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3026 times:
It was amazing the numbers that Cessnapimp told me about how different the fuel loads were for an Airbus narrow body compared to the 732 to the same destination from YYZ. When you factor in the cost of fuel these day....it makes sense why WJ doesn't want them!
But that leaves the door open to a smaller airline like Canjet who uses that type of aircraft because of the low cost lease, or is it because they had a longterm lease on them, any how, I hope the life is not sucked out of those classics!!
Jmacias34 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2917 times:
Can any old 732 be converted to a combi? Or do they have to be build from the MFG as a combi? I ask this because I remember hearing Alaska Airlines was looking for a few spare 732 Combis a while back...