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User currently offlineJblake1 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 292 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2538 times:

As Southwest increases the number non-stop of cross-country routes does anyone feel they might consider purchasing the -800 or -900 series 737?

Thanks, Jason

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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2509 times:

They said no...not enough set differential revenue to offset the costs of add'l flight attendants needed per FAA...

User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2505 times:

It's doubtful, but who knows.

The -700 can pretty much handle WN's loads at this point. In fact, the rumor is that they're looking for something smaller rather than larger. I don't buy the rumors that say WN is looking at the Embraer 170 and 190, but they're out there.

The -800 and -900, from what I understand, were pretty much designed to be used by "major" carriers. They're big enough to offer a large coach section while maintaining first-class amenities. I don't know the numbers off-hand, but I would bet that an -800 or -900 with no first class could hold close to 200 pax. I don't think WN has any routes that would justify these numbers; WN would rather increase frequencies than buy a bigger plane for most.

Again, I haven't had time to check out Boeing's web site for this, but I also believe that the range of the -700 is longer than the -800 or -900. If this is true, WN would probably rather just stick with the -700.



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User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5190 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2443 times:

Actually, Southwest's order for -700s does include the option to switch to -800s as well.


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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13598 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2384 times:
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The -800 and -900, from what I understand, were pretty much designed to be used by "major" carriers. They're big enough to offer a large coach section while maintaining first-class amenities. I don't know the numbers off-hand, but I would bet that an -800 or -900 with no first class could hold close to 200 pax.

They're still limited to 189 total on the 739 because there aren't enough exits to legally exceed that number. The proposed -900X would have an additional exit to permit a higher passenger count.



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User currently offlineJblake1 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

Thanks for the insight guys!

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