Col From Malaysia, joined Nov 2003, 2147 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3790 times:
Airbus gave jetblue planes, well that is superb negotiation. Those carriers that signed those one supllier deals with Boeing were not too smart then, they could have got free planes from Airbus!!! Well done jetblue, you got good value at the expense of the European tax payer, or maybe it was good business sense both sides?
Do we really have to start all this stupidity again.
Richierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4313 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3599 times:
Two things - the first JetBlue planes were leased and although I don't know the terms of the leases, I'm quite certain they are long-term. The first a/c to fly for JetBlue was N503JB.
The first owned aircraft by JetBlue is N507JB, which will soon be celebrating its 4 year birthday (of being in-service). Considering N503JB saw its first revenue flight in Feb. 2000, I'm sure all of these planes will be in service with JetBlue for a long long time barring write-offs.
As for JetBlue getting their planes for free, that is absurd. There are literally a dozen posts about this "myth" on airliners.net but I am quite positive B6 is paying for their planes. Granted the price was probably good and attractive to JetBlue but then kudos for them for nailing a good deal. I'm sure ordering 100 at a time gives you a pretty good discount! I doubt the deals were setup so that B6 pays less now and more later - Airbus is in this to make a profit to and probably couldn't afford that risk! Let's be realistic, people!
HZ747300 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 1717 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3430 times:
I read on a different thread here that Airbus planes become much more costly when they are older compared to 737's. Any chance that jetBlue will ditch these aircraft before the variable maintenance costs force fares to rise? I am guessing this will be in about 10-12 years from time of production.