ACdreamliner From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 515 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2028 times:
So, I have said on here before that I like BMI baby. They are a good no frills airline. Nice service, good fares and as far as my experiance goes always on time or ahead of plan!
However, there is one small spanner in the works. While they are the airline with the baby fares. They are the airline with the pensioner aircraft!
At some point they will need to upgrade. FR have almost wiped their 737-200A's now (7 left i think), and easyJet is well on its way to a 737-700/A319 fleet. While WW seems happy with its old 737-300's and -500's. Where do they go from here?
In my opinion, i'd like to see them have a fleet of 737-600's. but i know there are too many operational costs linked which would make the 737-700 the choice, or would they be best to go for airbus, so they have fleet communality with BMI?
Demoose From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 26 Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2006 times:
Bmi and Bmibaby need to sort out their whole business strategy before they go buying new aircraft. Those 737's will fly for baby for a long time to come, a refurbished interior is all that is needed really.
Planesailing From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 802 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1994 times:
It depends if they can justify the costs associated with new aircraft.
As far as I am aware, and correct me if I am wrong, but these aircraft have been brought and paid for and were transfered from BMI?
If that is the case, they have one less cost to worry about, which allows them to keep the flight costs lower for the passenger. Otherwise they would have to arrange for leasing or loans which would take further money off of the profit for the flight.
It is the same reason that Northwest keep all those old birds in the sky. The slightly higher fuel costs is offset by the fact they are not paying anything for the plane.
ACdreamliner From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 515 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1962 times:
sorry to correct you, but you are wrong! lol
Most of the WW fleet is leased, from GE i understand. The new G-TOYx fleet are even older than the old ones. brought in for even lower leasing costs. I think the A32x will be the way forward under the BMI brand...
Dogfighter2111 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1968 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1952 times:
I know that the WW B737-300's are very well looked after. They honestly don't look that old.
As for the easyJet B737-300's, i will be going to Belfast on one this Thursday. My dad has flown on an easyJet one before, and he said he thought it was one of their A319's he was on. (He doesn't know all that much about aircraft. He once asked me if a B737 was a Jumbo so...)
Anyway, as i was getting at. The B737-300 must be a good aircraft if my dad thought it was new.
Flydubai From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 162 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1772 times:
Quoting ACdreamliner (Thread starter): In my opinion, i'd like to see them have a fleet of 737-600's. but i know there are too many operational costs linked which would make the 737-700 the choice, or would they be best to go for airbus, so they have fleet communality with BMI?
WW should have a fleet of A318's. That will to the job.
BHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1758 times:
... and tiny number of routes if you happen to be in FAO. We used to have fine 2x weekly service as BD, then they handed the route to WW (never did know if WW stood for "Welsh Wonder" - Tony Davis) who launched daily EMA FAO and 4x weekly CWL FAO in October. Davis obviously hadn't done his homework - things go mighty quiet in the Algarve in October, do daily became Saturdays only and CWL FAO got dropped. They effectively handed the EMA FAO route over to EZY.
Breakfast in BHX, lunch in FAO, dinner in TIP, baggage in YYC.