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All-Boeing / All-Airbus Fleet  
User currently offlineAhtohob346 From Spain, joined Jul 2005, 35 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 8862 times:

First of all: I am relatively new in this forum and in my humble opinion both Boeing and Airbus have plenty of good planes and 'market-for-selling-aircraft'...

The thing is: Why are there Airlines with "All-Boeing" and/or "All-Airbus" fleet instead of having a reasonable mixture of both?

Secondly: Which Airlines are All-Boeing (e.g CO) and All-Airbus (e.g. IB -shortly-)..
Season greetings to all!!!


MAT!

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User currently offlineZSOFN From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1413 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 8813 times:

Economics.

If you fly with one type, or at least one manufacturer, then costs are reduced. Pilot training costs are lower, particularly when it comes to Airbus fleets. Commonality is the name of the game - if you can have one maintenance base with people trained to work on one type of aircraft, rather than hiring extra engineers and technicians who have training only on a certain other type, costs are going to be lower.

All of this is generally known as "fleet rationalisation".


User currently offlineRICARDOAB From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8807 times:

There are so many airlines that are all Airbus and all Boeing.

In a number of cases the reason that some airlines are all Airbus and all Boeing is for political reasons. For example Spain is a partner in EADS, the organisation that owns 80% of Airbus and so it would be Politically correct that Iberia buy Airbus aircraft.


User currently offlineTheSorcerer From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 1048 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8777 times:

Quoting ZSOFN (Reply 1):
If you fly with one type

But then if this A/C type should be grounded by the FAA (in USA) or the CAA (UK) then the airline has a huge problem.
But I agree with you having a 1 A/C type (or common type rated A/C) fleet outweighs the risk of something like what I mentioned above happening.
Thanks
Dominic



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User currently offlineZSOFN From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1413 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8758 times:

Quoting TheSorcerer (Reply 3):
But then if this A/C type should be grounded by the FAA (in USA) or the CAA (UK) then the airline has a huge problem.
But I agree with you having a 1 A/C type (or common type rated A/C) fleet outweighs the risk of something like what I mentioned above happening.

Indeed - and we're yet to see a major aircraft type to be grounded. Sure there was Concorde but that wasn't really major.

One example in which a mixed fleet works is BA. As the potential savings of operating both longhaul and shorthaul aircraft types from the same manufacturer are minimal, so it made sense at the time for BA to purchase a large fleet of Airbus narrowbodies whilst maintaining the cost savings of operating an all-Boeing longhaul fleet.


User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3993 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8749 times:
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It depends on each airline's needs in terms of aircraft capacity on certain routes, fleet commonality, fleet planning and more particularly it depends on the relationship the airline has with the manufacturer.

These airlines are all Boeing:
Southwest
Ryannair
Delta
American wants to go to an all Boeing fleet
Continental, which you mention
Alaska
Virgin Express
Cargolux
El Al
Lauda Air

These airlines are all Airbus:
Frontier
Tap
JetBlue, until the first E-jet arrived
Iberia, which you mention, has an almost all Airbus fleet, with the exception of the 757
Germanwings
Air Tahiti

Season greetings to you too!

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium



Ben Soriano
User currently offlineCrazyHorse From Austria, joined Nov 2005, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8727 times:

Quoting American 767 (Reply 5):
Lauda Air

Lauda is owned by OS and now a A320 is flying with the old Lauda colors.

Manuel


User currently offlineTheSorcerer From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 1048 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8727 times:

Quoting ZSOFN (Reply 4):
and we're yet to see a major aircraft type to be grounded

After the BMI 734 crash (sorry can't remember the date), all 734s with CFM engines were grounded AFAIK.

Does anyone know another airline that operates on the principle of BA (operating one manufacturer on shorthaul and another on longhaul?
Thanks
Dominic



ALITALIA,All Landings In Torino, All Luggage In Athens ;)
User currently offlineSpectre242 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8716 times:

I know one of Airbus' big marketing tools is that all their flight decks are essentially the same (A320 onwards at least), allowing cheaper pilot training from one type to another, (and possibly maintenance?) etc, but do Boeing make any similar claims? I think the 757 and 767 are very similar flight deck wise, but what about the 737NG, 744/8, 777 and 787? If not, then does an all-Airbus fleet make more sense than an all-Boeing fleet (in this context) if the main purpose of having an all A or B fleet is to reduce costs?

User currently offlineCruiser From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1001 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8714 times:

Quoting TheSorcerer (Reply 7):
Does anyone know another airline that operates on the principle of BA (operating one manufacturer on shorthaul and another on longhaul?

AC will be in a few short years. They have the A320 series for shorthaul, and then the Boeings will make up their longhaul fleet. They also have the E170/E190 for short, short haul on thin routes. There are/will be at least 60 Boeings, 100 Airbus's, and 60 Embraers. This will simplify their fleet immensely.

James



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User currently offlineGrimey From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 459 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8676 times:

Quoting American 767 (Reply 5):
These airlines are all Airbus:

You forgot EI, they don't have any Boeings anymore but then again rumor has it that EI are looking at the B787, does anyone know if EI got any kind of discount with Airbus? I know FR got a big discount on a few B737's because they stayed as a Boeing customer and they ordered 70 of them (I'm not 100% sure on that figure). I remember VS were looking for a discount off Boeing for a few B747's a while back but Boeing said no to them because they had already bought a good few A340's, correct me if I'm wrong on that one. I also think there is a political situation there, no US airline operates the A340 and AF is the airline with the biggest Airbus fleet.

Grimey


User currently offlineZSOFN From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1413 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 8641 times:

Quoting Grimey (Reply 10):
I also think there is a political situation there, no US airline operates the A340 and AF is the airline with the biggest Airbus fleet.

In the past, in the early days of Airbus, this could be said to be true. However Airbuses are becoming a very common site in the U.S., particularly the A320 series. But for a start both US and NW operate A330s, NW have ordered the A350 too, even though they were the launch customer for the 744 back at the end of the 80s.


User currently offlineA319XFW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 8586 times:

There is HLX which is all Boeing.
And LTU is all Airbus. (http://www.ltu.de/takeltu/index.html?SiteID=4020000&LangID=1)


User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3993 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8413 times:
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Quoting TheSorcerer (Reply 7):

After the BMI 734 crash (sorry can't remember the date)

That was back in December 1988 when the 737-400 was all new.

Quoting TheSorcerer (Reply 7):

Does anyone know another airline that operates on the principle of BA (operating one manufacturer on shorthaul and another on longhaul

BA still has a few 757's and 737-400's left. However you may not be wrong because BA mainline will soon get rid of the 757's(most of them went to DHL already) and the 737-400's. Comair, a BA subsidiary, will continue to fly the 737 for a while.

Another one I can think of is SN Brussels: Mostly Avro RJ's on short haul flights out of BRU to most European cities and three A330's on long hauls to Africa, and the three A319's they have are flown on Europe's longest nonstops(e.g. BRU-TLV and BRU-Moscow).

Another one is Finnair: they no longer have DC-9/MD-80's, they have now E-jets on short hauls, A319/A320 on medium hauls within Europe and only MD-11's on long hauls. Finnair seems to be happy with the MD-11.

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium

[Edited 2005-12-03 20:04:50]

[Edited 2005-12-03 20:06:33]

[Edited 2005-12-03 20:07:10]


Ben Soriano
User currently offlineA319XFW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8392 times:

Quoting American 767 (Reply 13):
Another one is Finnair

Finnair also still have 757's, MD-82/83's and ATR's according to their site.....
And also A321's.

And you're right, they are so happy with their MD-11's, they've added another one.

[Edited 2005-12-03 20:12:14]

User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8368 times:

Quoting American 767 (Reply 13):


Another one is Finnair: they no longer have DC-9/MD-80's, they have now E-jets on short hauls, A319/A320 on medium hauls within Europe and only MD-11's on long hauls. Finnair seems to be happy with the MD-11.

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium

AY use also A321 on medium hauls and have (7?) B757s for charter traffic.
MD-11 has been just the right plane for AY, the right size and enough cargo capasity - which plays a big role. But sooner or later MD-11 has to be replaced.


User currently offlineRossBaku From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 673 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8315 times:

Quoting American 767 (Reply 5):
JetBlue

I thought JetBlue also had A320's on the go....don't you remember the perpendicular gear emergency landing?

RossBaku  Silly


User currently offlineJetset7E7 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 1090 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8312 times:

From the UK and Ireland Airlines its:

Airbus:
Aer Lingus
BMED (British Mediterranean Airways) (BA Franchise operator)
Eirjet
GB Airways (BA Franchise operator)
MyTravel are almost all Airbus except one 757 and one 767.

Boeing:
Air Atlanta Europe
Air Scotland
Astraeus
bmibaby
DHL Air
European Aviation Air Charter
Excel Airways
FlyGlobespan
FlyJet
Jet2.com
Ryanair
Thomsonfly (Britannia) (Charter and Lowcost)

Mark



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User currently offlineNZPM From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8234 times:

Quoting TheSorcerer (Reply 7):
Does anyone know another airline that operates on the principle of BA (operating one manufacturer on shorthaul and another on longhaul?

NZ is moving in this direction.


User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2450 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8217 times:

Quoting ZSOFN (Reply 11):
NW have ordered the A350 too

Does anyone at NW know about that?  spin 

I'm assuming you meant US.



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 12334 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8213 times:
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Quoting NZPM (Reply 18):
Quoting TheSorcerer (Reply 7):
Does anyone know another airline that operates on the principle of BA (operating one manufacturer on shorthaul and another on longhaul?

NZ is moving in this direction.

NZ are going Boeing for long-haul (B767s, B777s, B787s, maybe B744ADVs early B744s will be replaced by B773ERs from 2010 onwards)

Airbus for shorthaul (A320 family)


User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7632 posts, RR: 42
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8210 times:

Once MX replaces its 752's and its sole 763ER, it will become an all-Airbus operator. By the same token, AM is moving to an all-Boeing fleet; some MD-87's and -88's will remain with the fleet but in the long run they will be replaced with 73W's and 738's.


Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8194 times:

Quoting RICARDOAB (Reply 2):
There are so many airlines that are all Airbus and all Boeing.

Relative to the number of airlines out there, there's not actually that many.

The whole Boeing/MD merger makes more than there were, but for the purposes of this conversation I don't think that's valid.

Quoting Spectre242 (Reply 8):
I know one of Airbus' big marketing tools is that all their flight decks are essentially the same (A320 onwards at least)

Its not just the flight deck looking the same... due to their particular implementation of FBW, flying each plane whether it is an A318 or an A380 feels practically the same to the pilot. The responsiveness is similar and the handling characteristics are similar.

N


User currently offlineWAH64D From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 966 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8112 times:

Quoting RICARDOAB (Reply 2):
In a number of cases the reason that some airlines are all Airbus and all Boeing is for political reasons. For example Spain is a partner in EADS, the organisation that owns 80% of Airbus and so it would be Politically correct that Iberia buy Airbus aircraft.

I'm not sure I follow your logic. The UK has a substantial interest in Airbus but BA's longhaul fleet is all Boeing, with a mixed shorthaul fleet. Air France has a mix of both as does Lufthansa.

In the modern world economy, I think airlines have to go with whatever is the most economical aircraft for the job required, politics and manufacturer should have no bearing on fleet make-up.



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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 8106 times:

Quoting WAH64D (Reply 23):
In the modern world economy, I think airlines have to go with whatever is the most economical aircraft for the job required, politics and manufacturer should have no bearing on fleet make-up.

Unfortunately, that just doesn't happen. The world is not that mature a place.

N


25 ZSOFN : Oops!
26 Asgeirs : Icelandair along with it's subsidiary Loftleidir Icelandic has an all Boeing fleet. In the past they used to operate some DC-8's and DC-10's but arou
27 Thepilot : Although it is not a very large airline, Tiger Airways in Singapore operates an all-Airbus fleet. They use the A320.
28 Thepilot : Oh, and how could I have forgotten C6 and WS. Both excellent Canadian airlines.
29 DJ738 : Nah, NZ aren't like BA - You forget their 733s!! They're not going anywhere in a hurry - will be around for YEARS yet...
30 Amy : DHL? As in the cargo airline? The one with the A300s?
31 Bmacleod : Lufthansa looks like they want to go all-Airbus. The A380s and A346s combined will shut out any room for the 744s. Likewise I don't think they'll want
32 Post contains images FlySSC : MEA - Middle East Airline/Air Liban has an all Airbus fleet (A321 + A332) Royal Jordanian also (A320/A321/A310/A340) Star Airlines (A320 + A330)
33 Ckfred : The idea of having an all-Boeing or all-Airbus fleet is like owning cars. Even though my wife has a Pontiac sport-ute, and I have an Oldsmobile sedan,
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