AirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3717 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6778 times:
Quoting MKE22 (Reply 8): Sell one to YX, so we can get going on replacing planes! Why isn't YX jumping all over this opportunity? So what if they compete, if they payed the right price, they could get one.
FL won't sell an airplane to anyone that will be use it to compete against them. Besides, YX need's the 800 not the 700.
Nice Trip Report!!! Great Pics, thanks for posting!!!! B747Forever
Quoting JFK787NYC (Reply 12): How is Arik Air even doing, I am wondering what is even going on there. This makes me wonder how Virgin Nigeria doing as well.
Arik build up a strong domestic network with 14 destinations and are on the brink to expand their regional activities (currently only serving Accra), they became the national carrier of Niger too. I don't believe the airline is profitable, but their capital base seems inexhaustible.
Virgin Nigeria is doing better now. They are expanding their operations on a more gradual pace. The first EMB's will arrive this year replacing the old B733's. The B767 used for long haul operation are very unreliable and can't be disposed of due to contractual duties. VK is sourcing A330's as replacement.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4434 posts, RR: 34
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4483 times:
Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 10): Not necessarily. The first or second Arik Air 737-700 was painted at the Renton Plant prior to delivery.
Obviously Boeing was informed a few weeks/months ahead that AirTran would sell these 737s to Arik Air on delivery and that's why they painted it already in Ariks colours. But technically, the planes are delivered to AirTran with an AirTran registration and then transferred to Nigeria.
Same sort of construction happens with some 737-800s earmarked for Delta but sold at delivery to a leasing company like CIT.
This was probably less hassle for all parties then cancelling some orders by AirTran and Boeing having to sell the almost finished frames.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
RobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3966 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3875 times:
Quoting ENU (Reply 15): Quoting Typhaerion (Reply 14):
Is Arik doing the winglet mod from APB?
I don't know if all Boeing winglets are manufactured by APB or not, but Arik are getting their ntu AirTran planes' winglets fitted at Miami, which afaik is where AirTran's own new planes get theirs fitted too (probably same company).
Thorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3073 times:
Quoting ENU (Reply 15): Short-term solution. Arik Air intends to start flying to LHR and IAH this year, long before their own equipment arrives. A rumour was that they also acquired some older B777's from Emirates.