Highliner2 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 694 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1070 times:
So if UA get US Airways, which is looking more and more like it will happen thanks to the whole AA/TWA thing, I know they plan to give AA all the Fokker 100's that US Airways owns. Any other ideas on changes they will make?
Ampropilot2b From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 138 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1039 times:
I wouldn't be surprised if United did a whole lot of buying ,trading and selling of airplanes once they get US Air. The problem is, there is VERY little fleet commonality between the two. Even though US has a lot of A320 series, they have different engines than UAL. Same with the 757s, 767s, maybe 737s. Maybe United will buy a bunch of new engines instead. I suspect that the MD-80s will be gone quickly, and the A330s...well, there's been lots of discussion about that....not probably going to be painted in UAL colors, but probably leased or sold to someone else. United doesn't want to have 20 different types of airplanes, especially when the competition has only has four or five types. They've got something figured out, bet on it! I wouldn't be surprised to see a HUGE order within a few months of deal closing.
Flashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2892 posts, RR: 7 Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1023 times:
Question: how much does it cost to re-engine a plane? With the large proportion of the fleet (less than half, but still not insignificant) having different engine types, would it be cheaper to have a maintenance program for each engine type or to put new engines on?
D L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 10804 posts, RR: 52 Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1007 times:
For older jets, it costs much more than the value of the plane to put a new engine on it. This simply won't be done.
The engine issue isn't an issue for the 320 series jets though. UA currently has a large fleet of CFM56 on its 737 fleet (the only engine offered on 737s other than the -200, which all have Pratts.) The CFM56 on the US 320 jets are not identical, but are very very close and share parts with the CFM56 that UA already services and knows how to repair.
MD80s? Perhaps AA will pick up the few remaining. Or, more likely, you'll see them as Pepsi cans soon.
ILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 8 Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 963 times:
United is planning on trading some of US Airways 757s and their pilots for some TWA 757s and their pilots. UA will trade 21 757s and lease 11 to AA, so that AA operates all of US Airways's 757s. There are similar numbers for the F100, and the MD-80. UA will retain ownership of some of them, but lease them out.