Fly US Airways From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 780 times:
Now, airlines are dramatically upgrading their fleet. Most are going exclusively with either Boeing (AA, CO, DL) or Airbus (US). But some are using both companies for their new aircraft, either short-haul from one and long-haul from the other (UAL), or mix-matched all over the place (SQ, TWA). For the airlines using both companies, I thought that airlines wouldn't want to do this for fleet commonality reasons, such as crew training and replacement parts. A look at some of the US airlines:
TWA: Ordered both B717s and A318s. This seems a bit odd, ordering such a large aircraft from both companies.
Continental: Ordering all aircraft from Boeing, including NG737s, 777s, and 767-400s
Delta: Ordering NG737s, had plans to order 777s (we all know that story!), and 767-400s. So they are going with Boeing.
US Airways: The only US airline going exclusively with Airbus. Ordering A320/A319s for their shorthaul aircraft. A330s coming on line later this year. Do you think the A321 could find a place in this airline's fleets?
United: One of the one going with both. Going with Airbus for shorthaul, and going with 777s for longhaul.
American: Boeing. NG737s and 777s
Northwest: Does anyone know what is happening with NW? They have made no announcements on major fleet plans.
So, this pretty much sums up the US airlines. The question still stands: is fleet commonality important. Why/why not? If so, why are airlines like SQ ordering A330s/A340s/777s?
TxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 47 Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 606 times:
Not that it really matters, but as an investor in (but not an employee of) Southwest Airlines Co I wonder why you omitted the 4th largest passenger-carrying airline in the country and then said "well, that wraps it up for the major U.S. Airlines..."
At any rate, nothing much has changed over there. They are looking at adding up to 200 B737NGs (all 700s so far) over the next 4 or 5 years. They have 50 coming from now until the end of 2000...with possible options to receive a total of 74 next year.
Despite rumors, WN is not planning to add either 757s or RJs to their all B737 fleet (of over 300 a/c)
Fly US Airways From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 605 times:
Sorry for ommiting SWA. When I was thinking about this post, I was thinking about the commonality of long-haul and short-haul aircraft. Since SWA doesn't operate long-haul routes and operates all 737s (now theres commonality) it didn't really fit my topic, which was fleet commonality and not just upgrade fleet programs.
United946 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 602 times:
From my perspective, it would be nice to see UAL move to a five model fleet: 737NG, 747, 757, 767, 777, eventually phasing out the 747s and replacing them with 777-300 extended range models, when they come out. A four type fleet would cut maintenance and training costs so much.
Oh, well. Back to reality. It's unfortunate that it will never happen. After all, these days, 2 out of the Big 3 have European aircraft in their fleet. Something as wonderful and practical as an all-Boeing fleet here seems too good to be true.
Dannyboy From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 594 times:
NWA is getting the A319(50 of them), quite soon I believe. They also have had A330's on order for quite a while but they keep deferring delivery dates so who know's what's going on in the widebody dept for them
Ken4556 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 169 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 587 times:
Someone last month had a great point about commonality when comparing similiar aircraft, i.e 737-600/700/800/900 or A318/19/20/21. The airline can swap planes around on particular days to match capacity. Fly from point A to B on Monday with 700, Tuesday with a 600 etc. This allows the crews to stay the same.
The same could be said for the wide-bodies, but I don't believe most airlines use the same pilots to fly narrow body and wide bodies. I agree that some savings are possible in reduced training, but with the bigger airlines, this goes away as you need the same amount of simulators and teachers. Smaller airlines like Swiss Air can make use of commonality in aircraft.
Finally, I believe that the airlines are buying the best airlplane for their need. This is why new models (i.e. 757-300, 767-400, A330-200) are being built. The market for a 4 engine 300 passenger plane is limited, so why should Boeing builds its own? Each builder will have its own niche markets as some are too small to justify both makers building both.
AC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 561 times:
By the looks of it, Air Canada is moving towards an all-airbus fleet. I think they are retiring their DC-9's by april first due to stage III requirements, (I don't know of any plans to hush-kit them). They are being replaced with A319's, (They already have 35 of them). They have 34 A320's. THey have several a340's with more on order. And they have several A330's on order. Of course they will still have their 767's and 747 combi's. And of course they have the CRJ. I think they were expressing an interest in the A3XX, but I'm not sure.
N777UA From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 551 times:
The reason why UA chose the Airbus (19 & 20) over the NG737 is because of customer preference. The "bus" is much more comfortable than the 737. I have flown on both. And about commonality, the 19s and 20s can be mix-matched, as that is what UA does, since there is 100% commonality for the pilots (besides aircraft length & # of OW exits).
Navion From United States of America, joined May 1999, 987 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (13 years 9 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 552 times:
That's a good question about NW's A330's which have been on order for years. I haven't heard anything about them actually receiving these A330's but in the meantime they have been getting A320 family aircraft left and right. I doubt Airbus would hold them to the A330 contract if NW chooses to get more A320 class aircraft instead. I would like to see NW get 777's to replace their large DC10-30/40 fleet instead of A340's. The 777's would have better performance and more cargo capability which is a big deal to NW.
GoA340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (13 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 521 times:
Airbus is rolling out a longer range A321 capable of making US east-west coast routes (the #1 reason there are none of this type in the US). UA and America West are probably going to be the customers of the type, in some instances replacing the migthy 757s....Expect also an order from US Airways...