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Fate Of AirTran's 717s In Any Merger Situation?  
User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6387 posts, RR: 2
Posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3811 times:

With all the recent threads about AirTran merging with different airlines, this leads me to this thread: how would AirTran's 717 fleet be affected in ANY merger situation? After all, the 717 is not sought after by most airlines, and would likely be considered a liability rather than an asset if AirTran were to be acquired by a larger rival.

Also, who would acquire the AirTran 717 fleet if such merger occured? AA probably won't acquire them as they eliminated the TWA 717 fleet due to high lease rates. Also, I don't see DL acquiring them as Delta's pre-negotiated pilot payscales include the E-190/195 but not the 717, despite not currently operating the E-190/195. It would be sad to see such fairly young aircraft be scrapped if AirTran were to be acquired by a larger rival.


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User currently offlinevctony From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3654 times:

The carrier in the US that I'd say would be most likely to operate the 717s is United. They've been long rumored to be in the market for the CSeries and when the economy and industry recovers, they'll need something to backfill the cut 737 capacity. The 717 would be the perfect aircraft to do this.

User currently offlineAeolus From Mexico, joined Aug 2007, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3516 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):

Bring 'em to Mexico! Mexicana Click would want those!
They got a fair amount from who was it Midwest or something like that?

-Aeolus



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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2917 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3202 times:

Quoting Aeolus (Reply 2):
They got a fair amount from who was it Midwest or something like that?

Midwest, yes.



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User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6387 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

Quoting vctony (Reply 1):
The carrier in the US that I'd say would be most likely to operate the 717s is United. They've been long rumored to be in the market for the CSeries and when the economy and industry recovers, they'll need something to backfill the cut 737 capacity. The 717 would be the perfect aircraft to do this.

I highly doubt UA would buy AirTran's 717s if AirTran were to be bought out. They seem quite happy with their Airbus narrowbody fleet, and I din't see why they would need the 717. Perhaps MexicanaClick might be a possible buyer though.



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User currently offlineJetJeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1429 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2694 times:

The 717 is Airtrans and will be for another 15 years. If any Mergers will be done Airtrans will be doing the buying. They are the 2nd darling of Wall Street.


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User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6387 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2469 times:

Quoting JetJeanes (Reply 5):
The 717 is Airtrans and will be for another 15 years. If any Mergers will be done Airtrans will be doing the buying. They are the 2nd darling of Wall Street.

Since when? AirTran Holdings (AAI) has a lower market cap than all of the legacies, Southwest (LUV), JetBlue (JBLU), Alaska (ALK), and SkyWest (SKYW). I don't see how can AirTran realistically be the buyer.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24084 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2300 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 4):
MexicanaClick might be a possible buyer though.

Mexicana's 25 717s are being leased from Boeing Capital.
http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2009/q1/090309a_nr.html


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