olddominion727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 336 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (7 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2041 times:
the A320 has proven to do the transcon's just fine. I think once airbus finally get's their A350 up and running, I think it could very well be a contender. It course also be that the A321NEO could very well be a contender. Which would keep in their family of A320's and still be able to fly to Western Europe from the East Coast. But I think the A350 would be a huge contender. Virgin Blue has proven it can have dual fleet types and be efficient.
flyby519 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 850 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (7 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1797 times:
I cant see how the A350 or 787 would fit into the B6 network. They are both too much airplane for the operation, IMHO. I could see something more like the A330 for expansion to S. America. but even that is a stretch and many years in the future.
zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 4720 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (7 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1682 times:
If I had to place a wager, B6 would opt for the Re-Engined next generation A-320. Which is supposed to be a direct competitor with the 737-800 and 737-900 series. Jet Blue would go wide body if we WN/FL took the plunge and went wide. Otherwise they would use the next generation 320 series the way we will utilize our 737-800's. Of course, I'll end on the not never say never.
PHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 4938 posts, RR: 15 Reply 7, posted (7 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1596 times:
Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 5): IMO, the 787 would be a better fit for B6, as the A350 is too large. However, considering B6's loyalty to Airbus, they will probably blindly choose the A350 based on manufacturer loyalty.
Agreed. I don't quite know where they would fly the A350 though. Will they have an extended first class if they do this, to make up for the amount of empty seats, or would this be uneconomical?