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Why Is SAS Buying 737 Instead Of A320 (?)  
User currently offlineLegolars From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 89 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2228 times:

SAS new planes are the 321/330/340 but still they buy 737ng's

Why is this, why arent they making it all-airbus, isn't that more economic?

anyone?

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User currently offlineTg 747-300 From Norway, joined Nov 1999, 1318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2176 times:

Actually SAS ordered the 737NG before thy became Airbus customers.
When they palaced the order for the 737 they were still loking at the B777, MD11 and A330/340 as posible longhaul aircrafts. The desicion felt on the "busses", and since they needed some aircraft to replace the 767 on european routs they ordered the A321. They choose that because its not that heavy as the 757, and offers flightdeck comonality with its bigger brother.

tg 747-300



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User currently offlineLegolars From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2160 times:

but other airliners are sometimes changing this, would people here see a posibility for SAS to change their 737 to 319/320 and get an all airbus fleet, or are they to happy with the, which will make it unlikely.

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User currently offlineManni From South Korea, joined Nov 2001, 4221 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2143 times:

The A318 would be a nice aircraft in SAS colors!


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User currently offlineJiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2119 times:

May be the question can be Why is SAS buying A321 instead of B737-900.  Smile

But I don't really understand why does SAS order A321 since B739 has the fleet commonality with 736/73G/738.


User currently offlineTransSwede From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2095 times:

>May be the question can be Why is SAS buying A321
>instead of B737-900.

That question can be asked of a LOT of airlines - The 737-900 has really a failure when it comes to number of orders - SAS is not the only 737NG customer to say "no thank you" to the 739.

But I think there are two reasons for SAS:
1. Commonoality with its widebodies
2. It just is a better and more capable plane than the 739, overall.

And by having both A321's and 737NG's, they are really in a great bargaining position when it comes time to replace all of the MD-80's since they could go either way.  Smile


User currently offlineWarriorII From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

We really can't call the B737-900 a "failure" yet. Give it some time. I mean, look at the A318, and the A340-500/-600. Submodels are not usually supposed to be hot sellers, just there to please and attract current customers, as in the 739s case.

-Tom



User currently offlineTWAneedsNOhelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2052 times:

2. It just is a better and more capable plane than the 739, overall.

739 in terms of range is vastly superior to the 321!  Laugh out loud

739 can make BOS-LHR, 321 would fall into the Atlantic!


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6054 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2042 times:

Well, as far as I know, they're not planning to fly BOS-LHR with the A321, they're planning to fly the major inter-European routes Big grin

User currently offlineSkystar From Australia, joined Jan 2000, 1363 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2039 times:

Yes,

But who the heck would want to fly a narrowbody across the atlantic? Save a couple of pax on CO752s.

Cheers,

Justin


User currently offlineLuvflng From Costa Rica, joined Nov 2000, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2035 times:

I don't see a reason not to have a mixed fleet.
Look at other STAR Alliance members:
United Flies A320, A319, B737-200...-500
Lufthansa A321, A320, B737 FOR EUROPEAN FLIGHTS.
You've got to look at a bigger picture. Do you think that CEO's of airlines are sitting in their offices and are thinking about this or that feature of one or another airplane? Not a chance, many of them are not aviation enthusiasts!!!! As long as the product falls within the economics of the company then it is good. Mind you, I don't think that Airbus and Boeing have quality difference in their respective types. For example, B737-600 and A 319 are very good airplanes. Would you say B736 is junk, but A319 is the best plane in the world in its category? Nonsense.
They go for the money! IF B757 was expensive and Airbus undersold their A321, an airline strapped for cash will take the cheaper option.



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