Gr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1633 posts, RR: 9 Posted (14 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1400 times:
Is AirTran only looking at new aircraft (AA/TW 717 excepted)? I heard a rumor a couple months ago that AirTran offered to buy USAirways' entire Super 80 fleet but US insisted that the pilots be included in the deal.
I keep hearing that 757s are likely but that seems to be a pretty large jump, capacity-wise. 737NG makes more sense to me.
IMHO MD90s would make an ideal fit. I imagine there is a great deal of commonality with 717s. Does the MD90 have ATL-west coast range? Delta's fifteen could make a great, relatively new, addition. I don't understand why DL would want to keep such a small fleet around in these times. Also, I'm sure the JAL/JAS merger makes them redundant there as well.
I work for Southwest, but the views expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent those of Southwest.
Me From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 220 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1325 times:
As an AirTran employee I'm always amased at the attention we recieve on this site.
The 717's are coming at a rate of aprox 1 1/2 aircraft a month. Management has publicly said that "this is an excellent time to be a buyer of aircraft". Also, our V.P. of flight operations, Capt. Klaus Gorsch, is currently in France meeting with Airbus. Many believe this is just a ploy to twist the arm of Boeing to cut AirTran a good deal on some 757's or 737NG's.
While alot of people expect to see westward expansion, I wouldn't count on it anytime soon. The Atlanta paper quoted CEO Joe Leonard as saying to expect 5 new east coast cities this year. Management is trying to get local cities/businesses to comit to AirTran via 2 year guaranteed revenue contracts.
A330300 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1253 times:
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Joe Leonard made it VERY clear yesterday that the only aircraft type being considered in the near future is the 717. The fuel savings of the 717 over the DC9 is 24%. Also, when it comes to NEW markets, he stressed that the only new service being considered will be additional service to existing markets from other destinations. To enter a new destination will require either that an incumbent cuts back on service (eg. BWI) or that the local government provides a 2-year minimum revenue subsidy (eg. PNS, TLH).