Danny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3482 posts, RR: 2 Posted (13 years 4 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 937 times:
I've heard that SAS wants to a larger short/medium-haul aircraft to their fleet. They want something with a seating capacity of 150-180 pax. Which one will they choose? They have the B737-600, but it's too small. They have ordered both the A330-300 and the A340-300. So, will they order an Airbus or a Boeing? As I can see it, these are their options:
Acvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 921 posts, RR: 13 Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 850 times:
Tough call... I am going to guess that both will fight hard for the account...
My guess is in the end it will be the 737-700 or 737-800 not the 737-900 or 757-200 as both are a little bit large to try to fill year round on the routes they fly..
If not it would be the A319/320 but my money is on a long fight for both companies and loyalty to boeing in the end as SAS is buying the 737-600 and the maint and crew commonality will be a bigger benefit than the crew crossover between A318/319/320/321 and A330/340. Just a guess.
Danny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3482 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 847 times:
Well, one thing is clear - both Boeing and Airbus will fight for the deal. And they are both very hot with SAS right now.
I don't think it'll be the B737-700. It's seating capacity is only 126-149 pax. They wanted something between 150-180. My stongest guess is the B737-800 (162-189 pax.) But if they are really smart, they should go for either the B737-900 (177-189) or B757-200 (201-231). Why? Then they can increase their routes especially down the Meditteranean area - Spain, Greece, Turkey, Egypt and so on. They'd make a shitload of money if they flew there more than they do now.
Danny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3482 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 837 times:
True that... So I guess they won't break that Boeing streak and order the A321. That only leaves us with the B757. I really hope they are smart enough and order it. It'll look really good in their new c/s.
Jlb From Denmark, joined Nov 1999, 68 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 835 times:
As I wrote in another post on this topic, I really can't see why SAS would order anything other than 737s for European work.
I think the question basically comes down to the expected role of these AC. Are they for the European trunk routes only or do they want to use them to supplement the 330/340s on long and medium range routes (eg. over the atlantic, middle east, India).
If its for the European trunk routes (mainly CPH-ARN, CPH-LHR, CPH-FRA, ARN-LHR) then the 739 should be the ideal AC, as these really do not need the extra range of the 757.
If they want to start up services to north Africa or middle East which they don't operate at the moment (apart from Tel Aviv (MD83)), I bet the 736 or 737 would do just fine.
However, the article in the Norwegian newspaper stated specifically that the new AC would be used for overcoming slot shortage at European airport. Hence, my guess would be the 739 or more 738s unless they get a really good deal on A321.
Jet Setter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 816 times:
When SAS were evaluating their new small aircraft MD thought they had it in the bag with the MD-95(717) Then SAS decicided they preferred the 737-600. Unless something drastic changes, they won't order the 717.
SAS refer to this fleet requirement as "Big Europe" and they are looking at the 737-900/757/A321 as far as I know.
My heart says the 757 but my head thinks the 737-900. They will only have a few of these aircraft, so it doesn't make sense to have a totally new fleet just for them (757/A321)
Also, why would SAS want go get involved in low-yield lesiure routes to places like PMI? With their high costs they would probably lose money!