EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 14463 posts, RR: 60 Posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2251 times:
From the April 19, 2002 "Alaska's World" newspaper:
"Currently, we have 102 aircraft in our fleet, and our plan is to grow the fleet to 110 aircraft by the end of '03. The question right now, though, is how we're going to do that. While we're scheduled to take delivery of five new aircraft from Boeing, we're also to return 11 leased aircraft this year; six MD-80s and five 737-400s. So we're considering extending leases on some of these aircraft, as well as acquiring additional aircraft. And looking ahead, we're reviewing how the 737-800 might fit in our fleet, since it's the natural Next Generation aircraft to replace both the MD-80 and the 737-400."
Seems like there's some tire-kicking going on in Seattle! The -800 would be a great fit.
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem - government IS the problem." - Ronald Reagan
Jmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3342 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2134 times:
It's not a compromise, Greg. It's the most logical aircraft to fill in the gap between the -700 and -900. They use -700s on long-range, low-density routes (i.e. SEA-IAD or ANC-ORD), while the -900 is used for high density, shorter-range routes (i.e. SEA-SFO, SEA-LAX). The -900 has inferior lift capabilities to that of the -700 and -800. The -800 would be an excellent replacement aircraft for the 734 and MD80.